Re: Greatest Concept Album, Vote Here:
- From: marcus <marcus60s@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 07:21:44 -0800 (PST)
On Mar 12, 5:34 am, Mack A. Damia <mybaconbu...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I agree with Marcus even though not all of the songs fit an Englishmusic hall style, but we may give them some license (if we want to).
And there are the Lonely Hearts Club band pictured on the cover
dressed and ready to tour.
When I said that one of the two concepts of Pepper was the English/
Vaudeville Music Hall idea, I did not mean it literally. In other
words not each song style is English Music Hall, but back in those
Vaudeville days, there were many acts...some were comedy, others were
jugglers, some had acts with birds(like in AHDN) etc. The Beatles
were presenting a variety of "acts" with the different stylings of the
songs to an audience...it was a make believe band and a make believe
audience on the record, but it was still that type of performance.
A very popular critic of the Times described Sgt. Pepper as "a
decisive moment in the history of Western civilization". Others noted
a historical landmark in popular music. But why?
I know that I've been criticized for "playing the age card" in this ng
before (and perhaps with some justification), but I truly believe that
one had to be a young person in 1967 to truly grasp what the critic
meant. Pepper was both a juncture and a crossroad in popular music,
bridging a gap between standard pop and experimentation...and
everyone...and I mean everyone...was listening to it at the same
time. One could be walking down the street, and hear the strains of
one of the Pepper songs coming from someone's window...it was
The opening track and its reprise at the end sandwich a medly of songs
designed somewhat to evoke thoughts of childhood and everyday life.
The alter ego of the fictional band allowed the Beatles to experiment
with innovation, which they did with great success.
One of groundbreaking concept albums - even though the concept,
itself, might be vague.-
The concept, again, was twofold...as I mentioned above, plus the idea
of this unbelievably famous band giving up their identities to be an
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