1967 — It Was A Very Good Year (Again!)
It stands to reason that music-obsessed teenagers either got jobs in record stores (we did have those, once upon a time) or cried themselves to sleep at night knowing that there was a world of sound out there that they could not afford to buy into. Imagine the nightmares of the young youth tortured mercilessly by an uncaring universe that had no compassion for tears shed over not being able to hear The Electric Prunes' albums because they were not born rich enough to afford such pleasures -- while their friends were sufficiently happy kicking cans down the street, or whatever they did for entertainment before video games.
This list is for those young youths who are now older olds, who hopefully have made enough money selling insurance or trading stocks to enjoy these sounds on their ridiculously expensive home and car stereos, who can now rest peacefully at night, thinking no longer of the Blues Project's Live at Town Hall collection, but of what to do with those parents who are determined to spend all their money in sunny, sunny Florida before they go.
Hey! With that thought in mind, let's rock!
25) The Incredible String Band -- The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion: For the second album, ISB was already down to the duo of Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, with the ridiculously talented Danny Thompson coming in on bass and Williamson's girlfriend Licorice McKechnie throwing in some vocals, percussion and that uneasy feeling that every time one of the band members got a girlfriend their input would be given senior status. (Somewhere, Yoko Ono and her hospital bed await their turn in the studio and the writers of Spinal Tap are licking their chops.) In fairness, both McKechnie and later Rose Simpson were invaluable members of the group. You'll note that fairness isn't all that funny.
24) The Freak Scene -- Psychedelic Psoul: If I had my druthers, I would provide a paying project for my elder rock writers to resist the temptation of writing redundant essays on the works of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and other obvious, well-covered names and to spend that time instead giving us first-person accounts of the lesser-known history that is far more interesting. They would pen essays that explain to dear readers what it was really like being a young music fan in 1967, with your ear down to the ground. But then, maybe some of them really just like Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton and nothing more. Fact is, I'd never even heard of this record until I started sniffing around for this blog. If other websites are to be believed, The Freak Scene was the creation of Rusty Evans, who employed studio musicians to cash in on the youth culture with songs like "Watered Down Soul" and "The Subway Ride Through Inner Space." I even listened to it and enjoyed it very much. Now that may not be Bob Dylan, but it's alright!