Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

by The Beatles

(1967) Capitol #C2 46442

Personnel John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Description Considered by many, including professional musicians/producers/execs/etc. as the greatest Rock/Pop album of all time.
Posted By Anthony Holden (9426)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 8/29/2004, Chad Gerbe (1365) posted:
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Absolutely, simply, the greatest album ever made. and im not the only one to think that. on the rolling stone 500 greatest albums of all time issue, sgt. peppers was number 1. simply amazing
On 4/21/2001, Anthony Holden (9426) posted:
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From the elaborate cover, inside colourful sleeve, cut-outs, printed lyrics on the back sleeve (first album to do so) to the well-produced record itself, is a treasure for any record/CD collection. To describe the record is ineffable.

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The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is arguably the greatest pop album ever made. While it consistently ranks at the top of most popular lists for its originality, artistry and sheer power, what makes Sgt. Pepper most distinguishable is its timing. In the summer of 1967, and at perhaps the height of their popularity and influence, the Beatles took full advantage of any source of inspiration they could tune their minds to. Love was in the air, drugs added a certain flavor to the party and experimentation was encouraged. This was the year that San Francisco was in a psychedelic death grip, when London was strumming its own flowery and fashionable chord - all while the Beatles were cooking up the grandest concoction the music world had ever seen, and probably ever will.

One of the most famous albums ever recorded, SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND had a huge impact on the music world. The musical experimentation was dynamic and fresh; several tracks were edited to create seamless transitions; even the visual design was more elaborate than anything previously attempted. Producer George Martin and the Beatles searched for new sounds and studio effects. They added crowd sounds and animal cries from sound-effects recordings, sped up Paul McCartney's vocal in "When I'm Sixty-Four" (to make him sound younger) and sustained a single piano chord for 40 seconds to end "A Day In The Life." The orchestrations, scored by Martin, were hailed by critics as bridging the gap between pop and classical music, and many people who had never bought a rock record bought SGT. PEPPER'S.

Best Album of all time! I listen to Sgt. Peppers every day. I only listen to Beatles music. Their music changed the world forever!

Sergent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is my favorite album by the Beatles. The Beatles showed that you can combine Popular and Classical music,and they showed that you can always use any kind of instruments, and still make great music. The Beatles proved that albums are as important as singles. The Beatles changed the world of Popular music.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will forever be known as the recording that changed rock & roll. At the time of its release, it immediately changed the perception of what a rock band could achieve, not only in the rock community but in the mainstream, which had previously dismissed the music as child's play. With its effortless command of sound, styles and songcraft, it wasn't easy to dismiss Sgt. Pepper. Anyone that had paid attention to Revolver would have realized that the Beatles had already made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, is a refinement of that breakthrough, as the Beatles learned how to synthesize all their influences into a seamless sound. They had achieved that with their earliest records, where they tied a variety of early rock & roll influences into a distinctive sound, but here they consciously blend such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll and music hall, often in the course of one song.

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lennon/McCartney)
2. With a Little Help from My Friends (Lennon/McCartney)
3. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (Lennon/McCartney)
4. Getting Better (Lennon/McCartney)
5. Fixing a Hole (Lennon/McCartney)
6. She's Leaving Home (Lennon/McCartney)
7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (Lennon/McCartney)
8. Within You, Without You (Harrison)
9. When I'm Sixty-Four (Lennon/McCartney)
10. Lovely Rita (Lennon/McCartney)
11. Good Morning, Good Morning (Lennon/McCartney)
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Lennon/McCartney)
13. A Day in the Life (Lennon/McCartney)