150 Best Albums of 1970/’71

I was alive in 1970/’71, but almost a decade away from being cognizant as to what was going on the wide world of music. So I’ve been catching up ever since, and continued to do so up to the last minute while putting this list together. The top 11 or so actually strike me as more conventional than I’m used to coming across, and nobody is more shocked than lifetime Beatle-agnostic me by my top 150 including four albums directly tied to the John Lennon household. But by tally’s end I might as well just be some Rate Your Music dilettante making rocketship stops at all the solar system’s obscure and uncharted space-Kraut-psych and giant-hogweed-infested whimsy-prog asteroids.

To make whittling easier, I limited several candidates to one album despite a second borderline contender. Funkadelic and Uriah Heep could conceivably have had three instead of two; Art Ensemble of Chicago and Van Morrison could even have had three instead of one if I’d tracked down streams of Les Stances a Sophie or Tupelo Honey (and okay, if I cared about anything on His Band and the Street Choir besides the two radio hits). All of which hedge-trimming might suggest I should’ve just allotted 1970 and 1971 150 LPs each (à la 1977, 1980 and 1983) but nope, there just wouldn’t be enough good ones to pull that off, so (as with 1990/91) I had no choice but to combine them. Not that I think that’s something to hold against years when the total number of releases was a fraction of the current-day deluge, when the idea of albums-as-such was still getting off the ground (free form FM just then supplanting top 40 AM), and when rock-criticism-as-such was barely around yet to document who was doing it best.

The first rudimentary Pazz & Jop poll (of not just writers but also readers) happened in 1971. But mostly what an on-line archaeological dig for that and the preceding year turn up are lists done in retrospect, with certain standbys (There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Every Picture Tells a Story, 12 Songs, After the Gold Rush, Tapestry, Blue, Loaded, Imagine or Plastic Ono Band or the other Plastic Ono Band or all three, Layla, Who’s Next, Moondance — the latter three respectively finishing third, sixth and eighth in a “Pazz & Jop +3 Decade Report” mini-poll conducted by the Village Voice at the ’70s’ end) supplementing generational favorites. All of those classics made my own list too, but beyond that, I have no more use for the Nick Drakes, Vashti Bunyans or Rodriguezes beloved by critics much younger than for the James Taylors, Cat Stevenses and CSNYs beloved by critics much older than me. Ditto fave-of-both-age-cohorts Leonard Cohen, and though I’ve loved “Lola” the single since I first heard it as a not-the-world’s-most-physical nine-year-old guy, the industry complaints surrounding it on Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One strike me as insufferably precious inside baseball.

That said, there were albums by Black Widow, Bull Angus (#234 in Stairway to Hell but haven’t heard it since), the Chi-Lites, Coven, Tom T. Hall (I Witness Life which starts with the best song ever written about being a U.S. Army soldier stationed in Germany), Insect Trust, the Move, Parliament (#99 in Stairway) and Savage Rose that I could find neither on my shelves nor on the two streaming services I tried; they’re all subjects for future research. And speaking of my heavy metal book, I’d be remiss if I did not give a shout out to all the bands named below who took the time out of their busy schedule to help invent said high-decibel genre. Between their nascent sludge and doom and all the urban soul riots goin’ on from Sly on down, the ’70s’ first two years were heavy indeed.

  1. The Stooges Fun House (Elektra ’70)
  2. Sly and the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Epic ’71)
  3. Alice Cooper Love it to Death (Straight/Warner Bros. ’71)
  4. Led Zeppelin IV/Zoso (Atlantic ’71)
  5. Alice Cooper Killer (Warner Bros. ’71)
  6. Tom T. Hall In Search of a Song (Mercury ’71)
  7. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones ’71)
  8. Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic ’70)
  9. Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (Fantasy ’70)
  10. Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking (A&M ’70)
  11. Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury ‘71)
  12. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse! ’70)
  13. Amon Düül II Dance of the Lemmings (United Artists ’71)
  14. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (Tamla ’71)
  15. The Maytals Monkey Man (Trojan UK ’70)
  16. War All Day Music (United Artists ’71)
  17. Swamp Dogg Total Destruction to Your Mind (Canyon ’70)
  18. Miles Davis A Tribute to Jack Johnson (Columbia ’71)
  19. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (Reprise ’70)
  20. The Stylistics The Stylistics (Atco ’71)
  21. Carla Bley, Paul Haines Escalator Over the Hill (JCOA ’71)
  22. Black Sabbath Paranoid (Warner Bros. ’71)
  23. Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (Columbia ’70)
  24. Randy Newman 12 Songs (Reprise ’70)
  25. Carole King Tapestry (Ode ’71)
  26. Van Der Graaf Generator H to He Who Am the Only One (Dunhill ’70)
  27. Pharoah Sanders Dead Dumb Blind: Summun Bukmun Umyun (Impulse!/ABC ’70) 
  28. Black Sabbath Master of Reality (Warner Bros. ’71)
  29. Funkadelic Maggot Brain (Westbound ’71)
  30. MC5 Back in the USA (Atlantic ’70)
  31. Bill Withers Just As I Am (Sussex ’71)
  32. Mott the Hoople Mott the Hoople (Atlantic ’70)
  33. Anne Murray Snowbird (Capitol ’70)
  34. David Bowie Hunky Dory (RCA Victor ’71)
  35. Santana Abraxas (Columbia ’70)
  36. Amon Düül II Yeti (Liberty Germany ’70)
  37. Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Straight ’70)
  38. Art Ensemble of Chicago Certain Blacks (America France ’70)
  39. Sir Lord Baltimore Kingdom Come (Mercury ’70)
  40. Redbone Potlatch (Epic ’70)
  41. Uriah Heep Look at Yourself (Mercury ’71)
  42. Deep Purple In Rock (Harvest ’70)
  43. The Who Who’s Next (Decca ’71)
  44. John Lennon Plastic Ono Band (Apple ’70)
  45. The Last Poets The Last Poets (Douglas ’70)
  46. Charlie Rich Boss Man (Epic ’70)
  47. Miles Davis Bitches Brew (Columbia ’70)
  48. Van Der Graaf Generator The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other (Charisma ’70)
  49. The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya Yas Out (London ’70)
  50. Shocking Blue Scorpio’s Dance (Pink Elephant/Dureco Netherlands ’70)
  51. Hampton Grease Band Music To Eat (Columbia ’71)
  52. Van Der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts (Charisma ’71)
  53. Andrae Crouch & the Disciples Keep On Singin’ (Light ’71)
  54. Dust Dust (Kama Sutra ’71)
  55. Funkadelic Funkadelic (Westbound ’70)
  56. Budgie Budgie (Kapp ’71)
  57. James Brown Sex Machine (King ’70)
  58. Birth Control Operation (Ohr Germany ’71)
  59. Merle Haggard and the Strangers Someday We’ll Look Back (Capitol ’71)
  60. The Velvet Underground Loaded (MGM ’70)
  61. Curtis Mayfield Curtis (Curtom ’70)
  62. Charlie Rich The Fabulous Charlie Rich (Epic ’70)
  63. T. Rex Electric Warrior (Reprise ’71)
  64. Uriah Heep Uriah Heep/Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble (Mercury ’70)
  65. Nils Lofgren/Grin 1+1 (Spindizzy ’71)
  66. Deep Purple Fireball (Warner Bros. ’71)
  67. MC5 High Time (Atlantic ’71)
  68. Three Man Army A Third of a Lifetime (Kama Sutra ’71)
  69. Sir Lord Baltimore Sir Lord Baltimore (Mercury ’71)
  70. Flamin’ Groovies Teenage Head (Kama Sutra ’71)
  71. Comus First Utterance (Dawn UK ’71)
  72. Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic ’70)
  73. Soft Machine Third (Columbia ’70)
  74. Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (Warner Bros. ’70)
  75. Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Island ’71)
  76. The Doors L.A. Woman (Elektra ’71)
  77. Al Green Gets Next to You (Hi ’70)
  78. David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World (Mercury ’70)
  79. Flamin’ Groovies Flamingo (Kama Sutra ’70)
  80. Bloodrock 2 (Capitol ’70)
  81. Egg The Polite Force (Deram ’71)
  82. Nektar Journey to the Center of the Eye  (Bacillus/Bellaphon Germany ’71)
  83. Santana III (Columbia ’71)
  84. Joni Mitchell Blue (Reprise ’71)
  85. Atomic Rooster In Hearing Of (Elektra ’71)
  86. Slade Play It Loud (Polydor UK ’70)
  87. Bob Seger System Mongrel (Capitol ’70)
  88. The J, Geils Band The J, Geils Band (Atlantic ’70)
  89. Middle of the Road Middle of the Road (RCA Victor Germany ’71)
  90. Yes The Yes Album (Atlantic ’71)
  91. The Last Poets This is Madness (Douglas ’71)
  92. Faust Faust (Polydor Germany ’71)
  93. Chilliwack Chilliwack (A&M ’71)
  94. Crabby Appleton Rotten to the Core (Elektra ’71)
  95. R. Dean Taylor I Think, Therefore I Am (Rare Earth ’70)
  96. Fleetwood Mac Kiln House (Reprise ’70)
  97. Nilsson Schmilsson (RCA Victor ’71)
  98. Van Morrison Moondance (Warner Bros. ’70)
  99. Dick Curless Hard, Hard Traveling Man (Capitol ’70)
  100. Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark (Atlantic ’70)
  101. Derek and the Dominoes Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Atco ’70)
  102. Exuma Exuma, the Obeah Man (Mercury ’70)
  103. Mountain Climbing (Windfall ’70)
  104. John Lennon Imagine (Apple ’71)
  105. Flower Travellin’ Band Satori (Atlantic Japan ’71)
  106. Janis Joplin Pearl (Columbia ’71)
  107. The Beatles Let It Be (Apple ’70)
  108. Hackamore Brick One Kiss Leads to Another (Kama Sutra ’70)
  109. The Watts Prophets Rappin’ Black in a White World (Ala ’71)
  110. Bango Bango (Musidisc Brazil ’70)
  111. Grand Funk Railroad E Pluribus Funk (Capitol ’71)
  112. Black Merda Black Merda (Chess ’70)
  113. Isaac Hayes Shaft (Enterprise ’71)
  114. R.E.O. Speedwagon R.E.O. Speedwagon (Epic ’71)
  115. Pentangle Reflection (Reprise ’71)
  116. Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink (London ’71)
  117. J.D. Blackfoot The Ultimate Prophecy (Mercury ’70)
  118. Bobbie Gentry Fancy (Capitol ’70)
  119. Grateful Dead Workingman’s Dead (Warner Bros. ’70)
  120. Faces A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse (Warner Bros. ’71)
  121. Z.Z. Hill The Brand New Z.Z. Hill (Mankind ’71)
  122. The Raiders Indian Reservation (Columbia ’71)
  123. Crazy Horse Crazy Horse (Reprise ’71)
  124. Osibisa Osibisa (Decca ’71)
  125. Guru Guru Hinten (Ohr Germany ’71)
  126. Quicksilver Messenger Service Just For Love (Capitol ’70)
  127. Detroit Detroit (Paramount ’71)
  128. Isaac Hayes The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise ’70)
  129. Third Ear Band Third Ear Band (Harvest UK ’70)
  130. James Gang Rides Again (ABC ’70)
  131. New York Rock Ensemble Roll Over (Columbia ’70)
  132. .Joy of Cooking Joy of Cooking (Capitol ’71)
  133. Gentle Giant Acquiring the Taste (Vertigo ’71)
  134. Genesis Nursery Cryme (Charisma ’71)
  135. Can Tago Mago (United Artists Germany ’71)
  136. The Jackson 5 ABC (Motown ’70)
  137. Rare Earth Ecology (Rare Earth ’70)
  138. Third World War Third World War (Fly UK ’71)
  139. B.J. Thomas Everybody’s Out of Town (Scepter ’70)
  140. Jethro Tull Aqualung (Reprise’71)
  141. Clarence Carter Patches (Atlantic)
  142. Curved Air Air Conditioning (Warner Bros. ’70)
  143. Michael Hurley and Pals Armchair Boogie (Racoon/Warner Bros. ’71)
  144. Kaleidoscope Bernice (Epic ’70)
  145. The Osmonds Phase III (MGM ’71)
  146. Sonny Sharrock Monkey-Pockie-Boo (BYG France ’70)
  147. Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (Apple ’70)
  148. Daddy Dewdrop Daddy Dewdrop (Sunflower ’71)
  149. Southwind What a Place to Land (Blue Thumb ’71)
  150. Rasputin’s Stash Rasputin’s Stash (Cotillion ’71)

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  1. 1970


    Below is a consolidated list from Dave Marsh’s The Book of Rock Lists (the first 40 in order of quality), Xgau’s list for that year (removing duplicates), and other albums listed in the various Rolling Stone Top 500 albums of all time

    Derek And The Dominos Layla
    
”Morrison, Van” Moondance

    “Lennon, John/Plastic Ono Band” John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
    
”Redding, Otis And The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Live At Monterey

    “Wonder, Stevie” Signed Sealed And Delivered

    “Jackson 5, The” I Want You Back
    
”Davis, Miles” Bitches Brew

    “Hendrix, Jimi Experience, The” The Band Of Gypsys

    Various Artists Woodstock (Soundtrack)

    “Rolling Stones, The” Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!
    
”Clapton, Eric” Eric Clapton

    “Franklin, Aretha” Spirit In The Dark

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory

    “Morrison, Van” His Band And The Street Choir

    “Stewart, Rod” Gasoline Alley

    “Doors, The” Morrison Hotel

    “Carter, Clarence” Patches

    “Pickett, Wilson” In Philadelphia

    “Cocker, Joe” Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    “Beatles, The” Let It Be

    “Plastic Ono Band, The” Live Peace In Toronto 1969

    “Who, The” Live At Leeds

    “King, B. B.” Indianola Mississippi Seeds

    Fleetwood Mac Kiln House

    “Band, The” Stage Fright

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Pendulum

    “Young, Neil” After The Gold Rush

    “Kinks, The” Lola Vs. Powerman And The Money Go Round

    “Beatles, The” Hey Jude
    
”Jackson 5, The” Abc
    
”Franklin, Aretha” This Girl’s In Love With You

    “James Gang, The” The James Gang Rides Again
    
”Burdon, Eric And War” “Eric Burdon Declares “”War””
    Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
    
Delaney And Bonnie And Friends On Tour (With Eric Clapton)

    “Ross, Diana” Diana Ross

    “Brown, James” Sex Machine

    “Allman Brothers Band, The” Idlewild South

    Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
    
Badfinger No Dice
    The Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead
    Simon and Garfunkel – Greatest Hits
    Velvet Underground – Loaded
    George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
    Sly & the Family Stone: Greatest Hits (Epic)
    Randy Newman: 12 Songs (Reprise)
    Aretha Franklin: Spirit in the Dark (Atlantic)
    John McLaughlin: Devotion (Douglas)
    Dolly Parton: The Best of Dolly Parton (RCA Victor)
    The Insect Trust: Hoboken Saturday Night (Atco)
    The Beatles: Hey Jude (Apple)
    Van Morrison: His Band & the Street Choir (Warner Bros.)
    Tracy Nelson: Mother Earth Presents Tracy Nelson Country (Mercury)
    The Stooges: Fun House (Elektra)
    Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking (A&M)
    Delaney & Bonnie & Friends with Eric Clapton: On Tour (Atco)
    Gladys Knight & the Pips: Greatest Hits (Soul)
    Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Straight/Reprise)
    Love: False Start (Blue Thumb)
    Lee Dorsey: Yes We Can (Polydor)
    Ann Peebles: Part Time Love (Hi)
    The Doors: 13 (Elektra)
    Joni Mitchell: Ladies of the Canyon (Reprise)
    Johnnie Taylor: Johnnie Taylor’s Greatest Hits (Stax)
    Bob Dylan: New Morning (Columbia)
    Jerry Butler: The Best of Jerry Butler (Mercury)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum (Fantasy)
    Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson: The Original Cleanhead (BluesTime)
    The Temptations: Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Gordy)
    Jerry Lee Lewis: The Best of Jerry Lee Lewis (Smash)
    Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley (Mercury)
    Booker T. & the MGs: Greatest Hits (Stax)
    MC5: Back in the USA (Atlantic)
    Otis Redding/the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (Reprise)
    The Grateful Dead: American Beauty (Warner Bros.)
    Jesse Winchester: Jesse Winchester (Ampex)
    The Beach Boys: Sunflower (Brother/Reprise)
    Ike & Tina Turner: Come Together (Liberty)
    Loretta Lynn: Loretta Lynn Writes ‘Em and Sings ‘Em (Decca)
    Canned Heat: Future Blues (Liberty)
    Mother Earth: Satisfied (Mercury)
    Delaney & Bonnie: To Bonnie from Delaney (Atco)
    Nolan: No Apologies (Lizard)
    Charlie Rich: The Fabulous Charlie Rich (Epic)
    Allen Ginsberg: William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience (Verve/Forecast)
    Big Brother & the Holding Company: Be a Brother (Columbia)
    Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
    Santana – Abraxas
    Otis Spann: Walking the Blues
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Elton John – Elton John
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
    Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman 
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis 
Close to You – The Carpenters
    Crosby – Stills – Nash and Young – Déjà Vu

    Reference:

    http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/dmarsha.html#70
    https://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/bk-cg70/lists.php

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    John Boegehold
    Great list. I knew almost every artist and album, probably heard 75-80% of them along the way. It helped working in a couple of record stores but those were much easier times to keep up on new releases. These days, I listen to mostly current music of all genres almost every waking hour and still only know a small percentage of the artists listed on people’s best of 2020 lists, no matter what genre.

    John Ned
    Here’s Crabby Appleton on American Bandstand. Good band but maybe the crappy name shot them down.

    Steve Pick
    My origin story dates back to 1970, when I was almost 12 and the Partridge Family started on TV, thus making me aware of a youth culture outside my comic book obsession. 1971 was my year of buying 45s and listening to Top 40 and r&b radio – a good chunk of what you list here I either owned singles from or knew the hits quite well. This list is the first I’ve seen to let me know Daddy Dewdrop had a whole album out, and not just “Chick-a-Boom,” one of my earliest songs which made me think of sex and music as related. The first album I saved up my own money to buy was your #25 – I still love it immensely. Wasn’t Every Picture Tells a Story out in ’71? That’s probably my desert island disc. And Paul McCartney Ram sounds better and better to me all the time – I’d rank it higher than Imagine any day. I never did understand Black Sabbath – but I do dig the Deep Purple from these years.

    Phil Dellio
    Almost identical–I turned 9 in ’70, and the first Partridge Family album was the first album I bought.

    Chuck Eddy
    Steve, I’ve got Every Picture up there as ’71, as far as I can see. I actually do (dew) a writeup of that Daddy Dewdrop LP in Terminated. And he actually put a second album — this time revolving around a smaller novelty hit called “Nanu Nanu (I Wanna Get Funky With You)” — eight years later. As for record buying, I’m pretty sure I owned *both* Zager & Evans LPs back then.

    John Boegehold
    Something I haven’t though of in years. I used to play Every Picture Tells a Story endlessly. My father who usually hated the music I played fell in love with that album. When Rod Stewart came to Detroit, he bought tickets for the show at Cobo Hall. He had to work late so my brothers and I with my mother went separately and he came directly from work, dressed in a suit and tie, which everyone in our section seemed to be staring at. Probably though he was a cop or a narc or something. The 15-year-old me was completely embarrassed but the show was fantastic!

    Tim Ellison
    The weird Chilliwack double album!

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    Edd Hurt
    No “Jack Johnson”?

    Chuck Eddy
    Edd Hurt It’s at #18!

    Edd Hurt
    Ah yeah. That’s my number 1!

    Chuck Eddy
    On The Corner and Get Up With It would be way near the top of my decade list, if I made one. Jack Johnson not as high, but it’s still great.

    Edd Hurt
    Points for both those Charlie Rich albums. “Mother Earth Presents Tracy Nelson Country” makes my top 5. “Hoboken Saturday Night.”

    Chuck Eddy
    I used to own a copy of Hoboken Saturday Night (I mention Insect Trust toward the end of the intro), but I stupidly pruned it from my shelves way back in the ’80s. Wasn’t hearable on Rhapsody/Napster or Apple.

    Chuck Eddy
    You may have burnt me a CD of Rich’s Boss Man, come to think of it. (You also burnt me Area Code 615, I think. They didn’t come close.)

    Edd Hurt
    Chuck Eddy yeah, the Area Code schtick wears thin, a couple of cool tracks on those 2 albums. The Gary Burton Nashville stuff is better, some of the same people. Those Rich albums aren’t all Billy Sherriled out.

    Edd Hurt
    I like Ray Charles’ “Volcanic Action,” in my top 10. And “Sunflower.”

    Edd Hurt
    Grin’s “1+1” is great. “The Stylistics.”

    Chuck Eddy
    Could easily have included Grin’s self-titled too, but I ran out of room.

    Edd Hurt
    You got Joy of Cooking on there. I have to be in the mood these days, but I really like it.

