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60's Pop/Rock Albums That Changed Boomers' Musical Perspectives


Recommended by Mike, a patron of the Canton Public Library.

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Days of Future Passed

by the Moody Blues and the London Festival Orchestra
1016859.jpg A timeless fusion of rock and classical music. Nothing like it had ever been done before and it still sounds fresh and innovative today. It truly made listeners of "traditional" R&R realize there was a whole lot more out there to pay close attention to. The use of the mellotron, an early synthesizer, is particularly unique and holds very different musical concepts together extremely well. Also, terrific vocal harmonies. "Nights in White Satin" is one of the era's great classics.

Pet Sounds

by the Beach Boys
1050240.jpg Genius is an over-used term, but when applied to Brian Wilson, it certainly fits. The production is detailed and flawless, with the use of instruments that one never heard in rock music prior to this. The lyrics truly capture the joys and challenges of coming of age in that era. Also, it inspired the Beatles to create Sgt. Pepper.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

by the Beatles
1026545.jpg The most influential rock album ever. Nothing like it before or since. The production is amazing for the era and still sounds terrific today. For the most popular musicians in the world at the time to attempt such an ambitious projectwell, it was a huge gamble that paid off for all of us.

Blonde on Blonde

by Bob Dylan
1318545.jpg Dylan at his best, fusing folk, rock and his enigmatic and complex lyrics "for the masses" in a way that really connected. "Like a Rolling Stone" is often selected as the most influential rock single everthe "Citizen Kane" of pop/rock.

Their Greatest Hits 1971-75

by the Eagles
1026509.jpg This album is one the best selling of all time, but that's not why it's on the list. The Eagles' blend of rock, country and folk expanded musical horizons like no other band of that era. Don Henley and Glenn Frey (a native of Royal Oak!) are wonderful lyricists and the harmonies are just about unsurpassed. Once you listen to them, you want to explore about five other genres of music!