RELATED ALBUMS

 

What other good music was going on at the same time as Jimi's success ?


The albums listed here are generally considered to be the best by the various artists,
others are simply historically relevant or just some of my favourites.
Old timers will find all this damn obvious, youngsters might find it useful.

 

The very best are in bold

 

 

    

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
Two great guitarists (Duane Allman and Dicky Betts), two drummers (!) plus Greg Allmans great vocals
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND (1969)
IDLEWIND SOUTH (1970)
LIVE AT THE ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL (1970) - released 2003

Also recommended:
AT THE FILLMORE EAST (1971), EAT A PEACH (1972), BROTHERS AND SISTERS (1973)

 

 

THE ANIMALS
ANIMALISM (1966)
The album in the shops when Chas met Jimi.

 

   

THE BAND
Bob Dylans band do their own thing, with impressive results:
MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (1968)
THE BAND (1969)

 

 

SYD BARRETT
After abandoning his Pink Floyd, Syd showed that he still had it in him:
THE MADCAP LAUGHS (1970)

 

 

THE BEATLES
REVOLVER
(1966)
SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1967)
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (1967)
THE BEATLES (1968)
ABBEY ROAD (1969)
PAST MASTERS VOLUME TWO (1965 - 1969) - for essential non-album singles and B sides

All their output is obviously recommended but especially 1965-67 for me.
"The Beatles" ("White Album") betrayed their loss of direction and their last two
confirmed it (with some wonderful moments along the way).
The greatest of all.

 

 

JEFF BECK GROUP
TRUTH (1968)
BECK-OLA (1969)
Two great blues-rock workouts with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, before Led Zeppelin stole the show.
All his albums have stunning moments. I like his mid-seventies jazzy instrumental albums
with George Martin producing: "BLOW BY BLOW" and "WIRED"
and his Gene Vincent's Blue Caps tribute album "CRAZY LEGS" (don't overlook Vincent's superb first two albums though !)

 

   

CHUCK BERRY
CHUCK BERRY IN MEMPHIS (1967)
Chuck continued putting out good albums in the late sixties.
His fanatastic 50s output is a must of course.

 

  

BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY
Janis Joplin's first successful band. A bit naff but one or two great moments:
CHEAP THRILLS (1968)

 

 

BLIND FAITH
A patchy album from this shortlived group who were one of the first "supergroups":
Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Ginger Baker and Rick Grech.
BLIND FAITH (1969)

 

 

BLOOMFIELD/KOOPER/STILLS
SUPER SESSION (1968)
Some interesting moments here with Mike Bloomfields superb guitar.
They do a version of Howard Tate's"Stop" which Band Of Gysys would later adopt.

 

BLUES PROJECT
PROJECTIONS (1966)
Al Kooper's mid sixties band before he formed Blood Sweat And Tears.
The legendary Kooper befriended Jimi in 1966 in New York
and later was invited to play on "Ladyland"

 

  

DAVID BOWIE
DAVID BOWIE (Deram 1967)
DAVID BOWIE (Mercury 1969) - now called "Space Oddity"
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (1970)

The quirky pop of that first one sounds like a mixture of
Anthony Newley (a respected variety artist) and early Pink Floyd or Traffic.
On the other two he begins to assert his own style.
Simply all of his amazing seventies work is recommended.
NOTE: In 1974 he put out a tribute to his favourite sixties bands as "Pin Ups"

 

 

JAMES BROWN
James Brown put out about 25 albums while Jimi was a star !
Pictured is the compilation 1964-1969
FOUNDATIONS OF FUNK

Especially recommended:
IN THE JUNGLE GROOVE

 

PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
One of Americas white blues/rock pionneers
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND (1965)
EAST WEST (1966)

 



THE BYRDS
The greatest period from their impressive discography:
FIFTH DIMENSION (1966)
YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY (1967)
NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS (1968)

 

CACTUS
CACTUS
Not a landmark album but I include it as their guitarist Jim McCarty (previously of Buddy Miles Express)
appeared on the recent Hendrix jam album "Hear My Music" (and "Nine To The Universe before that)

