Week 3: RYM 1001 Albums Update

I got through a decent amount this week too. I have now listened to 187/1001.

#692. Tim Buckley | Happy Sad (1969)
#229. Johnny Cash | At San Quentin (1969)
#558. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band | Trout Mask Replica (1969)
#860. Fairport Convention | Unhalfbricking (1969)
#57. Miles Davis | In a Silent Way (1969)
#887. Santana | Santana (1969)
#894. Jethro Tull | Stand Up (1969)
#453. Creedence Clearwater Revival | Green River (1969)
#309. The Stooges | The Stooges (1969)
#80. Nick Drake | Five Leaves Left (1969)
#352. Townes Van Zandt | Townes Van Zandt (1969)
#393. Scott Walker | Scott 4 (1969)
#313. The Band | The Band (1969)
#7. The Beatles | Abbey Road (1969)
#988. Moondog | Moondog (1969)
#806. John Mayall | The Turning Point (1969)
#84. Frank Zappa | Hot Rats (1969)

The Beatles are my favourite band, so I obviously have listened to Abbey Road many times and love it. Actually, out of the 187 albums I’ve listened to so far, I’ve loved 8. 7 of them have been Beatles albums. The other was Freak Out! Anywho, many people on the forum were looking forward to my reaction to Trout Mask Replica and having disliked Safe as Milk, I wasn’t expecting much. It wasn’t as crazy as they made it out to be, it was just unpleasant. I ended up with a headache halfway through and felt sick by the end of it. I really do not like Beefheart. I also disliked Happy Sad, Santana and Five Leaves Left. The latter of which makes me sit stunned that it’s RANKED 80. It was terrible. Other than that, I found the rest meh or decent.

At first I thought Moondog was going to be a sound effects album (or in posh terms ‘experimental’), but the actual music tracks were nice. I thought Hot Rats was interesting too, but didn’t go crazy on anything – plus the unwanted appearance of Beefheart put me off. Scott Walker has a beautiful voice, but I found the album underwhelming. If anything else he’s done is half as good as ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ then I’ll be happy. I’ve only got 6 albums left from the 1960s and then it’s onwards to the 70s!

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