#1 Edited by Melvargh (517 posts) -

One of the greatest albums ever written, and probably the Beatles greatest.

Released June 1, 1967, Sgt Pepper was one of the first albums you could consider "progressive rock", and one of the earliest examples of psychedelic rock. From top to bottom, it's superb, even Ringo's track is amazing! The highlight for me is Harrison's "Within You, Without You", which must have just blown the minds of an unsuspecting pop public back in 1967, hearing a sitar blaring through their speakers.

I could keep talking about each track, but I'd be saying the same thing about all of them. If you've never heard it before, the whole album is in the video above. If you have heard it, listen to it again!

#2 Posted by doobie (605 posts) -

paul is dead

#3 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1210 posts) -

@doobie said:

paul is dead

#4 Posted by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

I never was a huge Beatles fan myself. I enjoyed a few of their songs, but most of them didn't really do anything for me.

#5 Posted by Draugen (696 posts) -

Maxwell's Silver Hammer!

#6 Posted by SpartanAmbrose (834 posts) -

One of the greatest albums from one of the greatest bands. I'll never get tired of listening to The Beatles.

#7 Posted by Szlifier (512 posts) -
@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

@doobie said:

paul is dead

miss him, miss him, miss him...
#8 Posted by matthias2437 (985 posts) -

I know I am very far in the minority but I could not care less about The Beatles. Their music IN MY OPINION is not that good. But I guess that's cool.... 45 years ago they released an album, just like probably 50 other bands did that day.

#9 Posted by theoldhouse (439 posts) -

Love the Beatles but really don't like that album.

#10 Posted by Arker101 (1472 posts) -

Great Album. Billy Shears is Pauls replacement.

#11 Posted by Patman99 (1620 posts) -

If Paul really died, then his replacement has made some of my favourite music of all time. The Beatles are great but their later albums are truly master works.

#12 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1210 posts) -

@Szlifier said:

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

@doobie said:

paul is dead

miss him, miss him, miss him...

(unrelated) Revolution 9 backwards is the scariest shit ever.

Also, Im So Tired is and Julia > Everything Else.

#13 Posted by Sweep (8976 posts) -

You guys actually scared the shit out of me with this "paul is dead" nonsense. I mean, I don't even like the guy, but I have a begrudging respect for the fact that he used to hang out with George, Ringo and John.

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#14 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

...And you just gave me a reason to listen to the Beatles for the rest of the evening!

#15 Edited by Melvargh (517 posts) -

@Patman99 said:

If Paul really died, then his replacement has made some of my favourite music of all time. The Beatles are great but their later albums are truly master works.

Their first 5 albums are good pop-rock, which I can respect, especially for the time where it was just a phenomenon. But from Rubber Soul onwards it's a non-stop train of incredible, revolutionary music. Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, and Abbey Road are all monumental works. I haven't spent enough time listening to Let It Be to put it in there just yet.

For anyone who isn't into the Beatles, if you've only really had experience with their early works, with songs like Help!, Love Me Do, Hard Days Night, Eight Days A Week etc..., or even just Abbey Road, you have to listen to Revolver/Sgt. Pepper/MMT. It was those three albums that convinced me of how amazing they were.

#16 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

Never could see the appeal but great for Beatles fans.

#17 Posted by mercutio123 (473 posts) -

@Melvargh: I raise you Rubber Soul!!!

#18 Edited by Melvargh (517 posts) -

@mercutio123 said:

@Melvargh: I raise you Rubber Soul!!!

I respect your raising of Rubber Soul. I can't possibly truly decide which album is my favourite. Which ever was the last one I listened to is usually near the top.

Rubber Soul is in this interesting spot after the old skiffle/pop-rock Beatles, but before the psychedelic experimental Beatles. Very cool sound. Their songwriting hit the next level with RS.

#19 Posted by killacam (1278 posts) -

@Melvargh said:

@Patman99 said:

from Rubber Soul onwards it's a non-stop train of incredible music. Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and Abbey Road are all monumental works.

let it be has some of their greatest songs on it, but it's not nearly as solid as any of these albums.

