Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 26 May 1967, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the Record Retailer chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the United States. The album was lauded by critics for its innovations in songwriting, production and graphic design, for bridging a cultural divide between popular music and high art, and for reflecting the interests of contemporary youth and the counterculture. Its release was a defining moment in 1960s pop culture, heralding the Summer of Love, while the album's reception achieved full cultural legitimisation for pop music and recognition for the medium as a genuine art form. At the end of August 1966, the Beatles permanently retired from touring and pursued individual interests for the next three months. During a return flight to London in November, Paul McCartney had an idea for a song involving an Edwardian military band that formed the impetus of the Sgt. Pepper concept. Sessions began on 24 November at EMI Studios with compositions inspired by the Beatles' youth, but after pressure from EMI, the songs "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" were released as a double A-side single in February 1967 and left off the LP. The album was loosely conceptualised as a performance by the fictional Sgt. Pepper band, an idea that was conceived after recording the title track. A key work of British psychedelia, it incorporates a range of stylistic influences, including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music. The band continued the technological experimentation marked by their previous album, Revolver, this time without an absolute deadline for completion. With producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, the group coloured much of the recordings with sound effects and tape manipulation, as exemplified on "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" and "A Day in the Life". Recording was completed on 21 April. The cover, which depicts the Beatles posing in front of a tableau of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by the pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. Sgt. Pepper is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album that advanced the roles of sound composition, extended form, psychedelic imagery, record sleeves, and the producer in popular music. The album had an immediate cross-generational impact and was associated with numerous touchstones of the era's youth culture, such as fashion, drugs, mysticism, and a sense of optimism and empowerment. It is considered one of the first art rock LPs, a progenitor to progressive rock, and the start of the album era. In 1968, it won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour; in 2003 it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. It has topped several critics' and listeners' polls for the best album of all time, including those published by Rolling Stone magazine and in the book All Time Top 1000 Albums, and the UK's "Music of the Millennium" poll. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time and was still, in 2018, the UK's best-selling studio album. More than 32 million copies had been sold worldwide as of 2011. A remixed and expanded edition of the album was released in 2017.Wikipedia
This is one of my favorite Beatles albums, hands down. I don't actually have much more to say about it. I just love it.
That segway from the first song, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band to With a little help from my friends is foreshadowing that this album will be special. After hearing thru so many different genres that followed this in the 70s and 80s such as psychedelic, prog, World, and avant-garde this album may not sound too innovative, but when I stop to think that this is the OG that started it all, it's influence and importance comes into perspective. There are 13 songs on this album, 12 are killer and deserve 5 stars, with only Being the benefit of Mr Kite being a miss, but the album closes with a Sgt Pepper's reprise with another brilliant segway into their best song ever IMO, A Day in the Life and then to top it off this fricking masterpiece of a record ends with perhaps the most incredible ending notes of any song, EVER. So it makes up for Mr Kite, and how! So I'm happy to give my first 5 star rating to this album.
This album is a 10 out of 10, and that's before you get to the final track, which is one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded and ends with THAT chord - a chord so iconic it has its own liner notes. I don't care about any debate about how influential or overrated or whatever this album is, or about how it compares to Pet Sounds or anything else. All I know is it ends with John Lennon literally reading a newspaper while Paul combs his hair, culminating in a chaotic semi-improvised orchestral glissando and a 40-second long chord that sticks in your soul and your chest long after it's over. Bravo. Best track: A Day in the Life
I really did enjoy the show
What can you really say about a Beatles album? There’s a hovering obligation to give credit where credit is surely due for being the first to do something, forging a path that other artists I love clearly followed in. You wouldn’t want to say you didn’t enjoy it because that sounds ungrateful or simple. I thought this album would be a lot of things it wasn’t. I thought I’d like it more or like it less. The beginning and end built up an urgency that the rest of the album never quite caught up with. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I’m just ungrateful or simple.
The grand daddy of concept albums. Features, arguably, the greatest Lennon McCartney collaboration, A Day In The Life. I always used to play that tune on the juke box at the pool hall when I was a kid cause it had that secret track on it at the end and it would temporarily disrupt the place into a state of surreal confusion, much to my delight. It's only a matter of seconds but it felt like ages each time. Love the idea of them pretending to be an alter ego in order to free themselves from being The Beatles and all the expectations that went with it. Studio as an instrument on full display here. What a combination of dreary reality and escapism. Goes together like peanut butter and jelly. Listening to this on headphones, I'm hearing little details I've never noticed before. Guessing it's also partially the remastering.
A great album in the sense that pacman was a great game, clearly seminal, famous songs abound, and a step forward with the Beatles adding more orchestral sounds. Drug Beatles as my mom would call it. Digging a hole is good, Day in the Life and 64 classics but kind of played out. I just don't crave the Beatles.
Here we go - song by song for the 1st time Sgt Peppers . . . I love how raw the opening guitar riff is. What a great way to start the album. I understand Paul took lead guitar duties away from George on the Sgt Pep. song. He lays down some excellent lead. I can’t imagine George was happy about he mates in the sandbox that day. With a Little Help ... This is the most famous song Ringo sang. He makes it so much fun as only he could do. Lucy in the Sky. This is a wonderful Lennon tune. Lucy and Day in the Life are the two highlights of the LP. (I know, you guys probably think When I’m 64 is the shit. Call me crazy). Listening to Lucy makes me feel like I’m stoned. Paul lays down some interesting bass flows and some intricate finger work particularly during the last few seconds of the fade out. (I need to give Paul compliments early before I say what I really think about some of his songs to come). Getting Better. Paul’s Fluff-O-Matic songs begin! OK not complete fluff. The harmonies and George’s tambura playing make it a damn good song. The tambura seems to be made to generate feedback. Fixing a hole: Paul’s fluff factor is turned up a couple of notches Again the upbeat guitar work makes the song good. The guitar solo between versus around half way through is conspicuous but more interesting is the solo while Paul is signing the verses. Ahh, Paul taking one for the team to make the song better. She’s Leaving Home I always liked this one especially the last verse where the parents wonder what they did wrong. It’s a kinder / gentler version of Yusuf Islam’s (aka Cat Stevens) Father and Son written a few years later. Paul sure can hit the high notes on the chorus. I doubt Paul would attempt to hit these when playing live but if he could he would be in the same building as Art Garfunkel. Not the same floor as Art, but the same building. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! For all of John’s songs on this LP I wonder where on earth he came up with the bizarre lyrics. Mr. Kite is a great example. Apparently he is singing about a random circus he read about. ?? Within You and Without you. This song is crazy. The rock and roll world wasn’t ready for the sitar. I remember George assembled some sitar players for a benefit concert a few years later. The audience broke into an ovation after the musicians finished tuning their sitars since they thought the tuning process was the first song. Whoops! That demonstrates how foreign the instrument was. When I’m 64 This is complete, 100%, unadulterated fluff from Paul. But totally cute I guess. Perhaps one day I'll have grandkids named Vera, Chuck and Dave. Lovely Rita Another whack of Paul's fluff. The short piano solo is sick! This solo is one of many snippets of absolute brilliance on this LP. Also, the moaning at the end of the song is priceless. I guess Lovely Rita took a short break from writing parking tickets that afternoon. Hmmm. May I enquire discreetly? Good Morning Good Morning Another excellent guitar solo. It sounds like the guitar Paul played on Sgt Pep. Perhaps more mumbling, bumbling and stumbling from George about that sandbox. That guitar has such a vicious sound. The animal sounds at the end are wonderfully ridiculous. The rooster segue to Sgt Pep. reprise is a joy to behold! I'm glad that little rooster wasn't too lazy to crow today. A Day in the Life is a masterpiece. Well, except for the middle eight that Paul wrote and deposited between verses 3 and 4. The good thing about Paul’s bit being slipped in is it highlights how amazing John’s verses are. This song demonstrates how John's writes his songs in a way that invites the other players to be at their creative best. Ringo’s drumming on the Sgt Pep LP is at its creative peak during A Day in the Life. More specifically, during John’s verses on this song. (His drumming is kinda lame during Paul’s contribution. When in Rome . . . - or shall I say when not in Rome . . .). The intricate drum work on A Day in the Life was also possible only because Ringo uses Pearl drums. That amount of drum strokes on a fairly quiet song would have been infuriating if he used less subtle drums. I’m probably at a 4 based solely on the music but give it a 5 due to how influential this album was. It opened another musical door that copious amounts of excellent music walked through. I understand that "Their Satanic Majesties Request" also walked through that door but I can't hold back the 5 because of that. OK Alright OK Alright.
