Wednesday Question: Best Album of the 1960s?

What were the best albums of the 1960s? Post your nominations here, and it might appear in our top 10 list this Friday.

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Ah, the 1960s. The birthplace of modern music, thanks to a movement which still echoes decades later.

Much could be said about how the 1960s counter culture inspired youngsters to pick up guitars and start a revolution, or how live music could be set in a field with thousands of open-minded music fans in attendance. And just think - it was the Beatles broke the mould and showed that bands could write their own songs rather than rely on writers at labels. What would music be like without the events of the 1960s?

That's why this week's Wednesday question is:

What are the best albums of the 1960s?

Okay, so the UG readership might not be as familiar with underground '60s releases as they might like, but in a way that's a good thing. You're better placed to pick out the long-standing classics which still influence artists today - and that's a real measure of a great album.

The rules: post one album nomination per comment, and upvote any that you agree with. The album had to be released between 1960 and 1969.

This is the last in our "best of the decade" series, so let's go out with a bang! Dive into the comments and let's figure out what the greatest album from the 1960s really is, and your nomination could appear in our top 10 list this Friday. Good luck!

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    99deadballons
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
    shwilly
    Word In case people fail to see your suggestion due to the lack of visuals ->
    99deadballons
    Haha good call man
    Braykah
    Blind Faith - Blind Faith (1969) And yes, the album cover is inappropriate. But that doesn't take away the fact that it's a fantastic album. EDIT: Yeah, you're right, it doesn't cut it. Taking the video down so that people won't have to be suspected of being pedophiles at their workplaces.
    Burnzyburns
    You're correct, but jesus dude. You just made people inadvertently look at picture of a topless pubescent girl at work.
    BONNIE SCOTT
    Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
    N-D
    Yeah, amazing album!
    Burnzyburns
    I honestly think he has two better LPs in the 60s and one in the 70s. I nominate "Electric Ladyland"
    juniorchurch
    This has to be my vote for top album... check out tracks like highway chile, stone free and a personal fav may this be love !!
    cip 123
    loved it but thought Axis: Bold As Love was always better.
    Braykah
    Free - Tons of Sobs (1969)
    Rodgers's vocals and Kossoff's guitar playing is so badass.
    SGofawesome
    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
    N-D
    I think this record is really great - genre doesn't matter Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison" (1968)
    BONNIE SCOTT
    Disraeli Gears - Cream
    N-D
    With such classic as)
    Braykah
    You're all forgetting about the obvious one. Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra (1969)
    The sheer fact that Jon Lord single-handedly composed this makes him a god among men.
    N-D
    Again, my vote is for non-rock album - maybe, one of the greatest jazz records: John Coltrane - "A Love Supreme" (1965)
    floggingmurphy
    When it comes to jazz it's gonna be a close one between A Love Supreme and this one. For me at least.
    N-D
    Yes, I want to post this too, but I thought that there are already a lot of entries by me)
    clegtr
    Guys if it comes to Jazz, nothing can beat Miles Davis' Bitches Brew Miles Davis - Bitches Brew EDIT: Released 1970, does that still count?
    SISO
    Nop, it doesn't count. And when it comes to Jazz nothing beats Trane's A Love Supreme. That's a theological fact since Coltrane is God
    N-D
    Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention - "Freak Out!" (1966)
    SleepFan
    That's funny I just got this album on CD like 3 days ago. IT RULES! Zappa has never disappointed me. I now have Apostrophe, Freak Out!, and Shut Up n' Play Yer Guitar. Fantastic guitar, indeed.
    third(-)eye
    Also get Hot Rats, One Size Fits All, We're Only In It For The Money, and Sheik Yerbouti.
    SleepFan
    Thank you very much, I was actually planning on getting Hot Rats and then We're Only in it for the Money next. I am so glad that I've finally discovered the wonders of Zappa. It only took 18 years! Also, would you recommend Absolutely Free?
    third(-)eye
    I haven't heard Absolutely Free actually, so I can't say. But I have yet to hear a "bad" Zappa album.
    SleepFan
    Alrighty then, looks like a sure buy then. Cheers everyone! This is one Top 10 list that won't have any bad choices.
    Yabba Who
    Freak Out! is definitely an awesome album (and it got my vote) but nothing defines the 60's for me quite like "We're Only In It For The Money".
    N-D
    For me - maybe one of the greatest psychedelic records of the '60s: Jefferson Airplane - "Surrealistic Pillow" (1967)
    Swannie
    I second that! Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane I have an original copy that Jorma and Jack signed last year
    Kriggs
    Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
    ToolCreedence
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Self-Titled (1968) Bayou Country (1969) Green River (1969) Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) They put out 4 incredible albums in a year and a half
    TryTheKetchup
    Great thing
    Braykah
    Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969) Nominating this in a reply because it would suck to have it fall so far down on the page.
    iommi600
    Underrated as hell. Everyone who disses Lou Reed based on Lulu should listen to this.
    clegtr
    Just wanted to post that (The velvet underground album that is)
    N-D
    And great debut from Frank Zappa's protege: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - "Safe As Milk" (1967)
    notaconotaco
    The White Album - The Beatles
    sunburstshredde
    Revolver
    schirripar
    Revolver is my personal favorite Beatles album. Very underrated... I mean as underrated as a Beatles album could be
    Dylan_86
    How is it underrated? It is often considered their best album or in the top 3 and is also towards the top of most greatest album ever lists. Overrated if anything, The Beatles have better albums.
    GALGOPOWER
    I don't think there's good album in the 60's... Top 10 will be bad...
    SleepFan
    I would agree with you if what you had said was the opposite of what you said...
    -Retro-
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
    kmitchell74
    DEFINITELY the White Album. It's the best Beatles album and one of the best of all time!!
    iommi600
    THE BEACH BOYS - PET SOUNDS YEP, I NEED TO TYPE THIS IN CAPS BECAUSE THE ALBUM IS TOO BADASS TO HAVE ITS NAME WRITTEN IN ORDINARY CHARACTERS. EDIT: this wasn't supposed to be a reply, but oh well, now it can get more upvotes.
    Kriggs
    I totally agree. I already put it in at the beginning, just scroll down. But everyone has to start using the reply system in the wrong way.
    Burnzyburns
    I can't say what the response would have been otherwise, but "oh well, now it can get more upvotes" was upvote suicide. (Honestly, I would have downvoted you anyway for the weak, ALLCAPS business and defense)
    iommi600
    I now, have +9 for that comment, so... *dances like Michael Jackson* SUCK THAT NIGGA
    iommi600
    Because internet is serious business. The all-caps thing was just meant to take the piss out of the whole thing a little.
    kmitchell74
    Hands down White Album. It is the best Beatles album and one of the best albums of all time!