Ringo Starr’s Confession About The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’

The Beatles’ legacy was set in stone even though the band broke up decades ago because of several reasons and ongoing problems between Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Some of them can be considered as their manager Brian Epstein’s death, McCartney’s willingness to become the band’s leader, Lennon’s relationship with Yoko Ono, and drug use, which slowly prepared for the Beatles’ end.

However, these issues and disputes didn’t prevent them from creating, recording, and performing songs that would inspire a young generation of musicians for years. The Beatles’ tracks and records were so well-crafted that they hit the charts and sold millions of records all around the world, making the band members the wealthiest and most successful musicians in the world. One of them was ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ and let’s learn more about it.

The Details About The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’

The Beatles dropped their eighth studio album entitled ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ on May 26, 1967, which many critics and journalists defined as early concept work. The band members were not only musicians, composers, and songwriters but also were great contributors to the industry. Their innovative techniques in songwriting, production, and recording got critical acclaim from all around the world.

The album became an essential work for British psychedelia because they incorporated various elements like vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music. Also, the sounds in ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,’ ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!,’ and ‘A Day in the Life’ were groundbreaking. Even though it is the favorite album of most Beatles fans, Ringo Starr had a different perspective on the record.

Ringo Starr’s Feelings About ‘Sgt. Pepper’

When he joined an interview with Elliot Mintz, the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr opened up about ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by stating that the creation process was different than the others. Starr admitted that he never liked the record, although it got critical acclaim thanks to experimenting with new approaches and styles in their work. The main reason behind that was all of these ideas prevented them from working as a team.

Starr described his situation during the recording session as a session drummer who came to perform his parts and left after waiting a very long time to do his part. Because of working on other instruments and gears, the drummer highlighted that it would last days. So it’s not surprising that it’s not his favorite, even though he praised its quality. Starr revealed that he preferred the eleventh studio album ‘Abbey Road’ and another classic, ‘The White Album.’

Starr stated in his interview that:

“So it should be. The second side of ‘Abbey Road’ is my favorite. I love it. ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,’ and all those bits that weren’t songs– I mean, they were just all the bits that John and Paul had around that we roped together.”

‘The White Album‘ is important to me for different reasons. One– I had left the band on ‘The White Album.’ We’re doing this album, and I’m getting weird– saying to myself, ‘I’ve gotta leave this band. It’s not working,’ you know. So I just said, ‘Okay, I’m going on holiday,’ and I went away for two weeks. That’s when I left the band. Then I got a telegram from John saying, ‘Great drums’ on the tracks we’d done.”

He continued:

“I came back, and it was great, ‘cuz George had set up all these flowers all over the studio saying welcome home. So then we got it together again. I always felt it was better on ‘The White Album.’ one for me. We were more like a band. See, I never really liked ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ I think it’s a fine album. All the work we do is fine.

But I think I felt like a session man on it. We put so much on it– strings and brass– and you’d sit ’round the studio for days while they’re overdubbing other things. It is a fine album, but just for me, emotionally, I prefer ‘Abbey Road’ and a lot of ‘The White Album.’ And the early albums for different reasons.”

You can listen to the album below.

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