|Originally posted by mkmelt
[B]In order by year released:
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant (1967)
Country Joe and the Fish - Electric Music for the Mind and Body (1967)
Traffic - Mr. Fantasy (1967)
CS&N - Crosby, Stills, and Nash (1969)
Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship - Blows Against the Empire (1970)
Wow, some absolutely great picks there (I omitted some of my less favorite ones) especially the Country Joe one. Its now totally obscure, but this is a truly amazing album.
Janis Joplin & the Holding Company-Cheap Thrills
And, bending the rules a bit, the first Neil Young and Crazy Horse album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere-(May, 1969) recorded in just a couple of days, every song is perfect.
And speaking of Arlo Guthrie, he used to tell a great story in concert how he was invited to his first and only Presidential inaguration by Chip Carter (Jimmy Carter's son). He ran across Chip that night, who told him that he found a copy of Alice's Restaurant in the White House music library. For Arlo, this solved the mystery of the reason for the 19 1/2 minute gap in the Nixon tapes.