Worst Beatles song on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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9. When I'm Sixty-Four 28
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 22
8. Within You Without You 20
6. She's Leaving Home 14
3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 13
10. Lovely Rita 9
7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! 9
11. Good Morning Good Morning 7
5. Fixing a Hole 6
2. With a Little Help from My Friends 6
4. Getting Better 4
13. Day in the Life 3
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1


Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I got fed up of waiting.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

(Apologies to abanana.)

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

So many to choose from

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

You not keen on this album then, Tom? I didn't use to be.

Up until the Love compilation I'd have said Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, but ever since then I've liked that track a lot more (now it sounds like an actual psychedelic funfair carnival circus, as opposed to like a psychedelic funfair carnival circus 100 miles away and encased in ice).

I'm tempted to go for When I'm 64 through televisual theme over-exposure and it's slightly too jokey/hokey-Paul continuation of the loneliness themes established in Eleanor Rigby and For No One.

People voting for George are getting SB'd fast.

George Martin says leaving Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever off this was the worst decision of his career with The Beatles, pretty much. Anyone agree?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't remember why anymore but whatever MacDonald said about "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite" got me to like it.

I can't vote for anything save "Within You Without You", sb away if you must. My admiration for it has gone up with the remasters, especially on the mono version where the laughing is higher in the mix. What did George think about the laughing?

Soul Finger! (Euler), Thursday, 24 September 2009 09:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fixing A Hole.

nate woolls, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Lovely Rita.

iago g., Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

There are no bad songs on this glorious album, but "Good Morning, Good Morning" is the least good, so it gets my vote.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

xp: u mad

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hongro's getting an SB for that too.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

So's Iago. The coda of Rita might be the best thing on the album.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

George Martin says leaving Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever off this was the worst decision of his career with The Beatles, pretty much. Anyone agree?

Leaving "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "This Boy", "She Loves You", "I'll Get You", "From Me To You" and "Thank You Girl" off "With The Beatles" (and replacing them with pointless cover versions that should never have been recorded) was much worse.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Not sure that I agree with George Martin. "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" stand apart from the Sgt Pepper concept, being site-specific and personally autobiographical: Paul on one side of the single and John on the other, so almost literally two sides of the same coin. So the concept of the single is perfect as it stands, and shoving the same tracks onto the album would only have diluted it.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

I mean, at least the two forementioned songs would appear on "Magical Mystery Tour" in the US instead, and ultimately be included on the worldwide CD version 20 years later. Along with three other great non-EP tracks.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

She's leaving home. the arrangement is horrible.

tomofthenest, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

How good would Past masters 2 be if SFF and PL were on that?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm voting "Good Morning Good Morning", which I've always found difficult to love. It's the track where my attention is most likely to wander.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

XXP Nothing wrong with a pre-rock era arrangement IMO although I am sure they could have done other interesting things with it too. Anyway, "She's Leaving Home" is a beautiful song and far from the worst here.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

She's leaving home. the arrangement is horrible.

You mean the arrangement whereby the girl leaves home and runs off with a second hand car dealer?

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've never been terribly keen on Paul's pastiches of 20s and 30s songs, and he did a lot of them. When I'm 64 is irritating and gets my vote.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

How good would Past masters 2 be if SFF and PL were on that?

Well, in that case, it would also have contained "All You Need Is Love", "Baby You're a Rich Man", "Hello Goodbye" and every single "Magical Mystery Tour" EP track. Which would have made it too long.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh good grief Geir.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 10:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

What did George think about the laughing?

It was George's idea. (Harrison, that is)

.. after all the serious music, to lighten the mood.

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ah, right then. It's a beautiful touch that improves the song immensely.

Euler, Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

George's track, once again, went up in appreciation over the years.

The Sonic Youth cover on "Knew my father" is fine. (Most of the rest are pointless)

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

There are no bad songs on this glorious album, but "Good Morning, Good Morning" is the least good, so it gets my vote.

Agree w/the first part, disagree w/the second. "Good Morning, Good Morning" has always been a favorite of mine. I know YOU won't agree, but listening to the mono remaster has really revealed some new things in all of these songs for me.

Anyway, of all the songs, the one that's always come closest to "meh" for me is "Mr. Kite" so . . .

Pancakes Batman (Pancakes Hackman), Thursday, 24 September 2009 11:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

I love Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father, esp. Frank Sidebottom's "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" and, right, Sonic Youth's "Within You Without You."

