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

Alan's Album Archives
 
With The Beatles
With The Beatles
"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"
A Hard Day's Night
A Hard Day's Night
"Full of the energy and excitement of the tie-in film but, surprisngly by 1964 standards, much of it's underlying melancholy as well."
Help!
Help!
"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."
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
"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."
Take Me For What I'm Worth
Take Me For What I'm Worth
"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."
Revolver
Revolver
"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."
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
"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."
Face To Face
Face To Face
"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."
Between The Buttons (UK Version)
Between The Buttons (UK Version)
"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."
Headquarters
Headquarters
"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!"
Evolution
Evolution
"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."
Small Faces
Small Faces
"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"
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
"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."
Butterfly
Butterfly
"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."
After Bathing At Baxter's
After Bathing At Baxter's
"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!"
Their Satanic Majesties Request
Their Satanic Majesties Request
"A second-rate Sgt Peppers? Hardly - this eventful musical journey into the darker underbelly of psychedelia beats it in every way."
Buffalo Springfield Again
Buffalo Springfield Again
"In a just world everybody should own this album - this fondly remembered record featuring three future superstars is a delight from start to finish."
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd
"Less 'hands on' than it's predecessor, but even more inventive and wide-ranging, perfectly poised between easy charm and genre-bending adventure."
The Who Sell Out
The Who Sell Out
"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!"
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
"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."
Friends / 20/20
Friends / 20/20
"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."
In Search Of The Lost Chord
In Search Of The Lost Chord
"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."
Anthem of the Sun
Anthem of the Sun
"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."
Cheap Thrills
Cheap Thrills
"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."
The White Album
The White Album
"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."