8 January 2015
Its a little sad to realize you don't see an album the same way when you first heard it. Sgt Peppers was an amazing glowy wonderland or was that the drugs? Hmm. But I would agree that Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite ! is peak psychedelia and it does bring you up with a start to realize you've been listening to some relatively conventional tunes between it and LSD. And it really does have a carnival/circus feel to it, just the rhythm section suggests it with the hi-hats suggesting a march and the bass dancing around the ring through a haunted landscape of organs and weird noises. I've always felt the second half of Pepper to be somewhat spooky in fact, and When I'm Sixty-Four breaks that mood for me so I always avoid it.
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7 February 2014
Overrated - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (I know, Elton says it's the greatest rock-n-roll song ever written, and many agree that it ranks up there, but to me it's near the bottom of the Sgt. Pepper 's track list (which by no means makes it a bad song, just a big song among giants).
Underrated - Fixing A Hole
7 February 2014
Bungalow Bob said
I just read a random line from someone on the internet; I have no idea if she's speaking with any authority, but here's her quote: "Did you ever notice that the opening melodic line of "When I'm Sixty Four" is identical to the opening line of Wagner's "Ride Of The Valkyries?" Huh? Here's "The Ride Of The Valkyries;" I guess this person means the opening trumpet line at about 27 seconds, after the dramatic swirling strings intro. It's kind of a stretch, in my opinion. But it's good to possess such trivial knowledge; you never know when you might find yourself standing around at a stuffy, high society cocktail party, and you feel the need to say something interesting.
This didn't sound quite right in my head, so I decided to check it out. Although I have some classical piano and violin under my belt, I've never read symphonic arrangements before, so it took me awhile to find the right trumpet part. I found it on this page (look for "parts", trumpet 1/2 and scroll down to III - Aufzug) and think it translates to: lowf bb lowf b d b d bb d f d f d f a lowf d f d a. I found the intro to When I'm 64 on this page and I read it as lowf eb lowf a f b c d e f e d b d e d e. The first 3 notes are the same but When I'm 64 becomes much simpler starting at the 4th note. Does anyone care enough to check my reading? There are some couplets in When I'm 64 but I believe the melody is carried on the top note of each couplet. I'll keep the tabs up in my browser so if you can't find the spot in "Ride..." I can guide you to it.
@Wigwam, you quote-replied to it, so maybe you're interested...
I'll try to find a spot in Recording and Musicology to xpost this to
EDIT: couldn't find a spot there so I put a copy in Songs/When I'm Sixty-Four
21 July 2015
Although I love every song on this album, the most overrated is "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds "
Most Underrated is definitely "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!" I mean that song alone is a masterpiece.
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