Random Nonsense #15

Blog Poll: Which was best: the first half of the Sixties, or the second? 4% vote '1960-1964', 96% vote '1965-1969'.It’s been a while since we listed our favourite albums from the Seventies. Now focus shifts to the swinging Sixties, and, again, I’d like to know which half you think was best.

Please include the year, if you can, and no more than ten albums for each half.

Limiting myself to just one from each artist per list (yes, really, as if you’ll all do the same), and deliberately omitting the four offerings from Pink Floyd, here’s my attempt for the (far superior?) latter half:

– The Beach Boys, ‘Pet Sounds’ (1966)
– The Beatles, ‘Help!’ (1965)
– Buffalo Springfield, ‘Buffalo Springfield Again’ (1967)
– Leonard Cohen, ‘The Songs of Leonard Cohen’ (1967)
– Cream, ‘Disraeli Gears’ (1967)
– Donovan, ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man’ (1968)
– Bob Dylan, ‘Blonde on Blonde’ (1966)
– Jimi Hendrix, ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968)
– The Who, ‘Tommy’ (1969)
– Neil Young, ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ (1969)

Your thoughts on all that’s listed above and below, such as stand-out tracks, are most welcome, as well as the inevitable disagreement over which is best: ‘Are You Experienced’ or ‘Electric Ladyland’? ‘Sgt Pepper’s…’ or ‘Revolver’? ‘Beggars Banquet’ or ‘Let It Bleed’? ‘Blonde on Blonde’ or ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ (or ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ or…)?

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

85 thoughts on “Random Nonsense #15”

  1. In alphabetical order:

    – The Beach Boys, ‘Pet Sounds’ (1966)
    – Blind Faith, ‘Blind Faith’ (1969)
    – Cream, ‘Disraeli Gears’ (1967)
    – Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival’ (1968)
    – Jimi Hendrix, ‘Are You Experienced’ (1967)
    – Johnny Winter, ‘Johnny Winter’ (1969)
    – Led Zeppelin, ‘Led Zeppelin’ (1969)
    – Neil Young, ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ (1969)
    – Pink Floyd, ‘Ummagumma’ (1969)
    – The Who, ‘Tommy’ (1969)

    An observation: rather often artists named their records after them, maybe because they were the first…

    You won’t need to ask me which half I voted. 😉

    Best regards,


  2. A good list there FEd, including the additional ones you mention of course. 🙂

    A couple of additions:

    – Led Zeppelin, ‘Led Zeppelin’ (1969)
    – Led Zeppelin, ‘Led Zeppelin II’ (1969)

    and of course… RIP Mitch Mitchell.

    [The additional ones are there to get you lot thinking and deliberating, that’s all. If I were to cheat and add ‘honourable mentions’ for 1965-1969, then I’d add ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash’ (1969), The Kinks’ ‘Something Else by The Kinks’ (1967) and Quicksilver Messenger Service’s ‘Happy Trails’ (1969)… and everything else that Bob Dylan produced during this period. But I wouldn’t do that. – FEd]

  3. 1966 – Blonde on Blonde (Bob Dylan)
    1966 – Buffalo Springfield (1st album)
    1967 – The Velvet Underground & Nico
    1967 – Sgt Pepper (Beatles)
    1967 – Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
    1968 – Beggars Banquet (Stones)
    1968 – Fairport Convention (1st album)
    1969 – In the Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson)
    1969 – Tommy (The Who)
    1969 – Led Zeppelin (1st album)

  4. I could never get into Jimi Hendrix at all…

    The 1967 album from John Mayall- “A Hard Road” is just first class, with Peter Green on guitar. Stand out song, You Don’t Love Me, Pretty Baby.

    All the Beatles albums from this period are superb along with Cream, but the really hippy stuff bores me rigid.

    This era of music defined a lot of great bands.


  5. Great one FEd, I’d been waiting for this.

    OK, I voted for the latter half of the 60s as it seemed like things started to gel in the rock world by then.

    1) The Who – Sell Out (1967) -Stand out songs: Rael, Odorono, and of course I Can See For Miles. It’s sad the pirate radio sound bites weren’t utilized for the complete original LP (later fixed in the reissue).
    2) Fairport Convention (12/69) – Liege and Lief. Reynardine and Tam Lin are the stand out tracks.
    3) Rolling Stones (11/69) – Let It Bleed.
    4) Love – (1968) Forever Changes – Alone Again is the stand out track here.
    5) Jeff Beck Group – (1968) Truth – Let Me Love You and Rock My Plimsoul are the stand outs.
    6) Cream – (1968) Fresh Cream – Spoonful and Rollin’ and Tumblin’.
    7) The Who – (5/69) Tommy
    8) Fleetwood Mac – (1969) Then Play On
    9) The Doors – (1967) self titled LP – how about that for a band’s first album?
    10) Small Faces – (1968) Ogden Nut Gone Flake


  6. Piper at the Gates of Dawn – Pink Floyd, ’67
    Abbey Road – Beatles, ’69
    Bring It All Back Home – Bob Dylan, ’65
    Days of Future Passed – Moody Blues, ’67
    Tommy – The Who, ’69
    Astral Weeks – Van Morrison, ’68
    Surrealistic Pillow – Jefferson Airplane, ’67
    Ummagumma – Pink Floyd, ’69
    The Doors – The Doors, ’67
    Elephant Mountain – The Youngbloods, ’69

  7. Being too young at the time to appreciate the music around me I will have to think about this a little. I grew up with The Beach Boys and Beatles so I would agree with “Pet Sounds” definitely; “Help” – I loved the movie when I was a kid. The Hurdy Gurdy Man – my 16 year old recently discovered it too. Great choices!

