Sunday, November 03, 2013

My Favourite Albums of the 1960s

Apologies for the indulgence, regular readers, but over on Facebook I've been listing my all time favourite albums, following my raised eyebrow at the NME's list. It started small and then sprawled. So ignore the next few posts if you're not interested.

When it comes to favourite albums - well, they differ by decade. I was only 2 at the end of the sixties so these were picked up later, usually be a circuitous route. I was a "fan" of the Beatles in the 70s but the actuall albums meant very little to me compared with the 62-66 and 67-70 compilations where I first encountered the tracks. It was in the early 80s that my dad borrowed the records from his boss and taped them for me - and quite a bit later before I bought them myself. I came across "Aftermath" and "Beggars Banquet" by the Rolling Stones in a bargain bin on cassette whilst in Australia in 1985; other artists I'd read about in rock history books without having any way of hearing - and it took a lot of courage to pick up "Trout Mask Replica" or "Forever Changes" unheard as that might be the only album I'd afford that week. (That said, I'd play it until I loved it!) I came to Love via Aztec Camera, Capt. Beefheart via the Fall, the Velvet Underground via Bowie and Joy Division. Later; it was hip hop samples or retro compilations that got me listening to albums by the Temptations or Sly and the Family Stone (and - to be fair - magazines like Mojo, and the whole CD reissue phenomenon.) I still come across good 60s albums - and there are plenty of things missing. I don't really know the Kinks and Small Faces albums from the period, as I've generally listened on compilations, and a truly accurate list would surely include "best ofs" for the Shirelles, Marvelettes, Shangri-las, Supremes et al. It appears that my late 80s love of psychedelia (via the Paisley Underground) has survived the years - see Country Joe and the Fish and Jefferson Airplane - and more recently I've grown to love the English folk revival, especially Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band. The order isn't arbitrary but I guess the top twenty I couldn't live without, the next twenty or so I've loved at various times, and maybe the last few are just good albums.

1 Velvet Underground and Nico Velvet Underground and Nico
2 Forever Changes Love
3 Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan
4 In a Silent Way Miles Davis
5 A Love Supreme John Coltrane
6 Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
7 Pet Sounds Beach Boys
8 Unhalfbricking Fairport Convention
9 Crown of Creation  Jefferson Airplane
10 Kick out the Jams MC5
11 Velvet Underground  Velvet Underground 
12 The Beatles The Beatles
13 Alice's Restaurant Arlo Guthrie
14 68 NBC Comeback Special Elvis Presley
15 The Band The Band
16 Everything Playing Lovin' Spoonful
17 Aftermath The Rolling Stones
18 Electric Music for the Mind and Body Country Joe and the Fish
19 Dusty in Memphis Dusty Springfield
20 SF Sorrow The Pretty Things
21 Absolutely Free Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
22 Da Capo Love
23 Revolver The Beatles
24 Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan
25 In the Court of the Crimson King King Crimson
26 Beggars Banquet Rolling Stones
27 Sketches of Spain Miles Davis
28 Bookends Simon & Garfunkel
29 First Take Roberta Flack
30 Happy Sad Tim Buckley
31 The Who Sell Out The Who
32 Younger than Yesterday The Byrds
33 Live at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash
34 The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter Incredible String Band
35 Abbey Road The Beatles
36 Basket of Light Pentangle
37 Liege & Lief Fairport Convention
38 The Stooges The Stooges
39 Love Love
40 Tommy The Who
41 Surrealistic Pillow Jefferson Airplane
42 Silver Apples Silver Apples
43 Fifth dimension The Byrds
44 All Summer Long Beach Boys
45 Eli and the 13th Confession Laura Nyro
46 Cloud Nine Temptations
47 White Noise White Noise
48 Cruisin' With Ruben and the Jets Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
49 Ummagumma Pink Floyd
50 Let it Bleed Rolling Stones

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