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Why is Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band a milestone in Pop Music?

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Why is Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band a milestone in Pop Music? Sgt. Pepper changed British Pop Music. Before it's release in 1967 there were only two genres in British popular music Pop, encompassing people from Herman's Hermits to The Monkees; the only other genre was Rock, which included people from The Rolling Stones to Cream to Jimi Hendrix. The Beatles were initially 'pigeon-holed' into the first genre, pop. Sgt. Pepper seemed to steer in an age of pretentiousness, with varying degrees of seriousness; which was later combated by the inevitable solution, Punk Rock. In 1967 a very strong 'Established' pop music market was still in the U.K. catered to by the likes of Englebert Humperdinck, Petula Clark and Ken Dodd. After 1967, and Sgt. Pepper, the question emerged "Is progressive pop/rock (such as Sgt. ...read more.

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Pepper include:- Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed (Late '67) In Search of the Lost Chord (1968) On the Threshold of a Dream (1969) To our children's children's children (1969) Genesis - Foxtrot (1972) The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974) Sgt. Pepper changed the way in which the recording process was viewed. It was one of the first albums to use Multi-track recording, it also made extreme use of the new developed stereo field; where instruments sound spatially miles apart, but were all recorded in the same building. The whole album is so well produced you can hardly tell that it was played by 'real' people; there are one or two indicators that is 'real' people; such as at approximately 4:50 into Day in the Life, a creaking piano stool can be heard. ...read more.

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Sgt. Pepper also gave rise to the advent; although loosely; to the new "Manufactured Pop" age. Where live performance is not a prerequisite of releasing a chart-topping record; after all, Sgt Pepper was the result of a band who ceased touring. It is such a milestone in pop music; that Musicologists have written entire papers on Sgt. Pepper, an extract from one such Musicologist's paper regarding Day in the Life: "A Day in the Life depicts the 'real' world as an unenlightened construct that reduces, depresses and ultimately destroys, yet it still offers a transcendent optimism in our own power to develop a beautiful construct" You can therefore conclude that this album was ground-breaking, and is still considered as such. This album not only stretched technological boundaries, but also began a partial regression in musicianship, i.e. the "Manufactured Pop" age. ...read more.

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