    I don’t have early memories of this but discovered it in high school and wore it out: “Wednesday Morning 3AM”, Simon and Garfunkel.

  8. 1. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procul Harum, 1967
    2. A Salty Dog – Procul Harum, 1969
    3. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel, 1969
    4. Yes – Yes, 1969
    5. Piper – Floyd, 1967
    6. Saucerful – Floyd, 1968
    7. More – Floyd, 1969
    8. Ummagumma – Floyd, 1969
    9. With the Beatles – The Beatles, 1963
    10. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys, 1966

  9. Although I don’t think many of you will list ten albums from 1960-1964, and already see a heavy preference for 1965-1969, here’s my list for the first half of the decade to try and even things out:

    – ‘The Animals’ (1964)
    – The Beach Boys, ‘All Summer Long’ (1964)
    – The Beatles, ‘Beatles for Sale’ (1964)
    – Booker T & The MGs, ‘Green Onions’ (1962)
    – James Brown, ‘Live at The Apollo’ (1963)*
    – Sam Cooke, ‘Ain’t That Good News’ (1964)
    – Bob Dylan, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ (1963)
    – Gerry & The Pacemakers, ‘How Do You Like It?’ (1963)
    – Frank Sinatra, ‘Sinatra’s Sinatra’ (1963)
    – (Little) Stevie Wonder – ‘The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie’ (1962)

    * One for Best Album Covers, too.

  10. Hi everyone!

    This is really hard and I’ll have to sleep on it. The first half of the ’60s doesn’t stand a chance because there was just soooo much great music post-’65.

    I actually wonder if the ’60s were better than the ’70s.

    FEd, I remember you said that you prefer the ’60s and I can see why from your lists. I’ll have to check out some of those albums.

    Props for not just listing five Dylan and five Beatles albums times two!

    I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s lists.

    P.S. I thought David rocked on Radio 2 the other night. Thanks for going on, David!

    [I shouldn’t have picked ‘Help!’ over ‘Rubber Soul’, thinking of it, but it boils down to a contest: ‘Yesterday’ or ‘In My Life’? It’s a tough one to call. With Bob, it simply has to be the album with ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ on – possibly the best song ever written, in my opinion. (I do hate to leave out ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, though. There are so many great songs on there…) – FEd]

  11. Very nice lists there FEd.

    Favorites I can think of right now (in no particular order):

    *Simon and Garfunkel – The Sounds of Silence (1966)
    *The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s… (1967)
    *The Beatles – Beatles for Sale (1964)
    *Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
    *Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969)
    *The Who – Tommy (1969)
    *Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
    *The Doors – Strange Days (1967)
    *Cream – Freash Cream (1966)
    *David Bowie – Space Oddity (1969)

  12. Being nowt but a lad and knee-high to a grasshopper, the ’60s (for me) was all about the Beatles… well, until testosterone kicked in that is… 😉

    – The Beatles : ‘Please Please Me’ (1963)
    – The Beatles : ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (1964)
    -The Beatles : ‘Help’ (1965)
    -The Beatles : ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
    Band’ (1967)
    – The Moody Blues : ‘In Search Of The Lost Chord’ (1968)
    – The Beatles : ‘Abbey Road’ (1969)
    – Johnny Cash : ‘At San Quentin’ (1969)
    – Led Zeppelin : ‘Led Zeppelin’ (1969)
    – Led Zeppelin : ‘Led Zeppelin II’ (1969)
    – The Who : ‘Tommy’ (1969)

    I must confess, I didn’t wake up to the Floyd until the early ’70s… Shame on me. 🙁

  13. [… – Jimi Hendrix, ‘Are You Experienced’ (1967) – myself]

    Just read that Mitch Mitchell died today. 🙁


  14. i’m not sure if you’re aware fed but mitch mitchell has passed away (jimmy hendrix drummer) so i dedicate this blog to him if that’s not out of turn.

    i don’t remember much of the sixties as i wasn’t born then, hmmmm, but i’ll come up with some albums later.


  15. For me it has to be:

    1. Pink Floyd – More
    2. The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
    3. The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request
    4. Led Zeppelin 1
    5. The Beatles – The White Album
    6. The Beatles – A Hard Days Night
    7. The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord
    8. The Beatles – Help
    9. Pink Floyd – Ummagumma
    10. The Who – Tommy

  16. My favourite album of the sixties is……………

    Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

    [Excellent choice, sir. – FEd]

  17. The 1960s, most of the best came from latter half of decade when rock and roll became THE ART FORM.

    The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
    The Who – The Who Sell Out
    Jimi Hendrix – Axis Bold As Love
    The Doors – self titled
    The Moody Blues – Days Of Future Passed
    The Beatles – Abbey Road
    Pink Floyd – Ummagumma

    Honorable mention:

    King Crimson – In the Court Of the Crimson King

  18. Fair play to you FEd, it’s not easy to choose just two Beatles albums!


    Please Please Me (1963)
    With The Beatles (1963)
    A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
    Beatles for Sale (1964)


    Help! (1965)
    Rubber Soul (1965)
    Revolver (1966)
    Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
    The Beatles/The White Album (1968)
    Yellow Submarine (1969)
    Abbey Road (1969)

  19. I’ve tried to stick to one album per artist over this sequence which means frankly that the Beatles will be under-represented in this list because there probably ought to be 4 (at least)…

    I will pick my personal favourite.

