Friday, November 06, 2009

What We're Listening To - Sgt. Pepper Live by Cheap Trick

In recent years, it has become fashionable for Rock 'n Roll groups to play the entirety of an album live in concert. Pink Floyd [Dark Side of the Moon], Steely Dan [Aja, The Royal Scam, Goucho], Van Morrison [Astral Weeks] and even Bruce Springsteen [Born to Run]. A great concept that is sure to please fans!

That said, perhaps the most unusual take on this concept is one that I've been listening to, that of Cheap Trick performing the Beatles masterpiece Sgt. Pepper.

Sgt. Pepper Live is intriguing for two basic reasons, one it is Cheap Trick not doing their own material and taking on the Beatles [takes a lot of confidence to do a concert and nary a song is your song] and two, what Beatles fan hasn't wondered "what if". What if the Beatles had continued to tour what would it sound like? Confidence it takes, talent helps too, and I think you'll find Cheap Trick up to the task in honoring the Beatles with this disc. BTW the last track is last part of the famous medley that so famously concludes the Abbey Road album and makes a great conclusion to a very satisfying listen.

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