AOTY 2021

The history of the albums

This list includes in chronological order the important and unavoidable albums. A list updated regularly

Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
88
Among the most influential artists in history, we find the lyricist, songwriter, singer and pianist Laura Nyro, one of the queens of Pop Soul and Singer-Songwriter. She was known for merging the introspection of folk with R&B (as a whole), Jazz and Rock, which shook up the way of writing and broke the stylistic boundaries that were very closed at the time. That is to say that at the time, to caricature, there was the rock band, the Soul/Rhythm and Blues icon, the folk/blues singer with his/her guitar and the Jazzmen in their corners, but the hybrid aspect that we find omnipresent today almost did not exist. On top of that, her vocal performances built around a three-octave mezzo-soprano vocal range and her piano skills helped embellish this modern formula. However, despite her enormous legacy, highlighted by many artists such as Elton John, Carol King, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Patti Smith or Todd Rundgren (The Who), the New York artist is still very little recognized and not very popular (only 100,000 listeners per month on Spotify for example), especially because her greatest hits were interpreted by other artists. It is high time to pay tribute to one of the most brilliant female composers and singers of all time through an album as classic as it is irresistible: Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, released in 1968... to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/34674-eli-and-the-thirteenth-confession/
The Mothers of Invention - We're Only in It for the Money
90
To summarize, The Mothers Of Invention, led by the legendary Frank Zappa, had just released a first album that was a commercial failure, despite what it would become afterwards, that is to say a classic and pioneering album. The Californian band created their own style, the very opposite of counter-culture, constantly drawing satires on an Experimental Rock background of which they are one of the precursors. Despite the failure and the lack of means proposed by the label, Zappa and his band recorded in November 1966 a second album "Absolutely Free" (which will be released in May 1967) in an almost impossible timing. As a result, Zappa will do everything to push his formula to its paroxysm by accentuating the experimentation and the shock-value to make it more reserved and sophisticated. He introduces 3 additional musicians in the group Don Preston, Bunk Gardner and Billy Mundi. He then relegates Ray Collins to secondary singer, becoming the main one and develops notably new musical directions what makes Absolutely Free, the first Jazz-Rock album of all times. We find there notably excellent songs like Plastic People or Brown Shoes Don't Make It. An important and fabulous album as a whole, but I preferred to tell you about We're Only In It For The Money (1968) because it seems to me more significant.. to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/6383-were-only-in-it-for-the-money/
Various Artists - 2001: A Space Odyssey
93
2001: A Space Odyssey is a soundtrack as classic as it is exceptional, comparable to the best film music of all time. Beyond the pure content and success of the film, this soundtrack has forged its legend by being totally different from what was usually done. Indeed 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for revolutionizing the use of music in a film and also for its unique way of choosing compositions. Prior to 1968, film music focused primarily on 2 models. The first one is best known as the Show Tunes, also used in theater and musicals, with songs/musical parts that are an integral part of the story. The Film Score is the second widespread model for which composers and artists compose an original music on a global theme that fits the film. We found there notably Ennio Morricone, the inventor of the Spaghetti Western, Bernard Hermann, John Barry, Michel Legrand, Maurice Jarre or The Beatles, Elvis Presley in a popular register. However, in 1968, the history of cinema music will change forever, with the arrival of the "Soundtrack" that 2001: A Space Odyssey will highlight as the main precursor. The difference that the Soundtrack offers compared to the Show Tunes or Film Score, is that a soundtrack includes songs or artists licensed, often external to the creative process of the film and whose songs / compositions already existed before. Today we even find soundtracks inspired by the film with songs that do not even appear in the film... to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/74719-2001-a-space-odyssey/
Dr. John - Gris-Gris
86
Let's face it, R&B hasn't had such a zany and eccentric popular personality since Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Dr. John is something of an anomaly in music history although he absolutely deserves his place. Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, a.k.a Dr. John, is one of the few white artists to make a place for himself in the Rhythms and Blue music pantheon. Obviously it is difficult to compare Dr. John to some legends like James Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin or Beyoncé because he is a UFO who is mostly recognized by the specialists. Known mainly for his stagecraft and his eclectic and atypical musical style, Dr. John has built an amazing career to get famous titles, from the Grammy Awards to his place among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over a 50+ year career, Dr. John made history with his eponymous persona, a sort of voodoo singer/musician who was his most important concept. Originally from Lousiana, Rebennack developed a fascination for a local religion called Lousiana Voodoo. In a few words, I could say that it is a religion of African origin that merges several principles of different religions practiced by groups or sects rather self-taught and isolated. Rebennack therefore created a fictional voodoo character who acted as a seller of gris-gris to his followers to protect them. Thus was born the concept of one of the classics of R&B/Rock music, "Gris-Gris" released in January 1968.. to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/17381-gris-gris/
Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal
85
Today we are not going to make a guided tour of an Indian monument, we are going to dive into the analysis of an icon of the Contemporary Blues which bears the same name: Taj Mahal. At the end of the Sixties, the movement of the Blues Revival had of course considerably faded because its inheritance is from now on completely incorporated, like the DNA, in the Pop Rock with in particular the Blues Rock, the Hard Rock, the Acid Rock, the Psych Heavy etc... unlike the Country which will know it a kind of period of rebirth. However a great number of excellent albums categorized as Chicago Blues label will be born in the middle of the Sixties until the New Wave at the end of the Seventies. This is the case of the eponymous album of Taj Mahal. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Taj Mahal has built his legend around several points that distinguish him from others. First of all for his atypical way of applying the fingerpicking, and especially because he is recognized as one of the precursors of the opening of the Blues towards the fusion with the music of the world. Ironically, Taj Mahal has mostly known success in the 90's by winning Grammy Awards, thanks to his more international vision of the Blues, while the album that we are going to study today is literally opposite, in a more traditional register. However, it must be said that this eponymous album is in my opinion the best project of his repertoire, which explains why we revisit it now... to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/61835-taj-mahal/
Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
82
Through a seminal album Vincebus Eruptum by Blue Cheer, we're going to take a look today at both a pioneering Bay Area band and also at the history of Heavy Psych, a rather short underground musical trend that spans only 4 years (from 1968 to 1972) but whose influence is very important for the future. I don't know if we can define Heavy Psych exactly as a big cousin or rather as one of the spiritual fathers of Heavy Metal or Stoner Rock/Metal, but it is certain that there is a link. The first traces of Heavy Psych go back to the year 1967, with bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Vanilla Fudge or Blue Cheer that set the ingredients of this musical style. The psychedelic era gave birth to many derivatives like Hard Rock, Acid Rock and then Heavy Psych, all influenced by Blues Rock which could be confused by their many similarities. Let's say that Heavy Psych can be simply translated by its name, that is to say crushing psychedelia, articulated around riff and very languid improvisation. Whereas Hard Rock is more raw and energetic, and Acid Rock offers more surrealistic sounds. You will have understood the difference between Heavy Psych and Acid Rock is almost derisory. Anyway, the influence of Heavy Psych started to be felt directly and quickly on the Metal birth scene, and then more indirectly on the Punk, Alternative and more contemporary Metal scenes (especially Doom Metal). Blue Cheer is also recognized as the leader of the Heavy Psych (and that's probably why we made the difference with the other close styles) because the band had an absolutely atypical signature. To go further, the band's music was so deafening and loud for its time that Blue Cheer is often considered as the pioneer of heavy metal since 1968. Despite their impact, the Blue Cheer experience will really spread from 1968 to 1971, ... to continue
full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/7317-vincebus-eruptum/
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
96
What better way to start the year 1968 than with an ultimate classic offered by one of the greatest bands of all time: White Light / White Heat by the famous Velvet Undergound. Small reminder for those who need, The Velvet Underground are today cultissism notably by their genius and their enormous influences, but it is necessary to repeat that this New York group, composed in other base by Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico and managed by Andy Warhols in person was so underground and in margin of the others that their first album was a commercial failure. Not only that, the first self-titled album was accompanied by legal and internal problems. Apart from the musical content, the situation was not going to get any better. In fact, despite the leadership of Lou Reed and John Cale, the Velvet Underground drew its success at the time from the figure of Nico, artist and model who also had a solo career in parallel. It can be said quite clearly that a large part of the listeners of the time found that the attractiveness of the group was based mainly on Nico. Anyway, the members of the band end up having a falling out with Andy Warhols, firing him for his lack of involvement, which leads Nico to leave in his turn to follow another career direction. In 1968, The Velvet Underground was thus a group metamorphosed compared to their beginning, and will be also a group different from the one which will come from the following album. The album White Light / White Heat is already unique by this fact. After several tours, the album will be recorded in September 1967 on 2 days of sessions and released in January 1968, accompanied by the famous producer Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, Mother of Inventions..) who strongly believed in the potential of avant-garde band... to continue..
