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Long Shot's Top 60 Albums of 1963

This year strikes me as a sort of "calm before the storm", with few albums treading into proper "remarkable" territory but there still being a sense that the musical landscape is about to change dramatically. There is one extreme exception to the former condition, the first proper 5.0 I've given in this entire Deep Dive. And don't miss the first list appearances of Dylan, The Beatles and The Beach Boys -- all at various stages of breaking through into the limelight.
1Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady


5.0

Track pick: "Track C - Group Dancers"
2Sandy Bull
Fantasias For Guitar and Banjo


4.6

Track pick: "Blend"
3Max Roach, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington
Money Jungle


4.4

Track pick: "Fleurette Africaine"
4Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan


4.3

Track pick: "Masters of War"
5Dayle Stanley
A Child of Hollow Times


4.3

Track pick: "Child of Hollow Times"
6Thelonious Monk
Monk's Dream


4.2

Track pick: "Monk's Dream"
7John Coltrane
Impressions


4.1

Track pick: "Impressions"
8The Beatles
With the Beatles


4.0

Track pick: "Please Mister Postman"
9The Beatles
Please Please Me


4.0

Track pick: "A Taste of Honey"
10James Brown
Live At The Apollo


3.9

Track pick: "Lost Someone"
11Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane


3.8

Track pick: "In a Sentimental Mood"
12Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross


3.8

Track pick: "Rhythm-A-Ning"
13Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger


3.8

Track pick: "Cocaine Blues"
14Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins


3.7

Track pick: "Self Portrait (Of the Bean)"
15Grant Green
Feelin' the Spirit


3.7

Track pick: "Go Down Moses"
16John Coltrane
Ballads


3.7

Track pick: "Say It (Over and Over Again)"
17Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
Ella and Basie!


3.7

Track pick: "Dream a Little Dream of Me"
18Dayle Stanley
After the Snow


3.7

Track pick: "After the Snow"
19Oscar Peterson
Night Train


3.7

Track pick: "Hymn to Freedom"
20Roy Orbison
In Dreams


3.7

Track pick: "In Dreams"
21Bill Evans
Interplay


3.6

Track pick: "Interplay"
22Sam Cooke
Night Beat


3.6

Track pick: "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"
23John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman


3.6

Track pick: "Lush Life"
24Dexter Gordon
Our Man in Paris


3.6

Track pick: "A Night in Tunisia"
25Joan Baez
In Concert, Part 2


3.6

Track pick: "Queen of Hearts"
26Frank Sinatra
Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First


3.6

Track pick: "My Kind of Girl"
27Freddie Hubbard
Hub-Tones


3.5

Track pick: "Lament for Booker"
28Solomon Burke
If You Need Me


3.5

Track pick: "If You Need Me"
29Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue


3.5

Track pick: "Midnight Blue"
30Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra


3.5

Track pick: "Ol' Man River"
31Paul Desmond
Take Ten


3.5

Track pick: "Nancy"
32Joe Henderson
Page One


3.5

Track pick: "Recorda Me"
33Francoise Hardy
Le premier bonheur du jour


3.5

Track pick: "Le premier bonheur du jour"
34Stan Getz
Jazz Samba Encore!


3.4

Track pick: "Menina Flor"
35Pete Seeger
We Shall Overcome


3.4

Track pick: "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
36The Beach Boys
Surfer Girl


3.4

Track pick: "In My Room"
37Jorge Ben
Samba Esquema Novo


3.4

Track pick: "Mas, que nada"
38Jimmy Smith
Back At The Chicken Shack


3.4

Track pick: "Back at the Chicken Shack"
39Phil Spector
A Christmas Gift For You


3.4

Track pick: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
40Sam Cooke
Mr. Soul


3.4

Track pick: "I Wish You Love"
41Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Composer of Desafinado Plays


3.4

Track pick: "The Girl from Ipanema"
42Albert Ayler
My Name Is Albert Ayler


3.4

Track pick: "Summertime"
43Judy Collins
Judy Collins 3


3.4

Track pick: "Farewell"
44Jackie McLean
Let Freedom Ring


3.4

Track pick: "Melody for Melonae"
45Sheila Jordan
Portrait of Sheila


3.4

Track pick: "Am I Blue"
46Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley's Beach Party


3.4

Track pick: "Road Runner"
47The Ventures
The Ventures In Space


3.3

Track pick: "Out of Limits"
48Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane
Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane


3.3

Track pick: "Why Was I Born?"
49Peter, Paul and Mary
Moving


3.3

Track pick: "Puff, the Magic Dragon"
50Ike Quebec
Blue & Sentimental


3.3

Track pick: "Blue and Sentimental"
51Gerry Mulligan
Night Lights


3.3

Track pick: "Night Lights"
52John Coltrane
Dakar


3.3

Track pick: "Dakar"
53Lee Hazlewood
Trouble Is A Lonesome Town


3.3

Track pick: "Long Black Train"
54Sun Ra
When Sun Comes Out


3.3

Track pick: "The Rainmaker"
55Miles Davis
Seven Steps to Heaven


3.3

Track pick: "Seven Steps to Heaven"
56Dick Dale
King Of The Surf Guitar


3.2

Track pick: "Mexico"
57Herbie Hancock
My Point of View


3.2

Track pick: "A Tribute to Someone"
58The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe


3.2

Track pick: "Ballad of Ole' Betsy"
59Judy Henske
Judy Henske


3.2

Track pick: "Wade in the Water"
60Aretha Franklin
Laughing on the Outside


3.2

Track pick: "If Ever I Would Leave You"
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