What is there to say about the Sgt. Pepper album that hasn’t already been said? Widely seen as the best album ever recorded, the songs found within contain the kind of musical magic that only comes around once in a lifetime. It’s difficult to think of another studio album that has last such a lasting impression on millions and millions of listeners the world over. What The Beatles did on this album was revolutionise music and it would never be the same again.
Released on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, She’s Leaving Home is definitely one of the stand out tracks from that period and a track where none of the Beatles actually play any instruments. Instead, the song’s musical foundations are a string section which Paul (backed by John) sing over and the result is simply breathtaking.
The isolated tracks really open up the song and allows you hear things you may not have heard when listening to the studio songs. The vocals for examples contain breathing and studio noises and the strings allow you to listen to the song as Paul would have heard it whilst laying down his vocals. What’s also exciting is that you can hear where Paul double tracked his vocals and the magic only grows when John joins in with the backing vocals.