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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary only coz they were 'just' ahead
No doubt that this album, and the Beatles impacted people positively.But their revolutionary status is a little superficial.They were influential at the time because they were just ahead enough.But not so ahead of their time that 30 years would have to pass before people figured out their sound/emotional content.eg.Doors/Hendrix/Zeppelin are only now having their...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Least Fave Beatles Album, love the band
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Least Fave Beatles Album, love the band, Aug. 6 1999
This review is from: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Audio CD)
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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Document ... And Overrated, July 3 1998
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Craig Riecke (Ithaca, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary only coz they were 'just' ahead, Jan. 5 2004
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No doubt that this album, and the Beatles impacted people positively.But their revolutionary status is a little superficial.They were influential at the time because they were just ahead enough.But not so ahead of their time that 30 years would have to pass before people figured out their sound/emotional content.eg.Doors/Hendrix/Zeppelin are only now having their 'revolutionary' elements gradually caught up with by the public.Compared with these artists, the Beatles are a little tame in the 'ahead of their time' stakes.This isn't good nor bad.Its just that some artists deserve more credit for being 'different' in the 60's than the Beatles.
eg.Doors.Using such intricate organ/piano.Some pieces are almost 'classical', yet they still succeeded in the 'rock' genre.Thats pretty 'revolutionary', if not a delayed revolution.(not to mention the emotional content).And Hendrix/Zeppelin.Their heavy style has only in the 90's become mainstream approach by musicians.And some artists from the 60's will have to wait till they're dead and buried before their style and emotional content is understood by the public.But, there's no rule saying that the more 'ahead in time' you are, the better you are.No.The Beatles aren't any lesser in quality, just not quite so future-reaching as some of the others.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent experimental album, with a few duds, June 6 2004
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Erik Samson (San Fransisco, CA) - See all my reviews
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You've gotta hand it to the Beatles: They were never willing to let the music get old. Nothing they ever did, either here or on other albums, was repetative or unoriginal.
Sgt Pepper's reflects that perfectly. On this record alone, the Beatles dabble in phsycadelia, Indian Sitar, String-laced ballads, vochalized LSD trips, and straight up rock.
The album kicks off with Paul's upbeat rocker/ title track, followed by the slower, tuneful ballad "With a little help from my friends." My favorite track "Lucy in the sky with diamonds," is next. It's John Lenon's magnum opus, a brilliant sonic texture loaded with eerie guitars, lofty fuzz bass, and fantastic lyrics tinged with LSD imigary ("Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangarine trees, and marmalade skys/ Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly, a girl with kalaidascope eyes...").
After that comes "Getting better," a rather by-the-numbers rocker which offers nothing special, though it is an entertaining listen. I rather like "Fixing a hole," a slower, percussian driven song with clever words and a great tune. "She's leaving home," is a sad and moving ballad, driven by George's Sitar and tragic violen in the background, along with poetic narrative lyrics, all of which build up to a magestic chorus.
"Being for the benifit of Mr. Kite!" is the reason this album only gets four stars. It's far, far, FAR too gimmicky, with irritating carnival themed lyrics, monotonous drummings, and boring phsycdelic interludes.
"Within you without you," is another Harrison-drivin sitar ballad which is also quite good, and more spirited than "She's leaving home." After that comes "When I'm sixty-four," "Lovely Rita," and "Good morning, Good morning," all of which are essentially filler, forgettable despite their merits.
Which leads us to the reprise of the title track, fueled by Ringo's energetic drumming. Otherwise, the song is a shorter version of its counterpart, and not terribly interesting.
And all of that builds up to the album's amazing climax, the epic ballad "A day in the life," a wonderful, poetic, dreamy, and shocking tune that sums up not only the whole record, but the brilliance of the Beatles as well.