 

 

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART
SAFE AS MILK (1967) - with Ry Cooder
TROUTMASK REPLICA (1969) - whacky and legendary !
LICK MY DECALS OFF BABY (1970)

Especially recommended:
SPOTLIGHT KID (1971), CLEAR SPOT (1972, DOC AT THE RADIO STATION (1980) - more accessible than the 69/70 material

 

 

RAY CHARLES
I couldn't find images of his late sixties albums.
The genius

 

  

ERIC CLAPTON
After the Yardbirds, John Mayall, Cream and Blind Faith, Eric collaborated with
Leon Russel and Delaney Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) to produce his first solo album.
ERIC CLAPTON (1970)

Recommended Clapton:
Derek & The Dominoes - LAYLA (1970) - see below
RAINBOW CONCERT (1973)
461 OCEAN BOULEVARD (1974)
UNPLUGGED (1992)
FROM THE CRADLE (1994)

   

JOE COCKER
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS (1969)

His friends: Jimmy Page, Stevie Winwood ...

  

JOHN COLTRANE
EXPRESSION (1967)
INTERSTELLAR SPACE (1967)
STELLAR REGIONS (1967) - released 1995

His last recordings. Awesome, though not his most accessible works.
There is no rock content here, just pure jazz improvisation.
Jimi's soaring and fluid inventivity is often compared to Coltrane's playing.
Recommended: GIANT STEPS, COLTRANE, TRANSITION, SUN SHIP, A LOVE SUPREME ...


 

CREAM
The rhythm section of The Graham Bond Oganization meets Eric Clapton:
FRESH CREAM (1966)
DISREALI GEARS (1967)
WHEELS OF FIRE (1968)
LIVE CREAM (1970)
LIVE CREAM 2 (1972)
VERY BEST OF (gives the best overall impression - albums were inconsistent)
BBC SESSIONS - My favourite

 

   

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
Songs, vocals and lead guitar by John Fogerty on a brace of fantastic albums:
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (1968)
BAYOU COUNTRY (1969)
GREEN RIVER (1969)
WILLY AND THE POOR BOYS (1970)
COSMOS FACTORY BAYOU COUNTRY (197O)

 

 

MILES DAVIS
Is that jazz ? Is that rock ? It's Miles.
IN A SILENT WAY (1969) - With Joe Zawinul (later of Weather Report)
BITCH'S BREW (1970)

Also recommended: pretty well everything before this "jazz-rock" period, then:
JACK JOHNSON (1971), ON THE CORNER (1972), AGARTHA & PANGEA (same day -1974),
+ WE WANT MILES (1981) - with the great Mike Stern on guitar

 

 

THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP
Boy wonder Stevie Winwood's first appearence.
Any good "BEST OF" for the essential singles.

 

 

DEEP PURPLE
Their fifth album made it big time (Gillain and Glover arrived).
DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK (1970)

Also considered their best:
MACHINE HEAD (1972)
MADE IN JAPAN (1972)
If not, a good "Best Of" suffices. Their music has badly dated and sounds quite corny now.
Ritchie Blackmore was an impressive guitarist, a pity he played in such corny hard rock circles all the time.

 

DEREK AND THE DOMINOES
LAYLA & OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS (1970)
After Blind Faith, Eric Clapton teamed up with the Delaney & Bonnie's backing band,
Duane Allman joined them, resulting in classic "Layla" album.
This was in released shortly after Jimi's death and it includes their version of "Little Wing".

NOTE - The boxed remaster contains an interesting CD of instrumental jams !

Also:
Live At The Fillmore (1994)
Recorded in October 1970 and this collection contains the tracks from the 1973 release "In Concert"
and the "Crossroads" box set.

 

 

DILLARD & CLARK
THE FANTASTIC EXPEDITION OF DILLARD & CLARK (1968)
When Gene Clark split from The Byrds, he teamed up with Doug Dillard
to deliver this excellent country/folk/rock album.

