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Alans' Archives' Under-Rated Albums Part Two (1968-1973)

Alan's Album Archives
 
Crosby, Stills And Nash
Crosby, Stills And Nash
"The perfect debut by the perfect band - put 3 musical geniuses together and what do you get? Well, fighting mostly, but in-between some of the best music ever produced."
Head [1994 Bonus]
Head [1994 Bonus]
"If ever an album was born to be ridiculed at the time and held up as a masterpiece 40 years later then this is it. A post-modern musical classic, even if the film dialogue gives you a 'head'ache."
Autumn Stone
Autumn Stone
"This album's unfinished state is a great shame because, judging by the handful of 'new' tracks here, it could have been the best Small Faces album of the lot. All this and classic singles too!"
Beggars Banquet
Beggars Banquet
"One of the Stones' most accomplished albums, full of the sort of provocative, swampy, up-tempo rock-blues fusions that fans love so much yet take up only a small proportion of their output."
Arthur - Or The Decline and Fall Of The British Empire
Arthur - Or The Decline and Fall Of The British Empire
"An interersting hybrid this one, with Ray Davies studying the impact of the crumbling empire on the British psyche and a concept album about his 'everyman' uncle Arthur. 'Shangri-la' is superb."
Basket Of Light
Basket Of Light
"Folk-jazz-rock fusions with a hint of blues and some psychedlia thrown into the mix, this album features old songs dressed up to sound contemporary and new songs that sound like standards."
To Our Children's Children's Children
To Our Children's Children's Children
"An album that takes you beyond the stars, celebrating the optimism 40 years when man landed on the moon and wondering where we could go next. Classic Moodies!"
Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
"Steady yourself ears - this is the hardest, heaviest rock band of them all at their hardest, heaviest best, mixing the epic with the downright funky basics. Punk seven years early."
Deja Vu
Deja Vu
"A prettier but also spookier album than their debut, with harmonies straight from heaven and rock credentials straight from hell."
Mona Bone Jakon
Mona Bone Jakon
"Many records are said to be 'life-changing' but this one really is; pop entertainer Cat Stevens is trapped in a hospital room dying from TB. This is the album where his style comes together."
Sunflower/Surf's Up
Sunflower/Surf's Up
"Add some delightful music to your day with Sunflower, one of the prettiest Beach Boys. It's also the only album where they sound like a 'band', with all five men flowering under Brian Wilson'sshadow"
Nicely Out Of Tune
Nicely Out Of Tune
"In which a psychiatric nurse, a bricklayer and some college buddies put together one of the most quietly brilliant debut albums of all time. If you like 'Lady Eleanor', you'll love this album."
(Untitled) / (Unissued)
(Untitled) / (Unissued)
"Last-gasp work of brilliance from a band who already realised that they were an endangered species. Arguably Roger McGuinn's best work, written with Dylan co-writer Jacque Levy."
Confessions of the Mind
Confessions of the Mind
"Vintage Hollies, mixing things that made them great in the 60s (great musical hooks, terrific 3-part harmonies + instrumental skills to die for) with eveything that's about to come of age in the 70s."
American Beauty
American Beauty
"American and beautiful: lyrical, poetic, visual and full of magical three-part harmonies and the most fragile of acoustic accompaniments. Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter are master storytellers."
Tea for the Tillerman
Tea for the Tillerman
"Cat's best known LP is still under-rated! For any listener with an open mind, an intelligent brain and a pair of discerning ears, 'Tillerman' is one of the best musical journies of them all."
All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass
"Never had the 'quiet Beatle' had so much to say; never did he say it so well or with such a passion. There are so many under-rated individual tracks on this triple LP I could go on for hours."
Plastic Ono Band
Plastic Ono Band
"A painful album to listen to (which sounds like an even more painful album to have to make), but it's an important, powerful statement that needs to be heard at least once by every Lennon fan."
Blows Against the Empire
Blows Against the Empire
"A bunch of hippies steal a spaceship and set off in search of the stars; whoever is first to colonise other planets please take me with you - I want to see if space is really as beautiful as it sounds"
If I Could Only Remember My Name
If I Could Only Remember My Name
"There will never be another record like this one - special guest stars all contribute their unique skills to this highly personal choral-like album about loss and redemption."
Songs for Beginners: (CD+DVD)
Songs for Beginners: (CD+DVD)
"Self-portrait of ex-Hollie and CSNY singer finds him at the top of his game, highlighted by the moving 'I Used To Be A King'."
Ram
Ram
"Half- fascinatingly oblique and hard-to-follow, quite unlike anything else in his back catalogue, and half honest and intimate, telling us about the joys of home and country like a religious convert."
Stephen Stills 2
Stephen Stills 2
"Despite it's mixed reputation, this is actually one of Stills' most balances, varied and consistent CDs flying from one genre to another almost as quickly as a CSNY reunion turns from love to hate."
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
"EGBDF, based on the 5-scale musical sequence, is that rare beast of a record - an apologetic album from a group of musicians who've finally made it 'big' and yet fret about what they have to offer."
Meddle
Meddle
"Worth owning for the 23-minute masterpiece 'Echoes' alone, even this album's lesser moments have a cheeky charm other Floyd albums would give their left cows-hoof or right tea-cup to include."