Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Cassette, Album)
During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences and John Lennon 's new partner, Yoko Onowhose constant presence subverted the Beatles' policy of excluding wives and girlfriends from the studio. After a series of various problems, including producer George Martin taking an unannounced holiday and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting during a session, Ringo Starr left the band for two weeks in August.
The same tensions continued throughout the following year and led to the band's break-up. The Beatles received favourable reviews from most music critics; detractors found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of It topped record charts in Britain and the United States.
No singles were issued in either territory, but " Hey Jude " and " Revolution " originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August Bythe Beatles had achieved commercial and critical success. The group's mid release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandwas number one in the UK for 27 weeks, until the start of February having soldcopies in the first week after release. Pepper constituted a "historic departure in the progress of music — any music",  while the American writer Timothy Leary wrote that the band were "the wisest, holiest, most effective avatars Divine Incarnate, God Agents that the human race has ever produced".
The Beatles left Rishikesh before the end of the course. Ringo Starr was the first to leave, less than two weeks later, as he said he could not tolerate the food;  McCartney departed in mid-March,  while Harrison and Lennon were more interested in Indian religion and remained until April. Collectively, the group wrote around 40 new compositions in Rishikesh, 26 of which would be recorded in rough form at KinfaunsHarrison's home in Esherin May Lennon wrote the bulk of the new material, contributing 14 songs.
Some home demos and group sessions at Kinfauns were later released on the compilation Anthology 3. The group block-booked time at Abbey Road through July. Instead of tightly rehearsing a backing track, as in previous sessions, the group recorded all the rehearsals and jamming, then added overdubs to the best take.
Only 16 of the album's 30 tracks feature all four band members performing. During the sessions, the band upgraded from 4-track recording to 8-track. As work began, Abbey Road Studios possessed, but had yet to Album), an 8-track machine that had supposedly been sitting unused for several months. This was in accordance with EMI's policy of testing and customising new gear extensively before putting it into use. The band held their first and only hour session at Abbey Road during the final mixing and sequencing for the album.
Unlike most LPs, there was no customary three-second gap between tracks, and the master was edited so that songs segued together, via a straight edit, a crossfade, or an incidental piece of music. The Beatles contains a wide range of musical styles, which authors Barry Miles and Gillian Gaar view as the most diverse of any of the group's albums. The author Nicholas Schaffner views the acoustic slant as reflective of a widespread departure from the LSD-inspired psychedelia ofan approach initiated by Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys and Album) in by artists such as the Rolling Stones and the Byrds.
Whereas on prior Beatles albums, the band was getting into the habit of mixing several musical genres into a single song, on The White Album every song is faithful to its selected genre. The rock n' roll tracks are purely rock n' roll; the folk songs are purely folk; the surreal pop numbers are purely surreal pop; and the experimental piece is purely experimental.
Martin said he was against the idea of a double album at the time and suggested that the group reduce the number of songs to form a single album featuring their stronger work; the band Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles - Sgt.
Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Cassette. Starr felt that the album should have been two separate records, which he jokingly called "The White Album" and "The Whiter Album". McCartney said that the record was fine as it was: "It was great. It sold. It's the bloody Beatles' White Album. Shut up! During the recording sessions for The Beatleseach member of the band began to increasingly assert themselves as individual artists who frequently found themselves at odds.
McCartney described the sessions as a turning point for the group because "there was a lot of friction during that album. We were just about to break up, and that was tense in itself";  Lennon said, "the break-up of the Beatles can be heard on that album". The Beatles sessions marked the first appearance in the studio of Lennon's new domestic and artistic partner, Yoko Onowho accompanied him to Abbey Road to work on " Revolution 1 "  and who was thereafter a more or less constant presence at Beatles recording sessions.
Peter Doggett writes that "the most essential line of communication" had been broken between Lennon and McCartney by Ono's presence on the first day of recording.
The positive spirit of the session disappeared immediately, and engineer Ken Scott later claimed that "you could cut the atmosphere with a knife". For "Back in the U. He returned on 5 September to find his drum kit decorated with flowers,  a welcome-back gesture from Harrison. The Beatles was the last Beatles album to be mixed separately for stereo and mono.