 

 

  

THE DOORS
Even if Ray Manzarek's organ sound and Jim Morrison's melodramatics have badly dated in parts,
all their albums are great (except "Other Voices" - without Morrison)

 

   

DR JOHN
GRIS GRIS (1968)
BABYLON (1969)

 

 

BOB DYLAN
All his sixties output is obviously so important. My particular favourites:
BOB DYLAN (1962)
BOOTLEG SERIES Volume One
FREEWHEELIN (1963)
NASHVILLE SKYLINE (1969)

Also recommended: "Desire", "Blood On The tracks", "Infidels", "Oh Mercy", "Good As I Been To You"

 

JOHN FAHEY
DAYS HAVE GONE BY (1967)
DEATH CHANTS, BREAKDOWNS AND MILITARY WALTZES (1967)
THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (1968)
THE YELLOW PRINCESS (1968)
Don't overlook this Hendrix of the acoustic guitar. Amazing.
Just a few here from his prolific output.

 

  

(Peter Green's) FLEETWOOD MAC
Before they became a cute FM soft-rock outfit, The Mac were a superb blues-rock combo lead by
the brilliant guitarist, singer and songwriter Peter Green.
THE ORIGINAL FLEETWOOD MAC (recorded in 1967)
FLEETWOOD MAC (1968) - dustbin cover
THEN PLAY ON (1969)
SHRINE '69 (1969)
BOSTON BLUES (Live 1970)
GREATEST HITS (the British version with "Green Manalishi", "Oh Well" and "Man Of The World" etc. is the best)

 

 

ARETHA FRANKLIN
Any good compilation of her incredible late sixties and early seventies work.
If not collect all her sixties albums.

 

  

FREE
with the late and great Paul Kossoff on guitar.
The excellent singer Paul Rodgers went on to form the very successful Bad Company.
TONS OF SOBS (1968)
FREE (1968)
FIRE AND WATER (1970)
FREE LIVE (1971) - recorded 1970

 

 

FUNKADELIC
FUNKADELIC (1969)
FREE YOUR MIND (AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW) (1970)
George Clinton's great early work, heavily influenced by Hendrix (Eddie Hazel's guitar),
James Brown and Sly Stone.

Also recommended:
MAGGOT BRAIN
HARDCORE JOLLIES

 

  

MARVIN GAYE
All his sixties work is terrific, solo or the duets.

Also recommended:
WHAT'S GOIN ON (1971)
LET'S GET IT ON (1973)
HERE MY DEAR (1978)
IN OUR LIFETIME (19??)
ROMANTICALLY YOURS (1985) / VULNERABLE (1997)

 

GRATEFUL DEAD
Psychedelic, folk, bluegrass, country or blues - with style, plus Jerry Garcia's wonderful guitar.
THE GRATEFUL DEAD (1967)
LIVE DEAD (1970) - If only for "Dark Star"
WORKING MAN'S DEAD (1970)
AMERICAN BEAUTY (1970)

Also recommended: GRATEFUL DEAD (Live 1971), EUROPE 72 (Live 1972) amongst the dozens of live albums available now.
Also "GRAYFOLDED" - John Oswald's 105 minute "Dark Star" collage !

 

 

GROUNDHOGS
Not a major group, but I liked them a lot. Tony McPhee !
BLUES OBITUARY (1969)

Recommended: SPLIT (1971) - their UK Number One.

 

GUN
GUN (1968)
This album featured the group's international hit "Race With The Devil"
which Jimi liked so much that he incorporated the lead riff into many of his improvisations.

 

 

JOHN HAMMOND (Jnr)
I CAN TELL (1967)
Hammond was making blues albums since the early sixties.
He teamed up briefly with the unknown Jimi in mid 1966,
helping him get noticed.

 

HANSSON AND KARLSSON
MONUMENT (1967)
The album that featured "Tax Free"
You can hear their original version here:
Tax Free

 

ALEX HARVEY
ROMAN WALL BLUES (1968)
After his early 60s Soul Band, the late great Alex Harvey
put this together and later enjoyed much success as
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

RECOMMENDED:
FRAMED (1972)
NEXT (1973)
LIVE (1975)

 

  

JOHN LEE HOOKER
LIVE AT THE CAFÉ A GO GO (1967)
Just one shown here from his essential discography.

