50th Anniversary Album “Sgt. Pepper “of the Beatles.
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (LP Parlophone – PMC 7027, 01 Jun 1967).
Production of George Martin.
It does now precisely 50 years, on June 1, 1967, the Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr surprised and enchanted the world when it was released the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “, which became popularly known as Sgt. Pepper’s, a unique work that has become a universally acclaimed album.
” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “, popularly known as Sgt. Pepper’s , is the eighth studio album by British rock band The Beatles . Released on June 1, 1967, immediately it became a huge commercial and critical success, staying for 27 weeks at the top of the charts in the UK albums and 15 weeks in the first position in the United States. The work won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including the category “Album of the Year,” the first rock LP to receive such an honor.
The album would forever change the history of British group and also the history of rock.
From there, the English quartet left behind his style of famous and gifted young people to develop into mature artists. Sgt. Peppers’s is often cited as the first “concept album” that inspired other pop groups of the time to do the same, from the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, to reach new heights of creativity. For the Beatles, the album represented not only a creative apex, but also a period of three years in which they released no less than five new studio albums, including two, The Beatles (also called “White Album”, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969), which occupied the 10th. and 14th. places, respectively, of “best albums of all time” in a ranking of the magazine Rolling Stone. Also in the Top 15 of this magazine’s list are also Rubber Soul (1965) on the 5th. place, Revolver (1966) on the 3rd, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at No. 1.
Sgt. Pepper’s has been described as one of the first LPs of rock art, assisting the development of progressive rock, and appointed as starting point of the ‘Age of the Album’. In addition to important work of British psychedelia, the multigéneros disc incorporates various stylistic influences, including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From My Friends (from Youtube)
In Portugal, “Sgt Pepper” got the 1st place on the list (with 80 points), as the best 1967 album.
By the way, “In Orbit” was a Portuguese Radio Club program. They devoted themselves especially “disclosure, selection, explanation and framework of the most representative forms of the English-language popular music.”
The program was produced and directed by Jorge Gil and Pedro Soares Albergaria and presentation of Cândido Mota. Other names that have passed through the program were John Manuel Alexandre (died 1969), John David Nunes and Pedro Castelo.
We could not stop talking about the cover of the LP. It is truly amazing, almost a work of art. Presents us with Edgar Allan Poe, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, Oscar Wilde, Gustav Jung and Lewis Carroll, as well as the Beatles themselves, they represented there as they were known until then. Phenomenal!
Tracks / Tracklist:
A1 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonley Hearts Club Band (Lennon-McCartney) 1:57
A2 – With A Little Help From My Friends (Lennon-McCartney) 2:34
A3 – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Lennon-McCartney) 3:21
A4 – Getting Better (Lennon- McCartney) 2:42
A5 – Fixing A Hole (Lennon – McCartney) 2:29
A6 – She’s Leaving Home (Lennon – McCartney) 3:19
A7 – Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite (Lennon – McCartney) 2:35
B1 – Within You Without You (Harrison) 4:57
B2 – When I’m Sixty- Four (Lennon – McCartney) 2:34
B3 – Lovely Rita (Lennon – McCartney) 2:39
B4 – Good Morning Good Morning (Lennon- McCartney) 2:30
B5 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Reprise] (Lennon- McCartney) 1:17
B6 – A Day in the Life (Lennon – McCartney) 4:55
Note: LP released on June 1, 1967, and was recorded between December 6, 1966 and April 21, 1967, the EMI and Regent Sound Studio Studios, London.
Top musicians / Personnel:
John Lennon: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, órgão Hammond, piano, hits (cowbell);
Paul McCartney: voice, electric guitar, bass, piano, organ Lowery;
George Harrison: voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harp, harmonica, drums (or tampura Tampuri), maracas;
Ringo Starr: Voice, bacteria, harmonica, tambourine, maracas, bongos, bells (chimes), congas;
George Martin: Hammond Organ, Lowery organ, piano, piano Mini (painette), Harmonium (harmonium), xylophone (glockenspiel), cloves;
Neil Aspinall: harmonica, tambura;
Mal Evans: harmonica, Hammond organ, piano.