The tracks featured in this soundtrack to 1966 are all referred to in Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.
1966 was a pivotal year in rock’n’roll history, the bridge between beat groups and the more sophisticated music that was just around the corner.
It was an interesting time…
Dylan’s notorious electric tour reached the UK, where his famous bootleg Live at the Albert Hall included a storming version of Like a Rolling Stone. Although the recording was actually made in Manchester!
Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” came to an end with River Deep Mountain High.
Manfred Mann’s Pretty Flamingo was Paul Jones’s last outing with the band but it did include Jack Bruce’s basslines shortly before he embarked on the Cream venture.
Classic singles included: The Beach Boy’s Good Vibrations, the Whos’s Substitute (with Ginger Baker playing on the B-side) and the Troggs’ Wild Thing.
With albums that should be in everyone’s collection: Dylan’s Blond on Blond, the Beach Boys Pet Sounds and the Mother’s Of Invention’s debut Freak Out.
The Miracles recorded the original version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine.
The Doors signed with Elektra, Jimi Hendrix jammed with Cream and Pink Floyd made their debut.
Rock’n’Roll was morphing into its next incarnation…