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« on: October 23, 2020, 01:45:23 PM »

It was only a matter of time before the inevitable...

1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
2. The Who - Tommy
3. Crosby Stills & Nash - Crosby Stills & Nash
4. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
5. Phil Ochs - Rehearsals for Retirement
6. Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief
7. The Kinks - Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
8. Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Memphis
9. The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Palace of Sin
10. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
11. Scott Engel - Scott 4
12. Scott Walker - Scott 3
13. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
14. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and the Poor Boys
15. Poco - Pickin' Up the Pieces
16. The Doors - The Soft Parade
17. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
18. Leonard Cohen - Songs from a Room
19. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
20. Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2020, 02:21:27 PM »

Tommy - The Who
Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
A Salty Dog - Procol Harum
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young
To Our Children's Children's Children - The Moody Blues
On The Threshold Of A Dream - The Moody Blues
Instant Replay - The Monkees
Midnight Cowboy - OST
Songs From A Room - Leonard Cohen
II -Led Zeppelin
Clouds - Joni Mitchell
Galveston - Glen Campbell
What We Did On Our Holidays - Fairport Convention
Liege & Lief - Fairport Convention
Crosby Stills & Nash
The Ballad Of Easy Rider - The Byrds
Keynsham - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
20/20 - The Beach Boys
Abbey Road - The Beatles
The Band - The Band

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2020, 02:35:09 PM »

What's Unhalfbricking done to upset you?* Wink  Smiley I've got a musicologist online chum (currently writing the officially sanctioned new Nick Drake biog) who insists that the oft repeated tales of the 3 albums being released during 1969 is incorrect (and proven to be so), but I can't just now forget whether the usually stated date is (he thinks) incorrect for WWD or for L&L, the former I think....

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2020, 03:11:45 PM »


What's Unhalfbricking done to upset you?* Wink  Smiley I've got a musicologist online chum (currently writing the officially sanctioned new Nick Drake biog) who insists that the oft repeated tales of the 3 albums being released during 1969 is incorrect (and proven to be so), but I can't just now forget whether the usually stated date is (he thinks) incorrect for WWD or for L&L, the former I think....

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It is my least favourite of the 1969 albums. I have never much warmed to it as an album though there are obviously elements of it that I adore. It is just a bit of a hotchpotch (hodgepodge?) to my ears.

WWDOOH is by far my favourite album of the first era of Fairport with Full House and Babbacombe Lee being my favourites overall
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2020, 03:25:16 PM »


It was only a matter of time before the inevitable...


2. The Who - Tommy


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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2020, 03:29:25 PM »

Not in order

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
Abbey road - The Beatles
Liege and lief - Fairport Convention
Tons of sobs - Free
Willy and the poor boys - Creedence Clearwater Revival
In the court of the crimson king - King Crimson
I got dem old kozmic blues again - Janis Joplin
Tommy - The Who
What we did on our holidays - Fairport Convention
Unhalfbricking - Fairport Convention
Johnny Cash at San Quentin - Johnny Cash
Ummagumma - Pink Floyd
Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople
Let it bleed - The Rolling Stones
Tadpoles - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Everybody knows this is nowhere - Neil Young
Folkjokeopus - Roy Harper
Five leaves left - Nick Drake
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2020, 03:32:04 PM »

1969 is a bit easier for me to whittle it down to twenty than pretty much any year that's come after it. Here goes:

1. The Byrds -  Ballad Of Easy Rider
2. Al Stewart - Love Chronicles
3. Crosby, Stills & Nash - Debut
4. Euphoria - S/T
5. Fairport - What We Did On Our Holidays
6. The Byrds - Dr Byrds & Mr Hyde
7. Dr Strangely Strange - Kip Of The Serene
8. Poco - Pickin' Up The Pieces
9. The Moody Blues - On The Threshold Of A Dream
10. Melanie - Affectionately Melanie
11. Fairport - Liege & Lief
12. The Ian Campbell Folk Group With Dave Swarbrick - S/T
13. The Strawbs - S/T
14. Earth Opera - The Great American Eagle Tragedy
15. Matthews Southern Comfort - S/T
16. Renaissance - S/T
17. Dillard & Clark - Through The Morning, Through The Night
18. Bread - Debut
19. Longbranch Pennywhistle - S/T
20. The Guess Who - Canned Wheat

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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2020, 03:46:24 PM »

I don't actually have that many albums from 1969, when I look at it.  These are the ones I would note as ones I feel are most important (in alphabetical order):

The Band - The Band
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
FC - Liege & Lief
FC - Unhalfbricking
FC - What We Did On Our Holidays
Larry Norman - Upon This Rock
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick - Prince Heathen
Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2020, 03:54:33 PM »


I don't actually have that many albums from 1969, when I look at it.  These are the ones I would note as ones I feel are most important (in alphabetical order):

The Band - The Band
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
FC - Liege & Lief
FC - Unhalfbricking
FC - What We Did On Our Holidays
Larry Norman - Upon This Rock
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick - Prince Heathen
Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England


I'd like to hear Prince Heathen at some point. Great album by all accounts.  The Folk Songs of Olde England albums would have had places but I've erroneously catalogued them as 1968. Doh!

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2020, 04:23:17 PM »

I got as far as 15 faves -

The Beatles - Abbey Road      
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Fairport Convention - What We Did \ Unhalfbricking \ Liege & Lief
The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Palace of Sin
Grateful Dead - Live/Dead   
Janis Joplin - I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!   
Led Zeppelin - I
Joni Mitchell - Clouds
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
The Stooges
The Velvet Underground
The Who - Tommy

Dammit - forgot Neil Young & CH's Everybody Knows...

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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2020, 04:26:15 PM »

Holidays has done nothing to upset me. 1969 was so good that even at #20 I'm still hitting great albums, with many getting squeezed out that are still terrific.

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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2020, 11:11:24 PM »

Damn, forgot Moby Grape '69.

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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2020, 02:32:50 PM »

I've been off line for a while, due to broadband problems following my house move (boring, you don't want to know!) But now I'm back, I see I've missed all these 'best of' suggestions. It's been fun reading through them all. I couldn't possibly catch up, but although I'm definitely a '1971 is the best year' person, I have to admit that looking at some of these 1969 albums, I would say it probably comes a close second, even though I was only 13 in 1969 and still discovering everything. Any list that includes Abbey Road, Tommy and three Fairport albums (or is it two?) has to be respected. From my own perspective, I have to say that any year that includes two Moody Blues albums has to have merit.
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2020, 02:34:27 PM »


although I'm definitely a '1971 is the best year' person, I have to admit that looking at some of these 1969 albums, I would say it probably comes a close second


Yes, I think I agree.  1970 up there too.  An amazing time for music.

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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2020, 05:46:48 PM »

Wasn't sure whether to include What We Did on Our Holidays under '68 or '69. Popular opinion has it as '69 but Richard Morton Jack's research points to it actually coming out at the tail end of '68. Either way I've included it here as 1968 was already top heavy.

Fairport Convention - What We Did on Our Holidays
Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin - II
Pentangle - Basket of Light
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
Free - Tons of Sobs
Free - Free
Caravan - Caravan
Family - Entertainment
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn
The Who - Tommy
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Blind Faith - Blind Faith
Jethro Tull - Stand Up
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Man - 2 Ozs of Plastic With a Hole in the Middle
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
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