Best act of 1966

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Beatles
23
14%
Beach Boys
22
13%
Dylan
21
13%
Stones
16
10%
Kinks
14
9%
Who
9
6%
Clapton
6
4%
Byrds
7
4%
Simon & Garfunkel
7
4%
Seeds
3
2%
Yardbirds
3
2%
Lovin' Spoonful
3
2%
Mothers of Invention
6
4%
Mamas & Papas
1
1%
Airplane
0
No votes
Springfield
2
1%
Monkees
2
1%
Donovan
1
1%
Otis
4
2%
Animals
3
2%
Elevators
6
4%
Love
4
2%
 
Total votes: 163

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Best act of 1966

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Apr 2018, 16:46

All right, this year we won't focus on just UK bands. Who made the best music of 1966? I'm going to limit it to 22 acts. I'll nominate The Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Stones, Kinks, Who, Clapton (John Mayall, Cream), Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, Seeds, Yardbirds, Lovin' Spoonful, Mothers of Invention, Mamas and Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Monkees, Donovan, Otis, Animals, Elevators, and Love. I'm not going to post every song like last time, just the relevant LP and any stand-alone singles. A weird year, in that almost everybody only released one studio album. You can pick up to five. To wit:

Beatles
Revolver & "Paperback Writer/Rain"

Beach Boys
Pet Sounds & "Good Vibrations"

Dylan
Blonde on Blonde


Stones
Aftermath, Got Live if You Want It! & "19th Nervous Breakdown," "Paint it, Black,"and "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"

Kinks
Face to Face & "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Dead End Street."

Who
A Quick One & "Substitute," "I'm a Boy," and "Happy Jack."

Clapton
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, Fresh Cream

Byrds
Fifth Dimension


Simon & Garfunkel
Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Seeds
The Seeds, A Web of Sound

Yardbirds
The Yardbirds (Roger the Engineer) & "Shapes of Things/You're a Better Man Than I," "Over Under Sideways Down," and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago."

Lovin Spoonful
Daydream, What's Up Tiger Lily, Hums of the Lovin Spoonful

Zappa
Freak Out!

Mamas & Papas
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears...

Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off

Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield

Monkees
Monkees & "I'm a Believer/I'm Not Your Steppin Stone"

Donovan
Sunshine Superman (US version) & "Mellow Yellow"

Otis Redding
The Soul Album,Dictionary of Soul

Animals
Animalisms & "Inside Looking Out," "Don't Bring Me Down" "See See Rider," "Help Me Girl," and "Hey Gyp."

13th Floor Elevators
The Psychedelic Sounds of the...

Love
Love
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby robertff » 16 Apr 2018, 16:59

The Stones win this one easily for me but there are so many great records here. It's difficult to choose from the rest because they are so good, but I'm going for the ones I play the most and the Who's 'A Quick One' has always been a favourite.

Great year - I remember it well.



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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby space. invadere » 16 Apr 2018, 17:21

Five choices is nowhere near enough
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 16 Apr 2018, 17:41

Beach Boys

Bob Dylan

Byrds

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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Osgood » 16 Apr 2018, 18:06

I had no option but picking the first five.
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Quaco » 16 Apr 2018, 18:21

Six would have been good. Three UK (Beatles, Stones, Who) and three US (Beach Boys, S&G, Lovin Spoonful), with a bonus personal favorite vote to The Byrds' 5D.
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Apr 2018, 18:52

Surprised there's so much love for '66 Stones.
Coan wrote:'Vertigo' is one of the best things U2 have ever done, one of a handful of occasions where they get it just right. That bit near the end where the song lifts off? You don't get that with The Allman Brothers.

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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Quaco » 16 Apr 2018, 18:58

Matt Wilson wrote:Surprised there's so much love for '66 Stones.

Those three singles are kind of the sweet spot for them: "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Paint it, Black", and "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" Certainly they had others as well, but those just look so good together!
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby space. invadere » 16 Apr 2018, 19:18

fuck yeah!
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby space. invadere » 16 Apr 2018, 19:18

The Seeds were better tho :)
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Goat Boy » 16 Apr 2018, 19:20

Beatles, Dylan, Beach Boys, Who, Kinks

I almost voted for the Stones but I've never been that fussed about Aftermath. Some truly wonderful singles though.

I love the Who in '66. Lots of colour and humour. Pop art with a capital "P".
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Goat Boy » 16 Apr 2018, 19:21

Quaco wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:Surprised there's so much love for '66 Stones.

Those three singles are kind of the sweet spot for them: "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Paint it, Black", and "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" Certainly they had others as well, but those just look so good together!


I often think those singles were their peak.
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby sloopjohnc » 16 Apr 2018, 19:26

Beatles
Beach Boys
Dylan
Simon &Garfunkel
Otis Redding

Hardly anywhere to go wrong here.
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby The Modernist » 16 Apr 2018, 19:32

The top five as listed are who I've picked.
Trust Matt to exclude The Small Faces though..I would have probably picked them too.

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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby The Modernist » 16 Apr 2018, 19:36

Matt Wilson wrote:Surprised there's so much love for '66 Stones.


Why? It was their best year.

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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby joels344 » 16 Apr 2018, 19:53

Beach Boys
The Mothers of Invention
The Byrds
Bob Dylan
Donovan

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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Apr 2018, 19:54

It was a great year for them, no doubt. But I'm not really sure I like Aftermath anymore than Face to Face. I guess the attendant 45s are the determining factor.
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Postby The Slider » 16 Apr 2018, 19:59

They're (almost) all magnificent.

It was the best year for the best group of them all
So I only need the one choice - Fabs all the way
There are loads of close runners up though
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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby Tactful Cactus » 16 Apr 2018, 20:02

"act" implies live music. So you should pick whoever made the best album AND played well live. I don't care though.

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Re: Best act of 1966

Postby algroth » 16 Apr 2018, 20:04

I went with Byrds, Beach Boys and Mothers, but the best act of this year is clearly Trane.