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SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

The Beatles

 

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4.32 | 720 ratings

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4 stars According to Mike Portnoy, this album was the birth of prog. Now I don't really agree with this, due to the fact that The Moody Blues was out slightly before this album was made and Pink Floyd were making their first album in the studio next to The Beatles at the same time this album was made.

This album is a classic album, and I agree it is a classic album, but there is something about it that does annoy me.

The production was really good for it's time, but it does have alot of flaws in it (i hate mono, why would I want to hear just vocals in one ear, although it was originally made for vinyl speakers).

There is some absolutely classic songs on this album, and some that I thought weren't as strong, and some just plain odd and enoying.

1. Sgt. Peppers Lnely Hearts Club Band - The production is very poor, but it does sound quite interesting. Pretty good intro. 8/10

2. With A Little Help From My Friends - How can you not love this song. I do think it is quite annoying, but it is inredibly catchy, and Ringo's vocals are pretty good. 9/10

3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - It's not about drugs, it's just coincidence. The production is a wee bit poor, but the song makes up for it. 9/10

4. Getting Better - This song is about domestic abuse. It really is. It is a pretty nice song though, with a great chorus. 8/10

5. Fixing A Hole - An amazing composition. Love the harpsichord. Just overall a fantastic song. 10/10

6. She's Leaving Home - I do love the melodies of this song, but the lyrics do annoy me a little bit. The Magic Numbers do a great cover of this song. 9/10

7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - It's a bit random, but it is pretty cool, with all the circus music. 9/10

8. Within You Without You - My favourtie song on the album (from my favourite Beatle, although I do love John). Aload of people do not like this song because it is too Indian, but I have it is actually crossing culturs, with the strong use of the uhru, which is an Oriental instrument. The sitar playing is excellent, and could easily match Raavi Shankar anyday. The lyrics are also amazing. 10/10

9. When I'm 64 - Ironically Paul is 67 now, and 2 of his wives are gone. This song is quite anooying but it does have some great melodies in it. 7/10

10. Lovely Rita - This is a bit annoying (Paul annoyed me during this period). There is some cool melodies in this song and some great use of weird noises (tissue over a comb) 8/10

11. Good Morning Good Morning - This song is pretty cool and quite interesting, but it is one of the weaker moments. Some great vocals though. 7/10

12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - Did this really need to be on it. 7/10

13. A Day In The Life - Johns parts are great, but Paul's is just annoying. Love all the noise and the orchestration from hell. The ending with that weird chant dog thing is really cool. 9/10

CONCLUSION: If you don't have this album, then their must be something wrong with you. Everyone should have it just to have it.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |

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