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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Picture
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 2017 stereo mix as a limited, collectible picture disc vinyl LP. Produced by Giles Martin for this year's universally heralded 'Sgt. Pepper' Anniversary Edition releases, the album's new stereo mix was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles' father, George Martin. Praised by fans and music critics around the world, The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Anniversary Edition is 2017's most celebrated historical music release and an ideal gift for Beatle People here, there, and everywhere.
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Revolver is praised highly these days...and rightfully so. It's a very good/excellent collection of songs. Mainly solo Beatles songs with some assistance from the other Beatles.
But Sgt. Pepper's comes across as much more of a Team Effort. A group effort. More Beatle harmonizing. More shared vocals in any given song. And Sgt. Pepper's rocks harder than Revolver.
Revolver is black and white brilliance.
Sgt. Pepper's is in color, is more cohesive, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Plus...the Beatles' greatest song, A Day In The Life is on Sgt. Pepper's.
Along with their best production.
Although Paul's production on Revolver shows he's learning the trade.
Kudos to Sir George Martin and the Beatles for the Best Album of the 20th Century.
Just please buy a great cassette deck, a good cassette cleaner, and a Sgt. Pepper's Analog Cassette.
Analog Beatles via Cassette.
It doesn't get any better than this.
MY REVIEW is on THIS cassette tape exclusively:
BTW, this review will be purged of all your useful NO votes, daily if necessary, ad infinitum.
Keep 'em comin' kids!
(All links below are to LPs, not CDs.)
Yes it's true that SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND epitomizes the Summer of Love, yet with the hindsight of four-plus decades it's also clear that save for some exceptional cover art this album is too inconsistent for the "legendary" status that so many accord it. Several Beatles works are superior, such as the American MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR or HEY JUDE / THE BEATLES AGAIN. For British editions, HELP!,RUBBER SOUL and REVOLVER all surpass this anachronistic "concept" piece in quality, likeability and attitude.
Following a nicely done brief intro, the set opens with two weak tracks in a row. Side Two repeats that pattern with -another- couple of mediocrities right at the top. "A Little Help From My Friends," "Lucy In The Sky," and "When I'm 64" are weak substitutes for "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever." George's "Within You Without You" is tediously long. "It's All Too Much," which was slated for this record, was a better choice, and "The Inner Light" certainly would've satisfied his penchant for sitar and tabla.
Paul's "Getting Better" and "Fixing a Hole" could be the same song, while "She's Leaving Home" is a bit whiny. John's best contribution, the driving "Good Morning, Good Morning" was the result of a Kellogg's cereal commercial. His "Mr. Kite" is mellotronically trivial and "A Day in the Life" lacks direction: John reads or hears bad news, but wants to give you drugs (or get you aroused, if you'd rather believe that). Then Paul joins in with some more "Ain't life a rut? Guess I'll smoke a doob" silliness. Despite fine orchestration, this track is ultimately too incohesive.
For a "concept" record, Side Two of ABBEY ROAD is supreme-- that entire album has held up far better over time than this one. It wouldn't be surprising if a hundred years from now "Sgt. Pepper's" is considered an anomaly in the Beatles canon and not the ultimate '60s rock album. The distance of time often brings with it this sort of clarity.
[2:02] Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
[2:44] With a Little Help from My Friends
[3:28] Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
[2:47] Getting Better
[2:36] Fixing a Hole
[3:35] She's Leaving Home
[2:37] Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
[5:05] Within You Without You
[2:37] When I'm Sixty-Four
[2:42] Lovely Rita
[2:41] Good Morning Good Morning
[1:18] Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
[5:33] A Day in the Life
TOTAL TIME: 39:45