In 1967’s summer of Love, I was 8 years old and no one was cooler than my Uncle Steve. He would later become a criminal defense attorney in Austin, Texas, married and divorce a couple of times along with the subsequent troubled children often produced from that environment, and died with a body ravaged by the excess of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and fried food. But in 1967, man, he was IT! I seem to recall that he had a girlfriend/wife who was an international model, and together achieved some kind of notoriety including a picture on the cover of the Houston Post for smuggling hashish into the United States, but don’t hold me to the details. I was just a kid at the time. I do remember them briefly occupying one of the bedrooms of our two story suburban home in Houston until my father finally begged them to leave because of the pot smoking and loud music billowing from an open window of the room facing the front of the house overlooking the cul-d-esac of our neighborhood. That kind of behavior was unknown to our neighbors, who lacked any real understanding and were most certainly intolerant of the developing counter culture. Uncle Steve happened to be a friend of Michael Nesmith, and a year later would share writing credits with Davey Jones on two songs that ended up on 'The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees': the opening track, ‘Dream World,’ and another song on the second side, ‘The Poster.’ Neither rose anywhere near the fame of the LP’s biggest hit, ‘Daydream Believer,’ but as songs go they were about as good as any other pop songs in 1968, lyrically reflecting the ennui of America’s youth, and musically, ‘The Poster,’ in particular, including one of the oh-so late 60’s beloved instruments, the innocent harpsicord. In fact, in retrospect, listening to ‘The Poster,’ I can see what an effect The Beatles’ 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' must have had on my uncle. You won’t meet a bigger Beatlemaniac than yours truly, and while this particular LP is not my favorite (that honor goes to 'The Magical Mystery Tour'), it’s still wields its own magic, and will forever have an emotional claim on my musical soul. On my eighth birthday, June 26, 1967, just a couple of weeks following its release in America, my Uncle Steve presented me with a packaged cellophane copy of 'Sgt. Pepper’s' that still emanated the faint residual smell of the incense that they burned down at the local record store, Peaches Records and Tapes (for those of you who are hip to that.) I already, of course, had all the prior Beatles’ records and this one, being hot off the press, was highly coveted. I could barely contain my glee as he handed it over. But as I grasped it, before letting it go he looked me right in the eye and said, prophetically, ‘Nephew, you are now holding what will be considered a great work of art one day. Remember this moment. Cherish and honor this gift.’ And I did then, and I still do now, almost 55 years later. I don’t know what to add about the oceans of ink spilled (or, now, ethers of digitalized information disseminated?) about this LP: McCartney’s idea of reintroducing themselves under the guise of a completely different band to shatter the constraints of the prior fab four; or, the many drug references (‘I get high with a little help from my friends,’ ‘Lie on your back with your head in the clouds and you’re gone. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’ ‘Found my way upstairs and had a smoke. Somebody spoke and I went into a dream. Ahhh…’ ‘I’d love to turn you on.’ The trippy backwards circus carousel on ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!,’ or the taking-a-hit-off-a-joint sound at the end of ‘Lovely Rita,’ etc); or the famous cover photo montage and the lyrics written on the back (a surprisingly new concept at that time), or, or, or…. I mean, it’s the Beatles. These boys could sing and play the yellow pages (I’m dating myself with that reference) and it would be solid gold. I love ‘em. What can I say? Ringo’s subtle drumming, always serving the best interests of the song rather than his own ego, George Harrison’s essential guitar fills here, there, and everywhere. Lennon’s authentically soulful voice, despite the heavy doses of studio effects and LSD. And finally, Sir Paul McCartney. This is really his LP, his concept, his lead beginning to really assert itself in the band. I’ve always been more of a Lennon man, but doesn’t McCartney shine on 'Sgt. Pepper’s'? Listen to how clear and strong his vocal parts are immediately following Lennon’s more affected ones. The interplay between the two is unrivaled in contemporary rock/pop music. (We’ll cover his incredibly melodic bass playing more extensively when 'Abbey Road' comes around.) But I think the real value of 'Sgt. Pepper’s' is the mood of the time The Beatles so expertly captured. George Harrison’s growing interest in exploring exotic, previously unfamiliar (to the west) eastern global spiritual traditions (and remember this was decades before the access to information that we now take for granted on the interweb) on his sole composition, ‘With You Without You.’ McCartney’s gorgeously heartrending and respectful treatment of both generations on ‘She’s Leaving Home’- the disaffected, searching young, and the inability of the old to comprehend their children’s frustration with the status quo. Lennon’s opus magnum, ‘A Day In The Life,’ a desperate search for sense among the seemingly senseless. And Ringo’s opus magnum (at least vocally), ‘With A Little Help From My Friends,’ the gathering of the global tribes forming a new community of peace and love. This whole LP clearly spoke to me, even in my pre-teen years, of a significant change in human consciousness, some kind of evolution occurring in real time, my time. I wouldn’t have been able to articulate it back then, but I felt it nonetheless. And while Harrison’s new spirituality, accompanied by droning sitars and throbbing tablas, went over my head, I now hear them and his lyrics as a call to arms, (the multiple arms of Shiva, Lakshmi, Ganesha, and the rest) to any and all generations, youth and otherwise, who would listen: ‘We were talking about the love that’s gone so cold, and the people who gain the world and lose their soul (the two arms of Jesus). They don’t know, they can’t see. Are you one of them?’ It was Harrison’s good friend, Bob Dylan, who would actually have first rights to this two summers prior in ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man,’ on Highway 61 Revisited: ‘Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?’ It’s still happening, brothers and sisters, and some still don’t know. But some do. Which one are you? 5 million/5
This is the Beatles' masterpiece. When they decided to stop touring and become solely a studio band in 1966, they had a brilliant idea for their next record: let's bring the performance home to the record-buyers. Everything about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is spectacle, from the album cover to the audience cheering at the opening tracks and then some. I love how this album plays with unique and fresh ideas that still sound like a fitting part of this technicolor album. Off the top of my head, Within You Without You, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, and a Day In The Life do drastically different things and they're all excellent without feeling out of place. More than anything, I would describe Sgt. Pepper's as a showcase of sorts. The Beatles want to convince you of all the cool new songwriting and production tricks they've learned, fully committing themselves to developing an album that is impressive on all accounts (and, subsequently, impossible to play live at the time). This the the Beatles with no restrictions whatsoever. Fully free to make the greatest possible album that they can, with a whopper of a closer to go with it. Goosebumps.
