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Pepper Front To Back

by Les Fradkin

Les Fradkin brings "The Summer of Love" up to date with 14 guitar instrumentals-the entire Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Jeff Beck, Brian May, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani meet The Beatles. A splendid time is guaranteed for all
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1:58 $0.99
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
4:37 $0.99
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4:00 $0.99
4. Getting Better
3:04 $0.99
5. Fixing A Hole
2:22 $0.99
6. She's Leaving Home
3:50 $0.99
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
2:18 $0.99
8. Within You Without You
4:25 $0.99
9. When I'm 64
2:58 $0.99
10. Lovely Rita
3:15 $0.99
11. Good Morning, Good Morning
2:31 $0.99
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
1:18 $0.99
13. A Day In The Life
4:35 $0.99
14. All You Need Is Love
4:02 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Featuring the Smash Hits:
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
"Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite"
"Getting Better"
"All You Need Is Love"


Welcome to the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love.
And what better way to celebrate than a new way of hearing The Beatles' Psychedelic Masterpiece: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Les Fradkin has a brand new CD- "Pepper Front To Back." 14 Guitar Instrumentals. The entire Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album PLUS "All You Need Is Love" PLUS a special hidden track. All in time for the 40th Anniversary of The Summer Of Love and the 30th Anniversary of the opening of Beatlemania on Broadway.

What's different here? New sounds for the guitar, courtesy of Les' Roland VG-8 V-Guitar Technology, Roland GR-33 and GR-1 Guitar Synthesizers and heavily modified Fender "Rocky" Stratocaster. The Beatles, George Martin and Giles Martin started a mash up of Beatles tracks for The Cirque du Soleil and Love albums. Les takes things one step further with a virtual mash-up of guitar technology resulting in guitar sounds never heard before and sonic possibilities only dreamed of till now. This is the first Beatles cover album to be realized entirely with guitar synthesizers as Les brings Sgt. Pepper into the 21st Century.

Imagine if Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Brian May, Steve Vai and Robert Fripp meet The Beatles and you enter a new sonic landscape for this landmark set of songs- the perfect follow up to Les' 2005 landmark CD- "While My Guitar Only Plays."

Stirring guitar instrumental renditions of all your favorite Sgt. Pepper hits, featruing Les' famous lead guitar and guitar synthesizer stylings.

In addition, you get the bonus track- "All You Need Is Love" and a special secret HIDDEN track.

A bit of BIO:

Les Fradkin is one of the original members of the hit Broadway show "Beatlemania", a Guitar Synthesizer pioneer of the 1980's and is now a 21st Century innovator on the Starr Labs Ztar. A classically trained musician as well as being a rock guitarist, he has found success as a recording artist, composer and producer with MGM Sunflower, ESP-Disk, Bell, Arista, RCA, and Laurie Records. Les has written the well known French hit "La Chansons Des Souvenirs" ("Song Of A Thousand Voices") for the famous French songstress Mireille Mathieu and the Latin Pop icon Roberto Jordan ("Donde"). He has played Mellotron, 12 and 6-string Guitar, Bass and Piano on dozens of Top 40 hit records throughout the early 1970's , scoring many US and UK chart placings throughout his career.

Les Fradkin was also an original member / singer / guitarist for the pop group California on Laurie Records in the US and RCA Records in the UK for it's entire existence from 1973 through 1985. California had several chart records including the 1981 release "Summer Fun Medley"-a medley of Beach Boys hits, "Jeans On", "He's Almost You" (charting in the United Kingdom) and an appearance on the Dick Clark American Bandstand television show..

In 1976, Les was selected over thousands of other auditioning guitarists to appear in the original cast of the smash hit Broadway musical "Beatlemania" playing lead guitar and the part of "George Harrison" in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Running for two and a half years from May 1977 thru October 1979, every show (including over 1200 in New York alone) was sold out and the musicians quickly became celebrities with magazine cover stories ("Newsweek","Time", "People", "Rolling Stone") and many major television show appearances. With his guitar-playing in the international spotlight from the show, Fradkin developed a cult following that has avidly followed his career and made him a celebrity among guitar fans.

