Moore Theatre Belltown
Mon., Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. 2018 All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has become a boomer shibboleth and a fixture in every greatest-albums-of-all-time list. Despite all that, the Beatles' 1967 LP is still a great record, albeit not without flaws (“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” and “When I'm Sixty-Four” represent near nadirs for Lennon and McCartney, respectively; the maudlin OD of “She's Leaving Home”; Ringo's voice). But the highs are towering, indeed: “A Day in the Life” redefined drama and epicness in pop, the title track and its reprise have incredible breakbeats, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” raised the bar for psych-pop, and “Within You Without You” took Indian-music dilettantism to sublime heights. So it will be fun as hell to sing along to Chris Friel Orchestra's re-creations, especially if Stranger editor Sean Nelson shows up (he was born to sing “Lovely Rita”). This event whets the appetite for Mark Morris Dance Group's Pepperland performances at the Moore February 16 to 18.