Sgt. Pepper remains one of The Beatles’ most impactful artistic achievements, as a landmark in the development of art rock, a predecessor to the progressive rock movement, and as a defining moment in 1960s pop culture. Sgt. Pepper finds the Fab Four melding brilliant pastiches of circus, music hall, avant-garde, and classical (both Western and Eastern) with an overwhelming sense of optimism and empowerment which heralded the impending Summer of Love and managed to bridge the gap between popular music and high art. The influence of this record is still felt today, even in ways which may not seem so obvious at first, such as the revolutionary usage of sound effects and tape manipulation, innovations in graphic design, the use of cyclic form in popular music, and advancing the importance of the producer. This is a record which managed to define and shape its era. It stands the test of time as an important and effective work of art, while also remaining fun, listenable, and lively. The instrumentation is rich and expressive, and it is an absolute joy to experience the multifaceted music of The Beatles, whether it be Paul’s pristine pop sensibilities, John’s inner monologues, George’s experimentalism, or Ringo’s happy-go-lucky whimsicality.
Comme vous le savez tous très bien, j'ai longtemps considéré les Beatles comme un groupe extrêmement surcoté. Néammoins, le White Album écouté il y a de cela une poignée de semaines m'avait bien rabattu mon clappe merde. Aujourd'hui, les Beatles sont retombés dans leurs travers. Un album absolument commun, sans rien de bien particulier, adulé par la communauté décérebrée du générateur. Je vous décris ci-dessous ce qu'il s'est passé chez chacun des auditeurs imbéciles utilisant ce générateur: *coupe son enceinte diffusant un solo d'orgue de 6mn de Manzarev* "Au jour d'aujourd'hui nouvel album!" (vous noterez que ceci n'est même pas du français correct) "Bittles!!!" (ceci n'est pas l'orthographe correcte du groupe susmentionné, une nouvelle preuve flagrante de la débilité des auditeurs) "Bittles, c'est 6/5!!!" (il n'y a que 5 notes selectionnables sur le générateur, de plus il est mathématiquement impossible d'obtenir une note supérieur au denominateur) *relance son solo de Manzamerde* Si vous analysez bien la situation, vous noterez qu'aucun auditeur n'a lancé l'album du jour, ils se sont simplement contentés de grassement noter cet album moyen à la vision du naming "Beatles". J'attends vos réponses en commentaires.
I saw a few reviews wonder what it must feel like to come into this album cold, to listen to it with fresh ears in today's musical landscape without it having been an ever-present fixture in one's life. Hey, I'm your guy. I was born in '88. The only Beatles song I can confidently claim to have listened to the whole way through prior to starting this project was "Twist and Shout", which, upon only just now thinking to look into it, was actually a cover. They don't come any denser than me. The eponymous intro track is a perfectly bombastic mixture of rock and orchestral that really sells the idea that this album is going to be masterful. That the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is going to be an experience. It's excellent, and sends you straight into the next track on a huge high. I straight-up love this strategy. The first true track in question is "With a Little Help From My Friends". To me, this felt like the kind of cute, feel-good ditty you would find to close OUT the show. What is it doing here, smack at the beginning? Tonally, it's a little jarring from the solid intro that pitched to us the notion that we'd be listening to a well-oiled machine; but by itself, it's not necessarily a portent of ill omen. This could still potentially work as an opener. But "Lucy in the Sky" is next, and here is where things are looking rough. The chorus is repetitive and musically inert, and probably isn't the focus of the song. The verses have a psychedelic bent to them, and this is my hangup. 166 album ratings in, and the 60s as a decade is sitting a solid 0.68 points below my second-lowest-rated era. It's the only decade that falls below a 3-star average for me, and this right here is why. I don't understand what is supposed to be appealing about psychedelia. Is this because I've never done drugs? Is that the key that would unlock an entire musical generation for me? That is followed up by "Getting Better", which is rather appropriately-named, because this is more of a return to their roots and is actually pleasant to listen to. That said, it's also a fluff piece, hands-down. "Fixing a Hole" has a good guitar riff, actually, although I didn't notice it right away. That's about the best I can say for it; otherwise it's basically filler. "She's Leaving Home" would really be a perfect track to mellow us out... except we haven't been amped up since the intro, so it's not accomplishing anything here. Er, now hang on, that's a point. Wasn't I sold an experience? Because from my point of view, after that intro faded out, nothing has truly landed for me so far. We're halfway in already, and every single song has either been put sorely out of place, or should be functioning as the glue that would string along and prop up the memorable tracks—which are inexplicably absent. The rest of the album plays on in a similar manner; I'm already checked out, and that was supposed to be the GOOD half. Eventually, the Club Band reprise outro comes crashing in, acting like that was a hell of a show you just heard. Honestly, it's so confident in its approach that I could almost imagine it was true. But if you compare the intro/outro to the rest of the album... I don't know. It's discordant; it doesn't match the tone at all; it makes me wonder if the opening and closing act knew what they were opening and closing FOR. Maybe if my expectations had been different, I could have found more merit here. But the only thing louder than the hype from this album's introduction is the hype from the wall of 5-star reviews, many of which proudly proclaim "What can you say about this album?" But I suppose somebody in that mix should say *something*, because there are still a few dense people like me out there who just don't understand how to appreciate this work.
Hot take: if this album came out today, I'd give it a 4. But it's The Beatles' magnum opus and perhaps the most important record of all time, so it has to get a 5. Maybe it only feels so weird to me because I wasn't there in the psychedelic era to understand it, but to my ears it's a bizarre kaleidoscopic tapestry of sound, throwing influences around like a Jackson Pollock painting. Whatever it may be to me though, it is so much more to so many more people. Perhaps more so than any other album on this list, this is one of those albums you Must Listen To Before You Die, if only to understand this thing so many other people have heard and feel so strongly about.
(Listened to Before) Not much to say other than this is a classic. Love most of it and how the Beatles maintain their identity through some somewhat psychedelic stylings. Top 5 Beatles album. Favorite Tracks: Fixing A Hole, Getting Better, Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Least Favorite Tracks: When I’m Sixty Four
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles (1967) Is this the greatest album of all time? Yes and no. Considered as to its historical setting and its advancement of the artistic form, yes. Considered as to its musical and artistic merit, listenability, structure, poetic depth, and engagement of the human condition, no. But even here, it’s still on the list of the top five ‘greatest albums ever’. Young listeners today should be made aware of the chronological context of what preceded and followed the date of this album’s release. It was 1967. The world had never heard anything like it (‘groundbreaking’ would be an understatement). And the world liked it and continued to like it, to imitate it, to develop from it, and to return to it as an evaluative standard, making ever new discoveries in its creative tapestry. That is what we mean when we use the word ‘classic’. And I can’t think of an album that is more of a ‘classic’ in this defining sense. “Sgt. Pepper” is supremely well crafted. Its conceptual setting (a fictional concert by an amateurish military-style band from early 20th century Great Britain) is strong enough to stand without requiring a narrative. In this way, the work invented the form of the ‘concept’ album—a forward-looking creative mode advancing beyond opera and Wagnerian ‘music drama’. In this artistic mode, the listener’s ears are the stage. The visualization is in the mind, not through a proscenium. And the mind targeted by this album is a broad canvas, stretched on a frame from the Indian classical strains of George Harrison’s “Within You Without You” to the genre defying “She’s Leaving Home“. To explore this just a tiny bit, listen to the opening title track on headphones. A serious listener will discern that the fictional audience (representing the listener him/herself) is included in the recording of the fictional concert, which, after sounds of the band ‘tuning up’ and anticipatory crowd assembly sounds, begins with a well balanced four-bar rock intro. But something is intentionally amiss. The fictional emcee begins his introduction of the band seemingly stuck in the right channel of the audio. Then the brass/vocal ensemble enters, and now suddenly, it is seemingly stuck in the left channel. But when the vocals begin to express the band members’ fondness for the audience, the balance slowly, expansively, and captivatingly shifts to the center, culminating with the line “We’d like to take you home with us; we’d love to take you home”. The effect of this recording strategy is to create a bond. I mean, consider: the listener has just returned from the record store (taking The Beatles ‘home’) and lovingly lowered the disc onto the turntable, and has ardently put the needle into the opening groove. Then The Beatles begin the album with corresponding affection. [If you missed the progressive eroticism in this paragraph, read it