My pick for a 1960's album of the week is one of the albums that I've always felt put the "classic" in classic rock.
The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
As a kid growing up, My earliest musical memories were:
Bob Seger (thanks to dad)
The Rolling Stones (again, thanks to dad)
Barbra Streisand (thanks to mom)
Indeed, the earliest song I can remember hearing was the Stones' Sympathy for the Devil which may or may not have something to do with how I turned out in the end. But in terms of the album of the week, I consider Beggar's Banquet to be slightly inferior to Let it Bleed. Let it Bleed came out in December 1969 so it just barely makes the cutoff for the '60s.
I'm sure everyone on the board has heard this album at least once, and if you young'uns haven't, then you're certainly due. For those who have heard it, it's time to dust it off again (literally in my case), and give it another listen.
To a large extent the album showcases the talents of Mick Jagger on vocals and Keith Richards as a guitarist. Not to say there aren't some other good performances, but let's face it, those two are a huge part of why The Rolling Stones were what they were.
I'm not going to give a complete blow-by-blow, but instead want to point out some of the highlights.
The album opens with Gimme Shelter, which for me is possibly my favorite Rolling Stone track of all time. It's not technically their best work, but it's still a fantastic performance. It's one of those songs I always wish I had seen performed live, but never have.
In the middle of the first side, there's a familiar yet not familiar rendition of Honky Tonk Woman, titled Country Honk. The structure and violin give it a definite country feel, a lot more so than Honky Tonk Woman had. I don't prefer this version, but it is interesting.
Live With Me is a decent song on it's own, but is definitely overshadowed by the big singles, as is Midnight Rambler which may well be the second-best song on here, after...
... the closing song on the album, You Can't Always Get What You Want, which is far and away one of the best songs the Stones have ever recorded on any album. From the opening by the London Bach Choir to the final note, this is what all classic rock, and popular music in general, aspires to be. Pay attention boys and girls; I'll grant you there are plenty of modern geniuses in pop music, but this is the 60's, and for that decade, this is where it's at.
And some final thoughts on the Stones in general: despite Maroon 5 / Christina Aguilera's claims to the contrary, nobody else has the moves like Jagger. Period.
OK, so my top album for the year is Nero - Welcome Reality. If you ignore the 2 super-brostep songs (Innocence, Crush on You) it's a fantastic album. And even those aren't bad. My personal favorites on the album are Me and You and Departure. Lots to like though.
The album I was thinking might be my top pick is Chase + Status' No More Idols but ultimately I feel like the Nero album was more interesting.
The Avicii show in Calgary got moved to a much bigger venue (Big 4, same venue Bassnectar just sold out). Its a good move, but tickets are still hella expensive. They're releasing the next batch on Saturday. I still think I'm going to pass, but lord am I tempted.