Sgt. Peppers by Andy Timmons or the Beatles?
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album from The Beatles. Released in 1967, it was one of the first concept albums produced in the music industry. Therefore it was a unique production from the band. The instruments and harmonies had emerged from their classic style and this album infused psychedelic rock and symphonic influences. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a universal and critical success, winning four Grammy awards and selling over 30 million awards.
In 2011, almost 40 years later the Andy Timmons Band (ATB) has come up with its own instrumental version of the album. Reportedly Andy said that he recorded the album and arranged the songs just by using his memory. He did this as he wanted to preserve the memories of the album not just cover it by playing note to note. All the songs are well detailed making each one of them come alive again.
“I had been playing some of these songs live and they were always received very well. The concept of trying to do it with only my guitar plus bass/drums was scary but with the help of two world-class musicians in bassist Mike Daane and drummer Mitch Marine, I was able to reconstruct this music.” explains Timmons. “I’m so proud of it and can’t wait for people to hear it. I feel like I’ve come full-circle. It was natural to put this out – it was fun and it feels right.”
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by Andy Timmons comprises of the same 12 songs including the 13th, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ which was originally meant to be on the album. ATB captures the spirit of the times which gave birth to psychedelic rock. ‘She’s Leaving Home’ is a beautiful and energetic fast fingered instrumental. ‘Good Morning Good Morning’ and “Sgt. Pepper’s Reprise” are the album’s heaviest tracks followed by Timmon’s classic complex approach to “A Day in the Life” and shows what the talented musician can do with the strings to switch gears when the music progresses. Last but never the least, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ will swoop you off your feet.
The rich music succeeds in making everyone sing along the tune and pay a tribute to the Beatles and Andy Timmons once more.