Recommended Albums: up to 1969

Albums – remember those? No, not necessarily vinyl – I prefer CDs. But I’m talking about a well thought-out and well put-together set of songs by a single artist or group. This is an evolving list of albums that I recommend you check out. These are the “best of the best” – it’s a bit of a cop out to just say “everything by Bob Dylan”, etc. They are ranked (somewhat roughly) within the year of release. If you have a recommendation, let me know!


Moondog [Prestige] (1956)

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959)

The Beatles – Help! (1965)

Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)

The Beatles – Revolver (1966)


Velvet Underground & Nico

One of the most influential blah-blah-blah

Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?

Jimi Hendrix is the ultimate guitar hero blah-blah-blah

The Doors – The Doors

Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Cream – Disraeli Gears

Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

Nico – Chelsea Girl

Country Joe and the Fish – Electric Music for Mind and Body

Love – Forever Changes

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow

The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour

Moby Grape – Moby Grape

Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding

Vanilla Fudge – Vanilla Fudge

Jefferson Airplane – After Bathing at Baxter’s

Captain Beefheart – Safe as Milk

Kaleidoscope [UK] – Tangerine Dream


The Beatles – White Album

Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland

The Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society

Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen

Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets

Wendy Carlos – Switched On Bach

United States of America – United States of America

Traffic – Traffic

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Taj Mahal – The Natch’l Blues

Cream – Wheels of Fire

The Soft Machine – Volume One

Jefferson Airplane – Crown of Creation

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

Silver Apples – Silver Apples

The Electric Prunes – Mass in F Minor

Dr. John – Gris-Gris

The Electric Prunes – Release of an Oath


The Beatles – Abbey Road

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground

Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

The Who – Tommy

Miles Davis – In a Silent Way

Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King

The Kinks – Arthur

Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking

Sly and the Family Stone – Stand

Led Zeppelin – II

Van Der Graaf Generator – The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other

The Stooges – The Stooges

Led Zeppelin – I

Can – Monster Movie

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash

Terry Riley – Rainbow in Curved Air

Kevin Ayers – Joy of a Toy

The Soft Machine – Volume Two

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers

Alice Cooper – Pretties For You

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

Joe Byrd and the Field Hippies – The American Metaphysical Circus

Euphoria – Gift from Euphoria

The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin

Kaleidoscope [US] – Incredible!


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