full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/6359-white-lightwhite-heat/
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
97
The Quebec native is without question one of the greatest musical legends of all time, a monument that no one will forget. This is the story of Leonard Cohen, poet and novelist before one of the most marvelous voice and pen. Even before being known, Leonard Cohen was a case apart, a UFO of the UFO, he will remain so forever. Great traveler, innate vagabond, Leonard Cohen flourished in the curiosity and the culture that he stored up. With his intellectual genius and his way of analyzing the world, Leonard Cohen broke taboos by never shying away from expressing an idea in his work. He acted like a psychoanalyst poet, never afraid to touch a sensitive point. While only starting out in music at the age of 33, Leonard Cohen revolutionized Folk music (and music as a whole) by offering sophisticated and complex poetry like never before, while embodying a new style of crooner/songwriter whose signature remains unmatched. To understand it, we have to go back to his beginnings in 1967, in the middle of the revolutionary years for the "Pop Rock". Only Bob Dylan and Paul Simon really resisted the rise of Rock, even Jazz was going through a delicate transition period at that time. The arrival of Cohen was a major turning point in the history of music, with a personality capable of rivaling Dylan, a UFO among the popular competition. Moreover, even Dylan (who is his major influence) will fall in total admiration of him. Obviously Leonard Cohen is also a huge career, a repertoire of songs and albums absolutely divine. His influence will be amazing and omnipresent, with notably Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Scott Walker, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Nick Drake or Joni Mitchell. We will revisit today one of his most symbolic works, his first album Songs Of Leonard Cohen, released in December 1967.. to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/6079-songs-of-leonard-cohen/
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
92
In the space of a few months, Jimi Hendrix went from a struggling and utterly misunderstood artist to an icon of high standing. In mid 1967, Hendrix released Are You Experienced, a near perfect debut album that showed just how much he had concretely revolutionized the world of guitar and beyond by establishing himself as one of the pioneers of new musical genres such as hard rock. Once you know all this, you can finally get into Axis: Bold as Love, a second album released at the very end of 1967, as if one album wasn't enough. It is certain that 1967 remains the pivotal year for Hendrix and his comrades Noel Redding / Mitch Mitchell that the album Are you Experienced will be a consistent commercial success that dominated the charts, except Sgt Pepper's of the Beatles but it must be said that it was mission impossible for a young band of this caliber. Hendrix's strength has always been his respect for the legends, this cult of tradition and influences allowed him to learn and shine in his turn. Thus, Hendrix decided some time after the release of Sgt. Pepper's to pay tribute in his own way by covering the eponymous song in front of the Beatles themselves. Paul McCartney was so enamored with the guitar hero that he lobbied hard to have The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Monterey Pop Festival, the big festival of the day, the event that changed a career forever. Of course, the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was a huge springboard for Hendrix, so much so that the band's performances made it a legend. Imagine for two seconds what that means. In the middle of Summer Of Love, Hendrix not only embodied this trend but also represented the black community to the world (and let's not forget that in Pop Rock.. to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/5705-axis-bold-as-love/
Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
86
In the middle of 1966, Bob Dylan was affected by a kind of burn out, totally exhausted from the life of an artist. At the same time, Dylan had imposed his leadership for 5 years, revolutionizing the music world several times. Blonde On Blonde (1966), the third part of his holy trilogy, symbolizes the moment when the Dylan of his heyday began to be lost, and it coincides with his personal life when he was close to a nervous breakdown. Unlike all the bigger bands of the time, with 2 or even 3 iconic members in the same unit, Dylan was alone and the weight of the pressure was much more difficult to bear. Like any human, Dylan ended up being weary, and only methamphetamine could ease his pain. That's why Dylan's motorcycle accident, which he miraculously survived in July 1966, sounded like a real revelation, allowing him to begin a long, much more discreet period where he would just concentrate on his artistic and personal life. A change of life meant artistic reinvention. Dylan took advantage of the visit of his live band Hawks (later known as The Band) to work on new songs, as well as a film project with D. A. Pennebaker. They then isolated themselves for a few months in Dylan's house which will give birth to a collection of songs self-produced and published only from 1975 on The Basement Tapes. We can distinguish then the evolution of Dylan for a more Roots and Country sound, as well as a more introspective writing and rooted precisely in some things of more traditional. The work provided on The Basement Tapes are in fact the premises of the new stylistic period of Dylan which extends concretely until Infldels (1983) when he tries another approach closer to the sounds of the 80s.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/5681-john-wesley-harding/
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
82
In The History of The Albums, it is necessary to know how to make choices and Their Satanic Majesties Re-quest is the perfect example. Simply, because Their Satanic Majesties Request is without question the most controversial album in the Stones' repertoire since it divides opinions. You could say that's part of the reason for this choice. In fact, I think that most of the band's fans would have rather chosen Between The Buttons, released the same year, and I can't really prove them wrong. However Their Satanic Majesties Request is a UFO that symbolizes many things and this is what I will try to show you. The album Aftermath (1966) marks the time when the Stones pass in their second career period, the Stones have finally concretized their music on the LP format, conquered America with Satisfaction/ Pain It Back and finally we can see an artistic progression as remarkable as palpable. So far, the Stones continue to play brilliantly as (almost) direct competitors with their friends the Beatles and the future seems ultra promising. Frankly, everything was going well for the Stones, the singles were successful, always placing high in the UK and US charts, no shadow on the horizon. However, at that time, everything was changing very quickly and the Stones were forced to continue to grow and to meet the expectations of a more and more demanding public. The phenomenon of counter-culture, especially psychedelia, was so omnipresent that the majority of popular bands of the time were interfering in this inevitable sphere. The Stones will then really begin their psychedelic transformation with Between the Buttons, released in January 1967, a crossever Pop Rock album quite clever that ensures the transition between Blues Rock and Psychedelic Rock, showing that the Stones could also adapt to the air of time.. to continue..
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/5443-their-satanic-majesties-request/
Kaleidoscope - Tangerine Dream
83
In the middle of the sixties, the psychedelic scene gave birth to three music groups called Kaleidoscope, and when you look at them without paying attention, there is a lot of confusion. In reality there is a world of difference between them. If a similar situation would happen nowadays, we would find it a bit crazy, as if three bands with the same name released an album within a few months of each other in the same musical genre. Fortunately for the time, these bands were so far apart geographically that nobody had heard of each other. The first Kaleidoscope was an American band from Southern California, formed in 1966 and led mainly by multi-instrumentalist David Lindley and Chris Dar-row. Although they released some interesting singles and albums, the Californians were mostly known on the local folk circuit and left a memorable mark, since the band was able to offer such an eclectic music that crossed many borders. Let's just say that the passion that animated them was a rich, uninhibited, creative folklore. On the other hand, the American band was very attached to the authentic and to their roots, accomplished and talented musicians who became studio references later on. The second Kaleidoscope is a relatively short-lived band from Santo Domingo in terms of record releases. Particularly energetic, their music was very distorted and surrealistic, which can be found on their only eponymous album. However, the band and the album we're looking at today will be British, heading to London because it's probably the most sensible choice. The London quartet is a treasure of the psychedelic era, known only by specialists and the underground, yet it is highly recommended not to make the mistake of missing it. In a few words, if you are building a psychedelic record collection, Tangerine Dream is clearly a must have.. to continue..
full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/139546-tangerine-dream/
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
91
There are artists or bands that have changed the history of music forever, but remain far less known and renowned than their spiritual children, the importance is not to ignore it. Moody Blues is this kind of pioneer band, as generally many of the sixties generation that established significant foundations, thus drawing the Pop Rock we know today, simply by their innovative and creative vision. In the middle of a revolutionary period, the Moody Blues succeeded in the feat (see the miracle) of placing themselves next to visionaries and geniuses like the Beatles, Brian Wilson, Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd or Frank Zappa, that is to say in this high category of artists whose common qualifying adjective is based on this sufficiently explicit term: "Art". It is necessary to understand that 1967 is a year deeply marked by the psychedelic movements and also by the emergence of the Hard Rock as a prediction of the future, what makes of Moody Blues a true UFO, simply because it is a pop group mainly articulated around a sophisticated orchestration. Although Moody Blues is more logically classified as a Baroque Pop band, their singularity, their avant-garde vision and their genius have simply allowed the band to leave a crucial mark as one of the precursors of Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock (and Symphonic Prog), Rock Opera and Progressive Pop. On the contrary, the Moody Blues participated in the conceptual, philosophical and spiritual evolution in the writing and composition of the songs, thus complexifying the work of structures of the latter. Their influences are therefore titanic (even if they are not the only ones responsible), including absolute examples like Yes, ELO, Genesis, Deep Purple, Supertramp, Queen, Jethro Tull, Alan Parsons, Barclay James Harvest, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Renaissance, Gentle Giant and even later with Arcade Fire or Radiohead... to continue..
