The Best year for Rock Music – 1967? Hendrix, Beefheart, Doors?

The Best year for Rock Music – 1967? Hendrix, Beefheart, Doors?

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?

2 thoughts on “The Best year for Rock Music – 1967? Hendrix, Beefheart, Doors?

  1. You may well be right picking 67 as a pinnacle in rock music. The production and release of the Beatle’s “Sgt. Pepper” being key, IMO. The ‘dream of multitrack recording came of age!! Played my first professional gig in 67, although who cares?

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