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1969 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Jun 7, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    The Beatles' The Beatles won 1968. Let's see who wins 1969. last year of the decade and quite possibly the grandaddy of them all.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1969:
    The Beatles - The Beatles (cont. from '68)
    Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman (cont. from '68)
    Blood Sweat and Tears - S/T (cont. from '68)
    Original Cast - Hair OST
    Johnny Cash - At San Quentin
    Blind Faith - S/T
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
    The Beatles - Abbey Road
    Led Zeppelin - II

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1969:
    Marvin Gaye - I Heard it Through the Grapevine (cont. from '68)
    Tommy James - Crimson and Clover
    Sly & the Family Stone - Everyday People
    Tommy Roe - Dizzy
    The 5th Dimension - Aquarius
    The Beatles - Get Back
    Henry Mancini - Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
    Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525
    The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
    The Archies - Sugar Sugar
    The Temptations - I Can't Get Next to You
    Elvis - Suspicious Minds
    The 5th Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues
    The Beatles - Come Together / Something
    Steam - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
    Peter, Paul and Mary - Leaving on a Jet Plane
    Diana Ross and the Supremes - Someday We'll Be Together

    What are your top three albums for 1969? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
    2. The Stooges - The Stooges
    3. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

  2. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I don't see The Beatles losing this one, but we'll see, I suppose!
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  3. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    filling out the top 10 (not counting these towards points of course):
    4. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
    5. Neil Young - Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
    6. The Band - The Band
    7. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country
    8. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
    9. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    10. Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt

    additional honorable mentions (alphabetical):
    the allman brothers - the allman brothers
    blind faith - blind faith
    bob dylan - nashville skyline
    can - monster movie
    captain beefheart - trout mask replica
    cream - goodbye
    creedence clearwater revival - willy and the poor boys
    crosby, stills and nash - crosby, stills and nash
    the flying burrito brothers - the gilded palace of sin
    free - free
    the kinks - arthur (or the decline of the british empire)
    led zeppelin - ii
    MC5 - kick out the jams
    nick drake - five leaves left
    the who - tommy

    other solid albums:
    alice cooper - pretties for you
    the byrds - ballad of easy rider
    david bowie - david bowie
    the doors - the soft parade
    free - tons of sobs
    glen campbell - galveston
    grateful dead - aoxomoxoa
    jeff beck - beck-ola
    joe cocker - with a little help from my friends
    joni mitchell - clouds
    led zeppelin - i
    leonard cohen - songs from a room
    merle haggard - a portrait of merle haggard
    merle haggard - same train, a different time
    neil young - neil young
    plastic ono band - live peace
    santana - santana
    tim Buckley - blue afternoon
    tim Buckley - happy sad
    townes van zandt - our mother, the mountain

    stuff to check out:
    frank zappa - hot rats
    humble pie - town and country
    isaac hayes - hot buttered soul
    johnny cash - at san quentin
    miles davis - in a silent way
    scott walker - 3
    scott walker - 4
    sly and the family stone - stand!
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  4. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    will be truly "drinking the kool aid" levels of insane to me if they take this one. i love abbey road as much as the next guy, but look at that list! come the fuck on

    you will 100% be correct lol, I'm just getting my ranting out early
  5. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    This is quite a few albums I haven't heard.

    Have you heard any of his non-Shaft stuff before? It's a trip.

  6. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    damn lol. feel like you’d love a lot of those

    and, yeah. shaft is basically it. sly/funkadelic are big holes for me too
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  7. The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block Prestigious

    1. Elvis - From Elvis in Memphis
    2. Jackson 5 - Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
  8. George Jun 7, 2021
    (Last edited: Jun 7, 2021)

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    1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    2. The Stooges - The Stooges
    3. Gal Costa - Gal Costa

    The Beatles winning every year since 1965 would be a bit boring (albeit obviously well deserved...), but I really couldn't go for anything else at the top spot. Probably my favourite Beatles album, and the final little medley of songs to complete the album is sublime. Outside of that, tracks like Come Together, Something and I Want You (She's So Heavy) are without doubt some of my favourite Beatles tracks. I wouldn't mind it if something else won in 1969 to give it a bit of variety, but picking anything else for me would be cheating a bit...

    The Stooges debut is a fantastic piece of pure energy and garage rock / proto punk masterpiece. Fantastic scuzzy guitar tone throughout, and without doubt one of the most influential rock n roll albums of all time. Probably not quite my favourite Stooges record (that'd be Raw Power), but you can't go wrong here.