    Abbey Road
    Tommy (if we can lose “Tommy’s Holiday Camp”)
    Electric Ladyland
    The Doors
    The Velvet Underground & Nico
    Disraeli Gears
    Beggars Banquet
    Highway 61 Revisited
    Led Zeppelin 1
    Jonny Cash at Fulsome Prison

  20. “Yes” – Yes (1969)
    “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” – Pink Floyd (1967)
    “A Saucerful of Secrets” – Pink Floyd (1968)
    “Tommy” – The Who (1969)
    “Ummagumma” – Pink Floyd (1969)
    “Led Zeppelin” (1969)
    “Led Zeppelin II” (1969)

  21. I’m afraid I’m too ignorant to write a decent list of ten great albums from the sixties, but I like:

    – The Doors, ‘The Doors’ (1967)
    – Simon & Garfunkel, ‘Bookends’ (1968)
    – Janis Joplin, ‘Cheap Thrills’ (1968) with her beautiful rendition of ‘Summertime’ by Georges Gershwin.
    – Bob Dylan, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ (1963), the only one I have of him, maybe I should buy others, eh?
    – Serge Gainsbourg, ‘Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg’ ou ‘Je t’aime… moi non plus’ (1969)
    – Jacques Brel, all his albums (‘Ces Gens là’-1966, ‘Les Bonbons’-1964, ‘Le Plat Pays’-1962,…)


  22. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)-Bob Dylan
    Abbey Road (1969)-The Beatles
    Blonde On Blonde (1966)-Bob Dylan
    Pet Sounds (1966)-The Beach Boys
    Lady Soul (1968)-Aretha Franklin
    The Band (1969)-The Band
    Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)-The Byrds
    At Folsom Prison (1968)-Johnny Cash
    Village Green Preservation Society (1968)-The Kinks
    Astral weeks (1968)- Van Morrison

    Here’s my sprinkling of the ’60s although I wasn’t old enough to discover them til the early ’70s! Mind you, it did stop me buying Gary Glitter and and Sweet records! Slade were fab though! (My mama weer all krazy now……I digress!)

    Have a great weekend FEd and all,

  23. All this talk has prompted me to play my old Beatles albums….. Should have mentioned Rubber Soul as it contains “Michelle” (ma belle). How could I have forgotten her?!

    Excusez-moi Michèle.


  24. Sorry FeD, but the ’60s are mostly not for me. Don’t get me wrong, SPECTACULAR decade for single songs; for albums…..not so much. I already know you disagree but, we’ll have to agree to do just that.

    However I do have a bit of random nonsense for you, I wanted to share the ONE David Gilmour moment that will probably stick out most with me for the rest of my days.

    Last year at the American RTN premiere, there was a Q&A portion (you remember) and among the questions the following (brilliant!) dialogue came about:

    Drunken lady: Yes, I have a question; what have you got for our children?
    David: Well, hopefully I will have given them an appreciation for good music.
    Drunken lady: WHAT ELSE?
    David: Hmmm?
    David: My, my, we’re greedy aren’t we?

    A year and some months later and this still makes me laugh, my friend and I reference it ALL THE TIME.

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

    [And some of you still ask me quite regularly why that Q&A wasn’t on the site in some shape or form. Pity. (I actually agree: it was definitely a better decade for singles than albums.) – FEd]

  25. I was born in the beginning of the seventies but I listen music from different decades and for me the second half of the sixties was best.

    This my list (order by year of release, not preference):

    “Please Please Me” – The Beatles (1963)
    “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” – Bob Dylan (1963)
    “A Hard Day’s Night” – The Beatles (1964)
    “The Rolling Stones” – The Rolling Stones (1964)
    “Help!” – The Beatles (1965)
    “My Generation” – The Who (1965)
    “Highway 61 Revisited” – Bob Dylan (1965)

    “Revolver” – Beatles (1966)
    “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” – Pink Floyd (1967)
    “The Doors” – The Doors (1967)
    “Disraeli Gears” – Cream (1967)
    “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” – The Beatles
    “Are You Experienced?” – Jimi Hendrix (1967)
    “Cheap Thrills” – Janis Joplin & Big Brother & The Holding Company (1968)
    “Saucerful of Secrets” – Pink Floyd (1968)
    “Tommy” – The Who (1969)
    “Led Zeppelin II” – Led Zeppelin (1969)


  26. The albums that I listened to most and had the deepest, most lasting impact on me in my mid-late teens:

    Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel ~ 1965
    Bringing It All Back Home AND Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan ~ 1965
    Turn, Turn, Turn, The Byrds ~ 1965
    Rubber Soul, The Beatles ~ 1965

    East-West, Butterfield Blues Band ~ 1966
    Revolver, The Beatles, ~ 1966

    Pleasures of the Harbor, Phil Ochs ~ 1967
    The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen ~ 1967
    Sgt Pepper’s, The Beatles ~ 1967
    Disraeli Gears, Cream ~ 1967

    Astral Weeks, Van Morrison ~ 1968
    Saucerful of Secrets, Pink Floyd ~ 1968
    Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix ~ 1968 (RIP Mitch Mitchell)
    ‘The White Album’, The Beatles ~ 1968
    Beggars’ Banquet, The Rolling Stones ~ 1968

    Ummagumma, Pink Floyd ~ 1969
    Crosby, Still, & Nash, CSN ~ 1969
    The Circle Game, Tom Rush ~ 1969
    Abbey Road, The Beatles ~ 1969
    Leige and Lief, Fairport Convention ~ 1969
    Tommy, The Who ~ 1969
    Retrospective, Buffalo Springfield ~ 1969

    Thanks, FEd. 🙂


  27. The Sixties were fabulous.

    The Beatles-Twist and Shout
    The Ventures-Telstar
    The Ventures-Surfing
    Roy Orbison-Everything he did was magic.

