Ten essential albums of the 1960s
4. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
After nearly a decade of arousing girls, inspiring boys and frightening parents, The Rolling Stones released (arguably) the greatest album of their career 26 days before the decade's end. Featuring the introduction of guitarist Mick Taylor, as well as the farewell of Brian Jones (who would be dead before the LP was released), the album is a testament to the ghosts of the past and the cautious optimism of 1970s future -- as seen in the bracketing songs "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." In the former, we have quite possibly the greatest guest vocalist in the history of rock: Merry Clayton. When her voice cracks on the word "murder!" toward the song's end (a mistake she was initially humiliated by), it was enough to inspire gooseflesh across a listeners body, as well as cause the miscarriage of her unborn child.