 

  

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
Never liked them but they were big on the scene.
SURREALISTIC PILLOW (1967)
AFTER BATHING AT BAXTERS (1967)

 

 

JETHRO TULL
Immensly successful in the seventies with their clever blend of folk rock,
their earlier albums were closer to the blues:
THIS WAS (1968)
STAND UP (1969)

 

 

JANIS JOPLIN
I GOT DEM OL' KOZMIC BLUES AGAIN MAMA (1969)
PEARL (1971)
Janis breaks away from Big Brother to do her own thing.
Some great moments here. "Pearl" was released posthumously.

 

 

ALBERT KING
BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN (1967)
Many other of his albums are worth checking out

 

  

B.B. KING
BLUES IS KING (1967)
COMPLETELY WELL (1969)

Also recommended:
LIVE AT THE REGAL (1965)
amongst his many great albums

 

 

FREDDIE KING
FREDDIE KING IS A BLUES MASTER (1969)
MY FEELING FOR THE BLUES (1970)

Also recommended:
BURGLAR (1974)
perhaps my favourite blues album of all time.

 

THE KINKS
Ray Davis is God.
SOMETHING ELSE FROM THE KINKS (1967)
THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY (1968)
ARTHUR OR THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (1969)

plus any thorough BEST OF (there are dozens around - for the early killer singles)

 

 

KING CRIMSON
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING (1969)
Don't know much about Crimson, but they do feature
the impressive guitarist Robert Fripp who knocked me out with his
work with Bowie and Eno in the seventies.

 

 

LED ZEPPELIN
After Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Jeff Beck Group and Fleetwood Mac, what else was there to add ?
Led bloody Zeppelin, that's what !

LED ZEPPELIN (1969)
LED ZEPPELIN II (1969)
LED ZEPPELIN III (1970)

Also recommended: all the rest. Only "In Through The Outdoor" and parts of "Coda" might disappoint.

 

 

LOVE
FOREVER CHANGES (1967)
Arthur Lee was an old friend of Jimi's.
This album is considered a classic. A bit naff at the same time. Sorry.

 

  

CURTIS MAYFIELD
CURTIS (1970)

Especially recommended:
CURTIS LIVE (1971),
SUPERFLY (1972)
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE AMERICA TODAY (1975)

 

 

JOHN MAYALL
BLUES BREAKERS
- with Eric Clapton (1965)
A HARD ROAD - with Peter Green (1966)
BLUES FROM LAUREL CANYON - with Mick Taylor (1969)

 

 

MC5
KICK OUT THE JAMS (1969)

Also recommended : HIGH TIME (1971)

 

PAUL MCCARTNEY
MCCARTNEY (1970)

Also recommended :
BAND ON THE RUN (1973)
WINGS OVER AMERICA (1976)
TRIPPING THE LIVE FANTASTIC (1990)
UNPLUGGED (The Official Bootleg) (1991)
THE FIREMAN - ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS (2008)
WINGSPAN - Hits And History (2001)

 

 

JOHN McLAUGHLIN
EXTRAPOLATION (1969)
DEVOTION (1970)

 

 

BUDDY MILES
Buddy Miles Express:
EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR SKULL (1968)
ELECTRIC CHURCH (1969)

Buddy Miles Band:
THEM CHANGES (1970)
WE GOTTA LIVE TOGETHER (1970)

The albums Miles made after he left The Electric Flag.
Jimi wrote the sleeve notes for the first one and produced some of the second.
The other two came out the same year as "Band Of Gypsys".
These are not necessarily recommended albums, but of obvious historical relevance to this site.

 

THE MONKEES
The fabricated 60's boys band with whom The Experience briefly toured in 1967.
The Monkees were hilarious on their own TV series and their repertoire featured songs written by the likes of Carol King and Gerry Goffin,
Neil Sedaka, Harry Neilsson and Niel Diamond.
In the late 70s, the Sex pistols had a chart hit with their cover of the The Monkees "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone".