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

this is my least favourite of the later period albums (bar let it be of course) - a revolver mkII, dressed up as a concept album (which it isn't - hardly any lyrical or musical themes going on here, unlike rubber soul as i soliloquised ont hat thread) - more bells and whistles and less good songs than its predecessor. i much prefer the recent easy star allstars version of the album where they actually manage to make good use of stuff like "within you without you", turning it from a tuneless mess into an awesome dub epic.

That said I can't really fault "Benefit" (FUN!), "Day In The Life" (Awesome!), "She's Leaving Home" (it's interesting lyric wise anyway), "64" (sang it at school, can't hate it), "Fixing A Hole", "Getting Better" - but the rest is either edging very close to the MOR ("A Little Help", although I think some of the wordplay is quite nice), useless psych-lite gumph ("LSD"), or retreads of things they did better on Revolver ("Dr Robert" wasn't very good, so why do another awkwardly plodsome character-song on "Lovely Rita"? And for that matter "Good Day Sunshine" and "Good Morning Good Morning" are both shite).

I think I'm going to vote for "Good Morning Good Morning", it's totally useless!

dog latin, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

You're an idiot.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

:-(

dog latin, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also even though I can't blame the Beatles for it, "Mr. Kite" resulted in this awfulness:

Pancakes Batman (Pancakes Hackman), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Lovely Rita is is not a plodding character sketch - it's a joyous celebration of picking up women in uniform and getting high with them!

I voted Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which I'm sure some people will think is a challop as well. I like the chorus and the verses, but I think that the shift from one to the other is very sudden and awkward. Additional reasons include feeling a little gyped by this song when I finally did drop acid.

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

These polls are just a steady reminder of how much I HATE Paul McCartney's songwriting/voice/etc. I had all these albums on tape with the Macca songs removed so I've actually forgotten how some of them go.

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Good Morning Good Morning" = don't know how this one goes, though that's a plus point when up against the likes of "When I'm 64"

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING = isn't that the one that goes I'VE GOT NOTHING TO SAY BUT IT'S OK and so on? Which is actually SCARY AS HELL when you've been actually tripping to the rest of the album.

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh, the one with no tune? Other than the usual George Harrison one with no tune?

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

Though I think Getting Better is the one that really inspires my ire. (Except for that telling burst of sarcasm "can't get no worse")

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

This'll be easy – so many duds. "Within You, Without You," "When I'm Sixty-Four," "Fixing a Hole." I went with "Sixty-Four" because, for all its supposed charm and polish, it makes me want to eat babies.

Little starbursts of joy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

The middle section of WYWY, when the sitar and strings accelerate against each other and the tabla really starts going for it too; fucking awesome.

I don't hear how this album is Revolver MKII AT ALL, Charlie; in terms of both texture and mood, this is vastly different.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

OK I want to hate this record; I should hate it given its rote (and pernicious) position as the greatest this, that, or the other (not to mention its influence on decades of crappy self-expression). But life is rarely so neat and as it turns out, I adore the shit out of the thing (just like Citizen Kane, groan). What can I do? Every track gives me goosebumps and/or chokes me up even my pick for the worst song, "When I'm Sixty-Four" (never noticed Paul rolling his r's at the end of "your" in "grandchildren on your knee" - so cute!). And while I'll continue to pick on Paul, my absolute fave is "She's Leaving Home" which I now hear as one of the last glimpses of a Paul/John utopia.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a very Scottish pronunciation of "on your knee"; I'd venture at Aberdeen area of Scotland too if I thought I knew wtf I was talking about. I've always been intrigued by it; I assume McCartney has some Scots heritage and is aiming to express that?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if anyone will vote for the title track. It seems too vestigial for anyone to truly hate (or love?).

And there's no option for the outgroove or do people hear that as part of "A Day in the Life?"

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Irish heritage surely? Probably Ulster? (xp)

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

As I'm used to Pepper on CD I've always heard the outgroove as a coda to A Day In The Life.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

voted for mr. kite, so annoying.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nick, you've gotta remember the last time I really really listened closely to these albums (as opposed to delving into them on occasion) was 10 years ago as a sixth former. Working through those albums in my late teens, I was very disappointed by Peppers when I got to it, especially after Revolver which blew me away. Given this, I have a sneaking suspicion that my ear will be more willing to accept things like WYWY a little more now than it did at 17. I have only so far purchased the Abbey Road remaster so far, so I'm gonna wait till I can afford the new version of Peppers till I do this.

