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.

Wednesday Question: Best Album of the 1960s?
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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".