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10 albums celebrating their 50th birthday in 2018

Of course, it is not possible to name all the albums that are worth mentioning here, but we still want to give you a selection of the most important albums from 1968, because they are celebrating a special anniversary this year: Here are »10 albums, which will be 50 in 2018. To celebrate birthday". (sorted alphabetically)

Place 10

Continue with "Music From Big Pink" The band 1968 laid the foundation for her impressive career. The Canadians, who at times played as a backing band for Bob Dylan, are still one of the most influential rock bands of all time.

9th place

The album "The BEATLES", which is also called the "White Album" due to its cover, is the ninth long player by the British rock legends and the only double album by Beatles. The record landed at number one on the charts in the UK as well as in the USA and Germany.

8th place

The name reveals: It was a waste of time for his live album Johnny Cash on January 13, 1968 in Folsom State Prison, California. The album "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" reached number one on the US country charts.

7th place

A studio and live album in one is "Wheels Of Fire" by Cream. The third record by the British blues supergroup, consisting of Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, reached number three in the UK and number one in the USA.

Rank 6

The self-titled debut album by Creedence Clearwater Revival was released on March 28, 1968 and produced hits like "I Put a Spell On You" and "Susie Q".

5th place

Without question, the released one of the most important rock albums of all time Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 with »Electric Ladyland«. The double album, which also includes the legendary Dylan cover "All Along The Watchtower", was the band's last.

4th place

They returned for their seventh album »Beggars Banquet« Rolling Stones back to the blues and rock of their early days. The result were songs like "Sympathy For The Devil" and top 5 placements in the USA and Great Britain.

place 3

Otis Reddings The album "The Dock Of The Bay" including the title single was the first record to be released after the singer-songwriter's death. In the UK and USA, however, the album made it to the top of the hit lists.

place 2

It was just as successful in terms of chart positions Simon & Garfunkels fourth album »Bookends«. One of the folk duo's most successful singles contributed to this: »Mrs. Robinson «.

1st place

»Astral Weeks« is the second solo album by Van Morrison, with which the former Them singer continued to advance his solo career after the band broke up. It is not one of the most successful Van Morrison albums, but has achieved cult status with its fans to this day.



Now of course we want to know which albums from 1968 are your favorites and why. We would be happy to receive your comments.

And how about a few other very interesting lists, for example:

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24 responses to “10 albums that will celebrate their 50th birthday in 2018”

  1. Hello dear friends of music.
    I have been collecting records since I was 14, the first LP from the Puhdys Rockysn‘Roll music, with 54 LPs in the
    Shelf and CD's.
    What I actually want to write is that there are not only good musicians from America and England. When I think of the rock music from the former GDR and at the same time as we said, West music of the FRG, Udo Lindenberg, UFO and many more, that would be interesting too.

  2. A bit cheesy but highly melodic:

    "The Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord" from 1968.

    In my opinion, they were again allowed to use the studio, which was actually reserved for recording classical music, and are thus far ahead of the Beatles in terms of sound. Despite its stylistic diversity, the record looks like it has been cast from one piece, even more than all of the following albums. Yes, back then a Moody Blues album was only complete if EVERY member contributed at least one or two songs. Although there is no second “Nights in White Satin” included, it is much more fun as a complete work than its predecessor.

    Instead, Ray Thomas ‘the song“ Legend of a Mind ”is included (which was always a great highlight live - to be heard on“ Caught live + 5 ”). Also Mike Pinder's “Best Way to Travel”. I especially like the slightly cool atmosphere that Justin Haywards “The Actor” exudes.

  3. Oh dear, once again the best (!) Ten. There is still material for the next 50 best.
    1. Jeff Beck: Truth
    2. Blood, Sweat & Tears: Child is father to the man
    3. Eric Burdon & The Animals: The twain shall meet
    4. Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East west
    5. Byrds: Sweetheart of the rodeo
    6. Canned Heat: Boogie with Canned Heat
    7. Captain Beefheart: Safe as milk
    8. Chicken Shack: 40 blue fingers freshly packed & ready to serve
    9. Joe Cocker: With a little help from my friends
    10. Leonard Cohen: Songs from a room
    11. Colosseum: Those who are about to die salute you
    12. Miles Davis: Nefertiti
    13. Donovan: A gift from a flower to a garden
    14. Doors: Waiting for the sun
    15. Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation: Same
    16. Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills: Supersession
    17th Fairport Convention: Same
    18. Family: Music in a doll’s house
    19. Fleetwood Mac: Same
    20. Free: Tons of sobs
    21. Grateful Dead: Anthem of the sun
    22. Groundhogs: Scratching the surface
    23. Gun: Same
    24. Ill wind: Flashes
    25. Incredible String Band: The hangman’s beautiful daughter
    26. Jethro Tull: This was
    27. Big Brother And The Holding Company: Cheap thrills
    28. Love: Forever changes
    29. H.P. Lovecraft: Same
    30. Miriam Makeba: Pata pata
    31. John Martyn: The tumbler
    32. John Mayall: Blues from Laurel Canyon
    33. Steve Miller Band: Children of the Future
    34. Moody Blues: In search of the lost chord
    35. Move: Same
    36. Randy Newman: Same
    37. New York Rock 'n' Roll Ensemble: Same
    38. Nice: Ars longa, vita brevis
    39. Pearls Before Swine: Balaclava
    40. Pentangle: Sweet child
    41. Pink Floyd: A saucerful of secrets
    42. Pretty Things: S.F. Sorrow
    43. Quicksilver Messenger Service: Same
    44. Savoy Brown: A step further
    45.Sir Douglas Quintet: Honkey blues
    46. ​​Small Faces: Ogden's nut gone flake
    47. Soft Machine: Same
    48. Spooky Tooth: It's all about
    49. Steppenwolf: Born to be wild
    50. James Taylor: Same
    51st 13th Floor Elevator: Same
    52. Traffic: Same
    53. Tyrannosaurus Rex: Prophets, Seers And Sages The Angels Of The Ages
    54. United States Of America: Same
    55. Vanilla Fudge: Renaissance
    56. Velvet Underground: Same
    57. Stevie Wonder: For once in my life
    58. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention: We're only in it for the money

