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Top '60s Music - Everyone Else's List is Wrong

Anthony Nonymous "alieninvader"
The list author says: "Looking back at this music, you can get an appreciation of how good it was, and how good the production values were (for the most part). And back then, you could hear most of this music on AM radio. I was in my teens in the late '60s, and I woke up for school in the morning to "W-A-Beatle-C" from New York, which is now the home station of sociopath Rush Limbaugh. But back in the '60s, we loved Cousin Brucie and Dan Ingraham and the rest.

Despite the good music on the radio, anyone who was around in the late '60s will also remember how all the movies and TV shows from that period would have party scenes with this totally clueless made-up go-go jet-setter music that bore no resemblance to radio. Perhaps it was because the corporate music weenies didn't want people to go out into the streets and riot, maybe it was Richard Nixon. Who knows.

We were all curious about the hippie stuff going on in San Francisco, but there actually was a pretty good counterculture scene in New York City (good enough to skip high school for, and take the train in for the day). Anyone remember Cheetah magazine?

See my '70s list at http://www.amazon.com/lm/1BEI849ZSI1AN and my Live albums list at http://www.amazon.com/lm/R3DIAH4YC8TJLU"
The White Album
The White Album
"Come on, now.  How can anyone NOT have this album in a top music list?  One of the top popular albums of all time.  Every bit of it is genius.  Anyone who is into ambient should give Revolution 9 another listen."
Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland
"I thought that the first side of this album was pretty much throw-away, but looking back now, the whole thing is just great.  And you can use Audacity to glue together that  first part of 'Rainy Day Dream Away' (which annoyingly fades out into '1983') with the remainder of the song (which opens side four 'Still Raining Still Dreaming')"
Wheels Of Fire
Wheels Of Fire
"Came out in 1968, when there was a lot of experimentation with three-person bands - Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix Experience... Half studio, half live.  I was driving from the Adirondacks to Boston on I-90 one Saturday, and an Albany radio station inexplicably played this album from start to finish.  Just as the last song was ending, I lost the station."
Number 5
Number 5
"This album was years before Steve Miller went commercial.  We couldn't quite square with the comment in the liner notes "God Bless Richard Nixon" at the height of the Vietnam War, however."
Blows Against the Empire
Blows Against the Empire
"Amazon lists this as a Paul Kantner album but it's really an agglomeration of the Jefferson Airplane with Jerry Garcia and the Crosby and Stills portions of CSN&Y"
Revolver
Revolver
"This CD is actually a combination of the two 1966 albums that came out between "Rubber Soul" and "Sgt Pepper": "Yesterday and Today" and "Revolver."  Nearly all of these songs became top 40 hits.  "Yesterday and Today" was infamous in the same sense as Clapton/Winwood's "Blind Faith," in that the original album covers of both were censored and replaced for US release."
Their Satanic Majesties Request
Their Satanic Majesties Request
"This was the Stones' answer to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper," and a total anomaly compared with the rest of the Stones' music.  A lot of people didn't quite get it because the music was a lot darker and expansive.  Amazingly, "She's a Rainbow" was a top 40 hit.  Another one that wowed me after years of not having heard it."
Led Zeppelin 1
Led Zeppelin 1
"This was more a blues album than it is a "Led Zeppelin" album, but still has many of their hallmarks.  I pulled into a gas station one day where this was playing, and told the attendant that it was good to hear it.  He said "Oh yeah, my dad listens to this a lot" - my wife has NEVER let me live this down."
Beggars Banquet (Remastered)
Beggars Banquet (Remastered)
"This one came out just months after "Satanic Majesties" and you'd never know it was the same band.  It came in the midst of a string of great albums that started with "Between the Buttons" and (IMHO) ended with "Sticky Fingers."  After that, the music was good but was strictly commercial."
Strange Days
Strange Days
"I used the lyrics for "When The Music's Over" as an example of modern poetry in a high school English class and got detention for a week.  Several of these songs became hits but don't let that deter you - it was a time when being a hit was because it was a hit, not because of some corporate weenie."
Buffalo Springfield Again
Buffalo Springfield Again
"Another one of those bands that spawned a whole rock genealogy: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Poco, the Eagles...  This album requires some patience.  The opening song "Hello Mr Soul" is like someone waking you up from a sound sleep with a flashlight in your eyes, but it gets better quickly."
On the Threshold of a Dream
On the Threshold of a Dream
"One of the albums that earned the Moody Blues their reputation, a string of albums that began with "Days of Future Passed and ending with "Question of Balance.""
Tommy
Tommy
"The only version of "Tommy" worth having - the others were rip-offs."
Cheap Thrills
Cheap Thrills
"Great Robert Crumb album cover.  Hard to decide whether I like this one better, or "Pearl" or "Kozmic Blues" - all good.  She flamed out way too soon."
Gris-Gris
Gris-Gris
"You can just imagine Dr John and his friends on the night of a full moon conducting rituals at the grave of Marie Laveaux the Voodoo Queen in New Orleans."
Rides Again
Rides Again
"The 2nd James Gang album - the first, called "Yer Album" is just as great.  This is what Joe Walsh was doing before his solo career and his time with the Eagles"
Bookends
Bookends
"Iconic duo from the '60s, with a string of great albums that also includes "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Sounds of Silence," "Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme"....  Does anyone know what Art Garfunkel had in his ear?  Was it earwax? Boogers? Earworms?  A mystery."
The Who Sell Out (Remastered)
The Who Sell Out (Remastered)
"This album was supposed to be like an English pirate radio station, with little "wonderful Radio London" station jingles between the songs. Their next album was "Tommy"  The last song on this album, 'Rael.' had the same musical theme as Tommy's 'Underture.'  This album is MUCH better in mono (instead of stereo) if you can find it."
Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home
Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home
"If you go see Taj Mahal in concert now, he will tell you at the beginning of his show that he absolutely refuses to play any of this music any more.  After 40 years, he wants to move on, I guess"
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's
"Another one of those artists whose music was part of the sound track for those times.  Good to see that she is healthy again."
Cosmo's Factory
Cosmo's Factory
"Of course everyone called this one "Cosmos (without the apostrophe) Factory."  This one did not have the bathroom on the right."
Time Peace: Greatest Hits
Time Peace: Greatest Hits
"Can't you remember all of these songs playing on the radio while you were building model rockets as a teenager and slicing up the table in the process?"
Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits
Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits
"One of the few black groups that found its way into the suburbs back then.  Great albums included "Riot Goin On" and "Stand""
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago Transit Authority
"The drinking age in New York state was 18 but we were all underaged.  Someone knew a store that didn't check ID, in Johnstown.  After about three cases of Genessee Cream Ale (or was it 12-Horse?), while stopped for a light, we heard a band in a bar that did a really good cover of Chicago. The cops surrounded us, and we spent the night in jail. (This is the ONLY good Chicago album)"
Blood Sweat & Tears
Blood Sweat & Tears
"After hearing them a million times on the radio, it was strange to hear instrumental breaks that lasted more than five seconds in the middle of "When I Die" and "You Make Me So Very Happy.""
Incredible Soul Collection
Incredible Soul Collection
"More of our radio sound track from the '60s.  Being a white boy from the suburbs, I know this misses a lot of the good music."
Gun
Gun
"The very definition of obscure!  But if you are into '90s Seattle grunge, this will appeal to you too."