“The first record album I ever bought was a live recording of a Beach Boys concert. I ordered it from a record club my older sister belonged to. Ever forward-looking, I opted to order it in mono. (I don’t think there was a hi-fi in the house at the time, and I might have been concerned about compatibility. I wasn’t concerned about Brian Wilson’s one-deaf-ear purity.)
I’m not sure what year this was, but I’d guess ‘65. When it finally did arrive by mail, I played the hell out of it, studied the pictures inside, read and re-read the uncredited liner notes and sang along with it – particularly Brian’s falsetto parts.
I really didn’t feel the need to buy another album until Paul Revere & the Raiders’ ‘Just Like Us.’ And that held me until Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Are You Experienced?,’ which marked the real beginning of my record collecting.