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Your Year to Remember

Monday, June 06, 2011 - 04:40 PM

Soundcheck wants you to make a case for a single year as the most important year in music history. Tell us why that year was so memorable, and why it changed music forever. Any year is fair game: the punk explosion in 1977, the grunge breakout in 1991 ... or the birth of Bach in 1685.

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Comments [9]

Jeremy Lees from Colts Neck, NJ

Think about 1685, the year that two of the giants of Western music were born: Bach and Handel.

Jun. 07 2011 10:25 PM
Po in the Truck from Brooklyn

1989 was the greatest year in HipHop: Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet, De La Soul's 3feet high and rising. Tribe called Quest's People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, Beastie Boy's Classic Paul's Boutique. NWA's straight out Compton. I got Paul's Boutique stuck in the tape deck of my truck in high school. It didn't matter because that's all I was listening to.

Jun. 06 2011 10:31 PM

1977 was it for me. I was 20 - Junior year in college - and the music of the new wave bands was the sound of our generation: Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, B52s, Television, the Clash..... it was thirilling!

Jun. 06 2011 06:26 PM
charles Holmes from staten island

1967. Write down the first 5 recordings which come to your mind from that year?
The Beatles' "Abbey Road" one of the 5?
Are "Respect", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), "Chain of Fools", "Baby I Love You", "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)" - Aretha Franklin; "Groovin'", "I've Been Lonely Too Long" - The Rascals;
"Soul Man" - Sam and Dave; (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" - Jackie Wilson; "Cold Sweat", "There Was A Time", "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)" - James Brown; "In the Heat of the Night" - Ray Charles; "To Sir, With Love" - Lulu; "Funky Broadway" - Wilson Pickett; "Tell It Like It Is" - Aaron Neville; "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Gladys Knight and the Pips; "Lazy Day" and "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" - Spanky and Our Gang. Otis Redding recorded "(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay" was recorded in 1967, but released in 1968, as was Aretha's "Lady Soul" LP.

Jun. 06 2011 04:09 PM
Peter from Brooklyn

I think for a jazz year 1959 is the obvious choice.
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Dave Brubeck - Time Out
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
John Coltrane - Giant Steps

Jun. 06 2011 02:55 PM

One thing entirely absent from your coverage of the most important year of 1970 is a duscussions of the debut album on the monumental band Black Sabbath. One of the few great bands that which spawned an entire genre of music and cultural memes (nearly) by themselves. To this day, the eponymous album of Black Sabbath is my favorite showcase of heavy, blues-infused metal. It is a difficult task for me to name any other album which such a unique feel.

Jun. 06 2011 02:30 PM
Ralph Nadell

Any review of special years in music has to include 1967 "The Summer of Love."

Jun. 06 2011 02:27 PM

At age 14 I was listening to Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and Chet Baker. Of course that was 1958!

Jun. 02 2011 10:36 PM

Which ever year the drum was first perceived to be useful as a rhythm instrument

Jun. 01 2011 11:42 PM

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