Originally Posted by westgate
lesseee, '67; i was 15.
Well, it came out June 1st, so I would've been eleven and a half.
Let's see - that was the year my parents got divorced.
Yeeesh - you had to go and remind me of that. I guess the best thing about that year was that I was "awakened", musically.
In fact, I can still clearly remember listening to it for the first time. A friend had pre-ordered it, and we were waiting. When he got it, he told me in school and asked me if I wanted to come over afterwards and listen to it.
All I can say is, as soon as the final note of "A Day in the Life" was played, we just sat there and looked at each other in stunned silence with our jaws hanging open (literally - after hearing that particular song), and after a minute just said to each other at the same time, "What in the **** was that?"
(in a good way, though). Suffice it to say, we knew at that moment that the course of popular music had been drastically altered forever.
It was really weird and surreal, because we just knew that it was an historical moment. Not just for it's effect on popular music and culture, but also for it's effect on our own, personal musical courses.
Actually, if we'd have heard the whole "Revolver" album first, "Sgt. Peppers" probably wouldn't have taken us so much by surprise - but no one I knew had it, and they didn't play very many songs from it on the radio at the time - only Top 40 AM around back then, you know. Not too many singles from that album. Not the US release, anyway. You're not exactly gonna hear "Dr. Robert" or "Tomorrow Never Knows" on Top 40 AM radio.
The last album of theirs that I was really familiar with was "Rubber Soul" - because my older sister had it and played it endlessly (and it was by far my favorite album of theirs up to that point - still is, along with "Revolver"). The leap from "Revolver" to "Pepper's" would've been a lot less shocking than the leap from "Rubber Soul" to "Pepper's" (played continuously through as whole albums).