The Beatles - Revolver (1966)

Nineteen sixty-six was the point at which rock transitioned from Innocence to Experience (Hendrix was fast approaching) and this was marked by The Beatles with Revolver. This was the album on which they were reborn as a studio entity (they’d retired as a live band) and on which they give full rein to their creative imaginations using all that technology (and pharmaceuticals) had to offer. The disparity is evident between McCartney’s superb facility for MOR (Eleanor Rigby, For No One) and Lennon’s more raw, serrated approach (I’m Only Sleeping), while Harrison emerges as a songwriting talent in his own right with I Want To Tell You and Taxman. DS

Runners-up: The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Bob Dylan Blonde On Blonde, The Rolling Stones Aftermath, The Mothers Of Invention Freak Out!, The Byrds Fifth Dimension, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds Roger The Engineer.