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18 October 2018
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1) The Beatles

2) The Rolling Stones

3) The Jimi Hendrix experience

4) The Kinks

5) The Velvet Underground

Shouts out for Bob Dylan and Donovan but they are not strictly bands. 

That's it. The likes of The Who, The Small Faces, The Beach Boys , The Byrds, The Doors, etc, don't do much for me really. 

18 October 2018
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The Beatles

The Beach Boys

The Band

Grateful Dead

The Who

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Honorable Mentions: The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. While they both have a great sixties output, I put them behind Hendrix and The Who because their 70s catalog is the main reason that I like them. 

Dylan could be my favorite above all but he alone is not a band. 

Here are my top 5 70 bands

The Band

Pink Floyd

Grateful Dead

The Rolling Stones

The Who

 

John, Paul, George, and Dylan are above all of these bands but they don’t count as bands. 

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18 October 2018
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Nobody comes near to the Beatles or Dylan as far as the 1960s are concerned. They are on a higher echelon completely.

As far as the rest of the 60s bands are concerned, I'm a fan of specific albums, but not necessarily their whole catalogue.

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I'm glad The Zombies have been mentioned. I wasn't really aware of how good they were till I recently heard Odessey and Oracle for the first time. For me it's an equal in sheer genius to Sgt Pepper and Pet Sounds and it was recorded at Abbey Rd with the help of Geoff Emerick. I was going to say equal to Revolver but I think Revolver pips everything.

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Pivotal Moments in Beatles History No.118:  Yoko helps herself to one of George's digestives. 

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In my opinion the Velvet Underground are the only band ever that come close to The Beatles. I love a few other 60s bands, but as @Tony Japanese said, it's mostly just individual albums not the entire catalog. 

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21 October 2018
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QuarryMan said
In my opinion the Velvet Underground are the only band ever that come close to The Beatles. I love a few other 60s bands, but as @Tony Japanese said, it's mostly just individual albums not the entire catalog.   

From what I've heard of the Velvet Underground, I love their debut with Nico and their self-titled third (?) album. I have never been able to get into White Light/White Heat though.

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Well, WLWH is very noisy, and I believe you've stated your dislike for extreme hard rock (like Helter Skelter ) previously on the forum. In a way, their debut covers much of the sonic ground that the next three albums all specialize in, with the avant-garde exercises in distortion on WLWH, the quiet melodicism that dominates the third album, and the more conventional pop-rock of fourth and final album all previewed on the debut.

Aside from the Beatles and Velvets, the main bands (with 3 or more albums) I can name whose entire 60's discography is pret-near perfection to my ears would be the Hendrix Experience, Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, and Zappa's Mothers. And then comes the second-tier groups (Stones, Byrds, Who, others) who are pretty undeniable, but not necessarily on an album-by-album (or even song-by-song) basis.

And Bob Dylan isn't a group! apple01

(Incidentally, Tony Japanese, nice to see you've decided upon an avatar! Tom and Jerry were cool)

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Leppo said
I'm glad The Zombies have been mentioned. I wasn't really aware of how good they were till I recently heard Odessey and Oracle for the first time. For me it's an equal in sheer genius to Sgt Pepper and Pet Sounds and it was recorded at Abbey Rd with the help of Geoff Emerick. I was going to say equal to Revolver but I think Revolver pips everything.

https://youtu.be/goDxhJl1UJE

  

Love every track from this album. Endlessly interesting, catchy, and relaxing. 

 

@Tony Japanese try listening to Loaded. It is a beautiful cohesive album filled to the brim with Velvet Underground classics. My personal favorite album of theirs. 

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21 October 2018
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@vonbontee I'm not sure if you're referring to me when you suggest I dislike Helter Skelter and 'extreme hard rock' because that's not quite true. My dislike of WLWH is because it is - to my ears at least - too chaotic and discordant. 

Ignoring Dylan and the Beatles, I enjoy the following 60s albums very much:

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Zombies - Oddesey and Orale
The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks  - Arthur
Nick Drake - Five Years Left
Sam Cooke - Live At The Harlem Square Club
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
The Mamas and Papas - If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
The Doors - The Doors
The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out
The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends
Leonard Cohen - The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
Scott Walker - Scott 2
Scott Walker - Scott 4
Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis
Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief

*Other albums are available*

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 that's a cool list but Drake's album is titled "Five leaves left" in reference to a printed note near the end of Rizzla cigarettes paper packet

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21 October 2018
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I love White Light/White Heat. It's ahead of its time, even now.

