The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album release was an event. The most popular band in the world. New music. If you were a Beatles fan, you probably remember when and where you bought that album because it was such a big thing in your pop culture life at the time.
Most new albums by favorite bands were an event. Owning an album gave you the ability to hear the songs when you wanted to instead of having to wait for them to be played on the radio. It gave you a chance to hear them in order, the way the artist intended. And you had the cover and liner notes to study and absorb. In fact, it was such a big deal that most of us remember what the first album we bought was.
So in honor of Sgt. Pepper’s 50th anniversary, we wondered…what was the first album you bought?
Here are ours:
(pronounced ‘lĕh-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd), Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1973
It wasn’t the first album I ever owned – that would have been an Elvis Presley album but it IS the first album I ever purchased with my own (hard earned) cash. We (Florida) all loved Lynyrd Skynyrd – they belonged to us. And they still do. — Dot, AtticAndBarnTreasures.com
A Night at the Opera, Queen, 1975
Well, I didn’t actually buy it myself, my Mom bought it for me in the late 1970s when I was around 11 years old. I heard the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” on my best friend’s older sister’s radio one day and LOVED the sound. It was so different than the Donny Osmond and Shaun Cassidy 45-records I had. I felt so grown-up owning that album! I must have listened to it a million times that Summer! To this day, the music of Queen remains my favorite. — JayDee, ThirdShiftVintage.com
Tapestry, Carole King, 1971
I’ve bought a lot of albums in my day, but that first one, Tapestry, is one of the ones that still sounds as good to me now as it did when I sliced the cellophane and listened to the whole thing instead of the singles interspersed with the other hits of the day on AM radio. And I still sing along with the same gusto as I did then. Tapestry was the kind of album that you could not listen to without singing along. My favorite track: “I Feel the Earth Move”. –Laurie, NextStageVintage.com
Lightfoot, Gordon Lightfoot, 1966
It was the ’60’s, the age of folk singers. Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and Donovan were among my favs but “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was the song that made me part with my hard earned cash to buy Gordon Lightfoot’s self-titled debut album. Roberta Flack’s version of the song was eventually more popular from a box office perspective but I still love Gordon’s heartfelt rendition the best. — Linda, SelectiveSalvage.com
Ladies of the Canyon, Joni Mitchell, 1970
I received my first ever album from my sister as an 18th birthday gift. “Big Yellow Taxi” was being played all of the time on the radio. I brought this with me to college. I know every word and can sing along with the very accurate unique vocal that shifts from melodious singing to almost yodeling, including many chord changes that make no sense to anyone but Joni fans. My favorite track: “Woodstock”. –Mary Ellen, AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com
Hey Jude, The Beatles, 1968
I don’t really remember the first album I bought but if I had to guess it was probably the Beatles and particularly Hey Jude. The song was released in 1968 as a single and did not appear on an album until 1970 and as a tween, I wore that song out! But I cut my teeth on surfer songs and country. —Tina, GirlPickers.com
and finally, from the one of us who is definitely celebrating today because her first album ever was…
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles, 1967
Sgt. Pepper was the first album I remember buying. I would sit and listen to it over and over while staring at the artwork and trying desperately to decipher the words to those songs. I think my favorite songs were “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, “Lovely Rita”, and “When I’m Sixty Four”. While I’m not yet 64, something tells me I will be playing that song when I get there. — Pam, VintageRenude.com
What was the first album you bought? Post a comment to let us know!