I'd be interested in what way you think the texture and mood of Peppers is so different from Revolver. I maintain Sgt Pepper's is a weaker version of Revolver, and I don't understand why it was this record that got lauded for so many years as this huge progressive step, when I'd consider the difference between Rubber Soul and Revolver much greater than that of Sgt Peppers, which for the most part sounds like a retread of a lot of previous ground. Some great tracks on here, but I find things like "Lovely Rita" and "Good Day Sunshine" to be really awkward-sounding - and I'm a McCartney fan(!)

Kevin OTM about "When I'm Sixty Four" - is it true Macca wrote this one several years prior to it being recorded?

dog latin, Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

he wrote it in 1935

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if anyone will vote for the title track. It seems too vestigial for anyone to truly hate (or love?).

I love the hellllllll out of the title track and its reprise.

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Like, that last little lick at the end of reprise almost brings me tears of joy.

those .rawr blogs (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

confused as to how getting better managed pretty much the same number as day in the life o_O

listening tip: listen to "Getting Better" on headphones

Paul, Monday, 28 September 2009 04:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

disgusted by how many people voted for She's Leaving Home which is the best song on the record.

^^^^^^^

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young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 28 September 2009 06:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Happy that "Within You Without You" didn't come first/last. (And happy about the several folks upthread who like that song now but didn't before.) Nick's right, that instrumental middle section is awes.

I Love Beatles Polls New Answers (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 28 September 2009 07:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Still, 20 votes is too high!

Mark G, Monday, 28 September 2009 08:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

I can understand people voting for "When I'm 64", which is really nothing special. But those voting for "She's Leaving Home" haven't really understood anything at all.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Monday, 28 September 2009 09:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Haven't understood anything at all of what? You're perpetually insane melody-fascism?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 28 September 2009 09:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

in other pepper news, lucy in the sky, r.i.p.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

I feel bad now.

Alba, Monday, 28 September 2009 21:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

and in further news, i possibly should have listened to 'getting better' again before voting

should probably be practising shorthand (country matters), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'll say!

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

well tbh thinking about it, it's between 'getting better', 'fixing a hole', 'she's leaving home', and 'when i'm 64' sheerly by dint of being *slightly* less brilliant than the other tracks...fucked if i know which one i'd choose out of those 4

lucy in the sky with diamonds is a fucking superb piece of music, and the chorus is GREAT, especially in the OH MY GOD AMAZING FADEOUT which is one of the best things the beatles ever did, the way those sitar chimes ring out over the infinitely repeated refrain is just godlike

it chills my marrow to see 9 individual music-loving people vote for 'lovely rita'

should probably be practising shorthand (country matters), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Today I've been loving 'Good Morning Good Morning' and the reprise. It's odd that such a record should have a forgotten corner, but that's what they feel like.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 28 September 2009 21:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

au contraire, the record's post-64 speed to the finish is and always has been joyous

should probably be practising shorthand (country matters), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

t chills my marrow to see 9 individual music-loving people vote for 'lovely rita'

― should probably be practising shorthand (country matters)

But tell us, how do you really feel?

iago g., Monday, 28 September 2009 21:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

well there's not SUCH a big difference between any of the songs on this record (except LSD, WYWY, GMGM and Day In The Life being maybe a bit better than the others) so a bit of subjectivity is allowed for i guess

should probably be practising shorthand (country matters), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

'lovely rita' really wants to please you tho, it's not the best thing here but it really wants you to like it, more than any other song here, it just wants to be your friend, how can you vote for it :(

should probably be practising shorthand (country matters), Monday, 28 September 2009 21:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

She's Leaving Home is boring

Poliopolice, Friday, 20 April 2012 18:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

After 25 years, I feel like I finally 'get' this album. I always thought it had good songs on it but thought it was 'overrated'—man, was I wrong. It is really just 100% nuance and beauty in the production, thematically brilliant, great songwriting, everything!

America's Mobile, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

except "day in a life" - everything is boring here

nostormo, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

I finally "got" it too when I listened to the mono version.

I can't explain why, but instead of it being this overrated checkpoint from b/w to color, it just naturally sounded more like Revolver II.

pplains, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

It is really just 100% nuance and beauty in the production, thematically brilliant, great songwriting, everything!

OTM!

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Friday, 20 April 2012 21:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

I listened to it twice today. There are no worst songs.

