Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (soundtrack)

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 23 July 1978
Recorded September 1977–May 1978
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
Northstar Studios, Boulder, Colorado
Record Plant, New York City
EMI Studios, London
Air Studios, London
Genre Glam rock, pop, disco, hard rock
Length 83:08
Label RSO, A&M (UK/Canada)
Producer George Martin

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was a multi-platinum double album produced by George Martin,[1] featuring covers of songs by The Beatles. It was released in July 1978, as the soundtrack to the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which starred the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Steve Martin.

The project was managed by The Robert Stigwood Organisation. In 1975 the original plans for the album were suspended due to a dispute between Columbia and RSO.[2] RSO invested $12 million into this soundtrack and the profit offset set against costs such as $1 million for promotion.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "D+" and wrote that, apart from the Earth, Wind & Fire and Aerosmith songs, "most of the arrangements are lifted whole without benefit of vocal presence (maybe Maurice should try hormones) or rhythmic integrity ('Can't we get a little of that disco feel in there, George?')"[4] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it one out of five stars and said that the terribly bad album suffers from a number of clumsy performances by the Bee Gees, Frankie Howard, and Peter Frampton, as well as performers who were not particularly well-suited for their song, including Steve Martin, George Burns, and Alice Cooper.[5]

Commercial performance and fallout[edit]

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band debuted at #5 on the U.S. Billboard album charts[6] and stayed there for six weeks, becoming a multi-platinum album.[7] Although there was reported resistance to the interpretation of The Beatles' songs, such as Martin's comedic take on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", Earth, Wind & Fire's version of "Got To Get You Into My Life" became a million selling single,[8] while Robin Gibb's "Oh! Darling" and Aerosmith's "Come Together"[9] both charted in the top 40.

Radio airplay trailed off when the film was released with poor reviews, only five weeks later. The album immediately dropped out of the top 100 and pre-sale shipments to USA failed to sell in the quantities predicted.[10] Owing to low box office receipts the film failed to make back its production costs, but profits from the soundtrack album and the successful singles it spawned later covered those losses.[11]

Track listing[edit]

[12]

Disc 1[edit]

(LP Side 1)

  1. Introducing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (4:42)
    "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" — The Bee Gees and Paul Nicholas (1:56)
    "With a Little Help from My Friends" — Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees (2:46)
  2. "Here Comes the Sun" — by Sandy Farina (3:45)
  3. "Getting Better" — performed by Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees (2:46)
  4. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" — Dianne Steinberg and Stargard (3:41)
  5. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" — George Martin, Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, Donald Pleasence, Dianne Steinberg, Paul Nicholas, The Bee Gees and Stargard (6:31)

(LP Side 2)

  1. "Good Morning Good Morning" — performed by Paul Nicholas, Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees (1:58)
  2. "She's Leaving Home" — Steven Tyler, The Bee Gees, Jay MacIntosh and John Wheeler (2:41)
  3. "You Never Give Me Your Money" — Paul Nicholas and Dianne Steinberg (3:07)
  4. "Oh! Darling" — Robin Gibb (3:21) reached #15 in United States Billboard Hot 100 chart
  5. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" — Steve Martin and the vocal chorus (4:31)
  6. Rise To Stardom Suite (5:11)
    "Polythene Pam" — The Bee Gees (0:38)
    "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" — Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees (1:46)
    "Nowhere Man" — The Bee Gees (1:14)
    "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) reprise" — Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees (1:33)

Disc 2[edit]

(LP Side 3)

  1. "Got To Get You Into My Life" — Earth, Wind & Fire (3:36) reached #9 in United States Billboard Hot 100 chart
  2. "Strawberry Fields Forever" — Sandy Farina (3:31)
  3. "When I'm Sixty-Four" — Frankie Howerd and Sandy Farina (2:40)
  4. "Mean Mr. Mustard" — Frankie Howerd (2:46)
  5. "Fixing a Hole" — George Burns (2:25)
  6. "Because" — Alice Cooper and The Bee Gees (2:45)
  7. The Death of Strawberry (3:24)
    "Golden Slumbers" — Peter Frampton (1:39)
    "Carry That Weight" — The Bee Gees (1:45)

(LP Side 4)

  1. "Come Together" — Aerosmith (3:46)
  2. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" — Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, and George Burns (3:12)
  3. "The Long and Winding Road" — Peter Frampton (3:40)
  4. "A Day in the Life" — Barry Gibb and The Bee Gees
  5. "Get Back" — Billy Preston (2:56)
  6. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Finale]" — The cast (2:13)

Personnel[edit]

[12]

Singles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, George and Hornsby, Jeremy. All you need is ears. St. Martin's Press. p. 219. 
  2. ^ "Billboard magazine. Vol 87 No 3". Published by Nielsen Business Media. 1975-01-18. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  3. ^ Denisoff, Serge R. and Romanowski, William D. Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. pp. 243, 244 ,245. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 4, 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sound track)". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  7. ^ Denisoff, Serge R. and Romanowski, William D. Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. pp. 244, 245, 246. 
  8. ^ Denisoff, Serge R. and Romanowski, William D. Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. p. 244. 
  9. ^ "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  10. ^ Denisoff, Serge R. and Romanowski, William D. Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. pp. 243–245. 
  11. ^ Denisoff, Serge R. and Romanowski, William D. Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. pp. 245–246. 
  12. ^ a b "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sound track)". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  13. ^ Denisoff, Serge R. and Romanowski, William D. Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. p. 244. 
  14. ^ Muir, John Kenneth. The rock & roll film encyclopedia. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 249. 
  15. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Got To Get You Into My Life". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  16. ^ "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sound track)". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

References[edit]

  • Ashyia, Gale and Henderson, N. Contemporary Black Biography. Gale / Cengage Learning (2001). Digitized 17 Sep 2008. ISBN 978-0-7876-4620-2
  • Denisoff, Serge R. and Romanowski, William D. Risky Business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers (1991). ISBN 978-0-88738-843-9
  • Martin, George and Hornsby, Jeremy. All you need is ears. Reprint. St. Martin's Press (1994). ISBN 978-0-312-11482-4
  • Muir, Kenneth John. The rock & roll film encyclopedia. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (2007). ISBN 978-1-55783-693-9.

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