Friday, June 01, 2007

it was 40 years ago today

40 years ago today - 1 June 1967 - what many call the best rock and roll album of all time was released.

Why the greatest? Short answer: It was the most innovative. While not the Beatles' most original collection of songs, it was a unified package. The album had an overarching theme and distinct identity, musically and lyrically — with smooth segues between songs that reminded us that the whole was more important than the sum of its parts — a first in pop music. Some would say it created a new business model: the preeminence of the 33 1/3 RPM album.

We no longer have that model, the rise of iTunes has resulted in single songs being sold rather than a larger package.

I remember hanging out at friends places in Montreal & listening to the album over & over & over again.

Song list
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help From My Friends
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing a Hole
She's Leaving Home
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Within You Without You
When I'm Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning, Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

wikipedia article


michael lewis said...


You were in your early 20's when this was released?


Was your Montréal experience of this album "enhanced" in any way?

mike said...

i was still a teenager

i saw the beatles in montreal in 1964... well we saw there limo drive by on the way from the airport to the forum