Best Albums of the Sixties

selected by piero scaruffi
with discographical notes by Rocco Stilo (titles in red are out of print)

From "The best albums of all times"


This is the old list by year. See the correct list for the decade that was published in the book.

1954

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    4/10
  1. Four Freshmen: Voices In Modern (1954)

1955

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    6/10
  1. Pete Seeger: Goofing Off Suite (1955)

1956

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    6/10
  1. Moondog: Moondog (Prestige)
    5/10
  2. Bill Haley: Rock'n'Roll Stage Show (Decca, 1956)
    3/10
  3. Elvis Presley: Elvis (RCA, 1956)

1957

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    6/10
  1. Elsa Popping And Her Pixie Landers: Delirium in Hi-Fi (1957)
  2. Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley (Chess)
  3. Link Wray: Link Wray and the Wraymen (Epic)
  4. Gary Davis: Pure Religion and Bad Company (77 Records)
  5. Crickets: Chirping Crickets (MCA)
    5/10
  6. Little Richard: Here's Little Richard (Ace)

1958

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    6/10
  1. Chuck Berry: After School Session (Chess)
    5/10
  2. Esquivel: Other Worlds Other Sounds (RCA)
  3. Buddy Holly: Buddy Holly (MCA)

1959

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    7/10
  1. Moondog: Moondog Suite (MGM)
    4/10
  2. Esquerita: Esquerita (Capitol)
  3. Wanda Jackson: Wanda Jackson (Capitol),

1960

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    6/10
  1. Joe Meek: I Hear a New World (1960)
  2. Ventures: Walk Don't Run (Dolton) [reissued with: Walk Don't Run vol. 2; One Way, 1996]
  3. Sandy Nelson: Plays Teen Beat (Imperial) [reissued with: He's A Drummer Boy!; See For Miles, 1996]

  4. 5/10
  5. Wanda Jackson: Rockin with Wanda (Capitol) [later included in: Right Or Wrong (4 CD box set); Bear Family, 1994]
  6. Duane Eddy: A Million & Worth of Twang (Jamie) [Motown, 1991; later included in: Twangin' from Phoenix to L.A. (5 CD box set); Bear Family, 1994]
  7. Johnny And The Hurricanes: Stormsville (Warwick) [PIDM, 2000; with 14 bonus tracks]
  8. Everly Brothers: It's Everly Time (Warner Bros) [reissued with: A Date With; id., 2001]
  9. James Brown: Think (King) [A&M, 1996]

  10. 4/10
  11. Joan Baez (Vanguard) [id., 2001; with 2 bonus tracks]

1961

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    5/10
  1. Bobby Bland: Two Steps From The Blues (MCA)
  2. Sandy Nelson: Let There Be Drums (Imperial) [reissued with: Drums Are My Beat!; See For Miles, 1996; Collectables, 1997]
  3. Ventures: self-titled (Dolton) [Castle, 1994; also reissued with: Another Smash!!!; One Way, 1996]
  4. Johnny Burnette: self-titled (Liberty) [reissued with: Dreamin'; BGO, 1996]
  5. Del Shannon: Runaway (Big Top) [Golden Stars, 1996]
  6. Bob Gibson: At The Gate Of Horn (Elektra)
  7. The Shadows: self-titled (Columbia) [Musicrama, 1997 (mono/stereo); also reissued with: Out The Shadows; EMI, 1995]
  8. Chubby Checker: Let's Twist Again (Parkway) [BMG, 1999]
  9. Dion & The Belmontes: Runaround Sue (Laurie) [Collectables, 1991; Capitol, 1993; Ace, 1997]
  10. Ike & Tina Turner: The Sound Of (Sue) [Collectables, 1994]
  11. Joan Baez: II (Vanguard) [id., 2001 (with 3 bonus tracks)]
  12. Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz (Impulse)

1962

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    6/10
  1. Howling Wolf (Chess 1469) [reissued with: Moanin' In The Moonlight; id., 1987]
  2. Attilio Mineo: Man in Space with Sounds (1962)
    5/10
  3. Beach Boys: Surfin' Safari (Capitol) [id., 1994 (with 2 bonus tracks); Prime Cuts, 1997; also reissued with: Surfin' USA; Capitol, 1990]
  4. Duane Eddy: Dance With The Guitar Man (RCA) [reissued with: Twistin' & Twangin'; One Way, 1998. CAREFUL: other homonymous releases don't conform to original]
  5. Roy Orbison: Crying (Sony) [Collectors' Series, 1993; Columbia, 1995; also reissued with: Lonely & Blue; Globetrotter, 2000]

  6. 4/10
  7. Tokens: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Warwick, 1962)
  8. Four Seasons: Sherry (Vee Jay) [Curb, 1995]
  9. Drifters: Save The Last Dance For Me (Atlantic) [Avid, 1995 (with 13 bonus tracks); also reissued with: The Good Life; Collectables, 2000]
  10. Dick Dale: Surfer's Choice (Deltone)
  11. Freddy Cannon: At Palisades Park (Swan)
  12. Alexis Korner: R&B From The Marquee (Ace Of Clubs) [Mobile Fidelity, 1996 (+ 5 bonus tracks); Ultradisc, 1996 (GOLD)]
  13. Isley Brothers: Twist And Shout (Wand) [Sundazed, 1993 (with 3 bonus tracks); Prime Cuts, 1995]
  14. King Curtis: It's Party Time (Tru-Sound)
  15. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Shop Around (Tamla)

