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Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Bee Gees, etc (1978)
Audio CD
Track Listing (Bee Gees only)

1. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Bee Gees/Paul Nicholas; With A Little Help From My Friends - Peter Frampton/Bee Gees
3. Getting Better - Peter Frampton/Bee Gees
5. I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Bee Gees/Dianne Steinberg/Paul Nicholas/Donald Pleasance/Stargard
6. Good Morning, Good Morning - Paul Nicholas/Peter Frampton/Bee Gees
7. She's Leaving Home - Bee Gees/Jay MacIntosh/John Wheeler
9. Oh! Darling - Robin Gibb
11. Polythene Pam - Bee Gees; She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - Peter Frampton/Bee Gees; Nowhere Man - Bee Gees; Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - Peter Frampton/Bee Gees

6. Because - Alice Cooper/Bee Gees
7. Golden Slumbers - Peter Frampton; Carry That Weight - Bee Gees
9. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Maurice Gibb/Peter Frampton/George Burns/Bee Gees
11. A Day In The Life - Barry Gibb/Bee Gees

by Nicholas James

This album is that rare thing, the Bee Gees singing songs written by song-writers other than themselves. The group often criticise this film for being an absolute disaster, which it was. However, the album is actually not that bad (and, of course, the Lennon-McCartney songs are fantastic). As well as the Bee Gees, the album also features Peter Frampton, Steve Martin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, and many more. But the Bee Gees dominate the recording.

On some of the songs, they are effectively only on backing vocals ('Getting Better', 'Good Morning, Good Morning', for example), but on most they take centre stage, and make all the difference: 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Nowhere Man' and 'Carry That Weight' being songs that the Bee Gees make their own.

However, on this album, the brothers really shine when singing solo. 'Robin Gibb' does a fantastic, emotional version of 'Oh! Darling' and Maurice Gibb's 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite' is a lot of fun. Barry Gibb's 'A Day In The Life' is possibly the best of the three solo songs, being done in a different, quite uniquely Barry Gibb, style.

The album is arranged and produced by George Martin, and he does a great job of achieving a different sound from the Bee Gees than they generally achieve themselves. For this reason, it is worth buying. And, really, please believe me when I tell you that you should not let the film's poor reputation put you off buying this album.

Why Buy Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?

To experience the Bee Gees singing songs that they didn't write themselves, great Lennon-McCartney songs as well.