“The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.”- William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice,” Act 5, Scene 1
Music is a part of the human experience. For many, music is a part of one’s existence. From an early age, that has been the case for me. The albums that I deem to be great are my opinion.
We start off in the 1960s. During this decade, many of the great musicians emerged and flourished. One of the events that happened in music during the 60’s was the British Invasion. It was this phenomenon that brought us bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles.
- The Beatles- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: From the opening notes of the title track to the last part of “A Day in the Life”, the Fab Four took listeners on a journey through a vast plethora of music. The beauty of Sgt. Pepper is not only in the music but also the words that accompany it. A fine example of this can be found in “A Day in the Life.” Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the song told distinct and illustrative stories to the beat of a 40-piece orchestra.
- The Beatles- Abbey Road: While there are many great albums from the 1960s, for me, this album and Sgt. Pepper are the albums that defined this era of music. Abbey Road has dubbed by many music critics as the best Beatles album and for good reason. This album produced the first number single of the Beatles that was not written by the legendary Lennon and McCartney team, “Something.” Written by lead guitarist, George Harrison, “Something” is a beautiful song that expresses what makes a man love a woman. Abbey Road also consists of the most-widely known Beatles single written by Harrison, “Here Comes the Sun.” While this album is best known for its opening track, “Come Together,” the medley at the end of Abbey Road has always been my favorite part of the album.