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Urban75 Album of the Year - 1968


Sweet when you stir it up
I did 30. Yeah and..

1 : Nico - The Marble Index
2 : Albert Ayler - Love Cry
3 : Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions of New Jazz
4 : Soft Machine - Soft Machine
5 : Incredible String Band - Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
6 : Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
7 : Incredible String Band - Wee Tam and the Big Huge
8 : The Peter Brötzmann Octet - Machine Gun
9 : Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
10 : François Bayle ‎– L'Oiseau Chanteur
11 : Rogério Duprat - A Banda Tropicalista Do Duprat
12 : Chico Buarque de Hollanda - Volume II
13 : Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
14 : Pierre Henry - La Noire À Soixante / Granulométrie
15 : Morton Subotnick - The Wild Bull
16 : Pretty Things - SF Sorrow
17 : Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes
18 : Silver Apples - Silver Apples
19 : Eric Dolphy - Iron Man
20 : Etta James - Tell Mama
21 : Scott Walker - Scott 2
22 : Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now
23 : Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Strictly Personal
24 : Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf
25 : The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
26 : Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
27 : Thelonious Monk - Underground
28 : Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
29 : Mothers of Invention - We're Only in it for the Money
30: Terry Riley - In C

Of these the two you probably don't know but should check out are the Rogerio Duprat and the Chico Buarque.


TUC Off Your Knees
My top 30 (as compiler, I don't have to bother with tedious things like correct spelling or owt)

big brother & thc
jimi el
silver apples
pretty things
floyd saucerful
softy machine
tyrano rex - prophets...
miles nefertiti
small faces
johnny c
jt this was
ornette coleman
electric prunes
the band
terry riley
os mutantes
white album
grateful dead
two virgins


TUC Off Your Knees
There was a reasonable clear next ten as well -

Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
The Peter Brötzmann Octet - Machine Gun
Soft Machine - Soft Machine
Incredible String Band - Wee Tam and the Big Huge
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
Ray Barretto - Acid
Aretha - Lady Soul
Small Faces - Ogdens Nut Gone Flake
Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes

killer b

[distant cheering]
How many submissions did you get belboid ? I always assume a couple of highly placed rankings would be enough to get an album onto the list, but the absence of Brotzmann suggests otherwise...
Thanks Belboid.

Left it a bit late and ran out of steam towards the end so only managed 14. Should have put Nico, Silver Apples and others in there. Had Cheap Thrills quite high up despite not particularly liking Janis Joplin's voice, James Gurley's one foot in the garage/one foot in outer space pyrotechnics on the other hand - if ever there was a genius in the wrong band etc...

Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
International Harvester - Sov Gott Rose-Marie
Index - Red Album
The Godz - Third Testament
The Bachs - Out Of The Bachs
Billy Nicholls - Would You Believe?
Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
Savage Resurrection - S/T
Moving Sidewalks - Flash
C.A Quintet - Trip Thru Hell
Children Of The Mushroom - S/T
Plastic Cloud - S/T
The Zombies - Odessey And Oracle

ska invita

back on the other side
I hadnt heard of that Nancy & Lee album...just played a track off it now, its :cool:. Reminding me of italian westerns.....
as Belboid said, some velvet morning is a definite highlight.
not that sure about the rest though!

ska invita

back on the other side
Embarrassed to say that I have never listened to Cheep Thrills and its the sort of thing I like too.
"Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the failure of Big Brother and the Holding Company to make it either aesthetically or as a group. Their only release dragged even the strongest fans, although it sold heavily, and most people seemed glad that Janis Joplin was leaving them in order to develop her own identity and style. She has it in her to be one of the great rock and roll singers."

That article is online btw
Rock n’ Roll History: 1968 – Rolling Stone


The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
Silver Apples - Silver Apples
The Doors - Waiting For The Sun
The United States Of America - The United States Of America
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
Sly And The Family Stone - Dance To The Music
Dr. John, The Night Tripper - Gris-Gris
Donovan - The Hurdy Gurdy Man
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
The Byrds - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Steppenwolf - The Second
Desmond Dekker - Intensify
Pandit Prannath - Earth Groove - would of been higher but for the poor recording plus it's the only track I've heard where the musician stops to blow their nose.
Jacques Loussier - Tu Seras Terriblement Gentille - his soundtrack for Dark Of The Sun from 1968 is great too
David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence
The Mohawks - The Champ
Gabor Szabo - Dreams
Fred Weinberg - The Weinberg Method of Non-Synthetic Electronic Rock
Claudine Longet - Love Is Blue

