My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
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Brief Background: Sgt. Pepper’s was recorded beginning in December of 1966 and was wrapped up in April of 1967. It was released on June 1, 1967 and is often marked as the beginning of the Summer of Love. The album is loosely built on the concept of Sgt. Pepper being a variety show host with the music being considered his show. The alter egos allowed the band to think differently about the music and a take advantage of the studio without the pressures of having to play these songs live. During the recording of the album, many advances in studio engineering were achieved, which are still used in recording to this day.
What I think: Well here we are… what to say about the most discussed album of all time? First, there is no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest album of all time. It is such a complete concept in not only the recorded material, but as a concept as a whole, from the way it was released (no promotion, no singles, no tours), to the physical package (art, photographs, extras included in the album sleeve) . It stands on it’s own as a piece of art. Since this album, many groups have tried to recreate the magic contained in this piece, but nobody had been able to do so.
That being said, this isn’t my personal favorite album. I love the experimentation and the way Lennon and McCartney pushed so many boundaries, while at the same time not eschewing pop hooks. The songs that have always stood out to me as favorites are “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Good Morning, Good Morning”. Personally though, I could do without “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” and “Within You Without You”. “…Mr. Kite” is just a song I don’t care for and “Within You…” is just to much of the Indian Raga thing I’ve yet to say anything positive about in these posts, plus it seems like they already did something similar with “Tomorrow Never Knows”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Of course there is no doubt that this should be here. It is interesting to consider whether this album was a good thing for rock music or not though. In the progressive, rock as an art form view this was the beginning of a new magical era. From a minimalist, punk view this was the album that ruined Rock n’ Roll and the elemental and raw emotional connection it had to everyday life.
Rating (Out of 5):5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No(19/82)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%