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    This is a fun idea. I am, shock shock, making a Spotify playlist of albums to consider. But that can be a problem as not everything is on Spotify.

    The following albums aren't on Spotify, and I don't want to forget them:

    Albery Ayler - Spiritual Unity
    Peter Brötzmann - Machine Gun
    Tim Buckley - Happy Sad
    Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello
    Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

    I also have to double check what is on the Kinks Arista Years comp (which is on Spotify)
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    Also something feels really weird about including pre-war blues compilations. Well, a lot of things feel really weird about it.
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    I agree, but at the same time that's when a vast majority of listeners first encountered acts like Robert Johnson and Son House for the first time. I guess there's always the compromise of including an album like Mississippi John Hurt's Today, since he recorded it in the 60s and it's an absolutely gorgeous piece of folk-blues. I'd feel weirder about Louis Armstrong than Delta Blues comps I think, even though those hot 5s and 7s are pretty much the epitome of music.
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    Yes. Finally a thread I can get busy in.
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    I agree, but at the same time that's when a vast majority of listeners first encountered acts like Robert Johnson and Son House for the first time. I guess there's always the compromise of including an album like Mississippi John Hurt's Today, since he recorded it in the 60s and it's an absolutely gorgeous piece of folk-blues. I'd feel weirder about Louis Armstrong than Delta Blues comps I think, even though those hot 5s and 7s are pretty much the epitome of music.
    But with Son House, the vast majority of his recordings were done in the 60s, no? That's definitely some 60s shit even if not on a proper "album."
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    He had two periods of recording. He recorded a fair amount in the 20s/30s, including an incredible Lomax track where he's playing at a train station and you can hear the train come up behind him as he plays. Then he did his more well-known tracks as rerecordings in the 60s. But those early sides pretty much have all the same songs, just with better guitar-playing and less personality in his voice.
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    Right, but with that one album that was released in the 60s, the well-known one, when were those specific versions recorded? If they're recorded and released in the 60s, it should count, even if a comp.
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    I think the Father of the Delta Blues is all 60s recordings for that album.
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    If so, I really can't fault anyone for including it since it was the closest he came to recording an actual album and not just singles for race labels or ethnographic field recordings.
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    But I'm with you on Robert Johnson. That shit won't fly here.
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    I think we can count Father of the Folk Blues, which was what was actually released in 1965. It has 9 songs. And yeah, they are amazing.

    The 2-CD comp I have, Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions was released in 1992; it has the 9 songs from the above as the first disc and then five alternate takes and seven unreleased tracks. This compilation shouldn't qualify for any era, under these rules.
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    And I might as well link to my new 60s playlist on Spotify. I just made it collaborative so that anyone can add albums.

    Of course some of this is just stuff I want to try out/revisit.
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    ^Very cool, John, I will definitely be utilizing that playlist.
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    I've added a few selections people should hear, but John put in Oar, which is absolutely essential.
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    ^Yup. Everyone needs to check that out. Took me a few listens to get it, but that is one of the most incredible albums ever.
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    I don't like what the reissue did though. The choice to end that level of oddness with Grey/Afro is just perfection, and it really shouldn't continue after that completely insane song is done. I'll always treasure my vinyl reissue for rectifying that mistake.

    But what's great is he recorded the first Beck album in the 60s.
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    But what's great is he recorded the first Beck album in the 60s.
    Man. That really is the perfect way to describe it. Haha, nice work.
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    He even recorded one of the leftovers, Furry Heroine:

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    So besides Greg and I, who else loves the Grateful Dead beyond all measures of logic? Live/Dead is definitely one of the best albums of the 60s. Not the best recordings of St. Stephen or Love Light or Dark Star, but they're the best introduction to those great songs.
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    And I might as well link to my new 60s playlist on Spotify. I just made it collaborative so that anyone can add albums.