again.] Did anyone ever have the audacity to turn it off at this point and never listen to it again? I don’t think so. This masterful overture is suitably followed by the comfortably pop “With Little Help from My Friends”—meaning a group of friends which, by this point, already includes the listener. With these two beginning tracks, is there a better album ‘hook’ in the history of recorded music? I don’t think so. Like the start of any concert (or party), the appropriate mental mood is essential, and so we have the decidedly non-pop psychedelic “Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds” to help the artists “get high with a little help from my friends”. Has there ever been a more artful reference to hallucinogens? I don’t think so. And it gets better with “Getting Better”, right about the time that the listener notices the audience is gone (but not forgotten), and the community now consists only of him/herself and the musicians. Does he/she mind? I don’t think so. “Fixing a Hole” is a song for meditative old farts who are “taking the time for a number of things that weren't important yesterday”. Does that mean that young people should skip this one? I don’t think so. Full stop. “She’s Leaving Home” is superlatively poignant, vivisecting loneliness, disappointment, the willful pursuit of limited happiness, and an incommensurate attachment to gratitude—lessons in love that are meaningful not just for the good-looking, the popular, the successful, the wealthy, and the wannabe characters in gothic romance, but also for the rest of us. This why we weep when we hear it. Could the song have been accompanied by anything other that a mournful string ensemble? I don’t think so. Now, can I give you a ready explanation as to why “Mr. Kite” is stuck in the right channel? Well, maybe I’ll be able to when I’m seventy-four, but as for now, I don’t think so. But listening to “When I’m Sixty-Four” on the far side of that reverie-inducing benchmark gives the song a completely different effect. Would I like to go back? (All together, now), I don’t think so! And should we dispense with a consideration of the symbolism of “Lovely Rita” and the nihilistic banality of a simple “Good Morning”? We shouldn’t think so. In the “Sgt. Pepper” reprise, the crowd is suddenly back, and the listener is summoned to prepare for the sad but necessary return to the artless and sober existence he/she had before starting this enterprise. But not before “A Day in the Life”, which is a mini opera in itself, requiring full orchestra and some of the best drumming Ringo Starr ever drummed. John Lennon’s lead vocal moves oh so slowly from the right channel to the left, followed by Paul McCartney’s bridge, in which he remains stubbornly and steadfastly in the right channel (Was this the beginning of the end for these two?). The discordant but progressive orchestral climax shouts a reverberating triumph before the mechanically repeated “never could be any other way” (paced at the panic-inducing 33 1/3 rpm) ends the album with both an exclamation point and a question mark. God, the artistry. On top of all this, one could spend hours meditating on the cover photo alone. Are there any negative things to say about this album? I don’t think so. 5/5
A Michelin starred restaurant can serve any old slop and, out of deference to the tastemakers, someone will say it's the best meal they've ever had. But can it be both?
Easy 5! This is my second album where I am able to listen to it on Vinyl and this is easily my most valuable record in my collection. I don't think there is a bad track on the album. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is a great opening track and leads into what is one of my favorite Beatles songs in "With a Little Help from My Friends" for uh certain relatable reasons. Then you have "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" which is an amazing song and as much as John insisted it wasn't a euphemism I do not believe him. The song flows way too much like an actual acid trip to not be 100% about one. I mean this is the Acid album afterall. "Getting Better" and "Fixing A Hole" are two of the weaker songs on the album, though neither is in anyway a bad song they just don't stand out as much. "She's Leaving Home" is one of the Beatles more underrated songs in my opinion, if you can even call a song that popular underrated. "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" is certainly one of the stranger songs, but feels right as a summation of the A side of this album. "Within You Without You" also lands as one of the stranger songs, but I think these 'weird' songs are the beauty of The Beatles' studio bound years. The exploration of world music instruments and styles really is the beauty of the latter years. "When I'm Sixty Four" is certainly a departure from the sound of the previous two tracks. It's a fun bouncy track that if it weren't for the general strangeness of this album doesn't feel like it should fit. That and "Lovely Rita" both fit into the category of weaker songs on an amazing album. "Good Morning Good Morning" while maybe not your regular listening type of Beatles song is still a really great and fun song. Though the animal sounds on it do take it down a peg. The "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Reprise" I almost like more than the originating track. "A Day In The Life" is a great track and a good way to end the album. Listening to albums I've heard before is great too because I get something new out of them. The exploration of different instruments and techniques in this album is what makes it one of my favorite albums. The mixing on the album is also very masterfully done. The hard panned vocals certainly throw you for a loop at times. Especially if like me you grew up on the bad digital stereo mixes that hard panned every sound and had no blending. If I weren't listening to the vinyl I would have assumed that was just the case. This is one of the few albums I have ever seen where every single song has its own Wikipedia article. Truly a masterpiece. All in all this is an amazing album that should be rated no lower than a 5 and anybody that puts it lower than a 4 just shouldn't be trusted in their judgement of music.
This one is going to be hard to review because it's practically wired into my DNA. Sgt. Pepper's was one of the most played records in my house when we were kids, and of course it was constantly on the radio for 30 years at least. It's going to be hard to approach this with fresh ears from a critical perspective, but I'll try. The first thing you have to talk about is what Sgt. Pepper's is not: it's not a rock album, although it does have rock in it, and it's not an album of psychedelia, although it has psychedelia in it. Sgt. Pepper's is a pop album through and through, although with pretensions to art music. It draws from rock, psychedelia, music hall, classical, and even carnatic music traditions. Now, generally, the lessons from Sgt. Pepper's have been thoroughly absorbed, as you can tell by listening to any Sufjan Stevens album or any number of other modern artists. Fans of these artists would tell you that Sgt. Pepper's is boring and irrelevant and while it's historically significant, the Beatles have long since been surpassed. And in a way, they're right. Studio trickery is far more advanced. Artists confidently layer on dozens of tracks for any given song. But what they're leaving out is taste. Listening to Sgt. Pepper's for the first time in a long time, and critically at that, I was surprised at how sparse the music was for the most part. The Beatles don't dump everything but the kitchen sink into their tunes for the most part, not that they had the option--Sgt. Pepper's was made on a four track recorder. I was amazed at how much mileage they get out of so little. The music sounds really full if you aren't paying super close attention. And the variety of textures and styles they manage to eke out is kind of mind blowing. This speaks to incredibly cunning arrangements. Then there's the skill and taste of the playing. Listening to Sgt. Pepper's with a critical ear, I was in awe of McCartney's bass playing. He rarely explicitly maps out the bass notes of chords. More often than not, he's playing counter melodies and counter rhythms while still keeping the pulse and giving a sense of the harmonies. And all this with distinctly simple bass lines. And he has a beautiful, bell like tone. His work on Sgt. Pepper's is some of the most economical and tasteful I've heard. Then there's Harrison. Again, his solos are simple, economical, but iconic. You could never mistake his guitar playing for anyone else's. And he has a genius for finding just the right guitar tone for any given situation. But what about the songs themselves? They generally have strong melodies and structures, not terribly complex, but memorable nonetheless. Modern audiences are certain to be bored by When I'm 64 because it refers back to a music hall tradition that was 30 or 30 years old back in 1967, and so completely irrelevant to them. I don't blame them for that, but for me, the music hall influence in When I'm 64 strikes me as a charming throwback, basically because I'm old. Likewise, many will have a problem with the classical art music pretentions of She's Leaving Home. I don't because of what I'm assuming is McCartney's light touch and sense of humor about the material, reflected in melodramatic strings that accompany the lyrics \"She breaks down and cries to her husband 'Daddy, our baby's gone!'\" which recalls film melodramas McCartney would have grown up with. I have a bigger problem with Within You Without You. The philosophy in the lyrics, while not ridiculous in and of itself, comes off as second hand, heavy handed, and often clumsy. When paired with quasi-carnatic music, given its association with gurus, it's way too on the nose, and even a bit embarrassing. So, you've got a solid slate of songs with one clunker, gorgeous, clever, and economical arrangements, and first-rate musicianship. I'll dun Sgt. Pepper's half a star for Within You Without You, but it's hard to fault it otherwise.
