The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by British rock band The Beatles, originally released in May 1967 via Parlophone Records.

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.


It took 129 days to record, between autumn 1966 and spring 1967, and it changed the world. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band may have all but disappeared under an avalanche of hyperbole, but if there’s one reason why this album stands the test of time it’s because its sum is greater than its whole. After five listens most people will know it as a suite, where “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” always follows “With A Little Help From My Friends”. And it will always be thus.

The reason it took 129 days to piece together isn’t due to the band’s indulgences – on the contrary, The Beatles were extremely disciplined during their studio sessions. It’s simply because guiding an album this complex to fruition in those days took a long time. These guys weren’t just recording songs; they were inventing the stuff with which to make this record as they went along.

But with George Martin and his backroom boys on hand, the Faberge psychedelic egg that was finally laid on the eve of the Summer of Love came so fully-realised that it changed the way we listened to recorded sound forever. Sgt Pepper’s… is at once warm and familiar, yet wild and strange; cosy and English with a very empirical eye on the exotica of the East (note George Harrison’s underrated “Within You Without You”). Shot through with Peter Blake-assisted Edwardiana, it was also as fashionable as it could possibly be.

It was also a release key in the canon of concept albums, coming with its own alter-ego mythology and very much addressing the pressing concerns of their generation, i.e. how to achieve higher states of consciousness in 60s suburbia.

It is riddled with The Beatles’ trademark love/hate affair with the Establishment as their own lives were suddenly shoved unceremoniously up against those of the chattering classes, encapsulated by “She’s Leaving Home”’s blow at straight parenthood, “Lovely Rita”’s suggestion of sexual deviancy, and “A Day In The Life”’s oblique references to minds being blown on buses in rush hour traffic.

Yet it’s all a far cry from the militancy of their American peers. Paul McCartney’s “When I’m 64” is pure nostalgia for his parents’ golden age, one which was taken from them. It’s less a kicking out of the jams, more a spreading them on scones at teatime.

Yet what was revolutionary was the sonic carpet that enveloped the ears and sent the listener spinning into other realms. There was the nursery rhyme surrealism of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, the crazed calliopes of “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” and, of course, the lysergic collage of “A Day In The Life”, promising the meaning of life in its endless final chord. And it still rings on today.

It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper, there were no rules to follow - rock and pop bands could try anything, for better or worse. Ironically, few tried to achieve the sweeping, all-encompassing embrace of music as The Beatles did here.

The vast majority of reviews for Sgt. Pepper’s on release were positive, receiving widespread critical acclaim that matched its immediate commercial success.Of course one critic wrote a scathing review describing it as "spoiled" and "reek" of "special effects, dazzling but ultimately fraudulent", leading other critics to suggest he had fallen victim to “overanticipation” following the breakthrough of Revolver.

The album reached #1 on the album charts worldwide, and has reached multi-platinum status (17 in the UK and 11 in the USA).

This is one of the greatest albums of all time and is an essential addition to any record collection.

This LP Record was reissued in 2012 as part of The Beatles In Stereo Vinyl series, with Remastered Audio on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, pressed in Europe.








Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band



With A Little Help From My Friends



Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds



Getting Better



Fixing A Hole



She’s Leaving Home



Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!



Within You Without You



When I’m Sixty-Four



Lovely Rita



Good Morning Good Morning



Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)



A Day In The Life


SKU 5099969942617
Record Label Parlophone Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number PCS 7027
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 12 November 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 26 May 1967
Barcode # 5099969942617
Shipping Weight 0.4650kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Original Artwork Replicated, Remastered Audio, Stereo Remastered Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Pschedelic Rock

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