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14 Years on Sput/mx: Top Albums of the 1960s

Missed my actual date, which was three days ago (24-Sep), after another list prompted me to check and see when exactly it was. Can't believe it has been 14 years - first joined mxtabs when I started learning guitar (I was 16 back then) and have since used the site on-and-off as a music reference. Not until my bony ass finally got a Spotify account at the beginning of 2019 did I start seriously logging and tracking everything I've listened to, but it has been fun revisiting classics and old favorites and chatting about them with greater frequency now. And I've also run into some pretty cool fellow film-bros, too. In honor of this occasion, here are my (current) Top 10 albums of the 1960s, with five honorable mentions.
10John Coltrane
Giant Steps

'Blue Train' is my favorite Coltrane, but this is a close second. Yeah, sure, maybe neither of them are as groundbreaking as the avant-masterpiece 'A Love Supreme', but something about this is so delectable, so quaint, so pure, and yet still so full of energy and delight. I could listen to this all day.

Favorite Track: "Giant Steps"
Forever Changes

Such a smooth, warm, buttery album that seems so carefree and whimsical while you're listening to it, only to retroactively thrust all of its weight into your skull once it's over. Lost count of the times I've listened to this album and completely zoned out as if nothing else mattered for about 40 minutes. *Chef's kiss*.

Favorite Track: "You Set the Scene"
8The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground

Always get weird looks when I tell people this is my favorite Velvet Underground album. Even weirder looks when I say that 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' and 'White Light/White Heat' are merely "good" (maybe even "just okay"). It's true, though - something about their sound had never completed jelled with me until I heard their self-titled (non-Nico-conjoined) release. A little poppier, more mellow, brighter, etc. I guess that's just what I needed.

Favorite Track: "Pale Blue Eyes"
7King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King

Maybe a cliche pick nowadays (is it?) but I can't deny my love of the Crimson. Personal favorite is 'Red' (obviously doesn't qualify here) but 'Court' is the album that introduced me to the band and led me down the rabbit hole many years ago. In fact, my first exposure to them might've been hearing "Moonlight" in the film BUFFALO '66, which remains one of my favorite film scenes of all time. A watershed album, and a masterpiece.

Favorite Track: "Epitaph"
6Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Probably the jazz record I return to the most - even if not my absolute favorite, it's the one that most often feels "right" for just about any occasion. It caters to any mood and any time of day. As with any great jazz album, I'm always finding something new, a little quirk or ephemeral note or something that catches me completely off-guard and completely restores my love of the album.

Favorite Track: "Track B - Duet Solo Dancers"
5The Kinks
The Village Green Preservation Society

Another great and overlooked (even if mostly appreciated) pop album from the 60s: There isn't a single song here that isn't catchy in some way, either lyrically or melodically, and it's incredibly rare to find a 15-track album without some kind of sag. Had a hard time picking a favorite, probably the hardest time. The whole album operates on an uber-consistent level of quality.

Favorite Track: "Do You Remember Walter?"
4Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Safe As Milk

While I've probably spent more time with 'Trout Mask Replica', trying to decipher and unlock the treasures therein (and believe me, there are plenty), I've always thought Beefheart's debut was his best. Still instantly catchy and palatable without sacrificing his bizarre sense of style and songwriting. Obviously not as avant-garde of some of his subsequent albums, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Favorite track: "Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes I Do"
3The Beatles
Abbey Road

Another long-time grower. Since I can remember, I've always been most fond of 'Rubber Soul' when it comes to The Beatles. It's still an amazing record, to be sure, but 'Abbey Road' is quite simply the closest that The Beatles ever came to sheer perfection - a nearly flawless blend of their pop sensibilities, progressiveness, and agreeable talents as songwriters and performers. I say "nearly" flawless, because I could do without 'Octopuss's Garden', but I've even come around to Ringo's pipes over the years. That medley is exquisite.

Favorite track: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
2The Zombies
Odessey and Oracle

Easily one of the greatest early pop records of the 1960s (or, I guess, *ever*, for that matter), and the whole debacle behind that album's release only makes it richer. To think that people didn't like this upon release is baffling, even with a glaring typo in its name, but I'm forever grateful this eventually saw the light of day and continued to keep its head above water long enough for later generations to have and cherish it.

Favorite Track: "Care of Cell 44"
1Miles Davis
In a Silent Way

For a long while, my favorite Davis was "Bitches Brew" but this has recently usurped the throne, and is probably one of the finest jazz albums ever created. It's ubiquitous, for sure, but still reveals new things with each revisit. It also contains one of my favorite moments in all of music (when the drums bust in around 13:10 on the title track). Post-rock before such a thing existed; the build-ups, the energetic releases, the enigmatic quality of it all, the fluidity...Such a masterful piece of work.

Favorite Track: "In a Silent Way / It's About That Time"
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