Need a classic album for that turntable? Here are some suggestions
A lot of folks have been purchasing turntables for gifts lately, then asking me to recommend some LPs from the ‘60s and ‘70s to go with the turntable. With that in my mind, here is my list of essential rock and roll records to own from 1965-1975. Other genres will come later. There is no way I can get through all of my choices. There is also no doubt I will miss some of your favorites.
In no particular order:
Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin”
A Christmas gift when I was 12. It is still my favorite LP from this great band.
I bought this record at Mazzuca’s because of the single “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” It was a raw recording, but the genius that was to come was evident.
Carol King, “Tapestry”
The album that cemented the singer-songwriter movement of the 1960s. Earthy, airy, natural and organic. Forever imitated. Never equaled.
Gene Clark (the Byrds) and Doug Dillard (the Dillards), “The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark”
A country rock classic. This album helped define a genre and contained some of Gene Clark’s greatest songs.
Cat Stevens, “Tea For the Tillerman”
A wonderful recording with song about peace, love, tolerance, regret and hope. I gave this record away numerous times.
Chicago, “Chicago Transit Authority”
A rock and roll band with a trio of powerful brass musicians, Chicago created a unique sound that has carried the band for almost 50 years.
Neil Young, “After the Gold Rush”
His third solo album is still one of his finest recordings. In a career that has lasted five decades and touched on almost every genre, that is saying a lot.
The Who, “Who’s Next”
On the right day, this is my favorite rock and roll record of all. This is the closest thing to a perfect rock record that I have ever heard.
Allman Brothers, “Live at the Fillmore East”
The only live recording on this list is the best live record of all time. The fact that these guys were all in their early 20s makes it even more amazing.
Bob Dylan, “Blood On the Tracks”
Supposedly this is Dylan’s “comeback” album, I am not sure about that, but every song on this record is a classic.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Déja Vu”
One of the few “supergroups” that fulfilled the hype. “Deja’ Vu” is their magnum opus.
The Beatles, “Abbey Road”
The last album the fab four recorded may be their best. It is the most well-rounded of their records and another rock and roll masterpiece from the world’s greatest band.
A beautifully stunning masterpiece from a band whose blend of Latin rhythms with classic rock changed the definition of rock and roll.
The Grateful Dead, “American Beauty”
The Dead’s finest recording coming on the heels of “Workingman’s Dead.” Both are country folk rock classics. True Americana long before the genre was recognized.
Harry Nilsson, “Nilsson Schmilsson”
Nilsson’s best record by far. An all-time classic rock album from one of the good guys. In stock at Triple Play on CD and LP since day one.
Joni Mitchell, “Blue”
My favorite album from one of the world’s great singer/songwriters. She combines the songwriting of Dylan with the musical sense of Van Morrison into a sad, poignant, lonely, hopeful and loving record that is unforgettable.
I have barely scratched the surface, so look for more to come. This is a good start.