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SEVENTIES CHECKLIST

A list of the 100 albums I’ve covered, with links to each page, plus the reference/notes I’ve written regarding the decade

 

Reference and Notes Page

My shortlist of albums you probably already know enough about, and my general impressions of the decade

 

ALBUMS

Note – The albums aren’t arranged in preferential order.  They’ve been deliberately randomised to prevent any kind of ‘system’ being applied to them. 

First Ten Albums

  • Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (1972)
  • Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  • Randy Newman: 12 Songs (1970)
  • Roxy Music: Siren (1975)
  • Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
  • Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)
  • Parliament: Mothership Connection (1975)
  • Big Star: Radio City (1974)
  • Kraftwerk: The Man Machine (1978)
  • Wire: Pink Flag (1977)

Second Ten Albums

  • Derek & the Dominos: Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
  • Richard and Linda Thompson: I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
  • Blondie: Parallel Lines (1978)
  • Wings: London Town (1978)
  • Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs (1970)
  • The Fall: Dragnet (1979)
  • Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975)
  • David Bowie: Hunky Dory (1971)
  • The Residents: Duck Stab/Buster and Glen (1978)
  • Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic (1975)

Third Ten Albums

  • Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1979)
  • Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)
  • Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)
  • Deep Purple: Machine Head (1972)
  • Television: Marquee Moon (1977)
  • Mott the Hoople: Mott (1973)
  • Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets (1973)
  • Patti Smith: Easter (1978)
  • The Ramones: Ramones (1976)
  • The Saints: Eternally Yours (1978)

Fourth Ten Albums

  • Graham Parker: Squeezing Out Sparks (1979)
  • Tubeway Army – Replicas (1979)
  • Bryan Ferry: These Foolish Things (1973)
  • The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (1972)
  • Marianne Faithfull: Broken English (1979)
  • Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (1974)
  • Neu!: Neu! (1972)
  • Black Sabbath: Paranoid (1970)
  • Public Image Ltd: Second Edition (1979)
  • The Sports: Don’t Throw Stones (1979)

Fifth Ten Albums

  • Gang of Four: Entertainment! (1979)
  • X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents (1978)
  • Jorge Ben: Africa Brasil (1976)
  • Curtis Mayfield: Superfly (1972)
  • Elvis Costello: This Year’s Model (1978)
  • Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance (1978)
  • Manfred Mann’s Earth Band: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (1972)
  • Radio Birdman: Radios Appear (1978)
  • Sparks: Kimono My House (1974)
  • George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (1970)

Sixth Ten Albums

  • Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle (1975)
  • New York Dolls: New York Dolls (1973)
  • The Faces: A Nod is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse (1971)
  • Peter Tosh: Legalise It (1976)
  • The B52’s: The B52’s (1979)
  • The Clash: The Clash (1977)
  • Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey (1975)
  • The Kinks: Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround Vol 1 (1970)
  • The Insect Trust: Hoboken Saturday Night (1970)
  • The Jam: All Mod Cons (1978)

Seventh Ten Albums

  • Weather Report: Heavy Weather (1977)
  • The Vibrators: Pure Mania (1977)
  • Pink Floyd: Meddle (1971)
  • Paul Simon: Paul Simon (1972)
  • Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night (1975)
  • The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers (1976)
  • The Specials: The Specials (1979)
  • Iggy Pop: Lust For Life (1977)
  • The Grateful Dead: Workingman’s Dead (1970)
  • Chic: C’Est Chic (1978)

Eighth Ten Albums

  • Madness: One Step Beyond (1979)
  • Skyhooks: Living in the Seventies (1974)
  • ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (1973)
  • The Incredible Bongo Band: Bongo Rock (1973)
  • Spirit: 12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus (1970)
  • The Undertones: The Undertones (1979)
  • Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters (1973)
  • Fleetwood Mac: Tusk (1979)
  • Willie Nelson: Stardust (1978)
  • The Stranglers: Rattus Norvegicus (1977)

Ninth Ten Albums

  • Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic (1974)
  • The Buzzcocks: Singles Going Steady (1979)
  • Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (1975)
  • Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
  • Janis Joplin: Pearl (1971)
  • Nick Lowe: Labour of Lust (1979)
  • Dolly Parton: Coat of Many Colors (1971)
  • Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy (1978)
  • John Lennon: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: (Pronounced Leh’-nerd Skin’-nerd) (1973)

Last Ten Albums

  • Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
  • John Martyn: Solid Air (1973)
  • The Spinners: Spinners (1972)
  • Ian Dury: New Boots and Panties! (1977)
  • Willie Colon/Ruben Blades: Siembra (1978)
  • Nick Drake: Pink Moon (1972)
  • Tangerine Dream: Phaedra (1974)
  • Bob Marley: Natty Dread (1974)
  • Al Green: Call Me (1973)
  • Slade: Slayed? (1972)

 

I intend to add an Overflow page, of albums that should also be considered.  They’ll have shorter capsules, or perhaps simply constitute a list.

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