    Jimi Hendrix-Are you Experienced
    Pink Floyd-More
    Led Zeppelin 1

    [I agree about Roy Orbison. His tracks have a timeless quality, don’t they? ‘Crying’, for example, just doesn’t sound like it was released 47 years ago. – FEd]

  28. This is such an exercise in futility.

    I’m going to ignore Floyd. Bah, I’m going to ignore Hendrix, Dylan, Stones and any other of hundreds of bands that would obviously qualify as well. I’m going to pick 10 that I see at first glance from my iTunes library, and I’ll keep them to 1969, just for kicks.

    Zeppelin 2 – 1969
    Skip Spence – Oar – 1969
    Blind Faith – 1969
    Crosby, Stills & Nash – 1969
    The Velvet Underground- 1969
    The Who – Tommy – 1969
    Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – 1969
    Miles – In A Silent Way – 1969 (What the hell. I had been sticking to rock, but Miles was crossing over by then and this is a great album.)
    King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King – 1969
    Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica – 1969

  29. These are a few, non Pink Floyd, I listened to then and still listen to now :

    The Beatles – Revolver
    Free – 1st album
    The Eclection – same title
    Van der Graaf Generator – The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
    King Crimson – The Court of the Crimson King
    Love – Forever Changes
    Santana – 1st album
    John Mayall – The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
    Canned Heat – Boogie With
    Traffic – Mr Fantasy
    The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – same title
    The Strawbs – same title
    Cream – Disraeli Gears

    Have to agree though Fed, ‘In My Life’ is one of the great songs ever written.

    [The Eclection… – FEd]

  30. i don’t have enough cds to create a list here – unless you want a list of all the beatles albums mixed with hendrix and floyd.

    but i think it’s obvious revolver is better than sgt pepper.

  31. Sorry no list from 1960 -1964.

    My list from 1965 -1969:

    The Who – My Generation.
    The Nice – The Thoughts Of Emerlist-Davjack.
    Cream – Cream.
    Deep Purple – The Book Of Taliesyn.
    Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced.
    Jethro Tull – This Was.
    King Crimson – King Crimson.
    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1).
    Ten Years After – Sssh.
    Yes – Yes.

    Gary Hurley,
    London England.

  32. Hi FEd,

    I vote for the latter half of Sixties. So many great albums were released in a few years that it’s hard to choose!

    This is my list, without including Pink Floyd:

    The Beatles – Help! (1965)
    The Who – Tommy (1969)
    Led Zeppelin (1969)
    Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966)
    The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)
    Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
    Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? (1967)
    Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa (1969)
    Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow (1968)
    The Doors (1967)

  33. Some great albums mentioned already that I’d just be repeating.

    Others that I remember being in our house when I was a very, very young child (although, I’ll miss out Val Doonican & The Black and White Minstrel Show) were:

    ‘Mack The Knife: Ella in Berlin’ – Ella Fitrgerald (1960)
    ‘Ideal’ – The Seekers (1967), ‘Morningtime Ride’ was (apparently) my favourite sleepy song.
    ‘Ferry ‘cross The Mersey’ – Gerry and The Pacemakers (1965) ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ awwwwwwwwww.

    …and then there was ‘Pinky and Perky’s Hit Parade’ (1968), least said about that one the better though (I’ve still got the album up in the attic).

  34. I was ready for this!

    I couldn’t find ten albums from the first half of the Sixties so just did one list.

    – Beatles: Revolver (1966)

    – Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
    – Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    – Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (1967)

    – Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (1968)

    – Pink Floyd: Ummagumma (1969)
    – Led Zeppelin I (1969)
    – Led Zeppelin II (1969)
    – The Who: Tommy (1969)
    – Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)

    [Come on, I bet that took all of two minutes. Give us another ten. – FEd]

  35. [Excusez-moi Michèle. – Paul]

    Oh! No need, Paul, ce fut un plaisir!

    Big bisous to you,

    P.S. VENDREDI!!!

    [Oui, et Samedi (ou ‘SAMEDI!!!’ et Bolton Wanderers) demain. J’adore le calendrier. – FEd]

  36. I was there but too young (it’s nice to say that for a change) to have bought any LPs at the time but my post-60s purchases of that era include:

    Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland.
    Best of the Shadows.
    Dave Edmunds/Love Sculpture.
    The Who, Tommy & Live at Leeds.
    Simon & Garfunkel.
    The Monkees.

    Singles (do they count?) bought by my parents that I remember enjoying listening to:

    Freddy & The Dreamers
    The Searchers
    Telstar, the Tornadoes
    My Old Man’s a Dustman, Lonny Donegan

    And am I the only person not to have any Beatles or Stones music?

    [Get in the Naughty Corner and face the wall, young man. Now. – FEd]

  37. [The Eclection… – FEd]

    Australian band I think………..lovely album.

    [I know it. Good call. Nice to see that someone’s put some thought into this. – FEd]

  38. Let it Bleed, Rolling Stones, 1969.
    Are You Experienced, Jimi Hendrix, 1967.*
    Highway 61, Bob Dylan, 1965.
    Hot Rats, Frank Zappa, 1969.
    Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969.
    Sgt Pepper, Beatles, 1967.
    Disraeli Gears, Cream, 1967.
    Blind Faith, 1969.
    Prophets, Seers & Sages, Tetc Rex, 1968.

    *Any of Hendrix’s albums, I keep changing my mind about which is my favourite.

    NOW, I can read what everyone else has said!

    ash X

  39. Do you know what I love about this site and its wonderful inhabitants?

    The shared love of great music.

    I have never heard of the band, The Eclection but I will now go out and get it on this recommendation.

    Thanks Pete!

    [Pick up a few (dozen) copies of ‘Revolver’, too. – FEd]

  40. The early part of the 60s seems to be more an extension of the 50s. The change really did happen around 1964/65 with the arrival of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. And I agree that overall this decade is more of a singles decade than albums. The 70s was the AOR decade.

    Most of the releases from the 60s that I would have on my list have been mentioned already but here are a few that I haven’t seen on the lists yet.

    Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)
    The Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe in Magic (1965)
    Vanilla Fudge (1967)
    Santana (1969)
    Chicago Transit Authority (1969)

    By the way, check out Johnny Cash’s rendition of In My Life. It was on his last album shortly before his death. Very touching and worth the listen.



    [Thanks, Andrew. I will. – FEd]

  41. [Pick up a few (dozen) copies of ‘Revolver’, too. – FEd]

    Could “For No One” be the greatest song of regret ever written?

    Crushing in its solitude…

  42. [Drunken lady: WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU GOT FOR THE CHILDREN?! – Josh]

    I thought she was holding out for a helium balloon (with a wireman and a feather on it) and a lollipop.

    [If only someone had jumped to their feet at this point, and, in the style of Helen Lovejoy, wailed: “Won’t somebody please think of the children?” – FEd]

  43. [Get in the Naughty Corner and face the wall, young man. Now. – FEd]

    Good job I didn’t tell them I had no Dylan either.

    [It gets worse? – FEd]

  44. I think maybe Andrew has “hit the nail on the head” or “spot on” for those in the chatroom last week!

    If you look at any of the album charts for the sixties they mostly come from 1965 onwards. I never realised that one of the biggest selling artistes of the sixties was Aretha Franklin.

    Have a good weekend FEd,

  45. Frank Zappa- Hot Rats (1969)
    The Byrds- The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
    The Rolling Stones-Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
    Captain Beefheart- Safe as Milk (1967)
    Jimi Hendrix Experience- Axis:Bold as Love (1967)
    Jefferson Airplane- Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
    The Small Faces- Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (1968)
    Pink Floyd- A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
    Grateful Dead- Aoxomoxoa (1969)
    The 13th Floor Elevators- The psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)

    Psychedelia, weirdness and guitars.


  46. Here’s a thought to what I posted earlier.

    Albums in the 50s and 60s were a luxury. Many couldn’t afford to buy LPs and that is why singles were so popular.

    Fast forward to 2008. Just like today with Gilmour LIG LP version selling for $100. Few can afford it.

    Funny how history repeats.



  47. [Come on, I bet that took all of two minutes. Give us another ten. – FEd]

    LOL, I can’t think of 10 more, but I also like:

    – Beatles: Rubber Soul (1965)
    – Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
    – Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (1969)
    – Yes: Yes (1969)
    – Pink Floyd: More (1969)

  48. Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets
    Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    Cream – Disraeli Gears
    The Soft Machine 1 & 2
    Led Zeppelin – 1
    Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs
    The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s…
    The Beatles – The White Album
    Iron Butterfly – In a gadda-da-vida
    Uriah Heep – Salisbury

  49. [Could “For No One” be the greatest song of regret ever written? – Parish]

    Agreed – another great song.

    See a few are picking Blind Faith……..a great choice. However I remember (just) Eric Clapton’s view on this album. I don’t think it was one of his favorites.

    I do find it amusing, in a good way, how the artist may not particularly like a record yet the buying public have a different view.

    Ummagumma and David immediately springs to mind.

  50. I found this really hard. I was born in the ’90s, but I love the music of the ’60s and ’70s, especially psychedelic rock.

    Like Josh said, there were great singles but not so many great albums. Early albums by the best ’60s bands were mostly cover versions.

    So I just did one list from 1965 on. My stand-out tracks are shown in brackets.

    The first one’s for you, FED!

    1965: Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (Mr Tambourine Man)

    1967: Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Astronomy Domine)
    1967: Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds)
    1967: Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (White Rabbit)

    1968: The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (Hung Up on a Dream)
    1968: The Beatles/The White Album (While My Guitar Gently Weeps)
    1968: Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (Lazy Sunday)

    1969: The Who – Tommy (Pinball Wizard)
    1969: Santana – Santana (Evil Ways)
    1969: Led Zeppelin II (Whole Lotta Love)

    [Terrific effort, Siôn. Good to see The Zombies in there, you’re the first to mention them. – FEd]

  51. Regarding the early 60s, I was a wee sma’ child with precious little pocket money, so it’s all about AM radio and singles for me. I had ONE Beatles album which I played until the grooves vanished and which now would be worth a small fortune. I wouldn’t sell it anyway.

    Concentrating on albums in the early 60s, save a very few artists, unbalances my memories. I wind up eliminating The Rascals (brilliant), most soul (soul albums, save Otis Redding and some Stax stuff was mostly the hit(s) and a lot of covers) and too many wonderful things.

    I was smart enough, even at the age of eight, to wonder what was wrong with the people at Newport who booed Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”. I thought they were all either mental or hard of hearing. Now I understand the politics and I STILL don’t get booing Dylan for going electric. He was (and is, never count Brother Bob out) one of the pioneers who brought substance to rock. I love him. I’m scared of him, but I love him.

  52. The later sixties…I agree with many albums noted by others. There are others I just don’t like. I’m just not a fan of the Stones or Cream or Hendrix. I’ll have to live with the shame.

    But nobody mentioned:

    Music from Big Pink – The Band

    And they are as close to perfect as anyone’s ever gotten. I hate to see them forgotten, I just do.

  53. [I do find it amusing, in a good way, how the artist may not particularly like a record yet the buying public have a different view. – Pete]

    Many times it has to do with what goes on behind the scenes of making of the record. Was there friction in the band? Personal issues? Addiction? Or did something else happen to taint it?

    David isn’t very fond of Animals or The Final Cut releases either.

    For the longest time the Stones wouldn’t perform Sympathy for the Devil in concert. They didn’t hate the song, it just reminded them of what happened at Altamont.

    And then you just have artist preference. Robert Plant for example has said that he prefers Physical Grafitti over LZ IV.



