the greatest albums of the 60s


18 jan. 2010, 17h46m


please bear in mind

!!! this list is completely work in progress !!!


rated 9.5/10

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gruppen / Carré (1965)

Gruppen—composition for three orchestras and 109 musicians
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Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontakte (1960)

Für elektronische Klänge, Klavier und Schlagzeug
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Kontakte Teil 1
Kontakte Teil 2

rated 9/10

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1964)

Four-movement mass. John Coltrane’s masterpiece.
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A Love Supreme Part I: Acknowledgement
A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution
A Love Supreme, Part III: Pursuance
A Love Supreme, Part IV-Psalm

Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain (1960)

Programmatic compositions for orchestra, derived from spanish folklore.
Gil Evan’s masterpiece in composition, orchestration, and arrangement.
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Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)

Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)

Six-part suite, written as a ballet. Mingus’ masterpiece in composition and orchestration.
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Track A - Solo Dancer
Track B - Duet Solo Dancers
Track C - Group Dancers
Mode D - Trio And Group Dancers
Mode E - Single Solos and Group Dance
Mode F - Group and Solo Dance

Carl Orff - Orff: Carmina Burana (1968)

Scenic cantata in 25 movements, based on a medieval collection of poems.
Orff’s masterpiece as a 20th century composer who did not fit into the modernist mainstream.
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Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna
In Taberna: II Olim lacus colueram


rated 8/10 or 8.5/10

Anthony Braxton - For Alto (1969)

Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968)

John Coltrane - Giant Steps (1960)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1969)
Bitches Brew

Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch (1964)
Hat and Beard · Out to Lunch

The Doors - The Doors (1967)
Light My Fire · End of the Night · The End

Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)
In A Gadda Da Vida (17:02) (Iron Butterfly’s masterpiece)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (1967)
Purple Haze · Hey Joe · Foxey Lady ·
The Wind Cries Mary

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1968)
Voodoo Child · Burning Of The Midnight Lamp ·
All Along the Watchtower

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
Let There Be More Light
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
A Saucerful of Secrets

Pink Floyd - Ummagumma (1969)
The members of Pink Floyd never valued this album as much as they should. Ummagumma is actually two different albums, one album of live versions of their repertoire, and one studio record of individual compositions and passages from their ’69 concert piece The Man & the Journey, spanning from avant-gardish piano pieces over psychedelic folk to musique concrète and noise.

A Saucerful of Secrets (Live) (Pink Floyd’s masterpiece, best: Live in Pompeji)
Sysyphus, Part 2
Grantchester Meadows
Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict
The Grand Vizier's Garden Party, Part 2 - Entertainment


rated 7.5/10

Amon Düül II - Phallus Dei (1969)
Phallus Dei · Kanaan · Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren

Blind Faith - Blind Faith (1969)
Sea Of Joy · Do What You Like

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica
Probably the most anarchic but intelligently concepted album in the realm of “rock”, influenced by free jazz.
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Hair Pie: Bake 1 · Hair Pie: Bake 2
When Big Joan Sets Up

The Doors - Strange Days (1967)
Strange Days · You’re Lost Little Girl ·
When the Music Is Over

The Doors - Waiting for the Sun (1968)
Waiting for the Sun

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (1969)
Baby I’m Gonna Leave You

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Whole Lotta Love

The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out! (1966)
I Ain’t Got No Heart
[The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet

Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
Astronomy Dominé · Interstellar Overdrive

The Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads (1965)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction · Play With Fire

The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (1968)
Sympathy for the Devil

The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
2000 Light Years From Home

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Venus in Furs

The Who - Tommy (1969)
Underture · Pinball Wizard · I’m Free

rated 7/10


rated 6.5/10

The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) · Michelle · Girl

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds · Within You, Without You ·
A Day in the Life

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
I Am the Walrus · Strawberry Fields Forever · Penny Lane

Pink Floyd - More [Soundtrack] (1968)

The Rolling Stones - Aftermath (1968)
Paint It Black

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (1969)
You can’t always get what you want

rated 6/10

The Beatles - Revolver (1966)
Eleanor Rigby

The Beatles - The Beatles [White Album] (1968)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps · Blackbird · Yer Blues ·
Helter Skelter

The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)
Something · I Want You (She’s So Heavy) ·
Here Comes the Sun · You Never Give Me Your Money

this list is work in progress.


  • Aman

    I think Captain Beefheart should be under "cutting edge", but that's just me. Otherwise, great list!

    30 jan. 2010, 17h53m
  • SirAlecHendrix

    thanks for this comment and your appreciation. this list is far from being that comprehensive as i want it to become over time. regarding the time the album Trout Mask Replica was recorded, i agree that it's a top notch/cutting edge, bold and eccentric musical achievement of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band and their producer which outshines most of the usual rock albums of this time. my ratings so far aren't that well embedded into musical history but value each work as an individual "timeless" piece of art. maybe i will change my mind, and individual ratings are still work in progress with my listenings.

    2 fév. 2010, 10h06m
  • spacebaw

    this sucks. you suck. your taste sucks.

    16 août 2010, 21h34m
  • hollabackitsobi

    Where's the jazz, man? The 60's were the DECADE of jazz.

    17 août 2010, 17h33m
  • Pdna2

    I appreciate and agree with many of your judgment-calls. That said, I'm somewhat surprised to find Carl Orff's Carmina Burana on the list, since it was composed in the 30's and premiered in the late 30's in Germany. Perhaps you mean to indicate a certain recording from the sixties (e.g. Jochum's?) and not Carmina Burana itself? Also, it's all good and well to declare that some or another disc is/was a "masterpiece" etc.. But such strong aesthetic statements surely require some philosophical, or at least,rhetorical justification, or some kind of defense against would-be disputants? If this list is part of a work in progress, why not wait until it's a bit more fleshed out in the form of discourse. As it stands, (even if I agree with much of it), it appears somewhat arbitrary. A discussion of some musical and aesthetic properties that make these works at least historically significant, and aesthetically compelling, seems to be in order. The fact that you say (above)that maybe you will change your mind about these "timeless" artworks, without explaining what criterion allows them to be so judged to begin with suggests an element of caprice. I would pose this question to you: Are these aesthetic judgments arrived at intuitively/subjectively, or do you engage in some philosophical (aesthetic) critique and/or formal evaluation? I am being sincere here. I do respect what you are trying to do here and elsewhere. But an arbiter of aesthetic value must, I think, reflect on the process of evaluation itself (i.e. the formal or tacit criteria of value, norms of aesthetic value to which you appeal, internal relations of ideas in play, etc.)

    27 sept. 2010, 17h18m
  • Pdna2

    Sorry if I appear argumentative, but I came here because you left a link on the Spatialilsm page (I am very interested in Henry Brants Spatial Music). The link claimed that Spatial Music was "discussed" on this page. There is no such discussion, only a mention of the term "spatial music" (re: Stockhausen) with no discussion of the concept, much less its relevance to Kontakte, It is a pretty technical term, and a journal discussion and mention are very different. I've had many similar experiences (and not only with your journals but others' as well). I click to see a "discussion" of something I find interesting, and often find very little of substance on the putative topic. Again, I do not mean to be bellicose. I just think the issues I raise (for you and others) have at least some validity and significance.

    27 sept. 2010, 17h45m


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