Rated | Alphabetical
| Highest Rated 2006
1. The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street (Virgin, 1972)
drug-addled and exhausted, the quintessential '70s-excess record.
Not to mention the best album the Stones ever made.
Patti Smith: Horses (Arista, 1975)
defiantly individualistic, Horses
is a landmark achievement from one of the most distinctive and vital voices of the
Bob Dylan: Blood On The Tracks (Columbia, 1975)
The range of emotions,
from coy to caustic, playful to self-pitying, reveals more sides of the
enigmatic singer/songwriter than any album he ever released.
The Clash: London Calling (Epic, 1979)
Unleashed at the close of
the decade, a groundbreaking album that works due to its stylistic,
globally-inspired sounds, rather than strict adherence to formal structure.
Morrison: Moondance (Warner Bros., 1970)
A soulful, questing,
restless, wonderstruck gem of a record. Even more so than the brilliant
Astral Weeks, this one reveals
the soul of the man and depth of the poet. Amazing.
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (Motown, 1976)
Innervisions may have
been a tighter collection of tunes, but for sheer ambition and sonic
artistry, Songs is the definitive
album. Stevie's masterpiece.
Mayfield: Superfly (Curtom, 1972)
An urban, anti-drug
cautionary work that never preaches, just offering harsh truths that,
sadly, remain as relevant today as when the album was first released.
John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (Capitol, 1970)
Angry and bitter, a
seething rant against all who ever wronged or betrayed him.
Lennon's most personal, affecting, and emotionally vulnerable work.
Sly & the Family Stone: There's A Riot Going On
Harrowing and profoundly disillusioned, this is the
backlash album to the death of the '60s peace, love and Everyday People dream.
Also some of the flat out deepest funk ever committed to tape.
The Stooges: Fun House (Elektra, 1970)
a chain reaction just before total apocalypse
and you get an idea of the impact of Fun House. Easily the Stooges' finest
|The decade of album rock, punk rock, introspective folk rock, rock operas,
Funkadelic, disco, et al. There was no shortage of material from the 1970s, a
period when corporate America (for better or worse) redefined the music
industry. Here's the long-winded "short" list of excellent albums that didn't
make the final cut:
- The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East (Polydor,
- The Allman Brothers Band:
a Peach (Polydor,
- Big Star: Third/Sister Lovers (Aura, 1978)
- David Bowie: “Heroes” (Virgin, 1977)
- James Brown: Sex Machine (Polydor, 1970)
- Tim Buckley: Starsailor (Rhino/Bizarre, 1970)
- John Cale: Paris 1919 (Reprise, 1973)
- Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan (Epic, 1979)
- Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True (Rykodisc, 1977)
- Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970)
- Nick Drake: Pink Moon (Island, 1972)
- Bob Dylan & The Band: Before The Flood (Columbia, 1974)
- Brian Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy (EG, 1974)
- Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (Motown, 1971)
- Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Atco, 1974)
- Al Green: Call Me (The Right, 1973)
- George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (Capitol, 1970)
- Richard Hell & the Voidoids: Blank Generation (Sire, 1977)
John: Tumbleweed Connection (Rocket/Island, 1971)
John: Honky Chateau (Rocket/Island, 1973)
John: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (Rocket/Island, 1975)
King: Tapestry (Epic/Legacy, 1971)
- Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Atlantic, 1975)
- Bob Marley & the Wailers: Catch A Fire (Tuff Gong, 1973)
- Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Asylum, 1974)
- Parliament: Mothership Connection (Casablanca, 1976)
- Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (Reprise, 1974)
- Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (Rough Trade, 1978)
- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (Capitol, 1975)
- The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Virgin, 1971)
- The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex
Pistols (Warner Bros., 1977)
- Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (Columbia, 1975)
- The Stooges: Raw Power (Columbia,
- Talking Heads: Talking Heads: 77 (Sire, 1977)
- Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra, 1977)
- The Who: Who's Next (MCA. 1971)
- Wire: Pink Flag (Restless, 1977)
- Stevie Wonder: Innervisions (Motown, 1973)
- Neil Young: After the Gold Rush (Reprise, 1970)
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