The Heptones - On Top
Harry Nilsson - Aerial ballet
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Nancy & Lee
Serge Gainsbourg - Initials B.B.
Terry Riley - In C
György Ligeti - Requiem, Lontano, Continuum (in place of not being allowed the 2001; a space odyssey soundtrack)
Roberto Gerhard, Peter Maxwell Davies - Collages, Revelation And Fall



TUC Off Your Knees
I hadnt heard of that Nancy & Lee album...just played a track off it now, its :cool:. Reminding me of italian westerns.....
as Belboid said, some velvet morning is a definite highlight.
not that sure about the rest though!
There are some great covers of it too, I particularly like the Rowland Howard & Lydia Lunch.

Not sure if anyone would dare cover it these days, it's not exactly feminist.


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Alice Coltrane - A Monastic Trio

Marcos Valle - Samba '68

Gilberto Gil - Gilberto Gil

Elza Soares - Baterista Wilson Das Neves

Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Look Around

Marcos Valle - Viola Enluarada

John & Alice Coltrane - Cosmic Music

Le Trio Camara - Le Trio Camara

Pixinguinha, Clementina de Jesus & João da Bahiana - Gente da Antiga

Jaki Byard Trio - Sunshine of My Soul

Miles Davis - Nefertiti

Maria Bethânia - Recital Na Boite Barroco

Ray Barretto - Acid

Ray Barretto - Hard Hands

Paulinho da Viola & Elton Medeiros - Samba na Madrugada

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

Lonnie Smith - Think

Chico Buarque de Hollanda - Vol 3

Thelonious Monk - Underground

Nara Leao - Nara Leao

Dr. Furface

One small step for man

The Band - Music from Big Pink
Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
Alice Coltrane - A Monastic Trio
Sly & the Family Stone - Life
Scott 2
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
Dr John - Gris-gris
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
Miles - Filles de Kilimanjaro
David Axelrod - Song of Innocence
Spirit - The Family that plays together
VU - White Light / White Heat
Aretha - Lady Soul
Silver Apples
Nico - Marble Index
The Heptones - On Top
Dorothy Ashby - Afro-harping
Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt


old wave
My list :

James Brown - I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
The Beatles - White Album
Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now
Small Faces - Ogdens Nut Gone Flake
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - You're All I Need
The Impressions - This Is My Country
McCoy Tyner - Tender Moments
The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle
Cecil Taylor - Conquistador
Otis Redding - The Dock Of The Bay
Jeff Beck - Truth
Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling
Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt OST
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets
Andrew Hill - Grass Roots
Soft Machine - Soft Machine
Ornette Coleman - New York Is Now
The Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money
Booker Ervin - The In Between

Nara Leao - Nara Leao
Kind of kicking myself about not including this :D


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Interesting list(s). Plenty there I haven't heard before, in some cases never even heard of...

I'm away on holiday ATM, but I'll dig out my twenty picks when I return in a few days.


A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound
Well done Urban. That's a much better list than for '67 :thumbs:

And thanks as usual to belboid for sorting this out and putting up with everybody :)

Here's my list:

1. Hank Ballard ‎– You Can't Keep A Good Man Down

Mr Hank Ballard: The man who wrote The Twist - Chubby Checker’s cover that got all the attention came a year after Ballard’s. By the late 60s his career was on the wane, so his friend James Brown, who was at the peak of his success, produced this album for him. It’s one of the best funk albums of the 60s, it’s sound pointing the direction JB took into the early 70s. Seriously, if you got any interest in funk, go listen to this.

2. Ray Baretto – Acid

Latin Soul: a cross-over between latin and soul music that briefly flourished in the mid-60s before being blasted away by the Salsa explosion of the 70s (which really began in 68). Some of the tracks lean more towards latin, some more towards soul. The bassline on that title track – oh yeah - and when the piano drops at the 4 minute mark! This is my favourite album from the scene.

3. Aretha Franklin ‎– Aretha Now

The Queen of Soul at the top of her game: Think, I Say a Little Prayer, See Saw. Number 6 on the poll is pretty good for a soul album on Urban.

4. Serge Gainsbourg ‎– Initials B.B.

One of two Gainsbourg albums in 68, this one shares some of the tracks with Bonnie & Clyde (the title track, Comic Strip, Dr Jekyll Et Monsieur Hyde) but it’s the better album. And, it has Initials BB on it – the best thing Gainbourg ever did.