  16. 3/10
  17. Peter Paul & Mary: self-titled (WB) [id., 1988]

1963

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    8/10
  1. Sandy Bull: Fantasia For Guitar & Banjo (Vanguard) [id., 2001]

  2. 6.5/10
  3. Lonnie Mack: The Wham Of That Memphis Man (Fraternity)
    6/10
  4. Lee Hazlewood: Trouble Is A Lonesome Town (Philles) [Smells Like, 1999]
  5. Jack Nitzsche: The Lonely Surfer (Collectors Choice, 2002)
  6. Davy Graham: Guitar Player Plus (Pye)
    5/10
  7. Bob Dylan: Freewheeling (CBS) [Columbia, 1988; also reissued with: Another Side/The Times They Are A-Changin'; Columbia, 1996]
  8. Beach Boys: Little Deuce Coupe (Capitol) [reissued with: All Summer Long; Capitol, 1990]
  9. Surfaris: Play Wipe Out (Decca) [reissued with: Fun City Usa; Repertoire, 1990]
  10. Jan & Dean: Surf City (Liberty) [EMI, 1990; K-Tel, 1995; also reissued with: Folk 'n Roll; One Way, 1996]
  11. Booker T & The MGs: Green Onions (Stax) [WEA, 1991; Atlantic, 1995]
  12. Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger (Chess)
  13. Serge Gainsbourg: Confidential
  14. Jim Kweskin: The Jug Band (Vanguard) [reissued as: Unblushing Brassiness; id., 1998]

  15. 4/10
  16. Kingsmen: In Person (Wand) [Sundazed, 1994]
  17. Del Shannon: Little Town Flirt (Big Top) [later included in: Little Town Flirt/Handy Man; BGO, 1998]
  18. Solomon Burke: If You Need Me (Atlantic) [Musicrama, 1997; also reissued with: Rock 'n' Soul (Collectables, 1998)]

  19. 3/10
  20. Gerry And The Pacemakers: How Do You Like It (Columbia) [Repertoire, 1994 (with 10 bonus tracks); EMI, 1997]
  21. Searchers: Sugar & Spice (Pye) [Castle, 2001; songs both mono & stereo, with 6 bonus tracks]
  22. Beatles: Please Please Me (Parlophone) [Capitol, 1987; also reissued with: Ask Me Why (Capitol, 1991)]

1964

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    7/10
    6/10
  1. Rolling Stones (Decca) [London, 1995]
  2. Yardbirds: Five Live Yardbirds [Charly, 1993; Repertoire, 1999 (with 6 live bonus tracks)]
  3. Kinks: Kinks (Pye) [Castle, 1992; Essential, 1998; with bonus tracks and first EP]
  4. Trashmen: Surfin' Bird [Sundazed, 1995; with 4 bonus tracks]
  5. Roy Orbison: Oh Pretty Woman (London) [Madacy, 1998; included also in homonymous box set: Goldi, 2000]
  6. Bob Dylan: Another Side (CBS) [Columbia, 1990]
  7. Phil Ochs: All The News That's Fit To Sing (Elektra) [Hannibal, 1995; later included in: Farewells & Fantasies; Rhino, 1997]
  8. Joseph Spence: Happy All The Time
  9. Jesse Colin Young: The Soul Of A City Boy (Capitol) [One Way, 1995]

  10. 5/10
  11. Hollies: In The Hollies Style (Beat Goes On) [id., 1996]
  12. Drifters: Under The Boardwalk (Atlantic) [Legacy, 1999; Sequel, 1996 (with 5 live bonus tracks); also reissued with: Up On The Roof; Collectables, 1998]
  13. Animals: self-titled (Columbia) [later included in: Complete Animals; EMI, 1999]
  14. Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry: Two Great Guitars (Chess)
  15. Temptations: Meet (Gordy) [Motown, 1999; with 2 bonus tracks; also reissued with: The Temptations Sing Smokey; Motown, 2000]
  16. Beach Boys: All Summer Long (Capitol) [reissued with: Little Deuce Coupe; Capitol, 1990; EMI, 2001]
  17. Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (Parlophone) [Capitol, 1988]
  18. Simon & Garfunkel: Wednesday Morning 3 AM (Columbia)
    4/10
  19. Ian And Sylvia: Four Strong Winds (Vanguard) [id., 1990]
  20. Alex Harvey: His Soul Band (Polydor. CAREFUL: not to be confused with 1999 homonymous issue by Bear Family)
  21. Buffy St Marie: It's My Way (Vanguard) [id., 1992]
  22. Manfred Mann: Five Faces (Ascot) [EMI, 1997]
  23. Marvin Gaye: When I'm Alone I Cry (Tamla) [Motown, 1994 (tracks both mono & stereo)]
  24. Supremes: Where Did Our Love Go? (Tamla) [reissued with: I Hear A Symphony; Motown, 2000]

1965

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    8/10
  1. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (CBS) [Columbia, 1992]

