It Was A Very Good Year.

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It Was A Very Good Year.

Post by CaptainVague » Wed May 02, 2018 12:58 am

I'll start this with a look at 1973. I turned 16 that year and was already a collector.
I had 3 different girlfriends that year (nailed them all, but hey, it was the 70's).
Pot was not so strong as to "Beanbag chair you" after two hits. You could roll 6 joints for a show.
You could start a collection with albums from 1973 and nobody would, (or should), be critical.

In no particular order:


Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - If not their best what is?
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy - saw them for the first time that year.
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - If you only have one EJ in your collection it's this should be it.
The Who - Quadrophenia - Moon's drumming is phenom.
Wings - Band on the Run - Their best.
David Bowie - Alladin Sane- For "The Jean Genie" alone.
Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy - Just solid, Rick Derringer's slide on "Show Biz Kids"!
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres - Is there a better ZZ Top LP?
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies - Was everybody hitting their peak?
Frank Zappa - Overnite Sensation - My brothers and I played the grooves flat.
The Allman Brothers Band - "Brothers and Sisters" Dickey Betts carrys on.
The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup- They wanted to call it "Star Fu*ker" but the distributors said no, just no!
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken - Oh Boy! Lowell George!
Golden Earring - Moontan - For "Radar Love" alone.
The Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me - Gave us "Long Train Running: and "China Grove".
Emerson, Lake. and Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery - Welcome back my freinds.
Grand Funk - We're an American Band - The critics never understood their mass appeal.
Joe Walsh - The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get - For "Rocky Mountain Way" alone.
Traffic - Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory - It's a really good album.
Steve Miller Band - The Joker - Just damn good.
Dr. John - In the Right Place - Also "Such a Night".
Johnny Winter - Still Alive and Well - A great blues rock LP.

Great Debuts

Lynyrd Skynyrd - (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)- Holy Spit! "Free Bird"
Aerosmith - Areosmith - Bound for glory.
Queen - Queen - "Keep Yourself Alive"
Montrose - Montrose - Here comes Sammy Hagar.
The Marshall Tucker Band - The Marshall Tucker Band - Here comes the South.

Live LP's

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Live in Europe - As a trio without Tom, still great.
Dereck and the Dominoes - In Concert - Great album even with Eric on H.

R&B and Soul

War - The World is a Ghetto - They stand on their own post Eric Burdon.
James Brown - The Payback - His 40th LP and maybe his best.
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions - Among his best.
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On - What can you say?
The Temptations - Masterpiece - My favorite by them.
Kool and the Gang - Wild and Peaceful - For "Jungle Boogie" alone.

Jazz, Blues, and Other

Billy Cobham - Spectrum - Just fanatastic.
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks - Last Train to Hicksville - His Best stuff.
Roy Buchanan - Second Album - His best.
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - Exorcist!
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire - Sheesh!
Fleetwood Mac - Mystery to Me - For "Hypnotized" alone.
Neil Young - Time Fades Away - Like it or don't, I liked it.
John Prine - Sweet Revenge - So Good!


Jethro Tull - A Passion Play - Ok, what the hell was that?
John Lennon - Mind Games - You put your name on that?

Ok that's 43 LPs not including the disappointments, a good start to a collection I think.
Add, disagree, comment, or start a new year!
"In the 60's it was rock & roll, by the 70's they dropped the roll and called it rock, in the 80's MTV came along and it was more like professional wrestling." Tom Petty

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Re: It Was A Very Good Year.

Post by B_big. » Wed May 02, 2018 2:16 pm

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  • CaptainVague! You started record collecting really quite young! At this time I was at the age of 21 and married already for three years. We had a little daughter back than, Jessica, also 3 years old.

    You asked for a response to this year, gosh, that's really a long way off! The first that I recall, at that time I have started a vocational training as industrial clerk. At weekends I worked as a diskjockey for two nights in a small vanguard club in downtown Berlin. It was quite exciting and also a lot of fun, at least for the first two years.

    What impressed and influenced me most in 1973 was the breakthrough of a new genre, so called "glam rock". In 1972 I bought the debut album form
    • Roxy Music
    • David Bowie's 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars'
    both were nearly played death! When the follow up album by
    • Roxy Music, 'For Your Pleasure'
    • David Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane'
    were released in 1973 it literally knocked me off my chair! But the peak of it all was the soundtrack of the
    • 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' released the same year.
    This album and the film as well initiated an unbelievable hype around men wearing make-up, me too, changing their outfits from long hairy, grubby exterior progressive rock dudes with rough manners to a more feminine aspect, visual as well as mentally. As far as I experienced, women liked this change a lot and shows huge interest.

    Sure there were more music in 1973, but this is what shaped me most at this time, as far as I recall.
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