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Beggars Banquet most important album 1968?

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Not even close

Much as I love the Stones and Beggars Banquet the best album of 1968 was Astral Weeks and the most influential by a country mile was Music From Big Pink or Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

Big Pink fused almost every strain of American music and at the time sounded like nothing else and still resonates today It also included and 2 songs by Dylan (and The Band)from The Basement Tapes which were being played around London the previous year and had in themselves created a huge shift in British music 

Beggars is the first of the Stones 4 great records and was around the time that Keith Richards and Gram Parsons started a friendship that bonded over heroin and country music

Parsons was the driving force in a collaborative sense behind Sweetheart Of The Radio although his vocals were scrubbed from the record for contractual reasons

The Byrd’s were in London about to tour South Africa and Richards explainer To Parsons why South Africa was boycotted Parsons quit the Byrd’s and started hanging out with The Stones

A lot more complicated than that like everything is but there  are dozens of books written about those times and the players that made those records and how they all fit into rock and roll at the time it was being cross pollinated so to speak with country music

i feel better now😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I can remember buying both the White Album and Beggars Banquet in 1968.  Beggars Banquet in particular was a huge relief after the Stones stuffed it up completely with Their Satanic Majesties Request and I agree that it was better than the White Album.  But I bought a bunch of other albums in 1968 too! 🤩.  Two that I'm sure got more time on my turntable than either the Beatles or the Stones were Electric Ladyland by Hendrix and Wheels Of Fire by Cream.  Either one is my 1968 pick.

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Always helpful to go to the article here, where the writer defines "most important" as "most consequential". On these terms, if we were talking of 1967 it would be The Velvet Underground and Nico.

 

As for 1968, and using the writer's examples of consequence, it's Music from Big Pink (w/ its Basement Tapes elements) that comes out ahead.

 

FWIW I play Big Pink more often but Beggar's Banquet louder. Way louder.

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Yes, most consequential or most interesting  is worth discussing.  I love all these albums but what’s best seems to me a pointless argument. I probably play Pink and associated albums more than any of the others but does that make it my favourite? Hendrix, Cream - impossible choices. 

 Maybe Beggars Banquet is the most significant because it’s more of a window on the year than the others. It draws on many different musical and lyrical traditions - US & UK - combining them into something very new so it’s a critical album in that respect. But it also deals more directly with and has its finger on the social currents of the time - especially in London, and it is a very ‘London’ album  - way more intensely than the other albums. 1968 was a year of social and cultural revolution, there was real fighting in the streets.

 Pink is no doubt incredibly influential but it’s musical and social roots are more obvious and it turns away from that bigger political/social disruption in a very american way. - thats of course significant in itself and part of the time. Pink is wonderful but it presages a run of Dylan’s weaker and inward looking albums after the absolute genius of JWH.

For me Astral Weeks is the most interesting album from that period - musically and lyrically - though it doesn’t  seem to belong to any specific time. Its still a surprising and quite amazing album. Mind you, I didn’t discover Van till 1973. 

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Hi All,

 

For me Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly, Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland, The Twain Shall Meet - Eric Burdon and A Saucerful of Secrets, in no particular order are my list.

 

JJ

 

 

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I love Beggars Banquet, can’t see the fuss about the White album though.

But agree with @keyse1, Astral Weeks is my pick of the best album of that year. And in my top five albums ever. 

Music from Big Pink is another standout from ‘68, and Nefertiti from Miles Davis would be my pick from the jazz genre.

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Unbelievable year for music. Most important album?

 

What's important? The progression of a certain band? The progression of a certain genre? Influence on later artists? 

 

Cream - Wheels of Fire

 

Across the pond:

 

Velvet Underground - White Light, White Heat

The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father to the Man

 

 

 

 

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Wow guys can’t fault any of these nominations but have a soft spot for the Big Pink.

 

oh and was only born that year, so didn’t pick up any of those albums at that time, unfortunately neither did my parents😂

 

shame on them

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