Cheap Trick – Sgt. Pepper Live

August 31, 2009

cheaptricksgtpeppersRecorded with an array of guest musicians, singers (including Ian Ball and Joan Osborne) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Sgt. Pepper Live is Cheap Trick’s rendition of the classic Beatles album from 1967, done in its entirety from first song to last. Though it’s very true to its source, the band having recruited Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick to oversee the proceedings, Cheap Trick (Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Bun E. Carlos) is too accomplished a band not to put their own stamp on the music, however modest and tasteful. Zander’s vocals are often astonishing in their range, and the rest of the band are in top form, with Nielsen’s supercharged guitar enhancing a number of the songs, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what a great rhythm section Petersson and Carlos make. Beatles and Cheap Trick fans alike will be delighted at the result, and as a bonus, they add the medley from Abbey Road, which concludes the proceedings on a high note. Standout cuts: “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” “A Day In The Life” and “Medley Song.”

(All artist proceeds from sales of the album and DVD go towards prostate cancer research.)


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