What a fucking album! I can't tell you how many times I have repurchased "Abbey Road
" overlooking the significance of Sgt. Peppers since I had many of the songs in some format or another... Most notably a double album called "All This and World War II"... I remember my best friend and fellow bandmate in High School, Bill Jerram, always bringing up that Sgt. Peppers was the first album he ever bought. He was in elementary school when he got it, and he literally "got it". I always envied him for that
The album is a montage of raw energy in theme as well as performance. Kicking off with the album's title track, the album flows like mercury clinging to something, no matter how minute, as it leaves your speakers from one song to the next, and blends the listener into a swirl of Ringo's off key singing with "With a Little Help from my Friends" and girls with sun in their eyes into "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". Moving on to tracks such as "Fixing a Hole" or the beautifully orchestrated "She's Leaving Home" without the Beatles playing any instruments on that song. Moving throughout the songs as one ends another begins, eventually taking you to a reprise of Sgt. Pepper's. Sit back, turn it up, and listen to the layers of instruments on this song from the Wah Wah to the open notes to the multiple singing of the one and only Beatles. You finish the experience with "A Day in the Life", then onto the audio piece inserted only for the amusement of those who didn't have a reel-to-reel to play anything backwards...
What I would give to be a Beatle and shape the landscape what almost any other artist uses as a tressel board for their own musical designs.
What a fucking album.