Today is Sgt. Pepper’s day, and anyone reading music-blogs knows that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released 40 years ago today.
It’s quite common to say that this is the greatest pop-record ever recorded (and I do agree), but for me it’s simply the first pop-album I’ve ever heard. In fact, my parents were never interested in pop-music, and all of their records were classical. The one exception was Sgt. Pepper’s which some trendy friend of theirs gave them as a gift, probably about the time it was released.
I don’t actually remember how I first came across the record in my parent’s collection, it must have been about 30 years ago. I do remember that there were still the card board cut-outs, which I thought were great. In a strange way the album appealed to me, in particular the songs that were telling stories like the title track (musical), She’s leaving home (sad), Mr Kite (funny) or When I’m 64 (science fiction). I also remember thinking that Within You, Without You was unbearable, but it didn’t matter, because it was the first track of Side two, and you could simply skip it after when putting the needle down after turning the disc (vinyl ruled/rules).
It’s amazing how time has passed since and I still enjoy listening to the same vinyl record today, bringing back tons of memories. But it’s also strange to think that I discovered pop-music through the greatest record of all time, and have bought hundreds of records since, that aren’t quite as great…