76 - 100 (1966 - 1967) 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.

Cream - Disraeli Gears(1967)

Standout Tracks
Strange Brew
Sunshine Of Your Love
Tales of Brave Ulysses

This album Psychedelic rock at it’s best. Jazz like drumming and a really laid back sound. An awesome Sunday out kind of vibe. If you haven’t heard of Cream you may have heard of one of it’s members Eric Clapton. This is the sixties sound you have imagined. Strong guitars with wah petals and a American blues vibe thrown in. This music was quite heavy for the time and was a foreshadow for the heavy metal music that would burst onto the scene later in the decade. This is a must listen on on this list. Even their name comes from how good they were, cream taken from “cream of the crop”.


Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)

Standout Tracks
Interstellar Overdrive
The Gnome

One of the most successful rock bands of all time. This is the debut that started it all. If you have ever wondered where the genre Psychedelic rock comes from and what music in that genre sounds like, look no further. Gnomes, spaceships , bicycles, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn has it all. It is quite an inaccessible album and hard to to appreciate if you don’t really understand the time period, but persevere with it as this is a great snapshot back to the late sixties.


The Who - The Who Sell Out (1967)

Standout Tracks
Armenia City In The Sky
I Can See For Miles

Straight looking at the album cover you can tell this is going to be something a little different. The Who Sell Out is a concept album about a pirate offshore radio station, commercials and all. It’s a satire on music and its relationship with advertising. It’s fitting they pay tribute to pirate radio, as Its one of the reasons they got famous to start off with.

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet underground & Nico (1967)

Standout Tracks
Sunday Morning
I’m Waiting For My Man
Venus In Furs

The anti happy album for the sixties, this album is low production and minimalist. Radio stations banned it for its lyrics about drugs and sex, while critics at the time chose to simply ignore it . The cover was provided by Andy Warhol. Despite this an often repeated statement about the album from brian Eno/ Peter Buck is “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10 000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band”. The album conveys a mood of pointlessness and negativism.

Drone guitars, with blues and country inspiration. This albums influence would spread out over the decades through alternative and experimental rock. It has become one of the most critically acclaimed rock albums of all time. A brilliant album that conveys its themes which as much relevancy as it did back in 1967.

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced? (1967)

Standout Tracks (US Version)
Purple Haze
Hey Joe
The Wind Cries Mary
Foxey Lady

The greatest electric guitar player of all time released a debut album to a shocked world. Part hippy, part rock god, Jimi Hendrix had a skill that no-one before or after him has been able to touch. Distorted guitars with a touch of blues and alot of psychedelia makes this an outstanding and cornerstone album of the sixties.

Full List 

  1. Gilberto, Astrud – Beach Samba (1967)
  2. Nico – Chelsea Girl
  3. Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  4. Country Joe & the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind & Body
  5. Buffalo Springfield – Again
  6. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe as Milk
  7. Moby Grape – Moby Grape
  8. Love – Da Capo
  9. Beau Brummels – Triangle
  10. Monkees – Headquarters
  11. Buckley, Tim – Goodbye & Hello
  12. Love – Forever Changes
  13. Cream – Disraeli Gears
  14. Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn
  15. Who – Sell Out
  16. Velvet Underground - & Nico
  17. Sinatra, Frank - Frank Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
  18. The Doors – The Doors
  19. The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
  20. Young Rascals – Groovin’
  21. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
  22. Kinks – Something Else by the Kinks
  23. Donovan – Sunshine Superman
  24. Haggard, Merle – I’m a Lonesome Fugitive
  25. Hendrix, Jimi – Are You Experienced

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