The late ’60s come down to two years musically, and 1968 ain’t one of them.
We had the Summer of Love in 1967, and with it both the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Jimi Hendrix’s blistering debut. Woodstock and 1969 are synonymous in the collective musical memory, so there’s your other legendary musical year in that decade.
In the middle rests 1968, the Jan Brady of the sixties. That’s too bad, because not only did Gene Vincent try to blow Gary Glitter’s head off and Elvis make a welcome comeback in ’68, but the year was witness to several future classic albums, too. Here’s tracks for 12 of them, in the order in which their respective albums were released:
January: “White Light/White Heat,” The Velvet Underground.
February: “Classical Gas,” Mason Williams.
March: “Reflections,” Diana Ross and the Supremes.
April: “Dance To the Music,” Sly and the Family Stone.
May: “Folsom Prison Blues,” Johnny Cash. The song dates to 1955, but Cash’s legendary At Folsom Prison was released in 1968.
June: “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” Iron Butterfly.
July: “Five To One,” The Doors.
August: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye.
September: “Pictures of Matchstick Men,” Status Quo.
October: “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland),” the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
November: “Helter Skelter,” the Beatles.
December: “Street Fighting Man,” the Rolling Stones.
There you have it–12 hardly deep tracks from 1968. Do you have a favorite album or track from the Jan Brady year of the ’60s? Lay it on me–I’m listening.
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Released on November 22, the same day as The Beatles aka “The White Album, ” The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society was considered a massive flop at the time. Fortunately, over the next 50 years both listeners and critics realized the error of their ways, and the album now now enjoys much-deserved masterpiece status. If you don’t have a copy in your stacks, get on that. You won’t regret it.
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