Top 16 Music Albums of 1960 by xMUSICSNOBx

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This album is pretty much THE jazz album of all time. This is the pop music of jazz, this is what they teach to jazz students, this is the marker for what the genre is. It fits any emotion, any situation, and can make any moment of your life into something more. If that doesn’t tell you how impactful, incredible, and important this album is, no other words I could say ever could. [First added to this chart: 11/27/2018]
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1960
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A deeply intriguing cross-section of the best of the American-Pop stylings of the 1950’s and the magical rhythms of Afropop.
It’s comforting and exciting. Soothing and invigorating. Old as time and brand new. Whether her voice is soaring above you or whispering in your ear, you would have to be a robot to not feel it tugging at your heart. In every song you can hear inklings and Easter eggs of music that was to come, both in American pop, and in contemporary african music as well. This album does everything to the most excellent mark. Where it’s fun, it is a riot. Where it’s mystic, it is unsearchable. Where it is beautiful, it is entrancing. And boy, is it all those things and more.
[First added to this chart: 05/23/2023]
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1960
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A fun little collection of nostalgia-inducing surf-and-soft instrumental jams.
The guitar and drum performances are exquisite throughout. Especially on the slower pieces where the guitar is given more room to create beautiful spaces for us to live in. This album is a remnant from a lost time, but it feels as though you can slide into it and be transported right back, even if you weren’t old enough to have known it when it was here. 100 years from now this album will still be as vivid a time capsule as it is now, it’s a canvas painted and perfectly preserved.
[First added to this chart: 05/23/2023]
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1960
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This album is a master class in piano. This might very well be the most important piece of jazz piano ever written. He glides along the keys with the instinct of a master hunter, he knows where to go next that will not only subvert your expectation, but also leave you speechless. There is no other way to describe it; up until this point in history, this was the best piano could be. [First added to this chart: 08/17/2021]
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1960
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I don’t need to provide any devoted jazz fan with an explanation for who Miles Davis was, his accomplishments, or his defining tone that shaped music history forever; we all are aware, it would be impossible to overlook someone so influential on music history. This album itself, is one of his brightest moments. It could easily be one of the best film scores of all time had it had a movie that could match its triumphant excellence. This album takes you down to the streets of Spain, it shows you the beauty, the filth, the love, the hatred. It is truly a journey through a time and space, that captures the pure essence of humanity in its wing. The sudden shots of horn ensemble riddled throughout this project feel like either a revelation, or a moment of violence. Will O’ The Wisp exists as a point of tension, a cold war, a fight waiting to happen but never does. A lingering anxiety that won’t let you sleep. Saeta begins its life as a piece of what could be a never before heard Spanish national anthem, and builds into a piece of traditionalist Spanish musicality that is mystical in form and leaves the listener to envision an impending dance between a Spaniard and a raging bull, and as it ends and Solea begins, we hear what sounds like a lover mourning the death of her beloved bullfighter. The horns weep, truly weep, and as Solea carries on, it sings of a life that carries on, it tells us where our heroes are now, and that we must imagine for ourselves where they may go next. Roll credits. [First added to this chart: 04/14/2021]
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1960
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This album is a triumph of black excellence, and expresses so well the feeling that much African American music expresses: the soul is to be released from its oppression and bondage through music. Mingus’ bass playing on this album is astonishing, it gives life to an instrument most people see as (and which is typically used as) just a foundation, or a building block to a song. But regardless of the stigma of his instrument, Charles Mingus does what he is so apt to do, which is to see the beauty in every element, as he solely accentuates the bass for sporadic periods of each song, in a way that says to me: “there is beauty beneath everything”. The titles of this album are almost descriptors for the energy of each track. Where Wednesday Night Church Meeting is a bubbly and talkative romp, even going as far as to include a church-clap section, Cryin’ Blues, in the refrain, lives up to its name with the melodramatic and weeping horn draws. The music itself truly feels as though it’s crying. And at the end, it even seems to whimper on its way to the door. The horns on this album seem to Moan over every song in some kind of agony, which I can only assume is indicative of the life of a black man in the 1960’s in America. The horns are releasing that emotional tension through every note. The album contains a subdued and cautious yet still palpable energy and freedom to its expression. [First added to this chart: 04/16/2021]
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1960
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Joan Baez does not need to shout, she can take your attention captive with as much as just a whisper.
She performs these classic songs as someone who truly understands their power, you do not need to speak for the songs, you let them speak for themselves. The raw feminine power of this album is not lose in its gentleness. It speaks clearly and with no misrepresentation to the songs initial meanings. Here, Joan is a meek wildfire. When these songs play, the world is hers.
[First added to this chart: 05/06/2021]
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1960
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The implication that racism and discrimination died at the emancipation proclamation is one of the most damaging implications in American politic. Max Roach is here to give us the truth. Max Roach considered himself to be still a slave to the American way, opening the album by drawing parallels between himself and his enslaved African ancestors. He drums with the fury of a man who has been put down too many times, and refuses to be treated as anything other than what he is, a human being. His solo in Freedom Day is astonishing, he will not run, he will not be ashamed any longer. The section of drum and screams in Triptych is a release of the tension they have felt too long, the screams are not for effect, you can feel the violence being released, you can hear the frustration in the voice, the pressure being let out slowly. This album is a centerpiece of the 60’s civil rights movement. It is not only a message that the black community will no longer stand for the injustices they have experienced, it is also a celebration of the rights they would, and still are, taking back from a country that captured them and disenfranchised them. [First added to this chart: 05/06/2021]
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1960
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An electric and addicting live performance from one of the best jazz vocal performers of all time.
This is the kind of live album that makes you feel like you missed out. Her charism and voice are felt through the speakers even 50+ years later. Her band is stupidly locked in, not a single misstep over the hour. Listen in closely to the piano at any time and it will take you away just as much as Ella herself would. The performance is a reflection of his spirit. I can smell the cigarettes, see her through the dim lights of the concert hall. But I’m sure nothing could compare to what it would’ve been like to see it all in the flesh.
Ps. Mack the Knife is a treat.
[First added to this chart: 05/24/2023]
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1960
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Incredible Jazz Guitar
The title says it all, I couldn’t imagine putting it better myself. Wes Montomery is the most overlooked competitor for the title of guitar god. The guitar on this album floats on air, it intoxicates, and it leaves as mysteriously as it came. Don’t believe me? Just attempt to listen to Polka Dots and Moonbeams without imagining the plushness of a cloud encompassing your entire being. The seamless glide of Airegin is mesmerizing, the polyrhythmic romp of Four on Six is not only ahead of its time, but also completely an immersive experience that permeates your soul. Wes Montgomery becomes his instrument, binds it to his soul, and then releases all emotion through the medium, he is one with the guitar. They could not live without each other. Despite all of that, there does still exist a lack of creativity on a lot of these tracks, The album kind of meanders to an end, and all the songs do begin to blend together after a while. All in all, it still is an album to be considered a standard for guitarists.
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1960
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Nigeria 1 6%
South Africa 1 6%
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Yes 2 13%

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