Me brudder brought this one home on a Saturday morning---we naturally listened to it all the way through a number of times, and in complete amazement. We had these big plate glass windows in the stereo room (though the album was mono) and stared outside while the weather went from rain torrents to bright sunshine. It ran the gamut just like the music, it was a trip!
Love George's ripping lead on Fixing A Hole
, the hookiness of Getting Better
, and the moody big finish masterpiece A Day In The Life
. The Beats continued to perfect that sense of sublime nostalgia that began with Yesterday
, then In My Life
, Eleanor Rigby
, etc. Most of the songs on SPLHCB gave it that overall feeling. Penny Lane
and Strawberry Fields
were good harbingers of that which was to come. I remember the preceding February when those tunes were first released--we heard them debut in the evening on an old AM radio that barely kept the signal. And you're right-o, Ramm-o, Paul's bass playing was growing more and more supreme-o.
There was 5 of us brothers and only one album cover (and what an eye-full), which we all wanted to hog as long as possible while the music was playing, lol.
As those nerdy NPR dames say on that SNL 'Delicious Dish' skit--
"Yeah, good times!"