 

 

VAN MORRISON
ASTRAL WEEKS (1968)
A stunning album and, like "Electric Ladyland", so sophisticated for it's time.

Also recommended:
a good compilation of his work with Them ("Gloria", "Here Comes The Night", ...)

 

 

PINK FLOYD
PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN (1967) - with the great Syd Barrett
THE FIRST THREE SINGLES (also on the "Relics" compilation)
A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS (1968) - has one track with Syd
SOUNDTRACK FROM THE FILM "MORE" (1969)
UMMAGUMMA (1969) - Live and studio

Also recommended : MEDDLE (1971), WISH YOU WERE HERE (1976),
oh alright then - DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (1973)

 

 

ELVIS PRESLEY
TIGER MAN (1968) - released in the 90s,
it's the intimate "unplugged" jam from the 1968 TV comeback special

FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS (1969)
A little tacky but his real comeback as a recording artist after the awful Hollywood years.

Also recommended : THE SUN SESSIONS (1955/56), ELVIS PRESLEY (1956),
ELVIS (1956), ELVIS' GOLDEN RECORDS (1958),

 

 

QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE
HAPPY TRAILS (1969)
With the great John Cippolina on guitar of course.

 

 

OTIS REDDING
OTIS BLUE (1966)
LIVE IN EUROPE (1967)
THE DOCK OF THE BAY (1968)
What his gruff voice lacked in range he made up with tons of emotion

 

 

SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES
Any thorough compilation of their incredible sixties work.
The amazing Smokey also wrote and produced many Temptations hits.

 

 

THE ROLLING STONES
THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST
(1967)
their most untypical album but good psychedelic fun
with a shift back to rock after the weak pop of "Between The Buttons".
Followed by the great return to blues-rock:
BEGGARS BANQUET (1968)
ROCK 'N ROLL CIRCUS (1968)* - Released in the 90s
LET IT BLEED (1969)
GET YOUR YA YAS OUT (1969) - their best live album
STICKY FINGERS (1970)
THROUGH THE PAST DARKLY (for the essential
non-album singles "Jumpin Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women")

Also recommended:
All their 60s albums in fact, especially the earliest.
EXILE ON MAIN STREET (1972) - their last great album, BLACK AND BLUE (1976), LOVE YOU LIVE (1976/77),
SOME GIRLS (1978), TATTOO YOU (1981), STILL LIFE (live 1981), and the excellent semi-unplugged STRIPPED (1995)

* The Stones had wanted Jimi to take part in this TV special, but only Mitch appears,
as part of the improvised group The Dirty Mac, along with Clapton and Kieth Richard (on bass, Bill Wyman was furious), backing John Lennon.

TIM ROSE
TIM ROSE (1967)
His version of Billy Robert's "Hey Joe" is here.
Jimi and Chas adopted the same backing vocal arrangement

 

 

SANTANA
MCMLVII - The 1968 Pacific Recording Studio tapes where Carlos goes wild - available under many titles
LIVE AT THE FILLMORE (1969)
SANTANA - (1969)
ABRAXAS - (1970)

Also recommended :
SANTANA III - (1971)
CARAVANSERAI (1972)
LOTUS (1974)
ILLUMINATIONS (1974) - avec Alice Coltrane.

 

NINA SIMONE
WILD IS THE WIND (1966)
SILK & SOUL (1967)
NUFF SAID (1968)

Just a few shown here from her wonderful discography.

 

  

FRANK SINATRA
The voice.
FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIN (1967)

Also recommended:
all his work in the fifties on Capitol Records.

 

 

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
This "Best Of" is great.

 

  

THE SMALL FACES
THE DECCA ANTHOLOGY
- some essential early stuff here up to 1967
SMALL FACES (1967) - the first Immediate album - their best
OGDENS NUT GONE FLAKE (1968) - the attempted psychedelic trip - partially successful

 

 

SOFT MACHINE
THE SOFT MACHINE (1969)
VOLUME TWO (1969)
THIRD (1970)

 

 

SPIRIT
SPIRIT (1968)
THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER (1968)
CLEAR (1969)
THE TWELVE DREAMS OF DR SARDONICUS (1970)
One of the best American bands of the sixties, each of these albums by the original
group is superb and the last one there is one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

Also recommended: SPIRIT OF '76 (1975)
and Randy California's "KAPT COPTER & THE FABULOUS TWIRLY BIRDS" (1972)
(Noel Redding participates on that album under the pseudonyme of Clit McTorius !)

