The Beatles mean the world to me. Their lyrics are literally tattooed on my arm. For this review, I’m going to explore one of the greatest albums of all time. In 1967, The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and it immediately shot up the charts. This album spent 27 weeks at number 1 in the UK and 16 weeks at number one in the United States. This album I will always hold near and dear to my heart. Below, check out my track-by-track album review of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band:” Just a quick track to introduce the album. It’s got a lot of interesting sound effects and beats going on in the background. Just a funky way to kick off the album and I’m a fan.
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Kite!:” This song makes you feel like you’re at the circus. It has a very circus melody playing in the background with different sounds that you’d here if you were in fact at the circus. It’s not surprising that Lennon said the inspiration came from that of a, you guessed it, circus poster. It’s definitely not one of my favorites but still an interesting track. Best line: “The Hendersons will dance and sing / As Mr. Kite flies through the ring, don’t be late.”
“Within You Without You:” If I had to pick a favorite Beatle it would be the highly underrated member, George Harrison. Harrison wrote this song, which has strong Arabic vibes musically, about metaphysical space that exists if people could just open their minds to see it. The song is one that I love to lay on my back and just let my mind expand and think about those out there ideologies I often am closed off too. Best line: “We were talking about the space between us all / And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion.”
“When I’m Sixty-Four:” McCartney was said to write this song when he was just 16 years old. The lyrics are a love note from a man to his lover about growing older together. It has an upbeat tempo with fantastic instruments like clarinets that are just not heard nowadays. It’s just a great additional song to this album. Best line: “Give me your answer, fill in a form / Mine for …show more content…
Lennon and McCartney come together to write this song together. While many of The Beatles songs are attributed to Lennon-McCartney for writers, usually it was one or the other who actually wrote it. Lennon said this one him and McCartney definitely wrote together. It starts off with the lyrics speaking about something that had happened in the news that was rather sad. In the middle it changes to a narration from a commuter who is having an uneventful ride into work so he starts to drift. Then it goes back to Lennon speaking about something else that happened in the news. This is all while there is a beautiful orchestra in the background. This song is a journey in its own. Best line: "A crowd of people stood and stared / They'd seen his face
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Lennon believed it to be “the music of the future”. But particularly, it has dialogue throughout the track that is saturated with references to the tragic car wreck. First, the words “number nine” were intended to become “turn me on, dead man” when reversed. Sounds of a car horn, a crash, and fire are heard in this track. Screams from a man can also be heard, and when played backward, those screams sound like “Get me out,” which was what Paul had screamed after his car caught fire. During this part, Lennon said, “I’m not in the mood for wearing clothing”. Played backward would reveal the statement, “There were two, there are now none”. Referring to Paul and the woman that was with him when the wreck occurred.
How Was "Sgt? Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles so Culturally Reflective and Innovative?
After listening to the song, I can automatically tell what the message of the song is that Lennon is portraying, and that is world peace. Lennon does an amazing job establishing his credibility in this song, thus creating credibility within his audience, credibility is part of Ethos. Throughout his musical career right up until his death in 1980, Lennon was heavily involved in peace activities. During his musical career he was part of the world famous Beatles, and this gained him world fame and allowed for his messages to be heard across the world. Lennon created even more Ethos for himself in a controversial album, where he posed naked with his wife, Yoko Ono, in there bed. This showed his fan base and the world that he was truly devoted to peace and love. Without his famous involvement in the Beatles, Lennon would never have gained his spotlight in the world allowing for his messages of peace and love to be heard. His ethos was within his people, not where he got his ideas. Lennon felt what the world felt, and thus his credibility.
