2017 50th Anniversary Albums

1967 was an exciting year for music. Bands in the US and Britain were stretching musical boundaries with new technology and combining elements of classical, jazz and folk music into new forms of rock. Fresh singer-songwriters were appearing with unique voices. The "Summer of Love" featured many bands expressing the counterculture of the time. Several albums released in 1967 are still enjoyed by many today. Others we can discover again (or for the first time). Maybe a few have rightfully been forgotten? 1967 saw debut albums from David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, the Grateful Dead, The Doors, Traffic, Pink Floyd and others who went on to have epic recording and performing careers. Here are a few standout albums that are having their 50th birthday this year. To explore additional titles, check out these albums released in 1967 from the library's collection.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

This landmark Beatles album went on to win the Grammy award for Album of the Year, the first rock album to receive the award. Often cited as influential to other artists and at the top of many critics' "greatest albums of all time" lists. Later in the year they also released Magical Mystery Tour.

The Doors

The debut album (followed later the same year by Strange Days) was a huge success with "Light My Fire," "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" and "The End".

Surrealistic Pillow

The second album by Jefferson Airplane, but the first to include Grace Slick on vocals. The two singles "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" are iconic of the psychedelic folk rock scene of the time.

The Velvet Underground & Nico

Considered a commercial and critical failure when it was released, the Velvet Underground's debut album is now recognized as being one of the greatest albums ever recorded, influencing bands to this day.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Pink Floyd's debut album featuring the vocals and trippy lyrics of Syd Barrett.

Looking at the rich variety of artistic expression in these albums released in 1967, and the number that are still enjoyed today, it makes me wonder which albums coming out in 2017 will still be listened to in 2067?

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