 

  

ROD STEWART
After The Jeff Beck Group, with The Faces or solo,
Rod made some great rock albums:
AN OLD RAINCOAT WON'T EVER LET YOU DOWN (1969)
GASOLINE ALLEY (1970)

Also recommended:
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY (1971),
NEVER A DULL MOMENT (1972)
GOOD BOYS, WHEN THEY'RE ASLEEP - Compilation of his work with The Faces

 

STEPHEN STILLS
STEPHEN STILLS (1970)

Especially recommended: MANASSAS (1972)

 

 

THE STOOGES
THE STOOGES (1969)
FUN HOUSE (1970)

Also recommended: RAW POWER (73) (Iggy's '97 Mix )
plus Iggy's own albums:
THE IDIOT and LUST FOR LIFE - with Bowie in 1977,
KILL CITY (78) - with ex-Stooge James Williamson,
NEW VALUES (79) - my favourite - with Williamson again,
SOLDIER (1980) - with Glen Matlock (Pistols) and Ivan Kraal (Patti Smith)
ZOMBIE BIRDHOUSE (1982) - with Chris Stein and Clem Burke (Blondie)
INSTINCT (1988) - with Steve Jones (Pistols)
LIVE AT THE CHANNEL, BOSTON (Also released as King Bisuit Flower Hour "(88) with an impressive Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks)
BRICK BY BRICK (1990) and AMERICAN CAESAR (1993) also have their moments

 

   

THE SUPREMES
Any good compilation (featuring "Love Child", "You Keep Me Hangin' On" ... ).

 

 

TASTE
TASTE (1969)
ON THE BOARDS (1970)
Again, not a major act, but I was a big Rory Gallagher fan.

Also recommened by Rory:
DEUCE (1971)
LIVE IN EUROPE
(1972)
IRISH TOUR '74 (1974)
CALLING CARD (1976)
BBC SESSIONS (1999)

 

  

THE TEMPTATIONS
Their stunning sixties to early seventies work

 

    

TEN YEARS AFTER
UNDEAD (1968)
STONEHENGE (1969)

Supposed to be the best early albums by this successful group,
however I am not really familiar with their work.

 

 

TRAFFIC
MR FANTASY (1967)
TRAFFIC (1968)
LAST EXIT (1969)
JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE (1970)

After The Spencer Davies Group, Stevie Winwood's legendary band with Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason and Chris Wood.
Jimi loved Traffic and invited Winwood and Wood to play on "Electric Ladyland" and on what became "Cry Of Love".
Mason and Wood jammed with the Experience at the second 1969 Albert Hall concert and Jimi covered "Dear Mr. Fantasy" at least twice in concert.
It was even said that at one point, Jimi wanted Winwood to join the Experience !

 

   

THE TROGGS
FROM NOWHERE (1966)
This one had their hit "Wild Thing".

 

 

THE WAILERS
SOUL REBELS (1970)
produced by the great Lee Perry

 Also recommended:
CATCH A FIRE (1973)
BURNIN (1973)
TALKIN BLUES (Live 1973)

plus, as Bob Marley And The Wailers
(without Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer*) :
NATTY DREAD (1974)
LIVE (Lyceum -1975)
RASTAMAN VIBRATIONS (1976) - my favourite
EXODUS (1977)

*His "Rock And Groove" album is great

 

  

JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALLSTARS
A good "BEST OF" to discover this great and often overlooked Motown band

 

 

MUDDY WATERS
BRASS AND BLUES (1967)
FATHERS AND SONS (1969)
LIVE IN PARIS (1970)

These are considered his best late sixties albums.
Not up to his classic 1940's/50s work of course
Also : HARD AGAIN (1977) - with Johnny Winter

 

 

THE WHO
A QUICK ONE (1966)
THE WHO SELL OUT (1967)
TOMMY (1968)
LIVE AT LEEDS (1970)*
LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT (1970) - released in the nineties

Also recommended: MY GENERATION (1965), WHO'S NEXT (1971), QUADROPHENIA (1973),
ODDS & SODS (non album tracks), THE VERY BEST OF (again, for essential non-album singles)
* The original with just a few tracks was far more impressive than the expanded CD of today !

