Revolver – The Beatles (1966)

Revolver - The Beatles (1966)

One of the most important albums in history. It’s daring, diverse, melodic, and accessible despite the heavy experimentation – overshadowing everything the band had put out beforehand. It’s not only The Beatles at the heights of their songwriting ability, but them also at their most creative, containing a BUNCH of top-flight tunes, including acid-rockers (Tomorrow Never Knows, She Said She Said, I’m Only Sleeping… most of these are John’s), aching ballads (Eleanor Rigby, Here There and Everywhere… Paul’s, of course), and for the first time, songs by George that could compete with the best of Lennon/McCartney (Taxman, I Want to Tell You). It’s an amazing masterpiece of an album, and essential in understanding ’60s rock. You probably already have it, though, and if not you should get your fucking head checked.

Choice Cut: Here, There and Everywhere
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The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground (1969)

Each of these ten songs represent everything I want a rock song to be. There’s slow, pretty ones of all kinds, fast, fun rockers, (What Goes On, Beginning to See the Light – featuring one of the greatest endings ever, where everyone gets together and sings “How does it feel… to be loved”), and interestingly weird ones, (The Murder Mystery, I’m Set Free – which inverts Heroin, turning it from a bleak, nihilistic tale into something gorgeous and uplifting). These blissful, beautiful tunes show Lou Reed was one of the greatest songwriters ever. I hope you didn’t need proof of that, but if you did, it’s right here.

Choice Cut: Pale Blue Eyes
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