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1960s Album Reviews

Rock and roll launched in the 1950s, but in the 1960s the rock LP as an art-form came into its own. Artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Beach Boys are perennial favourites on greatest albums of all time lists.

Rock and pop music became more complex in the mid 1960s, as groups pushed the boundaries of subject matter, chord structures, and studio technology. After the psychedelic era, popular music diversified into many strands, like heavy metal, progressive rock, roots music, that would be explored further in the 1970s.

There are many 1960s acts that I am planning to review, including Otis Redding and prominent rock bands like The Who, The Kinks, and Cream. A bunch of acts that started their careers in their late 1960s, and went on to further triumphs in the 1970s, can be found on the 1970s review page.

The Band 1969 Album

The Band

The Band started as The Hawks, backing blues belter Ronnie Hawkins, before supporting Bob Dylan on his controversial 1966 electric … Continue Reading The Band

The Beach Boys Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys

As a casual music listener it’s easy to hear The Beach Boys’ sun-drenched hits, and conclude that the group were … Continue Reading The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys Solo

Amazingly, for a band that seemed fragmented into factions since the mid-1960s, it took until 1977 for a solo album … Continue Reading The Beach Boys Solo

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles

From very early in their career and probably until the demise of Western civilization, Liverpool’s The Beatles will stand unchallenged … Continue Reading The Beatles

Buffalo Springfield

Buffalo Springfield were a short-lived, but fascinating band. It’s easy to draw parallels with The Byrds – both were 1960s … Continue Reading Buffalo Springfield

The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers

The Byrds

The Byrds started as a folk band, but their single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ crystallised their distinctive sound, with Roger McGuinn’s … Continue Reading The Byrds

Gene Clark

Gene Clark achieved fame and success as an early member of The Byrds. As a solo artist, however, he only … Continue Reading Gene Clark

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1969 and 1970 were flagship years for rock music, with most major 1960s acts still releasing albums, and exciting new … Continue Reading Creedence Clearwater Revival

Neil Diamond

I was a teenager during the 1990s, but I never went through a rebellious phase. While my much cooler peers … Continue Reading Neil Diamond

Bob Dylan

Robert Zimmerman was born in Minnesota in 1941, renaming himself Bob Dylan after Welsh poet Robert Thomas. Dylan started his … Continue Reading Bob Dylan

Fairport Convention Liege and Lief

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention are the focal point for British folk rock of their generation. While they started their career as a … Continue Reading Fairport Convention

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul and, according to Barack Obama, “helped define the American experience”. Success, however, didn’t … Continue Reading Aretha Franklin

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues started their career as an R&B band, enjoying a hit with ‘Go Now’, fronted by future Wings … Continue Reading The Moody Blues

Laura Nyro

New York’s Laura Nyro wrote a batch of hit songs in in the late 1960s, and is an inductee into … Continue Reading Laura Nyro

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers

The Rolling Stones

It’s widely acknowledged that The Rolling Stones hit their peak between 1968 and 1972 – right now I’m covering those … Continue Reading The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel Bookends

Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel met as teenagers in a school play, where Simon played the White Rabbit and Garfunkel the Cheshire … Continue Reading Simon and Garfunkel


Los Angeles teenagers Randy Wolfe, bassist Mark Andes, and vocalist Jay Ferguson formed The Red Roosters in the mid-1960s. The … Continue Reading Spirit

The Velvet Underground

1960s New York band The Velvet Underground have been cited as an influence by a legion of followers. Even if the … Continue Reading The Velvet Underground

Zombies Odessey and Oracle Review

1960s Miscellany

Album reviews of 1960s artists who don’t qualify for their own page. Johnny Cash Arlo Guthrie Dusty Springfield The Zombies … Continue Reading 1960s Miscellany