  54. Here are my 10 in no particular order:

    1. Electric Ladyland, 1968 – Jimi Hendrix
    2. Are You Experienced, 1967 – Jimi Hendrix
    3. Strange Days, 1967 – The Doors
    4. Waiting for the Sun, 1968 – The Doors
    5. Led Zeppelin I, 1969 – Led Zeppelin
    6. Led Zeppelin II, 1969 – Led Zeppelin
    7. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969 – Neil Young
    8. The White Album, 1968 – The Beatles
    9. Abbey Road, 1969 – The Beatles
    10. All Pink Floyd material from the 60s.

    Have a good weekend.

  55. Hi again,

    It’s strange, but I never realized to be so ignorant about early Sixties music! I still can’t find anything to put in my second list…

    Some news about Gdansk: after nearly 2 months, I finally quareled with the man from the music shop. He has many 5 disc editions ordered from Germany, but not one of them has arrived, yet!

    This time I ordered it by myself from Amazon and it should be arriving in 10 days. I should have done it since the beginning!

    Have a good weekend,

  56. My list contains the obvious with nothing original. But they’ve all stood the test of time. Haven’t included years as I think we all know them by now.

    It also doesn’t include Blind Faith, though I had previously considered it for inclusion in the worst sleeve list.

    – Doors, The Doors (I agree, possibly the best ever first album)
    – Songs of Leonard Cohen (or perhaps this is and I am still on a high from witnessing his magic)
    – Led Zep, Led Zeppelin 2
    – Who, Tommy
    – Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
    – Beatles, Revolver
    – Hendrix, Electric Ladyland
    – Velvet Underground, With Nico
    – Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed (Gimme Shelter, the best ever Stones track and therefore one of the greatest – and darkest – pieces of music ever recorded)
    – Neil Young, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

    1966-69 must be the most rapid progression in music that we will ever see. From Good Day Sunshine to Gimme Shelter; amazing. Now we have to wait 4 years for an artist to release an album that sounds the same as their last one.

    [Ain’t that the truth? – FEd]

  57. The Best of Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke ~ 1962
    Love Letters, Ketty Lester ~ 1962

    America, America (movie soundtrack) ~ 1963

    The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan ~ 1964
    The Music of Africa, Miriam Makeba ~ 1964
    Joan Baez 5, Joan Baez ~ 1964
    Meet The Beatles, The Beatles ~ 1964
    A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles ~ 1964
    The Best of Nina Simone, Nina Simone ~ 1964
    12×5, The Rolling Stones ~ 1964

    Music was, and will always be, the one constant in my life … can’t imagine how I’d have survived without it!

    Hey FEd, I’m fully prepared to take on the ’50s as well … are you scared yet?? ;^)

    Peace ‘n’ love!

    [Damn, you’re good… I think we’ll leave it at the Sixties. I feel we’d probably be the only ones to bother, considering just how scarcely a pre-1965 release appears here. Not scared, though. Hit me with them in the chatroom sometime, I’d love to see what you’ve come up with. – FEd]

  58. Going through my collection, most have already been mentioned. One that I didn’t see is Mountain’s first release titled Climbing (1969)…you know, Mississippi Queen. Not a bad song on the album actually.

    Also didn’t spot any B.B. King so I’ll mention Completely Well (the one with The Thrill Is Gone).

    …24 hrs to Dylan…starting to really get pumped!

  59. Three albums that may not have been the best, but they were my favorites:

    Freak Out – Frank Zappa
    The 13th Floor Elevators – Eponymous
    Ummagumma – Pink Floyd

    Frank Zappa is the only one I never saw in concert, but two out of three ain’t bad.

    Adam, did you see Roky Erickson on Austin City Limits?

  60. Off topic, I found Albatross and recognized it right away.

    Now, can we hear David’s version cause I missed it. Please?

  61. Your poll is great – made me chuckle and want to comment – asking DG fans about which half of the 70s is asking Hobson’s choice, or maybe one of those television phone-ins where one of two answers is blatantly and ridiculously wrong (but minus the cheating of course). 🙂

    Hope you’re well FEd, and all the irregulars. I’ve been very irregular but plan to be more regular than I have been for an irregular. 😉

    Life is a rollercoaster, and it’s rocking me all over the place. In the middle of this storm I’m all good, with LiG and the DG and PF back catalogues to keep me sane.

    The real thing is, I’ve not wanted to be here in recent times because it reminds me of Richard. Every album I’ve listened to, from Gdansk to Piper, since he died, has sounded different….or rather I’ve been receiving it differently. I’m sure others here have experienced the same. All part of the process I think they’d say, and I’m just about through the denial phase…hence being back I think.

    All the best, N

  62. The latter part of the 1960s was by far the better part. The music was inspired, heart-felt and wonderful.

    My favorite bands from that era (because I’m not that familiar with the albums themselves, at least not in their original form):

    – Crosby Stills and Nash (for the vocal harmonies)
    – The Doors (for sheer intensity)
    – Derek and the Dominoes (“Layla” is among the best blues/rock albums ever)
    – The Byrds (for the jangly guitars; inspired 80s bands like REM)
    – The Who (“Tommy” works on all levels: as a story, as songwriting, and as music)
    – Simon and Garfunkel (songwriting)
    – Velvet Underground (gritty lyrics set to sweet music)
    – Ritchie Havens (because great songwriting will always get you a place on this list).

  63. The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
    Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967
    The Moody Blues – Days Of Future Past (1967)
    Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (1968)
    Del Shannon – The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover (1968)
    The Who – Tommy (1969)
    The Doors – Strange Days (1967)
    King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969)
    MC5 – Kick Out The Jams (1969)
    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    Have a great weekend,

  64. Hello

    For the early 60s I think it was all 45s and EPs for me (or maybe that was all young people could afford?) so I go with:

    All My Loving EP – Beatles
    Five By Five EP – Rolling Stones
    Anything by Sam Cooke (pure soul genius and NOT a record title).

