Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My 100 Favorite Albums of the 1960s: 80-61

80. Face to Face, The Kinks (1966)

79. Etta James Rocks the House, Etta James (1964)
Boy, this list is really making a lie out of my earlier assertion that I'm not really a fan of live albums.

78. What We Did on Our Holidays, Fairport Convention (1969)
Really, it's a straight line through this album, then Unhalfbricking, then Liege & Lief, all released in 1969 and all of them some of the best folk music ever recorded.

77. Freak Out!, The Mothers of Invention (1966)
A lot of Frank Zappa is hit or miss for me, but I do love this first album all the way through.

76. Begin Here, The Zombies (1965)
Fantastic debut album.

75. Deja Vu, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)

74. Pandemonium Shadow Show, Harry Nilsson (1967)

73. Howlin' Wolf, Howlin' Wolf (1962)
Well, I said I'd cheat a little, and here's an instance of it, since this is technically not an album but a collection of six singles and B-sides released from 1960 to 1962. I would have Moanin' in the Moonlight on, too, if I were making a 1950s list. Maybe I will at some point.

72. Switched-On Bach, Wendy Carlos (Walter Carlos) (1968)
I actually have my Mom's old vinyl of this.

71. Hair: Original Broadway Cast Recording (1968)
I actually prefer the 1979 movie soundtrack, though.

70. The Band, The Band (1969)

69. Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

68. Curtis, Curtis Mayfield (1970)

67. In the Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson (1969)

66. Gorilla, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (1967)
I'm a big fan of Bonzo Dog, but this is probably the only album of theirs that never lulls.

65. Folk Singer, Muddy Waters (1964)

64. Scott, Scott Walker (1967)

63. The Genius After Hours, Ray Charles (1961)

62. The Soul Album, Otis Redding (1966)

61. Disraeli Gears, Cream (1967)

Not much commentary today, but right now all I want to do is relax with some of this great psychedelic, soul and folk music. Tomorrow, basically more of the same, including live albums and comedy, with numbers 60-41. It's not very interesting, I suppose, but it keeps me off the streets.


Roger Owen Green said...

Well, this iteration of Hair is what I grew up with, so it resonates with me more. Have 75, 72-67, and 61. But have a lot in compilations, FWIW.

Roger Owen Green said...

I may need to do this, once the attic (with my vinyl) is painted. 2 of my favorite albums on this list: Cream and the Band.

randm said...

Love the Bonzos. The first album of theirs I heard was the two record "History of the Bonzos. Greatest 50 cent garage sale purchase I ever made. Second best deal was finding "Hums of the Loving Spoonful" in the same bin for a quarter.