Several songs have missing or different overdubs or effects which differ from the stereo mixes. McCartney wrote " Back in the U. The style is typical of the acoustic songs written in Rishikesh, using guitar arpeggios. Lennon wrote the track about Mia Farrow 's sister Prudence Farrowwho rarely left her room during the stay in commitment to the meditation. MacDonald claimed Lennon deliberately wrote the lyrics to mock fans who claimed to find "hidden messages" in songs, and referenced other songs in the Beatles catalogue — "The Walrus was Paul" refers back to " I Am the Walrus " which itself refers to " Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds ".
Lennon went straight to the piano and smashed the keys with an almighty amount of volume, twice the speed of how they'd done it before, and said "This is it! Come on! The track took a surprising amount of time to complete, with McCartney demanding perfectionism that annoyed his colleagues. He demanded a cut of publishing when the song was released, but the song was credited to "Lennon—McCartney". Marmalade recorded a version that became a number one hit.
It is typical of the brief snippets of songs he recorded between takes during the album sessions. Ono sings one line and co-sings another, while Chris Thomas played the mellotronincluding improvisations at the end of the track.
Clapton was unsure about guesting on a Beatles record, but Harrison said the decision was "nothing to do with them. It's my song. The final version consisted of the best halves of two takes edited together. McCartney got the title of " Martha My Dear " from his sheepdog, but the lyrics are otherwise unrelated.
Martin composed a brass band arrangement for the track. According to Lewisohn, the ticking in the background is a metronome but Emerick recalls capturing the sound via a microphone placed beside McCartney's shoes. Harrison wrote " Piggies " as an attack on greed and materialism in modern society. The song was taped in a single session, and was one of the tracks that Martin felt was " filler " and put on only because the album was a double.
The basic track consisted of Starr drumming while McCartney played piano. The simple lyric was very much in Lennon's style, and Lennon was annoyed not to be asked to play on it. McCartney suggested it was "tit for tat" as he had not contributed to "Revolution 9".
According to McCartney, the authorship of " Birthday " was "50—50 John and me, made up on the spot and recorded all on the same evening". Lennon wrote " Yer Blues " in India. Despite meditating and the tranquil atmosphere, he still felt unhappy, as reflected in the lyrics. Unusually for a Beatles recording, the four-track source tape was edited directly, resulting in an abrupt cut-off at 3'17" into the start of another take which ran into the fadeout.
McCartney wrote " Mother Nature's Son " in India, and worked on it in isolation from the other members of the band. He performed the track solo alongside Album) Martin-scored brass arrangement. The final mix was sped up by mixing the tape running at 43 hertz instead of the usual The band performed the initial takes live and included long passages during which they jammed on their instruments.
By all accounts, the session was chaotic, but nobody dared suggest to any of the Beatles that they were out of control. Harrison reportedly ran around the studio holding a flaming ashtray above his head, "doing an Arthur Brown ". This was one of the tracks that led Manson to believe the album had coded messages referring to apocalyptic war, and led to his movement of the same name. McCartney played Hammond organ on the track, and an "eerie rattling" effect at the end was created by a note causing a wine bottle on top of the organ's Leslie speaker to resonate.
The group ended the chosen take with a six-minute improvisation that had further overdubs added, before being cut to the length heard on the album. The brass arrangement was added later. McCartney wrote " Honey Pie " as a pastiche of the s' flapper dance style. The opening section had the sound of an old 78 RPM record overdubbed  while Martin arranged a saxophone and clarinet part in the same style.
Lennon played the guitar solo on the track, but later said he hated the song, calling it "beyond redemption". The track featured a saxophone sextet arranged by Thomas, who also played keyboards. Lennon began writing " Cry Baby Cry " in late and the lyrics were partly derived from the tagline of an old television commercial.
Martin played harmonium on the track. Lennon, Harrison and Ono added further tape collages and spoken word extracts, in the style of Karlheinz Stockhausen. The track opens with an extract of a piano theme from a Royal Schools of Music examination tape, and climaxes with Ono saying "if you become naked".
