1960s

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…

The Velvet Underground and Nico

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Known as The Velvet Underground and Nico (often refered to as Andy Warhol or Banana) this debut album is widely recognised as the starting point for many alternative music styles, and it’s influence can be seen in acts as diverse as My Bloody Valentine,Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain to others like The Pastels,…

Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends

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Released in 1968 Simon and Garfunkels album ‘Bookends’ has one of the most recognised pieces of cover art, featuring the duo bedecked in black sweaters, evoking that Greenwich Village folk scene style. Featuring the hit track Mrs Robinson (from The Graduate) the album holds some of their finest songs, blending rootsy folk with the psychedelic…