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One of the most influential album years ever, Classic Rock Review looked at the year 1967, during the summer of 2012. During 1967, some of the highest regarded and timeless music ever was produced and released, as the outer limits of the rock n roll universe were pushed into rich and entertaining fusions of genres and frontiers of technology.

There were two great albums put out by The Beatles that year, as well as a new band from California called The Doors. Many of the most vital acts of the sixties were in their prime, including Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and Love. Several more were just getting started with long and fruitful careers, including Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane.

We featured albums from the year 1967 during September and October of 2012. During this 45th anniversary celebration of that classic rock music, we have written original reviews these albums:

* 1967 Album of the Year
+ Double Album Review

Below are further descriptions of each album, in the order that we reviewed them.

July 1, 2012
The Doors and Strange DaysThe Doors came out of the gate with back-to-back fantastic albums. Starting with their classic debut The Doors in January and the equally impressive Strange Days in September, 1967 was the absolute peak of the band’s creative output and set the foundation for their timeless legacy.

Review of The Doors and Strange Days

July 7, 2012
Days of Future Passed by Moody BluesDays of Future Passed an original hybrid of orchstral and rock arrangements by The Moody Blues, held together as a true concept album. Although the album is a bit “bottom heavy”, with the finest material later in the album, it is an interesting presentation throughout.

Review of Days of Future Passed

July 11, 2012
The Velvet Underground and NicoPerhaps the album with the single biggest gap between initial commercial success and ultimate historical relevance, The Velvet Underground & Nico has become a legendary fountianhead of influence and inspiration on the punk and new wave explosions of a decade later.

Review of The Velvet Underground and Nico

July 15, 2012
The Piper At the Gates of Dawn by Pink FloydThe Piper At the Gates of Dawn is the debut album by Pink Floyd, and the sole album with the band’s original leader Syd Barrett. The album contains whimsical lyrics about space, scarecrows, gnomes, bicycles and fairy tales, along with psychedelic instrumental songs.

Review of The Piper At the Gates of Dawn

July 19, 2012
Disraeli Gears by CreamThe British trio Cream was only together for a few years in the late 1960s but they left a strong legacy and cast a huge shadow of influence on the genre that became known as classic rock. 1967’s Disraeli Gears fused the core genres of jazz and blues with a heavy dose of sixties pop and jusr a touch of psychedlia.

Review of Disraeli Gears

July 24, 2012
Forever Changes by LoveForever Changes is the crowining achievement by the folk-rock band Love and their visionary leader Arthur Lee. While it was far from a commercial success, many believe it to be one of the core reflective works of the “summer of love” (no pun intended).

Review of Forever Changes

July 28, 2012
Between the Buttons by The Rolling StonesBetween the Buttons is a nice mixture of hard rock and pyschedelia by The Rolling Stones. It is the final album to have strong musical arrangement input by founding member Brian Jones as the band morphed from their earliest phase into the Jagger-Richards dominated era of the band.

Review of Between the Buttons

August 4, 2012
Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour by The BeatlesThere has never been (nor probably will ever be) a year in which a single band produced so much quality material as The Beatles did during the year 1967. We’ve done extensive reviews of both the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour albums along with a look at all the rest of the band’s output from that year.

The Beatles’ music in 1967

August 10, 2012
Something Else by The KinksSomething Else by The Kinks was a transitional album which straddled the riff-driven pop songs of their early years and the more artful compositions of the band’s “middle” era. The album is the first co-produced by guitarist, lead vocalist and chief songwriter Ray Davies.

Review of Something Else by the Kinks

August 17, 2012
Procol HarumThe originality and pleasant dynamics of Procol Harum’s earliest sound is captured on their debut album. It contains a sound which combines centuries-old classical and baroque elements with the then-modern day moody-ish soul and makes it all work nicely.

Review of Procol Harum

August 21, 2012
Just For You by Neil DiamondNeil Diamond straddled the worlds on 1960s pop music and the 1970s singer/songwriter. Although never quite recognized as a great album, Just For You may be the one original album by Neil Diamond which best reflects his most prolific songwriting period.

Review of Just For You

August 25, 2012
The Who Sell OutAlthough not as coherent and focused as the band’s next three albums (which were the three finest of their career), The Who Sell Out definitively shows where The Who was heading by the end of 1967. This unique album tied to the songs together with commercial jingles and public service announcements.

Review of The Who Sell Out

August 29, 2012
Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1967 Album of the Year
An extraordinary debut by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Classic Rock Review has named Are You Experieinced? as our Album of the Year for the phenominal music year of 1967. On this album, the sound is harder and heavier than anything else from 1967, yet it is not in the slightest bit unfocused, and it has become one of the all-time classics.

Review of Are You Experienced?

Final 1967 Poll Results
Q: What is the best album of 1967?

1 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
by The Beatles
63.5%
2 Are You Experienced?
by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
14.5%
3 The Doors by The Doors 10.5%
4 The Piper At the Gates of Dawn
by Pink Floyd
9.2%
5 Disraeli Gears by Cream 2.6%

Conducted on our site, July-August, 2012

Other 1967 Albums of Note

1967 was one of the most innovative years in rock history and the first year where the classic rock album really came to maturation. There were also many debuts by artists who would make a big splash in future years, such as David Bowie, Traffic, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, and The Grateful Dead. It was also the year which saw the final album by The Yardbirds.

 Mr. Fantasy by Traffic Matthew And Son by Cat Stevens Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds Mellow Yellow by Donovan The Grateful Dead Happy Together by The Turtles David Bowie Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane Songs From Leonard Cohen Evolution by The Hollies Little Games by The Yardbirds Vanilla Fudge Big Brother and the Holding Company Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys  Moby Grape Blowin Your Mind by Van Morrison Ten Years After Lumpy Gravy by Frank Zappa Alice'sRestaurant by Arlo Guthrie John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan
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