I was reminded on January 4, the 50th anniversary of The Doors debut that 1967 was a pretty amazing year for music. I then thought that so was 1977, 1987…and so on. So this week in honor of 7, I give you my favorite 7 albums that came out in a year ending in 7. We kick off the proceedings with Love’s “7 and 7 is” released in, of course,
The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” – A given but you’ve got to constantly be reminded as some people think it’s overrated which is far from true. Citizen Kane has fallen off #1 movie of all time because people took it for granted. Do not take this album for granted. It’s as brilliant today as it was in 1967 and is still The Beatles finest album.
The Velvet Underground & Nico-Word is if you bought the album in 1967 you immediately started an indie band
Songs Of Leonard Cohen-The debut album. Word is, if you bought the album in 1967 you immediately started a poetry journal.
Kinks “Something Else” A forgotten classic. Humorous, social commentary from Ray Davies and creative arrangements that hold it all together.
Frank Zappa “Absolutely Free” It’s a work that perfectly encapsulates that feelings of the Laurel Canyon crowd. No matter how silly it gets, it feels like a snapshot of 1967, the ideas behind the music are still relevant.
Captain Beefheart “Safe As Milk” Cream’s Disraeli Gear also came out but I prefer this blues jam
Bob Dylan “John Wesley Harding” – I consider this Dylan’s first country album, but like most Dylan records, the more you get into it, the more questions arise. Thus, making it a better record with each listen,