    Of course some of this is just stuff I want to try out/revisit.
    I signed up to Spotify just for this.
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    Happy to get things started...sorry to those worried about a heavy Dylan/Stones/Beatles lean...but great is great and should not have to apologize for it. Also, the sixties were a very different decade...as others have pointed out, much great music was distributed primarily through singles, and the number of artists that dominated the album side was very small...vastly different than today's era of a million listening options.

    1. The Velvet Underground and Nico
    2. Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
    3. Are You Experienced – Jimi Hendrix
    4. Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
    5. Revolver – The Beatles
    6. Forever Changes – Love
    7. Rubber Soul – The Beatles
    8. Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones
    9. White Light, White Heat – The Velvet Underground
    10. Beggars Banquet – The Rolling Stones
    11. Bringing It All Back Home – Bob Dylan
    12. The Band
    13. Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
    14. Led Zeppelin 1
    15. The Who Sing My Generation
    16. Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart
    17. Moby Grape
    18. Abbey Road – The Beatles
    19. Live @ The Appollo – James Brown
    20. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
    21. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
    22. The Doors
    23. I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Love You – Aretha Franklin
    24. Something Else By The Kinks
    25. The Stooges
    26. Stand – Sly and the Family Stone
    27. Safe as Milk – Captain Beefheart
    28. The Velvet Underground
    29. Led Zeppelin II
    30. Gris Gris – Dr. John
    31. The White Album – The Beatles
    32. Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
    33. Otis Blue – Otis Redding
    34. Surrealistic Pillow – Jefferson Airplane
    35. Buffalo Springfield Again
    36. In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson
    37. Bluesbreakers – John Mayall
    38. Steppenwolf
    39. Willy and the Poor Boys – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    40. Electric Ladyland – Jimi Hendrix
    41. Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles
    42. A Salty Dog – Procul Harum
    43. The Piper At the Gates of Dawn – Pink Floyd
    44. Stand Up – Jethro Tull
    45. Volunteers – The Jefferson Airplane
    46. The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
    47. Traffic
    48. Axis:Bold as Love – Jimi Hendrix
    49. Disreali Gears – Cream
    50. Sweetheart of the Rodeo – The Byrds
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    Queens Of The Stone Age - Pet Shop Boys - Chvrches - Mogwai - Warpaint - Washed Out - Future Islands - Ty Seagall - Darkside - Foxygen

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    Jethro Tull? Really? Sell me on that, because I've always thought of them as pompous, bloated hacks. Although I guess you do have a prog lean in much of your selections.
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    I haven't seen any mention of Tim Hardin, specifically Tim Hardin 2. 10 songs, featuring "If I Were A Carpenter," "Black Sheep Boy," and my favorite break-up mix song "It's Hard to Believe in Love for Long." The lyrics pack such a punch that it always blows me away that this album only clocks in under 23 minutes.
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    I'll take A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and Help! over Magical Mystery Tour.
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    Jethro Tull? Really? Sell me on that, because I've always thought of them as pompous, bloated hacks. Although I guess you do have a prog lean in much of your selections.
    Why would I sell you? You clearly have an expansive listening history yourself. Haven't you heard?

    But in the off chance you haven't, it's their least bloated, least preachy effort by far...no atheistic rants, longest track clocks in at 4:27...it's basically their version of a tight, gritty lesser singles album.

    If you don't like their core sound, don't waste your time, you'll still dislike, though again, it's worlds less pretentious than Aqualung or Thick As A Brick...but I've always liked the band (like Ron Burgandy, got a soft spot for jazz flute), always liked Ian Anderson's hum-able folk-rock sense of melody, and have always felt this was their best overall effort.

    But getting a little counter critical and testy, where does a guy who just promoted the virtues of the Grateful Dead in this same thread get off labeling any other band in existence as bloated hacks. Guess I just feel we've gotten to a point in music criticism political correctness where prog is too easily dismissed. I'm actually not the hugest fan of prog, but I do like it, and I've always felt there's great stuff to be found in any genre.
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    This is a fun idea. I am, shock shock, making a Spotify playlist of albums to consider. But that can be a problem as not everything is on Spotify.