The Beatles are one of the most innovative rock bands of all time. They have not only changed the way rock and roll is looked at, but also the way that the music is recorded. They have influenced the artists of the 60s and the 70s, and also many generations later and to come. Originating from Liverpool, England, the Beatles, or the Fab Four, consists of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Topping the charts in ’63 with “Love Me Do,” and bringing in the highest rated viewing in history while performing on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles are definitely a band that broke the sound barrier of rock
From the sounds of Elvis many other important bands of the sixties were inspired, even people a thousand miles away from America. One of these important bands was the Beatles. The Beatles took the rock sound and added more lyrical and musical complexity to the sound. The Beatles were the starters of the “British Invasion” in 1963 when they released “I want to Hold Your Hand” (Kallen, 2012, 31). After their first single they had immense success with other hits such as “She Loves You” and “Woooo!” The Beatles continued to reinvent their music on the various other albums throughout the sixties delving into complex, heavy existential concepts and psychedelic elements, becoming the most relevant influence for modern rock.
There have been many people, known as artists, who have tried to change the world through their art. “Art” can be paintings, music, dances, sculptures, literature, or photography. There are many ways to communicate and express ones feelings but The Beatles did it through their popular music. Although they didn’t focus on changing the world of politics or try to protest through their music they have songs that focus on those exact two things.
My favorite part of the song is the amazing guitar solo that combines with the backing vocalist for an amazing solo. This anti-war song came out of the end of the Vietnam War and carries the sentiment of that era. 4) "Can't Always Get What You Want" from Let It Bleed (1969) Two songs in a row from Let It Bleed (it's a great album!).
The second-to-last track is appropriately titled “The End”. It is not very well known, but it is an amazing example of rock ‘n roll. Without a doubt, the best part of the song is Ringo’s amazing drum solo. George follows the drum solo with a solo of his own. “And in the end,
"Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," recorded in 1967, is to date the number one Rock and Roll album ever recorded. Sgt. Pepper's is considered to be the first concept album. There are many things that brought about the creation of The Beatles most influential album. Before The Beatles began the recording process of Sgt. Pepper's they had retired from touring. This gave the group ample time to experiment with different instruments, recording techniques and drugs. The album cover also sparked a revolution in itself. Many bands took notice of the creative elements of Sgt. Pepper's and learned from them.
The Beatles started as an English skiffle group in the late 1950s. By the time they reached their peak popularity, the term “Beatlemania” was coined to explain the frenzied obsession with the group. A former associate editor from Rolling Stone drew a comparison between the Beatles and Picasso, calling them “artists that broke through their time period to come up with something that was unique and original.” Throughout their discography, the Beatles have time and time again released music that both broke musical trends and engrossed the masses. They have held an “unprecedented top five spots on the
For thousands of years, music has been influencing people in extraordinary ways. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band should not be mistaken as an ordinary album. Without a doubt, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, an incredibly innovative album, stands as the most influential album of all time; it stands as a true masterpiece. People all around, especially artists, were influenced greatly by the innovations the album brought to the world of music. Many people have said that from the moment they heard the first track of the album, it was life changing. Like the first falling domino tile of a domino show, June 1, 1967, would mark the start of the influence of many generations of music to come. The album helped popularize concept albums, in which songs are connected to a theme, which would inspire many musicians to do the same. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a psychedelic rock album; a manifestation of life in the 1960’s. This genre of rock is home to the work of numerous artists who were influenced by the album’s use of this style of rock. The hours of work put into by the Beatles to create this album surpassed those of any of their albums. Not only that, it altered the way music was recorded by creating their own recording techniques. Surely, these recording techniques and tactics were used by future artists in their work which then led to the creation of legendary music. Sgt. Pepper’s opened the gate to innovation; an album whose impact on
John Lennon had a heavy influence on not only England but the world as a whole. His music was heard by all, his philosophies inspired many, and everyone seemed to love him. “I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another. ”(lennon)
The Sound I chose the song Imagine (John Lennon) (1971) because of the powerful lyrics that hold so much meaning, and how relevant the lyrics still are 40 years later. People will be able to relate to the piece for years to come, as Lennon paints a world which many dream of, but will never achieve. The piece also has very strong timbre, and is a very recognizable piece
The song is said to have evolved from “hey Jules”, a song that had been written as a ballad to comfort Lennon’s son Julian during his parents’ divorce. McCartney said,