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SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

4.34 | 1025 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Paul McCartney came up with the idea of an alter ego band that would give them the freedom to pursue new ideas and sounds. And certainly this album was entirely different from anything that had come out before it. As a matter of fact THE BEATLES insisted that everything on this record had to be different.The album sleeve was the first to feature printed lyrics and it was one of the first to have a gatefold sleeve. There were no egos getting in the way on this recording and McCartney and Lennon especially were sharing ideas and the best ideas (it didn't matter who's) always won out.

The title track is actually reprised just before the final song "A Day In the Life". "Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is an uptempo song with some good guitar with an edge and lots of brass as well. This song blends into "With A Little Help From My Friends" sung by Ringo. Great song ! "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" is as psychedelic as a song can possibly be. It's a Lennon daydream made into a song. A psychedelic masterpiece.

"Getting Better" and "Fixing A Hole" were both written and sung by Paul. "She's Leaving Home" is a beautiful, slow paced orchestral song. "Being For The Benefit Of Mr.Kite" is a Lennon sung and written song that was inspired by a circus poster. "Within You Without You" is a George Harrison song that he alone plays (sitar) and sings on. A song about materialsm. "When I'm Sixty-Four" and "Lovely Rita" are both McCartney songs while Lennon wrote and sang "Good Morning Good Morning". "A Day In The Life" is simply one of the greatest songs of all time. The most complex song on the record with amazing lyrics.

Well in my opinion this is without question a masterpiece and an album that I believe birthed the Progressive movement that would follow.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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