Here we have the most influential band of all time, at their most creative period, creating music for an album that was specifically intended to be as inventive as possible. That the results are entrancing should be of no surprise to anyone.
For many, this album evokes happy memories of the sixties, and of the summer of love in particular. A product of its time it may be, but Sgt Pepper's magic is still just as potent today. Listeners who weren't born yet when the Beatles were rising to fame, recording this album or breaking up (Like this reviewer, for one) can still be just as enchanted by its genius.
What is so great about Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? It is a spectacular collection of great songs, which encapsulate the Beatles at their best.There's not a filler track in sight; each one is worth listening to. And the band innovated in any way they could. Singing into pipe organs to add effects to their voice; compression, decompression and all other manner of audio jiggery-pokery; playing six grand pianos at once... Becoming a studio-only band let the Beatles record their music however they wanted, and this unleashing of their imagination adds immeasurably to the album.
The central concept of the album (Innovative then, much-imitated now) is that the Beatles are the titular fictional band, playing a show. They introduce themselves in the opening song, which famously segues into the next. Playing them straight through shows the album's genius: alone, each song is worth listening to. Played in sequence, they form an incredible audio ride, a mindblowing trip through the Beatles' imagination.
As long as there are pairs of ears willing to listen to it like this, the greatest album of all time will continue to weave its spell.