  2. 7/10
  3. Byrds: Mr Tambourine Man (CBS; reissued in 1975 with: Turn! Turn! Turn!) [Columbia, 1990 (with 6 bonus tracks)]
  4. Donovan: Fairy Tale (Pye) [Castle, 1992]
  5. Robbie Basho: The Seal Of The Blue Lotus (Takoma)
  6. Sandy Bull: Inventions For Guitar And Banjo (Vanguard) [Timeless, 1995]
  7. Bola Sete: The Solo Guitar (Fantasy)
  8. Who: My Generation (Brunswick) [MCA, 1988]
  9. Jesse Colin Young: Young Blood (Capitol)
    6/10
  10. Fred Neil: Bleecker & McDougal (Elektra) [id., 1998; reissued with: Tear Down The Walls (Collector's Choice, 2001)]
  11. Fugs: Village Fugs (ESP) [(reissued as: The Fugs First Album) Fantasy, 1994; Phantom, 1999 (with 4 bonus tracks)]
  12. Sonics: Here Are (Etiquette) [Norton, 1999]
  13. Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home (CBS) [Columbia, 1987]
  14. Animals: Animal Tracks (Columbia) [later included in: Complete Animals; EMI, 1999]
  15. Eric Andersen: Bout Changes And Things (Vanguard) [id., 1992]
  16. Rolling Stones: Out Of Our Heads (Decca) [Abkco, 1987; London, 1995]
  17. Sonics: Boom (Etiquette) [Norton, 1999; with bonus tracks]
  18. Them: The Angry Young Them (Decca) [London, 1988; Polygram, 1990]
  19. James Brown: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (King) [Special Music, 1992]
  20. Bert Jansch: self-titled (Transatlantic) [later included in: Bert Jansch/It Don't Bother Me; Essential, 1996]
  21. Otis Redding: Sings Soul Ballads (Volt) [Atco, 1991]
  22. McCoys: Hang On Sloopy (Bang) [later included in: Hang On Sloopy/You Make; Repertoire, 1992 (with 5 bonus tracks)]
  23. Lee Hazlewood: Not So Very Important People (Philles)
  24. Beach Boys: Today (Capitol) [later included in: Today!/Summer Days & Nights; id., 1994 (with 4 bonus tracks)]
  25. Kinks: Kontroversy (Pye) [Castle, 1992 (with 3 bonus tracks); JVC Japan, 2000]

  26. 5/10
  27. Lovin' Spoonful: Do You Believe In Magic (Kama Sutra) [id., 1994]
  28. Beau Brummels: Introducing (Autumn) [Sundazed, 1995 (with 4 bonus tracks); Repertoire, 1998]
  29. Barry McGuire: Eve Of Destruction (Dunhill) [Word, 2000]
  30. Beatles: Rubber Soul (Parlophone) [Capitol, 1987]
  31. Beach Boys: Summer Days (Capitol) [later included in: Today!/Summer Days & Nights; id., 1994 (adds 4 bonus tracks)]
  32. Wilson Pickett: In The Midnight Hour (Atlantic) [Rhino, 1993]
  33. Phil Ochs: I Ain't Marching Anymore (Elektra) [Hannibal, 1994; also included in: Farewells & Fantasies; Rhino, 1997]
  34. Turtles: It Ain't Me Babe (White Whale) [Sundazed, 1994]
  35. Sonny And Cher: Look At Us (Atco) [Sundazed, 1998]
  36. Four Tops: self-titled (Motown)
  37. Martha And The Vandellas: Dance Party (Gordy)
  38. Spencer Davis Group: Their First (Fontana; also issued as: Every Little Bit Hurts; Wing, 1965) [later included in: 8 Gigs A Week (with complete works of Steve Winwood with the group); Polygram, 1996]
  39. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs: Wooly Bully (MGM)

1966

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    9/10
  1. Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde (CBS) [Columbia, 1992]

  2. 8/10
  3. Frank Zappa: Freak Out (Verve) [Rykodisc, 1995]

  4. 7.5/10
  5. 13th Floor Elevator: The Psychedelic Sounds Of (IA) [Collectables, 1993]
  6. Robbie Basho: The Grail And The Lotus (Takoma) [later included in: Guitar Soli; id., 1996]

  7. 7/10
  8. Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (Capitol) [id., 1990 (with bonus tracks); Import, 1998]
  9. Godz: Contact High (ESP, 1966) [id., 2000]
  10. Seeds: self-titled (GNP) [later included in: Seeds/A Web Of Sound; Diablo, 2001]
  11. Laura Nyro: More Than A New Discovery (Verve. Reissued as: The First Songs; Columbia, 1973) [Columbia, 1988]
  12. Fugs: self-titled (ESP) [(reissued as: The Fugs Second Album) Fantasy, 1994 (with additional live and studio tracks)]
  13. Monks: Black Monk Time (Repertoire)
  14. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band: Part One (Reprise, 1966 - Sundazed, 2001)
  15. Yardbirds: Roger The Engineer (EMI-Columbia; full version issued in 1983 by Epic) [Warner Bros, 1997 (10 bonus tracks)]
  16. Paul Butterfield: East West (Elektra) [id., 1990]
  17. Seeds: A Web Of Sound (GNP) [later included in: Seeds/A Web Of Sound; Diablo, 2001]
  18. Blue Magoos: Psychedelic Lollipop (Mercury) [reissued with: Electric Comic Book; Collectables, 1999]
  19. John Fahey: Great San Bernardino Party (Vanguard) [Fantasy, 2000]
  20. Rolling Stones: Aftermath (Decca) [London, 1995]

  21. 6.5/10
  22. Byrds: Fifth Dimension (CBS)
  23. John Mayall: Bluesbreakers (Decca) [Mercury, 1989; Mobile Fidelity, 1994; Polydor, 2001 (with 2 bonus tracks)]
  24. Roy Harper: The Sophisticated Beggar (Strike) [Resurgence, 1999; also reissued as: Return Of The Sophisticated Beggar; Mooncrest, 1997 (with 1 bonus track)]
  25. Gordon Lightfoot: Lightfoot (United Artists) [later included in: The United Artists Collection (Capitol, 1993); EMI, 1995]