All in all, Sgt. Pepper's lonely Hearts club band is definatley worth the money to buy it, and it definatley belongs in your collection. It is not however, the best of the Beatles' albums. (See: Revolver, Rubber Soul, Abby Road.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Make a BETTER Sgt Pepper, Dec 22 2003
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jj bruno "jbrunodog" (morris, CT United States) - See all my reviews
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First, the concept of albums will soon become obsolete, what with MP-3 and CD burning. The original vinyl SGT PEPPER released in June '67 coincided with stereo releases and headphones replacing mono and transistors for the younger set. And George Martin's production (Bob Dylan always said it was over-production) brought forth sounds that popular music hadn't experienced before. But if today's CD buyer were to analyze this album by the songs, he might think about half are good or even great, and half aren't, so why all the fuss? Frankly, I always felt that the Beatles should have combined SGT PEPPER with MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (released only 6 months later), because SGT PEPPER was overrated and MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR was underrated. The best tracks on PEPPER are "Day in the Life" (still a classic Lennon-McCartney song), "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Good Morning Good Morning," "Fixing a Hole" and "With a Little Help from My Friends." But they should have left in the dust bin "She's Leaving Home," "When I'm 64", "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," and replaced them with the stronger 1967 tracks of "I Am The Walrus," "Strawberry Fields Forever," and "Fool on the Hill" from MYSTERY TOUR. In fact, this is how I would have made their 1967 release of SGT PEPPER'S MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: Side A -- Getting Better, With a Little Help from my Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Fixing a Hole, Hello Goodbye, Flying, I Am the Walrus....... Side B -- Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, Within You Without You, All You Need is Love, Good Morning Good Morning, Fool on the Hill, A Day in the Life........ Now tell me Beatle fans, is that one STRONG 5 STAR album or what ? They could have released their throwaway tracks of "She's Leaving Home," "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," "Sgt. Pepper," "When I'm 64," "Lovely Rita," "Magical Myster Tour," "Blue Jay Way," "Your Mother Should Know," and "Baby You're a Rich Man," on some ANTHOLOGY UNRELEASED TRACKS OF '67 CD thirty years later. As for me, I listen to SGT PEPPER'S MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR in my car all the time, and I don't skip any tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album (NOT the best ever), Dec 9 2003
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I suppose Rolling Stone can't admit that Sgt. Pepper is less than stellar some 35 years after its debut (after all, the magazine is as old as the album), but when I saw it listed as the BEST album of all time, I couldn't take it anymore. Truth be told, I wonder who in the hell keeps perpetuating this myth that Sgt. Pepper is the Beatles' best. I could easily think of albums much better, either by the Beatles themselves (Revolver, Abbey Road, and the White Album, in that order) or others (Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, "The Velvet Underground and Nico", Joy Division's "Closer", etc). Face the facts, folks: Sgt. Pepper is a product of its time, and one that hasn't hold out well. Granted, there are psychedelic relics that hold up less well than Pepper, but none of them have ever been mistaken for "the BEST album ever". I have each of the Beatles' albums, I am not one of these "Beatles #1" fans (owning only a copy of the "best of" that came out a few years ago, to line Messers. McCartney and Jackson's pockets), I know what I'm talking about when I say that (while this is a good album in its own right) it's not the BEST album ever.
I must confess, I got this album free on CD after having it on tape for years beforehand, so I can't complain about "wasting my money" even if I hated it (see my "Let it Be...Naked" review). But as good as this album is (and I can't stress this enough) it is not the BEST album ever...that honor belongs to Revolver. Rolling Stone needs to pull their heads out of their collective asses and admit as much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT Their Greatest Album from the Greatest Band, Dec 3 2003
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Loved the Beatles all my life (and I'm 50), but it's long overdue to put "Sgt. Pepper" into perspective. No question that when it was released in '67, there was nothing else like it from any popular artist around (meaning the 13th Floor Elevators who maybe 13 people heard of don't count.) Since getting high (weed and acid) was just becoming popular with college kids and even down into high school, it was the first POPULAR music that sounded even better when high. Listening to music with headphones was also just starting to catch on, and because this was the first POPULAR record that had such unique production (such as the farm animal sounds following "Good Morning Good Morning") it sounded even greater on headphones. I know, old hat now, but again the first popular headphone album. What about the production from today's perspective? Bob Dylan says that he didn't like Sgt. Pepper when it first came out, because even though "it had some good songs, the overproduction ruined it." Didn't agree back then, today I do. They talk of "Let it Be Naked" as stripped down, I wouldn't mind hearing some of these tracks on Pepper stripped down. Not all these songs hold up 35+ years later. The best, of course, is "A Day in the Life" which is still maybe one of the top 3 Lennon-McCartney collaborations ever. And listening to "Good Morning" on the Anthology CD without the backing vocals and everything sounds much better as a song than the Pepper version. "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "I Am the Walrus" should have both been included here to have made it a stronger album, while "Benefit of Mr. Kite," and sorry George "Within You Without You" could have been scrapped. (Always thought that "All Too Much", "The Inner Light" and "Old Brown Shoe" were better George Harrison tracks that were never included on major Beatle releases.) I guess the psychedelic feel dates the album today (Dylan never put out a psychedelic album) to the same extent as "Satanic Majesties Request" sounds dated today. And it's too bad because there are some great songs here, which may have been better recorded by the Beatles in 1969 instead of 1967. I guess I just feel that the White Album and Rubber Soul are the two best albums that hold up today, and Sgt. Pepper (while revolutionary at the time) doesn't quite cut it today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Album, Oct. 31 2003
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Susan Nardelli (hopewell jct, new york United States) - See all my reviews
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This album always has and always will be overrated. People over analyze the beatles. There are some classic compositions in the form of Lucy In The Sky Of Diamonds, A Day In The Life, She's Leaving Home, and Fixing A Whole. The rest of the album is rather lightweight and comparatively weak (I think most of it is frankly, garbage!). There are to many gimicks and unsuccessful recording experiments being used here. Beatle fans can be very overbaring and quite annoying, feeling that anything the Beatles did is a holy grail of sorts, NONSENSE! Revolver and Rubber Soul are much stronger, and while the White Album could have been stripped down to 18-20 tracks, it is mostly excellent. Abbey Road is overrated as well, lot of garbage on that album, including the terrible Maxwell's Hammer and Octopus' Garden. I recommend Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Tangerine Dream by Kaleidoscope, The Who Sell Out, and S.F. Sorrow as better albums. Also, on the cover, the beatles look like a group of psychedelic chinamen. HA
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