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Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Written by: Lennon-McCartney

Recorded: 1, 2 February; 3, 6 March 1967

Producer: George Martin

Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Released: 1 June 1967 (UK), 2 June 1967 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, lead guitar, bass

John Lennon: vocals

George Harrison: vocals, guitar

Ringo Starr: drums

James W Buck, Neil Sanders, Tony Randall, John Burden: French horn

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One of Pauls best raving vocals in my opinion. Just the sheer confidence of it, the Barnum energy, is infectious. And that wordless bragging guitar, just great. I'm used to the stereo version where the guitar is clearer, but the mono version is worth the listen, it packs a wallop.

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Funny you should mention the guitar in this: today I was listening to the isolated rhythm guitar. John got bored after 20 seconds, it would appear, and tried to be really funky and weird.

If one doesn't have the rhythm guitar to this, one needs to get hold of it. It is a perfect example of how much John was doing in the way of drugs at that point. 

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Funny you should mention that, it's actually Paul on rhythm guitar, not John.

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I thought Paul did lead on this, not rhythm.

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It's a Paul song which means Paul pretty much did everything.

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Here's as detailed of an instrumentation I can give you:

Backing Track:

Paul McCartney: Rhythm Guitar

John Lennon: Bass Guitar (1966 Burns Nu-Sonic)

George Harrison: Lead Guitar

Ringo Starr: Drums

Overdubs:

Paul McCartney: Lead Vocals

The Beatles with Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall: Harmony Vocals

James W Buck, Neil Sanders, Tony Randall, John Burden: French Horn

Paul McCartney: Lead Guitar (1964 Fender Esquire)

Paul McCartney: Bass Guitar (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S)

George Martin: Crowd Noise Sound Effects for the intro and outro

The main lead guitar is Paul although you could consider George's part on the backing track lead as well.

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ewe2 said
  I'm used to the stereo version where the guitar is clearer, but the mono version is worth the listen, it packs a wallop.  

For me, it is one of those songs that I like both in mono and stereo.  I usually prefer everything in stereo! a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Same with the Reprise! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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Take 10 RM1 is interesting for the original tail of the song prior to the splice/segue into With A Little Help From My Friends. Also, I never knew it was Paul on rhythm guitar as well. I don't hear that much sloppiness in the rhythm track on the mogg, careless perhaps but chuggy.

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ewe2 said
One of Pauls best raving vocals in my opinion. Just the sheer confidence of it, the Barnum energy, is infectious. And that wordless bragging guitar, just great. I'm used to the stereo version where the guitar is clearer, but the mono version is worth the listen, it packs a wallop.  

Totally agree. What a great opener - so much going on. If you dropped the needle on this album for the first time, you would be hard pressed to not want to hear more after hearing this gem.

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I have a question regard the bass part, i wonder if Paul played the same exact thing that John played on the original track or if he added some stuff in, the bass line in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sounds very simple to me so i think it's possible that Paul played what John originally played on bass. By the way, if you're wondering where i got the idea that John originally played bass on this song, Geoff Emmerick says so and although some people claim that he's unreliable, i trust him on this one.

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Dark Overlord said
the bass line in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sounds very simple to me

The Bass is Bouncing off of Ringo's Pounding Kick...  It's why the horns in this song are so effective and Heavy as Hell...  Essentially, the bass and drums here are part of the horn section...  A Heavy Metal Tuba & Blisterin' Baritone Sax, if you will...

The definitive version of this song, in my opinion, isn't even on the 'Sgt. Pepper' album but the 'Yellow Submarine' film...  I mean, the 'Sea Of Time' and all that effectively builds up to this one moment where this song kicks in...  Sneaking by The Blue Meanies in the middle of the night and breaking into the Band Shelter...  Outstanding...:-) 

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Take away the French horns  (I don't thonk there are any baritone saxes) and you have a track that's as much a precursor to metal as "Helter Skelter" or "Foxy Lady"

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