5. The Heptones ‎– On Top

Studio One rocksteady. All sweet vocal harmonies and hip shaking basslines. Love it.

6. Nancy & Lee

Why the surprise? It’s a great album. Sinatra’s bright-eyed singing and Hazelwood’s world-weary cowboy vocals work together fantastically, and the production is amazing. My 5 year old loves this album, so it’s one of my most played of the last few years – when she asked repeatedly and at length about the lyrics I had to think fast sometimes. People always go on about Some Velvet Morning, but Summer Wine is loads better to my ears and my favourite thing she did.

7. Willie Colon ‎– El Malo

Willie Colon, and vocalist Hector Lavoe, were two of the biggest NY Salsa stars of the 70s. Their huge hits in the 70s were all virtuoso singing, flawless playing and polished production (made in a blizzard of cocaine). On this, their first album, their sound is much rawer and (to my ears) all the better for it.

8. Joe Bataan – Riot

Another Latin Soul album. Opening track It’s a Good Feeling (Riot) is so amazing that it almost overshadows the rest of the album. Almost, but not quite as the rest is great too.

9. The Latin Blues Band featuring Luis Aviles ‎– Take A Trip Pussycat

More Latin Soul. It was hard to place this album on the list. The A-side is fantastic: opener Take a Trip is one of my favourite tracks of the kind and the rest of the side continues in similar style (if you can excuse some of the lyrics, which are – to be polite – ‘of their time’). I skip the B-side.

10. Pretty Purdie ‎– Soul Drums

Some confusion if this is 67 or 68 – I think it’s recorded in 67 and released in 68, but since I didn’t vote for it last year and I doubt anyone else voted for it, fuck it, what does it matter? Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie was a session drummer who played with a lot of big names – James Brown, King Curtis, Aretha Frankiln (he played drums on Rock Steady). This album is obviously very percussive, but with some funk bass and horns thrown in it’s a stripped-down funk classic.

11. James Brown And The Famous Flames ‎– I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me

Did we agree there were 6 James Brown albums released in 68? Tough call, but I went for this as my favourite.

12. The Mohawks ‎– The Champ

Yeah, you know the title track. It’s been sampled over 657 times by everyone from Eric B & Rakim (Paid in Full) to Ina Kamoze (Here Comes the Hotstepper) to Janelle Monae. That doesn’t stop the original being a funk classic in it’s own right and the whole album being great.

13. Steppenwolf – The Second

Steppenwolf >>>>>>>>>>>>> every other rock band in 68. They released two albums this year: the first one has Born to Be Wild on it, but this is a better album. Most of the B-side runs together into one long, great medley climaxing in the double headed freak out of Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie and Resurrection. And it's the one with Magic Carpet Ride on it

14.Inez & Charlie Foxx's Swinging Mockin' Band

Absolutely great soul album.

15. Orchestra Harlow ‎– Presenta A Ismael Miranda

Moving away from the Latin Soul of their previous album towards straight up salsa (expect on the fantastic Horsin’ Up), it sums up where latin music was coming from and going to in NY in 68.


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Here's my 20 favourites from the year, in alphabetical order of title rather than attempting to rank them. Not much point in declaring Astral Weeks 'better' than Machine Gun, or White Light/White Heat 'better' than Scott 2

Van Morrison Astral Weeks
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro
Dr John Gris-Gris
Terry Riley In C
Ornette Coleman Love Call
Peter Brötzmann Machine Gun
Miles Davis Miles in the Sky
The Band Music from Big Pink
Miles Davis Nefertiti
Ornette Coleman New York Is Now!
Small Faces Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
John Coltrane Om
Ennio Morricone Once Upon a Time in the West OST
Thelonious Monk Underground
The Doors Waiting for the Sun
Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money
Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
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Fozzie Bear

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Mine, in order, no real surprises I guess. I didn't even manage to find time to listen to Machine Gun and now wish I had spent the time checking out Astral Weeks on that:

Velvet Underground – White Light White Heat
Miles Davis ‎– Filles De Kilimanjaro
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood ‎– Nancy & Lee
Terry Riley – In C
The Mothers of Invention - We're Only in It for the Money
Dr. John, The Night Tripper ‎– Gris-Gris
The Heptones – On Top
Steve Reich ‎– Live / Electric Music