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/36238-days-of-future-passed/
The Who - The Who Sell Out
88
Some time after the release of their first successful album My Generation, driven by the eponymous song, the most sulphurous popular band of the moment was about to enter a pivotal year 1966, where they could have clearly lost their skins. That is to say that their behavior was very close to triggering an irrecoverable explosion. First of all, the Who had to face the label problems with Talmy/Brunswick. An artistic conflict had erupted, causing the Who to rush the production and completion of their first album because of the need to quickly capitalize on the emerging success. After weeks of legal battles, The Who signed with Reaction and released a first single Substitute in March 1966, a strong symbol of the artistic independence that the Londoners advocated. Despite this new start, the internal conflicts within the group become more and more pronounced and violent, leading regularly to fights, including the assault of Townshend on Moon with his own guitar. On the verge of breaking up, fate would bring Moon back to find another opportunity, but nothing presented itself to him. To remedy this, the Who's manager imposed on the band to establish a minimum threshold per album of 2 songs per member. Then the band had to face the cancellation of the television show Ready Steady Go where they had a significant place and notoriety that allowed them to feed their popularity. If the Who is again a national success with Substitute, the group must imperatively launch out to con-quer the American public if it wants to follow in a first time, to pass a course in a second time. The Who will thus participate in the famous Monterey Pop Festival. Against all expectations, the Who succeeded in winning the festival and went on an American tour.... to continue..
full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/5611-the-who-sell-out/
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
96
Although they had abandoned live performances and tours to focus on their creativity, the Beatles never stopped working. You have to realize how incredible 1967 was for them, with one of the best albums of all time, Sgt. Pepper's, a handful of miraculous singles and finally a movie and album called Magical Mystery Tour. It's just a few statospheric things that are basically beyond us. In a burst of creativity, the Beatles were already working on 2 movies and their soundtracks (Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine), the day Sgt. The 4 boys had no time, they had to prepare the future. Let's go back a little to understand it... We are at the end of April 1967, the album Sgt Pepper's was finished only a few days before the Beatles started to work on the music of Magical Mystery Tour, dedicated to a movie imagined and thought by Paul McCartney. Moreover for the annecdote, it is the eponymous song of opening of the film which will be worked in very first as symbol of this new project. Especially pushed by the 2 leaders Lennon/McCartney, the Beatles were going through an era of productivity and creativity without precedent. Magical Mystery Tour is an absolutely mysterious film that doesn't really make sense. The idea was to follow a band on a bus, surrounded by strange characters, where every situation is even stranger. Basically the creative process of this film was to make sure that "no one would know in advance what will happen". Despite the massive ratings when it first aired, this overly experimental and amateurish film sounds like a real turnip. However, if you are a fan of cinematic delirium, I strongly advise you to take part in the adventure. What is important to specify is that this film translates in a certain way the current phenomena of psychedelism, the use of hallucinogenic drugs as well as the Summer Of Love through an experimental attempt too messy.. to continue..
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/8935-magical-mystery-tour/
The Bill Dixon Orchestra - Intents and Purposes: The Jazz Artistry of Bill Dixon
89
Improvisation is like an organ for Jazz music, it is even crucial to the beauty and complexity of this genre. If we continue with human comparisons, improvisation can be compared to the emo-tional state of an individual, as versatile as sometimes uncontrollable, but in any case it trans-lates into an atypical attitude that is different from control. I think that one of the first great revolutions in jazz took place in the post-war period when improvisation, no matter how important, was literally introduced as a natural element. Since then, Jazz has been able to surpass the limits to become one of the most refined and subtle music of all time. It is now possible to understand how improvisation is present in a work and to what degree, with the help of a few simple notions. On the one hand you have a mostly controlled, almost dictatorial jazz where the composer (and usually the frontman as well) gives all the elements to his collaborators, with a few specific liberties. This form has faded a lot with time, especially in the Post-Bop period in the 60s. On the other hand, the emergence of the Avant-Garde Jazz currents has of course opened up new possibilities for artists, such as Free Jazz, which overall offers more artistic freedom than constraints. At the extreme, Free Improvisation (which is not limited to Jazz) developed in the 60's for this time a 99,99% free content. However there is a last classification which will emerge in the years 70/80 named Conducted Improvisation, that is to say a kind of Free Improvisation directed by a conductor, a composer or/and a frontman in order to be able to control and make evolve the work towards precise points. Once again, this method does not avoid (and it is... to continue..
full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/244773-intents-and-purposes-the-jazz-artistry-of-bill-dixon/
Pedro Iturralde - ¡Jazz Flamenco!
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¡Jazz Flamenco! is an obscure treasure reserved for certain purists and some specialists of Spanish music. Let's say that above all it is the kind of work that has a mainly national notoriety. A surprising discovery that I wish to share with you through a dedicated episode. As its name indicates, this album is the precursor of a new musical style called without detour Flamenco Jazz that gave birth after to the Nuevo Flamanco, whose characteristics are just as simple to understand. Without real surprise, this current was born by the pioneers Pedro Iturralde and Paco de Lucía at the end of the 60's, when they decided to give a new life to the traditional Flamenco style by incorporating Jazz styles, such as Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban and the arrival of Jazz Fusion. In itself, this new style can also be defined simply as the modern evolution of Flamenco, as a necessary intermediary to traditional music nowadays, with significant nuances but not revolutionary. The Jazz Flamenco developed from the end of the 60's until the 70's before taking a more amplified turn in the 90's with the explosion of the Nuevo Flamenco. Without ever having really found its place on album or single format, the Flamenco Jazz blossoms especially in live or on the radio, however there are a handful of very interesting references to be remembered, of which this precursory album that we will study today... to continue..
full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/361936-jazz-flamenco/
The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
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This episode is probably one of the most significant of the 60's for popular music, not in the purely musical sense, nor in the album format, but in the role of the music and entertainment industry. While Rock and Roll definitely changed the music of young people around the world in the 1950s, the music industry regularly looked for innovative approaches to capitalize on the money and create highly profitable products. The phenomenon of Beatlemania in the 60's totally gave the music industry a run for its money, offering multitudes of opportunity and collateral business ambition. Throughout their existence, the Beatles have always controlled the leadship despite the competition, becoming the first group of artists 100% artistically free but under contract. Otherwise, the others were almost all subject to constraints and obligations for whatever reason, or conversely some recognized in retrospect had no success at all at the time. It is those who have the money who pull the strings, it is as old as the world. Today, this is still more or less the case, this time with the independents. In an effort to provide a parody and spectacle for the general public, The Moonks are a totally prefabricated group to become the American Beatles' television darling. Ironically their success was so incredible that they managed to become part of music history with members who were mostly actors, rather than musicians or singers. This phenomenon is a revolution in itself, since The Monkees is the first iconic prefabricated group, and certainly the first one created for television, anticipating all the phenomena of the 80's with MTV until now with the reality shows. A pure fiction that ended up becoming real over time as the Monkees became competent musical artists...
to continue.. full review https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/11138-pisces-aquarius-capricorn-jones-ltd/
McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy
92
If the second half of the 60's overshadowed Jazz because of Pop Rock, that doesn't mean that some legends were not born there. Pianist McCoy Tyner is the perfect definition of a crucial influence of this period but also afterwards for modern Jazz. In my opinion, McCoy Tyner is even more than that, he is without question one of the greatest pianists in the history of Jazz, just like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, or even Herbie Hancock, without having the same popularity, nor the same myth. Yet McCoy Tyner was simply out of this world. He excelled because of his distinctive personality, his technical innovations, and his vision of the game that placed him among the exceptions who forced others to sit down and learn from him. With his hypnotic aura, McCoy Tyner handled elegance and purity with such mastery that rarely have I felt such comfort, such beauty when listening to a jazz record. I will even say that he is perhaps the most elegant pianist of all time. Sincerely, it transcends me so much that it compensates systematically when its author offers us more forgettable works. Contextually, McCoy Tyner was not as famous as Herbie Hancock or Chick Corea, but it is necessary to specify that they drew some of their fundamentals from the former. For those who don't know, we are referring to absolutely important references in the history of jazz. Before becoming an accomplished leader and frontman, McCoy Tyner made a name for himself by working with John Coltrane as a valuable sideman, an essential element in the quartet's success. After this fluctuating adventure, McCoy Tyner first made an indelible mark with The Real McCoy, one of the masterpieces of the Post-Bop period.. to continue..
