Title - 'Plays Sgt Pepper' (Favored Nations )
Artist - Andy Timmons Band
One of the most beloved cultural milestones of the ‘60s generation and every generation since, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles gets creatively interpreted and re-imagined in this all-instrumental rendition by the Andy Timmons Band.
A guitarist whose lifelong love of this material has resulted in an album that transcends all musical boundaries, Sgt Pepper was two years in the making - and its creative juices show that within each and every (give or take) song!
Kicking off with the title track, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' we bleed into 'With A Little Help From My Friends' seamlessly soon thereafter. Timmons' guitar work, all done from memory on the day of recording is sublime; truly. Sure you find yourself singing along, forgetting words along the way, sometimes wishing there were lyrics to catch a ride on, but this is not what this record is about.
The haunting 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' is next and showcases Timmons' concentrated guitar work to a tee. Including a lot of distorted guitar, I'm not sure it works as well as he had wished; or us, but it certainly fits perfectly on the album. Album track 'Getting Better' follows, and then comes another filler (on whichever album you choose to apply that statement to), 'Fixing A Hole.'
The more impressively-played 'She's Leaving Home' is next. A track that Timmons' veritably brings to life, it is a slow burner, but definitely one of the delights on the new album. 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!' strolls along next, with long track 'Within You, Without You' backing it up. The bouncy, fun quickness of 'When I'm Sixty-Four' is next and as much as Timmons and his boys do it some true credit, it does seem they have transformed it (at times) into a country hoedown version!
Moving on and 'Lovely Rita' shows us the rhythmic heart and soul of the band, before the full speed ahead sound of 'Good Morning, Good Morning' comes a knocking. A quick 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)' is next, with the album being rounded out by a simply stunning version of 'A Day In The Life' and a bonus track (which was actually meant to be included on the original album), 'Strawberry Fields Forever.'