The press about The Analogues:

“I’ve witnessed something I never really thought I’d be able to witness again. Amazing”.

- Geoff Emerick, chief engineer for The Beatles -
“If you have all the tiny details right… then the whole must be right”

- Mark Lewisohn, the world's leading authority on The Beatles -
“You shouldn’t touch The Beatles’ music and try to replicate it… unless you’re gonna do it the right way”

- Andy Babiuk, author of Beatles Gear -
"Most of us have never seen the Beatles live. After tonight, I feel like at least I have heard them."

- Neil McCormick, The Telegraph -

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely
Hearts Club Band

About the album

Much has been written about the Beatles’ eighth album. Depending on who you believe, it’s either the soundtrack to the summer of love in 1967 or the band’s response to ‘Pet Sounds’ by The Beach Boys. But perhaps the simplest truth surrounding the LP is also the most accurate: it’s the world’s first concept album. Yes indeed, as it was the first time that an album was something more than a bunch of songs that happened to be presented on the same piece of vinyl.

It was also the first time that the band went into the studio without worrying about how they would have to perform the songs live. This meant that they enjoyed the luxury of significantly longer recording sessions: a whole five months, instead of the single day that their debut ‘Please Please Me’ was made in. The Beatles enthusiastically embraced the possibilities for experimentation that were blossoming at the time (despite the fact that they were still forced to use with a 4-track recorder) and George Martin, ‘the fifth Beatle’, assumed an increasingly important role in proceedings.

In the worlds of Paul, Sgt.Pepper was a kind of alter ego for the band that made it easier to work in a freer, more creative way. “People played it a bit safe in popular music,” McCartney said, “but that’s when we realized you didn’t have to.”

Now it’s The Analogues’ turn to perform this masterwork live in all its analogue glory – an honour for which no effort has been spared. This means another truckload of wild and wonderful vintage instruments rolling up to add to The Analogues’ already impressive list. There’s a sitar and tabla for ‘Within You, Without You’, a rare Lowrey keyboard for ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’; a harp for ‘She’s Leaving Home’, plus, of course, a huge array of strings and horns. If you’re curious as to whether a kazoo (or a comb wrapped in toilet paper, that legend suggests the band used during recording) will pop up on ‘Lovely Rita’, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself.

Instruments used on this album

The Beatles; to us, it's modern classical music. We’re The Analogues; we think that you simply can’t achieve a real, authentic sound with digital short cuts. We use the same instruments that The Beatles used in 1967. It’s just different, and better, we think. It’s a lot of hassle too. We have to look for instruments all over the world. You really come across some amazing stories doing this kind of thing. That actually sums up quite nicely what we do: We’re obsessed with creating the perfect sound – but the story behind it is just as important for us.

Check out the pages with an overview of the instruments we used to recreate Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper’s!

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