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Old 10-15-2008, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My Top 4 Favorite Albums of Each Year

I thought about doing one of the "100 Favorite Albums Ever" threads, but I decided to do something a little different. It'd be nearly impossible to perfect the order of such a list, but ranking my four favorite albums of each year (I'm doing four so that I can do one year in each post) wouldn't be nearly as difficult. Anyway, I'll start with 1966, as many here might not care about anything earlier.

1966:

1. Sun Ra - The Magic City

Possibly the greatest jazz album ever in my opinion. Years ahead of its time.

2. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

One of the most flawlessly beautiful pop albums ever created. A masterpiece.

3. The Beatles - Revolver

This is the album that got me into music. I realize now that it's not the greatest album ever (or near being), but it'll always have meaning to me.

4. Monks - Black Monk Time

An incredibly simple, yet incredibly fun garage rock album that is often called "the first punk rock album". I don't know about that, but here it is.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1967:

1. Captain Beefheart - Safe as Milk

Captain Beefheart's real masterpiece. A perfect blend of blues, garage rock, and weirdness.

2. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

Probably the most influential record to come out of the 60s (although I prefer White Light/White Heat).

3. Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen

A beautiful folk masterpiece. This eclipses anything Bob Dylan ever did, in my opinion.

4. Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece. I fell in love with this on my first listen. Just great.
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4. Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece. I fell in love with this on my first listen. Just great.
Might be the most overrated album on MB. Still an excellent album though and I love Barrett.
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1968:

1. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

To me, this is TVU's masterpiece. Not even their debut could prepare people for this.

2. Nico - The Marble Index

This is perhaps the masterpiece of any of The Velvet Undergrounds' members' solo careers. Dark, haunting, and beautiful.

3. The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle

Perhaps even more beautiful than Pet Sounds, I don't know. A masterpiece of 60s pop. I was obsessed with this a few years ago.

4. Silver Apples - Silver Apples

Way ahead of its time. I guess it sounds like the 60s, but at the same time it sort of doesn't. A true gem.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool list so far, I've wanted to do this myself for a bit, but I don't know enough music to do that. Some years I only own 2 albums that came out, and some, (1974 and 1982) I don't own any.

Keep in mind I don't have speakers on my computer, or a CD burner, and when I get music I have to walk 3 miles to the record store. Woe is me
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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1969:

1. Gal Costa - Gal

The masterpiece of tropicália, in my opinion. Gal Costa was influenced by bands like Jefferson Airplane, which I think helps it hold up so well.

2. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

This is, in my mind, the true masterpiece of prog-rock, not some Pink Floyd record. Definitely one of the best albums of the 1960s. Beautiful.

3. Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago - Comme à la radio

Although it's hard to say, this might be the best project the Art Ensemble of Chicago involved themselves in. Definitely should be better known. Seems to stand the test of time remarkably well, too.

4. Catherine Ribeiro + 2 Bis - Catherine Ribeiro + 2 Bis

Definitely an overlooked masterpiece of the 60s. It's a shame so many people give USA's album more credit over this.
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Might be the most overrated album on MB. Still an excellent album though and I love Barrett.
Obviously we have a difference of opinion!
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Is your avatar an indication of albums to come streetwaves?
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Is your avatar an indication of albums to come streetwaves?
It's at least an indication of one album to come!
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Nice! I love Pere Ubu.
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