Long Lost Cult Albums of the 60s and 70s

by Kevin Orton
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If you're looking for something obscure along the lines of Nick Drake, Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley, the late 60's and early 70's are a goldmine for lost artists. David Ackles was like a weird cross between Leonard Cohen and early Tom Waits. Bill Fay, Rock's answer to J.D. Salinger and the Beatles. Karen Dalton was the hillbilly Billie Holiday. Fred Neil wrote Dolphins and Everybody's Talking and had a voice like Johnny Cash. Jackson C. Frank and Davy Graham were massive influences on the Brit Folk Revival of the 60's. Roy Harper, a massive influence on his pal, Jimmy Page. Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas, Give Me, Take You and Appaloosa's debut are baroque Folk masterpieces. Mickey Newbury did the same for Country. Meic Stevens was hailed as the Welsh Dylan and his one album in English is stunning. Tim Rose's original arrangements of Hey Joe and Morning Dew became hits for Hendrix and others. Tucker Zimmerman, David McWilliams and Biff Rose were big influences on a young David Bowie. David Blue's Stories is the dark, brilliant missing link between Leonard Cohen and Dylan. And many others to explore. So, here's some long lost cult albums you need to hear.

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What a great list of odd albums! Your record collection and mine must be twins separated at birth! This is all great stuff.

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Thanks! Yeah, I cherish this stuff...

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