Personnel: Robert Ahwai, Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Peter Frampton, Ray Russell (guitar); Tommy Reilly (harmonica); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone, synthesizer); Stephen "Doc" Kupka (baritone saxophone); Greg Adams (trumpet); Max Middleton (keyboards, synthesizer); David Paich, George Martin (keyboards); Francis Monkman (Moog synthesizer); David Hungate (bass guitar); Wilbur Bascomb, Jr., Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums, percussion); Jeff Porcaro (drums); Victor Feldman, Ray Cooper (percussion).
Recording information: Air Studios, London, England; Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Northstar Studios, Boulder, CO; Record Plant, NY.
Arranger: George Martin.
Like the album itself, the soundtrack to the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a legend in its own right. Where the Beatles' album was a groundbreaking moment in pop music, the Robert Stigwood film was an unmitigated disaster when first released. Nevertheless, as the years passed and '70s nostalgia grew, certain kitsch fanatics revealed an affection for the debacle, so it's no surprise that the album was reissued on CD for its 20th anniversary. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine