Your favourite albums of the 1970s

Tbh if I’m doing it purely on a musical basis (and given I’ve included Bowie and Iggy I guess I am) Off the Wall should be on there too

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Time to rectify that! Clube da Esquina is a magical album with some of the prettiest chord progressions of the 70s

https://open.spotify.com/album/5risYG7klZCSLMNxB9dZhf&ved=2ahUKEwjQs6Ds0Y_uAhUDx4UKHSRUDTQQjjgwAHoECAEQAQ&usg=AOvVaw1dpe7pIrkqVpv_9bCWCvI5

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:raised_hands: such a wonderful album. Was able to see Milton Nascimento play the album in full at Barbican last year (?? No sense of time anymore)

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I’m aware that this list is far too long to be useful. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

I liked it lots!

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This is all amazing, thank you. Going to take many months to listen.

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A few more that I didn’t notice mentioned above

The Scream - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Join Hands - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Lola Vs Powerman - The Kinks
Three Imaginary Boys - The Cure
Drums and Wires - XTC
Reproduction - The Human League
Outlandos d’Amour - The Police
Reggatta de Blanc - The Police
The Pleasure Principle - Gary Numan
Replicas - Tubeway Army

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Not yet 100% sure that it qualifies as a classic but there are a lot of great moments on Emmylou Harris’ Elite Hotel

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Dont think these have been mentioned yet:

Chrome - half machine lip moves
Gil scott heron - the revolution will not be televised
Devo - Q. Are we not men? A. We are devo!
Crass - stations of the crass
The residents - duck stab
Buzzcocks - singles going steady
Jimi hendrix - band of gypsys
Leonard Cohen- songs of love and hate
Big star- third/sister lovers
David crosby - if i could only remember my name

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Most of the great ones have already been taken but some stone cold winners not yet mentioned

  • Caravan - In the land of Grey and Pink (1971)
  • George Harrison - Living in the Material World (1973) (a much tighter LP than All Things Must Pass, much better IMO)
  • WAR - Galaxy (1977)
  • Jean-Michael Jarre … it’s a toss up between Oxygéne (1976) and Équinoxe (1978) as to which is best but groundbreaking stuff either way
  • Aphrodite’s Child - 666 (1972) How this has not been mentioned yet I do not know
  • and while we’re here …Vangelis - Earth (1974)
  • Minnie Riperton - Perfect Angel (1974)
  • Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Nights (1972) or Stepping into Tomorrow (1975)
  • Bill Withers - Just as I am (1971)
  • Fred Wesley & The JBs - Damn Right I am Somebody (1974)
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It’s wonderful, and long overdue a vinyl reissue.

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here’s my top ten for each year…

1970

Neil Young After the Gold Rush
The Stooges Fun House
The Velvet Underground Loaded
Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon
The Beatles Let It Be
Van Morrison Moondance
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Black Sabbath Paranoid
The Who Live at Leeds
The Kinks Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround

1971

Joni Mitchell Blue
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
The Who Who’s next
John Lennon Imagine
Carole King Tapestry
Sly and the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On
David Bowie Hunky Dory
Janis Joplin Pearl

1972

David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Neil Young Harvest
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
Lou Reed Transformer
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Roxy Music Roxy Music
Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace
Stevie Wonder Talking Book
Curtis Mayfield SuperFly
Al Green Let’s Stay Together

1973

Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Roxy Music For Your Pleasure
David Bowie Aladdin Sane
Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Roxy Music Stranded
Iggy and The Stooges Raw Power
Gram Parsons GP
Bob Marley and The Wailers Catch a Fire
Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On
Neil Young Time Fades Away

1974

Neil Young On the Beach
Joni Mitchell Court and Spark
David Bowie Diamond Dogs
Gram Parsons Grievous Angel
Bob Dylan Planet Waves
The Rolling Stones It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll
Ann Peebles I Can’t Stand the Rain
Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness’ First Finale
Betty Davis They Say I’m Different

1975

Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Neil Young Tonight’s The Night
Patti Smith Horses
David Bowie Young Americans
Neil Young Zuma
Bob Dylan and The Band The Basement Tapes
Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Roxy Music Siren

1976

Bob Dylan Desire
David Bowie Station To Station
The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
The Ramones The Ramones
Blondie Blondie
The Runaways The Runaways
Joni Mitchell Hejira
Bryan Ferry Let’s Stick Together

1977

Television Marquee Moon
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
David Bowie Low
Iggy Pop Lust For Life
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77
The Saints (im) Stranded
David Bowie “Heroes”
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols
Elvis Costello My Aim is True
Wire Pink Flag

1978

Bruce Springsteen Darkness On the Edge of Town
Blondie Parallel Lines
Elvis Costello This Year’s Model
Patti Smith Easter
Neil Young Comes a Time
Kate Bush The Kick Inside
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food
The Rolling Stones Some Girls
Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear
The Jam All Mod Cons

1979

Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
The Clash London Calling
Talking Heads Fear of Music
Pink Floyd The Wall
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
AC/DC Highway to Hell
Gang of Four Entertainment!
The Cure Three Imaginary Boys
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Armed Forces
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better get my listening ears on, as judge judy says

Lots of great records already mentioned, but I’d add Space Ritual by Hawkwind. It’s a live album, so possibly doesn’t count, but it’s the perfect distillation of their sound. And it’s a trip.

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Absolutely tons of reggae as well - the seventies was a golden age for the genre

Dr Alimantado - Best Dressed Chicken In Town
Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston
The Congos - Heart Of The Congos
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub
Culture - Two Sevens Clash
Tappa Zukie - In Dub
Augustus Pablo - East Of The River Nile

for starters - there are literally dozens more amazing records from Jamaica in this decade

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I think you’ll find that music didn’t actually start until 1976.

And it didn’t really start getting good until 1979.

There’s a few in my list, including a couple you mention (can’t believe I forgot Heart of the Congos, which is possibly the best of all)

Would add as well:

Visions by Dennis Brown
Screaming Target by Big Youth
Party Time by The Heptones
Soon Forward by Gregory Isaacs

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The Stooges - Fun House
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall…
Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
Big Star - No 1 Record
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
David Bowie - Young Americans
David Bowie - Station to Station
Wire - Pink Flag
Talking Heads - More Songs…
Big Star - 3rd
Wire - Chairs Missing
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Wire - 154
The Clash - London Calling
The Fall - Dragnet
The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette
The Police - Regatta De Blanc

All seems a bit try-hard when there’s not one mention of the Grease Soundtrack.

Best decade, forgetting plenty, most already mentioned I’m sure.

Neil Young- After The Goldrush
Neil Young- Harvest
Neil Young- Tonight’s the Night
Neil Young- Zuma
Neil Young- On The Beach
Neil Young- Comes A Time
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young- Déjà vu
Tangerine Dream- Zeit
Tangerine Dream- Phaedra
Billy Joel- The Stranger
Leonard Cohen- Songs of Love and Hate
Culture- Two Sevens Clash
Congo’s- Heart of the Congos
Dr. Alimantado- Best Dressed Chicken in Town
Peter Tosh- Legalize It
Miles Davis- Bitches Brew
Alice Coltrane- Journey To Satchidananda
Alice Coltrane- Universal Consciousness
Steely Dan- Aja
Steely Dan- Countdown to Ecstasy
David Bowie- Young Americans
Bob Dylan- Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan- Desire
Bob Dylan- Hard Rain
Fela Kuti- Zombie
Joni Mitchell- Hejira
Joni Mitchell- Blue
Carole King- Tapestry
Hugh Masekela- Home Is Where the Music Is
Brian Eno- Ambient 1/Music For Airports
Brian Eno- Another Green World
Tom Waits- Closing Time
Tom Waits- The Heart of Saturday Night
Buddy Rich- Keep the Customer Satisfied
Labi Siffre- Remember My Time
Pink Floyd- Meddle
Pat Matheny Group- Self-Titled
Velvet Underground- Loaded
Grateful Dead- American Beauty
Gregory Isaacs- Extra Classic
Gary Higgins- Red Hash

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