  26. 6/10
  27. Missing Links: self titled (first release: Raven, 1984) [later included in: Driving You Insane; Half A Cow, 1999 (contains also album: Groovin'; with 4 bonus tracks)]
  28. Animals: Animalisms (Decca) [Repertoire, 2000; includes also album: Animalism]
  29. Zoot Money: Live At Klook's Kleek (CBS)
  30. Kinks: Face To Face (Pye) [Castle, 1992; id., 1998 (with 6 bonus tracks); JVC Japan, 2000]
  31. Who: A Quick One (Reaction) [Polydor, 1995 (with 10 bonus tracks)]
  32. Troggs: Wild Thing (Fontana) [Collectables, 1991; K-Tel, 1995. CAREFUL: homonymous editions: See For Miles, 1994 and Charly Budget, 1996 - are compilations only]
  33. Young Rascals: self-titled (Atlantic) [Warner Bros, 1988]
  34. Standells: Dirty Water (Tower) [Sundazed, 1994 (takes off track: Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White; + 6 bonus tracks)]
  35. Shadows Of Knight: Gloria (Dunwich) [Sundazed, 1998]
  36. Tommy James & The Shondells: Hanky Panky (Roulette) [included in: Hanky Panky/Mony Mony (Sequel, 1994); also included in: Hanky Panky/It's Only Love (Repertoire, 1994); Collectables, 2000]
  37. Simon & Garfunkel: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme (Columbia) [id., 1990; Sony, 2001 (with 2 bonus tracks)]
  38. Buffalo Springfield: self-titled (Atco) [id., 1990; also included in: Box Set; Rhino, 2001]
  39. Paul Revere And The Raiders: Just Like Us (CBS) [Sundazed, 1998]
  40. Remains: self-titled (Epic) [id., 1991; with 11 bonus tracks]
  41. Tim Hardin: self-titled (Verve. Later included in: Tim Hardin 1+2; Verve, 1974) [Repertoire, 1998 (1974 edition)]
  42. Monkees: self-titled (Colgems) [Arista, 1990; Rhino, 1994]
  43. Mamas And Papas: If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears (Dunhill) [MCA, 1989]
  44. Berth Jansch & John Renbourn: Bert & John (Transatlantic) [Wooded Hill, 1998]
  45. ? And The Mysterians: 96 Tears (Cameo) [Collectables, 1997 (with 4 bonus tracks); also included in: Original Recordings; Campark, 1995 (contains also album: Action)]
  46. Barbarians: Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? (Laurie) [Sundazed, 2000; with 3 bonus tracks]
  47. Small Faces: self-titled (Decca) [Deram, 1997; Castle, 1998]
  48. Leaves: Hey Joe (Mira) [One Way, 1993]
  49. Cream: Fresh (Reaction) [DCC, 1992; Polydor, 1998]
  50. Music Machine: Turn On (Original Sound) [reissued as: Turn On: The Very Best Of The Music Machine; Collectables, 1999 (with 4 bonus tracks)]
  51. Bert Jansch: Jack Orion (Transatlantic) [id., 1995; also reissued with: Nicola; Vanguard, 1991; Castle, 1997]
  52. Hollies: For Certain Because (Beat Goes On) [id., 1994]
  53. Neil Diamond: The Feel of Neil Diamond (Bang)

1967

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    9/10
  1. Velvet Underground & Nico: self-titled (Verve) [Polygram, 1996]
  2. Doors (Elektra) [id., 1988]
  3. Red Crayola: Parable Of Arable Land (IA) [Collectables, 1993; also reissued with: God Bless The Red Krayola & All Who Sail With It; Decal, 1990]
  4. Captain Beefheart: Safe As Milk (Buddah) [Castle, 1992; Buddha, 1999; also reissued with: Mirror Man; Castle, 1988]
  5. Velvet Underground: White Light White Heat (Verve) [Polygram, 1996]

  6. 8.5/10
  7. Pink Floyd: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Columbia) [Capitol, 1999; EMI, 2001]

  8. 8/10
  9. Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced? (Track) [Reprise, 1990; MCA, 1997]
  10. Holy Modal Rounders: Indian War Whoop (ESP) [id., 1993; Calibre, 2000]
  11. Frank Zappa: We're Only In It For The Money (Verve) [Rykodisc, 1995; also reissued with: Lumpy Gravy; Rykodisc, 1986]
  12. Frank Zappa: Absolutely Free (Verve) [Rykodisc, 1995]
  13. Love: Da Capo (Elektra) [id., 1988]
  14. Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing At Baxter's (RCA) [id., 1996]
  15. Doors: Strange Days (Elektra) [id., 1999]
  16. Deviants: Ptooff (Decca) [Demon, 1994; Diablo, 1999]
  17. Byrds: Younger Than Yesterday (CBS) [Columbia, 1996]

  18. 7.5/10
  19. Traffic: Mr Fantasy (UA) [Mobile Fidelity, 1993; Polygram, 1999; Island, 2000 (with 7 original mono US tracks, and 4 extra tracks)]
  20. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Gorilla (Liberty) [BGO, 1999]
  21. Tim Buckley: Goodbye And Hello (Elektra) [id., 1989]
  22. Robbie Basho: Falconer's Arm (Takoma)
  23. Rolling Stones: Between The Buttons (Decca) [London, 1995; Decca, 2000 (in accordance with mono UK release)]

