50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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B.B. King, 'The Jungle'
B.B. King, 'The Jungle'31/50

B.B. King, 'The Jungle'

Although five of its dozen selections had attained the lower reaches of the R&B chart twixt '65 and '67, few noticed this slapdash piece of product when the Bihari brothers' L.A.-based indie put it on the market. But as rereleased by Ace in 2009, it exemplifies how great artists' lesser work comes to feel more precious when they're gone. Otherwise unavailable highlights include the poverty-fighting title track, a short and sweet "Ain't Nobody's Business," and a "Beautician's Blues" that sics said blues on said beautician. A guy his ma called Riley plays guitar on every track.

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