Je n'ai absolument rien à déclarer au sujet de cet album, un peu à la manière de Messi lorsqu'il était interrogé sur Griezmann.
There are great tracks - title track, She’s Leaving Home, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds- and there are ok tracks - When I’m 64, Lovely Rita - and there is The Beatle’s masterpiece A Day in the Life, which is one of the greatest works of art of the 20th century. The production on the album is excellent throughout and Ringo’s drumming is superb. A surprising mixed bag but something about The Beatles is always compelling even at their less successful.
One of the best albums ever made. Every song is the best on the album. A true classic, one of my most listened to in my collection. The cover itself is amazing.
I mean, it's Sgt. Pepper's Motherfucking Lonely Hearts Club Band, what do you expect. Ps: Lennon fucking sucks.
A classic. Definitely in the top half of the Beatles albums for me, and a long-time favorite of mine.
Still impressive for the time and a great listen every time
It's fricken the Beatles. not my first listen, never could be another way-never could be any other w-Never could be any other...
Listened to this since I was a little kid
This album is amazing and will continue to be amazing until the end of time. All the songs are great, perfect length, and absolute jammers. The only downside to this record is 'Within You Without You' which is a boring slog of Indian song. Overall I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. thanks for coming to my ted talk.
the songs are a good length i really like the beatles i think its cool that there's cheering the background with a little help from my friends is fire
What more is there to say?
I really do love this album, great songs that go even better together.
It's The Beatles. Classic album.
годный альбом! и вообще, тяжело найти человека, которому не нравилась хотя бы одна песня битлов
Zero notes required.
Fenomenalno, kompletno. Lucy in the sky with diamonds; Lovely Rita; A day in life
Amazing She's leaving home deserves another listen
Didn't realize how many great songs there on there. Some experimental stuff that must have been crazy back when it came out. Really good album.
Every song is so transformative, didn't realize so many of the classics were on Sgt. Pepper.
HA. Really.. Rate this masterpiece?
I remember being a little kid, maybe seven years old and listening to this on headphones and enjoying the space it creates. Fun to listen to it again, it's been too long. Great memories!
Great album, had heard it already and it was a delight to revisit it. The fact that the whole album is a unit is nothing short of a masterpiece before its time.
While I don't absolutely love every single song on here I find myself going back and listening to it over and over again. It's hard not to imagine how mind blowing this must have sounded to a Beatles fan (and the rest of the world) post Beatlemania . Although they weren't the first to do it, the commercial implications it had for psych rock's emergence into the mainstream is worth five stars in itself. She's Leaving Home is probably my highlight, followed closely by With a Little Help and When I'm Sixty Four.
Fem av fem. The original concept
Very good but it does sound like lots of things from the past 50 years.
Fantastic. What it must have been like to hear this for the first time back in the 60s. It holds up now as a clever and interesting album that moves through genres and tempos. Loved it.
I don't think I have ever hear "Within you without you" before... I could have sworn I had listened to this album before, but I must have only listened to the A-side. "When I am Sixty-Four" is great. "Lovely Rita"- Are the Beatles boot-lickers? I want to rewatch "Across the Universe". There are so many little nods to this album in the show. "A Day in the Life" Is a bit too on the nose for me this week, but damn it is good.
Obviously a classic. Heard it a million times.
Such a great collection of songs. Been a while since I've heard them.
All-time classic! Great production quality
Very very good. Where do we get some LSD?
A little overrated in Beatles' discography but still amazing. 9/10 1. A Day in the Life 2. She’s Leaving Home 3. With a Little Help From My Friends
It’s just a classic. Timeless and still amazing today. I need to listen to The Beatles more man...
I mean, it's a classic.
The obvious answer for when someone asks what a 5/5 album sounds like. Never a dull moment and couldn't possibly be any better.
Top tier album. The variety of sounds on here and the quality of every song are amazing. Favorite Track(s): I honestly love each and every song on this album for various reasons, but “A Day In The Life” takes the top spot
Je n’ai même pas besoin de justifier. 5*
A true classic + unique and experimental for the time
Classic, what more is there to say. * Italianesq kisses fingers to mouth motion* 🤣
Waited for my turntable to be delivered to finally listen to this album completely. It is a 5 from start to finish, even the last loop, which is sadly lost in the cd's and streaming services versions, is amazing.
Fro got me onto The Beatles at 190 George, before that- just a famous old band. I think out of their albums, this is the best ale. No 2 songs alike
One of the Beatles high points, but not the only one. There are few bands anyone can say this about. This band a 2 or 3 high points. They continually defied the odds. This album blew every critic out of the water.
Sonics:8 Music: 9 Feel: amazing and groundbreaking production, classic album with lots of fantastic songs
A milestone in the history of pop music. It still sounds as great as usual!
5.0 + Just the fact that so many bands heard this album and immediately decided to try and make a similar one of their own “in response”, is telling.
i love it!
Banger after banger. A Day in The Life is 1 of my Tippy Toppy Beatles songs
I love this album. I think it's my second favorite Beatles album behind the White album.
Epic trendsetter. A lot of good songs, and a few really good, but not their best (because they sacrificed Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane as a single).
One of the greatest albums to exist. Not my favorite Beatles album, but there are no weak songs. It even get's funky with the orchestration near the end, so high marks from me. Fav song: A Day in the Life
On its own, a really good album. I read up and dug into its history and it is the Citizen Cane of albums. So much happened based on this one. Takes it from 4 to 5 for me despite not being a Beatles fan.
2nd June 2021 Listened on my phone in the living room as we have Melyl staying with us. Post FT interview whilst eating a very late lunch. What can you say that hasn't been said already?!
Weirdly, this has never been one of my favorite Beatles albums. Like, obviously it’s great and everything, but ive always preferred others over it.
Within You Without You is a highlight.
Groundbreaking. This really doesn't need words.
The best álbum of one of the greatest bands in history.
Probably the Best Beatles Albumn, Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite and Within You Without You stand out.
I've listened to this album for so much of my life and it's amazing.
All around brilliant!
Otroligt album Bästa låtar: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds When I'm Sixty Four Lovely Rita A Day In The Life
Bona fide classic
love the instrumentation and singing the middle eastern or persian flutes and the horns on the intro track. It was all very well put together and attention grabbing! :)
Always a favorite a mine. Instant 5/5
Hay algo que no se haya dicho de este álbum? Lo dudo mucho Un sólido 10/10
If you don't own this, you don't like music.
This was the first album I ever listened to that I thought was perfect. Start to finish.
One of my fav Beatles recordings. Iconic and revolutionary.
Nothing to say that hasn't already been said. Bloody brilliant!
Sometimes we forget about the tunes on this album as its cultural standing can overshadow them. The tunes are great. It's The Beatles trying to stop being themselves. Truly mind blowing with possibly the greatest ending track to any album ever. Best Tracks: Getting Better, Lovely Rita, A Day In The Life
deffo better than abbey road, i hoped they got ran over while crossing the street cause they didnt look both ways those idiots!!!
I mean, it’s fucking Sgt. Peppers What else is there to say about it? It’s one of the greatest albums to ever exist and it deserves that honour (although I probably wouldn’t say it’s THE greatest)
Not a lot to say that hasn’t already been said about this album. One of, if not the greatest album of all time. Here, the Beatles found a way to make a record without the constraints of having to be the Beatles. As this new band, they could make whatever new and different songs they wanted, so they did. And they made an absolute masterpiece.