full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/33322-the-real-mccoy/
Cream - Disraeli Gears
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Cream is the embodiment of a legendary trio shaking up the codes of Rock forever. Disraeli Gears remains as its spokesman. Formed by guitarist Eric Clapton, singer and bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker, Cream is known first and foremost for being the very first "Supergroup" of all time, a term given to a group made up of already famous musicians. Clapton was already considered one of the best guitarists with his experiences in the Yardbird and John Mayal's band (Bluesbreakers). The other two came up through one of Alexis Korner's underground groups before forming The Graham Bond Organization. Not to mention that Bruce was even a member of the Manfred Mann. In itself, I think the term Supergroup is a bit of an exaggeration, since only Clapton had a significant popular following. On the other hand, if the history will know more prestigious "supergroups" if we base ourselves only on the line-up, Cream remains the symbol of this new phenomenon. The Cream adventure will have lasted only 2 years, since the group will end up not getting along anymore because of a too overloaded common lifestyle, but the British brought so many things beyond their content. One thinks inevitably of their way of playing very strong, amplified in disproportionate ways for the time which owes them the nickname of Power Trio. Cream knew how to reformulate a mixture of Blues Rock and Psychedelic Rock to become one of the major pioneers of Hard Rock. To illustrate my point, you only have to look at all the Blues Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artists/bands from the late 60's to the 80's to see Cream in their genes as a fundamental base... to continue
Full review : https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/7019-disraeli-gears/
AMM - AMMMusic
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AMMMusic is a significant sonic adventure for the history of music, in the sense that this work is the founder of Free Improvisation on album format (LP). Of course, the history of Free Improvisation was not born with AMM, but a few years before. This genre is actually based on a fusion between Indeterminacy and Free Jazz. The first one is a sub-genre of contemporary classical music and Avant-Garde, led by Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage from the 50's onwards, which already consisted in using destructuring, unpredictability and improvisations in which their compositions took shape. The second one also appeared in the 50's, when some jazzmen left the codes and influences of "bop", "swing" to deliver a freer music, even without any constraint. If you mix these 2 roots, you get Free Improvisation whose exact origins are often attributed to the English guitarist Derek Bailey in the mid 50's, but it is especially at the beginning of the following decade that the genre started to take a form stable enough to be qualified as such. Although this movement is globally, it is especially in Europe that the main pioneers emerged, including Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Gavin Bryars, Alan Watts or the French Jean Dubuffet. They are the ones who created the first works in album format, but in my opinion it was AMM who knew how to turn the genre around so that it could grow as an entity in its own right...
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Love - Forever Changes
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Sometimes you shouldn't trust appearances, especially when they are deceiving. As its name suggests, Forever Changes changed the history of music forever, as a major element of the musical revolution, however it must be understood that this masterpiece was a huge commercial failure when it was released in 1967. Love is about love, but mostly about failure and breakup. Love sounds like the perfect band for the summer of 1967, but it's mostly its dramatic vision. Before Forever Changes was revered for its true value, it had all the makings of a curse. In fact, the failure of this one is the trigger of the end of the band, at least of the original line-up, since only its leader Arthur Lee will continue until 1975, what for finally. Instead, Arthur Lee will continue his descent into hell, ending very quickly in oblivion. At least that's what we thought. Certainly, Love never really knew success, even with its singles, it was above all a misunderstood, innovative, wild, exotic group for which only an underground public was ready to welcome them as it should. Not to mention the fierce competition, the fact that Love didn't like to leave the Californian scene for tours and finally that the band was multi-racial, a real brake in this sad context of the time. However if the life of all the members of Love changed after this album, Forever Changes directly marked the blow with more prominent artists like Pink Floyd, Traffic or Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. But it is especially later towards the years 80/90 that the artists of the second psychedelic wave (and to the dela) will dig up Forever Changes like a relic absolutely vital to their development and their inspirations..
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Carlos Paredes - Guitarra Portuguesa
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Today we are going to dive into the Portuguese music through one of the most important albums in my opinion: Guitarra Portuguesa. Released in 1967, this album is like the cornerstone that will lead to the peak years of the musical style. Traditional Portuguese music is of course distinguished by several sub-styles, of which Fado is one of the most widespread and popular. To understand it, we have to go back to the Baroque period when Portugal obtained its independence from Spain in the 17th century. Lulled then by a mixture of medieval music like polyphony, Arabic music and several Spanish folkloric styles, Portugal will logically decade after decade develop its own style that will give Fado, a folkloric music played on the guitar (or several guitars), sometimes accompanied by singing. Some music historians compare Fado as a kind of folk/blues fusion in the soul, notably because it embraces nostalgia and by the way it is played. Since the 19th century, Fado has become an essential part of the country, mainly in the big cities of the country, including the capital Lisbon. However, it is in the 20th century that the Portuguese music will know a new significant evolution because of the historical and political context of the country, then affected by the dictatorship from 1926 to 1974. Like Brazil, Argentina, Cuba and the surrounding countries, the 60's marked the emergence of committed and protesting music that was called "Música de Intervenção", directly from the roots of Fado and its cousin "Fado de Coimbra". One of the most popular and protagonist of this movement is known as Carlos Paredes, one of the greatest Portuguese guitarists in history, although he always dissociated music and politics from its content...
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Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again
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The adventure was only temporary, only 2 years and 1 month, but Buffalo Springfield is an ultimate reference of West Coast Rock, as much for the band as for the members who founded it. Influential actor of Folk Rock, Country Rock and Psychedelic, the Californian group is a mix of Americans and Canadians who initiated the beginnings of Stephen Sills, Neil Young or Richie Furay. The latter will mark the history in a more significant way in various formations thereafter, like "Crosby, Stills & Nash", "Neil Young and The Crazy Horse", and "Poco". Although Buffalo Springfield is the premise of a brighter future, it is important to note that their impact is far from negligible. The band relied on a crystalline sound invented by the Byrds to further develop the Californian sound that would later become timeless. Thanks to this, Buffalo Springfield knew how to leave a heritage and a basic content for the history of the rock. Besides, the group did not delay to know directly the success the year of their formation in 1966 with For What It's Worth, a cult standard. However it is especially with their second album Buffalo Springfield Again in 1967 that the group will really mark the spirits before dissolving the following year, because of internal conflicts marked by problems of uncontrollable addictions and by the animosity of the egos. This is obvious when a band is composed of 3 talented composers like Stills, Young and Furay, which reminds us of the similar scenario that the Byrds experienced with the departure of Crosby...
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The Doors - Strange Days
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The very end of 1967 marks the moment when Jim Morrison, bad boy and icon of Californian counter-culture sex appeal, slips almost definitively into the dark side. It can be described as a combination of triggers. To understand the importance of the chapter that will forever change the future of the band, we must go back to the night of December 9, 1967 during a Doors concert in New Haven, Connecticut. It all began when the unpredictable Jim Morrison found himself sharing moments of love with a fan a few moments before the concert, when a policeman who surprised them ended up spraying the band's leader with tear gas, unaware of who he was dealing with. This leads to an overheated concert, first by the expectation of the fans because of this event, and then by the fact that Jim Morrison will improvise an anti-police song live on stage, which will lead to chaos. Morrison is immediately escorted from the stage by the police, towards the police station, which inevitably provokes the anger of the crowd. This event was not the first, but it is the symbol of the beginning of the descent into hell of Jim Morrison, uncontrollable who never knew how to digest the success, the glory and even less the orders. Thus begins the period where Morrison will plunge into the consumption of drugs and alcohol in a significant way. The beginning of the end..
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The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
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The story of the Beach Boys, led by Brian Wilson will turn from dream to nightmare. Smiley Smile is the symbol of a triggering of cause and effect that will make the band slowly lose the leadership they had acquired. To understand it, Brian Wilson had just created Pet Sounds in 1966, a marvel of pop music considered one of the greatest albums of all time, one of the most influential as well, without much help from the rest of the band. He had recently left the Beach Boys to tour, while he worked like a druid to concoct the magical content of this period. However, against all expectations, Pet Sounds had a mixed release with the critics and especially this album had become their lowest selling album, which led their label Capitol to review their strategies with the Californians. Of course, Brian Wilson, confident of what he had really achieved, supported by some important artists who had made Pet Sounds, logically wished to continue in this creative way. Impossible then to return to the mainstream state of mind of their beginnings. Unfortunately, everything did not go as planned, to our great delight...
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The Kinks - Something Else by The Kinks
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Something Else illustrates the time when the Kinks were becoming more and more an exception among exceptions. To understand it, the beginning of the era of the revolutionary years, spreading from 1966 to 1969 would give birth to a great number of artists/groups logically important in the development of the music. A movement originally linked to 3 very important factors, the British Invasion, the popularity of Pop Rock and the social and societal transformation thanks to the counter-culture. All of these phenomena, in correlation, have allowed this surge of creativity that definitely change the face of popular music. When we study their career in retrospect, it is difficult to really understand the situation of the Kinks, main actors of the British Invasion, passed from world star to national because of various hazards if we rely only on the wonderful content that they offered every year until the 70s. In fact, we have to take into consideration that the Kinks were banned from the US market since 1965, which explains why from the single Waterloo Sunset (1967) to Lola in 1970, the Kinks didn't place any single in the American charts. Moreover the revolutionary era saw the birth of a great number of American artists as much on the forefront of the scene as in the underground, thus reshuffling all the cards of the music industry market, where the English will terribly lose speed in their post-British Invasion renewal. That is to say that apart from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Kinks, few British bands manage to compete commercially on an international level with the new faces emerging. That's why the Kinks are in a particular situation, based on a more national market, even if it doesn't mean that they have no international audience..
