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1967

September 23, 2021

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[Album 914/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 31 are from the year 1967.

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

The last of the non-reviewed albums from ’67: Hariprasad Chaurasia, Brij Bhushan Kabra, and Shivkumar Sharma – Call of the Valley.

Which 1967 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 31 albums, enjoy!

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31. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – Safe as Milk. It’s safe to say that his 1969 double album will rank significantly higher.

30. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Brij Bhushan Kabra, and Shivkumar Sharma Call of the Valley. As with the many of the other as-of-yet non-reviewed albums, I probably haven’t spent enough time with it to reach optimal appreciation.

29. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico.

28. Nico – Chelsea Girl.

Credit to Nico for a productive 1967.

27. Merle Haggard – I’m a Lonesome Fugitive. On the run from both the law & loneliness.

26. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow. It was neat to learn that Grace Slick was the middle of the Venn diagram for Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship / Starship!

25. Country Joe & The Fish – Electric Music for the Mind and Body. They’ve earned a spot on my ‘Top 5 Fish Artists’ list.

24. Moby Grape – Moby Grape. There is something to be said for eponymous debut albums, plenty of them on the 1001 list. Perhaps the b(r)and reinforcement helped them be all the more memorable!

23. The Beau Brummels – Triangle. An album that namechecks my favourite polygon & somehow also reminds me of Kraftwerk and Flight of the Conchords can’t be all bad.

22. Tim Buckley – Goodbye and Hello. Not to be confused with The Beatles’ song Hello, Goodbye, also from 1967.

21. Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim – Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim. Feel free to use the flowchart below, to decide if this is the right Sinatra album for you!

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20. Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night. An interesting problem to have.

19. The Monkees – Headquarters. As Ozzy once exclaimed, “The f***ing Monkees?!” Yes, The f***ing Monkees are on the 1001 list. And yes, this album should be.

18. Buffalo Springfield – Again. Ol’ Neil Young’s first of many appearances.

17. Cream – Disraeli Gears. Far from Clapton’s final appearance too.

16. Donovan – Sunshine Superman. It was neat learning about his impact during the making of ‘The Beatles.’

15. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold as Love. Speaking of productive 1967s.

14. The Young Rascals – Groovin’. I may have somewhat of a ‘dropped g’ bias.

13. Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind). And when combined with my parentheses/chatty titles biases, look out!

12. Astrud Gilberto – Beach Samba. As pleasant as it gets.

11. Love – Da Capo.

10. Love – Forever Changes.

Another artist with another busy year.

In Love’s case, their album order could go either way, as long as there’s plenty of harpsichord.

9. Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. A group I didn’t used to get, but I’m beginning to see what all the fuss is about.

And if you find that you’re getting some of these 1967 albums mixed up, perhaps another unnecessarily elaborate flowchart might be of assistance!

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8. The Doors – The Doors. You know that it would be untrue / that I would be a liar if I were to put this anywhere else on the list.

7. Aretha Franklin – I Have Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. Her version of Respect was just named the #1 song of all time by Rolling Stone – and I do not disagree with that choice.

6. Byrds – Younger Than Yesterday. Fabulous version of the title track.

5. The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat.

4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced.

I generally subscribe to the belief that if you want a task to get done, give it to a busy person.

And as shown by The Jimi Hendrix Experience & The Velvet Underground in 1967, maybe it’s because they were so busy that year that they were able to produce such terrific albums.

3. The Kinks – Something Else by The Kinks. I’ll take this album with my Afternoon Tea any day.

2. The Who – Sell Out. Possibly my second favourite ‘concept’ album of all-time because …

1. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band …would definitely be my favourite ‘concept’ album.

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Verbalize the Positive

A tip of the hat to The LeBrain Train (and its panelists) for the ‘Top Concept Albums‘ episode.

Having so many great concept albums from which to choose is a nice problem to have!

From → 1960s

16 Comments
  1. 1967 is a pretty great year…wow! Some super albums. That year might warrant The Greatest Year in Music? Post.

  2. What a great year Geoff! Lol just saying

    • I think I know a guy that was born that year, Deke!

      • Lol. Crazy thing is technically I can retire Nov. 1st 2022 which is looking like a possibility as long as I have something to do otherwise I may drop down to casual.
        After working for now 33 years at the Hospital its nice to have choices that I can decide what I want to do. At work that is lol

      • Good for you – I think I’m looking at 2037 for the earliest retirement, so I’ve got a couple years to go!

      • It will be here before u know it…well than again in 2037 I will be close to 70 yikes! Ok not so fast lol

  3. jprobichaud permalink

    Man. Can’t argue with your number one. Some other great ones on this list.

    • I imagine it will be one of the least controversial #1s – just so good!

      • jprobichaud permalink

        Indeed, I even forgave you for placing Velvet Underground & Nico so low after seeing Sgt. Pepper on top.

  4. Another excellent recap, Geoff! Love the decision trees.

  5. I missed this. I’d probably slide the Velvet Underground up a bunch – the last couple of tracks are tough going but the rest is amazing.

    • For whatever reason, the album with Nico hasn’t resonated as much with me yet.
      Perhaps there will be a lightbulb moment at some point – the self-titled VU one though, that clicked!

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