The discussion on the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band resumes as a follow-up to the 50th anniversary of the album's release. It's an album that inspires long conversations, partly because everyone has their own interpretation of the album. It's also an history album that changed the way music was recorded and perceived. Not only has the album been written widely about by pop culture journalists and music critics, it's also a popular topic for college term papers.
How Sgt. Pepper Influenced Music
Since the first video I made about Sgt. Pepper was too short (13 minutes), I felt compelled to do another 13 minute video to get deeper into the details about why the album was so influential on so many other musicians. One of the reasons it's an historic time-marker was that it ushered in the era of concept albums. The focus moved away from the hit single and centered on a cohesive album in which all the songs were tied together with social themes or psychedelic imagery.
Recording Gets More Sophisticated
Another reason why Sgt. Pepper stands the test of time and towers over most albums before and since in the cultural spotlight is that it raised the bar for innovative recording. Granted, it was recorded at EMI Studio, which was a state of the art recording studio for its time, but soon even local musicians had access to even better equipment that allowed for 24 track experimentation.
Most musicians do not have the luxury of working with a producer that is as experienced or knowledgeable about music and recording as George Martin. Thanks to his classical music background, he was able to add orchestration to Beatles music, giving rock a broader appeal. Classical arrangements were used on some of the songs, which helped break down stereotypes about both classical and rock music. Ultimately, the album appeal to various age groups and captured the feel of various genres.