Two images of life in the 1960s come to mind when I think about this decade. The first of which is the tailored and slick lines of New York life as depicted by the critically acclaimed series, Mad Men. The other image I have is of teenagers first discovering the rebellious genre of Rock and Roll.
And thus I present you with my choice albums inspired by the 1960s!
Their satanic majesties request / The Rolling Stones – This album includes my favorite song from this band (‘She’s a Rainbow’) that’s stood the test of time for fifty years!
If you can believe your eyes & ears/ The Mama’s and the Papa’s – For some reason I formed an attachment to this band at a very young age. Some of my fondest memories of kicking back in the summer are accompanied by The Mama’s and the Papa’s. Check out ‘California Dreaming’ for the perfect song to cruise through town with the windows down this summer!
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / Beatles – This is obviously a no-brainer. What band changed the face of music more than The Beatles in the 1960s. My personal favorite on this album is ‘A Day in the Life’.
Love / the Beatles – For an even more unexpected look at the iconic works of The Beatles, check out this album. Cirque du Soleil created a show in partner with The Beatles, based on their music. The show’s title is ‘Love’ and it includes remixed music from the bands entire career. My personal favorite has to be ‘Eleanor Rigby’!
The greatest hits. Volume 1 / the Beach Boys – Even though we might live in a land-locked state far from the coast, the music of The Beach Boys brings instant memories of the beach!
Pirate radio : motion picture soundtrack – This movie chronicles the adventures of a group of radio DJs broadcasting illegally from a boat off the coast of Great Britain in the 1960s. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s full of hits from the 1960’s! I suggest you give it a chance!
16 biggest hits / Johnny Cash – “The Man in Black” was a country music icon, and a large part of the music scene in the 1960s! Check out this album for a taste of his hits!
Next week: The 1970s!