  4. Deep Purple: Shades of Deep Purple, the start of a career that continues to this day. In the same year: The 2nd album The Book of Talesyn

  5. Clearly: Neil Young's debut album! And of course “Super Session” from Bloomfield, cooperation and stills.

  6. Wolfgang W. is wrong and several times. "With a little help ..." by Joe Cocker, "Tons of sobs" by Free and the self-titled record by Velvet Underground were only released in 1969, "Forever changes" by Love came out in 1967. Steppenwolf have never released an album called "Born to be wild" and a titleless album by the 13th Floor Elevators does not exist. There are bonus points for mentioning “The United States Of America” and “Balaklava”, but under such circumstances the transfer is at risk. Why Ultimate Spinach didn't make it into this rather extensive list remains a mystery.

  7. I still miss these classics from '68:

    Albert King "Live Wire Blues Power"
    Taj Mahal "The Natch'll Blues"
    Ten Years After "Undead Live"
    Love Sculpture "Blues Helping"

    We have to make a longer list for next year. Then the music scene exploded in 1969. What a year!

  8. The proposed 10 LPs are completely okay - after all, it's about important, influential albums and not, as Wolfgang does it, everything that was released around 1968 and is in my personal favorites list ... I would have there, though But two more comments to make: "Truth" by Jeff Beck because of Rod Stewart's career start and "We're only in it for the money" by the Mothers of Invention. Nobody will say that this freak-out from Zappa & Co. was not influential ...

  9. It is wonderful how the obviously predominantly male jpc customers who still buy real records and for whom 1968 is relevant, exchange ideas here. My favorites would be the debut albums by Neil Young and Jethro Tull.

  10. A bit of the West Coast is always missing:
    Quicksilver Messenger Service
    Crown of Creation / Jefferson Airplane
    Anthem of the Sun / Grateful Dead
    Van Morrison, Beatles, Hendrix, CCR and Cream are absolutely fine!

  11. Well, Klaus - Led Zeppelin I must be missing - it was only published in January 1969… .But I also missed the “Crown of Creation” from the Airplane… that should have been added.

  12. nice brief overview. But it definitely doesn't do justice to 1968. Too much Geseiere, where is Deep Purple's first album, Where Frank Zappa, where Jefferson Airplane. Who needs an average album by Johnny Cash or Simon and Garfunzel. Absolutely crap.
    Bob Dylan's album overrated! Better TYA, Pink Floyd and much more. Very poor overview, please do not copy the Rolling Stone hit parade - these guys are only "ABcupers" anyway.

  13. That leaves you with the spit. The year was so incredibly rich in the best music. My favorite: Blues from Laurel Canyon by John Mayall. You got high while listening! Today there is almost all crap left.

  14. Yes, otis redding and Simon Grafunkel are, like Johnny Cach and many more, very nice to listen to. “I think it's great that jps has everything, a great publisher for me

  15. Dear record friends, since I have been collecting (archiving) records since 1964, the presented LPs are of course part of 1968 and also those which Wolfgang W. has listed. The years 1967-1969 were the creative musical guide to our time today. Comparisons of often show added value and musical retrospect from performers in the 68. That is always gratifying and brings new impulses into the music world.

  16. Although it was a flop in 1968, the Kinks “Village Green Preservation Society” should be on the list of numerous suggestions. Great melodies and very good lyrics. But unfortunately only an insider tip to this day.

  17. What does it all show us? How much incredibly good music came out in an unimaginably short time. That can only be compared with the years 1900 or late 20s in so-called classical music. And: it will be ´69, ´70, ´71 ...... no different. We should be happy. ;-) P.S .: The Prog corner came off pretty short. :-)
    Have fun listening to it.