    The following albums aren't on Spotify, and I don't want to forget them:

    Albery Ayler - Spiritual Unity
    Peter Brötzmann - Machine Gun
    Tim Buckley - Happy Sad
    Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello
    Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

    I also have to double check what is on the Kinks Arista Years comp (which is on Spotify)
    Those Tim Buckley's are good ones...well worth hearing...Haven't heard the first two...will have to check out.
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    Naw, I've listened to a few Tull albums, but never that one. Everything I've heard was just blah, but I'll give it a chance. But isn't that one of the ideas here, that you can talk about the things you support and convince people that they should listen to them so that maybe these odder choices on any given list aren't just tossed out as curiosities, but given real consideration?

    I didn't mean the prog thing as a slight. I like good prog, I've just never thought of Jethro Tull as that, and for me most of the good stuff arrived in the 70s. That King Crimson record is great, sure, but when Genesis and Yes and the like started to hit their grooves is where the music got interesting.

    Have you listened to Live/Dead? Sure, the songs are long, but the playing is focused, and on something like Dark Star they create a great blend of blues, jazz and avant-garde craft without putting too much into any moment. The band isn't full of the most incredible musicians individually, but they operated so well together as a unit that they overcame their limitations. Hearing them turn as a whole from one solo section to another is always impressive to me. I also am of the opinion that they were never as good as when Pigpen was in the group, as he kept them somewhat grounded and added some serious earth and grit to the proceedings. And they just couldn't do Lovelight without him, which means that the post-Pigpen recordings are lacking something great.

    Edit: that Albert Ayler album is so bizarre and good. It's free as hell but with some great riffs and really sloppy playing in the best possible way. Ghosts shreds.
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    Naw, I've listened to a few Tull albums, but never that one. Everything I've heard was just blah, but I'll give it a chance. But isn't that one of the ideas here, that you can talk about the things you support and convince people that they should listen to them so that maybe these odder choices on any given list aren't just tossed out as curiosities, but given real consideration?

    I didn't mean the prog thing as a slight. I like good prog, I've just never thought of Jethro Tull as that, and for me most of the good stuff arrived in the 70s. That King Crimson record is great, sure, but when Genesis and Yes and the like started to hit their grooves is where the music got interesting.

    Have you listened to Live/Dead? Sure, the songs are long, but the playing is focused, and on something like Dark Star they create a great blend of blues, jazz and avant-garde craft without putting too much into any moment. The band isn't full of the most incredible musicians individually, but they operated so well together as a unit that they overcame their limitations. Hearing them turn as a whole from one solo section to another is always impressive to me. I also am of the opinion that they were never as good as when Pigpen was in the group, as he kept them somewhat grounded and added some serious earth and grit to the proceedings. And they just couldn't do Lovelight without him, which means that the post-Pigpen recordings are lacking something great.

    Edit: that Albert Ayler album is so bizarre and good. It's free as hell but with some great riffs and really sloppy playing in the best possible way. Ghosts shreds.
    Not in full...I'm a 60s junkie, but the Dead are straight up the only act from that decade I just can't gel with or own the bulk of their discography...but I'll give it a shot right now.
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    The Ayler and Brötzmann are both avant garde free jazz records. Most of the jazz that makes my list will be along those lines.

    As for Jethro Tull I own four of their 70s albums but I have never heard anything they released in the 60s. When I was into them there wasn't a Spotify (or even a Napster) so catalog exploration was slow. I no longer am all that into their music and looking forward would probably not consider any of their 70s records when that project comes around. Your comments on the record didn't make it seem like anything I'd be all that excited about (I liked their expansiveness) but I'll try to add it to the playlist and see if I get to listen to it.

    I am OK on a few albums by the Grateful Dead and I am occasionally in a mood for some live material but they will not be anywhere near my lists.
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