I've been a Beatles fan since 1979. I liked them as a kid, then got away from them for awhile and then my fandom was revived when I heard that soundtrack album to that awful Sgt Pepper movie. I thought "why aren't I listening to the original albums instead", then started building my collection, which hasn't stopped just yet.
Strawberry Fields Forever (MMT)
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Not only is it very dreamy, it's also a bit intense as it captures the mood of the lyrics, pleading that the protagonist can't make his mind up about much and feels unique and out of place. He escapes to this place in his mind in which there is none of the troubles of day to day life. It's a psychedelic take on "There's a Place" and the Beach Boys' "In My Room".
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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What a mishmash of the ordinary, the dreamy and the fantastic. The title track and its reprise are two of the hardest rocking tracks they produced up to that time. All of Paul's songs are grounded in reality. All of John's songs are dreamy and fantastic. "Good Morning" is a psychedelic version of reality. Then the two elements are beautifully combined in "A Day In the Life" to close it out. I'm afraid the listener is left to feel as if he or she doesn't know if they're coming or going when it's all over, thanks to that piano crash at the end. Oh, and did I mention that loop of noise on the run out grooves? One of the funniest, coolest and "most really with it" albums I've ever heard.