It’s far from perfect, but The Who’s fourth album ‘Tommy’ helped restore their reputation and established the archetype of the rock opera.
Although forged during a period of professional turmoil, ‘The White Album’ feels like the most relevant and urgent Beatles album 50 years on.
Although his influence is often taken for granted, it is important on the 50th anniversary of ‘Electric Ladyland’ to remember what Jimi Hendrix could do with a guitar.
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.
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.
The Beatles’ third album was their first to consist entirely of original compositions, and captures the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania.
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.