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

By The BeatlesOfficial album• Part of the collection “The Beatles • The original UK LPs

Timeline See what happened in 1967
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:03 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Vocals
George Harrison:
Guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Neil Sanders:
French horn
James W Buck:
French horn
Tony Randall:
French horn
John Burden:
French horn

Session Recording:
Feb 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 03, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 06, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

With A Little Help From My Friends

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:44 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine, Vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Cowbell
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Hammond organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 29, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 30, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:29 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Lowrey organ
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Lead guitar, Tambura
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Getting Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:48 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Piano, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Congas, Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar, Tambura
George Martin:
Pianette, Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Malcolm Addey:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 09, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 10, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 21, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

Fixing A Hole

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:37 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead and backing vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas
John Lennon:
Backing vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Harpsichord, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Adrian Ibbetson:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 09, 1967
Studio:
Regent Sound Studio, London

Session Recording:
Feb 21, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


6.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:35 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Lead vocals
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Stephen Shingles:
Viola
John Underwood:
Viola
Erich Gruenberg:
Violin
Derek Jacobs:
Violin
Trevor Williams:
Violin
José Luis Garcia:
Violin
Dennis Vigay:
Cello
Alan Dalziel:
Cello
Gordon Pearce:
Double bass
Sheila Bromberg:
Harp

Session Recording:
Mar 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


7.

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Harmonica, Shaker bells
John Lennon:
Lowrey organ, Vocals
George Harrison:
Harmonica
George Martin:
Hammond organ, Harmonium, Piano, Producer, Tape loops
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Tape loops
Mal Evans:
Bass harmonica
Neil Aspinall:
Harmonica

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
28, 29, 31 March 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 07, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


8.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

5:05 • Studio versionB • Stereo

George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Sitar, Tambura, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jack Rothstein:
Violin
Neil Aspinall:
Tambura
Ralph Elman:
Violin
Jack Greene:
Violin
Erich Gruenberg:
Violin
Alan Loveday:
Violin
Julien Gaillard:
Violin
Paul Scherman:
Violin
David Wolfsthal:
Violin
Reginald Kilbey:
Cello
Allen Ford:
Cello
Peter Beavan:
Cello

Session Recording:
Mar 15, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 22, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 03, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 04, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


9.

When I'm Sixty-Four

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Chimes, Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Robert Burns:
Clarinet
Henry MacKenzie:
Clarinet
Frank Reidy:
Clarinet

Session Recording:
Dec 06, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
8,20,21 Dec 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


10.

Lovely Rita

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:42 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Comb and paper, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Comb and paper, Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals, Comb and paper
George Harrison:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Backing vocals, Comb and paper
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 23, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 24, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 07, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


11.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:41 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Barrie Cameron:
Saxophone
David Glyde:
Saxophone
Alan Holmes:
Saxophone
John Lee:
Trombone

Session Recording:
Feb 08, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
13, 28, 29 March 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 06, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


12.

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

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:19 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


13.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:37 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Bongos, Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Piano, Vocals
George Harrison:
Maracas
George Martin:
Harmonium, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jack Brymer:
Clarinet
Mal Evans:
Alarm clock, Piano, Vocals
Sidney Sax:
Violin
Francisco Gabarro:
Cello
Jurgen Hess:
Violin
John Underwood:
Viola
Alan Civil:
French horn
David Mason:
Trumpet
Neil Sanders:
French horn
Erich Gruenberg:
Violin
Granville Jones:
Violin
Bill Monro:
Violin
Hans Geiger:
Violin
D Bradley:
Violin
Lionel Bentley:
Violin
David McCallum:
Violin
Donald Weekes:
Violin
Henry Datyner:
Violin
Ernest Scott:
Violin
Gwynne Edwards:
Viola
Bernard Davis:
Viola
John Meek:
Viola
Dennis Vigay:
Cello
Alan Dalziel:
Cello
Alex Nifosi:
Cello
Cyril MacArthur:
Double bass
Gordon Pearce:
Double bass
John Marston:
Harp
Basil Tschaikov:
Clarinet
Roger Lord:
Oboe
N Fawcett:
Bassoon
Alfred Waters:
Bassoon
Clifford Seville:
Flute
David Sanderman:
Flute
Monty Montgomery:
Trumpet
Harold Jackson:
Trumpet
Raymond Brown:
Trombone
Raymond Premru:
Trombone
T Moore:
Trombone
Michael Barnes:
Tubas
Tristan Fry:
Percussion, Timpani
Marijke Koger:
Tambourine

Session Recording:
Jan 19, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jan 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
3,10,22 Feb 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

Paul McCartney, in MOJO, July 2004:

Didn’t Pepper coincide with your cocaine period?

That’s true yeah. I did coke for about a year around that time. Coke and maybe some grass to balance it out. I was never completely crazy with cocaine. At first it seemed, OK, like anything that’s new and stimulating. When you start working your way through it, you start thinking, ‘’mmm, this is not so cool an idea,’’ especially when you start getting those come-downs. But, around the time of Pepper, we were all into one thing or another. We would sneak stuff into the studio, and we had to hide it from George Martin. George, bless him, was such a gentleman, so we´d never do anything like that in front of him. It was only later that we told him that some of the later albums had been drug-influenced. He had no idea. […]

There’s a wonderful evocative story about how The Beatles finishes Pepper and took the just-completed tapes over to Mama Cass’ flat in Chelsea, plating the album at the top volume just as dawn was breaking so that the entire neighborhood woke up to it.

It’s a dim recollection but I think that’s true, yea. The weekend we finished the album is bit of a blur. I just remember that we all felt so exhilarated. Pepper had taken six months to make – longer than any other album. When we first heard it back, we knew we’d pulled it off. We’d made something a little bit special something that would blow people’s minds. It was mind-blowing for us. To us, it wasn’t so much that it was a great album musically. It was more that it was an anthem for our generation. It was an album that marked the times and summed up the times. As it turned out., Pepper led the times as much as it marked the times. To get the grips with it, you had to spend time with it. It was influential in lots of ways, and not just musically. Suddenly, music writers had to find new ways to respond because, suddenly they weren’t dealing with Perry Como or whatever.

Paul McCartney, about the album sleeve:

We all just chose oddball things from everywhere and put them together. We all chose our own colours and our own materials: ‘You can’t have that, he’s having it…’

[…] We liked the idea of reaching out to the record-buyer, because of our memories of spending our own hard-earned cash and really loving anyone who gave us value for money.

Preparing to shoot the “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover – from thebeatles.com

‘The Beatles And The Lonely Hearts Club Band’ – from thebeatles.com

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