Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a multi-platinum double album produced by George Martin, featuring covers of songs by The Beatles. It was released in July 1978, as the soundtrack to the film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which starred the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Steve Martin.
The project was managed by The Robert Stigwood Organisation (RSO). In 1975, the original plans for the album were suspended due to a dispute between Columbia and RSO. RSO invested $12 million into this soundtrack and the profit offset set against costs such as $1 million for promotion. The creation of the soundtrack was marked with tension from the beginning, with Frampton and the Bee Gees both feeling wary of the other artist as well as being unsure as to how their music would work together on the same album.
Regarded as one of the worst albums ever recorded, the release made history as being the first record to “return platinum”, with over four million copies of it taken off of store shelves and shipped back to distributors. Hundreds of thousands of copies of the album ended up being intentionally destroyed by the RSO. The company itself experienced a considerable financial loss and the Bee Gees as a group had their musical reputation tarnished, though other involved bands such as Aerosmith were unscathed in terms of their popularity.
1 Bee Gees, Paul Nicholas, Peter Frampton – Little Help From My Friends 4:41
2 Sandy Farina – Here Comes The Sun 3:05
3 Peter Frampton, Bee Gees – Getting Better 2:46
4 Dianne Steinberg, Stargard – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 3:41
5 Bee Gees, Dianne Steinberg, Paul Nicholas, Donald Pleasence, Stargard – I Want You (She’s So Heavy) 6:32
6 Paul Nicholas, Peter Frampton, Bee Gees – Good Morning, Good Morning 1:58
7 Bee Gees, Jay MacIntosh, John Weeler – She’s Leaving Home 2:40
8 Paul Nicholas, Dianne Steinberg – You Never Give Me Your Money 3:08
9 Robin Gibb – Oh! Darling 3:28
10 Steve Martin – Maxwell’s Silver Hammer 3:59
11 Peter Frampton, Bee Gees – Polythene PamShe Came In Through The Bathroom Window Nowhere Man (Reprise) 5:11
12 Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life 3:35
13 Sandy Farina – Strawberry Fields Forever 3:30
14 Frankie Howerd – When I’m Sixty-Four 2:38
15 George Burns – Mean Mr. Mustard 2:38
16 Alice Cooper, Bee Gees – Fixing A Hole 2:23
17 Peter Frampton, Bee Gees – Because 2:44
18 Aerosmith – Come Together 3:45
19 Maurice Gibb, Peter Frampton, George Burns, Bee Gees – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! 3:11
20 Peter Frampton – The Long And Winding Road 3:39
21 Barry Gibb, Bee Gees – A Day In The Life 5:12
22 Bill Preston – Get Back 2:56
23 The Cast – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Finale) 2:14
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Producer – George Martin
Arranged By – George Martin
Engineer (Assistant) – Nigel Walker, Tony D’Amico
Leader (Orchestra) – Gavyn Wright, Harry Bluestone
Mastered By (Cd) – Fred Meyer
Mastered By (Original) – John Golden
Art Direction – Glenn Ross
Design – Paul Gross, Tim Bryant
Design (Logo) – Susan Herr, Tom Nikosey
Phonographic Copyright (p) – PolyGram International Music B.V.
Copyright (c) – PolyGram International Music B.V.
Marketed By – A&M Associated Labels
Manufactured By – A&M Associated Labels
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Mixed At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – Air Studios
Recorded At – EMI Studios
Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Recorded At – Northstar Studios, Boulder
Mastered At – Kendun Recorders
Mastered At – PolyGram Studios