  24. 7/10
  25. Pearls Before Swine: One Nation Underground (ESP) [Calibre, 2001]
  26. Fred Neil: Fred Neil (Capitol) [later included in: The Many Sides Of Fred Neil; EMI, 1998]
  27. Kaleidoscope: Side Trips (Epic) [id., 1992]
  28. Love: Forever Changes (Elektra) [id. 1990; deluxe edition (with 7 bonus tracks): Rhino, 2001]
  29. Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding (CBS) [Columbia, 1987]
  30. John Fahey: Requia (Takoma) [Vanguard, 1997]
  31. Country Joe: I Feel Like I'm Fixin To Die (Vanguard) [id., 1993]
  32. Country Joe: Electric Music For The Mind And Body (Vanguard) [id., 1987]
  33. Ron Geesin: A Raise Of Eyebrows (Transatlantic)
  34. Blues Project: Projections (Verve) [id., 1989; later included in: Anthology; Polydor, 1997]
  35. Bob Dylan: Basement Tapes (CBS, 1967/1975)
  36. Hapshash & The Coloured Coat: Featuring The Human Host And The Heavy Metal Kids (Minit)
  37. Beatles: Sgt. Pepper (Parlophone) [Capitol, 1987]
  38. Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow (RCA) [RCA, 1997 (mono & stereo); also reissued with: Volunteers (RCA, 1996)]
  39. Mort Garson: Zodiac Cosmic Sounds (Elektra)
  40. Beach Boys: Smile
  41. Buffalo Springfield: Again (Atco) [id., 1990; also included in: Box Set; Rhino, 2001]
  42. Donovan: Sunshine Superman (Pye) [Columbia, 1990; KRB, 1999. CAREFUL: other homonymous editions (Prime Cuts, 1997; Bang On, 2001) don't conform to original vinyl edition]
  43. Devil's Anvil: Hard Rock From the Middle East (1967) [Collectables, 2001]
  44. Cream: Disraeli Gears (Reaction) [Polydor, 1990; Mobile Fidelity, 1992]
  45. Incredible String Band: 5,000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion (Elektra, 1967)
  46. John Mayall: Hard Road (Decca) [Mercury, 1987; London, 1988]
  47. Le Stelle di Mario Schifano: Dedicato A (1967)
    6.5/10
  48. Who: Sell Out (Track) [Polydor, 1995; Polygram, 2000]
  49. John Mayall: Crusade (Decca) [Mercury, 1987; London, 1988]
  50. Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request (Decca) [London, 1995; Decca, 2001 (mono edition with bonus tracks)]

  51. 6/10
  52. Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (Capitol) [id., 1996]
  53. Kinks: Something Else
  54. Jimi Hendrix: Axis: Bold As Love (Track) [MCA, 1997; Reprise, 2000]
  55. Fugs: Virgin Fugs (ESP)
  56. Eric Burdon: Winds Of Change
  57. Paul Revere And The Raiders: Spirit Of 67 (CBS) [Sundazed, 1996; with 3 bonus tracks]
  58. Moody Blues: Days Of Future Passed (Deram) [Mobile Fidelity, 1990; Polydor, 1997]
  59. Procol Harum: self-titled (Deram) [Repertoire, 1997 (with 4 bonus tracks)]
  60. Sopwith Camel: self-titled (Kamasutra) [One Way, 1994]
  61. Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant (Reprise) [WEA, 1987; 30th Anniversary Edition: Koch, 1997]
  62. Phil Ochs: Pleasures Of The Harbour
  63. Electric Flag: Trip (Edsel)
  64. Blood Sweat & Tears
  65. Strawberry Alarm Clock: Incense And Peppermints (Uni) [Universal, 1997 (Japan edition, with 1 bonus track). CAREFUL: not to be confused with homonymous reissue by MCA, 1995]
  66. Creation: We Are The Paintermen (Hit Ton) [Repertoire, 1999; PIDM, 2000 (with 12 bonus tracks)]
  67. Beau Brummels: Triangle (Warner Bros) [id., 1996]
  68. Chocolate Watchband: No Way Out (Tower) [Sundazed, 1994]
  69. Count Five: Psychotic Reaction (GNP) [later included in: Raw & Alive/Psychotic Reaction (first album by: The Seeds); Drop Out, 1990]
  70. Box Tops: Letter/Neon Rainbow (Bell) [Sundazed, 2000; with 4 bonus tracks]
  71. Litter: Distortions (Warick) [K-Tel, 1990; Arf Arf, 1999]
  72. Blues Magoos: Electric Comic Book (Mercury) [reissued with: Psychedelic Lollipop; Collectables, 1999]
  73. Fapardokly: self-titled (UIP) [Sundazed, 1995]
  74. Harry Nilsson: Pandemonium Shadow Show (RCA) [id., 1995; included also in: Pandemonium Shadow Show/Aerial Ballet/Aerial Pandemonium Ballet; BMG, 2000]
  75. Al Stewart: Bedsitter Images (CBS) [later included in: To Whom It May Concern, 1966-1970; EMI, 1993]
  76. Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (Atlantic) [id., 1993; Rhino, 1995]

1968

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    9/10
  1. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (WB) [id., 1987]

  2. 8.5/10
  3. Leonard Cohen: Songs (CBS) [Columbia, 1990]

