I dig the song but in general, Willie's delivery sorta bothers me so he's never been one of my favorite bluesman.
The Blue Men * I Hear A New World (RGM White Label/RPM) 60
Wish there were more actual songs like the title track rather than just electronic sketches but this is still pretty damn groundbreaking and definitely shouldn't have taken several decades to be released. Ditto with Raymond Scott's "Manhattan Research Project".
Son House * The Original Delta Blues (Columbua/Legacy) 64
One of the best, and I actually prefer his 60's recordings to the early stuff (and it's usually the opposite).
Steve Reich * Early Works: Come Out/It's Gonna Rain (Elektra) 65
Checked out because of the Beefheart connection. Mildly interesting curiosity but doesn't lend itself to repeat listenings (if you can even get through the whole thing once).
Sun Ra * Strange Strings (Saturn) 67
Sampled a bit of it but couldn't get into it. Generally not into Ra's free jazz period and this one is particularly poorly recorded (probably the worst album I've heard from him just in terms of sound quality)
Blue Cheer * Vincebus Eruptum (Philips) 68
Sampled a bit but never understood what the big deal was supposed to be. So they were loud, so what? So were The Who, who obviously had far better material.
Dr. John the Night Tripper * Gris-Gris (Atco) 68
A psychedelic voodoo-themed classic, his best by far and pretty different from most of the stuff that followed, which tends to be more traditional New Orleans R&B.
Pearls Before Swine * Balaklava (ESP) 68
Couldn't get into it. Didn't like the songs or the guy's voice.
The United States Of America (CBS) 68
One of my favorite albums and one of the weirdest and most unique psychedelic albums I've encountered.
Sonny Sharrock * Black Woman (Vortex) 69
Possibly his best (go back and forth between this and "Ask The Ages"), got into Sonny relatively recently (because of the electric Miles Davis connection) and he's hit or miss but when he's on, he's ####ing incredible. His wife's vocals on this are pretty wild as well. Have a feeling Norville would like it and I know Matt is a fan. His group Last Exit is also highly recommended, especially their studio album (the live stuff is good but pretty cacophonous)
Silver Apples * Contact (Kapp Records) 69
Always preferred this to the debut. Obviously not as groundbreaking but with better, more varied material.
Alexander 'Skip' Spence * Oar (Columbia) 69
Not the lost classic it's sometimes called but it's still a solid, somewhat unsettling album.
Kevin Ayers & The Whole World * Shooting At The Moon (Harvest) 70
I prefer "Joy of a Toy" and "Whatevershebringswesing" but this has a few of Ayers's best songs on it.
Comus * First Utterance (BGO) 70
One of my favorite albums LEST YE FORGET
John Cale * Paris 1919 (Reprise) 72
I prefer "Fear" but this is right behind it, though I haven't really been interested in Cale's stuff lately.
Alice Coltrane * Universal Consciousness (Impulse!) 72
Possibly my favorite of hers, sounds like a lost Sun Ra album. I also really like "World Galaxy" which is similar to this but includes strings and versions of both "A Love Supreme" and "My Favorite Things".
Miles Davis * On The Corner (Columbia) 72
Pretty repetitive and Macero's production is at its most cluttered and coked out (the original versions on the "Complete Sessions" box are superior- all fans of the album should get that box) so it took me awhile to get into but once I did, it became one of my favorite Miles albums. Krautrock fans should understand.
Hugh Hopper * 1984 (CBS/Cuneiform) 72
Sampled a bit but nothing clicked though I do like "Hoppertunity Box" and obviously am a big fan of his work w/ Soft Machine.
Faust * The Faust Tapes (Virgin) 73
I generally prefer their more song-based stuff but this is an exception. Song snippets brilliantly edited together. Better than the overrated debut IMO.
Herbie Hancock * Sextant (Columbia) 73
Herbie's weirdest album, ugly and repetitive and a tad overrated but still one of his best.
Larry Young * Lawrence Of Newark (Perception) 73
Really cool spin on fusion, wish he woulda done more stuff like this. Ditto with his psychedelic free jazz project Love Cry Want, which is even better.
Betty Davis * They Say I'm Different (Vinyl Experience) 74
Can't get into her, don't like her voice/delivery.
Pere Ubu * "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (Hearthan) 75
Yeah, all those early songs collected on the "Terminal Tower" comp are great, even if the best was yet to come.
Lee Perry * Revolution Dub (Cactus) 75
Not one of my favorite Scratch albums but it's a weird one, hazy and minimalist with crackling studio effects. Good to relax to *cough cough*
Lou Reed * Metal Machine Music (RCA) 75
Never gone longer than a few minutes. Hilarious as a statement but mindnumbingly dull as a listening experience
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Bat Chain Puller (Unreleased) 76
It *has* been released at this point (though I originally had to get a bootleg) and like I said in the TMR thread, I consider it to be superior to the last 3 albums.
Henry Cow * Concerts (Recommended) 76
Some of the recording is a bit rough but the playing makes up for it and nice to hear both Dagmar and Robert Wyatt tackle these songs live.
The Residents * Satisfaction (Ralph) 76
Not one of their best covers IMO but still pretty cool and maybe the "punkiest" thing they did.
Al Green * The Belle Album (Motown) 77
Nice comeback set but still not quite as good as the earlier stuff
Chrome * Half Machine Lip Moves (Siren/Beggars Banquet) 79
Prefer it to "Alien Soundtracks" but they're fairly interchangeable. Warped post punk.