The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter". A perfect record, right down to Charlie's drums and Keith's solo and Merry Clayton's imperfect cracking voice. Not for the only time, I find myself wondering about a Stones' track, "Where did this come from?" It's too good. And it's a perfect picture of 1969, and it still sounds perfect today.
The Jackson 5, "I Want You Back". What was in the water in 1969? This is also a perfect record, and Motown's finest moment. Ironic: the Merry Clayton of this one is the bass player, yet no one knows for sure who it was. I've always assumed it was the great James Jamerson, but most folks now believe it was Wilton Felder.
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin, "Je t'aime moi non plus". As "glivingston73" says on YouTube, "I think for a song like this, a description becomes somewhat meaningless". Vocals by Charlotte Gainsbourg's parents.
The Beatles, "Come Together". I generally prefer the less-perfect early Beatles to the more-perfect later version, but I can't complain about Ringo's drumming on this one.
Dusty Springfield, "Breakfast in Bed". Written by Eddie Hinton and Donnie Fritts, it makes an interesting pairing with "J'taime moi non plus".
Sly & the Family Stone, "Stand!". Definition of a great three-album run: Stand!, Greatest Hits, and There's a Riot Goin' On.
King Crimson, "21st Century Schizoid Man". It is very hard to find the original studio version of this monster cut, so I'm going with this: "Power".
B.B. King, "The Thrill Is Gone". Muhammad Ali was in the audience for this 1974 concert.
Fairport Convention, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes". The singer is Sandy Denny, who wrote this oft-covered classic.
Tim Buckley, "Gypsy Woman". Because of his experimental approach, you could never assume you'd like one of his albums just because you'd like others. Goodbye and Hello remains my favorite, Happy Sad has some great stuff, and after that, he lost me.