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Ranking the songs on Sgt Pepper
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sir walter raleigh
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Yeah, A Day In The Life is really good. How could any song compete?

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The best closing track of all time.

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Two things are very important: One, almost every track down to the number 10 or 11 spot is freaking awesome. Two, I was thinking if I could use the first two tracks and the reprise as basically a single song, but then decided, to really rank all the individual tracks. So here we go.

 

13. Good Morning Good Morning - I like rocking out, weird stuff and noises but this song still never really connected to me. It has nice parts and lesser parts and it is the only one on the album I leave out of some playlists or even skip on the album occasionaly. Decent effort, but I could easily pass on it for a second Harrisong on the record.

 

12. SPLHCB (Reprise) - It works as a reprise to close the show and lead in the final masterpiece, but as a standalone song it has always been the much weaker version of the track for me.

 

11. Lovely Rita - Nothing bad I can say about this song. It's catchy and cool, and even rocks, and that instrument or effect that I can't identify right now, just after "Nothing can come betweeeeen us" is awesome. And so is the piano solo. I told you the awesome tracks go down to the number 11 spot.

 

10. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - I really would have liked to have it higher, because the only thing I can critcize is that for me, as far as pictorial, colourful and quirky Lennon psych rock efforts go, I Am The Walrus is the definitive song. But Lucy ist still awesome and does a great job, taking me into its bizarre dream world.

 

9. Fixing A Hole - Same as with Lucy, why can't it be higher? The harpsichord is such a great instrument to give the song the definitive baroque flavour.

 

8. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - Even weirder than Lucy and I love it. The soundtrack of being on drugs at a supernatural vaudeville circus that has fallen out of time and possibly even space.

 

7. SPLHCB - Great little overture, super cool melody, vocals and ambiance. It just works fine as an intro song for the concept of what's basically a bizarre, baroque vaudeville show. And the horns!

 

6. With A Little Help From My Friends - Ranks just a notch above its companion piece because it's a full, self-contained song. It's catchy, memorable, and gives Ringo a real opportunity to shine in the spotlight. Plus the great vocal interplay between good ol' Ringo and his Friends doing the harmonies.

 

5. Getting Better - I never think of this as a really great song, but when I hear it, it's just that. Great melodic structure, the right blend of pop and weird, and of course the vocals and harmonies are superb. The icing on the cake is George's tambura drone.

 

4. When I'm Sixty-Four - My apologies, fellow Beatlemanics, but I have to lash out here. I'll never understand how so many people jump on that bandwagon of a quote Lennon once dropped about "granny music" (whatever that means). The Beatles (and Lennon) did several records of "Love Me Do I love you girl, yeah yeah, let me hold your hand" goody pop that by 1967 probably would have bewitched every granny on the planet to become their well-behaved son-in-law. Sixty-Four is lyrically miles ahead of everything they did before No Reply or even Norwegian Wood , in the way it uses eloquent phrasing and little wordplays to describe the scenery of aging and happily retiring McCartney. Plus the melody is wonderful, with the interplay of vocals, harmonies and the baroque sounding of the clarinets, the bridge sends shivers down my spine, it's so lovely in a creative and harmonious way. Y'all don't know what you're missing on your bandwagon...

 

3. Within You Without You - Yeah sure, George. You are a 23 year old lad from post-war Liverpool. Now go ahead and compose an orchestral piece of a dozen classical instrument from foreign india. And add an instrumental bridge with a melodically stunning, never heard before interplay of those different eastern sounds and an eight-headed string backing. Oh, and before and after that do some lyrics that are gonna touch souls for generations. Nothing unusual about that.

 

2. She's Leaving Home - No long comment needed. The fact this is a lesser known song says everything about the Beatles, how truly brillant they were. The storytelling, the melody, the strings and harp, the vocals and how they intertwine when John joins Paul, a baroque ballad that's both heartbreaking and beautiful, and so far ahead of its time, a few young rockstars and everything else in this or any universe. Perhaps the Beatles song that's the nearest to making me cry.

 

1. A Day In The Life - Let's not waste any time and just say that Lennons and McCartney ideas embrace perfectly to shatter the universe with every second of it up to the otherworldly crescendo exploding into the final chord. The title alone makes me shiver. A... Day... In... The... Life... Strong contender for the best thing that ever happened in the history of anything.

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