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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The BeatlesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,512 customer reviews)
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1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4. Getting Better
5. Fixing A Hole
6. She's Leaving Home
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
8. Within You Without You
9. When I'm Sixty-Four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good Morning Good Morning
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13. A Day In The Life

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Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64," to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You," and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life," Sgt. Pepper was a milestone for both '60s music and popular culture. --Billy Altman

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Standard CD pressing of The Beatles' classic album, one of the grand pillars of modern popular music that practically changed the world of the LP when it was issued in 1967.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential November 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
One of three LP/CDs by the Beatles among my all-time top ten, along with "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver". Though not my personal favorite, this recording is essential in any collection of pop/rock recordings. It has been, since its release, a standard by which others are measured. It also marks the high-water mark of the Beatles creativity as a band. After "Sgt. Pepper..." came a directionless time during which the "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine" records were released, followed by the period the band's breakdown, as chronicled in the "White Album", "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road". Though these latter efforts contained plenty of great music, it was clear that the Beatles were increasingly unable to function together as a unit. Individual tracks almost always spotlighted one of the band members while the others worked essentially as a backing group.
During a recent TV special, it wa said that, during the time the Beatles were in the studio making "Sgt. Pepper...", there was a lot of doubt about what they would come out with and many fans were giving up on them. As someone who was around at the time, I certainly don't remember much of that. Of course, the Beatles always had a few doubters and detractors, but most of us were looking forward to their next record. Stories of how much time and effort were going into it only fueled our anticipation. It was like the release of the fourth Harry Potter book when "Sgt. Pepper..." finally came out. Some stores opened early and huge numbers were sold the first day of it's release. I bought a copy that day like many others. Nor was I disappointed. Since then, I have spent many hours listening to "Sgt. Pepper...
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This is one of my favorite albums by The Beatles. And now that it was remastered, it is a great pleasure to rediscover this old friend. SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND is not just an album: it is a legendary fragment of the 60's... and The Beatles in peak form.

I got this remastered version from the THE BEATLES STEREO BOX SET and it was with lots of care and attention that I listened to it from start to end. And I must say EMI made an amazing job. The music sounds brighter, sharper, clearer and much more exciting. Now, it is also clear to me that it all will depend on your stereo. Most people who claim there is no difference perhaps are listening to it in small underpowered stereo equipment that really does not do justice to these remasters. Personally, I doubt anyone won't see any positive difference here... but that's me. With my stereo, these new remasters are shining every second of it.

I'm playing it as I write this... and I cannot get tired of it.

SGT. PEPPER is an album full of subtleties and many hidden treasures. BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. KITE is one of those songs so rich and multi-layered that it is amazing to be able to listen to everything that is there. And now it is all there brighter and clearer. A DAY IN THE LIFE is absolutely astonishing because the voices of Paul and John were treated so differently that now we can appreciate even more the job done. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMOND has a spatial depth I couldn't find on the previous CD. SHE'S LEAVING HOME, for me, is the star of this remaster: call me crazy, but I think the whole song got a dimension I never felt before. WHEN I'M SIXTY FOUR has Ringo's drums with an delicate extra oomp.

I loved it. This is one of my favorite Beatles albums.
Thanks EMI for such a great job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can be said that hasn't been said already? December 13, 2002
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This was the 1st Beatles album I bought, 1977, age 12. This uncanny masterpiece got it's title from Paul who was looking for long names like the San Francisco bands had. Once he told John, "We're just getting fan mail from lonely people. We're nothing but a lonely hearts club band"...and the rest, as they say, is history. John had the idea of a circus-like atmosphere, and the song Strawberry Fields was to originally be in the album.

This psychedelic trip into '60s consciousness begins with an orchestra warming up, and they launch into the title song with Paul's full throated vocals. He then introduces "Billy Shears" and Ringo sings.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds follows this, and John says it was Julian's drawing that gave him the title...you decide. Getting Better is a great anti-school song and a throwback to the skiffle days, using a bunch of random objects for the rhythm. (Paul performed this song for the 1st time on his recent US tour) Fixing a Hole is a trippy foray into Paul's dreamworld of higher consciousness. She's Leaving Home is a great classical stab at the '60s generation gap (Paul performed this on the recent fall tour) Mr. Kite is the circus song, featuring a pipe organ and lyrics taken directly from an antique circus poster...typical Lennon humor.

Side 2 starts with George's Eastern mysticism with "Within You Without You" using Ravi Shankar's sitar-based Indian Raga which caused a musical and spiritual revolution. When I'm 64 Paul said he wrote as a teen, but added the "64" in honor of his father then 64 (Now Paul is 60). Lovely Rita was written from the perspective of a shy guy who wants to ask out a meter maid.

Good Morning is a rock masterpiece, but John didn't agree. Then Reprise, and finally A Day in the Life, a great psychedelic song by John with Paul's interlude and a 40 piece orchestra recreating a drug rush. On the original British LP there was single groove of gibberish at the end, now a collectors item.
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Beatles remastered vs Capitol remastered
the new remasters come from the first generation master tapes. what we have been listening to all these years is a copy of a copy of a copy that was mixed in 1987 for cd using the lp masters.the remastered beatles will be incredible.like going from early vhs to hd blu ray.i do believe we are in... Read More
Jul 11, 2009 by Christopher J. Conley |  See all 8 posts
what's wrong with the remasters: a fundamental problem.
Sure, i'd LOVE to hear some of this stuff remixed. BUT sgt pepper CANT be remixed, cos of the way it was recorded. Listen to the individual tracks from the Sgt pepper album. Cos it was recorded on 4 track, everything is on one or two tracks. Drums, guitars, rhythm instruments, then another... Read More
Nov 22, 2012 by W. T. Hoffman |  See all 2 posts
Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane...
The story is that the Beatles had not come out with a single for a few months, and the record company was pressuring them to produce one. Thus, Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields was released as a single. I haven't heard Martin say anything about having wished the songs were included on the album... Read More
Jun 9, 2007 by CJB |  See all 60 posts
FYI: NOT the birth of the CONCEPT ALBUM
I believe it was actually Mozart who came up with the first 'concept album' if you want to be strictly technical about the music and forget the fact that the music wasn't recorded in his day.

Or maybe it was caveman Mugugg who first had the idea of a body of work that followed a particular... Read More
May 29, 2009 by Raven A. Wind |  See all 34 posts
This Vinyl...Is From EMI? Is a Analog Transfer? Like the Original...
It says it's from Austria and is certain to be the version pressed from the 1987 digital masters that were prepared for the first cd releases back then. This has been the norm for all Beatles vinyl pressings worldwide since. You will have to look for original UK vinyl- pre 1987- if you want to... Read More
May 20, 2009 by al71 |  See all 8 posts
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