Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Artist: Beatles
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: SMAS-2653
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-06
A1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1:59
A2 A Little Help From My Friends 2:46
A3 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3:25
A4 Getting Better 2:47
A5 Fixing A Hole 2:33
A6 She's Leaving Home 3:24
A7 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! 2:36
B1 Within You Without You 5:03

Written-By - George Harrison

B2 When I'm Sixty-Four 2:38
B3 Lovely Rita 2:43
B4 Good Morning, Good Morning 2:35
B5 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) 1:20
B6 A Day In The Life 5:03

Artwork By [Cover] - Apple
Artwork By [Cover] - M C Productions
Artwork By [Staged By] - Jann Haworth
Artwork By [Staged By] - Peter Blake
Artwork By [Wax Figures By] - Madame Tussauds
Photography - Michael Cooper
Producer - George Martin
Written-By - Lennon-McCartney


Track B6 ends in a loop into the run-out groove.
Differences in the track titles on the inner labels:
A7 = Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
B4 = Good Morning Good Morning
B5 = Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Reprise
on the inner labels = SMAS-2653
on the back cover = SMAS 2653
on the cover's spine = 2653
The label is black with colour band around it.
The cover is made out of thick cardboard and includes a gimmick cut-outs insert.
Manufactured by Capitol Records Inc., Hollywood And Vine Streets, Hollywood, Calif.
Factories: Scranton, Pa., Los Angeles, Calif., Jacksonville, Ill.
Other variations with this catalog#:
- lime green label (1969)
- orange label (1976)
- purple label with large Capitol logo (1978)
- black label with print in colour band (1983)

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Beatles changed the course of popular music in three major ways: 1) they wrote their own songs; 2) they took control of the recording process; and 3) they gave us Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Released worldwide on June 1st, 1967, The Beatles had been off the road for almost a year and immersed at EMI Studios. That it is a conceptual album and not just a collection of songs makes Sgt. Pepper's the landmark that it is. From the jacket photo to the music on the vinyl to even the cutout inserts inside, exercising their creativity was The Beatles end game; and here, it would fully manifest. While others had attempted it, The Beatles delivered the objet d'art-a record album-that everyone wanted and would want to create. After the previous year's psych masterpiece Revolver, the first hint of The Beatles next move appeared on the "Penny Lane" b/w "Strawberry Fields Forever" single released in February. When Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band arrived in June, it was their most mature statement yet, effectively raising the bar for all popular music. From the adult theme of "Getting Better" to the blatant psychedelia of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," The Beatles offer their most intellectual and cohesive effort, best encapsulated in the epic track "A Day in the Life." Equally important was the reaction that their audience, and indeed the world, had to the album. In addition to burgeoning awareness of psychedelia, the album coincided with the advent of stereo headphones and was the first album to feature printed lyrics. All points connected: With Sgt. Pepper's, The Beatles and producer George Martin captured the minds and imaginations of an audience waiting to be captured. Enough has been written about this album and for good reason: British art rock starts here. This was the paradigm under which most progressive rock was made.
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