The Beatles’ music is timeless. More than 50 years after the band’s inception, their heats still resonate and are often considered the standard of pop music perfection. They’re catchy, endearing, thoughtful, and don’t overstay their welcome.
And when it comes to all things popular, people love their mashups. It’s why you see football logos redesigned to fit Game of Thrones’ houses, or movie footage edited to fit a classic TV show’s intro sequence.
So why not mash up one of the Beatles’ greatest albums with Star Wars, arguably the most popular movie franchise on the planet? The results are surprisingly great.
Jude Kelley and Dan Amrich produced this album over the course of five years and now their hard work has been released online, and they’re not even charging a cent for it! You can download it for free over at their website and experience two classics in a way you probably never imagined.
They deftly told the narrative of the original Star Wars movie using the music of the Beatles with the exact track listing, in order, of the Sgt. Pepper's album.
We’ve embedded the album for you above, so check it out and celebrate the 40th anniversary of George Lucas’ sci-fi masterpiece and the 50th anniversary of George, John, Paul, and Ringo’s seminal album AT THE SAME TIME!
Check out the synopsis below:
This year marks two important pop-culture milestones: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars on May 25, and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a week later, June 1. Our new album merges both into one full-length concept album titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. It’s the entire Beatles album as accurately as we could record it, only now it tells the story of Star Wars: A New Hope — in order. We sweat the details on both sides in an effort to do both cultural milestones justice. Writing hyper-specific lyrics that match the original songs’ cadences; reverse-engineering everything the Beatles recorded, from distorted saxophone riffs to Indian tabla rhythms; recording everything from scratch and learning as we went — well, that’s what takes five years.
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