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4.0 out of 5 stars The most overrated album in the history of popular music
From time to time, music magazines like to do polls - whether of readers or critics - with titles like 'The Best 100 / 50 / 25 Albums of All Time' (and with the new century coming up in about six months' time, we'd better brace ourselves for a whole slew of 'Albums of the Millennium' features.)
'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band' usually tops the list; if it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for clunkers
When I bought this album as a 12 year old in 1971 I thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever heard. My older brother and sister were in raptures about the whole thing and were contantly humming it around the house. When I bought the CD in 1987 I realised that it wasn't the be-all and end-all of rock music. Abbey Road was much better. In 2000 when I blow the dust...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for clunkers, Jan. 4 2000
This review is from: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Audio CD)
When I bought this album as a 12 year old in 1971 I thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever heard. My older brother and sister were in raptures about the whole thing and were contantly humming it around the house. When I bought the CD in 1987 I realised that it wasn't the be-all and end-all of rock music. Abbey Road was much better. In 2000 when I blow the dust off it and play it again I have to wonder what all the hype was about. Sure there are classic tracks (A Day In the Life, Lucy In the Sky) but there are also clunkers. BIG clunkers. How many times have you heard Getting Better advertising the latest washing powder or electrical appliance on TV? We can thank Michael Jackson for that, I suppose. Fixing a hole, (God give me strength) Within You Without You, the title track - it really brings you down to earth to listen to it all again from the perspective of 40 years. When I'm 64, Lovely Rita, Good Morning, Mr Kite and She's Leaving Home are not the stuff of musical immortality no matter how hard they try and are only marginally better than the previously mentioned tracks. The main interest in this album is the packaging. The elaborate cover, the printed lyrics, the supposed clues pointing to McCartney's "death" - all were ahead of their time and seemed to be the main reason why the project gained legendary status. The CD is even better - technical information on each track, photo outtakes of the cover and other shots, this CD is one of very few which justifies its cost. But if you discount all that and judge it on the music alone chances are you will be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Demographics 101, Nov. 19 1999
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Concerning musical content, this album is O.K. I would not rate it the best album of all-time, of the 1960s, or of 1967. I don't think it's the best album by the Beatles either, but it's memorable for a variety of reasons, and I'd give it 3-stars.
People are noting that this album is the #1 choice in amazon.com's Best of the Millenium poll. The popularity of this album is attributable more to demographics (the study of population trends) and nostalgia than musical content. The baby boomers were at impressionable ages and the world was experiencing significant change in 1967. These factors combine to create vivid memories of where people were, what they were doing, and what they were listening to. An attraction to those times by this large population has lifted this album, and a lot of 60s and 70s music to the top of these polls. As time passes and this population decreases in size, this album too, will fade.
Put more simply, the same amazon.com poll rates Millenium by the Backstreet Boys as the #3 album of the century. So, if you choose to cite this poll as support for your view of Sgt. Pepper, you imply support for the Backstreet Boys at #3.
In summary, this album is not as bad as some say and not as good as some claim.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great album if you love the Beatles, Oct. 13 1999
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You really have to love the Beatles to enjoy this album. Otherwise it's boring as all get out. If this were your first introduction to them you'd probably wonder what all the fuss was about. What they were doing in Sgt. Pepper required a whole lot of tolerance and good will which they earned by being so fab for so long. Fan's gobbled Sgt Pepper up and quickly pronounced that it must be great -- after all, it's the Beatles. Any criticism would be seen as an indictment of their very fanhood. You didn't dare question the Beatles in those days or you were deemed a cynic, or a malcontent, or a fool. Thankfully, culture has come a long way. It's okay to let out what many of us really felt all along: Sgt. Pepper stinks. The songs are a hodge-podge scramble of goofy singing and overbaked instrumentation. Did anyone ever dance to it? Not that I could tell. Did it touch anyone's heart? Gimme a break. Was it fun to listen to? Hard to say, since it felt so obligatory. If anyone seriously believes that Sgt. Pepper is the best album of the century, then what was the best film... Caddyshack?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The most overrated album in the history of popular music, June 22 1999
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From time to time, music magazines like to do polls - whether of readers or critics - with titles like 'The Best 100 / 50 / 25 Albums of All Time' (and with the new century coming up in about six months' time, we'd better brace ourselves for a whole slew of 'Albums of the Millennium' features.)
'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band' usually tops the list; if it doesn't, you'll find it somewhere in the top five. 'A milestone both for 60's music and popular culture' is the conventional wisdom. But it's a reputation that the album ill deserves. The great myth is that 'Sgt Pepper' is somehow revolutionary; yet all it does, in the main, is tap into well-established 20th century musical traditions. But affectionate parody, even when it's made as charming as the Beatles make it on songs like 'When I'm Sixty-Four', isn't breaking new ground. So what is it that makes 'Sgt. Pepper' special? 'The first concept album in the history of rock?' Hardly. (What's the concept, anyway? As John Lennon rightly pointed out, the title track sets up a premise that vanishes into thin air all the way down to the reprise.)
Come on, now. Put your hand on your heart and honestly say that 'Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite', 'Fixing a Hole', or 'Good Morning, Good Morning' belong anywhere on a list of the Beatles' finest songs. (I won't insult your intelligence by throwing 'Within You, Without You' into the pot.) So it's impossible for an album to be good all the way through, you say. But didn't 'Revolver' almost pull off that feat? And, yeah, there's more weak material on the 'White Album' than on 'Sgt. Pepper' - but then, a pared-down, one-LP version of 'The Beatles' would surely beat 'Sgt. Pepper', which boasts only three genuinely outstanding tracks, measured by Beatles standards, and maybe two pretty good ones.
Lose 'A Day in the Life', 'With a Little Help From My Friends' and 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', and look carefully at what's left: music that's merely excellent from a group that was capable of the sublime. Buy it? of course you should buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really Nothing Special, March 15 2000
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Don't get me wrong. This is not a bad album. It's even just about good. But great? No, I'm sorry. The Beatles were not great. Lennon and McCartney were not great writers. They didn't have a great turn of phrase, or any unique insight. The Beatles were not great innovators, they were just good at spotting where things were going early, and stealing the idea for themselves (scousers stealing? Surely not). If you want the album that everyone bought, and the band that everyones sister fancied (ooh, sounds suspiciously like Boyzone!) then buy this. But if you want dynamic radical, ground breaking beautiful music, look elsewhere. The emperor's not wearing any clothes Mummy! The Beatles were NOT great.
(I know you're all going to hate me for saying this, but someone had to. Just try to keep down the expletives if you email, I've got a wife and kid!)
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Undisputed Champion of Overrated Albums, Dec 9 1999
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I fell for the hype myself a long time ago, but it didn't last long. Apart from A Day In The Life and A Little Help From My Friends, who really listens to this anymore? It's pretty damn fluffy and incredibly pretentious at the same time. A triumph of production to be sure, but stuff like Lovely Rita or Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite haven't aged at all well and led to further silliness like Magical Mystery Tour. The most thoughtful track is George Harrison's Within You And Without You, but even that is a tough slog to sit through. Antiquated and often cutesy arrangements are also a problem, and maybe a product of too much acid on everyone's part. If you want prime Beatles, go to Past Masters, Abbey Road, parts of The White Album, and a couple of tracks of Let It Be. This is really overblown and not worth it at all.
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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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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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