 

 

JOHNNY WINTER
My favourite white bluesman. A great singer, full of humour, and what a guitarist !
JOHNNY WINTER (1969)
SECOND WINTER (1970)

Also recommended: JOHNNY WINTER AND LIVE (1971) - with Rick Derringer,
his nineties albums like "LET ME IN" and "HEY WHERE'S YOUR BROTHER" are superb.

 

 

 STEVIE WONDER
Greatest Hits (1968)
Greatest Hits Vol.II (1971)

Also recommended:
just about all his seventies work and especially
INNERVISIONS (1973)
SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE (1976)

 

 

NIEL YOUNG
EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE (1969)
AFTER THE GOLDRUSH (1970)

Also recommended: just everything except some of his eighties output perhaps.
Such a great singer-songwriter and an amazing guitarist with a unique style.

 

 

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO (1967)
WHITE LIGHT WHITE HEAT (1967)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (1969)
VU (1967-1969)
ANOTHER VIEW (1968-1969)
1969 (Live)
LOADED (1970)

Plus Lou Reed's solo work on Transformer (72), American Poet (Live 72), Berlin (73), Rock 'n' Roll Animal/Lou Reed Live(74),
The Blue Mask (82), New York (89), Song For Drella (with John Cale 1990- especially the video )

 

 

THE YARDBIRDS
LIVE YARDBIRDS featuring Jimmy Page (1971)
recorded 1968 Anderson Theater

Not to be confused with "Five Live Yardbirds" (with Clapton - also great),
this rarity featured Jimmy Page just before Led Zeppelin
already playing "Dazed And Confused" and "White Summer".

Any good "BEST OF" is also recommended, covering all periods with Clapton, Beck or Page.

 

  

ZZ TOP
1ST ALBUM (1970)

Jimi was very impressed by Billy Gibbons.
Gibbons had even supported The Experience in 1968,
as part of The Moving Sidewalks.
All their albums are recommended except perhaps some of the 80s stuff

 

 

FRANK ZAPPA
Of his early work I prefer these less zany albums:
HOT RATS (1970)
BURNT WEENIE SANDWICH (197O)
CHUNGA'S REVENGE (1970)

Also recommended: WAKA JAWAKA (1972), THE GRAND WAZOO (1972), OVERNIGHT SENSATION (1973),
APOSTROPHE (1974), ONE SIZE FITS ALL (1975)
Guitar freaks should also check out his incredible instrumental albums SHUT UP AND PLAY YOUR GUITAR and GUITAR

 

 

THE ZOMBIES
Almost forgot to include this band which featured Rod Argent and the incredible voice of Colin Blunstone.
This is considered a classic.
ODYSSEY AND ORACLE (1968)

Recommended by Colin Blunstone:
ONE YEAR (1971)
ENNISMORE (1972)

 

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Lest we forget, here is a list of other artists who were active in the same epoch (or who appeared in 1970):

THE AMBOY DUKES (with Ted Nugent)
AMON DUUL
ARGENT
ATOMIC ROOSTER
BRIAN AUGER
KEVIN AYERS (ex Soft Machine)
BADFINGER
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
JOAN BAEZ
THE BEACH BOYS
THE BEE GEES
BLACK SABBATH
BLODWYN PIG
BLUE CHEER
BONZO DOG (DOO DAH) BAND
BREAD
BRINZLEY SWARTZ
ARTHUR BROWN
TIM BUCKLEY
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
CAN
CANNED HEAT
CARAVAN
CARPENTERS
CHICAGO (TRANSIT AUTHORITY)
CHICHEN SHACK
CLIMAX BLUES BAND
LEANARD COHEN
COLOSSEUM
JUDY COLLINS
ALICE COOPER
CROSBY STILL NASH AND YOUNG
CURVED AIR
DELANEY AND BONNIE
NIEL DIAMOND

