Tired of hearing about a song as inconsequential as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside?” Let’s try this for conversation.
Much has been made recently about the anniversary of the Beatles’ “White Album” and it’s importance in the history and development of Rock music. Quite honestly, it left me rather cold at the time, but I’ve come to appreciate it more in later years. This author, however, sees an entirely different album as the most consequential of 1968.
His hypothesis is that “Beggar’s Banquet” was pivotal in turning the Rolling Stones around from a dismal 1967 and essentially reinventing the group when things were going south for them. He makes some good points, and tries to draw a line between “consequential” and “important.” “Beggar’s Banquet” was certainly consequential for the Rolling Stones, but was it so for anyone else?
Personally, my vote would go to Hendrix and “Electric Ladyland.” It was his last studio album during his lifetime, and is an example of an artist at his creative peak as a performer, writer and producer.