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“I picked this one because it was the start of what an album could be, something we’re losing sight of now. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s interesting that we’re back to the way things were before Sgt. Pepper, where the emphasis is on individual tracks and hit singles.
“When Sgt. Pepper came out and you heard the whole thing nonstop, from beginning to end, you realized what this art form, an album, could be. The dimensions of this were purely technical – you had two sides, and you could only fit 20-something minutes per side. It’s as if somebody told you to paint the Sistine Chapel: You might not know its exact dimensions, but somehow you have to follow the rules and make what you’re doing fit. The Beatles came up with a work of art that fit the limitations of the form, but they expanded it and took it somewhere new.
“I remember Paul bringing me an acetate and playing the whole thing. It changed my mind, and I think everybody’s mind, about what an album was and could be. Things like Dark Side Of The Moon owe it that debt, that something can be a great work of art from beginning to end, and story-wise and lyrically it can all be connected as a journey or adventure. It really changed a lot of things.”