Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Various Artists

Date: 1977
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Buy CD (released 1998)

Nicholas James

This album is that rare thing, the Bee Gees singing songs written by song-writers other than themselves. The group often criticise this film for being an absolute disaster, which it was. However, the album is actually not that bad (and, of course, the Lennon-McCartney songs are fantastic). As well as the Bee Gees, the album also features Peter Frampton, Steve Martin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, and many more. But the Bee Gees dominate the recording.

On some of the songs, they are effectively only on backing vocals ('Getting Better', 'Good Morning, Good Morning', for example), but on most they take centre stage, and make all the difference: 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Nowhere Man' and 'Carry That Weight' being songs that the Bee Gees make their own.

However, on this album, the brothers really shine when singing solo. 'Robin Gibb' does a fantastic, emotional version of 'Oh! Darling' and Maurice Gibb's 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite' is a lot of fun. Barry Gibb's 'A Day In The Life' is possibly the best of the three solo songs, being done in a different, quite uniquely Barry Gibb, style.

The album is arranged and produced by George Martin, and he does a great job of achieving a different sound from the Bee Gees than they generally achieve themselves. For this reason, it is worth buying. And, really, please believe me when I tell you that you should not let the film's poor reputation put you off buying this album.

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Where to Buy
Buy CD (released 1998)