Making The Case AGAINST Sgt. Pepper's
Haahnster's Top 10 Reasons Sgt. Pepper's is NOT the # 1 Album of All-Time
10. "Within You, Without You"
9. "Lovely Rita"
8. "When I'm Sixty-Four"
Seriously, though, could the # 1 album of ALL-TIME really contain songs as weak as those listed in my aborted Top 10 list above? How about "Fixing A Hole" and "She's Leaving Home"? Yikes...talk about WEAK! This is NOT an album that has aged very well. Sometimes I think the only thing connecting this LP to our modern consciouness is the use of Joe Cocker's cover version of "With A Little Help From My Friends" as the theme song of TV's The Wonder Years.
OK, I take that back...partially. "A Day In The Life" is as strong a song as The Beatles ever recorded. And, the use of the title track at the beginning, and then reprised near the very end appears to have been a technique adopted by (or, would it be "adapted by"?) one of my personal favorites, Neil Young. Also, the cover photo was creative.
But, for a groundbreaking album that is consistently excellent song-by-song, and also virtually timeless, give me BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME by Bob Dylan. (Why HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED and BLONDE ON BLONDE are always rated ahead of this one is the subject for another post.) This is the album that bridged the gap to Dylan "going electric", with one side solo acoustic, and the other with electric backing band. It also contains the most dazzling piece of poetry ever put to music, "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)". That's probably my # 1, although I've never really thought it all the way through. Suffice it to say, Sgt. Pepper's wouldn't even be my highest-rated Beatles album! I'd probably have to go with ABBEY ROAD, there.
So, what do you think? Is the Haahnster hallucinating again? In any event, there's something about Sgt. Pepper's that just doesn't seem to grab me.