The Making of Sgt Pepper Penny Lane 1 1 A London Weekend Television Production

The making of sgt pepper penny lane 1 1 a london

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The Making of Sgt. Pepper: "Penny Lane"11.A London Weekend Television Production. (Producer). (1992). The South Bank Show: The Making of Sgt. Pepper[VHS].Previous pageNext page
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"In this opening track to the album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Sgt. Pepper and hisband invite the audience to experience the show. The song begins with violins warming up and crowd noise. Note the surrealistic picture invoked by this track: here we have a rock band dressed in Edwardian costumes playing rock music that features both rock (especially the guitar) and classical instruments (4 horns, and violins).Go ahead and listen to the track now, taking stock of this discussion.11.The Beatles (1967/2009). “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” On Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band[CD]. London: Parlophone Records. The Beatles (1967/2009). “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” On Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band[CD] . London: Parlophone Records.Previous pageNext page"With a Little Help from My Friends"
In “With a Little Help from My Friends,” pay attention to the fact that this is a special song for Starr, and that it alternates between insecurity in the verses and reassurance in the choruses.McCartney wrote “With a Little Help from My Friends” for Starr, trying to make the melody as simple as possible in order for Ringo to sing it. The song starts with McCartney’s signature progression bVI-bVII-I (C-D-E) in the key of E major. Each verse begins with an insecure question followed by a reassuring answer in the chorus. Ultimately, “With a Little Help from My Friends” is a drug song, with an emphasis on the word “high.”11.The Beatles (1967/2009). “With a Little Help From My Friends.” On Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band[CD]. London: Parlophone Records. The Beatles (1967/2009). “With a Little Help From My Friends.” On Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band[CD] . London: Parlophone Records.Previous pageNext page"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"Lennon’s “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”was inspired by a Chagall-like drawing of his four-year-old son, Julian. One can especially detect the influence of Lewis Carroll in this
song; Through the Looking Glassand Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandparticularly come to mind.Many people have pointed out that the title of the song forms an acrostic of the initials LSD (although denied by Lennon and George Martin). Musically, the song revolves around repeated-note figures over a partially chromatic descending bass line. Furthermore, the verses are in triple meter, whereas the choruses are in quadruple meter. These characteristics point to the increasing sophistication of Beatle songs at this time. Now watch the following video about “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and soak in the discussion by George Martin and McCartney about the song. Again, you’re witnessing a priceless behind-the-scenes look.

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