  4. 8/10
  5. John Fahey: The Voice Of The Turtle (Takoma) [id., 1996]
  6. Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (Track) [Reprise, 1990; MCA, 1997]
  7. Tim Buckley: Happy Sad (Elektra) [id., 1989]
  8. Pink Floyd: A Saucerful Of Secrets (Columbia) [EMI, 1995]
  9. Nico: Marble Index (Elektra) [id., 1991]
  10. United States Of America: self-titled (CBS) [Edsel, 1997]
  11. Pearls Before Swine: Balaklava (ESP) [Get Back, 1999]
  12. Family: Music In A Doll's House (Reprise) [See For Miles, 1991; also released with: Entertainment (id., 1999)]
  13. Kaleidoscope: Beacon From Mars (Epic) [Edsel, 1997]

  14. 7.5/10
  15. Silver Apples: self-titled (Kapp) [later included in: Silver Apples/Contact; TRC, 1994; MCA, 1997]
  16. Incredible String Band: Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (Elektra) [Hannibal, 1994]
  17. Laura Nyro: Eli And The 13th Confession (CBS) [Columbia, 1987]
  18. Eric Burdon: Twain Shall Meet (MGM) [Polygram, 1994]
  19. Deviants: Disposable (Transatlantic) [Indigo (Japan), 2000; Captain Trip, 2001]
  20. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse (Liberty. Reissued as: Urban Spaceman) [One Way, 1993]
  21. Grateful Dead: Anthem Of The Sun (WB) [id., 1988]

  22. 7/10
  23. Band: Music From Big Pink (Capitol) [Mobile Fidelity, 1989; Alliance, 1996; Capitol, 2000]
  24. It's A Beautiful Day: self-titled (CBS) [San Francisco Sound, 1994; also reissued with: Marrying Maiden (Columbia, 1999)]
  25. Cream: Wheels Of Fire (Polydor) [id., 1990; GZS, 1995]
  26. Rolling Stones: Beggar's Banquet (Decca) [London, 1995]
  27. VanDyke Parks: Song Cycle (WB) [id., 1990]
  28. Les Maledictus Sound: self-titled (first public release on vinyl: Dagored, 2000) [Mucho Gusto, 1999]
  29. Cromagnon: Orgasm (ESP) [id., 1993; Calibre, 2000]
  30. Fifty Foot Hose: Cauldron (Limelight) [Weasel, 1995; with 3 bonus tracks]
  31. Nihilist Spasm Band: No Record (Allied Record Corporation) [Alchemy, 1996 (Japan edition)]
  32. International Harvester: Sov Gott Rose-Marie (Love)
  33. Fugs: It Crawled Into My Hand Honest (Reprise) [later included in: Electromagnetic Steamboat: The Reprise Recordings; Rhino, 2001]
  34. Red Krayola: God Bless (IA. New vinyl edition: Get Back, 2000) [Collectables, 1993]
  35. Electric Prunes: Mass In F Minor (Reprise) [Line, 1994; Warner Bros, 2000]
  36. Captain Beefheart: Strictly Personal (Buddah) [EMI, 1995; Musicrama, 1997]
  37. Mad River: self-titled (Capitol) [Edsel, 1994; also reissued with: Paradise Bar & Grill (Collector's Choice, 2000)]
  38. Iron Butterfly: In A Gadda Da Vida (Atco) [Mobile Fidelity, 1996; deluxe edition: Rhino, 1995, with 2 bonus tracks]
  39. Pentangle: self-titled (Reprise) [Line, 1995; Wooded Hill, 1998; Sanctuary, 2001 (with 7 bonus tracks)]
  40. Kim Fowley: Outrageous (Imperial) [Ascension, 2000; with 2 bonus tracks]
  41. David Axelrod: Song of Innocence (Capitol) [Ascension, 2000; EMI, 2001]
  42. Bloomfield Kooper Stills: Supersession (CBS) [id., 1987; Columbia, 1995]
  43. Byrds: Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia)
  44. Leonard Cohen: Songs From A Room (CBS) [Columbia, 1990]
  45. HP Lovecraft: II (Philips)
  46. Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society (Pye) [Castle Communications, 1992]
  47. Doors: Waiting For The Sun (Elektra) [id., 1998; Wea International, 2000]
  48. Steve Miller: Children Of The Future (Capitol) [id., 1994]
  49. Ultimate Spinach: Behold And See (MGM) [Big Beat, 1995]
  50. Jefferson Airplane: Crown Of Creation (RCA) [Mobile Fidelity, 1989]
  51. Tomorrow: self-titled (Parlophone) [See For Miles, 1997]
  52. Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum (Philips) [Polygram, 1993]
  53. International Submarine Band: Safe At Home (LHI) [Shiloh, 2001]
  54. Angus MacLise: The Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda [first release: Siltbreeze, 1999]
  55. Steve Miller: Sailor (Capitol) [id., 1991; Alliance, 1996]
  56. Dr John: Gris Gris (Atco) [Repertoire, 2000]
  57. Lothar & The Hand People: Presenting (Capitol) [One Way, 1994; Razor& Tie, 1999]
  58. Moby Grape: Grape Jam (CBS) [San Francisco Sound, 1994]
  59. Blues Project: Planned Obsolescence (Verve) [One Way, 1996]
  60. Jeff Beck: Truth (Columbia) [Epic, 1991]
  61. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country (Fantasy) [DCC, 1993; Fantasy, 2000]
  62. Eric Burdon: Love Is (MGM) [One Way, 1994]
  63. Moody Blues: In Search Of The Lost Chord (1968)
  64. Fabrizio DeAndre`: Tutti Morimmo A Stento (1968)
  65. Frank Zappa: Lumpy Gravy
  66. Spirit: self-titled (Ode) [Epic, 1996]
  67. Amboy Dukes: Journey To The Center Of The Mind (Mainstream) [id., 1992; Repertoire, 1998]
  68. Insect Trust: Insect Trust (Capitol)
    6.5/10
  69. Neil Young: self-titled (Reprise) [WEA, 1988]
  70. Pink Floyd: More
  71. Big Brother And The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (CBS) [Columbia,1999]
  72. Fraternity Of Man: self-titled (ABC) [Edsel, 1995]
  73. Canned Heat: Living The Blues (UA) [Akarma, 2001]
  74. Ten Years After: Undead (Dream) [Mercury, 1988]
  75. Zombies: Odyssey & Oracle (Date) [Rhino, 1987; Big Beat, 1998]
  76. Procol Harum: Shine On Brightly (Regal Zonophone) [Castle, 1993; JVC Japan, 2001]
  77. Ultimate Spinach: self-titled (MGM) [Big Beat, 1995]
  78. Deep Purple: Shades (Parlophone) [EMI, 1998; Spitfire, 2000]
  79. Status Quo: Picturesque Matchstickable Messages (Pye) [Essential, 1998; limited editions: Repertoire, 1997; JVC, 2001]
  80. Steppenwolf: self-titled (Dunhill) [Mobile Fidelity, 1997]
  81. Pretty Things: S.F. Sorrow (Fontana) [Edsel, 1994; Import, 2000]
  82. Earth Opera: self-titled (Elektra) [Wounded Bird, 2001]
  83. Small Faces: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (Immediate) [Columbia, 1991; Essential, 2000]
  84. Jerry Jeff Walker: Mr Bojangles (Atco) [Rhino, 1993]
  85. Free: Tons Of Sobs (Island) [A&M, 1999]
  86. Guess Who: Shakin' All Over (Scepter) [Legend, 1997]
  87. Pip Proud: Adrenaline And Richard (Polydor)
    6/10
  88. Donovan: Hurdy Gurdy Man (Epic) [id., 1990]
  89. Beatles: White Album (Parlophone) [Capitol, 1987]
  90. Blood Sweat & Tears: Child Is Father To The Man (Columbia) [id., 1994; Mobile Fidelity, 1999]