DONOVAN
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND
ELECTRIC FLAG
EGG
EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER
THE FACES
FAIRPORT CONVENTION
FAMILY
FANNY
CHRIS FARLOWE
FIFTH DIMENSION
FLAMIN' GROOVIES
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
GENESIS
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
ARLO GUTHRIE
TIM HARDIN
ROY HARPER
RICHIE HAVENS
HAWKWIND
THE HOLLIES
HOT TUNA
HUMBLE PIE
JANIS IAN
IF
THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND
ITS A BEAUTIFUL DAY
JAMES GANG
BERT JANSCH
ELTON JOHN
CAROL KING
AL KOOPER
GORDON LIGHTFOOT
LOVE SCULPTURE
LOVIN SPOONFUL
TAJ MAHAL
MAMAS AND THE PAPAS

MAN
MANFRED MANN
JOHN MARTYN
RALPH McTELL
MEDICINE HEAD
MELANIE
STEVE MILLER BAND
JONI MITCHELL
MOBY GRAPE
THE MONKEES
THE MOODY BLUES
MOTT THE HOOPLE
MOUNTAIN
THE MOVE
RANDY NEWMAN
NICE
NICO
HARRY NILSSON
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
LAURA NYRO
PHIL OCHS
TOM PAXTON
PENTANGLE
POCO
BILLY PRESTON
PRETTY THINGS
PROCUL HAREM
THE RASCALS
RENAISSANCE
RHINOCEROS
TERRY RILEY
LINDA RONSTADT
TIM ROSE
TOD RUNDGREN
LEON RUSSELL
SAVOY BROWN
JOHN SEBASTIEN

SHA NA NA
SIMON & GARFUNKEL
SLADE
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
SONNY AND CHER
SPOOKY TOOTH
THE STAPLE SINGERS
STATUS QUO
STEPPENWOLF
STEELEYE SPAN
CAT STEVENS
AL STEWART
STONE THE CROWS
SUPERTRAMP
SCREAMING LORD SUCH
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP
TANGERINE DREAM
JAMES TAYLOR
THREE DOG NIGHT
THE TURTLES
TYRANNOSAURUS REX (T REX)
UNITES STATES OF AMERICA
URIAH HEEP
VAN DER GRAFF GENERATOR
VANILLA FUDGE
WAR
WEATHER REPORT
TONY JOE WHITE
PAUL WILLIAMS
EDGAR WINTER
WISHBONE ASH
YES
THE YOUNGBLOODS


INFLUENCES

 As far 50s and 60s blues greats are concerned, a good "Best Of" of each is sufficient before going further,
providing that the tracks listed here are present.

MUDDY WATERS - Sail On, Rolling Stone, Honey bee, Long Distance Call, Still A Fool, Hoochie Coochie Man, Standing Around Crying, ...
ELMORE JAMES - Bleeding Heart, Dust My Broom, Talk To Me Baby, It Hurts Me Too, The Sky Is Crying, Shake Your Moneymaker, Rollin' And Tumblin', ...
JOHN LEE HOOKER - Dimples, Boom Boom, I'm In The Mood, Crawlin King Snake, It Serves Me Right To Suffer, No Shoes, Boogie Chillen, Time Is Marchin' , ...
HOWLIN WOLF - Killing Floor, Little Red Rooster, Louise, Built For Comfort, Back Door Man, I Aint Superstitious, Spoonful, ... (the great Hubert Sumlin on guitar !)

Also any 50s or 60s stuff by:
LIGHTNIN HOPKINS
LITTLE WALTER
ROBERT JOHNSON (1930s I know)


 

 LINKS:
For different opinions, further information and ideas check out these great sites:

All Music Guide

Wilson & Alroys Record Reviews

Jake Feeny Reviews

 

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