'Star Wars'/ Beatles Mashup Album Puts Leia's Adventures to 'Sgt. Pepper's'

John, Paul, George and Obi-Wan.
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It was 40 years ago today … well, almost. What better way to celebrate Star Wars Day than combining it with another piece of pop culture iconography celebrating an important anniversary in 2017? That's right: It's time for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/Star Wars mashup you never knew you wanted.

The full album — yes, it's a remake of Sgt. Pepper's with Star Wars-inspired lyrics and elements — is the work of Jude Kelley and Dan Amrich, who record together under the name Palette-Swap Ninja, and comes as the Beatles' psychedelic masterpiece celebrates it's 50th anniversary next month, with Star Wars turning 40 on May 25.

Making Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans wasn't a quick process, the band wrote on its website, where the album is available to download for free (until copyright lawyers take notice, at least). "We sweat the details on both sides in an effort to do both cultural milestones justice," they explained. "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."

And what does the combination sound like? Listen for yourself, below.

OK, but now we get Revolver mashed up with Rogue One, right?

 

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