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September 18, 2021


[Album 909/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 13 are from the year 1965.

I’ve reviewed all but one of them so far.

The only non-reviewed album remaining: The Beatles – Rubber Soul.

Did I end up saving the best for last?

Which 1965 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 13 albums, enjoy!



13. Jerry Lee Lewis – Live at the Star Club Hamburg. Looking for some relentless piano playin’? Look no further.

12. The Sonics – Here are the Sonics. No shortage of exclamation marks on the album cover!

11. B.B. King – Live at the Regal. Worth hearing for many reasons, including, but certainly not limited to, being the source material for the “I’ve been downhearted baby” hook in the chattily-titled tune, Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand.

10. Bert Jansch – Bert Jansch. A favourite guitarist of many of my favourites.

9. The Who – My Generation. Talkin’ ’bout.

8. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme. An album where you likely hear something new every time.

7. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man. I’ll never say no to a jangling 12-string Rickenbacker.

6. Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. Featuring a terrific version of Satisfaction.

5. Buck Owens and his Buckaroos – I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail. Also easily a Top 5 Backup Band names contender.

4. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited. One of a pair of Dylan albums from ’65.

3. The Beach Boys – Today!. With an even stronger album to come in ’66.

2. The Beatles – Rubber Soul.

My friend Kevin has an excellent double-metric system when reviewing AC (lightning bolt) DC albums:
A score out of 5, when compared to other Acca Dacca albums & A score out of 5 when compared to everything else.

A similar approach might be appropriate with The Beatles.

Compared to everyone else in 1965, it’s second only to (spoiler alert) a career peak from Robert Zimmerman.

But when compared to their own catalogue, it might not even be in the Top 5.

And the rankings are further muddied when trying to figure out which Rubber Soul running order to use: The North America version? The Rest of the World version? Or a Super-set, including all the tracks that appeared on at least one version?

In any event, it’s a keeper, kept out of the Top Spot only because…

1. Bob Dylan’s Bringing it all Back Home was just that effective.



Verbalize the Positive

Most productive (quality + quantity) individual calendar year in music?

If it isn’t Bowie in ’77, Dylan in ’65 is definitely in the conversation!

From → 1960s

  1. jprobichaud permalink

    Who can argue with a little (rubber) soul?

  2. Nice one! I didn’t realize the different track listings. The Rest of the World’s is so much better.

    • Cheers, John! And agreed, I have a copy of the North American LP, eventually I’d like to track down a rest of the world version!

  3. I love Today! Glad to see it so high.

    • And I quite like that the album has the permanently enthusiastic punctuation, Today!

      • Do you know about their subsequent album, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) The !! makes it look like they were up to no good – and Mike Love probably wasn’t….

      • I’d forgotten about that one – I think my favourite punctuation album is Ian Dury’s New Boots and Panties!! I think there was somewhere in the ballpark of 20+ exclamation points on the front + back cover

  4. Where the hell is the Mars Man?

  5. That was a great year, many Aaron favourites in there. The Beatles, well, yeah they’re good too I’m just burnt out on them. But I’d cast a vote for ’72, if we’re looking at years.

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