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Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - the film
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Von Bontee said
Watching it now (first time in like 35 years)…mostly still ridiculous/embarrassing, but it has its moments

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– Sandy Farina has kind of a 70s folk-pop-country kinda voice, and her performances of “Here Comes The Sun ” and “Strawberry Fields Forever ” make me wonder what @meanmistermustard woulda thought of this soundtrack if the producers had gone for Emmylou Harris instead.

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The soundtrack would have two decent songs.

I think Emmylou could sing about haemorrhoid replacement therapy and I’d be happy. 

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Von Bontee said

– Possibly the first film EVER with a sequence (set in a record pressing plant) where its own soundtrack album is being pressed and shipped!

Amusing side note about said double-LP soundtrack via Wikipedia:

“The release made history as being the first record to “return platinum”, with over four million copies of it taken off store shelves and shipped back to distributors.[5] Hundreds of thousands of copies of the album ended up being destroyed by RSO.”

(don’t cry for the Robert Stigwood Organization tho, they were rolling in money from the Grease and Saturday Night Fever soundtracks)

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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This movie is a drag, a well-known drag. I turned down the sound and say rude things about it. Didn’t Susan Campy have a part in this?

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Emmylou was one of my first star crushes. My mom had Elite Hotel and played it often. 

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Hello ! I’m new. :))heart

I know lot’s didn’t find that much enjoyment from the Sgt.Pepper film , but I thought it wasn’t as bad. Yes it has its flaws don’t get me wrong but , I thought it was just okay and wasn’t horrific. Plus being i’m a Bee Gees fan so seeing they were leads in a Beatles film ,  it was lovely. :))

(Also a bit of a bug is why didn’t they get the same color coordinated suits as the original Sgt.Pepper outfits? Nitpicking yeah but i’m curious !!)

Also their cover of the Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band song is pretty good ! I think The lads make some pretty good Sgt.Pepper boys ! I find enjoyment from this film and I think it’s very silly. Also the names ! I like the character names ! Like Maxwell , being the name from the Maxwell’s Silver Hammer song and Mr. Mustard ! I just think it’s neat, yeah. :))

What’s others thoughts on the film , are there others who find enjoyment in the film ?a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Hey @VegaLoveStarr, thanks for posting.

I think how much you enjoy the movie depends on if you already know The Beatle’s versions of the songs. I believe when the movie came out the participants felt like they were reawakening a new generation to The Beatles. For instance, my 20-something daughter only knows one Beatle song well (Here Comes The Sun ), so she might get carried away by the narrative and catchy songs. For instance, Billy Preston’s take on Get Back .

For a Beatle’s fan it is hard to accept a dramatization so far outside the experience and relationship you already have with the songs. In a way it feels like a trivialization.

When I hear Get Back , I might imagine the story played out in actual places I’ve been to or pictured in my mind.

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Or think of the rooftop concert in Let It Be .

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Maybe some days, I might remember driving around as a teenager in my first car with Get Back cranked up loud.

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One things for sure, the list of people who appear in the finale to sing the Reprise is impressive. I think the film was made with good intentions.

Peter Allen
Keith Allison
George Benson
Elvin Bishop
Stephen Bishop
Jack Bruce
Keith Carradine
Carol Channing
“Charlotte, Sharon, and Ula”
Jim Dandy
Sarah Dash
Rick Derringer
Barbara Dickson
Donovan
Dr. John
Randy Edelman
Yvonne Elliman
José Feliciano
Leif Garrett
Adrian Gurvitz
Billy Harper
Eddie Harris
Heart
Nona Hendryx
Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage
Etta James
Bruce Johnston
Joe Lala
D.C. LaRue
Jo Leb
Marcy Levy
Mark Lindsay
Nils Lofgren
John Mayall
Curtis Mayfield
Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie)
Peter Noone
Alan O’Day
Lee Oskar
The Paley Brothers
Robert Palmer
Wilson Pickett
Anita Pointer
Bonnie Raitt
Helen Reddy
Minnie Riperton
Chita Rivera
Johnny Rivers
Monte Rock III
Danielle Rowe
Seals & Crofts
Sha-Na-Na
Del Shannon
Joe Simon
Connie Stevens
Al Stewart
John Stewart
Tina Turner
Frankie Valli
Gwen Verdon
Diane Vincent
Grover Washington, Jr.
Alan White
Lenny White
Jackie Lomax
Margaret Whiting
Hank Williams, Jr.
Johnny Winter
Wolfman Jack
Bobby Womack
Gary Wright

