Day 32: The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Tracklisting

  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

The Beatles are arguably the greatest band in rock history. And their album “Sgt. Pepper’s” is arguably their best. Topping on the UK Billboards for 27 weeks and 15 weeks in the USA in 1966, “Sgt. Pepper’s” was a huge influence on psychodelic rock.

The quartet were burned out from their heavy touring and all took breaks. George Harrison went to India and worked on his sitar playing, which was featured on the song “Within You, Without You.” In fact, Harrison was the only Beatle playing on that song as an Indian quartet played with Harrison on that song.

What made this album so brilliant was the Beatles created this fictional band called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and created characters for each band member. This allowed the Beatles to experiment with new playing styles.

The opening combo of “Sgt. Pepper’s” into “With A Little Help From My Friends” is one of my favorite opening album runs of all time. They are followed immediately by hit songs “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,” “Getting Better,” and “Fixing A Hole.”

The album’s final song, “A Day In the Life,” is one of their most iconic album closers of all time, hinting at drug use. It’s also complete with a huge build up that leads to a three-piano playing of the E-chord, bring the album to a dramatic close.

It’s hard to really tell what “Sgt. Pepper’s” was all about because of the weirdness of the album and the fact none of it really ties in with each other. As John Lennon said, most of the songs he wrote could have landed on any album and that only the first two songs and the “Sgt. Pepper’s Reprise” were the only songs related to each other.

It’s a fantastic album, no doubt. And a must listen for any Beatles fan or fan getting into the Beatles.

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