‘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.
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.
A macabre masterpiece that expanded the palette of acid rock and presaged the death of Sixties idealism, ‘Forever Changes’ remains incredibly powerful 50 years on.
One of the best psychedelic albums of 1967, ‘Disraeli Gears’ saw the short-lived hard-rock/blues supergroup Cream at the peak of their powers.
A cult classic that’s influenced generations of female artists, Nico’s debut album ‘Chelsea Girl’ is as compelling and vital in 2017 as it was fifty years ago.
Pink Floyd’s debut album ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ is the greatest testament to the genius of Syd Barrett, as well as a key evolutionary milestone in British psychedelia.
Massively expanding the potential for what an album could actually be, there can be few albums as important to the development of pop music than ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
The sonic impact of Jimi Hendrix’s debut album ‘Are You Experienced’ still reverberates 50 years later.
The archetypal ‘cult album’ whose impact on alternative rock music is incalculably vast, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ turns 50 years old.
by Ed Biggs By the time 1966 rolled around, The Beatles had unquestionably re-asserted their primacy in British pop music as a creative force, in addition to their long-standing commercial triumphs which had never shown any sign of flagging. Rubber Soul, hot on the heels of Help! in 1965, had been one of pop’s greatest artistic achievements, and their relentless touring schedule had ground on in the face of exhaustion. But