Monthly Archives: February 2013

Beggars Banquet

The Rolling Stones (1968) I’ll address a popular untruth first: this record is NOT a nonstop hard rock behemoth. But it did more or less invent hard rock on a couple of its songs. (“Sympathy For the Devil” counts as … Continue reading

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The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

The Kinks (1968) Master songwriter Ray Davies created hard rock and Britpop without hardly trying. But that was on earlier, patchier releases like Face To Face and The Kink Kontroversy. The Kinks – the most underrated band in history, and … Continue reading

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Days Of Future Passed

The Moody Blues (1967) Days Of Future Passed contains some of the best and worst music of the 1960s. Fortunately, most of it skews toward being great. The Moody Blues, a progressive British pop group, were exploring full orchestral and … Continue reading

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The Piper At the Gates Of Dawn

Pink Floyd (1967) Warning: This is VERY different from the band Pink Floyd would become in just four years. At this point, the group was led by creative (and, unfortunately, literal) madman Syd Barrett, and that psychosis definitely shows. This … Continue reading

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The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground (1967) The year was 1967. While everyone else was being deep, transcendental, and orchestrated, the Velvet Underground was the only band around who was real, raw and strung out. Under the tutelage (and sound engineering) of Andy … Continue reading

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Younger Than Yesterday

The Byrds (1967) Folk music in general would be best represented by a certain meek duo a couple years later, but the Byrds warped the genre into a sound entirely their own. At first, they represented its more traditional roots, … Continue reading

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Absolutely Free

Frank Zappa And the Mothers Of Invention (1967) The band’s previous record dabbled in obfuscation, but this release increases the weirdness exponentially by devoting itself completely to atonal arrangements, obtuse irony, classical structure and motifs, nihilistic avant-garde production, and a … Continue reading

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