Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles)

Approval Rate: 81%

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    Wed Sep 09 2009

    What I like about this album isn't just the collection of great songs, but the way in which the first couple of tracks were produced. The opening track, which happens to be the title track, was recorded as though it was a live performance and then continues on in to "A Little Help from My Friends" (which was later re-recorded by Joe Cocker with a different arrangement and used as the theme to The Wonder Years). The album itself was recorded the way it was in part due to the Beatles no longer wanting to go on tour. This album showed their experimental side and to some felt like an parody of how they would use aliases when they wanted to hide from their fame. The use of these fictional characters for the first two songs doesn't seem to reflect in any way on the success or popularity of the album - it was their experimentation and great lyrics that helped make this album popular. I'd say this one is my favourite Beatles album, even though it does not contain my favourite Beatles song.

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    Wed Sep 09 2009

    In this album, the Beatles abandoned rock'n'roll for a psychedelic take on traditional English music hall pop. There's no denying the success of the venture, but it was a regressive move in my opinion.

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    Mon Jun 23 2008

    A monster album. Musically it was pretty ragged though. Ground breaking tech. stuff though. The Beatles trippin'.

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    Sun Nov 19 2006

    In the big scheme of things perhaps not the Beatles' best ever album but a timeless classic.

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    Thu Oct 19 2006

    Probably the greatest album ever made

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    Mon Oct 16 2006

    One of the weakest Beatles albums. Low points include the extremely sentimental "She's leaving Home" and the just plain silly "Whem I'm sixty four".

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    Sun May 14 2006

    Good but not that good.

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    Tue Mar 28 2006

    If a human being finds fault with this album, they have some strange mental malady that will never be cured. From beginning to end . . a masterpiece of the 20th Century.

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    Wed Feb 01 2006

    Its the mother fing beatles it's great all their albums were great.

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    Sun Nov 27 2005

    In my opinion, Sgt Pepper has earned the title of the ultimate classic album of not only the 1960s but possibly of all time. It is the only album that I know of where people would get together in groups just to talk about it even before copies were widely available, as it initially sold out in days. If someone brought the record to one of these discussion groups the songs would be analyzed and the lyrics broken down line by line. The musicianship and background sounds were examined to try to discover every little nuance and variation and to our great pleasure there was much to find. Never before had an album caused so many people to think intelligently about music, lyrics, and the Beatles themselves, and it gave latitude to personal interpretations of what the songs meant. However, people did more than just talk about Sgt Pepper, they thought about it. In that regard it stimulated the intellect which is something no other record had ever been able to accomplish to that extent because i... Read more

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    Fri Nov 25 2005

    A Superb album by the greatest band of all time

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    Mon Nov 14 2005

    The Beatles making sound paintings. There must be something here for everyone. I feel sad for the cynics who profess to be haters of Beatles music. Hatred for a group the offered nothing but love and left us with such a powerful and never ending legacy. Fear not seers of the bright side, this is truly the musical masterpiece that it is reputed to be. Crawl out of your deep, dark holes you who hate the fine things of this good life. The Blues Meanies couldn't kill off the Beatles music and neither can you.

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    Sat Nov 05 2005

    Good, but not great, experimental album by the Beatles. . .good drug songs do make for a memorable rock album experience- sorry Puritans. . .

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    Fri Nov 04 2005

    One of the Beatles poorer efforts. Self indulgent and not even close to the majesty of Revolver.

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    Fri Nov 04 2005

    Save for the track A Day in the Life, I don't think this album stands up to its lofty reputation. It was historically important in the establishment of Rock and Roll as an album oriented genre instead of being dominated by pop singles. However, when I listen to it today I find it to be a quaint period piece, and there was far more adventurous psychedelia being made in 1967.

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    Mon Oct 03 2005

    One if not the greatest albums of all time. Once you get it imprinted in your mind you have to go and listen to the beach boys "pet sounds" to here where the beatles got some of their ideas. It will not make you loose your love of the beatles just gain a little respect for the boys.

