With the 50th anniversary of its release just passed and a deluxe reissue already having hit the market, the highly-regarded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has once more become a hot topic amongst music lovers. From coffee shop conversations to the nightly news to most every music publication, the album that some consider to be the band’s best has been discussed, dissected and doted upon, ad nauseum. Aside from the many positive reviews Giles Martin (son of “fifth Beatle” George Martin) has received for his remastering efforts, few new remarks or revelations have been revealed with these revisitations.
A common criticism that has caught my eye, however, is contempt for “Lovely Rita,” much to my surprise. While it has never garnered the attention “A Day in the Life,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and other Pepper tunes have, I think the catchy bass line alone is enough to brand it as ear candy as opposed to ear worm.
Though Revolver will forever be my answer when “forced” to choose my favorite Beatles record, I think “Rita” (coupled here with another less-heralded track) was an important inclusion on what was the Beatles’ most diverse collection of songs to date. And whether they’re being criticized or praised (each for the umpteenth time), Fab Four features will forever be newsworthy.
(Since much of the Beatles’ catalog has been removed from YouTube, I have chosen to use this live McCartney clip instead. I will gladly accept any and all donated tickets to Sir Paul’s current tour, as I have yet to see him live! #bucketlistgroveling)