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Top Albums Of 1969

This was an awesome year for music. Like, so many hot albums. Probably the hardest one to rate thus far.
10Frank Zappa
Uncle Meat


Another one of his oddball experimental rock releases. Not really my favourite, but still good. Kind of on par with Lumpy Gravy.
9Herbie Hancock
The Prisoner
8Johnny Cash
At San Quentin


I don't like Johnny Cash, at all. But I do like this album. It's basically a greatest hits, and that's likely why I enjoy it. Still, this isn't something I could listen to every day.
7 Ron Carter
Uptown Conversation


Fantastic playing, Ron Carter is unbelievable.
6Herbie Hancock
Fat Albert Rotunda


Herbie had a streak of album releases that were all utterly fantastic, and they started with this one.
5 Freddie Hubbard
The Hub of Hubbard


Another fantastic release by Freddie, I believe this one is regarded as one of his best, if not his best.
4Miles Daivs
In a Silent Way


Another fusion work. Not as good as 'Bitches Brew', but it's still absolutely stellar. With the amount of incredible material this man released, it's hard not to consider him the greatest musical visionary of the 20th century.
3King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


Robert Fripp wanted to make rock music that was as sophisticated as Jazz and Classical, and he succeeds with this album. Surprisingly enough, I don't like 2 of the 5 songs on this album, but the 3 I do enjoy I adore. 21st Century Schizoid Man opens up the doors and a new wave of jazz fusion/progressive rock floods in.
2Miles Davis
Bitches Brew


This should probably be number 1 just based on it's influence, but it just doesn't hold the same place in my heart that Hot Rats does. That said, Miles Davis absolutely smashed the boundary of what jazz could be with this album. Nothing before it sounded different, and he single handedly creates a new sound with this album. It's a massive listen, but if you can get through it, you'll be duly rewarded.
1Frank Zappa
Hot Rats


The top 3 albums could probably be interchanged with relative ease, but I have to go with Hot Rats as the best of 1969. This was my first introduction to Zappa, and I'll never forget hearing the intro to Peaches En Regalia for the first time. Zappa absolutely destroys on this record, one of the best Fusion albums of all time.
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