    Chuck Eddy
    I never really got the love (by Xgau et al), but it’s not bad.

    John Ned
    Chuck Eddy finally getting around to listening to JoC. Was intrigued by Xgau’s enthusiasm. Very upbeat, sunny album.

    Chuck Eddy
    Their 3 LPs are in dollar bins a LOT. First one is easily the best.

    Edd Hurt
    Third one second-best

    Edd Hurt
    No… King Crimson??

    Chuck Eddy
    I admittedly didn’t go back and relisten (though it crossed my mind to), but does anybody really rank Lizard, Islands or Wake of the Poseidon that high, as Crimson LPs go? Well, maybe Poseidon I guess…

    Edd Hurt
    Chuck Eddy None of those for me. “Cat Food” and “Ladies of the Road” are great. “Lizard” is heinous. I only like the 1974-1975 stuff.

    Chuck Eddy
    Wonder what John Boegehold thinks about this omission.

    John Boegehold
    I loved In The Court of The Crimson King. A classic. But… while I liked a song or two from Lizard and In The Wake of Poseidon back then, those albums are almost painful to listen to now. Definitely at the bottom of my KC list, if I had one. Larks Tongue in Aspic I never warmed up to but to me they redeemed themselves with Red, which I still love start-to-finish.

    Chuck Eddy
    I’ll trust your judgement! Thanks John.

    Tim Ellison
    I probably like Poseidon as much as the first album.

    Tim Ellison
    A definite underground flair to your prog choices, Chuck, with those three Van der Graaf and two Amon Duul II albums placing well ahead of The Yes Album.

    Chuck Eddy
    Yeah, when it comes to prog, I tend to tend toward the weird stuff.

    Tim Ellison
    I have been thinking about this stuff so much lately! I actually think something like Nursery Cryme might be the weirdest. Not in the counter-cultural sense, or the proto-punk sense, or the avant-garde sense if you were to compare it Henry Cow or some other extreme band, but just as music. It is very unorthodox.

    Edd Hurt
    Tim Ellison I agree. Something about the early Genesis albums is so weird, the rhythm section and the keys and Hackett’s guitar work together so, I guess, crudely, or clunkily.

    Edd Hurt
    Tim Ellison less blues than Tull for sure

    Tim Ellison
    I can see calling it crude, but only because the instruments haven’t congealed into a slick ’70s sound. I like that aspect of it. I like music where the instruments move together but sit by themselves in the sonic space. The White Album is like this, too, or the Incredible String Band. I wouldn’t criticize those for being that way.

    Tim Ellison
    And Tull as a jazzy blues band on This Was were excellent!

    Sundar Subramanian
    What a great list!

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    Peter Stenhouse
    Love that J. Geils Band debut. Never knew there was an album attached to “Indian Reservation.”

    Chuck Eddy
    Author
    Came real close to including the second Geils LP as well. Not nearly as good as the first one, but possibly better than some things on that list.

    Kevin Bozelka
    I want to lick your funky music memories.

    Sara Quell
    Chilliwack ’71 is like a mellow (dispotisitonally not aurally) Airplane and you can hear Bono taking notes. (Just had my wake’n’bake and “Changing Reels” is wanting to take me higher than Sly) I also like this one which is like a mellow (J) Starship except for the Fogerty singing https://youtu.be/GL53TS3AD1I

    Chuck Eddy
    Author
    Except they invented industrial music!

    Sara Quell
    Crabby Appleton and Guru Guru are amazing. I have a theory that Van Halen sounded as unique as they did because their only aural progenitors were 2G/Focus/Kraan etc., like even the first Montrose is kind of AC/DC compared to VH

    Chuck Eddy
    Author
    Guru Guru ALSO invented industrial music.