#20 Posted by PenguinDoctor (293 posts) -

LSD is a hell of a drug.

#21 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4610 posts) -

Welp, time to go watch A Hard Day's Night again.

#22 Posted by Marcsman (3286 posts) -

Nope.

#23 Posted by Maajin (1088 posts) -

My parents used to listen to The Beatles all the time, but they only listened to their early stuff. And I couldn't care less for those happy, catchy songs.

It was The Beatles Rock Band that introduced me to their more mature stuff, and then I was blown away.

#24 Posted by Neocarbon (24 posts) -

My heart melted and now my keyboard is unusable because there's blood all over it. That was positive :P!

#25 Posted by CookieMonster (2448 posts) -

Its a very unique listening experience, definitely. Day in the Life is my favourite, easily. I find it amazing how they can just splice two very different songs together, and its one of the few Paul songs I can bear.

#26 Edited by tooPrime (345 posts) -

@Melvargh said:

@mercutio123 said:

@Melvargh: I raise you Rubber Soul!!!

I respect your raising of Rubber Soul. I can't possibly truly decide which album is my favourite. Which ever was the last one I listened to is usually near the top.

Rubber Soul is in this interesting spot after the old skiffle/pop-rock Beatles, but before the psychedelic experimental Beatles. Very cool sound. Their songwriting hit the next level with RS.

Rubber Soul is the most consistant album. The middle of Sergent Pepper has some mediocre songs and Rubber Soul being the tweener ablum allows for Paul to write pop songs and Lennon to write more thoughtful songs yet they fit together rather than clash.

#27 Posted by ShaggE (6699 posts) -

@Melvargh said:

@Patman99 said:

If Paul really died, then his replacement has made some of my favourite music of all time. The Beatles are great but their later albums are truly master works.

Their first 5 albums are good pop-rock, which I can respect, especially for the time where it was just a phenomenon. But from Rubber Soul onwards it's a non-stop train of incredible, revolutionary music. Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and Abbey Road are all monumental works. I haven't spent enough time listening to Let It Be to put it in there just yet.

For anyone who isn't into the Beatles, if you've only really had experience with their early works, with songs like Help!, Love Me Do, Hard Days Night, Eight Days A Week etc..., or even just Abbey Road, you have to listen to Revolver/Sgt. Pepper/MMT. It was those three albums that convinced me of how amazing they were.

Seconded. A few years ago I blew my mom's mind by introducing her to the later Beatles. She had only ever known their radio singles, and passed them off as a very good yet bland pop band who also did a couple of weird songs about walruses and submarines. I think it was the White Album that converted her (and myself, when I was a teen).

Also, plus one on the Let It Be love. Dig A Pony, Don't Let Me Down, and I Me Mine are three of my all-time favorite Beatles songs.

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#28 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

No, sir, the line is twenty years ago today.

I only insist because today happens to be my twentieth birthday.

#29 Edited by Melvargh (517 posts) -

@tooPrime said:

@Melvargh said:

@mercutio123 said:

@Melvargh: I raise you Rubber Soul!!!

I respect your raising of Rubber Soul. I can't possibly truly decide which album is my favourite. Which ever was the last one I listened to is usually near the top.

Rubber Soul is in this interesting spot after the old skiffle/pop-rock Beatles, but before the psychedelic experimental Beatles. Very cool sound. Their songwriting hit the next level with RS.

Rubber Soul is the most consistant album. The middle of Sergent Pepper has some mediocre songs and Rubber Soul being the tweener ablum alows for Paul to write pop songs and Lennon to write more thoughtful songs yet they fit together rather than clash.

I like the way you put Rubber Soul, how Paul and John were able to do what they wanted and still mesh.

But as for Sgt Pepper; She's Leaving Home, Mr. Kite, and Within You Without You are smack in the middle and are some of my favourite songs. I'd agree partially on When I'm 64 and Lovely Rita. I love those two tracks, but could see why you'd say that.

To each their own, eh?

@ShaggE said:

@Melvargh said:

@Patman99 said:

If Paul really died, then his replacement has made some of my favourite music of all time. The Beatles are great but their later albums are truly master works.

