Ravi Shankar could be considered one of the the most famous Indian musician’s on the planet. And his introduction to India music is soothing and incredible.
Ray Davies’ sentimental, nostalgic streak emerged on Something Else, but it developed into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions.
Many musicians have acknowledged this record and the band as an influence including Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, who touted its influence on Led Zeppelin’s first album and general direction. We think this album is utter nonsense and don’t know why anyone would include it in a book of “must hear albums”.
Traffic’s first single “Paper Sun”, gave them instant chart success, reaching No. 5 in the UK, but Winwood was reportedly unimpressed with the song’s success, feeling it misrepresented his vision for the band. And while Traffic’s sound was very much of its time, the emphasis on Winwood’s keyboards and Wood’s wind instruments set them apart from their guitar driven peers.
This was the start of the prolific period in which the Rolling Stones would become the biggest rock band of the 70’s and perhaps history. Their raw, bluesy over-driven Delta blues licks and slide guitar fit perfectly with Mick Jagger’s leering over-sexualized vocals that cut like a knife over African drums beats.
While the inclusion of “Respect” is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin’s Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish.
With Axis Hendrix stretches further musically than the first album, but even more so as a songwriter. Hendrix had a contract for three albums in one year and this could be considered “the middle child”.
The second album is a visceral audio assault of overdriven instruments, and lyrics about methamphetamine abuse, botched medical procedures violence and of course heroin-dealing drag queens. Cale recalled “The first one had some gentility, some beauty. The second one was consciously anti-beauty.”
The instrumental album “Call of the valley” follows a day in the life of an Indian shepherd from Kashmir. It is one of the most successful Indian albums and one that became popular with an international audience.
The country legend with her defining album that made her one of countries most likeable artists but also one of the most important as she speaks plainly about woman’s issues and growing up poor in her own beautiful way.
Sometimes considered a 60’s garage one-hit-wonder the Electric Prunes kick off their debut album with their first (and biggest) hit single, and if Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) never hits the high point of its title track again it still might be enough to consider a listen.
One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era. On Are You Experienced?, Jimi Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967 rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul. What can we say this album is hands down amazing!
Merle Haggard’s “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” brought Haggard country stardom immediately and when it was released it became his first number one country hit. Although we don’t dispute Haggard’s legacy and important, some of us just aren’t feeling this album.
Sunshine Superman is the third album from British singer-songwriter Donovan that took him from folk troubadour to pop sensation. The difference between the poetic somber folk songs and catchy pop can be jarring not to mention it angers Rob.
The Kinks are back and we can’t get enough of their very British satire that blends great song writing with catchy pop melodies. This is the start of something great.
The second album by Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow was a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia, that inspired a myriad of other acts. After drowning in West coast psychedelic acts we get to one of the originators.
Groovin’, the Young Rascals’ third album, raised their profile even higher with their melodic songcraft, crisp arrangements and positive vibes. It’s a feel good time for the group but we are divided on if it’s a “good album”.
Younger Than Yesterday was somewhat overlooked at the time of its release during an intensely competitive era that found the Byrds on a commercial downslide. This is the moment we start questioning why this book has so many Byrds albums. Why book why?
The Doors were unique, controversial and one of the most influential rock acts of the 1960s their debut self-titled album is impressive. Despite the negative preconceptions from the group about The Doors (or rather Jim Morrison), having the historical context seems to have changed some minds about the group.
By 1967, bossa nova had become quite popular within jazz and traditional pop audiences, yet Frank Sinatra hadn’t attempted any Brazil-influenced material. Guess what happens next…
Perhaps the album with the single biggest gap between initial commercial success and ultimate historical relevance, The Velvet Underground & Nico has become a legendary fountainhead of influence and inspiration.
The Who Sell Out is a concept album of sorts that would simultaneously mock and pay tribute to pirate radio stations, complete with fake jingles and commercials linking the tracks. And The Who keep getting better with every album.
Pink Floyd begins their rise as the legendary psychedelic band and Syd Barret begins a downward spiral into a drug induced nightmare. Some of us like it and some of think that it’s unnecessary listening for the band.
Cream laid the foundation of the late 60’s fuzzed blues based rock along side Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple. They popularized the use of the wah-wah pedal and produced a heavy yet technical style that would be carried on by many British bands.