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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless recording
Sgt. Pepper is great album, and has a unique place in 20th century popular music. Enjoy it. Unfortunately, the significance of this recording has been exaggerated by enthusiastic fans, so to appreciate its true stature I'll say the following:
First, Sgt. Pepper is and was not a 'concept album'. Unless the concept was maximized diversity, which was earlier attempted...
Published on Aug. 9 2003 by David N. Streeter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Revolver & Rubber Soul both much better than Sgt. Pickle
Don't believe the hype about this Beatle collection ... yes, it has amazing peaks at its beginning and ending, but it also has incredibly-low valleys in-between. John Lennon himself never thought much of this album, or how it became to be known as a "concept" album--The Wall by Pink Floyd is a concept album, not this. What bogs Sgt. Pepper down are the...
Published on April 27 1999


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3.0 out of 5 stars Revolver & Rubber Soul both much better than Sgt. Pickle, April 27 1999
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This review is from: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Audio CD)
Don't believe the hype about this Beatle collection ... yes, it has amazing peaks at its beginning and ending, but it also has incredibly-low valleys in-between. John Lennon himself never thought much of this album, or how it became to be known as a "concept" album--The Wall by Pink Floyd is a concept album, not this. What bogs Sgt. Pepper down are the middle cuts (I was about to talk about album sides) "Fixing A Hole," "She's Leaving Home," "Mr. Kite," "Within/Without You" "Good Morning" these ALL sound so uninspired and subpar especially for a group as talented as the Beatles--maybe too much of the lysergic, eh lads? ... Get "Revolver"--a TRUE Beatle classic, then check out the almost-just-as-magnificent "Rubber Soul."
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Most Overrated Album in Music History, May 11 1999
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Almost the entire album is mediocre and not worth a purchase. The lyrics and melodies are infantile and grating, not to mention repetitive. When I hear songs like Lovely Rita, or Good Morning, Good Morning, I cant help but think they are best suited for kindergardeners. The one exception to the album is "A Day in the Life", one of my favorite songs of all time. This song is brilliant beyond description or compare, and redeems this album, making it a necessary purchase, unless you're willling to tape that one song. Why this unbelievable mediocrity is so praised is beyond me. When you hear it I'm sure you will agree.
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2.0 out of 5 stars All Time Overrated, Dec 27 1998
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While it can be argued that this album may have proved to be the major catalyst for the flower power generation. As far as I am concerned it's the most overrated piece of vinyl ever released. I also love all the bloated, pseudo-intellectualized analysis put forth in an effort to legitimize the worth of this over produced mass of noise. The final insult is that real rock groups like the Stones wasted time, effort, and my money trying to immitate it rather than dismissing it as the flash in the pan, "latest thing", tortured opus that it actually represents in the continum of rock music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Document ... And Overrated, July 3 1998
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As history, Sgt. Pepper merits 5 stars. As pure music, I don't agree it's as important. The songs are silly ("Lovely Rita", "Sgt. Pepper") or hopelessly retro ("When I'm 64", "Mr. Kite") and only occasionally deep ("A Day in the Life"). Granted, it got people think differently about how to make albums. But the punk revolution reversed most of the so-called advancements (and brought back 50's style production). The album is not that much fun to listen to. I'd argue the White Album is a better Sgt. Pepper because its songs are so much better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Vaguely Interesting Mis-Fire From Usually Consistent Band, May 28 2000
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George Martin's pristine production saves this disappointing follow-up to the classic "Revolver." Song content consists of embarrasing odes to travelling shows, imaginary bands, and psychedelic songs about plants and nature, all with negligable emotional resonance. Band quickly saw this artistic path as a dead end and headed for more rewarding territory on "The White Album." Still beloved by a minority for some obscure nostalgic appeal, it's lasting influence is only visible in such minor performers as Lenny Kravitz and Klaatu.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, Sept. 22 1999
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When Sgt. Pepper came out I was 12. I liked it a lot back then. Now that I've been exposed to life I see how blatantly self-indulgent the Beatles were in this album (the fans' feedback was permanently removed from their process after 1965). But still, Sgt. Pepper is an okay effort. The tracks from this album that have stood the test of time are "Getting Better" and "Lucy." But nothing on Sgt. Pepper ranks up there with the power of such songs as "In My Life" & "Yesterday."
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3.0 out of 5 stars This album is not art, and it's not good either., March 9 1999
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Sargent pepper's is a real let-down. Once you get beyond the cover art and the psychedelic sound (which only a hippie-brought-back-from-cryonic-freeze could relate to) the rest of it is just McCartneyesque mush with one song by Harrison on sitar. This is actually worse than the White Album when it comes to a divergence in sound from the three main singers. With a Little Help...is probably Starkey's best, but that is not saying much. I'd opt for Abbey Road, if you don't have it yet.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The most overated album in rock history, Feb. 10 1999
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I guess if you appreciate music this album is a let down. If you prefer listening to Pink Floyd's "Ummagumma" ,with all of it's "groundbreaking" soundeffects over something with more musical integrety-say "Exile On Main Street" then I'm sure Sgt. Peppers will be right up your alley. I would take any Beatles album from '65 up over this collection of corney carnival tunes. After the first three songs it's all downhill. The most overated album indeed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn, March 23 1999
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Sorry folks, but this album just doesn't age well. Rubber Soul is much better, as is the White Album. By working so hard to be the hippest thing on the planet in 1967, the Beatles produced an album that defines its own moment but now stands as an anachronism. I'd rate this one right up there with the Moody Blues' Days of Future Past. The self-conscious "artistry" of each of these recordings dates them horribly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Least Fave Beatles Album, love the band, Aug. 6 1999
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A Day in the Life is good, some other songs are, too, but I think Rubber Soul or Magical Mystery Tour should have been the Beatles 'Album of the Year' award winner. (R.S. in `65 and MMT in `67). I know that this was the most original concept but I don't see where it won album of the year. I love the Beatles, so it's not a crime for me to say this. But other Beatles albums should have won the '..of the Year' award.
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