He had led similar tape experiments such as " Carnival of Light " in January Albumtitel Sgt. Zustand Excellent EX. Pressung Verschiedene Pressungen siehe Beschreibung. Plattenfirma Apple, Universal. It is take 6 standard version is 7 with a tamboura from take 7 with harmony vocals in the chorus from the standard version take 8. There is no bass. For both mono and stereo, "part 1" apparently the first, vocal section was mixed separately from "parts 2 and 3" the instrumental and the final vocal part?
The laughter at the end was also edited on, but [a] and [b] have a different laugh. The Anthology [c] has a remix of the instrumental tracks without the vocal, and no laughter at the end.
There are traces of the vocal: for example, listen for "you're only very small" just before the instrumental break, in the left channel, and for the last verse. A short amount of instrumental work between the verses was removed after the mixing was done, so both mixes are edited. Reverb had been added during mixing, and the edits are a little more obvious in stereo [b], just before Paul starts singing the second and third verses.
The two mixes are at different speeds, and we believe stereo [b] was slowed down when mixed rather than the mono being sped uppartly because the orchestra sounds better in mono [a]. Possibly the tape was made at an off-speed, like many Sgt Pepper songs, and was played for stereo mixing at normal speed? The crossfade joins this to the preceding song, Sgt Pepper, but the songs do not overlap; rather, crowd noise runs from one through to the other. This song starts right before the announcement "Billy Shears!
On this outtake the band play the additional drumbeats at the beginning as heard in the standard version in mono. The crossfade joins this to the following song, A Day in the Life. The edit in mono [a] is better, so the last note hits the first chord of A Day in the Life, while there is a delay in stereo [b]. Mono [a] starts with unknown spoken words not in stereo [b], then both have a countdown with someone saying "bye"? During the sequence just described, crowd noise in mono Album) starts louder, dies down, then up to a cheer, while crowd noise in stereo [b] stays steady at medium volume-- the crowd noise seems to have been added during mixing.
Right before the vocal is a "woo", louder in mono [a]. Toward the end in mono [a] Paul is heard shouting unintelligible phrases "we are the greatest"? This 2 seconds of talk was placed in the inner groove of the Parlophone release. It was dropped for pressings some time after It is not exactly the same for all pressings due to the runout groove meeting the inner groove at different points in different LP masters.
For CD it is repeated into a fadeout. The dates shown [a] and [b] are of the first disk cutting for Parlophone in the UK; it was recreated at unknown dates for other master disks, but was never cut into disks by Capitol for US release. For CD it was created electronically in and put into the master digital tape used for CD production. The original Magical Mystery Tour film soundtrack uses a May 4 mono mix with different vocals at the beginning: a faster "Roll up, roll up, roll up" with "hurry!
Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. Exile On Main St. And on and on and on. That means it probably should be a Beatles album.
But then, which Beatles album? The White Album is probably the most interesting work that the Fab Four ever recorded; a grand, bloated achievement that finds each member -— minus Ringo -— trying to outdo all the others to create the best songs on the record. Of course, Revolver and Rubber Soul must be considered.
Either one could lay claim to being the tightest, most cohesive projects that the band put out. My favorite Beatles album is, and remains, Abbey Road.
As a complete listening experience, the band never did better. A part of me would like to remain contrarian and give it to Abbey Road. As I poured over all thirteen tracks off Sgt. It is indeed, the greatest album of all-time. We tried and I think succeeded in achieving what we set out to do. Pepper was a special album…it was love and peace; it was a fabulous period, for me and the world. Since it figures so much into the tale of the creation of Sgt. John loved him like a brother.
Have you seen the photos Astrid took of John and George in Stu's loft after he died? Messages 2, If I had bucks lying around, I'd spring for it. BatChainPuller Member. Messages Pepper was the first album I ever bought on cassetteand it's still my favorite of all time--not just favorite Beatles record. Messages 17, Ferret said:. I remember that too. Which is why I indicate that my opinion was hardly the only one.
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