Alan's Archives' Under-Rated Albums Part One (1963-68)

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With The Beatles
1.  With The Beatles by The Beatles
The list author says:
  "From the Cavern basement to the Apple rooftop, the Beatles took us on quite a journey over the years - here's where most of us joined in"
12.28   Used & New from: 5.19
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Hard Day's Night
2.  A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles
The list author says:
  "Full of the energy and excitement of the tie-in film but, surprisngly by 1964 standards, much of it's underlying melancholy as well."
10.22   Used & New from: 5.94
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Help!
3.  Help! by The Beatles
The list author says:
  "Like the film it accompanies, 'Help!' isn't as serious or as life-changing as 'A Hard Day's Night', but it's a whole lot of fun."
10.09   Used & New from: 3.96
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
4.  Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul by Otis Redding
The list author says:
  "Put a great Otis Redding album on and the room seems to light up, with your speakers all but waltzing across the floor with you. This is one of the very best."
4.17   Used & New from: 1.18
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Take Me For What I'm Worth
5.  Take Me For What I'm Worth by Searchers
The list author says:
  "Over-shadowed by contemporary releases for 40 years, it's about time that 'Take Me For What I'm Worth' is taken for what it is - a last glorious burst of Merseybeat that still points to the future."
14.99   Used & New from: 12.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Revolver
6.  Revolver by The Beatles
The list author says:
  "Coming at the exact mid-way popint of the Beatles' recording career, 'Revolver' is full of forward and backward glances, both gloriously accessible and wonderfully weird."
10.47   Used & New from: 4.42
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
7.  Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel
The list author says:
  "A glorious lesson in contrasts, continuing the twosome's ruminations on isolation, alienation and intellectual pursuits together with some of the duo's meatiest, funkiest recordings."
6.17   Used & New from: 3.10
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Face To Face
8.  Face To Face by The Kinks
The list author says:
  "Like the butterflies on the cover, this is The Kinks' metamorphosis album, the point where they changed from beat-bopping catepillars into one of the most distinctive, original bands that ever was."
11.56   Used & New from: 4.72
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Between The Buttons (UK Version)
9.  Between The Buttons (UK Version) by The Rolling Stones
The list author says:
  "A series of wolves-in-sheep's-clothing songs, with the quitest and folkiest of all Stones albums one of their most bitter and controversial when you scratch below the surface."
7.99   Used & New from: 4.14
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Headquarters
10.  Headquarters by Monkees
The list author says:
  "Viva la Revolution! The Monkees deliver their best record by kicking out their management and making records on their own. Practically every note of this album is played by them - and it sounds great!"
37.90   Used & New from: 14.26
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Evolution
11.  Evolution by Hollies
The list author says:
  "An aptly-named album - you can hear the Hollies' sound developing at break-neck speed on this album, dosing each of it's tight three-minute pop masterpieces with a heavy bout of psychedlia."
26.97   Used & New from: 4.31
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Small Faces
12.  Small Faces by The Small Faces
The list author says:
  "The Small Faces were busy transforming themselves from teenyboppers into something deeper on this album - despite it's fractured background, this forgotten little gem is probably their most consistent"
Used & New from: 10.06
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
13.  The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd
The list author says:
  "A throbbing guitar part, morse code, organ stabs, pounding drums, feedback - from the opening moments of their first album the Floyd are already creating a sound like nothing ever heard before."
23.28   Used & New from: 4.94
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Butterfly
14.  Butterfly by Hollies
The list author says:
  "One of the best quirky English psychedelia albums of the period, packed with surreal lyrics, sitars, sound effects and hallucogenic mixes, together with an honest and mature heart."
7.99   Used & New from: 4.39
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

After Bathing At Baxter's
15.  After Bathing At Baxter's by Jefferson Airplane
The list author says:
  "RCA must have been rubbing their hands with glee when the controversial Airplane delivered a hit record. And they must have been distraught to hear this no-holds-barred trmendously exciting follow-up!"
6.99   Used & New from: 3.94
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Their Satanic Majesties Request
16.  Their Satanic Majesties Request by The Rolling Stones
The list author says:
  "A second-rate Sgt Peppers? Hardly - this eventful musical journey into the darker underbelly of psychedelia beats it in every way."
5.52   Used & New from: 5.10
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Buffalo Springfield Again
17.  Buffalo Springfield Again by Buffalo Springfield
The list author says:
  "In a just world everybody should own this album - this fondly remembered record featuring three future superstars is a delight from start to finish."
6.00   Used & New from: 1.97
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd
18.  Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd by Monkees
The list author says:
  "Less 'hands on' than it's predecessor, but even more inventive and wide-ranging, perfectly poised between easy charm and genre-bending adventure."
8.69   Used & New from: 0.09
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Who Sell Out
19.  The Who Sell Out by The Who
The list author says:
  "Ah, the days of pirate radio! Weird jingles, stranger disc-jockeys and downright bizarre music all competing for space with the day's commercial candy-floss.If that's your cup of tea, then so is this!"
4.89   Used & New from: 1.83
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

The Notorious Byrd Brothers
20.  The Notorious Byrd Brothers by The Byrds
The list author says:
  "11 compact symphonies welding different styles together, with hard rockers breaking off for a good ole pedal steel solo in between bursts of feedback, all tied up with a space-age sea-shanty."
4.88   Used & New from: 2.05
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Friends / 20/20
21.  Friends / 20/20 by The Beach Boys
The list author says:
  "Very short but very very sweet: the last really traditional-sounding Beach Boys album is chock-a-block full of delightful harmonies, jazzy licks and intriguing lyrics. Brian Wilson's on great form."
7.99   Used & New from: 1.91
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

In Search Of The Lost Chord
22.  In Search Of The Lost Chord by The Moody Blues
The list author says:
  "Loose concept album on which the Moody Blues attempt to find the one true chord that will unite us all in peace and harmony - and come pretty darn close to finding it."
7.42   Used & New from: 4.34
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Anthem of the Sun
23.  Anthem of the Sun by Grateful Dead
The list author says:
  "A truly unique album mixing four separate concert performances and some studio overdubs into one glorious whole that unfolds gradually, taking the listener on a journey they will never forget."
7.25   Used & New from: 3.21
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Cheap Thrills
24.  Cheap Thrills by Janis Joplin
The list author says:
  "Janis Joplin at her best, just 'one of the boys' here but still able to channel 25 years' worth of raw passion into performances so alive it's hard to believe she's been dead for nearly 40 years."
5.17   Used & New from: 3.12
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Beatles
25.  The Beatles by The Beatles
The list author says:
  "This album finds the Beatles returning to the childlike enthusiasm that made their early records so appealing, along with the ever-growing sophistication that runs through all their late-period work."
22.95   Used & New from: 5.49
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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