Urban75 Album of the Year - 1968

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  1. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Been listening to George Harrison's Wonderwall Music which is now seen as one of the first world fusion records. It's not one you'd find yourself humming along to but it's a damn fine listen, imho.
  2. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

  3. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Is it new versions of previously recorded stuff? Which would be fine. But it looks a lot like ‘67 to me
  4. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    There's an article in Billboard on the 18th November 1967 about a slate of contemporary music releases on Columbia labels ("Col. Goes Mod With Release of 17 Titles of Contemporary Fare") which lists it but no release date. Billboard list it in their new album release column on 13th January 1968. Looks like another of those annoying end of year/start of year releases and in a genre where the notion of 'release date' isn't exactly a massive priority.

    ETA: trying some different search strings I found a couple of articles confirming this group of contemporary music titles were released in November 1967.
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  5. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Another groovy soundtrack. Rather played this to death in the 90s, however it's still as entertainingly silly as the film and unlike a lot of soundtrack LPs it works as an album IMO.

  6. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown caput mortuum

    This may be making it's way onto my short-list.

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  7. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    This John Mayall album is worth checking out - really solid psychedelic blues stuff.

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  8. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    (I tried Van Morrison, but found it pretty dull tbh)

    Peter Brotzmann, now...

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  9. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    seriously though, the Brotzmann. What an album.
  10. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    a wild year for free jazz, this is wicked too.

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  11. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    This Pearls Before Swine album is good, came across it a month or so ago when the singer died (Psychic TV covered Translucent Carriages on A Pagan Day too)

  12. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    surprised this hasn't come up yet - its a belter (racist art work notwithstanding)
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  13. rutabowa

    rutabowa LOSE IT

    Reverend Gary Davis "live at Newport". his live albums are the way to go for me, much as I love his early 40s crazy fast technical blues style, I really LOVE his rougher more emotional live output from the 60s/70s.
  14. rutabowa

    rutabowa LOSE IT

    Celia Cruz had 2 out in 68 that I'll be checking out tomorrow hopefully.
  15. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    If you're interested in Latin music, check out Fania's releases: it's wall to wall classics in '68.
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  16. rutabowa

    rutabowa LOSE IT

    Ken Boothe "Mr rock steady" shd prob be somewhere
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  17. copliker

    copliker ...

    This is great ta.

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  18. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    If there's one problem with that album it's that the first track is so off-the-scale amazing that the rest, despite being great, suffers by comparison.
  19. Spandex

    Spandex A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound

    The Heptones!
  20. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    Lack of musical prowess, LSD and a heavy dose New York weirdness. Some say it's the worst The Godz ever made, I reckon it could be the best.

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  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Much as Id like to Im struggling to get behind any of the hippy LPs from this peak-hippy year. Curious to see what the hippiest lp to make it into the final list is.

    Best two Ive never heard before finds so far are this really accessible tight and lyrical south african jazz lp - really lovely vibes and great playing. So sweet impossible not to like...
    Mankunku Quartet - Yakhal' Inkomo

    title track tribute to John Coltrane (who died the previous year)

    as it says in the liner notes, brilliant piano solo on that
    And this kinda psych-brazilian LP (great artwork too)

    Reading about, both have been super rare but had reissues in the last couple of years.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2018
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  22. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Might need time to reflect, but my kneejerk reaction would be 'Astral Weeks'.
  23. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Nice little blog project
    The '68 Comeback Special "Revisiting the albums of 1968 on their 50th anniversary"
    Good write up of albums from 68
  24. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    On reflection, I might also go for 'Village green preservation society'.
  25. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    I somehow always assumed, without checking, that this was from 1967.
  26. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    If it's any help there's a hell of a lot on the wiki list that I listened to at the time and thought wonderful but now, listening with 2018 ears, nah, not so much. Maybe the drugs were just better then.
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  27. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    yeah i think my window for a lot of that has closed. maybe i need my third eye chakra cleasing :)
    Im finding the whole indian scales and sitars thing particularly grating. Alice Coltrane notwithstanding.

    at work i can only listen with a single ear bud which is really working against all that 68 hard panning! ;) IIRC even Aretha Now had some tracks with the drums in the right only. Might have been Etta James as it goes. Discovered a couple of good albums with only clean vocals in the left channel though which makes them very tidy to cut up and stick in a sampler.
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  28. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Been checking out this (its on Spotify):
    White Light/White Heat (3CD - 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) (with Flexi Exclusive) | The Velvet Underground | Music, News, Reissues
    some fairly interesting bits including unreleased stuff on there, but I think its the live set on CD3 that is the best part of it.

    Includes an instrumental of the Gift. Only so many times you can hear that story. Id guess its just the right channel from the original turned into a mono though, and not sure its stands up on its own tbh.

    Overall these packages can err on spoiling the classic album I find.
  29. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    "Hippiest" ?.

    Lurdan gloomily contemplates the erasure of the distinctions between musical types which seemed so clear cut when he was 15.

    I'd have thought Electric Ladyland might be a contender for the final list.

    Dave King's original UK LP covers for Track Records aren't seen on reissues. Always liked this collage which was used on one of the discs for it's release as single albums. (Double albums were still something of a novelty for pop releases).



    Loved the Mekon on the back.
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  30. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Id be curious to hear you lay them out Lurdan. Its true I dont have the vocabulary for it.
    i guess i meant overindulgent in some psychedelic shape or form
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018

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