Not much to say a near perfect album that would be difficult to tire of. 5 🌟
Another piece of music which is fixed in my memory to the place and time when I first heard it - in this case riding in my geography A level teacher's Alfasud on a field trip to Oxwich Bay (along with Beggars Banquet). A life-shaping experience.
Who couldn't love this album? Amazing production, all-time classic tracks, and enough variety to keep you going through all of it, with the perfect ending track.
My favourite Beatles album, enough said!
One of the greatest albums of all time. Masterful rock psychedelia. The Beatles in top form.
Of course it's a classic. It's Sgt. Peppers damnit! Fav. Song: Fixing a hole
Even if you divorce it from the impact it's had on popular music, it's still a brilliant little record
All-time great. The Beatles are masters of songwriting. Relatively simple music by today's standards, but they set the standard for pop music for 50 years and counting. Wish Spotify had the mono mix, but stereo is still cool. Easy 5/5 and it's not even an argument.
My second or maybe third favourite Beatles album
WOW!!! I actually think I'd never listened to this through before. What a masterpiece. The Beatles at their poppy, trippy best - incredible album from start to finish - love the weirdness of Day in The Life, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, and Within You Without You. Such a solid concept album too!
Ik vind de Beatles geniaal. Gewoon heel toegankelijke vrolijke nummers met pakkende melodietjes. Daarnaast ook heel mooie gevoelige nummers. Dit specifieke album is geweldig want er staan alleen maar van dat soort hits op! Mijn favoriet? Mmm. Ik denk "Getting Better". Owja, er was toch 1 liedje op het album dat ik niet leuk vond. *****
Hard to find an album with a more monstrous reputation than this one. There are songs that I find more interesting and ones I find less interesting, but not a bad song on the album.
It feels like I summoned this album with a throwaway line in a mediocre review of The Who Sell Out yesterday. Then, I was reflecting on listening to Sgt. Pepper's about a month ago. That was the mono version, and in retrospect I was thinking that it was a bit better than the Who record, still worse than Revolver. Well, it hasn't become my favorite Beatles album after another listen, but I was overcome today by how clearly this is a 5/5 listening experience. Each song is a hair away from perfect, perhaps, but together they form something sublime.
Although in recent times I’ve seen people start to disregard this album, I can say that I truly believe it is one of the greatest of all time. Sometimes the hype is right.
5/5. One of the best albums ever. From its iconic album cover to the Amazing songs. One of the only perfect albums on this list. Standouts: A Day in a Life, She's Leaving Home, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, When I'm Sixty-Four, Lovely Rita, followed by other rest of the songs...
Certainly lives up to the hype. Extremely cohesive yet diverse and expansive album. A Day in the Life is one of the greatest songs ever written
absolute classic...one of the best!
Rock, psychedelica en pop, allemaal dooreen. Heel afwisselend album. Veel variatie met de lead-vocals. Oprecht één van de grootste klassiekers aller tijden
que buen álbum, por el amor de DIOS. obviamente tiene canciones mejores que otras, pero solamente por contener a day in the life y she's leaving home ya se merece las 5 estrellas.
Amazing Album, it could have been created recently and still be huge. Unbelievably psychadelic
I read the news today, oh boy... Well, it's iconic to say the least. I can't say I've listened to it for about 15 years and was expecting it to actually be a bit shit in reality, but I still enjoyed it. See you again in another 15 years.
Long before the days of dating apps and posting your tits on the internet, I once placed a lonely hearts advert in the local paper. It read: Big dick gangsta motherfucker seeks shy, retiring, well-educated wallflower to perform unspeakable, inhumane sexual acts with in public. GSOH preferable. I got over 4,000 replies. I fucked them all.
this is when the beatles got good. much better than i remembered, pretty sure i overplayed this when i was a wee nipper so i'd kind of fell out with it, but hearing it again now was pretty bloody good. i feel like i need to be critical of it, probably due to never choosing to listen to it any more, but i can't really pick any holes in it. its one of those weird ones where its in the 9/10 camp so i feel odd giving it a 5, but a 4 doesn't really do it justice.
Well it’s safe to say I managed to cum to every single track. What’s not to like, the greatest album from the greatest band of all time. A little help from my friends. What a hero ringo was! A day in the life, Christ just saying it makes me want to jizz all over my guinea pig! Just looking at the album cover gets me hard. Overall it’s a Beatles bukkake party and I’m very impressed.
Dat is toch wel een feest van herkenning
Weird in the best sense of the word.
11/8 You know what it issss... Standout Tracks: With A Little Help From My Friends, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Fixing A Hole, She's Leaving Home, Within You Without You, A Day In The Life
Not much needs to be said. Was a groundbreaking album for its day and still is a wonderful listen in 2021. Love being able to hear the individual styles of each Beatle start to take shape in these songs. A Day In The Life is likely the best Beatles song ever written.
Great classic album. Beautifully walks the lines of pop and psychedelia
I remember the first time listening to this album. I just purchased it in a stack of old records from a flea market in Tuscaloosa, AL. The fella I meet was a DJ in NY back in the 70s, and gave me the vast majority of Pink Floyd, Beatles, Led Zep, and Rolling Stones vinyls I have today. Going home to clean the albums, I selected this as the first to play as I had never heard it before even at the age of 26. I remember being floored by how modern it sounded and some of the bass lines in the background. Was a huge musical awakening for me.
Just a good, solid album where even the songs I didn't know are bangers. 8 recognized songs
Piaty krazek bandy na liscie, wiec o samym zespole juz sie chyba wypisalem co wiedzialem, a sam album to jak dla mnie opus magnum ich dyskografii, wedlug niektorych jeden z pierwszych konceptowych krazkow jakie zna muzyka rozrywkowa, a pochodzi on z roku 67, ciekawa sprawa jest to ze podobno krytycy sami wymyslili sobie ten koncept, bo sam lenon i ringu mowili, ze jedynie dwa pierwsze songi mialy jakies polaczenie, a reszta to gem na gemie, ale bez motywu przewodniego, ale to wlasnie zamykajacy traczek a day in the life tworzy caly koncept, jesli wczesniejsze dwanasciekawalkow byly opowiescia snuta w swiecie pepperowym przez lonlejowo sercowo klubikowa bande, to trzynasty trak burzy eskejpistyczno psychodeliczny obraz swiata pepperowego na rzecz szarej rzeczywistosci, nie ma tutaj orientalnych brzmien i mistycznych brzmien, ktore przewijaja sie przez caly album, natomiast jest to skontrastowane z dzwiekami rzeczywistosci, potezna orkiestra, czy chocby budzik do roboty, wiec nawet jesli beatlesie nie mieli zamiaru stworzyc tak madrego konceptu, to jednak im sie udalo, gdyby nie zamykajacy kawalek to calosc mozna by okreslic jako niepowaznie szczesliwa, co moze by pasowalo do tak popularnej muzyki, ale z pewnoscia nie niosloby ze soba takiego przeslania, jak dla mnie sgt. peppers lonely hearts club band, to blisko 40 minut mocno skondensowanego kopiuma, ucieczki od rzeczywistosci zarowno w muzyke czy prosto w kable, chociaz glownym wspolautorem byl raczej kwasior McCartnejowy, a Lennon mial byc tym swiadomym przewodnikiem podczas procesu pisania traczkow, jesli chodzi o instrumetale, to jest tak jak na poprzednich materialach beatlesow z tego okresu, jak na revolverze pojawiaja sie zarowno minimalistyczne kompozycje jak na lucy in the sky with diamonds przeplatane z bogato osamplowanymi, elektrykowymi trakami jak good morning good morning, czy prawdziwie Harrisonowym brzmieniem within you without you, gdzie zaprezentowal kunszt swoich sitarowych sztuczek, jest to takze drugi najdluzszy utwor plyty, przegrywajacy tylko z epilogiem a day in the life, jest to takze album na ktorym jak dla mnie Lennon najbardziej wokalnie sie wpasowal, zarowno kawalki solowe jak i z Paulem maja wreszcie jakosciowo wykonany efekt, ktorym spamowal na swoich nagraniach, Lennon jest chyba postacia u ktorej najbardziej slychac ewolucje wokalu na przestrzeni dyskografii beatlesowej, album niby konceptowy, a jednak pojedyncze traki rowniez mocno sluchalne, z poprzednich odsluchow mialem juz with a little help from my friends i pania lucy, wiec dodam jeszcze dwa kolejne getting better zwlaszcza za gitarkowe nutki jakie mozna uslyszec juz na samym wstepie, a kolejnym bedzie wlasnie zamykajacy a day in the life, ktory dopiero teraz jakos brzmi dla mnie inaczej i nadaje drugiego dna pepperowemu albumikowi, jesli jestem juz na piatym nagraniu, to obstawiam, ze musi sie pojawic co najmniej jeszcze jeden, a optymistycznie zakladajac, bo przeciez brytyjska super banda, ze nawet dwa lub trzy moga sie zmiescic, wtedy chyba zostana panowie krolami listy pod wzgledem ilosci przemyconych albumikow
ALMOST their best. 5/5
One of the most notable Beatles album.
