Thursday, July 05, 2007

And though the holes were rather small, they had to count them all

A couple of days back, I made a wispy little nothing of a post about Sgt. Pepper's, but today Heather delivers the goods with a faithful recreation of the album by some of the UK's biggest bands (Oasis, Razorlight, etc.), done at the behest of the BBC. It even features a collabo between erstwhile bandmates Pete Doherty and Carl Barat - who were all set to be a new-generation Lennon/McCartney until Pete fully embraced his inner junkie - on that most daunting of Fab tracks, "A Day in the Life."

Despite all the talk about the studio wizardry that went into making Sgt. Pepper's what it is, what's most striking to me about hearing these new recordings is how sturdy the songs are. While George Martin no doubt elevated the original recordings to uncharted territory, I'm relatively certain that I could have taken the band into the studio with guitar, bass, piano and drums, said "whenever you're ready, start playing and I'll push this record button thingy," and walked out with something entirely unforgettable.

Craig and Tad, if you're looking for that sort of production expertise for the next Hold Steady album, call me.

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