Post by I Reject My Slave-name on Jun 17, 2007 12:40:57 GMT -5
This is another long-time favourite of mine, although it wasn't until I was much older that I found out loads of these great tunes I loved were on that album. See, Yellow Submarine was on TV when I was about 4 or 5 - and I loved it! Asked for the records many times, was always told they didn't exist (great parents eh) and couldn't be bought. So I had to wait until I was earning money, or got some off of them to actually buy them and listen to the whole thing. Not that any of that spoils the music at all.
Songs I like best: When I'm Sixty-Four, Lovely Rita, and the Sgt. Pepper reprise.
Post by vanhagar3000 on Jun 19, 2007 17:42:47 GMT -5
I actually listened to the night of the 40th anniversary, as they played it on the radio station that they play at work. It's a great album and the Beatles were just amazing. It isn't my favorite either, but I don't know if I'd put Abbey Road up top either.
Yeah, my view is that it may be one of the most influential works of all time, but it's nowhere near my favorite album, either of the Beatles or rock in general.
My views haven't changed in this. In just about every way I can think of, other Beatles albums are much better. The variety of styles is great, but the production style sounds much more harsh and uninteresting than on later albums. Orchestration was generally done much better on Magical Mystery Tour and Abbey Road.
Song for song, few tracks on here are even among my favorites. There's some great moments, but most of the songs only seem par for the course (still good, given that it's the Beatles, but not great in comparison to a lot of their other, later work). I think the album was crippled by dropping "Strawberry Fields"/"Penny Lane" from the lineup, and it would be hugely better if it reincluded those two and "It's all too much" (which has a vaguely Eastern sound, and was recorded near the Sgt. Pepper sessions, I believe) instead of "Within you Without you".
The concept doesn't even hold up past the first couple of songs, aside from a vague inclination to include some odd genres of music for a rock album. Really, just about everything this album tries to do was done so much better afterwards, either by the Beatles or by other groups. It certainly contributed hugely to the conception of rock music as art, or as something more serious than it had been in the past, but the album just doesn't hold up that well for me.
Post by Bob Boxbody on Jun 11, 2008 2:51:30 GMT -5
Revolver is their greatest moment and the beginning of 4 years of the most fantastic music. Sgt. Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, The White Album, Abbey Road and Get Back(Let it Be) are all possible thanks to Love You To, I'm Only Sleeping, Taxman, Here,There and Everywhere and Tomorrow Never Knows. Sheer brilliance!
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Abbey Road is a clear winner to the "best Beatles album" question if you ask me. But still, this is a Sgt. Pepper appreciation thread, yes? Why do Captain et al have to come in here to start talking smack? Personally I like Revolver, Abbey Road, Rubber Soul, and With The Beatles all more than Sgt Pepper, but that doesn't mean you see me coming in here and pooh-poohing a fantastic album just cuz I feel like being different
So back to the topic at hand...appreciating Pepper: when I was a fairly little kid, my favorite song in the whole wide world was Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. I used to kind of float off in my head while the song was playing. It's amazing, really, that even a child would have those sorts of feelings, because it's basically a trip in your mind, just like the high trips that led to the creation of such songs in the first place. It's not the same for all drug-inspired songs, but this is one of those rare ones that utterly exudes the same sensations/feelings/emotions that went into its creation. So I think I had a taste of being in an altered state of consciousness even as a kid. And as much as music can affect your mind, I don't think I'm even exaggerating.
Anyway, as a semi-high (off the song) kid listening to Lucy In The Sky over and over, you get some weird images in your head. There are your obvious rocking horse people eating marshmallow pies, and even your cellophane flowers of yellow and green (though not knowing what cellophane was made the image even stranger - I imagined it as sort of like stained glass, which isn't all that far off I suppose). But most vividly I remember mixing this song up in my head with Charlie Brown cartoons. I kept picturing Lucy in her blue dress, floating through the sky, slowing chasing down a floating string of diamonds. I suppose that image came even more freely to mind since Lucy often caused Charlie to float through the air when she pulled the football away from him as he was trying to kick it. At least in the climax of one cartoon, I remember Charlie literally floating in slowmotion through the sky as he missed the football again. I'm sure that's how that imagery got so ingrained in my head.
To this day, I still see that image when I hear this song....Cartoon Lucy in her blue dress, floating off and only leisurely tracking down those diamonds. It makes me smile
What's that? There's a little spot of fur on your cheek, like bear fur I think.
But still, this is a Sgt. Pepper appreciation thread, yes? Why do Captain et al have to come in here to start talking smack? Personally I like Revolver, Abbey Road, Rubber Soul, and With The Beatles all more than Sgt Pepper, but that doesn't mean you see me coming in here and pooh-poohing a fantastic album just cuz I feel like being different
I saw the title of this thread as "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", not "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Appreciation Thread." It's a thread for discussion. I don't see any problem with people looking at it from all sides. Do you?
Post by solgroupie on Jul 15, 2008 20:31:25 GMT -5
i didn't know this thread was here.
i can't analyze the different beatle albums as well as the rest of you....i have always loved the beatles, but aside from the fact that i am partial to the white album, i can't rate them very well. i remember sgt. pepper's from listening to it with my hippie aunt when i was a kid. she would make me sit in her room and listen to it, pointing out different songs and lyrics and expect me to remember and understand. i didn't, but i don't think my opinion mattered much ultimately; she just wanted someone to listen to her theories about it, i guess. but i loved with a little help from my friends, lucy in the sky with diamonds and when i'm sixty-four. but the beatle songs i remember most from hanging out in her trippy bedroom were maxwell's silver hammer and octupus's garden from abbey road. i could never hear those enough. and history repeats itself. not only to i make my nephews watch charlie chaplin movies with me, i also make them listen to john lee hooker songs and remember things i tell them about him (as well as chaplin). they humor me, as i did my aunt.
and hey - i was born in the summer of love! well, the spring, actually. which was probably better.
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Post by Captain Hygiene on Jul 18, 2008 9:37:41 GMT -5
I've always had them in stereo, so that's what I always imagine as the "real" version. But I've read that on many of those albums, the mono version was the one that got the care, with the stereo mix being rushed out afterwards. I'd like to hear them.