    Sara Quell
    Shoegaze, glitchcore…when I send YT links to ppl I try to find the ones with no information on them, all-time blindfold test annihilators

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    A respectable list for one so young. Those of us who were entering our second decade as shoppers at the time might add:
    Anthony Braxton:For Alto
    B.B. King:Live in Cook County Jail
    Badfinger:No Dice
    Bill Fay:Bill Fay
    Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago:Comme à la Radio
    Chico Buarque:Construção
    Colin Blunstone:One Year
    Dolly Parton:Coat of Many Colors
    Donny Hathaway:Everything Is Everything
    Faces:Long Player
    Free:Fire and Water
    Gil Scott-Heron:Pieces of a Man
    Herbie Hancock:Mwandishi
    Hound Dog Taylor:Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers
    Jesse Winchester:Jesse Winchester
    Joan Manuel Serrat:Mediterráneo
    Joe Cocker:Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    John Phillips:John the Wolfking of L.A.
    John Prine:John Prine
    Judee Sill:Judee Sill
    Leonard Cohen:Songs of Love and Hate
    Linda Perhacs:Parallelograms
    Michel Polnareff:Polnareff’s
    Nico:Desertshore
    Popol Vuh:In den Gärten Pharaos
    Roy Harper:Stormcock
    Serge Gainsbourg:Histoire de Melody Nelson
    Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band:No Roses
    Spirit:Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
    The Beach Boys:Sunflower
    The Beach Boys:Surf’s Up
    The Kinks:Muswell Hillbillies
    The Mahavishnu Orchestra:The Inner Mounting Flame
    The Meters:Look-Ka Py Py
    Tim Buckley:Starsailor
    Traffic:John Barleycorn Must Die
    Vashti Bunyan:Just Another Diamond Day

    Chuck Eddy
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    I listened to a few of those, Clifford. Free, Scott Heron and Traffic didn’t quite make the cut for me. (A different Traffic album did.) Not sure how I missed the Spirit LP, which I own and like — maybe I’d slotted it under a different year by mistake, and may need to rectify that. Several others I had no interest in, but I’ve always been curious about Popol Vuh. May be time to satisfy that curiosity (assuming it’s easily streamable.)

    Sara Quell
    Faces, Hancock, Nico, BBss, Kinks, Mahavishnu yeah

    Chuck Eddy
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    Never could figure out that Jesse Winchester LP — especially why Greil called it “rockabilly,” what?? Should maybe give Badfinger a spin, though.

    Graham Ashmore
    Badfinger’s best is Wish You Were Here, but I do like No Dice and Straight Up.

    Edd Hurt
    I find “Jesse Winchester” kinda underwhelming now, myself. Faded for me.

    Clifford Ocheltree
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    The Chico Buarque: Construção or Joan Manuel Serrat: Mediterráneo ?

    Chuck Eddy
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    ??? Not sure what this is referring to…

    Clifford Ocheltree
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    Chuck, two of the albums I mention above. Just wondered if you had heard them.

    Chuck Eddy
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    Not sure I ever even heard *of* them!

    Clifford Ocheltree
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    Barazilian and Catalan

    Edd Hurt
    Fwiw, Chico Buarque’s thing with Morricone, “A Fistful of Samba,” is quite good, 1970, Chuck.
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    Clifford Ocheltree
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    And no one ever mentions the Art Ensemble of Chicago: Comme à la Radio.

    Chuck Eddy
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    They put out like 10 albums in those 2 years!

    Clifford Ocheltree
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    Chuck oh yes. Near broke the bank at the time.

    Graham Ashmore
    Crazy Horse too low, but at least it’s there!

    Tom Lane
    That Tom T. Hall album is superb. Nice to see Anne Murray listed. Had lots of Pop/Country hits, but rarely gets talked about anymore.

    Sara Quell
    I think he’s simultaneously taking bong hits, snorting lines, downing shots, scouring his tongue with an electric toothbrush, gargling ball bearings, and chewing Bubblicious and Copenhagen with a mouthful of Pop Rocks https://youtu.be/Xo0avgYZd7c

    Fast Eddy
    The Osmonds? WOW!!!
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    Kevin Bozelka
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    Fast Eddy, listen to it. It rocks the funk out.

    Edd Hurt
    Tammy Wynette’s “Tammy’s Touch” is one of her best non-greatest hits albums.

    Kevin Bozelka
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    Crazy Horse should’ve covered The Osmonds’ “Crazy Horses.”

    Graham Ashmore
    They could do a good ‘un, though Donny’s keyboard apocalypse-squeal wouldn’t be in ’em, would it? I mentioned this in Alfred’s discovery-of-Joe South-thread: have you listened to “Yo-Yo” lately? Not as insane as “Crazy Horses”, but it still kills. That weird yo-yo sound in the middle eight.

    Chuck Eddy
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    “Yo Yo” and “Down By The Lazy River” are of course on the album at #145, by the way.

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