Monday, June 5, 2017

The Beatles Historical 'Sgt. Pepper' Album at 50 Years Old

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The Beatles made an indelible mark on music history, although for most people, the 'Sgt. Pepper' album was when this band went from being very good, and one of the best of their time, to immortals, one of the greatest musical acts of all time. 

Other bands, perhaps especially the Beach Boys, had grown ever more experimental, and so the Beatles felt compelled to respond with a unique sound of their own. And respond they did!

'Sgt. Pepper's' was not like anything that had come before. It set a new bar for music and, indeed, a musical explosion was about to occur. The music of the late 1960's and early 1970's was more experimental than any other time period that had come before. When you think of the type of music that was the most popular in the 1950's and early 1960's, and then you think of some of the incredible musical acts of the late 1960's and early 1970's, the differences are almost staggering!

That is not to say that all of it was greatly influenced by the Beatles, or by the 'Sgt. Pepper' album. However, much of it was, and it is impossible to imagine what that music might have sounded like without the Beatles. Ringo Starr once said that there would have been some other band that would have become just like the Beatles, although that seems doubtful. After all, the level of musical talent, and even genius, on that band, is probably unlike any rock band before or since. And for the time that they were in the Beatles together, the band was able to put away their egos long enough to make some incredible music. They fed off of one another, brought out the best in each other individually, and collectively. That is why the music that came out of the band stands apart so strongly, and is so remembered, and really, revered, even after all of these years. It has been more than half a century since the Beatles first arrived on the scene, and half a century since 'Sgt. Pepper's,' and yet still their music is beloved and remembered and relevant.

Indeed, that is the greatest testament to the Beatles and their music, the fact that it is still remembered and listened to after all of these years! Few musical acts are remembered quite as fondly as the Beatles are, and that is why they continue to stand apart. And 'Sgt. Pepper' was perhaps the single album that stood out the most out of their albums, and they were indeed all memorable. 

So here, for the last time, here is a blog entry that will honor the 50th anniversary of this incredible album, and of my favorite rock band of all time. I have not yet gotten the 50th anniversary re-release album yet, although having heard snippets of it during the last couple of weeks or so, that will surely change. However, I love their music and continue to listen to it, something that has been the case since the earliest childhood memories that I can recall. The Beatles broke up years before my birth, and John Lennon's assassination was one of my first memories of a major news story, because it happened when I was still very young. But somehow, it feels like they have remained relevant throughout, and that they, above all others, will continue to endure, and to leave their mark. They are beyond the fashion and identities of their times, and their music and legacy have allowed them to attain a certain immortal, even timeless status. 

Indeed, that is just about the highest honor that anyone can bestow on another, and it reveals quite a lot that it seems almost to not be enough to describe the Beatles, and the lasting impact that their music continues to have even to this day!

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