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    Fri Aug 12 2005

    on cd it sound so good because if you got a turntable i am not sure if this happens all the time if theres only one speacker hooked up you only hear part of the album

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    Wed May 18 2005

    A landmark album.

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    Sun May 15 2005

    best beatles album hand down. very creative or very good acid trip whichever it still is #1

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    Fri Apr 01 2005

    Hard to argue this out of the top five rock albums ever made.

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    Sat Jan 22 2005

    Greatest album of all time.

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    Sat Jan 01 2005

    Every Beatle album is great. I prefer there older music, but it is still an amazing album by the greatest group to ever exist.

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    Thu Dec 02 2004

    How can any one say that Sgt. Pepper's is ok. This is a rock classic. The price of the album was worth the cover alone. This album marks a turning point in music. It was so inovative and varied, it was some thing that had never been done before.

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    Thu Aug 05 2004

    Amazing....who doesn't like this album?

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    Mon Jul 26 2004

    Timeless. Something that could end wars. I cannot say enough about this record. Anyone who does not love With a Little Help from my Friends, Getting Better, When I'm 64 and Lovely Rita does not enjoy MUSIC. Plain and simple.

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    Thu Jun 03 2004

    With greats like With A Little Help from My Friends, Good Morning Good Morning, When I'm (Nintendo) 64, Lovely Rita, and the album's namesake, this is one of the Beatles' all-time best albums!

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    Wed Apr 14 2004

    Why is this album rated so highly? Tracks like 'When Im 64' , 'Fixing a hole' & 'With a little help from my friends' are like twee kiddies songs. 'Day in the life' just drags..on and on and on... The production is sloppy and ramshackle making it sound very dated. It seems to me people buy this because somehow they think their collections are incomplete without it due to its 'legendary' reputation.

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    Sat Mar 13 2004

    WAY before it's time, inspiring to others, this album is truely one of the best ever recorded.

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    Wed Nov 26 2003

    Think of this record as a postcard from the Summer of Love. Compared to the slick cynicism and mindless sappiness of today's music, yes Pepper may seem a little dated. But Pepper dazzles with its creativity. Pepper was one of the first concept albums, and its theme focused on lonely people hoping to connect and find meaning in life by using a variety of methods-by leaving home or by seeking escapism in drugs. While the protagonist of A Little Help from My Friends hopes to slide through life with the help of his buddies and with the hope of a future love, the narrator of A Day in the Life is more ambitious and wants to turn you on to his unique worldview.

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    Wed Nov 26 2003

    Released in 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band reflected a more mature, full-length oriented sound as opposed to a group of singles characterized by most of the Beatles' earlier releases. The tracks flow nicely from one song to the next (with a bit more McCartney than Lennon), and even Ringo makes a major contribution in With A Little Help From My Friends (though he didn't write the song). Along with the title track, Sgt. Pepper's includes several signature singles by the band, most notably Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, When I'm Sixty-Four, and A Day In The Life which evidence how the Beatles could transcend musical genres (eg psychedelic, vaudeville, straight rock and pop). Nevertheless, notwithstanding the seemingly contrasting styles, the Sgt. Pepper's flows with a connectivity which wouldn't seem possible. The bottom line is that Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a landmark release which has inspired artists, past and contemporary.

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    Mon May 12 2003

    It's just a fact to good music. Sgt. Peppers marked a change in rock music, a change that the Beatles started with Rubber Soul. Sgt. Peppers marked the start of rock music as we know it. All forms of music now played on the radio can be traced back to the Beatles.

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    Mon May 12 2003

    Might be the most overrated album in the history of music.

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    Thu May 08 2003

    a meteor in the history of not only pop music and but pop still blows ones mind.