    Third spot was a bit trickier - nothing really jumped out as head and shoulders above the rest, but I went for Gal Costa's self-titled record, perhaps just to give it a bit of promo. A fantastic bit of Brazilian pop, with bits of psychedelic undertones in parts, and Gal's transfixing voice. Certainly worth a listen or two if you don't recognise the name.

    Some honourable mentions;

    Aretha Franklin - Soul '69: Another great Aretha album, probably not quite up there with her previous records, but contains excellent versions of Tracks of My Tears and Bring it on Home to Me amongst others.

    Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline: Dylan goes full country, with some lovely tracks like Lay Lady Lay. Short and sweet, and a much smaller statement from him. Also, I can't not notice the almost perfect triangle of light in the album art between his head, arm and body that looks like a play button.

    Gladys Knight and the Pips - Nitty Gritty: Only heard this recently, but this is a fantastic soul record, nothing "new", but fantastically delivered.

    Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul: A really intriguing meeting point between soul, jazz and prog, with just four lengthy tracks coming in at 45 minutes, it's fascinating. There's very little that sounds like it - even now.

    Nina Simone - Nina Simone and Piano: As the name suggests, a solo Nina record with just her voice and her piano playing. I perhaps don't listen to this as much as I should, but if you're in the mood for some more mellow Nina, this is certainly worth a listen.

    MC5 - Kick out the Jams: Similar to The Stooges, a fantastic garage / proto-punk album, and one of the best live records of all time, and certainly one of the best "Motherfuckers!" on record.

    Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica: Throwing this in at the end, even if I really have no idea if I like this or not. For one, it's an absolute mess that needs to be listened to at least once, because it sounds like nothing else. Secondly, because of an all time great line from Robert Christgau about it; "Great played at high volume when you're feeling shitty, because you'll never feel as shitty as this record".
  9. Meerkat

    human junk drawer Prestigious

  10. genericities


    Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
    also the CSN album
  11. Maverick


    1969 In Music

    Top 3 Albums:
    1. Abbey Road - The Beatles
    2. Led Zeppelin II
    3. Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake

    More Favorite Albums:
    Led Zeppelin I
    Stand! - Sly & The Family Stone
    In A Silent Way - Miles Davis
    In The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson
    The Stooges
    The Soft Parade - The Doors
    Space Oddity - David Bowie

    Favorite Songs:
    Because - The Beatles
    Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin
    Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
    Space Oddity - David Bowie
    Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
    The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
    River Man - Nick Drake
    Across The Universe - The Beatles
    Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In - Fifth Dimension
    I Want To Take You Higher - Sly & The Family Stone
    Get Back - The Beatles
    Pinball Wizard - The Who
    Mother Popcorn - James Brown
    21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
    I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
    The Ballad Of John & Yoko - The Beatles
    My Way - Frank Sinatra
    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash
    Break Away - The Beach Boys
    Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
    Give Peace A Chance - Plastic Ono Band
    Cissy Strut - The Meters
    Kick Out The Jams - MC5
    I Want You Back - Jackson Five
    Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
  12. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    2. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
    3. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
  13. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    if the beatles win 70 with let it be, i’m gonna need y’all to get some help
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  14. Surfwax

    bring on the major leagues

    I know what I’m putting 1 but the other two spots are gonna be tough
  15. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    the beatles are going to win 1995 with Anthology 1
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  16. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    and 2000 with 1
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  17. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    probably true but incredibly foolish
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  18. Maverick


    George Harrison should give them a run for their money next year.
  19. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Let It Be is my favorite Beatles to listen to some days so we’ll see
  20. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I've got to imagine the Beatles run ends here. Let It Be definitely has its fans, but isn't lionized in quite the same way that their records from the back half of the 60s are. Off the top of my head, probably not in my top three for 1970.
  21. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    all things must pass is better than all but, like, two beatles albums
  22. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Also, for what it’s worth, this is why we’re having threads with a week of discussion and not just a poll. When you just vote for one, you get consensus. The interesting picks are in the margins
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  23. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    absolutely agreed. i just want some better bands to win!!!
  24. Gianni28


    Not to spoil my own voting, but Let it Be is my least favorite Beatles record (albeit one with possibly my fave Beatles track, Across The Universe), so it will NOT be my #1.
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  25. Gianni28


    I've Got A Feeling and Two of Us are also super close to my heart.... but for some reason all around the album just feels so uneven, etc. Must be the Phil Spector effect.