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By Olivier Julien

The 1st idea album within the background of well known tune, the soundtrack of the summer time of affection or 'Hippy Symphony quantity 1': Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts membership Band is at the beginning the album that gave upward thrust to 'hopes of development in pop tune' ("The Times", 29 might 1967). Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles commemorates the 40th anniversary of this masterpiece of British psychedelia via addressing matters that might aid placed the list in standpoint. those matters contain: reception by means of rock critics and musicians, the canopy, lyrics, songwriting, formal team spirit, the impression of non-European song and paintings song, connections with psychedelia and, extra often, the sociocultural context of the Sixties, construction, sound engineering and musicological importance. The individuals are international well known for his or her paintings at the Beatles: they study Sgt. Pepper from the perspective of disciplines corresponding to musicology, ethnomusicology, historical past, sociology, literature, social psychology and cultural conception.

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Certainly, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, in its social consciousness, lamenting lyricism and distancing string arrangement, is unique among the Beatles’ songs to that point. But then so is ‘Good Day Sunshine’, with its good-natured period travelling given a modern rhythmic twist. McCartney’s ballads, on the other hand, are less exceptional as types, even the highly THE DIVERGING AESTHETICS OF LENNON AND McCARTNEY 27 successful ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ with its brilliantly crafted modulations. But on the whole, McCartney’s songs remain as masterfully inventive as Lennon’s, even if they do not seem so attuned to the psychedelic spirit of the album.

It is also apparent that his identification of the album’s dangerously dominant sense of what is chic spotlights the summer of 1967 itself, when so many of the radical issues of the counterculture had become subsumed by the boutique culture of ‘swinging London’, and when such iconic underground bands as Cream, Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience could feature on Top of the Pops. Clearly, the Beatles were not the naïve band who, some four years earlier, had hit the headlines with their launch single, ‘Love Me Do’, who had wooed six million viewers with ‘Please Please Me’ on their subsequent appearance on British television’s Thank Your Lucky Stars (13 February 1963), and a year later stormed America in February 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show.

As such, ‘When I’m SixtyFour’’s rhyming incantation – ‘will you still need me, will you still feed me’ and the ‘give me your answer, fill in a form’ – reads like a parody of the lonely hearts’ bureau, tying the song to Lennon’s angry young man, to the anonymous girl of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ and the insecure Billy Shears. The links with music hall are also there in the shuffling syncopation of the introductory clarinet duet, the simple vocal melody, the neatness of fit between lyrics and accompaniment.

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