Classic Rock Review of the Year 1966
1966 is the earliest year which we will cover on our five year mission to review the heart of rock n roll. There are two reasons why we’ve arrived at this year – one logical and one practical. Logically, 1966 is the first real you to include a substantive amount of releases of rock albums in the form that the “rock album” would take in subsequent years – original material, musician and band oriented. Sure, there were many great rock albums in 1965 and previous, but these were fewer and further between, and came mainly from the Bob Dylan and Beatles camps. On the practical side, the way Classic Rock Review design is to focus on years what an anniversary divisible by five and, in our maiden year of 2011, this works out for 1966.
All that being said, 1966 was an incredible year for rock albums. Everything was new and experimental and sonically, technology was coming into form.
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|Final 1966 Poll Results|
|Q: What is the best album of 1966?
Conducted on our site, September-October, 2011
|Other 1966 Albums of Note|
1966 included a pure blues album featuring Eric Clapton with John Mayhell and His Bluesbreakers. The year also included one of Frank Sinatra‘s biggest, late-era hits and his daughter Nancy’s biggest hit ever. It was the heyday of such artists as Donovan, The Mamas and the Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful, and The Young Rascals as well as the debut of Neil Diamond, Jefferson Airplane and The Monkees.
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