Is it the "best album of all time", as rated by Rolling Stone back in 2003? Nope. Is it the best Beatles album? Also no. But is it a masterpiece and milestone of popular music that deserves its place on this list? Oh, go on then. Maybe I'm biased because I grew up with the Beatles and almost every area of music I got into immediately afterwards was influenced by them. I was very harsh on Donovan earlier this week even though he pulled many of the same tricks as The Beatles, in some cases earlier than they did. It begged the question: would I like The Beatles as much if I first heard them now? Trying to listen to this album with fresh ears today (even though personal attachment makes that impossible), I was still floored by how eclectic the material is as the Beatles fire on all cylinders. The vivid imagery. The detail in every arrangement, harmony and melody. It's still dazzling music in technicolour. There's not much more I can add to the multitude of reviews out there, but here's a random selection of some favourite moments: Ringo's carefree drum fills in "With a Little Help from My Friends". Paul's harmony in the chorus of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". The jagged guitar solo in "Fixing a Hole" as it swings down into the lower register. The deranged collage effect at the end of "...Mr Kite". "Lovely Rita"'s kazoos. "Somebody needs to know the time, glad that I'm here"... and those HORNS! "A Day in the Life". Not a moment, I cheated... but it's my favourite Beatles song and one of my favourite songs of all time. Couldn't not be five stars. As a side note, it might be sacrilege but Giles Martin did an incredible job remixing this album in 2017 (perfect modernised-but-still-classic take blending the stereo and mono versions) and it's become my go-to. Listen to Ringo in Good Morning Good Morning, or the strings as Lennon goes into a dream, and try to disagree.
Major turning point for the band. Love this album.
INCREDIBLE! My favorite Beatles record, and my second favorite album of all time. The cohesion and sequencing make it greater than the sum of its parts, but the songs make it so that the parts are still awesome. It’s just great all around.
Simplemente magnifico, album magistral, tremenda joya. Es jodidamente bueno. Siempre que estoy de malas me gusta escuchar este álbum, me pone de buen humor
Top 3 favorite Beatles albums
The real deal. What else can I say? Sure, maybe it’s overplayed. Sure, maybe you’re not a fan of the costumes. But listen to like anything else of its time and compare. There’s no comparison really.
I used to listen to this album as a kid because it was in my sister’s record collection. It is the Beatles album I am most familiar with. Obviously a great album. “A Day In The Life” is perhaps my favorite Beatles song. Was great to revisit the album as I haven’t listened to it all the way through in decades. When I was a kid I recall not enjoying “Within You Without You” very much. But then it took some effort to skip forward to the next song. Not sure if it is just imprinted on me, but I wanted to skip it again (but didn’t). It does seem like a strange outlier on the album.
It's hard to "review" an album that I've listened to so much. It's like trying to review air or water. This album just IS. I listened three times today and tried to hear new things. I paid a lot of attention to background vocals and bass lines and unusual instruments. This music is layered and rich and there's a lot to hear. I am starting to really notice and appreciate Ringo, both on the drums and when he sings. There's something so hopeful and endearing about A Little Help from My Friends sung in his treacly voice. Some of my favorite bits are the "hey, hey, hey" in Fixing a Hole, how the vocals build in the chorus of Lucy, and that sweet clarinet in When I'm 64. I also love the lines "Vera, Chuck, and Dave," "And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz," and "Fun is the one thing that money can't buy." Oh yes, this is a good one indeed.
I am familiar with this album and have listened to it many times during my life. I loved it then, I love it now, and I will continue to love it in the future.
In the early 80s I made an effort to add the Beatles to my music collection, but was on a limited budget. So I bought the "red" and "blue" compilations (which in retrospect I am happy about because of the number of favorite Beatles singles it had that never were on an album). I knew I also wanted one of their original albums, and this was the one I chose after the limited sort of research one could do before the Internet. (I also have to admit that I was a big fan of the 1978 movie starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees. But we won't talk about that right now.) Having recently listened to the White Album and Revolver, I find that this one really feels most like its own thing; a concept from beginning to end. It certainly contains similar sounds to both but I enjoy the uninterrupted flow from track to track. Maybe having listened to it a million times already it doesn't seem jarring to go from the Indian sounds of "Within You Without You" to the clarinets of "When I'm Sixty-Four," so I will grant that. A. I believe there's a reason this album is so famous, and B. It was my first and only Beatles album that I consistently knew as an album for almost 40 years, so I'm not totally objective here. Love love love from beginning to end. Love it just as much today if not more than I did all those years ago.
It's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. How could I not give it five stars?
Zeitloser (?) Klassiker. Immer 5.
This is one of my favourite Beatles albums, I love it so much. My favourite songs are Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds and She's Leaving Home.
What can be said which hasn't already? It's not a perfect album, some of the forced surrealism seems corny now, but its got beats, sing along tunes and historic importance. Has to be 5
A really good listen to a lot of familiar songs, but never as a whole album. It's evident that The Beatles were well and truly over their teen heart throb status and were more than willing to branch out on something really new and different from their sound and concept for the album to their looks and really keeping with the times of the 'hippy' and drug liberated era. Best: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; With a Little Help from My Friends; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Worst: When I'm Sixty-Four
I think Day in the Life is one of the greatest album-ending songs of all time. The entire album is really great from start to finish, and is such an interesting evolution of the sound of the Beatles.
One of the greatest albums of all time and my favourite Beatles album. Revolutionary for its time and still holds up today. Can't say enough good things about it because it's basically perfect (in my humble opinion). I like all the tracks even those people think are not that great like Good Morning Good Morning or For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite. My least favourite song here is Lovely Rita which I still like just not as much as the rest.
It is the Beatles, and in a period of proper exploration that has one of my fave sleeper Beatles songs with Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.
Some people say this is the best Beatle's album; I place it closer to 3rd or 4th. But, this is the Beatles, so that is still an easy 5 stars.
Great album... Alltime alltime!
