Originally Posted by Del
Talking with a friend of mine on Skype..
Friend: Omg, I discovered this great album!
Del: Cool, which one .. ?
F: It's called 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heartclub Band'! Ever hear of it!??
D: .. You are joking right?
F: No, have you ever heard it?
D: .. You are really .. like .. messing with me, right?
F: NO! Come on!
D: Fine, I'll take the bait: Yes dear, I have heard of it, even listened to it on occasion..
F: So what is your favorite track?
D: .. DUDE! Stop it! I was listening to that album the year it came out!!
F: .. Oh.. well.. I should have known that you knew it..
D: Sweetie, EVERYBODY knows that album..!
F: Well anyway, I love it and I'm gonna check out more stuff from that band ..
D: .. You're joking again, right?
As much as I love The Beatles, I consider Sgt. Pepper
their most overrated album. Paul wrote (or, at least, was the primary writer of) 8 of the album's 13 tracks... and I don't think a single one of them ranks among his all-time greatest compositions Not including Yellow Submarine
, this is the only Beatles album to which he did not contribute a bona fide 'home run,' IMO. The title track and its reprise are doubles at the most; the rest are mere singles. The one 'home run' he did contribute to these sessions, "Penny Lane," ended up not making the final album (big mistake; same with "Strawberry Fields Forever"). There were plenty more albums that came out in the calendar year of 1967 that either matched, nearly matched, or exceeded Sgt. Pepper
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
and Axis: Bold As Love
Cream - Disraeli Gears
The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
and Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks
The Who - The Who Sell Out
The Pretty Things - Emotions
Traffic - Mr. Fantasy
Procol Harum - Procol Harum
The Doors - The Doors
and Strange Days
The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
and After Bathing at Baxter's
Love - Da Capo
and Forever Changes
... and, in a perfect world:
The Beach Boys - Smile
Also, if you count it as a full album rather than half of one, you can add The Beatles' own Magical Mystery Tour
to that list as well.