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

2 comments:

michael lewis said...

Question:

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


Question:

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