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The Beatles, “Blue Jay Way” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Blue Jay Way” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

A kind of sibling to “I Am the Walrus,” George Harrison’s “Blue Jay Way” is a perfect snapshot of the Beatles’ most unusually creative artistic phase.

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

In September 1973, Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was brutally murdered, moving Joan Baez to produce a final homage and farewell.

Jimmy Page and the Yardbirds went out with a bang on Little Games

Jimmy Page and the Yardbirds went out with a bang on Little Games

The Yardbirds’ ‘Little Games,’ released on July 24, 1967, was a bit heavy, a bit soft, and showed a whole lot of imagination – despite their looming fate.

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars seemed to come together through happenstance. Unfortunately, they went their separate ways in a similarly random way.

Imaginos is the best Blue Oyster Cult album you’ve never heard

Imaginos is the best Blue Oyster Cult album you’ve never heard

Though it took a while to arrive, the engaging, smart and loud ‘Imaginos’ – finally released in July 1988 – was Blue Oyster Cult’s most consistent album.

Steve Holtje, “Hunger Artist” from A Man Full of Days (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Holtje, “Hunger Artist” from A Man Full of Days (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Holtje’s dark, ambient “Hunger Artist” is from a soundtrack that actually sounds like backing music for a motion picture, and helps to tell a story.

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ Super Session was a free-form masterpiece

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ Super Session was a free-form masterpiece

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills’ wildly improvisational ‘Super Session’ arrived on July 22, 1968. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Yes, “Sweet Dreams” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “Sweet Dreams” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes’ “Sweet Dreams” may have a decidedly non-progressive rock feel, but it is one of the stronger compositions on 1970’s ‘Time and a Word.’

Los Lobos, “Gates of Gold” from Gates of Gold (2015): One Track Mind

Los Lobos, “Gates of Gold” from Gates of Gold (2015): One Track Mind

The best songs speak to us as individuals, allowing us to find answers for ourselves. Los Lobos’ “Gates of Gold” is one of those songs.

Joaquin Sabina, “Palabras Como Cuerpos” from Inventario (1978): One Track Mind

Joaquin Sabina, “Palabras Como Cuerpos” from Inventario (1978): One Track Mind

With “Palabras Como Cuerpos,” Joaquin Sabina seems to take Phil Ochs’ motto to heart, realizing that in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.