Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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

Timeline See what happened in June 1967
UK release date:
Jun 01, 1967
Publisher:
Parlophone

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:03 • Studio version

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

2.

With A Little Help From My Friends

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:44 • Studio version

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

3.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:29 • Studio version

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

4.

Getting Better

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:48 • Studio version

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

5.

Fixing A Hole

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:37 • Studio version

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

6.

She's Leaving Home

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:35 • Studio version

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

7.

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio version

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

8.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

5:05 • Studio version

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

9.

When I'm Sixty-Four

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio version

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

10.

Lovely Rita

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:42 • Studio version

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

11.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:41 • Studio version

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

12.

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

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:19 • Studio version

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

13.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:37 • Studio version

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

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.

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