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Léo Ferré - Léo Ferré chante Baudelaire
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It was time for me to dust off Baguette Et Béret for a kind of love letter. The star of the day was Léo Ferré, a prolific monument of the French-speaking world, as versatile as he was exceptional. For all lovers of fine music, the Monegasque native was a brilliant poet, a singer with an angelic voice, sometimes a songwriter, sometimes an interpreter, sometimes both, and even more so a musician who eventually became a conductor. For those who don't know, Léo Ferré is part of the pantheon of musical artists, joining Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, George Brassens or Serge Gainsbourg. In addition to his deeply rich, subtle, intoxicating poetry, Léo Ferré was also a committed artist, a politician close to the people and defending their interests. Musically, Léo Ferré is a legend for having offered and/or interpreted some of the most fabulous songs of the country, even expanding internationally, even trying his hand at Italian music, which he took from his origins. It is often described that his influence is based on the spirit of surrealism and musically on the links that he has woven with Expressionist Music, a current of Modern Classical Music that extended especially in the first decades of the 20th century..
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Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Safe as Milk
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Experimental Rock ? Art Rock ? Blues Rock or Free Blues ? Jazz Rock ? Psychedelic Rock ? In reality, no one knows how to classify Don Glen Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, one of the most zany, creative and influential avant-garde artists in the history of rock, just like his friend Frank Zappa. Captain Beefheart is the kind of character you can't make up even if you wanted to, an anomaly that made him one of the most surreal and delirious specimens of his generation. Beyond the mysteries that surround him and that make him extremely intriguing, Captain Beefheart went his own way, followed by his group The Magic Band for a few decades until 1982, always conversing an impressive popularity for such an atypical and avant-garde character. Besides his personality, Captain Beefheart is best known for his work Trout Mask Replica (1969), which divided opinions with an impressive polarity, but it is also important to talk about his ability to break the boundaries of styles to achieve a unique signature in any element of his music (writing, vocals, rhythmic, musical interpretation etc..). Captain Beefheart is probably one of the most influential artists and even to this day in an indirect way. To understand him, his impact was immediate from the 60's on the underground scene and with the artists who make up the revolutionary years. Then the 70's mark a new course in his influence, first of all by the Experimental Rock, the Proto-Punk, the Jazz Rock, the Krautrock, the Post-Punk and even if we want to push further until the middle of the 80's with the Post-Hardcore and the Alternative Rock..
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Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello
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The name Buckley resonates in the history of music as a kind of curse, similar to what we find in Greek tragedy. Endowed with a pure voice, as embellishing as singular, Tim Buckley was one of its geniuses gone too soon, at only 28 years old, victim of an overdose. The destiny did not stop there, since his son Jeff, also recognized singer, will know him an accidental death in a drowning at the age of 30 years. A tragedy accentuated by the fact that the separation/divorce between Tim Buckley and Mary Guibert, will make that Jeff will have seen his father only once in 1974 some time before the tragedy. In addition to his vocal and speaking talents, which spanned several octaves, mixing influences such as Bob Dylan, Lead Belly, Fred Neil and Jacques Brel, the young prodigy Tim was also a remarkable guitarist and a wonderful songwriter/poet. In the space of 9 years, Tim Buckley was able to evolve his formula, approaching different musical genres/styles from different universes to create each time his own signatures that allowed him to sound like something we had never heard. Although complex for most of the public of the time, his second album Goodbye and Hello, made and finished at the age of 20 in 1967, remains the work that brought him to the attention of the general public, even reaching a place in the Billboard. This is really where it all began. In the middle of "Summer of Love", Tim Buckley will revisit and advance the Folk Rock established by Bob Dylan and the Byrds, the Psychedelic Folk taken from the underground or from more popular personalities like Donovan to make it majesticg...
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Don Cherry - Symphony for Improvisers
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Don Cherry is like a pure diamond that shines with his perception of space and his dazzling virtuosity. Unfortunately stopped at the age of 58 by cancer, Cherry is one of the greatest trumpet players of all time, against all expectations, recognized to have marked the Jazz (and beyond) of his indelible mark for multiple reasons. First of all because Don Cherry is an absolutely atypical multi-instrumentalist, especially for the trumpet "family" although it has extended to multiple relatively exotic instruments. To put it simply, Don Cherry is not a technical musician in the same way as Miles Davis or John Coltrane, his strength lies above all in the emotion and the expressions that he manages to transcribe in his playing. One could think that it is simple, but the nuance is more delicate, like a kind of magic which would come to make his signature so fantastic. Don Cherry has always had to fight to be understood, even by the greatest like Miles Davis who took a long time to finally realize his talent. In fact, Don Cherry was too different, perhaps too far ahead of his time. Known for his "pocket cornet" playing and influenced by the greatest trumpeters of the Bebop/Cool Jazz era such as Clifford Brown, Fats Navarro, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Art Farmer or Ravi Shankar (in a more global way), Don Cherry is recognized as one of the pioneers and proponents of Free Jazz in the 60's, then of Spiritual Jazz/Jazz Fusion/World Music during the next decade. As Symphony For Improvisers that we are going to study today is a Free Jazz album we are going to focus mainly on this musical style, although it has mostly shone afterwards, because I think we tend to neglect its importance...
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Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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August 1967, dear journal, I saw a live performance by aliens

Presenting Pink Floyd seems so trivial that it is a monument, especially when talking about one of the most notorious bands in the history of Pop Rock. Suffice it to say in a few words that Pink Floyd is a London band that is very often considered "the greatest band of all time", especially for its work from the late 60s until their peak in the 70s. Pioneers of Space Rock and the early foundations of Prog Rock to become one of its most significant proponents, the band is surely one of the biggest influences in music with legendary members like David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Syd Barrett and Nick Mason. More precisely, Pink Floyd is a group of musicians that can be characterized as "intellectual" and that has greatly participated in the musical revolution of the 60's until acquiring a status almost approaching divinity in the mid-70's. Building an outstanding discography and selling hundreds of millions of albums, Pink Floyd is also one of those bands/artists that brought a superior dimension to Rock in many fields, experimentation, sound dimension and structures, writing, themes and concepts, as well as on stage with absolutely insane live performances. So we're going to revisit the most important chapters of their history, starting with their first album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, a primordial element of the 60s. It's as if Pink Floyd had sown the first seeds of a future empire...
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Arthur Rubinstein - The Nocturnes
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The Nocturnes, composed by Frederic Chopin and performed by Arthur Rubinstein is one of the most famous albums in classical music, yet one can only think that beyond the fabulous content of this work, classical music of this type and the LP format do not go very well together. This episode will therefore be dedicated to the analysis of this album but more widely to the status of classical music in the history of albums. If you are familiar with my series, you probably noticed that there are very few episodes about classical music, not because it's not important but rather because it's complicated to judge objectively such works. If we put aside film music dealing mainly with classical music, Neoclassicism, Serialism as well as the last generation ensemble called Contemporary Classical Music from the 50's until today, many LP's are the work of an interpreter and/or an orchestra that revisits in their own way compositions of much older authors, often dead for at least 50 to 100 years. How to judge therefore beyond the fact that the simple performance of the interpreters the work of the greatest composers of the history? This is a relatively complex question that can ultimately be explained by more subjectivity than objectivity. On the other hand, given that the legendary composers could not be filmed, or at least captured in the moment as we can do today, are the works of outstanding musicians like Arthur Rubinstein done precisely so that we can travel for a moment centuries back in time to revisit this great era (musically speaking of course)..
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Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign
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Although according to me, Albert King does not enter the 10 most important bluesmen of the history, but at least in the top 20, one cannot dispute on the other hand the influence which it had, its atypical signature in particular by the "bending", and especially the fact that it was one of the most popular artists of the kind Blues. What is rather surprising when one thinks about it, it is that Albert King is originating from the second wave Electric Blues of after the war, beginning in the Fifties but recognized in reality only from the Sixties after the period of Blues Revival, which in oneself is some things of rare. In addition to the similarity of the stage name, Albert King managed to join B.B. King's overwhelming popularity for the genre to become one of the best guitarists in the world, surfing between Electric Blues and Soul Blues until 1992 over a 40 year career. In addition to his guitar genius, he was also nicknamed The Velvet Bulldozer, characterizing his voice, as well as the side job as a bulldozer driver he had when he started his career. While Rock & Roll was changing in the 60's, Albert King is known to have influenced major artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayall's Bluesbreak, Joe Walsh of the James Gang, Mike Bloomfield, Booker T. & the MG's and Junior Wells. Albert King's imposing discography highlights a few landmark albums, such as I'll Play The Blues For You (1972), Live Wire/Blues Power (Live-1968) and of course his greatest work Born Under A Bad Sign released in 1967...
