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« on: October 18, 2020, 03:33:31 PM »

Despite all that's said about it, there were still plenty of decent albums around by the mid-70s.

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery & Imagination
Andy Irvine & Paul Brady - Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
Archie Fisher - The Man With A Rhyme
Camel - Moonmadness
Clannad - Dulaman
Dave Swarbrick - Swarbrick
Genesis - Trick Of The Tail
Genesis - Wind And Wuthering
Jackson Browne - The Pretender
Kansas - Leftoverture
Larry Norman - In Another Land
Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters
Rainbow - Rising
Rush - 2112
Status Quo - Blue For You
Steeleye Span - Rocket Cottage
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2020, 03:49:03 PM »

1. Bob Dylan – Desire
2. Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man
3. Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
4. David Bowie – Station to Station
5. Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
6. Max Romeo – War ina Babylon
7. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
8. Status Quo – Blue for You
9. The Mighty Diamonds – Right Time
10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
11. Thin Lizzy – Johnny the Fox
12. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Vibration
13. Blondie – Blondie
14. Jon Anderson – Olias of Sunhillow
15. Parliament – The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein
16. Funkadelic – Hardcore Jollies
17. Funkadelic – Tales of Kidd Funkadelic
18. The Gladiators – Trenchtown Mix Up
19. Peter Tosh – Legalize It
20. Serge Gainsbourg - L'Homme à Tête de Chou

Rock music had reached its nadir.  Even many of the better albums are more than a little dull.  If it wasn't for reggae enjoying its golden age, this list would have been impossible to complete.  I suspect that there will be some people here who still get their knickers in a twist about punk, but boy did we need a shake-up.

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2020, 04:12:00 PM »

I'll add these -

AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Boston - Boston
ELO - A New World Record
Stills/Young Band - Long May You Run
Stevie Wonder- Songs in the Key of Life

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2020, 04:15:05 PM »


Stills/Young Band - Long May You Run


God, but that record was piss poor.  Stills's muse had deserted him in a cloud of cocaine, and title track aside, Neil has rarely coasted quite this obviously.

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2020, 04:32:27 PM »



Stills/Young Band - Long May You Run


God, but that record was piss poor.  Stills's muse had deserted him in a cloud of cocaine, and title track aside, Neil has rarely coasted quite this obviously.

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That's the trouble with trying to list 20 records from a particular year - effectively it becomes about listing 20 records you can remember/once heard and it was alright...quality control goes right out of the window.  The 200 best records of the Seventies?  It's hardly surprising LMYR sneaks in there.  Just goes to prove there's too much music in the world.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2020, 04:36:05 PM »





  I suspect that there will be some people here who still get their knickers in a twist about punk, but boy did we need a shake-up.

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Desire would be my favourite from 1976, and I loved the reggae albums you mention, and Burning Spear and Lee Perry both made good records that year, but you are right about punk so surprised you haven't mentioned Ramones by The Ramones. Full of bangin' choons. Stupidity by the Feelgoods was that year as well, not punk but still full of energy.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2020, 04:42:42 PM »


you are right about punk so surprised you haven't mentioned Ramones by The Ramones. Full of bangin' choons. Stupidity by the Feelgoods was that year as well, not punk but still full of energy.


I thought about Ramones and the Feelgoods, but as I don't own (or know all that well) either, I thought it would be disingenuous of me to include them.

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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2020, 04:45:23 PM »


That's the trouble with trying to list 20 records from a particular year - effectively it becomes about listing 20 records you can remember/once heard and it was alright...quality control goes right out of the window.  The 200 best records of the Seventies?  


I'm trying my absolute hardest to keep the quality high.  The top 200 records of the 70s would (or could) all be excellent, but then the years 1974-6 wouldn't need to have an equal slice of the pie.

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Stills/Young Band - Long May You Run


God, but that record was piss poor.  Stills's muse had deserted him in a cloud of cocaine, and title track aside, Neil has rarely coasted quite this obviously.

Jules


I've resisted posting any Crosby & Nash albums for the same sort of reason - the odd decent song (Crosby's Foolish Man is a favourite) but mainly a lot of pretty average stuff. If I had to choose one of their albums from the 70s I'd go for the Best of compilation. But the CSN album in 77 saw a big improvement in song-writing all round IMO.
 
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2020, 04:54:01 PM »




Stills/Young Band - Long May You Run


God, but that record was piss poor.  Stills's muse had deserted him in a cloud of cocaine, and title track aside, Neil has rarely coasted quite this obviously.

