Sgt. Pepper's (Big Daddy album)

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Sgt. Pepper's
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 4, 1992 (1992-02-04)
GenreRock 'n' Roll
Length34:14
LabelRhino
ProducerBig Daddy
Big Daddy chronology
Cutting Their Own Groove
(1991)
Sgt. Pepper's
(1992)
Smashing Songs of Stage and Screen
(2013)

Sgt. Pepper's is a tribute album[1] consisting of covers of the entirety of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. The album was recorded by Big Daddy in 1992 and features covers which combine the lyrics and some musical elements from the original Beatles versions with stylistic elements of certain genres and musicians, mostly ones popularized in the 1920s-1950s. The album's release coincided with the 25th anniversary of the original Beatles album.[2] It was the band's last album until 2013's Smashing Songs of Stage and Screen.

Artwork[edit]

The album's cover art was directly inspired by that of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was designed by Michael Bryan with direction from Geoff Gans. It prominently features an acoustic bass and the background is filled with iconic figures, mostly comedic.

Reception[edit]

Sgt. Pepper's received moderately positive reception. People magazine called the album "a hoot" and said even "when the novelty fades, the tunes stand on their own blue suede shoes as music to boogie to, even when you’re 64."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney except "Within You Without You", by George Harrison.

No.Titlein the style ofLength
1."Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"The Coasters2:21
2."With a Little Help from My Friends"Johnny Mathis2:50
3."Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"Jerry Lee Lewis2:21
4."Getting Better"Skip and Flip3:47
5."Fixing a Hole"Dion DiMucci3:04
6."She's Leaving Home"Paul Anka3:32
7."Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"Freddy Cannon2:29
8."Within You Without You" Beatnik poetry1:55
9."When I'm Sixty-Four"Billy Ward and his Dominoes3:20
10."Lovely Rita"Elvis Presley1:54
11."Good Morning Good Morning" 2:46
12."Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"The Coasters1:04
13."A Day in the Life"Buddy Holly5:00

Personnel[edit]

According to Discogs:[4]

Big Daddy

  • Bob Wayne – lead and harmony vocals, engineering
  • Marty Kaniger – lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp
  • Tom Lee – lead vocals, backing bass vocals, electric guitar
  • Don Raymond – lead and harmony vocals
  • John Hatton – lead vocals on "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite", backing vocals, electric bass, acoustic bass, orchestration on "With A Little Help from my Friends"
  • Bob Sandman – tenor and baritone saxiphone, flute
  • Damon DeGrignon – drums and percussion, engineering

Additional musicians and production

  • Tim Bonhomme – celesta, piano, Hammond organ and calliope
  • Ed Willett – cello
  • Nancy Weckwerth – french horn
  • Roberta Wall – backing vocals
  • Joanne Kurman-Montana – backing vocals
  • Kim Wilkins – viola
  • Calabria McChesney – violin
  • Bette Byers – violin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Daddy, The Band of "59"". San Pedro News Pilot. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  2. ^ "Review: 'Big Daddy'". Variety Media. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  3. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Sgt. Pepper's". Time Inc. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  4. ^ "Sgt. Pepper's by Big Daddy". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-16.