One of the first albums I bought at the age of 13 - but in the mid 70s when The Beatles were terminally unfashionable.I already had Revolver which I bought for 50p from my mates older brother. I still love this album and was really happy to relisten. Not a duff track on it ( I would argue that Within you without you followed by '64 is still the finest sequencing decision of any beatles album. ) A Day in the Life is still utterly astonishing. And all recorded on a 4 track recording machine.An astounding album in every sense
Easy five stars. Not even my favourite later Beatles album but sonically, it’s better than the best pretty much anyone can offer. Fave tracks : “A Day in The Life” “With a Little Help From My Friends” “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” “When I’m Sixty Four”
One Beatles album worthy of all the hype. Sgt Peper caught them at the right time, they had rightly moved on from being a boy band but not hit the full tilt in fighting and thinking they were untouchable geniuses. She's leaving home is one of my favourite Beatles tracks and it is in good company with all the tracks on the album being high points for the band.
Una joya! Que disco!
One of my fave Beatles albums. Its punching for their best, for me, but just falls slightly short. Still undeniably great though.
Classic album that arguably changed the music world forever. It is an album that you can revisit again and again. . It is brilliant but not their greatest for me. Musically i think many songs lack the sophistication of other albums: Rubber Soul, White Album, abbey Rd, Revolver. Still head and shoulders above the majority of this list and features one of my all time favourites: A Day in The Life
Ok this one’s pretty good
Get high with a little help from my friends
What else can you say besides it’s the freakin Beatles
Textbook definition of a 5/5
"Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends" Sgt Peppers will always be the best of the Beatles in my opinion. Amazing.
The Beatles second best album and still a classic. Like all the other albums the first like 3 songs are legendary then the rest is just solid
I want to find this one on vinyl in mono. So analogue. Paul is dead.
Excelente! Da pra sentir que estão muito mais "soltos" com novas abordagens. Uma experiência incrível do início ao fim.
Beatles perfection, from top to bottom
What needs to be said... Just an amazing record from start to finish.
Have to admit it. Perfect pop. So many great tunes. So many styles and influences all coming together. LISTEN TO THIS ONE AGAIN
When I think Beatles, I think of this album. This and the White Album are them at their peak.
The ultimate pop and rock album. It doesn't get better than this. This is a candidate for my favorite album of all time, although Abbey Road has the edge. With its colorful album cover and mindblowing songs, this is probably the album that got my 11-year old self severely obsessed with The Beatles. Highly innovative, creative songwriting and lyrics that touch surreal topics, catchy and melodic all throughout (sounds like nothing else that exists), and beautiful complex arrangements to focus on with each listen (it really gives off that marching band / orchestra aesthetic of so much to look out for). Of course it's one of the most influential albums out there. A standard that pushes other artists to reach their creative peak. Tracks move seamlessly from one to the next. Despite varying so much in structure and mood, nothing feels out of a place, even if adjacent tracks are absolutely NOTHING like each other. The production is the best of the decade. So much thought went into perfecting each track and the overall album experience moving along the songs. Sure, there are bloopers like the infamous "come on" in "A Day in the Life" that could bother some people, but I see those as a fun thing to look out for. A small discussion about genres. This is their peak psychedelic phase where they went ham with making the music sound as out-there as possible. Their shift to psychedelia happened in Revolver, and they would continue in Magical Mystery Tour, but their creativity peaks here. There are themes within many songs and the album cover referencing vaudeville and music hall music that gives off such an early 20th century vibe. It's a unique take on pop music and psychedelia. Sgt Pepper: Immediately immerses you into this world the album will take you. Sets the theme and perspective that isn't just the boy band "The Beatles" but instead the vaudeville Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band starring Billy Shears. With a Little Help From My Friends: That smooth transition from the intro reinforces the mindset this album places you in. Fun and catchy, one of Ringo's best songs, probably cause it isn't country. The cadence apparently becomes influential on how many pop songs (to the modern day) would end songs. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds: One of their most famous songs. A very surreal song, much like their later "Mr Kite" except catchier. Can't see how nobody's sung along to this one at least once. The verses are incredible with Lennon's cloudy vocals, his imaginative descriptive lyrics, and the mind-numbing tambura. Getting Better: Just pure optimism. Just a cheery song about a shitty man trying to improve his life. The clapping reinforces that "Let's all sing and dance along" vibe. And then you have that creative tambura verse revealing him as a "former wife-beater," always sticks out to me on each listen and forms a dynamic contrast to the rest of the song, but continues as if he's so head-set on his life being happier, whether he's actually improving as a person. Fixing a Hole: An introspective song about McCartney's use of (supposedly) marijuana (or meditation?) to induce his creativity in songwriting. A little cheery, my favorite part is that fun bridge to sing along to. This always struck out to me when I was younger. "Why's he so obsessed with filling holes in his house? Is it symbolizing some anger?" I'll never understand why I never bothered to look up the song meanings, or maybe I just forgot since. She's Leaving Home: Such beautiful and dramatic strings. Baroque pop masterpiece with two perspectives that both seemingly fit the mood: the melancholy of the destroyed parents' perspective of finding their daughter gone, and the optimism of the daughter starting a fresh and exciting new life. Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite: Psychedelic masterpiece that took me until a few years ago to fully appreciate about a circus performance that gives huge Salvador Dali vibes. Lots of surreal imagery here in its lyrics and its insane atmospheric instrumentals that engulf you. Yes, I imagine a horse doing the waltz every time. Within You Without You: Possibly Harrison's best song, and of course the best raga rock song to ever exist. Mostly instrumental with cloudy vocals, that fade in and out. So much going on, it really is like an Indian orchestra. I can't believe that Harrison was the only Beatle working on this song, but it just goes to show his immense talent and where he'd take it in All Things Must Pass. When I'm Sixty Four: Crazy how Paul wrote this when he was 14. So imaginative and vibrant, yet simple and pure. Love the clarinets in this one that give off childhood optimistic vibes. Some critics say it sounds like ragtime, so that must be the "old classic sound" that I find familiar to early 20th-century nursery rhymes. Lovely Rita: A song I don't give enough credit for. More amazing storytelling, with strange instruments coming in and out. It sounds like a kazoo! Apparently, it's a god damn "comb and tissue paper." Love the back vocals on this one. Those last 30 seconds are truly orgasmic. Good Morning Good Morning: Be careful wearing headphones to this one. They really go ham with surrounding your head with a million different sounds. I don't even know how to break this song down, there's just so much. And not to mention it keeps switching time signatures. Sometimes I confuse this song with "Here Comes the Sun" and I'm like "wow people must have crazy tastes for this to be their most popular song" but actually it's this album's least popular. Sgt Pepper Reprise: Back full circle, completing the amazing ride. You just feel satisfied getting to this point, reminding you this isn't The Beatles, but rather Billy Shear's insane vaudeville / music hall band. No other album places you in this bubble better, although I do like Magical Mystery Tour's intro. A Day in the Life: Feels like an isolated bonus, a reward for making it through the album. Somber, beautiful, and introspective. That point where the orchestra gets frighteningly chaotic before McCartney's morning routine starts. Love that grand orchestral interlude between McCartney's and Lennon's lines. After Lennon's mysterious pondering about holes we get another chaotic finish. It's such a perfect song I couldn't disagree seeing it on lists of the best songs of all time. If you're looking for a fun and vibrant time to sing and dance to, something to dream about or get high to, to just sit and relax, this satisfies it all. A complete experience you'll keep coming back to. On a final note, I guess I can address the critics, whose points boil down to either "They're classic but the people they influences did it better" or "This music doesn't blow me away so they're overrated." All I need is to say is that I'm grateful they don't have more convincing arguments. It's inevitable for people to not like any given thing, but at least I don't see a reason why I should view this album any less than perfect and world bending.
Completely normal to have a groundbreaking album as, you know, your EIGHTH. Still pretty great, oo-er missus.
A classic, remastered is better. Lucy in the Sky favorite song
It's great. Not as great as some of their others.
9/10 Best track - A Day in the Life