The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


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by Seafroggys USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 51 replies | 9,809 views


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist


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The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967 - #1 on Rolling Stone list)

John Lennon - Guitars, Pianos, Vocals
Paul McCartney - Bass, Guitars, Pianos, Vocals
George Harrison - Guitars, Sitar, Vocals
Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Many critics and fans alike have picked out this album as the greatest of all time. Great lineup in songs, and great cover art. It was masterful in its use of effects and mixing (which won the album a grammy), utilizng only four tracks of audio. That in itself is an achievement. But what should be covered is the songs; they were revolutionary. Not only in lyrics but also in sound. Just two years before The Beatles were singing Another Girl and Dizzy Miss Lizzie. Now they had songs from across the spectrum, from hard rock to classical ballads.

I personally do not think this album is their best. Yes, it is revolutionary, and if one is to base reviews and list off of what the album was for the time, then this certainly would win. But compared to the White Album and Abbey Road, which are probably some of the best albums ever made, this is a fairly decent albums with some good tracks, some mediocre tracks. Now the song-by-song review.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 5/5
I love this song. I'm more of a rock 'n roll guy, so this song fits perfectly into my likings. Its hard and driving at points, and mellows down with the inclusion of some french horns in certain passages. Great song, but like most Beatle songs, its too short :(

With a Little Help from My Friends - 3.5/5
This song isn't too bad. Its nice and relaxing, thanks to the singing of Ringo. Very easy going, but doesn't stand out to a lot of the other more potent songs.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - 4/5
Another classic track. This is more of what I call a 'Sgt. Pepper's' song, because it doesn't really follow traditional rock/pop standards. Seems dreamy with the harpsichord/organ playing in 3/4, then when the chorus comes, Ringo comes in, and drives a harder rock edge that adds greatly to this song, until the verse comes back in.

Getting Better - 4/5
I heard this song live :) Anyway, not the best song on the album; I don't really care for the beginning with the spacious hit hat hits, but the rest of the song isn't too bad.

Fixing a Hole - 3/5
A slower song, this, although it makes me yawn every single time I listen to it. Even though Paul sings a fairly good vocal track, the instruments seem to be playing boring uninteresting parts behind him. Not a highlight.

She's Leaving Home - 4/5
Lyrically, this is the best song on the album. Even though it is farther out from rock then any other song on the album, I love the creppy cellos and the beautiful harp in the beginning. The story that is told is a good, tragic tale, that I think any teenager can relate to.

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - 4/5
One of the more funner tracks, this bouncy tune is unique through its use of pipe carnival organs and the chaotic 'carinval noise' in between verses created through ingenious ingeniouity (cutting and pasting together random pieces of tape). Another 'Sgt. Pepper's' song.

Within You WIthout You - 3/5
One of George's three Indian songs he did. It seems too long and boring, but I like how the strings and George's vocals hit the same notes to make a haunting sound. The Inner Light is definitly the better of the Indian songs, if not one of the better Beatle songs.

When I'm 64 - 2.5/5
A very warm, easy going song, much like A Little Help from Friends, except instead of guitars and drum fills its filled with clarinets. I hate clarinets. This song is too calm, and the clarinets don't help. Great kids song, moreover.

Lovely Rita - 4/5
Finally done with the long boring stretch of this album, and onto some good tracks. Being a drummer, I have this thing about a basic rock beat, and when its added to a piece of music, I think the song gets better tenfold. I don't care for the annoying 'wah' stuff (whatever instrument that is), but the rest of the song is not bad material.

Good Morning Good Morning - 4.5/5
Even though its not bad, the low brass/saxaophone orchestra just doesn't really cut it for me. I love John's vocals in here, and the switch from straight time to triplet time. Finally some distorted lead guitar licks that seem to be missing in the rest of the album.

Sgt. Pepper's Reprise - 5/5
The god of the album. This short minute long reprise of the title track is killer, being even better then the first song. Better then anything before this, its a fast paced guitar riffed song straight into its quick end, then leading into:

A Day in the Life - 5/5
Like the reprise, A Day in the Life is better then anything before this; yes, its the supergod song of the album. I can't really describe this song, just hear it yourself. Its full of awesome drum fills, mesh of piano and guitar, badass Lennon vocals, and oh god! The grand crescendo! Even though the weak part is Paul's middle bit, it is immediately followed by the best part of the song; a dreamlike sequence that goes straight back into the Lennon verses. And nothing can beat the record holding E Major piano chord at the end that lasts for 53 seconds. Yes, that is sweet indeed, for I love E Major.

