EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK HISTORY
– I AM THE WALRUS –
– STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER –
November 22, 1967 – 4:33, 4:12
The Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs Count-Down
is based on ascending order of release dates – not on popularity or chart position.
The only exception is #1
This is #7
This is not a cheat or a tie; this is a necessity.
Both of these songs dove-tailed chronologically because of their release date on the “Magical Mystery Tour” album. I could not bring myself to choose one or the other, for it would be criminal to leave either off the list. So I will make an exception and include them as one entry for efficiency’s sake. Consider them a fantasy A and B sided single.
This was a truly Magical time to live in; I was sixteen, almost seventeen and my world had opened-up – I had a ’51 Buick that I bought for $33.00 and cost $66.00 to reseal the automatic transmission as this was one of the first automatics with a straight 8-cylinder engine and was always leaking “grape juice” – but it was very cool transportation. I had been “introduced” to marijuana early in the year which really opened up my world view and the Beatles had just released their “Magical Mystery Tour” LP – ’nuff said.
I remember sitting on top of a two-story apartment roof in Venice on the canal helping the owner, a friend’s dad, paint the building and I had the radio on next to me and “Strawberry Fields Forever” was playing. As I grooved to the song I looked out across the few buildings between me and the sea and let this psychedelic classic bathe over me like the sun that was breaking through the clouds – an indelible stamp on a Day in the Life.
Which brings up a nice segue: “Sgt. Pepper’s” was an iconic LP and everyone everywhere immediately freaked, 00individual included – but “Magical Mystery Tour” had a much more psychedelic and rock vibe that I enjoyed more.
Other than “I’m Down”, the Beatles were a Pop/”Rock” group – so to have semi-rockers like “Hello Goodbye”, “Baby You’re A Rich Man” and “All You Need Is Love” and the title track was a real complement to “Fool On The Hill”, “Penny Lane”, “Flying”, etc. AND “Strawberry Fields Forever” AND “I Am The Walrus” made for an almost perfect album.
And it was a hit with all of us as we’d play “I Am The Walrus” while smoking a joint and chime-in with the ending, “Smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot”, and have a great time. This scene was assuredly repeated within Rockin’ Tribes around the world.
In those early days of marijuana use it was like taking LSD later on; we were really enjoying the psychedelic effects of the weed on our newly “turned on” minds – we wuz trippin’!
So take a nice hit off your bowl of excellent herb and take eight minutes and forty-five seconds of your life to enjoy two songs from the “Magical Mystery Tour” Era
and relive the days when music and life were truly “Magical”:
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
I AM THE WALRUS
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