Their first 5 albums are good pop-rock, which I can respect, especially for the time where it was just a phenomenon. But from Rubber Soul onwards it's a non-stop train of incredible, revolutionary music. Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and Abbey Road are all monumental works. I haven't spent enough time listening to Let It Be to put it in there just yet.

For anyone who isn't into the Beatles, if you've only really had experience with their early works, with songs like Help!, Love Me Do, Hard Days Night, Eight Days A Week etc..., or even just Abbey Road, you have to listen to Revolver/Sgt. Pepper/MMT. It was those three albums that convinced me of how amazing they were.

Seconded. A few years ago I blew my mom's mind by introducing her to the later Beatles. She had only ever known their radio singles, and passed them off as a very good yet bland pop band who also did a couple of weird songs about walruses and submarines. I think it was the White Album that converted her (and myself, when I was a teen).

Also, plus one on the Let It Be love. Dig A Pony, Don't Let Me Down, and I Me Mine are three of my all-time favorite Beatles songs.

Holy crap, I forgot the White Album in there. Gotta edit that, haha.

#30 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

God I hate that album, abbey road any day.

#31 Posted by mikey87144 (1806 posts) -

Love that album.

#32 Posted by Grixxel (771 posts) -

They were a hip-hop group right? I loved that "JUMP JUMP" song,  it's so awesome.

#33 Posted by Brodehouse (10129 posts) -

White Album for me.

#34 Posted by AverageGreg (121 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

I never was a huge Beatles fan myself. I enjoyed a few of their songs, but most of them didn't really do anything for me.

My thoughts exactly, I appreciate their influence on music and enjoy some of their stuff but otherwise I'm not a fan.

#35 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -

Sick and tired of The Beatles, personally. I can appreciate how they moved rock away from blues-rock, though. I guess that was pretty huge for the development of rock.

#36 Posted by NicksCorner (433 posts) -

Thanks for the heads up. I never actually listened to the whole album. Not too shabby, but I must confess I enjoyed the "popular" tracks the most.

#37 Edited by animathias (1194 posts) -

Sgt. Pepper was a great album. It's not my favorite album of theirs, but it has some great songs. This is a good reasons to load The Beatles: RB up again, though.

#38 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I heard LSD makes you eat people's faces.

#39 Posted by Master_Funk (741 posts) -

Though I think Revolver and Abbey Road are better albums, I won't deny this was the peak of their creativity. A day in the life is a fucking amazing song.

#40 Posted by Patman99 (1620 posts) -

@ShaggE said:

@Melvargh said:

@Patman99 said:

If Paul really died, then his replacement has made some of my favourite music of all time. The Beatles are great but their later albums are truly master works.

Their first 5 albums are good pop-rock, which I can respect, especially for the time where it was just a phenomenon. But from Rubber Soul onwards it's a non-stop train of incredible, revolutionary music. Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and Abbey Road are all monumental works. I haven't spent enough time listening to Let It Be to put it in there just yet.

For anyone who isn't into the Beatles, if you've only really had experience with their early works, with songs like Help!, Love Me Do, Hard Days Night, Eight Days A Week etc..., or even just Abbey Road, you have to listen to Revolver/Sgt. Pepper/MMT. It was those three albums that convinced me of how amazing they were.

Seconded. A few years ago I blew my mom's mind by introducing her to the later Beatles. She had only ever known their radio singles, and passed them off as a very good yet bland pop band who also did a couple of weird songs about walruses and submarines. I think it was the White Album that converted her (and myself, when I was a teen).

Also, plus one on the Let It Be love. Dig A Pony, Don't Let Me Down, and I Me Mine are three of my all-time favorite Beatles songs.

Abbey Road is as close as an album can get to perfection. I can literally listen to the album the whole way through and never want to skip songs. The way they all slowly fade into the next is great and it makes it seem like the album is just one really big song.

#41 Posted by HaltIamReptar (2029 posts) -

I hope next year you create a thread called "It was 46 years ago today..."

#42 Posted by Knetic2341 (243 posts) -

I shall listen to this on my way to work.

I buried Paul.