Influential Album #4 - The Beatles - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

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28 fév. 2010, 7h17m

There isn’t anything I could possibly say about this album that hasn’t been said already. It is without a doubt my favourite Beatles album. I am admittedly not a fan of their older, poppier stuff, but Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band falls right into my alley. Sgt. Pepper’s sounds completely different from anything else The Beatles ever did, and that’s probably why it stands out to me so much. It’s the closest thing to a perfect album that I have heard. It’s number four on my list in terms of influence, but if this was the list of best albums of all time, it would be hard for me to put it anywhere other than at number one.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was created with the mindset that they would not be able to play it live. Live shows were becoming pointless, with all the noise and all, and touring was simply a nuisance. They took on the alter-ego of Sgt. Pepper’s Band, and created a completely studio based album. I find that bands that don’t worry how songs will sound live and just write in-studio produce better albums. Albums are all about personal listening. Worry about what songs will sound like live after you’ve written and produced all the songs to sound as good as possible on the record. That’s exactly what the Beatles did with Sgt. Pepper’s and I think that’s what their other albums are lacking. The other albums are missing that “personal touch” on the production.

The songs included in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are very different from what people came to expect from the Beatles. I know the first time I listened to it, I was very confused. The Beatles I knew were a poppy, basic-riffed “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” kind of band. Then “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” came on. What the heck was that! So amazingly different from any other Beatles song I have ever heard, it really shows the talent and songwriting ability that this band had. They were truly masters at their craft, and I only wish that they produced more albums like this.

Many believe Sgt. Pepper’s to be the Beatles album with the heaviest drug influence. I can’t refute that, but all I know is whatever they were doing, it worked. The songs on Sgt. Pepper’s are able to capture my attention unlike any other Beatles album. They re-defined how conventional songs were written (not first time they did that). Sgt. Pepper’s is not just an influential album for me, but for an entire community of music lovers around the world. People are still being blown away by this album, to this day. That says a lot for an album that was released way back in 1967.

So many emotions are hidden in this album. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is particularly haunting, “Getting Better” is quite uplifting, “When I’m Sixty-Four” is as nostalgic as it gets, and “Lovely Rita” is just plain catchy. Another great thing about Sgt. Pepper’s is how it ends. It ends with what is likely the best Beatles song ever written and that is “A Day in the Life.” This Lennon/McCartney collaboration is basically the Beatles entire career summed up into one song. It’s a spectacular way to end a spectacular album. Every song has a purpose on the album, and is perfect in every way. Like I said before, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is likely the best album ever produced, and was especially influential for me.

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