FEATURE: The Class of '68: The Other Albums Which Were Delighting Fans and Critics the Year ‘The White Album’ Was Released


The Class of '68


IN THIS IMAGE: Jimi Hendrix/IMAGE CREDIT: enricovarrasso 

The Other Albums Which Were Delighting Fans and Critics the Year ‘The White Album’ Was Released


IN a series that looks at The Beatles’…


eponymous album - and why it is being heavily promoted and celebrated -; I am breaking away from the album itself and looking at the other albums released in 1968. It is clear The Beatles was a hard album to top in that year but, look at what else was released, and you can see a wealth of brilliance – some genius album that are hugely loved to this very day. 1968 was a year that saw the first on-screen interracial (in Star Trek); the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy; two black U.S. athletes taking a stand against racism and discrimination at the Olympics - Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. I have collected together the ten biggest albums from 1968 that helped define a wonderful year for music. Maybe you will disagree with my rundown or you might be unfamiliar with some of them. In any case; there is a lot of brilliance among the list and it is clear The Beatles was in good company! Have a look at these ten huge albums and realise what a tremendous year for music…


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1968 was.



The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceElectric Ladyland


Date of Release: 16th October, 1968

Producer: The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Standout Cut: Voodoo Chile

Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends


Date of Release: 3rd April, 1968

Producers: Simon & Garfunkel/Roy Halee

Standout Cut: Mrs. Robinson  

Otis ReddingThe Dock of the Bay


Date of Release: 23rd February, 1968

Producer: Steve Cropper

Standout Cut: (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

Van MorrisonAstral Weeks


Date of Release: 29th November, 1968

Producer: Lewis Merenstein

Standout Cut: Cyprus Avenue

Aretha FranklinLady Soul


 Date of Release: 22nd January, 1968

Producer: Jerry Wexler

Standout Cut: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Small FacesOgdens’ Nut Gone Flake


Date of Release: 24th May, 1968

Producers: Steve Marriott/Ronnie Lane

Standout Cut: Lazy Sunday

The Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet


Date of Release: December 1968

Producer: Jimmy Miller

Standout Cut: Sympathy for the Devil

The KinksThe Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society


Date of Release: 22nd November, 1968

Producer: Ray Davies

Standout Cut: Picture Book

Johnny CashAt Folsom Prison


Date of Release: May 1968

Producer: Bob Johnston

Standout Cut: Folsom Prison Blues

The BandMusic from Big Pink


Date of Release: 1st July, 1968

Producer: John Simon

Standout Cut: The Weight