While you’re bound to get mixed reviews on any Beatles album, considering they are arguably the greatest (or second greatest) rock bands in music history, most people would agree that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a benchmark of music in the 60’s. Keith Richards however, has other ideas.
The Rolling Stones guitar player has been doing a string of press lately for his upcoming solo LP Crosseyed Heart, and in a recent interview with Esquire he spoke pretty candidly about his longtime rival band. “The Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away” says Richards.
Speaking about the late 60’s, at the peak of both band’s success they began experimenting with new sounds and psychedelics.
If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away—you forget what it is you wanted to do. You’re starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties—”Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.”
The Stones album Their Satanic Majesties Request came out a few months after Sgt. Peppers in 1967, as a kind of response to the Beatles, — one of which Richards doesn’t seem all that proud of. Check out the rest of the interview, where Richards talks about living without boundaries being a “A scary, scary thing” and more.