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The Red Krayola - The Parable Of Arable Land
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The feat realized in 1967 by the Texan trio Red Krayloa/Red Crayloa demeures one of the most significant underground symbol of the Rock music. However, apart from a few famous critics, this innovative masterpiece remains very little represented, even evoked in books or in the rankings of must-have albums. Let's just say that it is an unforgivable mistake. Red Krayloa were visionaries, main actors of the Avant-Garde who have the merit to be still active, although they have not released anything since 2010. Not only they are part of the pioneer bands of Experimental Rock, Sound Collage and Free Improvisation incorporated in Pop Rock, but they are also known to have established with years of advance some of the bases of Noise Rock and Industrial Rock. So I let you imagine the number of spiritual and incalculable children they are responsible for. It may not be as musically brilliant as the legendary bands/artists of that time, but this album must be placed next to classics like Revolver/Sgt Pepper's, Freak Out, Velvet Undergound & Nico, and so many others like for example The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators quoted every time as a reference when they are almost next door and deserve almost as much. I think above all that Red Crayloa is a victim of their too experimental content for the time, of a misunderstood creativity that probably exceeded the limits of the Rock boundaries, as something reserved for the purist or those who are not afraid to swim in a dominant complexity...
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Duke Ellington - The Far East Suite
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Undeniably passionate, this monument of music named Duke Ellington has crossed the history of Jazz, as if he had been there from the beginning to the end of the last but one revolutionary area. To imagine what this means, consider that Duke Ellington died of cancer at the age of 75 in 1974, with exactly 50 years of career behind him. During his lifetime, this legend was involved in all the different jazz movements, except for Nu-Jazz, from Dixieland to Jazz Funk. By way of comparison, not even Louis Armstrong managed to achieve such a long and significant longevity. Longevity is only one proof in itself, however, Duke Ellington has always revolutionized or been among the best in any jazz genre/style he has undertaken: Dixieland, Swing, Big Band, Third Stream, Vocal Jazz and even Hard Bop. In my opinion he is without question the greatest "actor" of the Big Band movement. To add even more to all this, Duke Ellington delivered a phenomenal quantity of classic albums, solo or in collaboration, and above all dozens and dozens of Standards which still travel the music today...
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The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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June 1967, dear journal,

If the main concept of History of The Albums is to be believed, Sgt Pepper's would make a great final chapter for this series, not because it is the best album of all time (because it isn't), but because it is the definition of the term "studio album format" par excellence. The glory of Sgt Pepper's is explained beyond its extraordinary musical content by the symbols it gives off. For this reason, it enjoys an absolutely unanimous reputation on the "album" aspect, although it may not be considered one of the best of all time, nor even the best of the Beatles' discography. The importance lies in understanding the idea of what I am saying. First of all, Sgt Pepper's is the symbol of the peak of Psychedelic music, socially articulated as one of the key figures of the counter-culture, of the baby-boom generation at the very dawn of the Summer of Love [link n°1 below of the review]. This masterpiece represents in fact one of the monuments of the pop culture, both in the imagery, in the themes as well as in the contemporary musical inspiration very wide from the end of the 19th century until the 60s. For this, the Beatles imagined their 8th album around an elaborate concept album, under the name of a group called Sgt Pepper's to give a more general dimension to the idea of pop culture and counter-culture. In itself, although there are already albums drawn to a specific concept, Sgt Pepper's brings a higher dimension to it than it had ever reached, which is why it is considered the first concept album of all time. In order to make things more wonderful, in the image of their personalities and finally of this young generation fed by culture, Sgt Pepper's was built like a work of art, from the cover to the concept, in the smallest detail. These are just the highlights, here is a conceptual analysis of why Sgt Pepper's is a revolutionary monument..
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
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May 1967, dear diary, the day the world discovered one of the greatest Guitar Hero

While there are so many things to tell, from the crucial information to the most insignificant anecdote, it's crazy how much one faces a blank sheet of paper when writing about Jimi Hendrix, as if paralyzed by the legend he embodies. Honestly, I didn't know where to start and then I said to myself: "beyond the divine reputation he has as a guitarist, what does Hendrix represent the most? ". I came to the conclusion, what is "Rock" in capital letters without Hendrix? Like any massive evolution in the history of anything, it is always the episode of a revolution that upsets everything in its path. At a time when popular music was experiencing its golden age of revolutions, Jimi Hendrix embodied one that will remain indelible forever. First of all for the history of the guitar and specifically of its electrification. If the previous "traditional" decades had offered revolutions, mainly by the Blues, as well as the Folk/Country/Jazz, by the acoustic and multiple techniques, it is then the second phase that we will know in the 40s with the electrification which will give birth a decade later to the Rock & Roll..
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Country Joe & The Fish - Electric Music for the Mind and Body
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April 1967, dear diary,

We are only a few months away from one of the most symbolic movements of the year known as "Summer of Love", the most important counter-culture event that will change the world forever, both socially and humanly, much like Woodstock did. One of the major bands of this event will be there, to support other phenomenon of San Francisco, Country Joe & The Fish who have just released their first album Electric Music For The Mind And Body. Summer of Love is a symbol that goes beyond the hippie movement, beyond the stereotype of the marginal cleavage that the beatniks represented in its paroxysm. It is an absolutely innovative and experimental social experiment in which thousands of people will meet, students, middle class people, tourists or even soldiers to live the liberation of traditional morals. To understand this, you have to go back to the epicenter of the Bay Area, in San Francisco or Berkerley, where volunteers experimented with drug use, free love, feminism or anti-war protests. It all started in the heart of the nascent underground counter culture community, initiated by another pioneering event last January called Human Be-In in the heart of Golden Gate Park Polo Fields, where strong beatnik community personalities, artists and intellectuals started the premises of what 1967 will represent..
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James Carr - You Got My Mind Messed Up
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March 1967, dear diary, it's time for me to share one of the R&B treasures of this delightful year.

Legend has it that in Mississippi and Tennessee, one of the most wonderful voices in soul music resonated through Toshiba 3 Way transistors, car stereos, and on live stages in the American South. This beautiful, rocky, ultra-penetrating voice was capable of making you tremble with emotion, so much so that the shivers would invade your entire body as if it could physically touch you. It is one of his voices that best defines what we call Soul today, and more precisely Deep Soul for the purists. Of all the incredible talents of the time who shine brightly on the spotlights of the general public, on the contrary what excelled in the shadows, there was this voice so singular that only James Carr had the secret, a gift from heaven that you must listen once in your life. James Carr is an extraordinary singer, a sumptuous baritone who has always been an outsider in the soul world, never recognizing the glory he deserved. Yet his work during the second half of the 60's is a chance for us listeners, as there were finally not many of them. Mainly known for his 2 standards The Dark End of The Street and You've Got My Mind Messed Up, James Carr unfortunately did not have such a prolific and long career as he was destined to, fading away in the early 70's as Soul and R&B were moving into a whole new dimension. James Carr was a victim of his own mental health, always struggling with a deep malaise and uncontrollable bipolarity that literally prevented him from flourishing. His state of health prevented him from consolidating his talent on stage, which is a real brake to become famous, and it is moreover this factor which ended up that he gave up his career...
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Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser
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How can one be considered as one of the greatest geniuses in the history of jazz, but still be neglected? We may think that it is paradoxical, even impossible, yet this is exactly what Thelonious Monk represents in my eyes, the ugly duckling of the pantheon of the « high farmyard » of Jazz. History has its reasons that we can't explain, while there are some who are touched by grace, others unfortunately never had this chance. Can we think for a second that Monk can compete with the holy trinity of John Coltrane/Miles Davis/Charles Mingus? Or can we understand why we prefer the formidable Art Blakey/Max Roach, the creative Ornette Coleman or the tragic Eric Dolphy? And to think that I haven't mentioned legends like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker or Lester Young, rightly revered by their legacy. In my opinion, he does not demerit.Thelonious Monk is typically the archetype of a genius pianist and a visionary composer who is never unanimously accepted, simply because he is too atypical, too different, sometimes embarrassing. Monk's signature is based above all on a very brutal, aggressive, rather repetitive playing, articulated on a way of composing and improvising so distinct, technical and complex that has the gift to put off the listener or on the contrary to seduce him totally. While all of these elements may explain this situation, Monk is also a victim of the fact that none of his works have known the same notoriety as those of the holy trinity, while Brilliant Corners or Monk's Music are absolutely wonderful albums..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/87765-straight-no-chaser/
The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
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Sunday morning,

Once upon a time there was the story of the greatest irony of all time in music, known as The Velvet Underground. A bohemian group of avant-garde artists and thinkers that no one calculated at the time, really no one. Over time, they went from being a group of enlightened artists to one of the most important and influential bands in the history of music, not by a simple change of heart or by a click, they always had it in them but nobody was ready to understand it. Today the eponymous album with the banana is surely one of the best album of all times, without forgetting the rest of their repertoires that people have learned to discover only in a retrospective way. Imagine now, this person or this artist who was almost the only one to be convinced at the time that The Velvet Underground had revolutionized music and that everyone had to laugh at them. You know that little "geek" or hippie complement that was properly mocked and that must have been a crazy ally. Well it is time today to pay tribute to them. We think about them a lot...
