With a Little Help from My Fwends

With a Little Help from My Fwends

by The Flaming LipsThe Flaming Lips


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Though it may seem like a quaint, family-friendly entry into their iconic discography, the Beatles made major waves with the release of their eighth album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in 1967. With wildly intricate and far-out production that wowed listeners, and possible references to drugs and counterculture to freak out the establishment, the proto-concept album would become a major influence on psychedelic music for decades to come. Looking to revisit this landmark album, Oklahoma's fearless freaks the Flaming Lips reinvent the classic album with a slew of guests on With a Little Help from My Fwends. No strangers to the covers album, having previously reworked Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King, the Lips, along with an army of guests, artfully transform the album from an intricate pop masterpiece to a fractured, acid-fried freakout. With its skittish and fuzzed-out production and tendency to shift direction on a whim, the album feels as though it's trying to re-create the feeling of hearing an album like Sgt. Pepper's for the first time in 1967, re-creating that feeling that absolutely anything could happen at any moment. Like some of their past collaborations, the album shows that not all fwends are created equal, so even though cuts like "Getting Better" can be pretty uneven, guests like Miley Cyrus and Tegan and Sara on "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Lovely Rita," respectively, provide the band's sound with a new dimension and attitude, providing With a Little Help from My Fwends with the kind of eclectic atmosphere that made the original so charming. Although die-hard Beatles fans might see the album as a bit blasphemous, the Flaming Lips' treatment of the classic work makes it clear the band have a great respect for the Fab Four's legacy and influence, making the album a wonderful distraction that provides fans with a window into the influences of one of rock's most enduring and joyously weird bands.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2014
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624936121
catalogNumber: 544000

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flaming Lips   Primary Artist
Michael Ivins   Group Member
Wayne Coyne   Group Member
Steven Drozd   Group Member
Grace Potter   Vocals
Matt Duckworth   Group Member
Derek Brown   Group Member
Nicholas Ley   Group Member
Jake Ingalls   Group Member

Technical Credits

Flaming Lips   Producer
George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Dave Fridmann   Producer,Engineer
Mat Mitchell   Engineer
Joshua Shapera   Producer,Engineer
Scott Booker   Producer
Wayne Coyne   Artwork,Layout
JB   Engineer
Peter Holmstrom   Engineer
Tegan and Sara   Engineer
Kevin Ratterman   Engineer
Jim James   Engineer,Additional Production
Chris Steffen   Engineer
Pat Sansone   Producer,Engineer
Dog   Engineer
Grace Potter   Producer,Engineer
Nathan Sabatino   Engineer
Treasure Mammal   Producer,Engineer
Dennis Coyne   Additional Production
Jarod Evans   Additional Production
Ryan Breen   Producer,Engineer
Josh Carter   Producer
Sunbears!   Engineer
Zorch   Composer,Engineer
Black Pus   Engineer
Evan Kleinecke   Engineer
Jonathan Rado   Producer
Davey Jewell   Engineer
Matt Strong   Engineer
James Dean   Engineer
Oliver Hibert   Cover Art
Fever the Ghost   Producer
Birdflower   Engineer
Eric McCune   Liner Notes
Tom Beach   Engineer

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