Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Parlophone 1967

Tracks: 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


"Sgt. Pepper's" contributed at its time very much to widen the scope of what a pop / rock band could play and it also helped breaking down barriers between different musical genres.

Today, when this more or less is taken for granted, the album probably appears less significant than in 1967 when it was first released. Some of the tracks have with time partially lost some of the appeal they originally had. Looking soberly at the music today some tracks are really not that interesting. George Harrison's "Within You, Without You" is very accomplished, but it is also very typical of its time. I suspect that many listeners today choose to skip the number. The same could apply to "She's Leaving Home", which has interesting lyrics, but which musically is rather dull.

The album is probably the first with McCartney as the dominant vocalist - and his songs are generally great. "Getting Better" and "Fixing a Hole" have always been among my favorites, and both tracks have a lot of the old Beatles sound intact. The same can be said about "Lovely Rita". I've never been crazy about "When I'm 64," but I must nevertheless acknowledge that it has become a classic - but it is not rock'n roll at any level..

Lennon's strongest contributions are "A Day in the Life" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite". I feel that "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" often has been overestimated, while "Good Morning, Good Morning" is okay, but no more.

The two title tracks are both very charming and always a pleasure to listen to.

Ringo's singing on "With a Little Help From My Friends" could well be his best Beatles vocal performance.

A milestone and also a great Beatles album.

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