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.