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I had a used copy of the “novelization” of the film back around ’81 or so (as idiotic as the movie in a different form), written by Henry Edwards from his own screenplay, and he fillls the final 9 or so pages with literally nothing but an extended spiritual “Thank you…” to Sgt Pepper ‘s band, and Billy Preston, and to…and then appear names of bands and musicians, old and contemporary, living and dead, HUNDREDS of them  split into many long paragraphs beginning with “And…” so they’re continuous. It seems to be an attempt to capture in literary form the spirit of the SPLCB album cover, as was that final shot of the film. (Which I once read that was rumoured to contain Paul McC amongst them, but I don’t think that’s true.)

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A favourite film blogger covers the movie here

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Considering how many channels exist on TV nowadays I find it surprising the ‘Pepper’ film has never been screened (that I know of), same goes for ‘Give My Regards To Broad Street ‘ and ‘Shanghai Surprise’. Has there even been a DVD release of any of these in the last 20 years? 

Having said that I think ‘YS’ has been on three or four times, ‘Help ‘ and ‘MMT’ twice and ‘LIB ‘ never since I have been born. Only ‘AHDN ‘ occasionally airs on the BBC, tho I first saw that on STV when Paul turned 50 (little bits had been cut out where the adverts were placed making me surprised when I saw the film on VHS).

A TV company should have a Beatles weekend where they get the rights to these and ‘Anthology’, but that means ‘LIB ‘ being seen by a human outside of Apple and that cannot be allowed to happen. I think Paul will complete his ‘Archive’ releases before we see a ‘LIB ‘ home release.

 

I’m ignoring streaming services.

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I’m fairly sure I’ve seen ‘Give My Regards To Broad Street ‘ on BBC TV, but it was quite some time ago.

A weekend of Beatles broadcasts would be great, and I think I would be popular generally; Paul’s Glastonbury set achieved high viewing figures.

Hopefully, ‘LIB ‘ will be released soon anyway. Like ‘The Beatles: Get Back ‘, most of ‘LIB ‘ is upbeat and fun in my opinion.

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It’s unlikely, but if LIB is to be rereleased as was planned, I’d like to see it expanded back into ML-H’s original 150-minute cut, so we can know what the Beatles originally wanted left out. Didn’t John complain there was too much Paul; and George, too much Yoko?

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ML-H’s line was, paraphrasing, that the morning after showing them the initial cut he got three phone calls complaining there was too much Yoko. John’s comment was after he saw the released cut, when he complained something like that the film was set up by Paul for Paul, and that he thought it was cut to show Paul as God , and he, George and Ringo as extras who contributed little.

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The final truncated LIB , which I last saw around ’17/18, did seem very Paulcentric to me; I’m thinking of his two lectures to George and John, his “Besame Mucho ” goofing, and particularly his solemn close-up gazes directly into the camera lens, throughout “Let It Be ” (or “Winding Road”, or both? memory). 

But I guess I’m prolonging a derail that belongs in its proper thread…stay-on-topic

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This explains why so many people appeared in the finale. Who can resist a big Hollywood party with free stuff and george-martin directing? One RSVP for sigh butterfly please.

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I don’t think it would have been a conscious effort to feature Paul in the lead for ‘LIB ‘, just that having removed most johnandyoko bits it left an unbalanced movie that wasn’t going to reedited and delayed yet again. 

I personally don’t think it’s a good film but that doesn’t mean it should be locked in the vaults for all eternity by Apple.

It certainly isn’t as awful as this ‘Pepper’ movie sounds.

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“Let it Be” has Billy Preston (barely) plus four Beatles; “SPLHCB ” only has Billy. That pretty much tells which one is the better use of celluloid.

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Original review from the pages of Rolling Stone, August 24, 1978.

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Love that last sentence. 

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Just a question,
Does anyone know where you can watch any of the Beatles movies? I’ve been trying to find out if any streaming service has it.

Reporter: What do you and Ringo do while John and Paul write songs?

George: We play marbles.

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If you ask for this Sgt. Peppers film i have no idea.

If you count Get Back as a Beatles’s movie it’s available in Dsiney+

Let It Be can be found in archive.org

I don’t know about Help ! or A Hard Day’s Night or Yellow Submarine

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