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/4205-the-velvet-underground-nico/
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
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The exercise of paying tribute to a legend such as Aretha Franklin is something that is underestimated. Not because of a lack of information, on the contrary, but because it's hard to find the right words and not to repeat yourself. Imagine that we are talking about a precocious child prodigy with an extraordinary voice, who took her first steps as a gospel singer in churches to become the biggest superstar of soul music. Aretha is, of course, a breathtaking career and record of achievements, millions of awards, millions of albums sold, millions of fans. Aretha is also the story of an absolutely fascinating trajectory. At the age of 16, the young girl accompanied Martin Luther King in his fight for civil rights, was also spotted by Sam Cooke musically and was propelled into the public eye when she was only 18 years old, supported by her own father as manager. However, Aretha Franklin made some early choices that eventually turned out to be mistakes, the so-called Columbia period. It all began with Aretha's imperative wish to sign with Columbia in 1960, rather than with RCA where Sam Cooke had asked her to do so. It has to be said that "Soul" was not yet a big seller in the eyes of the general public and the young Aretha really wanted to blossom in a hybrid pop formula of the time, combining Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Vocal. On the other hand, no one at Columbia had the intelligence and foresight to orient her and understand the stratospheric potential of her singer in Soul and Gospel, which led to a handful of absolutely anecdotal albums and singles until 1965, without ever reaching the expected commercial success..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/6204-i-never-loved-a-man-the-way-i-love-you/
Sam Rivers - Contours
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In the last three years of the late 1960s, jazz experienced a rather special period that can be described as an intermediate and reconstruction period for the genre. If we base ourselves, for example, solely on releases (and not recording dates), the year 1967 illustrates for the first time the concretisation of the "Pop Rock" genre as a whole, and the demotion of the Jazz genre to the background. That is to say, Jazz had largely crushed the competition of other musical genres for 15 years, in terms of album quality, but since the mid-60s, Pop Rock has managed to wrest this leadership. Of course this does not mean that the last 3 years of the decade are disappointing or less important, but it should be said that both the domination is no longer present and also that the number of must-have albums is much lower than in previous years. You will notice this in the lower number of jazz episodes per year in this series. At the same time, 1967 is the tragic symbol of John Coltrane's death, as if the genre had lost one of its spiritual fathers, a big brother who was so influential. In the end, only Free Jazz continued to develop during these years, while Post-Bop slowed down a bit. On the other hand, the time of Spiritual Jazz is coming, and soon Jazz Fusion will resound as one of the leading movements and trends. It is for these various reasons that Jazz is beginning a kind of mutation, from Avant-garde to a significant transformation. However, as I mentioned a few sentences ago, Jazz still knows how to be brilliant, one of the examples being Sam Rivers with Contours in 1967..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/68292-contpurs/
The Left Banke - Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina
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The history of Baroque Pop is fascinating as it still holds a significant place in our contemporary vision, either in its original form or in its Chamber Pop offspring. Let's stop for a second and mention some key examples: Weyes Blood with Titanic Rising, Sufjan Stevens - Illinois, Arcade Fire - Funeral or Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness, albums you probably know very well. The Baroque Pop genre takes its name from the Baroque period of Western classical music from the 17th to the 18th century. This new genre appeared in the United States at the very beginning of the 60's, from a fusion of Pop Rock and Baroque, mixing different instruments from different backgrounds, articulated around a sublime orchestration, often very melancholic and melodic. Baroque Pop is also subject to other specific conventions, such as the addition of counterpoint, double melodies or the animation of rhythms, but more generally this genre has a certain freedom that has allowed artists both to evolve but also to distinguish themselves from others with personal signatures. Besides, Baroque Pop is often a genre that puts off the listeners, on one hand the most purists of classical music will say that it is not sophisticated enough, and on the other hand others who don't really find themselves with these harpsichords or this sometimes rocky orchestration. For my part, it is a musical style that I particularly like. At the beginning of the 60's until the first aftermath of the British Invasion, it was mainly the American Roy Orbison and his producer Fred Hoster, notably thanks to the cult song In Dreams (1963) who was one of the first precursors of this new trend. And then things finally evolved, again thanks to the Beatles in 1965 and then followed by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys who brought a whole new dimension to Baroque Pop..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/52509-walk-away-renee-pretty-ballerina/
Ewa Demarczyk - Ewa Demarczyk śpiewa piosenki Zygmunta Koniecznego
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In the shadow of American, Anglo-Saxon or Latin music, many other countries have of course offered us legends that have changed the history of music forever. Some countries may surprise you at first, especially if you don't have any particular ties. Today for example we fly and land in Poland, for an episode dedicated to Ewa Demarczyk. An absolutely fascinating journey to discover this scene; its history and culture, especially when it is unknown to the base, in order to immerse you in the richness of it. Poland is a perfect example, which explains why there will be several episodes dedicated to it in this series. The history of Polish music goes back to the 13th century, mainly focused on folk music and classical music such as polyphony. Despite the historical context and the possession of territory, especially between the end of the 18th century and the end of the First World War, the Poles continued to develop their folk dances such as the Mazurka, Polka, Kujawiak or Oberek, depending on the region. At the same time, Poland has seen the birth of some of its great classical music legends such as Frederic Chopin, one of the greatest composers of the romantic period, pianist Arthur Rubinstein, Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. In the 20th century, like most European countries, Poles surfed on contemporary and popular trends coming from the United States, such as Jazz (Komeda, Tomasz Stańko) and then Rock & Roll (as well as its evolutions), while the country was under the communist regime. Moreover, until today some artists have often opposed the various ideas of the governments. Among these contemporary periods, there is one that attracts my attention, related of course to the subject of the day and which extends from the middle of the 50s until the beginning of the 80s..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/78844-ewa-demarczyk-piewa-piosenki-zygmunta-koniecznego/
Fred Neil - Fred Neil
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n 1967, the Greenwich Village neighborhood, symbol of New York's folk revival, continued to promote excellent talent, artists and also resonate as an influential land of counter culture. However, it no longer had the same visibility in the eyes of the general public and the music industry. It's a bit of a story of the short-lived underground phenomenon brought to light, helped by the emergence of Bob Dylan, that ended up back in the shadow of show business. Since then, a lot of water has flowed in the rivers. Obviously the revolution caused by the British Invasion, the international success of Bob Dylan and his metamorphosis towards the electric, leaving behind the "traditional" aspect, without forgetting the Californian dream and the new movements of the counter culture. In a few words, the underground and authentic folk was no longer interesting to the media, nor to the public. This explains why artists like Fred Neil, unknown to the general public at the time and known in retrospect by the notoriety of their songs written and then covered, worked quietly behind Bob Dylan, Byrds or even Simon & Garfunkel, then ultra popular at the time. Fortunately it's not too late to pay tribute to artists like Fred Neil, a Greenwich Village figure and a particularly gifted singer-sonwriter/guitarist. Endowed with a deep and charismatic voice (baritone), recalling his Blues influences, his playing is based on simple and warm chords, highlighted by a deep melancholy. Fred Neil's career spanned from the late 50's to the late 60's, before he decided to stop, mainly because he didn't like performing in public and traveling for tours. However, he had not yet had any success and decided to end his career at the same time that Harry Nilsson managed to propel one of his songs Everybody's Talkin to the top of the Billboard charts. Despite this, nothing made Fred Neil change his mind..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/68190-fred-neil/
The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
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Although it's no surprise, there's always something magical going on when you listen to The Byrds. Whether you know them by heart or not, there is above all this genius that cannot be explained. The stratospheric line-up is the main explanation, but diving into their 60's discography is still something unforgettable. Not only is this band one of the greatest of all time, but they are also one of the most avant-garde. A slight retrospective leads to 1965, the year of their consecration in the eyes of the general public, when they became one of the pioneers of Folk Rock with their crystalline sound, which lasted until the end as their personal signature. A year later, the Byrds ventured into the counterculture, becoming one of the forerunners of Psychedelic Rock. In 1967, the Californians expanded their artistic palette, surfing on the emerging wave of country rock that would lead to Younger Than Yesterday, the masterpiece we're going to revisit today. So imagine that the Byrds have already compiled an impressive amount of classics and must-have works over the past two years, including the first Mr. Tambourine Man album and Fifth Dimension, but the Byrds were still far from saying their last word. First of all, Younger Than Yesterday is a kind of perfect representation of 60's Pop Rock/Folk - post British Invasion. In fact, it sums up the whole essence of this period. However, Younger Than Yesterday doesn't just deliver a perfect performance, it also offers some innovative and experimental gems as usual that show once again that the Byrds were on the front line. In my opinion, Younger Than Yesterday is probably one of their best albums, the second one to be precise, yet it achieves the incredible feat of not having any of their 3 best songs in their repertoire. A very rare feat..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/10764-younger-than-yesterday/
