I listen to a lot of music. I’m 30 years old, and grew up in a house with a massive record collection. My parents had a pretty broad collection of albums from the 60s and 70s, and while I definitely did not listen to all of them, I listened to many, and at least became familiar with the album covers and artists.
Anyway, I know that their collection was far from comprehensive, and as I’ve pursued my own musical interests I’ve filled in some gaps, but far from all of them. Among my friends in my age group I’d say I’m one of the most knowledgeable about pre-Nirvana rock and folk music, but I always feel like I only have part of the picture.
So, who, in your mind, is essential, overlooked, misunderstood, or oft-forgotten in the music of the 60s and 70s (give or take)? I’m keeping the 80s out of the equation only to keep a little focus. What albums are worth knowing?
For the purposes of this thread, let’s assume that I already know Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, but I don’t know Joan Baez or Arlo Guthrie. I know Chicago but not Blood, Sweat and Tears. If that makes sense.