Tag: 1966-1969

Simon and Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

Simon and Garfunkel – Sound of Silence       Bruce Eder: Simon & Garfunkel’s second album, Sounds of Silence, was recorded 18 months after their debut long-player, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM — but even though the two albums shared one song (actually, one-and-a-half songs) in common, the sound here seemed a million miles away […]

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Taste – Taste

Taste – Taste       Eduardo Rivadavia: ‘The fact that they, like so many late-’60s contemporaries, were molded in the image of Cream has often been cited to diminish the stature of Irish power trio Taste. But, all things being equal, it’s impossible to dismiss their fine eponymous debut based solely on obvious source […]

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Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde

Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘If Highway 61 Revisited played as a garage rock record, the double album Blonde on Blonde inverted that sound, blending blues, country, rock, and folk into a wild, careening, and dense sound. Replacing the fiery Michael Bloomfield with the intense, weaving guitar of […]

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The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle       Bruce Eder: ‘Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard […]

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Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective

Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective       Steven Stolder: ‘Only a handful of bands have made a greater impact with fewer recordings than the short-lived Buffalo Springfield. Their history is told in the titles of their three albums: 1967’s eponymous debut was followed by the peak-performance Again later that year, which was followed by 1968’s […]

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Deep Purple – Deep Purple III

Deep Purple – Deep Purple III     Bruce Eder: ‘This is a record that even those who aren’t Deep Purple fans can listen to two or three times in one sitting — but then, this wasn’t much like any other album that the group ever issued. Actually, Deep Purple was highly prized for many […]

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Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air

Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air “Blue” Gene Tyranny: ‘After several graph compositions and early pattern pieces with jazz ensembles in the late ’50s and early ’60s (see “Concert for Two Pianists and Tape Recorders” and “Ear Piece” in La Monte Young’s book An Anthology), Riley invented a whole new music which has […]

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Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn     Steve Huey: ‘The title of Pink Floyd’s debut album is taken from a chapter in Syd Barrett’s favorite children’s book, The Wind in the Willows, and the lyrical imagery of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is indeed full of colorful, childlike, […]

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The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor

The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Mark Deming: ‘Did the 13th Floor Elevators invent psychedelic rock? Aficionados will be debating that point for decades, but if Roky Erickson and his fellow travelers into inner space weren’t there first, they were certainly close to the front of the line, and […]

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Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic pillow

      Bruce Eder: ‘The second album by Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow was a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia, and it hit like a shot heard round the world; where the later efforts from bands like the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and especially, the Charlatans, were initially not too much more than cult […]

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Pink Floyd – A saucerful Of Secret

Pink Floyd – A saucerful Of Secret A Saucerful of Secrets is the second studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. It was recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios on various dates from August 1967 to April 1968 and was released on 29 June 1968. The album was recorded before and after Syd […]

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Nico – Chelsea Girl

Nico – Chelsea Girl Chelsea Girl is the debut solo album by Nico. It was released in October 1967 by Verve Records, also home to The Velvet Underground. The name of the album is a reference to Andy Warhol’s 1966 film Chelsea Girls, in which Nico starred. Many of the songs on the album have […]

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The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed Days of Future Passed is the second album and first concept album by English rock band The Moody Blues, released in November 1967 by Deram Records. After two years performing as a struggling white R&B band, The Moody Blues were asked by their record label in September […]

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Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends

Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends With a Little Help from My Friends is the first album by singer Joe Cocker, released in 1969. It was certified gold in the US and peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard 200. The title track was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney […]

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Otis Redding – Otis Blue

Otis Redding – Otis Blue Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, or simply Otis Blue, released September 15, 1965 on Stax Records, is the third studio album by soul singer Otis Redding. The album mainly consists of cover songs by popular R&B and soul artists, and, bar one track, was recorded in a 24-hour period over […]

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The Sacred Mushroom – The Sacred Mushroom

The Sacred Mushroom – The Sacred Mushroom The band Sacred Mushroom hailed from Cincinnati Ohio. This album was originally released in 1969. The most famous member of the band is lead guitarist/song writer Larry Goshorn who later joined country-rockers Pure Prairie League. The album contains a blend of proficient originals as well as a pair […]

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Colosseum – Valentyne Suite

Colosseum – Valentyne Suite Chris Nickson: “One of England’s prime jazz-rock — or, more accurately, rock-jazz — outfits, most of the members of Colossuem had apprenticed in blues bands, and it shows very strongly on some of the material here. Both “The Kettle” and “Butty’s Blues” are essentially tarted-up 12-bar blues, although they work well […]

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Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul       Jason Birchmeier: ‘Released at the tail end of the ’60s, Hot Buttered Soul set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the early ’70s, simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays as major forces within black music. Though not quite as definitive as Black Moses […]

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Quincy Jones – Walking In Space

Quincy Jones – Walking In Space Richard S. Ginell: The protean Quincy Jones returned to the recording studio as a leader after a long stretch in Hollywood with this triumphantly contemporary big band album. He re-established himself firmly with his big band jazz base while casting a keen eye on the pop scene and the […]

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The Byrds – Younger than yesterday

The Byrds – Younger than yesterday Younger Than Yesterday is the fourth album by the American rock band The Byrds and was released on February 6, 1967 on Columbia Records. It saw the band continuing to integrate elements of psychedelic rock into their music, a process they had begun on their previous album, Fifth Dimension. […]

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