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
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While we often lump things together around the California dream, we have to go back to the mid-1950s to understand the roots that would lead to the West Coast counter culture. The most significant of the nuclei was in the Bay Area, specifically in San Francisco when the beatniks arrived, ticking off the time bomb and upsetting almost everything in their path. While the beaniks operated in the shadows during the latter half of the 1950s like a slowly but surely spreading epidemic, the real effects of the counterculture occurred in the 1960s when the pioneering beatniks found themselves joined by the new generation in a mutual struggle and spirituality. Although San Francisco is a strong symbol, a place known for its art and its avant-garde vision, for a long time the city did not have a popular success worthy of its name, nor even a personal identity. Until the Jefferson Airplane band was born, raising the banner of a unique Bay Area sound rock and becoming the region's first internationally successful band. Considered one of the first wave of psychedelic rock, Jefferson Airplane not only has an atypical signature, but it also has its own unique characteristics. Although the vocal performances are shared between several members of the band, this is the first time that a female singer has been part of a rock band, whereas until now this has been the case in pop and folk music. Moreover, Jefferson Airplane is a sextet, which is a rarer configuration for the time. If the group lasted at the highest level in the second half of the 60s, it is especially in 1967 that the group knows its apposé, as much commercially as artistically, in particular with the masterpiece Surealistic Pillow and their 2 cultissime and innovative singles: Somebody To Love and White Rabbit..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/5591-surrealistic-pillow/
Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
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Have you ever seen Miles Davis smile before? Not only is it rare, but beyond that it is the symbol of rebirth and personal renewal. Building himself a very closed, serious shell, Miles Davis always gave off the aura of a confident person with a lot of ego, a seasoned professional who always saw himself as a leader, never hiding his character. I think that beyond his genius, his personality allowed him in the 50's to build the legend he deserves. But like any human being, and especially when one has already offered the world wonders, Miles Davis had to give up his throne at the beginning of the 60's, both to other legends like John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman, as well as to the new avant-garde generation of this period. If we put things in context, 5 years of discretion is still a lot in a career, especially for a figure like him, without forgetting that people and specialists of the time must surely have wondered about the possible end of Miles Davis' career. The reasons that explain this "absence" are not entirely due to the fact that from one day to the next Miles Davis decided not to join the new Avant-Garde, Post-Bop and Free Jazz bandwagon, in reality it's much more complex than that. The examples of jazzmen during the 50's who didn't take the new wave of the 60's are quite numerous, even among those who managed to scratch for a few years with their own formula. Miles Davis took a few years before he really started to explore Post Bop, even though he was one of the precursors of new trends during the whole previous decade. You know, Miles Davis never really knew how to find himself in the abstract and free forms proposed by the new generation of avant-garde jazzmen,..
.. to continue.. https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/14181-miles-smiles/
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1d
How do you decide which albums go on this list? Are there any difficult omissions you’ve had to make?
3mo
Thank you for these kind words! I hope you will appreciate my recommendations @Memar
3mo
Wow, this is INCREDIBLY impressive. Thank you so much for making this! I'm looking forward to listening to some of this.
4mo
thank's @Ruimtewezel , it's really kind
4mo
This is insane... I love it!
5mo
Thank you very much ! really kind ! @Ipercreeper
5mo
insane work, good luck
6mo
Unfortunately not... ahah
but he will surely have his place here! @TheNerdyNerd201
6mo
Many thanks @Avernannes , it is infinitely kind!
6mo
Damn man I thought Playboy Carti Invented music
6mo
Hands down the greatest list ever created here
8mo
I really appreciate it, your kind words make me happy, thank you! @noezao
8mo
I wish my life was as organized as this list. Great work my guy, I'll check some stuff from here.
8mo
Really kind, thank you so much ! @julipluseta
8mo
Yo if it was possible to be turned on by research and thoughtful appreciation, this list would make me a lightbulb. Big ups dude
8mo
Are you familiar with the conspiracy about Yma Sumac? The legend goes that she's really from Brooklyn and her name is Amy Camus (her name backwards).
9mo
Thank you very much for those kind words! It gives me great pleasure to read this comment @rafae_l
9mo
reading the comments, you're probably seeing this a lot, but DUDE. this is the single greatest list on this site. the amount of dedication and work this must've taken so far is incredible. keep up the fantastic work.
10mo
I mean if u want of course wouldn't matter at all if you didn¡t (forgot to hit send xdd)
10mo
I could suggest some records in spanish, they're not as trascendetal in the big picture as the english ones, but it's still the second most spoken lenguage in the world :)
10mo
Oh thank’s so much, it’s kind ! If you need any suggestions, @Fergau
10mo
listen to them*
10mo
wow this is amazing thank you, there are some records here I didn't know that I'll totally
10mo
Thank you very much! Don't worry, it's criminal to make a list of classics without stopping on the endtroducing masterpiece, so when I'm in the 90's there will of course be a review on it (: @bl0nded
10mo
impressive but when you get to the 90s albums you better add endtroducing thats a landmark in music history
11mo
These are words that touch me a lot, I appreciate it! Thanks again for everything! (: @A1t3rTheFreak
11mo
really great and important list you have out here
thanks for all the great work you do👍🏾❤️
11mo
Thank you very much, it means a lot to me! Thank you for all these kind words and for your support (: @josephdcarter
11mo
You have become my favorite member on this site, and this list is the greatest undertaking in mankind. Keep up the good work!
1y
Thank you @Scre4meh, its kind my friend! I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you again on your latest reviews, especially the ones on Kanye!
1y
Best list on AOTY
1y
Thank you very much for this message @tiagoaon, it's very kind! If you don't have a lot of time, direct me to things you like and I'll make recommendations (:
1y
This list is amazing really, so bad for me to take so long to discorver it!
1y
Thank you very much @elextranodpl!
1y
Now this is dedication! Amazing list and concept for it. Can't say nothing but congratulations, might have to check some of these.
1y
Merci Math 🙏 je n oublierai jamais que tu as été le premier à suivre cette série !
1y
HOTA is iconic
1y
Thank you so much for this comment and your support 🙏 I appreciate it, it's really touching! @Allofasudden
You're welcome, you know not only I read them but also I like your opinions/analyses, keep it up! Personally I think it's normal to give strength when it's deserved, and even if sometimes we don't agree (like on DS2, hehehe for the moment we really don't agree) but it's important to hear the comments and opinions of others (:
1y
You're truly one of the most passionate & sincere guy I've
ever seen when it comes to music. You're devoting so much to this website & this list shows. Appreciate this great work & thanks for liking my reviews from the start. Idc if you’re reading them or not but I just wanted to tell. :)
1y
I very much appreciate your compliment, thank you! I hope you can find out a lot of things! @MikeOwen
1y
This is the best list on the website without a doubt. It's introducing me to a whole load of albums I wouldn't have checked out otherwise, and a good few of them here are really helping with wider listening for my music class. Thanks for compiling this!
1y
Thank’s so much @Jameswg03
1y
This is one incredible list!
1y
Thanks @dearsongs, it's a pleasure! Can't wait to see your possible future reviews on this topic
1y
This winter I’m def using this list to discovery lots of gems. Keep it up 👍🏻
1y
Thank you it's very kind Ryan! @cipater22
1y
What an amazing piece of work this is
1y
Thank you very much! I'm happy to help! @TommyAOTY
1y
Thank you so much for this. This project will definitely help me on my musical listening journey.
1y
That's really kind, thank you very much! Appreciate it! @MusicGod
1y
Wow this is amazing. This is easily the best list I’ve ever seen on this website. I’m looking forward to what you do with this in the future.
1y
A huge thank you! I appreciate your support and encouragement! I am happy to see people like you take an interest in my work! @Felix_96
1y
That's what you call a list. Looking forward to discover some great music here. Thanks DoubleZ for your passionate effort on creating this list.
1y
Thanks @Docky! I'm happy to make you discover albums and artists!
1y
Damn this thing is really cool, I have yet to finish reading even 1/4th of this but damn this is really well written and interesting. G'job on making this! I'll give some of these albums a listen later
1y
Thank you very much my friend! @(N0stalgia) ! I plan to continue until today, even if it will take a long time! The advantage is that there are so many wonderful things to discover every year that sometimes you don't want it to go any further!
1y
This project is easily my favourite on the whole website and I was wondering if you're only gonna do it for the early years in popular music or if you're planning to keep expending on it until one day you get to the 2020's?
1y
Thank you @Musk, that's kind of you!
1y
This is very cool and unique! Thank you for doing this project.
1y
Thanks for the comment and for the support, Simo!
1y
This is incredible. Thank you for making this
1y
Thank you, I really appreciate it!
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