1969

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    9/10
  1. Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica (Straight) [Reprise, 1990]
  2. MC5: Kick Out The Jams (Elektra) [id., 1991]
  3. Frank Zappa: Uncle Meat (Bizarre) [Barking Pumpkin, 1986 (with excerpts from movie); Rykodisc, 1995]

  4. 8.5/10
  5. Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers (RCA) [id., 1988; also reissued with: Surrealistic Pillow; RCA, 1996]
  6. King Crimson: In The Court Of The Crimson King (Island) [Virgin, 2001; also reissued with: In The Wake Of Poseidon/Lizard (Caroline, 1994)]

  7. 8/10
  8. Grateful Dead: Live Dead (Warner)
  9. Basho Robbie: Venus In Cancer (Takoma)
  10. Stooges: self-titled (Elektra) [id., 1990]
  11. David Peel: Have A Marijuana (Elektra) [Line, 1994]
  12. Colosseum: Valentyne Suite (Vertigo) [Castle (UK), 1998; id. (US), 2000; both in accordance with original UK version]
  13. Frank Zappa: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Bizarre) [Barking Pumpkin, 1991; Rykodisc, 1995]
  14. Holger Czukay: Canaxis 5 (Music Factory) [id., 1998]
  15. Who: Tommy (Track) [Mobile Fidelity, 1990; Polygram, 2000]
  16. Band: II (Capitol) [id., 2000]
  17. Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
    7.5/10
  18. Amon Duul: Phallus Dei (Liberty) [Repertoire, 1997]
  19. Third Ear Band: Alchemy (Harvest) [Demon, 1996]
  20. Pink Floyd: Ummagumma (Harvest) [EMI, 1994]
  21. Kevin Ayers: Joy Of A Toy (Harvest) [BGO, 1990]
  22. Led Zeppelin: I (Atlantic) [id., 1990]
  23. Tim Buckley: Blue Afternoon (Straight) [Capitol, 1989; Rhino, 1991]
  24. Spirit: The Family That Plays Together (Ode) [Epic, 1995]
  25. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Green River (Fantasy) [DCC, 1994; Fantasy, 2000]
  26. Townes Van Zandt: Our Mother The Mountain (Tomato) [Rhino, 1994]
  27. Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (1969)
  28. Family: Entertainment (Reprise) [See For Miles, 1991; also released with: Music In A Doll's House (id., 1999)]
  29. Leo Kottke: 6 & 12 String Guitar (Takoma)

