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September 24, 2021

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[Album 915/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 29 are from the year 1968.

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

The last pair of non-reviewed albums from ’68: Ravi Shankar – Sounds of India and The Beatles – The Beatles.

Which 1968 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 29 albums, enjoy!

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29. Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum. Interesting to hear a group credited with being a trailblazer for both the power trio format and for the genre of heavy metal.

28. Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Or should I say, I-Ron Butterfly!

27. The United States of America – The United States of America. Considering the group only released one album, I feel confident in saying this album represents the band at their peak!

26. Dr. John – Gris Gris. Along with Dr. Dre & Dr. Octagon, one of a trio of Docs with debut albums on the 1001 list.

25. The Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter. Not to be confused with The Incredible Bongo Band (also on the 1001 list).

24. Caetano Veloso – Caetano Veloso. Not to be confused with Enrico Pallozzo!

23. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills. #9 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Album Covers list.

22. Traffic – Traffic. By age 20, Steve Winwood accomplished considerably more than I did.

21. Os Mutantes – Os Mutantes. Featuring a few songwriting contributions from the aforementioned Caetano Veloso.

20. Jeff Beck – Truth. I might be even more likely to revisit if I had it on a format other than 8-Track!

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19. The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers.

18. The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

Their 4th and 5th albums from a quintet of 1001 list appearances.

17. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland. I picked up the double LP about 15 years ago for about $15. I imagine I’d have to pay at least double (if not triple) that for a used copy these days.

16. The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only In It For the Money. As opposed to the Supergrass album, In It For the Money (also on the 1001 list).

15. The Band – Music from Big Pink. The ‘brown’ album will be a bit higher in 1969.

14. Ravi Shankar – The Sounds of India. I appreciated the educational tone of the record.

13. Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison. I liked the bits in between the songs along with the tunes themselves.

12. Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends. Ironically, not their first nor last but instead, their middle album of the three on the 1001 list.

11. The Kinks – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. Arthur will be even higher in the 1969 rankings.

10. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks. His first of a trio of 1001 albums list appearances.

9. Scott Walker – Scott 2. An example of one of the many virtuous musical cycles from the 1001 albums list that I’ve had a blast discovering.

In this case, Scott is an important part of the Neil Hannon / Jacques Brel / Ute Lemper connection!

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8. The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow. I wasn’t aware that it was a ‘concept’ album. And I don’t think that lack of knowledge decreased my album enjoyment at all.

7. Laura Nyro – Eli and the Thirteenth Confession. I’m on the lookout for this on vinyl as apparently, the lyric sheet is scented!

6. The Rolling Stones- Beggars Banquet. I think I prefer the invitation album art to the bathroom wall photo.

5. Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake. A copy of this in its original/impractical round tobacco tin packaging would also be on the wishlist.

4. Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul. It was a part of the syllabus for ?uestlove’s classic albums course at NYU.

3. Leonard CohenSongs of Leonard Cohen. His first of 4 albums on the 1001 list.

2. The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle. It might be my favourite ‘new-to-me’ album from the 1001 list…

1. The Beatles – The Beatles …would definitely still be my favourite album from 1968.

Or ever.

And I’ll attempt to write some semblance of a coherent post about it for my album review # 1001/1001.

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Verbalize the Positive

Tonight is the series premiere of my friend Deke’s new show, Scotch on the Rocks!

On tonight’s episode, he and Mikey chat with Greg Fraser, check it out!

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17 Comments
  1. Thanks for the plug for the show Geoff. Cheers and I love your one liners about each album especially the Beck one on 8 track lol

    • My thanks, Deke – I’ve been listening to the show from about 8pm onward, it’s been terrific. That Duane Ward story was fantastic, I’m going to listen for that in some of the youtube Jays games!

      • That’s awesome Geoff. Thanks for tuning in. It was a lot of fun. Good to get the first one under the belt!

      • You’re batting 1000 so far!

  2. Do you have an 8 Track Player??

    • I do! The audio quality is not great but it’s a fun novelty

      • I actually look for 8-Tracks when I go shopping. I want all the Kiss ones on 8-Track (for the novelty).

      • A great novelty for sure – I don’t think many audiophiles would argue that the 8-track is the superior listening format!

  3. 8-track!! Is that from that motherlode box, or one you found in your town?

    Just personal opinion: Beggars Banquet would be #1, Leonard would be #2, and Aretha would be #3. With the understanding that all three would get equal play.

    • I imagine it was from the Motherlode – I know School’s out definitely was, a photo will be included in the 1972 list!

  4. Glad to see Eli and Zombies so high – they’re both great and a little obscure. I really didn’t like that Zappa album last time I heard it., and I like a lot of his other stuff. Iron Butterfly isn’t very notable except the title track I reckon.

    • If you asked me to name any of the other tracks on that Iron Butterfly album, I’d struggle to list them!
      I was really lucky to find an LP of that Zombies album for a good price a few years ago & it hasn’t been more than a few feet from the turntable ever since

  5. Hard to argue with the top echelon of your list, Geoff. Also to note the good standing of SF Sorrow.
    A little surprised to see Ogden up so high. Many who come later to the LP find the story/narration a little, um, of its time. Good on you for embracing the whimsy.

    • PS> At the bottom of the ladder, I’d have the same 28 and 29, but would strongly encourage a revisit of 25–28 when time allows.

    • I didn’t think the white album at #1 would be overly controversial!
      I found ogden’s worked really well when out for a jog, perhaps the whimsy helped propel me when running!

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