Overall - 4/5

I know I'm gonna get harsh critisism for not giving this album a 5/5, but I have to be honest.....not all the songs on here are all that great. Even though Sgt. Pepper's does have some truly killer songs.


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Badmoon
July 5th 2004



384 Comments


Good review :thumb: I don't agree with any of your ratings. I love all of those songs.

manuscriptreplica
July 6th 2004



431 Comments


It's about time someone did this! I was going to do it myself, but I wouldn't do it justice.
I don't like the album as such, but you have to give it respect; it started entire new genres, and is one of the most influential (if not the most) albums ever.

5/5.

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!: is my favourite track. This was apparantly written about a guy called Mr Kite who randomly just held a carnival in the 1900's, for no reason whatsoever. Therefore, the carnival was 'being for the benefit of Mr. Kite'

A Day in the Life: if you have this on record, get your dog in the room and see how it reacts at the end of the song. It should go nuts. This is because John Lennon, after the huge E Major chord, put a insanely high pitch note on the end of the song, so it would keep rotating around.

Badmoon
July 6th 2004



384 Comments


Each song in my opinion would be a 5/5. Especially "Lovely Rita", and "When I'm 64".

roller4life68
July 6th 2004



2 Comments


I was going to do a review for this album but as manuscriptreplica said, I probably wouldn't do it justice. My favorite songs are Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Sgt. Peppers and Sgt. Peppers Reprise, With a Little Help From my Friends, and A Day in the Life. Im thinking about doing Magical Mystery Tour soon if Im up to it.

TheWho9
July 6th 2004



1 Comments


Good review but,

I think that A Little Help From My Friends, and When I'm 64 are classics and should receive at least 4/5

Dark Hero
July 7th 2004



160 Comments


there you go.

Gubbe
July 10th 2004



7 Comments


beinf for the benefit of mr kite is a 5/5
a day in the life is a 6/5

Seafroggys
July 11th 2004



60 Comments


I wish Day in the Life can get 10/5. But that would ruin the review's credibility.

Luxor
July 11th 2004



166 Comments


This is such an awesome album, my favourite Beatles album... I like every single song.

Knoxvillelives
July 11th 2004



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmm...I don't really like this album...*don't hit me*
I just think the Beatle's did much better stuff, ie. magical Mystery Tour is overlooked despite having some of their best songs on it: Strawberry Fields, Mother Should Know, Walrus etc.
Best song has to be lovely Rita or the Reprise

Kingadamx
July 12th 2004



120 Comments


I truly Love this album. I can listen to it over and over again and never get bored of it. This album is flawless. 5/5.

Knoxvillelives
July 13th 2004



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But I have to disagree with your explanation of the title 'For The Benefit Of Mr.Kite'...

ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
July 28th 2004



22 Comments


[QUOTE=badmoon349]Each song in my opinion would be a 5/5. Especially "Lovely Rita", and "When I'm 64".[/QUOTE]

I have never heard truer words

ThePinkPanther
August 17th 2004



9 Comments


Ringo has awesome vocals on With a Little Help from My Friends

mexicanfloydian
August 17th 2004



165 Comments


Good review, but I don't agree with some of your ratings.

GoldenSlumbers
August 17th 2004



2 Comments


Are you kidding? Fixing A Hole and When I'm Sixty Four are awesome songs. They deserved a better rating. They are classics and great examples of Paul McCartney's talent as a song writer and vocalist. Whatever. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds should get a 5/5 too. Most of them should. That's just my opinion.

Tangy zizzle
August 17th 2004



253 Comments


I've never listened to this, yet I've had it for years.

Strange.

Bartender
Emeritus
August 17th 2004



826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't physically own any Beatles albums (just downloaded tracks, though I'm planning on buying the Anthology at some point), but in terms of tracks that I like, this album is winning.

Woodstock
August 17th 2004



154 Comments


Good Review :thumb:
Great album :thumb:
not my fav beatles though*(s/t)*

Welcometothezoo
January 29th 2005



36 Comments


i disagree with all of this. It's my least favourite Beatles album, i think it's tremendously overrated, as it's songs are nowhere near the quality found on 'Help!', 'Revolver' or 'Rubber Soul'. Songs like 'When I'm sixty four' I think are lazy and utterly boring, with 'A day in the life' as one of the most overrated 'tracks' (more so than 'song') of all time. 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds' certainly helps to save this album from total disappointment. It's at this point in their career that I think they became a little pretentious, with past genius arguably behind them.



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