Pass the Pepper, Please…
The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’ is the greatest album of all time.
It’s on top of almost every possible list as the greatest album made. Rolling Stone, every other major magazine, VH1, you name it it’s at the top. And they are correct. It IS THE most influential, flawlessly put together album in history. The Greatest.
Funny though. It’s not The Beatles best album.
Only The Beatles could pull that off.
Sgt Pepper basically of started the whole concept of an “album”. A collection of songs that cohesively go together and need to be heard together. It also had the packaging that gave people something to look at and be enthralled with. It was the first album that gave you the lyrics.
It was the first.
Pop music became art on its release. It’s that important.
It’s also a timepiece. A wonderful timepiece, the summer of love might not have happened without it. Everything went Technicolor with its release. Popular music would be different without it.
So it’s the greatest album of all time.
But it’s probably around the 4th best Beatle record.
If you are talking about just the music and creative output then…
Revolver is the Beatles at their best.
Revolver is ageless. It was truly the last of The Beatles working together as a real band. All for one and all. It’s also a “tweener” record, which seems to be peak periods for them. They weren’t moptops” anymore. But they were not fully “psychedelic” either. (The White album was also a tweener, coming out of psychedelia into rock, and it’s on my list as a very close number two, but they were fragmented as a band by then).
Revolver gave us George as a legitimate songwriter with “Taxman” and “I want to tell you”
It gave us the first glimpse of the real John Lennon with “I’m only sleeping” , “She said she said” and the nod to the future album with “Tomorrow never knows”. And McCartney was at his eclectic best with “Eleanor Rigby”, “Got to Get you into my Life”, “Here There and Everywhere”, and the heartbreaking “For No One”. In fact, McCartney was at his personal best on this record. Listeners more inclined to lean Lennon might put “Rubber Soul” highest because that might have been when HE was at the top of his game.
But “Revolver” was the proof that The Beatles were maturing and nothing after this was going to ever be the same….
And it wasn’t.
Greatest albums of all time:
1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. All of the others.
The Beatles Greatest Albums:
2. The Beatles (White Album)
3. Abbey Road
4. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band
5. Rubber Soul
6. A Hard Day’s Night
7. Let It Be
9. With The Beatles
10. Magical Mystery Tour
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