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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Read reviews

‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – back cover
Back cover
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone PMC 7027 MONO / PCS 7027 STEREO
  • Released: 1st June 1967
  • Sales figures: after 1 week – ¼ million; after 1 month – ½ million; after 6 years – 1 million
  • Peak position:
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 27 – twenty-three weeks from the 10th June 1967, one week from the 25th November 1967, two weeks from the 23rd December 1967, and one week from the 3rd February 1968
  • Weeks in chart: 148 – fifty-five weeks from 3rd June 1967, sixty-four weeks in 1970-72, and twenty-nine weeks in 1973-76
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7027 / PCS 7027 STEREO
  • Released: 1968
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7027
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Parlophone PHO 7027
  • Released: 16th January 1979
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – Parlophone CD label
CD label
  • Label: Parlophone CDP 7 46442 2
  • Released: 1st June 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #3
  • Weeks in chart: 54 – sixteen weeks from 6th June 1987, eight weeks from 20th June 1992, twenty five weeks in 1995-99, one week in 2003, and four weeks from 10th June 2007
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #5
  • Weeks in chart: 5 – from 13th September 2009
Average rating   from 5 reviews
3-star review  from  Steve

Why is it that every poll you ever see about the best albums in the world has this one at the top? I know it was supposed to be ahead of its time, but we are in the year 2010 now, so we have to judge it on the music that has been out since. And on that showing, this is nowhere near being the best album in the world. It’s not even the best Beatles album. Give me Rubber Soul or Abbey Road or the White Album. I can listen to those every day. But I can listen to this because it’s got too many so-so songs on it. Lovely Rita? Within You Without You? Fixing A Hole? Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! How can they be called good Beatles songs?

5-star review  from  Paul S

Brilliant. At least 4 to 5 classics. Sgt pep, help friends, lucy, leaving home and day in life. A few of the others grow on you if you listen enough. I get annoyed that it gets bagged almost as much as it gets praised. What do people expect, bands today and you could say both before and since (except a few of course) are seriously lucky if they can spit out one half decent song on an album. The Beatles are a gift to the world. Lap it up, as much as I wish something like them would happen again, I don’t think it will.

4-star review  from  Ms

Is it essential. Of course it is, don’t ask silly questions!
But is it their best album of all time? That is one hell of a toughy to answer. Everyone will have a different answer to that question.

The problem with pepper is that its reputation always proceeds it, making you think it is going to be the greatest album in the universe, and when you have a listen you might end up a little disappointed that it doesn’t hit those olympian hits.

Me, well… I love it. I think it is fantastic. But it is not the album that I listen to the most. For that I choose the White Album or Abbey Road. I think Sgt. Peppers is best listened to from start to finish. The whole album has a sound and an atmosphere to it that I don’t think any other of their albums share (other than maybe, Rubber Soul, which has a nice country twinge). It is difficult to explain. But let me put it like this… would you listen to Sgt. Peppers reprise in isolation? And when was the last time you said "i feel like listening to Fixing A Hole"? Probably never. But when you listen to it next to the songs around it it is very enjoyable, because it goes perfectly with this albums "feel".

Of the "classic" songs, like A Day In The Life and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, I love them to death, but I wouldn’t want to listen to them every day in the same way that I might listen to Hey Jude or Yesterday. I can appreciate their greatness. And I can sure appreciate Sgt. Peppers greatness, but it’s not the joyous singalong album that I would take with me to a desert island.

5-star review  from  Dave

My personnal favourite album of all time - by a margin . My son (21) is big into the Beatles and goes for the other "biggie favourite" - Revolver. I was at school in Liverpool at the time of pepper, so it has special memories for me.

5-star review  from  Malik

There are no words in any language that can describe or define this almost un earthly piece of work. This album must be listened to from start to finish as without a pause in order to really understand it’s an absolute beauty.
Aretha Franklin mentioned how powerful this album was when she listened to it during its release by stating she heard John’s intense seriousness, Paul’s sense of humor, George’s spirituality, and Ringo’s voice.
It is, without a doubt, the peak (balance) of Lennon/ McCartney songs as far as equal time of the lead vocals. Before this album, John had more… after this album, Paul had more. George’s song is the best Harrison song up to this point by far. Ringo’s Lennon/ McCartney song is his best to this day!
Lastly, the fact that not one song was released as a 45, takes this out of this world work of art to another level. Imagine how many more songs would have been on the Beatles #1s CD if the songs were released as singles; Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band contains four to seven number ones!

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