• The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    (Parlophone Records  1967  PMC7027  Mono)
    Matrix No's: XEX637-1/XEX638-1 - UK Pressing
    Mothers/Stampers: PLR 3T / RLR 4
    Yellow/Black label with "The Gramophone Co" ringwording and Sold In UK label text
    KT Stamp on Side B


    G&L Wide Spine Gatefold Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
    - under a bright light you can make out 1 or 2 light thumbnail creases to the laminate
    Cut Outs in Nr MINT condition
    Original Red/White Inner Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
    - immaculate with no splits

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality - there's a few crackles/light clicks in When I’m 64)

    The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963 their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", and as the group's music grew in sophistication in subsequent years, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.

    The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. They acquired the nickname "the Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain the next year, and by early 1964 became international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced increasingly innovative recordings, including the albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.

    The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 800 million physical and digital albums worldwide. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. They are also the best-selling music artists in the United States, with 178 million certified units. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful artists; as of 2017, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and all four main members were inducted individually from 1994 to 2015. They were also collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people.

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened to Sgt. Pepper) is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Beatles. Released in June 1967, the album, which included songs such as "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", and "A Day in the Life", now has over 70 million albums sold. Continuing the artistic maturation seen on the band's album Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper further departed from the conventional pop rock idiom of the time and incorporated balladry, psychedelic, music hall, and symphonic influences.

    During the Sgt. Pepper sessions, the group improved upon the quality of their music's production while exploring experimental recording techniques. Producer George Martin's innovative approach included the use of an orchestra. Widely acclaimed and imitated, the album cover, designed by English pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, was inspired by a sketch by Paul McCartney that depicted the band posing in front of a collage of some of their favourite celebrities.

    Sgt. Pepper was a worldwide critical and commercial success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the UK Album Chart and 15 weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200. A seminal work in the emerging psychedelic rock style, the album was critically acclaimed upon release and won four Grammy Awards in 1968. With an estimated 32 million copies sold, it is one of the world's best selling albums. Sgt. Pepper is considered by many to be the most influential and famous rock album ever, and has been named the greatest album of all time by both Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (1994) and Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2003). The album was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2003, calling it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

    Track listing

    Sgt. Pepper was the first Beatles album to be released with identical track listings in the UK and the US. The American release did not originally contain the side two runout groove and inner groove sound effects that were restored for the worldwide CD issue, released on 1 June 1987.

    All songs written and composed by Lennon–McCartney except where noted. 

    Side one  
    No. Title Lead vocals Length  
    1. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"   McCartney 2:02
    2. "With a Little Help from My Friends"   Starr 2:44
    3. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"   Lennon 3:28
    4. "Getting Better"   McCartney 2:48
    5. "Fixing a Hole"   McCartney 2:36
    6. "She's Leaving Home"   McCartney with Lennon[nb 2] 3:35
    7. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"   Lennon 2:37
    Side two  
    No. Title Lead vocals Length  
    1. "Within You Without You" (George Harrison) Harrison 5:04
    2. "When I'm Sixty-Four"   McCartney 2:37
    3. "Lovely Rita"   McCartney 2:42
    4. "Good Morning Good Morning"   Lennon 2:41
    5. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"   Lennon, McCartney and Harrison[nb 3] 1:19
    6. "A Day in the Life"   Lennon and McCartney 5:39

    Track list information according to Graham Calkin, Mark Lewisohn and Ian MacDonald.

    Personnel

    According to Mark Lewisohn and Alan W. Pollack:

    The Beatles
    • John Lennon – lead, harmony and background vocals; lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars; piano and Hammond organ; harmonica, tape loops, sound effects and comb and tissue paper; handclaps, tambourine and maracas
    • Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and bass guitars; piano, Lowrey and Hammond organs; handclaps; vocalizations, tape loops, sound effects and comb and tissue paper
    • George Harrison – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars; sitar; lead, harmony and background vocals; tamboura; harmonica and kazoo; handclaps and maracas
    • Ringo Starr – drums, congas, tambourine, maracas, handclaps and tubular bells; lead vocals; harmonica; final piano E chord
    Additional musicians and production
    • Neil Aspinall – tamboura and harmonica
    • Geoff Emerick – recording and mixing engineer; tape loops and sound effects
    • Mal Evans – counting, alarm clock and final piano E chord
    • Matthew Deyell – tambourine
    • George Martin – producer and mixer; tape loops and sound effects; harpsichord (on "Fixing a Hole"), harmonium, Lowrey organ and glockenspiel (on "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"), Hammond organ (on "With a Little Help from My Friends"), and piano (on "Getting Better" and the solo in "Lovely Rita"); final harmonium chord.
    • Session musicians – four French horns (on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), (Neil Sanders, James W. Buck, John Burden, Tony Randall), arranged and conducted by Martin and McCartney; string section and harp (on "She's Leaving Home"), arranged by Mike Leander and conducted by Martin; harmonium, tabla, sitar, dilruba, eight violins and four cellos (on "Within You, Without You"), arranged and conducted by Harrison and Martin; clarinet trio (on "When I'm Sixty Four"), as arranged and conducted by Martin and McCartney; saxophone sextet (on "Good Morning, Good Morning"), arranged and conducted by Martin and Lennon; and forty-piece orchestra (strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion) (on "A Day in the Life"), arranged by Martin, Lennon and McCartney and conducted by Martin and McCartney

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    THE BEATLES - SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND LP - Nr MINT FIRST PRESS WIDE SPINE UK MONO with INNER SLEEVE

    • Product Code: PMC7027
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    • £359.99

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