Was 1967 the best year ever for Rock Music?
I think it might be.
This was the year when the British Underground and American West Coast took off with Acid Rock and Psychedelia taking Rock into a new dimension! This was the year where there was an explosion of new bands and a great expansion in music styles, depth, lyrics and complexity. 1967 was when it all began – Rock grew up!
Look at the albums that came out in 1967. A lot of them were the first albums of major new bands, new sounds, now genres and experimentation.
Roy Harper – Come out Fighting Ghenghis Smith
Doors – The Doors/Strange Days
Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground
Canned Heat – Canned Heat
Jimi Hendrix – Are you Experienced/Axis Bold as Love
Cream – Cream/Disraeli Gears
Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield/Again
Country Joe and the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind and Body/ I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die
Byrds – Younger than Yesterday/Notorious Byrd Brothers
Beatles – Sgt Peppers/Magical Mystery Tour
Big Brother & the Holding Company – Big Brother & the Holding Company
Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gate of Dawn
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow/After Bathing at Baxters
Love – Forever Changes/Da Capo
Mothers of Invention – Absolutely Free/We’re Only in it for the Money
Eric Burdon – Winds of Change
John Mayall – A Hard Road
Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request
Captain Beefheart – Safe as Milk/Strictly Personal
Yardbirds – Little Games
Phil Ochs – Pleasures of the Harbour
Leonard Cohen – Songs of
Albert King – Born under a Bad Sign
Traffic – Dear Mr Fantasy
Incredible String Band – 500 Spirits of the layers of the Onion
Nice – Thoughts of Emmerlist Davjack
Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead
That gives you a flavour – What other year could boast such a range of great albums? With all those brilliant debuts?