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Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Deluxe Edition, Enhanced
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|9. When I'm Sixty-Four|
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Standard CD pressing of The Beatles' classic album, one of the grand pillars of modern popular music that practically changed the world of the LP when it was issued in 1967.
Before Sgt. Pepper's, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 3-plus decades, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64", to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You", and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life", Sgt. Pepper's was a milestone for both 1960s music and popular culture in general. --Billy Altman
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This vinyl LP will be played back on a Linn Axis Turntable fitted with a Linn Ittok LV-II tone arm, a Shure V15 V-MR cartridge and a JICO Super Analogue Stylus (SAS).
There was no damage to the outer album cover or any bent edges. I carefully inspected the actual LP for any obvious signs of damage such as scuffs, gouges or warps, as well as for the much talked about "non-fill" defect - which can appear as a "string of pearls". I could find no visual evidence of any such damage. There is only a slight unevenness that can be observed when the LP is in rotation on the turntable platter, but it is not warped. The LP is also properly centered, as the tone arm does not sway from side to side during playback. When held up to a light, the LP shines nicely. There was a "shushing" sound on the lead-in track on Side 1 just before the title track, but it only lasted for a little more than a second - then it disappeared completely. There were also various points when a slight crackling could be heard during playback and it was somewhat more noticeable during "When I'm Sixty-four". At no time, however, was any of this annoying or did it detract from the overall sound quality. Despite some of these artifacts, I feel that this is a good pressing. It is not, however, as quiet as the Abbey Road LP I had purchased earlier.Read more ›
However, I don't think they really went as far as they thought they would, as this whole album just sounds... unfinished. I also found my attention wandering during "Within You Without You" and "When I'm 64", which are both a little boring to me.
Ringo sings "With a Little Help" in his best melancholy voice. John can sing like he's sneering at you, George can get preachy, and Paul can sound a little self-important, but Ringo always sings with warmth in his voice. He really shines on this one.
Lennon adds some great lyrical touches to "She's Leaving Home" which shows the parents perspective, and keeps the song from being too melodramatic.
"Lovely Rita Meter Maid" is a great little song, with an excellent intro and inventive melody. The horns make "Good Morning Good Morning" startling, and George adds some life to this album with his searing guitar solo.
"A Day in the Life" is brilliant, and the reason why I'm giving this album four stars instead of three. George sets the mood with a pensive and contemplative guitar intro, and Ringo adds some descriptive drum flourishes. John and Paul play off of each other's strengths to present a song containing two contrasting viewpoints of life: the man who sees something is wrong and wants to "turn you on", and the man who just wants to get to work and get through the day. George Martin underlines all of this with his excellent orchestral score. This song is the ultimate example of all of the Beatles (Beatle #5 included) pooling their strenghts to produce a brilliant piece of work.
The rest of the album, though, doesn't quite live up to that level.
I'll start by trying to give my own personal experience about how the LP affected me when it came out that summer of '67 - - the much ballyhooed "Summer of Love"...
My family had just moved from Guadalajara to LA that spring, and I, who already spoke fluent English and was a big fan of US and UK pop music of the time (as would any 14-year-old girl), was trying fervently to find my bearings in my new surroundings. It certainly helped that my new classmates and I shared an affinity and love for the Beatles. We could even discourse how their music was really starting to "matter", what with the progression of sounds they had recently offered up: the much-overlooked "Help!", and of course the highly regarded "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" albums that had already come.
But nothing could have prepared us for what was in store that summer, not even the single release that spring of "Strawberry Fields Forever" (though, in retrospect, that surely was a hint). Sergeant Pepper certainly taught the band to play, all right, and 35 years later, he still holds sway. Rock Music was never the same after this watershed event, but not just rock. I dare say that "Soul" (as it was called at the time), "Adult" (or Easy Listening), and even "Country" were profoundly influenced by the ideas offered up here.
Let's take the fact that, at the time, no single was released from this album, yet it was number one all over the world for months -- a fact that belied the marketing mentality of the time, that "kids" wouldn't buy an album unless it contained several "hits." But even more, the boundaries crossed here - lyrically, musically - made it possible for so many others to do similar things.Read more ›
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These remastered Beatles albums are great and for the price you can't go wrong. I prefer to listen to these than some of the early collectible pressings.Published 1 month ago by McNuggets
This was bought as a gift because its something everyone should hear.Published 6 months ago by Scott
MY FAVOURITE BEATLE ALBUM !!! This changed the Music Industry and the way Groups approached making an album in late 60's....if I had only ONE CD to play forever- THIS IS IT !!!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by JR
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