Friday, April 26, 2013

Favorite Albums of 1966

Yeah, it's been 8 days, not a week. But the NFL Draft started yesterday, so deal with it! Anyway, yeah, 1966. Not nearly as good as '65, a bunch of bands ascending or declining and pretty much nothing on here is the respective group's best work. Anyway, here's the list. Enjoy.

10. Otis Redding - Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul: I'm a big fan of Otis, but this is honestly a fairly middle-of-the-road If I was doing a top 9 for him, it'd probably be number five. A lot of years after this it might not make the list. But it's a solid album. No real standouts, but every song is quality Redding. Also worth note that this is the last album he recorded during his life.

9. The Shadows of Knight - Back Door Men: Yep, another "you've never heard of them" band. This album is basically half dirty blues-rock, and half Byrds-esque. Not amazing, but very enjoyable, definitely worth a listen.

8. Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: I'm not the biggest Simon & Garfunkel fan. I greatly appreciate them as musicians, but I've never loved their music. They're very hit and miss with me. Some songs don't do much for me. But other songs like "Sounds of Silence", "April She Will Come", and "Scarborough Fair" I absolutely adore. And this has the most great songs of any of their albums in my opinion. Most of these songs are musical excellence, but some of them are extremely dull. So it loses a few spots.

7. The Kinks - Face to Face: The first really good Kinks album. Everyone's heard a song or two from The Kinks, but their career as a whole is fairly underappreciated. A lot of these songs kind of blend together, but in a good way. They all flow and almost feel like segments of one huge, great track. They have better, but this is when they started being great.

6. John Mayall - Blues Breakers: A Blues album with Clapton on it. Need I say more? Next!

5. The Beatles - Revolver: Honestly, this surprises even me. A Beatles album at number five?! I should love this album more. Literally 100's and 5/5's across the board, VH1's #1 and Rolling Stone's #3 albums respectively. Apparently it's the Beatles album of Beatles albums. And it is a great album, but it's one of my least favorite. Songs like "Eleanor Rigby", "Taxman", "Good Day Sunshine", and "Tomorrow Never Knows" are all really good Beatles songs, but the rest don't do for me what other Beatles albums do. Maybe it's because it's a Beatles album I'm not in love with, but it just doesn't hit me like their other albums. Still well worth your time though.

4. The Rolling Stones - Aftermath: Another band that finally came into their own. Though this time the opposite of underappreciated. The Stones had good blues rock albums before, but this is the first one that sounded different, it sounded Rolling Stones. Every track is solid and energetic, they'd have better after this, but this is a great start to the Rolling Stones as we know them.

3. Cream - Fresh Cream: Cream is one of the greatest Blues-Rock acts ever. Pure genius songwriting and intrumental accompaniment. Their first album isn't their greatest, but it is great. Every track is solid along with standouts like "Toad", "I'm So Glad", "Spoonful", and "Sweet Wine".

2. The Beatles - Yesterday and Today: No Beatles at number one, who would have thunk it. I definitely like this a lot more than Revolver, but it's still far from their best. "Drive My Car" "We Can Work it Our" "Day Tripper", and of course, "Yesterday" are all classic Beatles tunes. But "If I Needed Someone", "And Your Bird Can Sing", and "Doctor Robert" are also great. Continues this year's theme of "not their best", but still amazing.

1. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds: This is pretty much the only album that could have been number one. Well-regarded as the best album by one of the best bands of their era, and one of the more renowned ever. It takes the excellent experimentation started on "Today!" and perfects it in every way. Every song is excellent, classic rock and roll. Widely considered one of the greatest albums ever, and for good reason.

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