    Later 60s:

    Live at Klooks Kleek by Ten Years After
    Hard Road – John Mayall/Peter Green
    ‘Beano’ Album – John Mayall/Eric Clapton
    Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
    Truth – Jeff Beck
    Taste – Taste (1969) feat. Rory Gallagher, this is a bit of a cheat, it’s not the best but RG was such a great showman and a lovely person.

    Good Luck. 🙂

  65. 1.- The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1968)
    2.- The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (1968)
    3.- Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland (1968)
    4.- The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)
    5.- Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
    6.- The Beatles – White Album (1968)
    7.- Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
    8.- Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)
    9.- Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1969)
    10.- The Beatles- Revolver (1966)

    Cheers from Venezuela…


  66. My favorite albums from 60s are as follow:

    1. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
    2. Led Zeppelin II
    3. Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
    4. John Mayall with Eric Clapton – Blues Breakers
    5. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – A Hard Road
    6. Blind Faith – Blind Faith
    7. Cream – Fresh Cream
    8. Cream – Disreali Gears
    9. The Who – Tommy
    10. The Moody Blues – On The Threshhold Of A Dream

    Deluxe is dispatched, I will have it on Monday. I had it in my hands in London in HMV at Piccadilly Circus, but had been informed earlier that EMI Music Poland confirmed the release date on 12th of November. Can’t wait.

    [Enjoy it, Tomasz. God knows you’ve waited long enough for it. – FEd]

  67. 1966 seems to be a sort of threshold in music. Whether it was Revolver or Pet Sounds that triggered it, there was a flurry of creativity.

    I might not have a great grasp of early rock music, but I’m having a hard time finding 10 albums pre-1966 (60s or otherwise) that belong on a list. I started to make a list, but then I realized I was just copying yours!

  68. Well Fed, went to Dylan last night. Not having seen him before I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve heard mixed reviews about his live shows.

    Well I’ve got to tell you, I’m totally blown away. By far, along with David’s performance, one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. And I’ve been to many in my 54 years.

    He was wearing his white hat (gaucho style) and definitely playing the good guy as he was animated and really seemed to be enjoying himself. He got up from behind his keyboard many times to take front stage and wow us with his harmonica. We also got an added bonus by him playing guitar on a couple of songs. Couldn’t understand a word he was singing and it was beautiful.

    If you are interested, you can check out the setlist by going on to his website and scrolling down to Kingston after clicking the TOUR link at the top of the page.

    [Thanks, John; I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Good setlist, nice to see ‘Lay, Lady, Lay’ included, although I wonder how many people recognised it. (I had to laugh at your line about not understanding a word he was singing.) By the way, his website is exceptional, isn’t it? Worthy of the man and his music. – FEd]

  69. In no particular order…

    1) Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    2) Led Zeppelin (Zep I)
    3) Axis: Bold As Love (Jimi)
    4) Their Satanic Majesties Request (Stones)

  70. [Many times it has to do with what goes on behind the scenes of making of the record. Was there friction in the band? Personal issues? Addiction? Or did something else happen to taint it? – Andrew]

    Yep, good point Andrew.

    We buy a record at face value not always realising the trials and tribulations in the making of it.

  71. [Good setlist, nice to see ‘Lay, Lady, Lay’ included… – FEd]

    Buddy Guy covered Lay Lady Lay with Robert Randolph a while back.

  72. [By the way, his website is exceptional, isn’t it? Worthy of the man and his music. – FEd]

    Oh! But they have no blog, no chatroom, above all no FEd.

    I was curious and clicked the ‘Community’ link… nothing to do with what we get here!

    …Although I did enjoy visiting the ‘Fine Art’ part of his site, what a complete artist!


    [The way the many volumes of data are presented is very creative and visually interesting. You can lose whole days going through the albums, lyrics, concerts, setlists… You’re able to play any of his songs and there are some marvellous galleries (of film as well as photographs). It’s magnificent and I tip my hat to all involved. – FEd]

  73. [I think we’ll leave it at the Sixties. I feel we’d probably be the only ones to bother, considering just how scarcely a pre-1965 release appears here. – FEd]

    I can’t think of much that I like before 1965. I’d struggle with 10 songs to be honest.

  74. A pre-65 release?

    Ahah! I’ve a good one! lyrics 1871, music 1888… ‘L’Internationale’. What do you think?

    So funny to listen to all these different versions in different languages (click my name).

    “C’est la lutte finale…”
    “So comrades, come rally…”

    Ahah! Viva…?


    [Heck, I like it (and type this with one hand as the other is raised in a clenched salute). I long for the day when workers and “prisoners of want” arise from their slumber. Maybe the (competent… if there are any) Haringey social care workers could start by forcing the vile Sharon Shoesmith to resign from her £100,000-a-year post? I wonder how much it would cost the British taxpayer to coax a half-hearted apology out of her thin, pursed lips for allowing the cruel, agonising death of a 17-month old baby who had been beaten black and blue throughout much of his sad little life – on her watch. Less than what it cost to bail out the bankers, I should hope. – FEd]

  75. I agree with everything you said about Baby P.

    I know you don’t care for the Sun, but they have a petition calling for all social workers involved in the case to be sacked, as well as the doctor and health visitor.

    Click my name.

    [It beggars belief that a doctor can fail to notice that a baby’s spine is broken. I’d be a bit “cranky” if I was paralysed from the waist down and covered with bruises, wouldn’t you? I hope heads roll for this, but I don’t expect they will… Other than the naughty whistle-blower’s, of course. – FEd]

  76. G’day FEd,

    I think that I’ve only got 4 LPs from the sixties, I was born in 63. They’re all Floyd.

