Sgt Pepper Live is a live album by American power pop band, Cheap Trick.
It was recorded to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.
Fans of The Beatles may fear this is disrespectful so feel assured that it was engineered by Geoffrey Emerick, the same man who won a Grammy award for engineering the original album.The band were backed by a full orchestra when it was recorded on 12 December 2007.
I’ve always wanted a live album by the late 1960s version of The Beatles but the closest I’ve come to it is when Paul McCartney raid his back catalogue.
Songs On Cheap Trick Sgt Pepper Live
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 1:55
With A Little Help From My Friends – 2:37
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – 3:54
Getting Better – 2:36
Fixing A Hole – 3:16
She’s Leaving Home – 3:52
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! – 2:46
Within You Without You – 5:35
When I’m Sixty-Four – 2:50
Lovely Rita – 2:36
Good Morning Good Morning – 2:36
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – 1:15
A Day In The Life – 4:41
Medley Song (Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End) – 5:43
Cheap Trick do an excellent job of recording this legendary, but in my opinion overrated Beatles album. If anything, they stay too close to the album because it comes across as an impression of The Beatles.
I think it would have been great to have been at the concerts but is the live album really necessary when you can play the original? Since they’ve released live versions of Magical Mystery Tour, Daytripper and perhaps others, I wish that they’d gone further and played more, especially more Lennon songs.
Then I could see a reason why the album becomes an essential purchase because it steps away from both the original SPLHCB album and from the McCartney live albums.
At the moment, when I’m in the mood for live Beatles, I head for Tripping The Live Fantastic (Highlights) which is excellent.
What Other People Say
Other people can see a reason to get it.
Buying Sgt Pepper Live
It is available from Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk – iTunes – eBay
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
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