Give 1967 Its Due

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 24, 2007

Dear Editor,
    In your Summer of Love story [“What's Happening?,” Music] in the Aug. 24 Chronicle, Jennifer Marchand has a tough assignment – pick the best 14 albums of 1967. She extends her list to 21 with “Not-So-Obvious” picks. I don't know how old Jennifer is, but I am left wondering if she was there! So many were missed! I am hoping the Chronicle will give 1967 its full due by adding significantly to this list: Frank Zappa, Absolutely Free; the Who, Sell Out; Grateful Dead, first LP; Kinks, Something Else; Byrds, Younger Than Yesterday; Moby Grape, first LP; James Brown, Cold Sweat; Bob Dylan, John Wesley Harding; Traffic, Mr. Fantasy; 13th Floor Elevators, Easter Everywhere (their best work); Buddy Guy, I Left My Blues in San Francisco; Incredible String Band, The 5000 Spirits; John Mayall, A Hard Road (introducing Peter Green).
    I mean, how could she gloss over Sell Out or Traffic or the Elevators for Chrissakes!
    A footnote – while '67 was the pinnacle of rock, '66 and '68 were also extremely productive and deserving of special attention by anyone craving inventive rock & roll ideas.
David Michael
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