1960s

The Band – The Band

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The eponymous second album from The Band was released in 1969. With a host of classic tracks it saw them hitting full stride, with multiple vocal performances and some surprising instrumentation it’s a celebrated album of roots rock. Across the Great Divide, Rag Mama Rag, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and King Harvest…

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

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The eleventh album from the American rock band The Beach Boys was entitled Pet Sounds. Released through Capitol records in May 1966 it is heavily considered to be one of the most influential recording made. Featuring the tracks ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ , ‘I Know There’s an Answer’ and ‘God Only Knows’, Brian Wilson had…

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin Bob Dylan

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The second studio album from Mr Zimmerman, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was released in 1963. Taken cues from stories of the time focusing on civil rights Dylan uses the album to wiled his own lyrics to the traditional folk tunes, departing from his first album which was mainly cover versions. Kicking of with his take…

Joni Mitchell – Clouds

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Clouds is the second studio album from Joni Mitchell. Originally from Canada, born Roberta Joan Anderson, she rose to prominence through the early folk scene and gained fame on Reprise Records living among the Laurel Canyon scene. Stephen Stills crops up playing guitar on this one, released in 1969. The most famous track is ‘Both…

The Beatles – Rubber Soul

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First appearance for the The Beatles into the Hand Drawn Album Covers world with this felt pen take on Rubber Soul. The Fab Four were unstoppable at this point, album number six, released just after Help! and just before Revolver. You can see the future direction is already pretty clear on tracks like Nowhere Man,…

Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline

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It’s the 9th studio release from Mr Zimmerman and surprisingly the first in the Hand Drawn series. Released in 1969 the albums steely, country twang is no better set off than on the cover with Bob holding his guitar and tipping his hat, in a cheery, welcoming way, ‘come on y’all’. It features ‘Peggy Day’…

Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica

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  The third release from Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Trout Mask Replica landed in 1969 on June 16th. Recorded in Los Angeles the album contained their heady brew of signature sounds, blending blues rock with psychedelia, free jazz and more. Don Van Vliet roped in Frank Zappa to contribute to some of the…

Blind Faith – Blind Faith

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As super-groups go, Blind Faith certainly fitted the bill and this their self titled 1969 album featured a cover which courted a fair bit of controversy. Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker after disbanding Cream got together with Family’s Ric Grech and Steve Winwood (Traffic, Spencer Davis Group) to form the band and wrapped it all…

The Doors – The Doors (First Album)

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Released in 1967 on the Elektra label, the eponymous debut from the Los Angeles based band The Doors scored big time with the singles ‘Break On Through‘ and ‘Light My Fire‘. With the charismatic Jim Morrison on vocals, the self proclaimed Lizard King would lead the band through a number of follow up albums, all…

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

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Hey, hey mama, it’s a massive flaming dirigible. Well, actually it’s the world famous image of the Hindenburg airship disaster which is now more synonymous with the debut album of true music legends. Led Zeppelin’s 1969 eponymous release was a startling update of blues based sounds with a ‘heavier’ tone. With Robert Plant’s wail in…