50 Essential Albums of 1967

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

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Mississippi John Hurt, 'The Immortal'
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Mississippi John Hurt, 'The Immortal'

Of all the rediscovered bluesmen of the folk revival, Mississippi John Hurt was the least diminished by age because he was so unassuming to begin with. Having first recorded at 35 in 1928, he was 73 when he cut this posthumously released collection, which showcases his intricately unflashy fingerpicking, begins and ends with hymns and reprises both his moral take on "Stagolee" and his own fashion-conscious "Richland Woman Blues": "With rosy-red garters/Pink hose on my feet/Turkey-red bloomers/With a rumble seat."

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