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Sorry Tony...I'm obviously confusing you with some other 'bibler...someone who doesn't like Helter Skelter because it reminds them of Led Zep and heavy metal. Or it could be my faulty brain. Either way, WLWH is certainly chaotic and discordant.

Your list is pretty first-rate! And far-ranging.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

22 October 2018
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Shamrock Womlbs said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 that's a cool list but Drake's album is titled "Five leaves left" in reference to a printed note near the end of Rizzla cigarettes paper packet  

I knew that (apart from the reference). Typo etc.

22 October 2018
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Life's full of coincidences.......

 

I looked in to BB just to see if there was any more details on the New White Album ......I was asking a mate in the UK to bring a Super deluxe over to me after the 9th. Difficult to get hold of where I am and about 25 pounds more expensive too........My friend's worried about the weight being close to his limit......

 

Anyroadup......I see this discussion about Nick Drake. I'm 66 and I'd never heard of him until last night, when my 19 year old son facetime'd me from his Uni' in Australia raving about Drake and telling me he's learning Riverman, adding that unusually for Drake it's in normal tuning but the 5/4 time is making it tricky.

So I promised my son I'd give Drake a listen on youtube....I did and impressed bought Drake's first album ' 5 Leaves left' on iTunes last night........

 

Okay....... maybe not a staggering coincidence...... 

 

I'm feeling  foolish now.

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I love Nick Drake. Five Leaves Left and Pink Moon are pretty much flawless. Cello Song is one of my all time favorites

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Wigwam said
Life's full of coincidences.......

 

I looked in to BB just to see if there was any more details on the New White Album ......I was asking a mate in the UK to bring a Super deluxe over to me after the 9th. Difficult to get hold of where I am and about 25 pounds more expensive too........My friend's worried about the weight being close to his limit......

 

Anyroadup......I see this discussion about Nick Drake. I'm 66 and I'd never heard of him until last night, when my 19 year old son facetime'd me from his Uni' in Australia raving about Drake and telling me he's learning Riverman, adding that unusually for Drake it's in normal tuning but the 5/4 time is making it tricky.

So I promised my son I'd give Drake a listen on youtube....I did and impressed bought Drake's first album ' 5 Leaves left' on iTunes last night........

 

Okay....... maybe not a staggering coincidence...... 

 

I'm feeling  foolish now.  

Better late than never! He was such a talented songwriter and guitarist, it's tragic that he never lived to see the kind of recognition he deserved and is now getting. 

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23 October 2018
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I've discovered he was born round the corner from me in Burma....Another coincidence (cue Twilight Zone music)

 

Yes a talent found late better than never..........Meanwhile another 'Drake' apparently steals a Beatles record held since 1964......haven't  knowingly heard that one either. 

 

OK I should add a personal 60s lis Not the best......Just the ones I listened too a lot:

 

Beatles... bet that surprised everyone

Fleetwood Mac.......Peter Green's version

Beach Boys

Who

Cream

Stones

Blind faith

Led Zep'....Wore the first album out

Kinks

Santana

Free

Taste

Hendrix

Bee Gees

Monkees

Traffic

Moodys

Ten years After

Simon and Garf'

Just a fond of list:

Dylan, Hollies, King Crimson, (at the time) Blodwyn Pig,.......(They were always supporting groups I went to see and grew to like them) Jethro Tull, Four Tops, Donovan, All things Burt Bacharach, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Georgie fame, Glen Campbell's Jimmy Webb songs, Zombies, Animals, Bonzo Dog, Manfred Mann 

 

Never listened much to Doors.......Pink Floyd......Zappa.

The Byrds? Don't get it. All I recall are their Bob Dylan songs.

 

Know I missed out on Astral Planes and Five Leave Left, now.........There's a simple reason for that.....I'm a bloody idiot. 

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Hey Wigwam, welcome back! apple01 

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I’ll join in! 

These are my most frequent targets- 

the Beatles (bet you guys havent heard of them, good band) 

the Rolling Stones

Pink Floyd

Others- 

the Byrds

Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick heart)

the Jimi Hendrix Experience

the Beach Boys

the Doors 

the Animals 

the Who

the Zombies

this is pretty much all of the bands I listen to. Probably should be more, but I like what I like and I’m very stubborn with music. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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My top three bands of the 60s and in general are The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Hollies, but I've really been getting into Eric Burdon and The Animals (both incarnations, but mainly the second) a lot recently, so I'd consider them fourth ATM. 

I have many more favourite bands after those (Kinks, Monkees, Stones, Small Faces, the list goes on) but none of those I'd personally place in my top few. And agreeing with swr, I'd put Pink Floyd in my top 70s bands list instead.

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