The release of Sgt. Pepper’s in 1967 brought with it a new angle for other artists to approach recording. Pepper ripped the remaining pages from the recording rule book that were left after the release of Revolver. It opened up the same possibilities to all bands, whether established or confined to the garage. Bands previously obsessed with The Beatles would now need to up their game in the studio, cleaning up their sound & bringing their instruments right into the listeners faces, using extra compression dynamics & new miking techniques. They could incorporate classical instruments into their songs, they could go all vaudeville, go back or forward in time for inspiration, they could make songs for kids as well as intellectuals, use world instruments & make sound collages.. anything goes, and do all of these things on one album.
Weirdly, despite Pepper’s widespread influence, it isn’t actually that easy to find obscure 60’s songs or albums that mimic Sgt. Pepper. It’s far easier to find albums that took inspiration from it & used this new licence to explore artistically in their own unique way. I have tried my best here to match each song in order of the original album, but it wasn’t always possible, maybe because their actually isn’t a complete rip off of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds out there, or there is one & I haven’t discovered it yet. What I have tried to do is find a mood or lyrical theme that matches each song on Pepper. Each track also had to sound Beatlesque, so either the forced Liverpudlian vocal, or the overall sound had to be to a certain Beatles standard. I’ve added extra sound effects from other 60’s artists also to fill in the gaps.
This is Volume 1, Volume 2 is on the way. Cheers.
- Tune Up – Faine Jade (Sgt. Pepper’s Intro) 1968
- Lady Riga – Amen Corner (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) 1969
- Helping You Out – The Colours (With a Little Help from My Friends) 1968
- Captain Nemo – The Sundowners (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds)
- Follow My Footsteps – The News (Getting Better) 1968
- Lady in Lace – The Stained Glass (Fixing a Hole) 1968
- The Lady Who Said She Could Fly – The Idle Race (She’s Leaving Home) 1968
- Opus#1 – The American Revolution (Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!) 1968
- Which Dreamed it – Boeing Duveen (Within You Without You) 1968
- Old Time Mover – John Bromley (When I’m Sixty-Four) 1969
- Soda Pop Man – The Back Alley (Lovely Rita) 1968
- Take Action – the Twilights (Good Morning Good Morning) 1968
- Bessy Goodheart – The Aerovons (Animal Sound FX) 1969
- The MACB Theme – The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band (Sgt. Pepper’s Reprise) 1968
- Just Because I’ve Fallen Down – The Buckinghams (A Day in the Life) 1968
- The Biggest Night of Her Life – The Nashville Teens (A Day in the Life Part II) 1967
- I’m Here – Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band (Inner Groove) 1968