10. “Disraeli Gears” – Cream
People today, even fans of Eric Clapton, forget how truly great Cream was and how influential they would be on artists of later decades. This jam-band album allows for magnificent virtuosity. “Sunshine of Your Love” was the record’s biggest hit.
9. “Songs of Leonard Cohen” – Leonard Cohen
The signature sound of the late Leonard Cohen is on full display here. Honestly, his gravelly voice and low register are some of the most enticing in all of modern music. “Suzanne” is the major standout here.
8. “Axis: Bold as Love” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
A lesser-known Hendrix album, “Axis: Bold as Love” is still quite good, even if the hits aren’t really to be found. This one is much more about subtlety, well, as much as you could get from a Hendrix album. These excellent musicians are killing it here.
7. “Strange Days” – The Doors
“The Doors” second album, “Strange Days” is much more of the sound from their initial effort. This record is well-balanced, and helps to show that the band was consistent recording force. “People Are Strange” is the standout hit.
6. “Days of Future Passed” – The Moody Blues
Sadly, “The Moody Blues” have become a band that was lost in time, overshadowed by the many terrific bands of the decade. The band produced a smoothy, yet rich sound, making for a complex listening experience. “Nights In White Satin” was their biggest hit.
5. “The Velvet Underground & Nico” – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Even after decades, and tons of imitation, The Velvet Underground still has one of the few unique sounds in rock history. This album is all over the place, but that’s not a bad thing at all, as the entire record is a complete masterpiece. No huge hits here, but that’s not the point.
4. “Magical Mystery Tour” – The Beatles
Greatly overshadowed by their other album of 1967, “Sgt. Pepper,” “Magical Mystery Tour” is still quite good. This one has tons of memorable hits, but “Penny Lane” is probably the best, harkening back to the band’s early sound.
3. “Are You Experienced” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Aside from the title track, “Foxy Lady” is the most prominent track from this excellent album. Honestly though, there are no real dead spots on the record. Jimi Hendrix, and his legendary guitar skills, are on full-display here.
2. “The Doors” – The Doors
The first work of the legendary band, The Doors is pure audio bliss and a definite kick in the butt for fans of rock at the time. The attitude and grit here is palpable, as Jim Morrison and company shred it.
- “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” – The Beatles
For many Beatles fans, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is one of, if not, the band’s best album. This one takes the listener on a funky musical adventure, as the band is at their very best. “A Day In the Life” is their major standout on this complete work.