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A Quick Tip by BonnieMcEwan

  • Nov 27, 2010
The first, true concept album, followed closely in both time and quality by the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.
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Huge multi-faceted body of work, major influence on rock music, enduring favorites with some forgettable flops
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I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was September 1967 and  I was entering my junior year of high school.  All the kids on the bus that morning were talking about the same thing.  Just a few weeks earlier The Beatles had released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".   This was a record like no other and it would change the course of rock and roll forever!   Everything about this album was unique.  The cover art …
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With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced — the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm 64" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita." There's no discounting the individual contributions of each member or their producer, George Martin, but the preponderance of whimsy and self-conscious art gives the impression that Paul McCartney is the leader of the Lonely Hearts Club Band. He dominates the album in terms of compositions, setting the tone for the album with his unabashed melodicism and deviously clever arrangements. In comparison, Lennon's contributions seem fewer, and a couple of them are a little slight but his major statements are stunning. "With a Little Help From My Friends" is the ideal Ringo tune, a rolling, friendly pop song that hides genuine Lennon anguish, à la "Help!"; "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" remains one of the touchstones of British psychedelia; and he's the mastermind behind the bulk of "A Day in the Life," a haunting number that skillfully blends Lennon's verse and chorus with McCartney's ...

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Performer: The Beatles
Release Date: June 1, 1967
Label: Capitol

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