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October, 31st, 2008
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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
by Chris SunamiThis ground-breaking work of psychedelic sound is considered by some to be "the best album ever released."
Nod to Artifice: The album is introduced through its first song as a concert being given by the fictional band of the title. In an inside joke, the second song is then presented as a solo by that band’s lead singer "Billy Shears," who is really the (mostly non-singing) Ringo Starr, drummer of the real band.
Classic Structure: Unlike "Abbey Road," another concept album recorded by the Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper" contains no side-length medley or (with the exception of the reprised title track) reoccurring musical themes. Instead, it largely keeps the standard format of any LP of the time (to such an extent that the Beatles even considered interchanging some of the songs with ones from other albums).
What makes the structure notable, however, is that the song order imitates a classic theatrical presentation, including an introduction (the title track), a first act finale ("Mr. Kite"), an "intermission" (the side change), a second act introduction ("Within and Without You"), a curtain call (title song reprise) and a coda ("A Day in the Life"). This makes "Sgt. Pepper" unusual among reconstructivist artworks in that the classic structure is also a transcontextualized element.
Transcontextual and Iconic Elements: Other than the theatrical structure, the most directly transcontextual elements in "Sgt. Pepper" are not found on the album, but in the cover art, which assembles nearly a hundred famous faces, collage-style, as members of the eponymous "Lonely Hearts Club."
At least three other sets of transcontextualized elements are present in the music itself, although two of them are only known for their connection with the album: the circus poster that inspired the lyric for "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", and the children’s drawing that was the putative inspiration for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." The third set is the stream-of-consciousness cultural references in "A Day in the Life."
Additionally, many of the characters in the songs are iconic in conception and realization. This is true not only of the dreamlike "Lucy in the Sky" and the theatrical "Mr. Kite", but also of more everyday figures such as "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid" and "She" (of "She’s Leaving Home").
Moments of Genuine Emotion or Significance: This album largely foregoes the social commentary that marked much of the Beatles’ later work, but it highlights the Beatlesí underlying spirituality and humanity.
Hakika katika maisha kunavitu vilivyo mvutia mtu mpaka nayeye akawd mpenzi wa fani fulani.Mimi binafsi Shairi alilolitunga Shaaban Robert baada ya kifo cha mkewe Amina ndo shairi pekee ambalo lilinifanya kuanza na kuwa mpenzi wa mashairi na leo hii nimepata kukumbuka mbali sana kwani shairi hili linachoma lina weza kumfanya mtu atokwe machozi.Ama hakika kazi ya sanaa kupitia Fasihi Andishi inaweza kumuenzi mtu ingawa amesha fariki miaka zaidi ya hamsini iliyopita.