MY LIFE IN MUSIC (AKA, BORN IN THE SIXTIES)
(And the song from which I took that line is older than me).
Ya' see, Furious tagged me (and just about everybody else) with the most time-consuming yet . . . consuming meme I've ever come across: Your Lifetime Through Music. In other words, as described by El Furioso, start at the Wikipedia page for the year in music for the year of your birth, and pick the best (or your favorite) album from each year you've been alive. It's as easy as that.
And it's hard!
It's funny, just like anything else, there are good years and bad years. Some years (read: the mid-70s thru mid-80s; mid to late-90s) feature albums which are clearly the year's best, yet they wouldn't make the top 20 of other years (read: late 60s or early 90s). Other years (read: 1969, 1971, 1991) have at least three or four that would dominate a lesser year. But that's how it goes.
(Carl Yastrzemski led the AL in batting at .301 in 1968. And the number one album for 1981 was . . . well, you're just gonna have to wait and see.)
Remember, these albums are "My Favorites," not what I think is "The Best." Except when they aren't. And, as it has to be, the opinions are mine as of today. Except when they aren't. And I discovered some of these albums well after their release date (either because of non-birth or because of missed opportunities.) Finally, runners-up if-and-when appropriate. Let's get to it.
Today, I'll present the first third of the 42 years (1967-2008) I've existed on this mortal coil. Only caught 18 days of 1967, but a fine year it was for tunes. The remaining 28 years to follow in the coming days. Anyhow . . .
The Golden Years (Part I):
1967: Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix
Runners-up: Velvet Underground & Nico - Velvet Underground; Live At Monterey - Ravi Shankar; Sgt. Peppers - Beatles; Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane
1968: The White Album - The Beatles
Runners-up: Music From Big Pink - The Band; Astral Weeks - Van Morrison; Sweetheart Of The Rodeo - The Byrds; Beggars Banquet - Rolling Stones; John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan; Hair - Original Cast Recording
1969: The Band - The Band
Runners-up: Abbey Road - The Beatles; Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones; Live Dead - Grateful Dead; Tommy - The Who; Santana - Santana
The Classic Rock Radio-Fodder Years:
1970: American Beauty - Grateful Dead
Runners-up: Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin; Deja Vu - CSNY; Live At Leeds - The Who; John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic; Paranoid - Black Sabbath; Loaded - Velvet Underground; Workingman's Dead - Grateful Dead
1971: Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
Runners-up: At Fillmore East - Allman Brothers Band; Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists; Tapestry - Carole King; What's Goin' On - Marvin Gaye; Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones; Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek & The Dominoes; Who's Next - The Who; All Things Must Pass - George Harrison; Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy - The Who
1972: Exile On Main Street - Rolling Stones
Runners-up: Eat A Peach - Allman Brothers Band; Europe '72 - Grateful Dead
1973: Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
Runners-up: The Wild, The Innocent & The East Street Shuffle - Bruce Springsteen; Houses Of The Holy - Led Zeppelin
The Dark Years (and man, this Dark Age lasted a longggggggg time):
1974: Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan (My copy says it's from 1974, even though Wikipedia says 1975. I'm sticking with '74 so I can have an entry for this astonishingly weak year).
1975: Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Runners-up: The Basement Tapes - Bob Dylan & The Band (I'd make this the winner, but this was recorded in '66-'67, remastered & dubbed, etc in '74 or so); Live! - Bob Marley & The Wailers
1976: Desire - Bob Dylan
Runners-up: The Royal Scam - Steely Dan; Boston - Boston; 2112 - Rush; Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder
1977: Never Mind The Bollocks - Sex Pistols
Runners-up: Rumours - Fleetwood Mac; Saturday Night Fever - Various Artists (I don't own either of these, but I loved 'em both as a kid. Plus, the mid to late 70's are so weak, I have to fill up the list somehow)
1978: Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Bruce Springsteen
Runners-up: The Cars - The Cars; Parallel Lines - Blondie; Van Halen - Van Halen (Four solid albums, to be sure, but holy shit was that a bad year)
1979: London Calling - The Clash
Runners-up: Breakfast In America - Supertramp; Fear Of Music - Talking Heads; Regatta De Blanc - The Police; The Wall - Pink Floyd
1980: Permanent Waves - Rush
Runner-up: Back In Black - AC/DC
Back tomorrow (Tuesday) with Part II (1981-1994). In other words, some of the worst musical years on record and then . . . The Renaissance.