It was 40 years ago today…

I’d like to give a big happy birthday to one of the most important albums of all time and my favorite Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The album is absolutely incredible. It feels like a rock concert from beginning to end. It starts with the title song, introducing us to a new sound that we’ve never heard from the Beatles before this point. This leads into “I Get by With a Little Help From my Friends” which features a singing Ringo and a great positive message. Like a concert, the first two numbers are over and now they must go deeper into unknown territory. “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” begins and we are thrown into a world of cellophane flowers and newspaper taxis. The next song features Paul in all his high pitched glory singing “Getting Better” a song that seems hopeful but has really odd lyrics that show that there is still anger in it’s singer. “GB” is over and now we hear a harpsichord leading into the playful song “Fixing a Hole.” At this point the listener is stuck in the album, unable to turn back. The next song “She’s Leaving Home” is the strongest so far, pulling the listener deeper and deeper into a beautiful musical world. This song leaves you changed, and the four boys take advantage of your vulnerability with the next song “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” The song is John’s, a song that is somewhat scary but playful at the same time. The album is at the halfway point and for the listener, this is alarming. What else could come after all I’ve heard so far? After “Mr. Kite” we hear an Eastern sound. Indian music begins to play, something completely out of nowhere. This album either feels like a rock concert or a circus in which the clowns are four boys from Liverpool who have grown out of their boyish images into experimental men of real talent. George’s voice in this song “Within You Without You” is haunting but rhythmic. The next song is another complete turnaround. Paul’s “When I’m Sixty Four” is necessary. It leads us back into our conscious mind, something George’s incredible song just undid. “Lovely Rita” gets us ready for the last three songs because it is simple. We are ready for something absolutely incredible. The album, so far, is like nothing we’ve ever heard and the songs saved for the end must be the best. The next song is “Good Morning Good Morning” a song filled with animal noises, and a creepy singing voice from John. The second to last song is a reprise of the first song, making the listener feel like the album is over. It feels like a bit of a disappointment until one hears the last song. “A Day in the Life” is nothing like the rest of the album, it is powerful and pulls you back into that unconsciousness of musical awareness. The song crescendos at the end and a feeling of fulfillment is aroused and the senses explode and you find yourself yelling at the top of your lungs, “THIS IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER HEARD!” When the album ends, you listen to it again. And again. And again until you have reached a full appreciation for the genius that has been served to you quite happily.

Buy this album if you don’t have it. Buy it today.

Thank you boys.


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One response to “It was 40 years ago today…

  1. alexandra prim

    hey joshua,
    its miss alexandra kathryn prim.
    as an aspiring music critic myself, i would just like to congratulate you on a QUITE well-written assessment of the 1967 album. i always have a hard time picking a favorite of theirs, and mine is probably either this one or rubber soul. or revolver or the white album or help … you see what i mean? but at any rate, the reader is really able to hear your love for them in the way that you have worded your letter. and i just think its great. have a happy day.

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