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I've resisted posting any Crosby & Nash albums for the same sort of reason - the odd decent song (Crosby's Foolish Man is a favourite) but mainly a lot of pretty average stuff. If I had to choose one of their albums from the 70s I'd go for the Best of compilation. But the CSN album in 77 saw a big improvement in song-writing all round IMO.
 



Oh, I'm a big fan of the first two C&N albums, and the third is (a little) better than its generally portrayed.  It's certainly better than LMYR  Wink
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Oh, I'm a big fan of the first two C&N albums, and the third is (a little) better than its generally portrayed.  It's certainly better than LMYR  Wink


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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2020, 05:15:10 PM »



you are right about punk so surprised you haven't mentioned Ramones by The Ramones. Full of bangin' choons. Stupidity by the Feelgoods was that year as well, not punk but still full of energy.


I thought about Ramones and the Feelgoods, but as I don't own (or know all that well) either, I thought it would be disingenuous of me to include them.

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Fair enough. You'd probably know most of the Ramones album, it has several of their best known songs. The Feelgoods was probaly of its time, how well it would stand up now to someone hearing it for the first time I'm not sure, but back then it just crackled with energy and life, was such a contrast to mainstream radio and what was a tired rock scene.
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Oh, I'm a big fan of the first two C&N albums, and the third is (a little) better than its generally portrayed.  It's certainly better than LMYR  Wink


Seconded.

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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2020, 05:17:33 PM »


The Feelgoods was probably of its time, how well it would stand up now to someone hearing it for the first time I'm not sure, but back then it just crackled with energy and life, was such a contrast to mainstream radio and what was a tired rock scene.


Indeed, and I'm sure it stands up very well indeed.

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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2020, 10:57:46 PM »

Well, perversely 1976 is possibly my favourite year in music and I haven't posted anything in any of these lists that I do not listen to regularly. Knowing what to leave out has been the problem. So here goes:

Desire - Bob Dylan
Station To Station - David Bowie
Hotel California - The Eagles  (I know, I know but I can't help loving it)
A New World Record - ELO
Thirty Three & 1/3 - George Harrison
The Royal Scam - Steely Dan
Who By Numbers - The Who
Nobody's Fools - Slade
Rose of Cimmaron - Poco
Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder
A Trick Of the Tail - Genesis
Wind & Wuthering - Genesis
Howlin Wind - Graham Parker & The Rumour
Hejira - Joni Mitchell
Oxygene - Jean Michel Jarre
Shouting & Pointing - Mott
Cry Tough - Nils Lofgren
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon
How Dare You - 10cc
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« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2020, 09:14:07 AM »

Oh, and I should have included The Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field - which finally escaped in 1976.
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Oh, and I should have included The Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field - which finally escaped in 1976.


It was on my list but I had 23 albums so it just missed the final cut.
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« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2020, 11:26:55 AM »

Could have sworn I'd already post my top twenty here. Just as well I hadn't. Just found a loose page from my music catalogue, from 1976, on the floor of my study from so it wouldn't have been entirely accurate. Anyway, here it is:

Lone Star - S/T
Kiss - Destroyer
Frogmorton - At Last
Billy Joel - Turnstiles
Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail
Loggins & Messina - Native Sons
The Outlaws - Ladies In Waiting
Poco - Rose Of Cimmaron
Styx - Crystal Ball
Starcastle - S/T
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
Barclay James Harvest - Octoberon
Gordon Lightfoot - Summertime Dream
Kansas - Leftoverture
The Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field
REO Speedwagon - REO
Beggars' Hill - S/T
Fool's Gold - S/T
Ashley & Chums - Son Of Morris On
Nigel Mazlyn-Jones - Ship To Shore
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« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2020, 12:05:28 PM »



Nigel Mazlyn-Jones - Ship To Shore



My mate Jim played guitar with Nigel at a festival in Cumbria a few years back. He said the drive up the M6 was a slightly nerve-wracking experience as Nigel was so impressed with the scenery that he started filming it on his phone... while driving! Jim was glad to get to the gig in one piece and get out of the van. I think there may have been one or two herbal cigarettes being smoked on the way as well. Shocked
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Nigel Mazlyn-Jones - Ship To Shore



My mate Jim played guitar with Nigel at a festival in Cumbria a few years back. He said the drive up the M6 was a slightly nerve-wracking experience as Nigel was so impressed with the scenery that he started filming it on his phone... while driving! Jim was glad to get to the gig in one piece and get out of the van. I think there may have been one or two herbal cigarettes being smoked on the way as well. Shocked


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