Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

by David Dedrick on March 19, 2014

Compleatly-Beatles

This is it! The jewel in the Beatles crown; the ne plus ultra of pop music. There will never be another quite album like Sgt. Pepper’s and Ian and Dave are all over it. Songs are discussed; production is explained; and trivia is thrown around like so much confetti. Join Sneaky Dragon’s Ian Boothby and David Dedrick as they celebrate one of The Beatles’ greatest achievements.

Once again, this episode went a l-i-i-i-ittle long, but, come on! Sgt. Pepper’s…

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David M. March 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I bought the mono version back in 1967 because I didn’t appreciate the ugly yellow “STEREO” stripe across the top of that lovely cover. And also because the mono mix is the true Beatles mix. And really also because I only had a little mono record player to play/ruin it on.

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Noah March 19, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I am really happy you are doing a Magical Mystery Tour episode. I’m not sure whether this is considered “canon” in the Beatles discography, but I grew up listening to my parents’ copy of that record over and over again. I Am The Walrus blew my fragile little mind, as did that mellotron outro to Flying. Also the podcast is fantastic and I look forward to every new episode. Please make the episodes as long as you’d like, I’m always a little disappointed when they end.

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David Dedrick March 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Thank you, Noah. I always feel guilty when we creep past the two-hour mark.

I think by this point the American version of Magical Mystery Tour is “canon” and the British version of two 45s is an interesting oddity. The arrival of the CD kind of made it so. I guess they couldn’t see people buying a five song collection. The only other option was folding the Magical Mystery Tour songs into the Pastmasters collections and then we would have lost that great cover.

I’ll tell you a secret: “I Am the Walrus” is my favourite Beatles song!

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mike kossey March 22, 2014 at 12:18 am

Magical Mystery Tour better be considered canon! It’s one of my favourites, and ‘Flying’ is easily in my top 3 Beatles songs. Despite the lack of singing, and considering how much I like the lyrics in the later albums that’s saying a lot šŸ™‚

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n matsumoto March 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm

“A Day In The Life” is my favourite Beatles song. It’s the one that made younger-me realize there’s more to the Beatles than their “I Want To Hold Your Hand”-type songs.

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lambert July 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

part of me wonders if paul actually took lsd at all.
one story (told by george martin) has paul take john home the night he accidentally took acid in place of an upper at a recording session and the roof and all that. paul putatively took acid that night for the first time, to “be in the same head space as john”. but consider – it was late at night when they got home, lsd takes an hour or so to kick in, and as the story goes paul and john stared in each others’ eyes awhile and paul and him explored the back yard, but before too long paul went to bed. john himself said what? go to bed on acid? the average acid trip is 8 hours, and one thing you cannot do on acid is sleep. now, consider too how in beatles anthology george harrison notes how very strange it was paul suddenly telling the press he’d done lsd when he and john had been suggesting he take it for 18 months. given paul’s fear of acid and john’s credulousness on the night in question, it feels like paul’s “honesty” with the reporter in 1967 was contrived on paul’s part, probably to get the other beatles off his back about taking a drug he was afraid would harm him irrevocably.

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