The Beatles, Pt. 1: What a Concept (Album)

Sgt Pepper

Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series about the Beatles and their influence on pop music.

The Beatles came very near creating the "concept" LP, but they did perfect it. I assume you are familiar with the idea, where all the tracks of a side or the whole record are tied together by a unifying theme or idea. It's a recording fad that has come and gone, having lasted about 10 years, from 1967 or so until the late 70's, when it pretty much went the way of the joy buzzer and the dribble glass. If you're unfamiliar with the whole idea, ask your Dad to dust off his copy of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" and listen to it all the way through. I'll wait.

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Done? Good. It was "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band" in 1967 that kicked off the craze that brought us such LP's as The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds," the Moody Blues "Days of Future Passed" (in production when "Sgt. Peppers" was released), and most notably The Rolling Stones' "Their Satanic Majesties Request," that glorious, dark failure of a record. But finish. I'll wait.

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request

Next: The Beatles' turn on, but don't turn off their fans.

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