The Student Playlist

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CULT ’60s: Nick Drake – ‘Five Leaves Left’

A timeless and transportive cult classic that passed under the radar in 1969, Nick Drake’s debut album ‘Five Leaves Left’ is still incredibly powerful.

CLASSIC ’60s: The Who – ‘Tommy’

It’s far from perfect, but The Who’s fourth album ‘Tommy’ helped restore their reputation and established the archetype of the rock opera.

CULT ’60s: The Velvet Underground – ‘The Velvet Underground’

Released in March 1969 with Doug Yule in for John Cale, ‘The Velvet Underground’ proved that the band could turn their hands to anything and still sound cutting-edge.

CULT ’60s: Van Morrison – ‘Astral Weeks’

One of the most enigmatic and unknowable albums in the pantheon of rock and pop, Van Morrison’s incredible ‘Astral Weeks’ turns 50 years old.

CULT ’60s: The Zombies – ‘Odessey And Oracle’

One of the most sublime works of English psychedelia, The Zombies’ ‘Odessey And Oracle’ has deservedly become a cult masterpiece in the 50 years since its release.

CULT ’60s: The Velvet Underground – ‘White Light/White Heat’

‘White Light/White Heat’ may have been made without Andy Warhol and Nico, but contains six tracks of raw, ugly but compelling garage-rock. Sadly, it would be the last album by the classic Velvet Underground line-up.

CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

A double EP in Britain and a full album in the States, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ is an interesting curio in The Beatles’ catalogue, and a full-stop to a brilliant 1967.