51 - 75 (1965 - 1966) of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

OwlEmpire's picks of the best albums of 51 to 75 out of the book 1001 albums You Must Hear Before You Die in chronological order. The list of the 25 albums is at the bottom of this article and the full list and explanation of the book can be found here.

The Who - My Generation(1965)

Standout Tracks
The Good’s Gone
My Generation

The Who’s Debut is raw energy. The Who became popular not only due to their music, but their stage shows where they would destroy their instruments. The title song My Generation is one of the first songs to include a bass solo. The Who were one of the seeds that would eventually grow into the Metal and Punk genres. This album was considered unpolished and not their best work by the band, however critics and fans alike loved it. It’s fast, noisy and tough. By today’s standards it is considered soft, something you would hear on an ad. When listening consider other music from the mid 1960’s and you will realise this is truly a groundbreaking record.


Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary Thyme (1966)

Standout Tracks
Scarborough Fair/Canticle
Homeward Bound

Straight out of an English meadow on a beautiful summers day this album must have been born. You can imagine the flowering meadows waving in the wind. For Simon and Garfunkel's second album they demanded total artistic control. This album was born out of the growing tension of the Vietnam War, soothing and conveying anti war sentiment at the same time.


Nina Simone - Wild is the Wind (1966)

Standout Tracks
I Love Your Lovin’ Ways’
Four Women
Break Down And Let It All Out

Nina Simone could do Jazz, Blues or Pop. This album is a collection of all three. From the Pop “I Love Your Lovin’ Ways” to the racially charged “Four Women”, Wild is the Wind highlights Nina’s ability to expertly perform all these genres. It jumps between all these genres but still keeps a consistency that Nina became well known for.

Full List 

  1. Redding, Otis – Otis Blue- Sings Soul
  2. Beach Boys – Today!
  3. Coltrane, John – A Love Supreme
  4. King, B.B. – Live at the Regal
  5. Beatles – Rubber Soul
  6. Jansch, Bert – Bert Jansch
  7. Byrds, Mr Tambourine Man
  8. Dylan, Bob – Highway 61 Revisited
  9. Who – My Generation
  10. Beatles – Revolver (1966)
  11. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  12. Neil, Fred – Fred Neil
  13. Byrds – Fifth Dimension
  14. Dylan, Bob – Blonde on Blonde
  15. Monks – Black Monk Time
  16. Kinks – Face to Face
  17. Mamas & the Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears
  18. Revere, Paul & the Raiders – Midnight Ride
  19. Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
  20. Rolling Stones – Aftermath
  21. Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
  22. 13th Floor Elevators – Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Fkiir Elevators
  23. John Mayall’s Blues Breakers – With Eric Clapton
  24. Yardbirds – Yardbirds [aka Roger the Engineer]
  25. Simone, Nina – Wild is the Wind

References (click to view)

The Who - My Generation

Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary Thyme,_Sage,_Rosemary_and_Thyme

Nina Simone - Wild is the Wind


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