    Ummagumma, 1968
    More, 1969

    This one may not qualify as “A Nice Pair” was released in the 80s (I think), but it consisted of “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” and “A Saucerful of Secrets”.

    FEd, I got my “Live in Gdansk” downloads last week. It said to check back every month until September, is that September 2008 or 2009?


    [2009, you’ll be relieved to know. You need to download them all by September 2009. – FEd]

  77. I’m so upset about the death of Baby P. I saw the Panorama special tonight. What a cute thing he was. I don’t read The Sun but I signed their petition. Thanks for the link.

    Sharon Shoesmith thinks she’s not responsible for Baby P’s death! I thought it was her job to protect vulnerable children. She should apologise and resign immediately.

    [Come on now, she has three stars, she’s OK. It’s all about the stars, Catherine… The £100k that, it would seem, is entirely wasted on her each year could surely be put to better use: namely paying for a few more social workers, preferably some with common sense and resilience when they need to be heard, who wouldn’t need to make 60 – Christ, 60! – house visits before the penny finally drops and they remove an at-risk child from a depraved environment. I take the point about social workers being over-worked and under-staffed, of course, but what on earth were they waiting for? The poor mite to be able to spell his abuse out to them? To be able to count his cracked ribs for them? I hope they’re right to blame bureaucracy and dithering, disinterested management for ignoring their findings. And I hope those found guilty of gross incompetence lose their (well-paid, perk-filled) jobs. But most of all I hope that insensitive cowards like Ms Shoesmith, hiding behind her graphs and stars, are tormented by that poor boy’s face until their dying day. – FEd]

  78. [The £100k that, it would seem, is entirely wasted on her each year could surely be put to better use: namely paying for a few more social workers, preferably some with common sense and resilience when they need to be heard, who wouldn’t need to make 60 – Christ, 60! – house visits before the penny finally drops and they remove an at-risk child from a depraved environment. – FEd]

    I completely agree with you.

    I heard about Baby P. yesterday and I felt disgusted, sad and scared, but above all I got angry.

    Everywhere it’s the same, in Italy it’s the same. Unfortunately, this is something I know well.

    I studied to become a social worker, but I still can’t find a job, because there is always no money to take on new workers, while most of the (few) places are taken by blind incompetents.

    It’s too dangerous to let those people in their places! A blind, lazy incompetent can easily become a criminal and Baby P. confirmed it once more, if someone pretended not to see, yet!

    [It’s disgraceful. We pay lazy incompetents, as you say, far more than they deserve while ignoring those who would do the job far better (not to mention for the pride in a job well done rather than any financial perks). Isn’t it always about making money and not a positive difference? – FEd]

  79. Here are my favorite albums of the 60s:

    – All albums of Pink Floyd in the 60s

    – The Best of the Doors – The Doors, 1967
    Standout tracks: The Crystal Ship / When the Music’s Over / Riders on the Storm / The End

    – The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel, 1966
    Standout tracks: I am a Rock / Sound of Silence

    – Days of Future Passed – Moody Blues, 1967
    Standout tracks: Nights in White Satin / The Sun Set, Twilight Time

    – Just For You – Neil Diamond – 1967
    Standout tracks: Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon / Solitary Man / I’m a Believer

    It’s easier for me to name my favorite songs than to name my favorite albums. There are so many singles of the 60s that I love; House of the Rising Sun by the Animals; Black is Black by Los Bravos, Sitting On the Dock of the bay by Otis Redding; Suspicious Minds by Elvis, She’s Not there by The Zombies; Yesterday by the Beatles to name a few.

  80. [I studied to become a social worker, but I still can’t find a job, because there is always no money to take on new workers, while most of the (few) places are taken by blind incompetents. – Alessandra]

    It is the way of the world and it is so sad. Those who could make a real difference at times like this are ignored so that the old order can continue to exploit the system for their own gain (large salaries, nice homes, tea and cake at the Ritz).

    This case has made me so angry.

    [It amazes me that a controller at the BBC can be pressurised into resignation over a (pathetic) joke that offended a stripper and an actor who made his name by offending Spaniards, yet the same middle-management buffoons whose dithering and incompetence allowed another child to die in agony at the hands of abusive adults are somehow beyond reproach. Haven’t we got our priorities horribly wrong? How many more dead children have to shame us into arising from our slumber, to quote ‘L’Internationale’, and forcing a change? We don’t need the self-serving, poncing around on £100,000-a-year salaries, preventing those ‘beneath’ them (in status and salary only, that is, certainly not in intelligence or courage) from doing their jobs properly. We need people who genuinely care and aren’t afraid to rattle cages – and we should pay them well, preferably if it means making useless fat cats redundant. That would make a pleasant change, wouldn’t it? – FEd]

  81. […asking DG fans about which half of the 70s is asking Hobson’s choice, or maybe one of those television phone-ins where one of two answers is blatantly and ridiculously wrong (but minus the cheating of course). – nickster]

    That’s unfair. I couldn’t think of many albums before 1965, so the 60s one was one-sided, but the 70s one was a fair question because there were PF albums in both halves.

    [I’m actually asking music fans to express themselves, hoping to be interested by their reaction and, if you’ll excuse my insolence (well, I have had three years of sometimes entirely predictable comments), I also find it reassuring to be reminded that lives don’t revolve entirely around Pink Floyd. There’s a lot of good music out there and someone reading might care for the recommendation. Frankly, I don’t give a stuff if you fail to mention David’s albums or Pink Floyd’s; I’m more interested in the music of others for diversity’s sake – and am sure that others are, too. – FEd]

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