Monday, October 3, 2016

That good old Sgt. Pepper album

Way back in 1967, the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

As it turned out, almost everybody enjoyed the show.

Rolling Stone says it’s the Greatest Album Of All Time. I know some Sinatra-lovers are gonna argue with that, and Ella fans and David Bowie fans and all the holdout Beethoven-philes aren’t going to take it for gospel….

My personal vote is for “Belafonte Sings the Blues,” but that’s personal, I’m just sayin'….

When “Sgt. Pepper” hit the stores, on June 1, 1967,  Bob Dylan reportedly said to Paul McCartney “Oh I get it, you don’t want to be cute anymore.”

Thirty years later Sir James Paul McCartney talked about what the album meant to the Fab Four: “We were not boys, we were men…all that screaming, we didn’t want any more.”

I don’t want to have to listen to anybody who says he can name his one “favorite” Beatles song, hell, most of them are favorites, always have been.

Still, I take this chance to mention that “She’s Leaving Home” on the Sgt. Pepper lineup is possibly the most sensitive, terrifyingly sad, crystalline, poetically lachrymose song ever sung or listened to….after your mouth moves with the final words “…she’s leaving home, bye bye…” you just can’t go back to what you were doing before you started listening to it….

By the way, Rolling Stone says the No. 2 album Of All Time is the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds,” I’ll be honest, I never heard of it before I read the list, guess I was listening to too much Belafonte in 1966….


  1. I agree that it is impossible to pick one favorite Beatles song and I agree that She's Leaving Home is very powerful. However, I have always been troubled that she is leaving home to have fun. That is given as the reason for her departure. Seems pretty shallow but then some would say that the baby-boomers tended to be shallow.

  2. I take your point, Bob, about a shallow tendency among some Baby Boomers like me.
    Still, I throb with passion when I hear "She's Leaving Home"....