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    Wed Apr 30 2003

    more like

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    Tue Apr 22 2003

    I remember hearing SP on june 1st 1967, the day it was released in the UK, when I was 16. I knew that things would never be the same for me again and that album changed my entire life - now that's influential! Today I have many hundreds of CD's & vinyl albums but this is the greatest one by the greatest, most original & talented bands of all time.

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    Thu Apr 03 2003

    Sgt Peppers is without any doubt for music what the "mona lisa" is for art! This album is timeless, every track is a piece of art, so different from each other and yet they all go along perfectly. Never in my life an album had such an impact on me, peoples who claim different have no idea what music is all about!

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    Sat Feb 22 2003

    awesome album

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    Thu Dec 26 2002

    LSD Beatles!

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    Thu Oct 17 2002

    This is basically what started the concept album craze, along with Magical Mystery Tour. A lot of bands in the 70s tried it (Styx, Yes, ELP) but didn't quite capture the same thunder as this album did and there's quite a punch with these wonderfully produced tracks.

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    Sun Sep 29 2002

    Sgt Pepper is a one of a kind. Some people make comments about the album and say it is dated. Well this may be true in some ways but such a collection of wonderfully written songs doesnt exist anywhere else. I challenge anybody to record an album anywhere near as good as this on a 4 track tape recorder today... Just buy it.

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    Fri Jul 26 2002

    Cool banana!

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    Sat Mar 02 2002

    When this album came out, I played it a lot. It seemed to have a life of it's own (so to speak). It was a preview of things to come in the rock and roll biz.

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    Mon Dec 24 2001

    Overrated. If I had to pick a word to describe SPLHCB, that would be it. I could name 50 better classic (or current) CDs if you gave me time. But like most of the Beatles stuff, I can listen to it, and the songs are fun for certain scenarios, but if I'm in the mood for something serious, I much prefer REMs "Automatic for the People" or Queen's "Innuendo". I know very well that I am in the minority as far as the ratings go, but I'm sorry, I just don't see what is so amazing about SPLHCB. Okay, it was innovative. So? I'm rating it on content. Talk to everybody later.

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    Thu Oct 11 2001

    This is the most revolutionary album to ever be released.

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    Tue Sep 25 2001

    Got to give credit where it's due. Very influencial album but far from their best.

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    Fri Sep 14 2001

    This album deserves way more than 5 stars. This is history here. Talk about a groundbreaking album! I could listen to Sgt. Pepper's over and over and over. Each Beatle contributed so much to the album, and it shows. Without Sgt. Pepper, music as we know it wouldn't be the same today, and all those petty little boy bands need to thank the Beatles that their fame exists today. I can't imagine what it would be like to be there, to hear this album for the first time, while nothing else even a little like it. Even if you dislike the Beatles, (you are such a stupid person in the first place), you can't deny that this album changed everything. There's nothing else to say except that this is the best album ever! Oh, and JenSecret74, it's Lovely Rita, not Lonely Rita, the next time you rate something, you better get the facts straight, hon.

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    Sun Aug 12 2001

    This is one of my Favorite albums of all time. Unlike so much of the C.D's being released you can actully listen to all the songs without skipping any. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band {and reprise} is a great song. The way Ringo sang With A Little Help From My Friends was perfect {oooh, that guy made me melt}. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and A Day in the Life are some of John's greatest works. I love Getting Better and Good Morning Good Morning. So what if I wasn't born when it was released. I can't say enough about the cover. This is a great album to scream the words out in back of a pickup truck.

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    Thu Mar 22 2001

    More and more I’m starting to understand the impact of “Sgt. Pepper’s” on popular music. The fact that I wasn’t alive when it was released in 1967 makes it a little tough to truly know what it was like to hear this album when it first came out, but I imagine it must have been pretty exciting. But forget all the baggage about “influence” everyone hangs on “Sgt. Pepper’s” – it’s just full of great individual songs, and they somehow work together as a whole. This is a classic that belongs in everyone’s collection.