Träumerei, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Good Morning, Good Morning is kinda weak too

Poliopolice, Friday, 20 April 2012 22:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^^ Crazy talk

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Friday, 20 April 2012 23:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I really consider myself lucky to have been introduced to this via my parents' battered vinyl copy - stereo, but still, the first time I heard the old 80s CD issue I seriously did a double take. It's a completely different album and not a third as good, seriously. Can't imagine liking it the way I do if that's the way I'd heard it most of the time.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

What blocked me from liking it for a while was the sleepiness of the middle songs - the energy of the opening just seemed to fade to nothing. Now those songs seem like the key to its magic. They're what create a sense of depth.

It's also nice house painting music. "Fixing a Hole" made sprucing up my grandparents' basement this morning seem romantic.

Träumerei, Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Good Morning, Good Morning is kinda weak too

Just the animals alone coming in natural order ending with a chicken that sounds like the first note of the reprise, get the hell out of here troll.

pplains, Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Unfortunately this is an album I played the HELL out of for a very specific window of time at around age 16, so basically when I hear it I involuntarily hear the dungeon rattles and smell the market streets of a lightweight and addictive MUD I was hooked on at the time.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Even John Lennon thought Good Morning, Good Morning sucked. Best song: Fixing a Hole.

Poliopolice, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

THIS version of Good Morning Good Morning does not suck

piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

just saying

piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

GM, GM might be my favorite song on the album. I'm not even counter-trolling.

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Expressing an opinion that others disagree with = trolling

WTF

Poliopolice, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Eh, just busting yr balls a bit.

I just fkin love the guitar, and the crazy abrasive sound of the horns, and yes the animal sounds.

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

Don't get hating on GM,GM at all, the solo is searing, the drumming is spot-on, and Lennon's multitracked, queasy, weird, "I'VE GOT nothing to say but it's o.k" is so perfect.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 21 April 2012 02:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Don't like: 64, Lovely Rita, GM, GM.

Not crazy about: Lucy, Within You Without You.

Everything else is various shades of fantastic

HIDDEN GEM: Fixing a Hole

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Saturday, 21 April 2012 02:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

i've still never heard of Meet The Wife outside of the context of GM GM. i don't even know if it was a real TV show.

piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 02:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Macca is so great on GM, GM. Sure, the bass, but as the Doctor points out: that guitar break! I love his stupid flashy leads sometimes.

bentelec, Saturday, 21 April 2012 02:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Meet The Wife (starring Thora Hird) was real! That is...all I know about it.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 21 April 2012 03:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

go to the show, hope she goes

bendy, Saturday, 21 April 2012 06:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

everything is closed, it's like a ruin

fruitsbs (beachville), Saturday, 21 April 2012 10:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

As a kid, my least favorites were Lucy and She's Leaving Home. A lot of people don't like Leaving because it's cloying or boring or slow, but for me it was straight traumatic, like I could imagine the girl's mother crying and all.

fruitsbs (beachville), Saturday, 21 April 2012 10:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

The guitar fill on GM, GM after "it's time for tea and 'Meet the Wife'" is 1,000x greater on the mono version than the stereo. I really do consider the mono the definitive version of this record and have zero interest in the stereo anymore.

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Saturday, 21 April 2012 11:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

OTM re: that fill. Sounds like it's double-tracked on the mono. Who knew such a seemingly minor addition could add exponentially to the song's power.

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 21 April 2012 12:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

> As a kid, my least favorites were Lucy and She's Leaving Home. A lot of people don't like Leaving because it's cloying or boring or slow, but for me it was straight traumatic

This was actually the one I most identified with as a teen because I fantasized about running away with my gf at the time

I need to hear the mono version ("You haven't heard Sgt. Pepper until you've heard it in mono" - John Lennon). I know "She's Leaving Home" is in a different key and speed - wonder why it was changed on the stereo mix.

Lee626, Saturday, 21 April 2012 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is there a way to buy a new copy of the mono CD outside of the mono box set?

Moodles, Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

I remember lying on the floor looking at the gatefold and fooling around with the cut-out inserts when I was six or seven. By then I already knew about the Beatles from their Saturday morning cartoon. My 1967 vote for worst song would have been "Mr. Kite," which kind of creeped me out. My favorites were probably "Lucy" and "Getting Better."

Brad C., Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

man, I guess I need to seek out the mono version of Pepper.

re: GM, GM - I dig Lennon's stark early take here:

the sparse recording reinforces the suburban hellishness of the song imho

Darin, Sunday, 22 April 2012 02:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

fwiw

pplains, Sunday, 22 April 2012 03:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

Everybody else sees the background pulsating in that cover, right?

Right?

pplains, Sunday, 22 April 2012 03:07 (1 year ago) Permalink


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