  30. 7/10
  31. Grateful Dead: Aoxomoxoa (WB) [id., 1987]
  32. Beaver & Krause: Ragnarok Electronic Funk (Limelight)
  33. Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails (Capitol) [BGO, 1992]
  34. Blind Faith (Polydor) [Mobile Fidelity, 1990; Polydor, 2001 (deluxe edition with unreleased tracks)]
  35. Chicago Transit Authority: self-titled (CBS) [Columbia, 1990]
  36. Holy Modal Rounders: Moray Eels Eat (Elektra) [Collector's Choice, 2002]
  37. Silver Apples: Contact (Kapp) [reissued with: Silver Apples; TRC, 1994; MCA, 1997]
  38. Lothar & The Hand People: Space Hymn (Capitol)
  39. Soft Machine: 2 (Probe) [One Way, 1993; also included in: Vols 1 & 2 (Big Beat, 1994)]
  40. L'Infonie: Volume 3 (1969) [Mucho Gusto, 2001]
  41. Fugs: Tenderness Junction (Reprise) [later included in: Electromagnetic Steamboat: The Reprise Recordings; Rhino, 2001]
  42. Joe Byrd: American Metaphysical Circus (CBS) [One Way, 1996]
  43. Can: Monster Movie (Spoon) [id., 1998]
  44. Taj Mahal: De Ole Folks At Home (1969)
  45. Jethro Tull: Stand Up (Chrysalis) [id., 1990; Alliance, 1996]
  46. Scott Walker: Scott 4 (Philips, 1969) 2001]
  47. Edgar Broughton: Wasa Wasa (Harvest) [BGO, 1999]
  48. Mort Garson: The Wozard of Iz (A&M, 1969)
  49. Earth Opera: Great American Eagle Tragedy (Elektra) [Wounded Bird, 2001]
  50. Shaggs: Philosophy Of The World (Third World) [RCA, 1999]
  51. Mad River: Paradise Bar And Grill (Capitol) [id., 1994; Edsel, 1995; also reissued with first album (Collector's Choice, 2000)]
  52. Mickey Newbury: It Looks Like Rain (1969)
  53. Alexander "Skip" Spence: Oar (1969)
  54. Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (Bizarre) [Zappa, 1987; Rykodisc, 1995]
  55. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Tadpoles (Liberty) [One Way, 1993]
  56. Santana: self-titled (Columbia) [id., 1995; Sony, 2000]
  57. Deviants: Deviants (Transatlantic)
  58. Laura Nyro: New York Tendaberry (1969)
  59. Beatles: Abbey Road (Parlophone) [Capitol, 1987]
  60. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy And The Poor Boys (Fantasy) [DCC, 1995]
  61. T. Rex: Unicorn (Regal Zonophone) [Castle, 1993; Polygram, 1999]
  62. Flying Burrito Bros: Gilded Palace Of Sin (A&M) [Edsel, 1994]
  63. David Axelrod: Songs of Experience (Capitol)
  64. Joni Mitchell: Clouds (Reprise) [id., 1987]
  65. Jack Bruce: Songs For A Tailor (Polydor) [Polygram, 1990]
  66. Meters: self-titled (Josie) [Sundazed, 1999]
  67. Caetano Veloso: Caetano Veloso (1969)
  68. Flock: self-titled (CBS) [One Way, 1996]
  69. Peter Ivers: Knight Of The Blue Communion (Epic)
  70. Alice Cooper: Pretties For You (Straight) [Rhino, 1991]
  71. Seatrain: self-titled (A&M) [Edsel, 1995]
  72. Os Mutantes: Mutantes (1969)
    6.5/10
  73. Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed
  74. Velvet Underground: self-titled (Verve) [id. 1990]
  75. Led Zeppelin: II (Atlantic) [id., 1990]
  76. Fleetwood Mac: Blues Jam At Chess (Blue Horizon) [Sony, 1996]
  77. Love: Out Here (Blue Thumb) [One Way, 1995]
  78. Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul (1969)
  79. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: Keynsham (1969)
  80. Shirley Collins: Anthems In Eden (Harvest) [BGO, 1999]
  81. High Tide: Sea Shanties (Liberty) [EMI, 1994; included also in: Sea Shanties/High Tide; Liberty, 1995]
  82. Buffy Saint-Marie: Illuminations (Vanguard) [id., 2000]
  83. Youngbloods: Elephant Mountain (RCA) [Mobile Fidelity, 1989; Edsel, 2001]
  84. Kinks: Arthur (Pye) [Castle, 1992]
  85. Yes: self-titled (Atlantic) [id., 1995]
  86. Larry Fischer: An Evening With Wild Man Fischer (Reprise)
  87. Quicksilver Messenger Service: Shady Grove (Capitol) [Edsel, 1999]
  88. Moody Blues: On The Threshold Of A Dream (Deram) [Mobile Fidelity, 1994; Polygram, 1997]
  89. Sly & The Family Stone: Stand (Epic) [id., 1994]
  90. Happy And Artie Traum: self-titled (Capitol) [Vivid, 1999; includes album: Doubleback]
  91. Johnny Winter: Progressive Blues Experiment (CBS) [One Way, 1999]
  92. Mott The Hoople: self-titled (Island) [Atlantic, 1991]
  93. Three Dog Night: self-titled (Dunhill) [MCA, 1990]
  94. Steppenwolf: Monster (Dunhill)
  95. John Stewart: California Bloodlines (Capitol) [later included in: California Bloodlines/Willard; Bear Family, 1994]
  96. Vanilla Fudge: Near The Beginning (Atlantic) [Sundazed, 1998]
  97. Deep Purple: Book Of Taliesyn (Parlophone) [EMI, 1998; Spitfire, 2000]
  98. Moving Sidewalks: Flash (Tantara) [Akarma, 2001]

  99. 6/10
  100. John Fahey: Yellow Princess (Vanguard) [id., 1990]
  101. Blood Sweat & Tears: self-titled (Columbia) [Mobile Fidelity, 1992; Columbia/Legacy, 2000]
  102. Crosby Stills & Nash: self-titled (Atlantic) [id., 1994]

selected by piero scaruffi
with discographical notes by Rocco Stilo (titles in red are out of print)
(Revised in 2003 by Chris Ford) TM, ®, Copyright © 2001 Piero Scaruffi