Friday, April 09, 2010

Sgt. Pepper Live

In 2007 Cheap Trick teamed up with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and several guest artists and performed several sold out shows of a track by track rendition of The Beatles Sgt' Peppers album. This was in commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the release of the historic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. Both a live album and a companion DVD of the performance were released in 2009 simply titled Sgt. Pepper Live. Cheap Trick has never shied away from their love of The Beatles. From their early cover of "Day Tripper" to making "Magical Mystery Tour" the lone new cut on their original Greatest Hits CD, Robin Zander, Tom Peterssen, Bun E Carlos and Rick Nielsen could knock 'em out like nobody's business. But to recreate the landmark Sgt. Pepper's album as a live event, played from start to finish? That takes some major cojones, especially since John Lennon said it could never be done but Cheap Trick has proved him wrong and I'm sure he would be pleased. The album is entertaining in that it is very true to the original Sgt. Peppers album. My only knock on this album is the appearance of guest vocalist Joan Osborne on Lovely Rita, she ruined the song whereas I would have loved to hear Robin sing the tune. Otherwise it's a flawless performance of a classic album. On a couple tracks Zander's vocal will send chills down your spine. Check out these excerpts and if you like it track it down and please buy it as all proceeds from sales of the album or DVD go to a great cause, fighting prostate cancer.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
She's Leaving Home
A Day in the Life

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