26 Nov 2017

Sgt Pepper - The Cover Versions

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 26 November 2017

William Dart begins this episode devoted to Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by remembering the thrill he experienced in 1967 listening to the title track and hearing the sound of French horns, referencing a sound-world more familiar from his classical music favourites.

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Photo: Parlophone Records

Rather than pick apart the original album itself (although he does a bit of that), William focuses on some of the cover versions of the songs and tribute albums that have appeared over the 50 years since its release.

Listen out for performances by the Bee Gees, the Flaming Lips with Miley Cyrus, Big Daddy, The Sunshine Fix, Sonic Youth, Billy Bragg, and Michelle Shocked.

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Symphony No 1 in C' (Beethoven) – The Cleveland Orch/Christoph von Dohnányi
Beethoven Symphonies No 1 and No 2
(Telarc)

'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (Lennon/ McCartney) – The Beatles
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
(Parlophone)

'Nocturne, from A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Mendelssohn) – NZSO/James Judd
Complete Incidental Music
(Naxos)

'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Alternate Take)' (Lennon/ McCartney) – The Beatles
Anthology 2
(Apple)

'Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite' (Lennon/ McCartney) – The Beatles
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
(Parlophone)

'Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite' (Lennon/ McCartney) – Bee Gees, George Burns
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(Polydor)

'Julian Lennon speaks' (-) – Julian Lennon
The Beatles in their Own Words – John Lennon Forever
(Laserlight)

'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' (Lennon/ McCartney) – The Flaming Lips feat. Miley Cyrus
With a Little Help from My Fwends
(Bella Union)

'Sgt Pepper's Epitaph' (Green) – Keith Green
We Want The Beatles – Flabby Road Vols 3 & 4
(Yellow Fish)

'A Day in the Life' (Lennon/ McCartney) – Big Daddy
Sgt Pepper's
(Rhino)

'A Day in the Life' (Lennon/ McCartney) – The Beatles
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
(Parlophone)

'Future History and the Irrelevance of Time' (Doss) – The Sunshine Fix
Children of Pepper
(Mojo)

'Within You Without You' (Harrison) – Sonic Youth
Sgt Pepper Knew My Father
(NME)

'She's Leaving Home' (Lennon/ McCartney) – Billy Bragg and Cara Tivey
Sgt Pepper Knew My Father
(NME)

'Lovely Rita' (Lennon/ McCartney) – Michelle Shocked
Sgt Pepper Knew My Father
(NME)