He has enjoyed chart success on the net as well with his songs reaching mp3.com's 1 position 16 times! New Gandy Dancer Rock Magazine named Les' CD "A Day At The Beach" it's 2004 Album Of The Year. In addition, Les has performed with The Ventures as 2nd Lead Guitarist. Nokie Edwards of The Ventures has performed with Les on several occasions and is a featured guest on his "While My Guitar Only Plays" CD. In fact, Les has been acknowledged as a guitar virtuoso for over 30 years and he has been featured in issues of 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Pipeline and New Gandy Dancer Magazines.

Today, Les has released 15 solo CD's on his RRO Entertainment Indie label and has had over 300,000 downloads bringing him several substantial hits on Apple iTunes and other download sites across the Internet.



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Jimmy James

Triple Wow!
I'm a Beatles covers collector and I must proclaim that this is the BEST instrumental Beatle song CD ever produced!!!! Every version of the Sgt. Pepper songs is gripping, vibrant and original, from the ska treatment of When I'm 64 through the biting beat of Getting Better to the gently weeping She's Leaving Home to the Woodstock retro With A Little Help From My Friends, Les Fradkin has nailed the spirit of '67 like no other in modern times. Even my friends who don't like Beatles covers have found themselves loving this CD! Viva Les Fradkin!


Excellent CD album and renditions of The Beatles SPLHCB 40th anniversary. Perfect Les!!!

Edith Redgrave Carter

I never thought a full-album Beatles tribute would ever approach the original in concept and execution, but Les Fradkin's Pepper Front To Back has translated Sgt. Pepper with the spirit of experimentation we'd expect from 1967 - using the technology of 2007! Every mindblowing interpretation on this album is superior to anything Les has done, and he's done a LOT of great stuff! From the thundering intro, through the crying guitars of She's Leaving Home to the hipped-up When I'm 64 and the knock-out double-punch of A Day In The Life and the bonus cut, All You Need Is Love, this CD takes you on many new musical journeys, all with the special safeness you get from Lennon-McCartney and Harrison familiarity. You'll find yourself playing this CD from front to back over and over again!

Archer-"Breakfast With The Beatles" (99.5 The Mountain Denver, C

Masterpiece! The album celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the 30th anniversary of the Broadway debut of Beatlemania! featuring Les as George Harrison. The long-awaited follow-up to Les' acclaimed instrumental project While My Guitar Only Plays, Pepper applies high-tech sound bending to the classic '60s guitar sounds, with Les playing every instrument on the album — from drums to horns and from strings to woodwinds — through his guitar!

Eddy Smit-Rock Of Ages

One of the great guitar players of our time!
You gotta have chutzpa to tackle what is often considered the all-time greatest album in rock. I mean, it's one thing to cover a Beatles song, but to take on the entire Sgt Pepper album ?! No problem for Les Fradkin. He has the credentials and the chops to pull it off, which is exactly what he does on Pepper Front to Back, and then some !
The man who portrayed George Harrison in the original Broadway cast of Beatlemania! and who already has two George Harrison tribute cd's under his belt confirms himself here as one of the great guitar players of our time. Actually he had already done so on previous albums, but this time he's taking things even further. With the entire album performed on guitar synthesizer, a first for a Beatles cover album, Les brings Pepper right into the 21st century.

So how does all that translate into music ? There's of course no need to introduce the songs. Like the title says : it's Pepper front to back and has All you need is love added as a bonus track.
What makes this album so amazing is that you can easily compare it with the original Beatles album and Les Fradkin still comes out smelling like a rose ! From the powerful opening of the first track to his own "inner groove" sounds, Les always puts his personal stamp on each track ! While still staying fairly loyal to the original song, each song is approached with a fresh new look. It makes each and every song a pleasure to listen to for very different reasons : the "horns" on Lovely Rita, the lead and harmony guitars on She's leaving home, the Joe Cocker touch on With a little help, the "animals" on Good Morning, the "horns and strings" on All you need is love... the album is filled with all kinds of gimmicks that'll make you want to listen to it over & over again !

This is an album that will absolutely thrill Beatles fans and everybody who's into guitar albums. Les has been putting out some amazing music over the past years and has been building a loyal fanbase with it. This is a perfect opportunity to discover this unique talent !