marvin Posted July 1, 2012 Share Posted July 1, 2012 the 1970'sSo before anyone starts raining on my parade, this is MY list, and meant just as information for anyone out there who is curious. I don't make any claims that these albums are classic (some probably are), but they're ALL classic to ME. Hope you enjoy reading. This is in order of release date.1. What's Goin' On? - Marvin Gaye When first released, Motown boss Berry Gordy was displeased with the un-commercial nature of the music. Marvin had something to say, and â€œWhatâ€™s Goinâ€™ Onâ€ was his statement. Of course Gordyâ€™s tune changed when the title track hit #1 on the Singles charts and the album went on to become Motown's biggest seller at the time. The perfect example of Marvin's inner battle between religion and sex. Released in 1971.2. Fresh - The RaspberriesIMO the most under-appreciated band of the 1970â€™s. For the most part â€œFreshâ€ features acoustic guitar but in no way does that take away from the power of the songs. From the opening blast of â€œI Wanna Be With Youâ€, to the album closer, â€œDrivinâ€™ Aroundâ€, this is melodic pop music at its finest. Released in 1972. 3. American Graffiti - Various Artists SoundtrackThough the soundtrack is a pastiche of late 1950â€™s early 1960â€™s rockâ€™nâ€™roll, that is not itâ€™s strength. Itâ€™s the way that music is used in the movie to accentuate the plot and story-line, which gives it its strength. No soundtrack has done it better than â€œAmerican....â€ Released in 1973. 4. Side 3 - The RaspberriesIt is a tough limiting the â€˜berries to one album on this list. As a result, three of their four albums made it. â€œSide 3â€ is a great collection of Who / Small Faces-styled rockers such as â€œTonightâ€ and â€œEcstasyâ€, and the country-rock of â€œShould I Waitâ€, shows another diverse side. Released in 1973.5. Band On the Run - Paul McCartneyHas there ever been a group whose members carried more pressure on them with every one of their solo releases? With this extra baggage, it appeared that McCartney could never live up to his historic past. His first few solo releases though commercially successful, were critically lambasted. With "Band...", he made the album everyone was waiting for. For the most part only McCartney and Denny Laine played / sang on the album, showing that sometimes less is more. Released in 1973.6. Yesterday Once More - the Carpentersâ€œYesterday...â€ makes this list because of the innovative suite on Side 2. Side 1 focused on new material whereas Side 2, led by the hit title song, â€œYesterday...â€, linked a radio station DJ with the Carpenters performing songs from the past. It seemed that one time this album never left the turntable in our house. Released in 1973. 7. Full Sail - Loggins & MessinaBy the time of this release, the duo was starting to explore the option of each artist going solo. The original plan when they had first met was, Loggins the artist, Messina the producer. The strong point of this album is the variety of styles on it, and the great musicianship. Highlights include â€œWatching the River Runâ€, â€œVahevalaâ€, and â€œYou Need A Man/Coming To You.â€ Released in 1973. 8. Starting Over - the RaspberriesLed by lead singer/songwriter Eric Carmen and guitarist Wally Bryson, â€œStarting Overâ€ was released after a personnel change within the band. The addition of new bassist/vocalist Scott McCarl was a major positive move. The lead single â€œOvernight Sensationâ€, along with â€œPlay Onâ€ and â€œPartyâ€™s Overâ€, are stand-out tracks. Unfortunately it wasnâ€™t long before â€œStarting...â€ suffered the same fate as the other â€˜berries albums before them, leading to the breakup of the band. Released in 1974. 9. Stand Back - April WineFrom beginning to end, a pretty consistent album with some big (Canadian) hits: â€œOowataniteâ€, â€œI Wouldnâ€™t Want To Lose Your Loveâ€ and â€œTonite Is A Wonderful Time.â€ Lead singer-songwriter Myles Goodwynâ€™s knack for writing strong ballads and songs with catchy melodies, is on display here. Released in 1974.10. Eldorado- A Symphony by - Electric Light OrchestraJeff Lynne's goal was to put together a rock band that could do what the Beatles had done on "I Am the Walrus" - combine classical orchestration with rock music. "Eldorado" was his band's piece-de-resistance. Lynne proved himself to be a master tunesmith on songs such as "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", and "Boy Blue." The entire album plays like a symphonic suite, testament to Lynne's original model. Released in 1975. 11. Main Course - The Bee GeesWith the help of Atlantic Record boss Arif Mardin, the Brothers Gibb returned from semi-obscurity and resurrected their career. Thanks to the burgeoning dance music scene, the brothers hit the top with the lead-off single "Jive Talkin.'" from front to back, probably the brothers strongest album and proof positive to the non-believers of the songwriting skills of Barry, Robin & Maurice. Released in 1975.12. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen The opening track, "Thunder Road", set a theme that is carried right to the majestic closing track, "Jungleland." Springsteen brings story-telling and character study to new heights. As far as Columbia Records was concerned, this was the album that was either going to make or break Sprigsteenâ€™s career. Released in 1975. 13. Venus & Mars - Paul McCartney & WingsLost in the aftermath of the mega sales and success of the previous release â€œBand On the Run.â€ The â€œVenus & Mars /Rock Showâ€ suite gets the album off to a great start. Fellow bandmates Jimmy McCulloch and Denny Laine also contributed fine material such as â€œMedicine Jarâ€ and â€œSpirits Of Ancient Egypt.â€ Released in 1975. 14. One Of These Nights - The EaglesWith this release the Eagles tried to slowly break away from their Country image. This album featured guitarist Don Felderâ€™s only lead vocal, â€œVision.â€Released in 1975. 15. A New World Record - Electric Light OrchestraFeaturing the hits â€œTelephone Lineâ€, â€œDo Yaâ€, â€œA Living Thingâ€, and â€œRockariaâ€, Lynne was starting to hit his peak when it came to writing accessible, radio-friendly music. It wasnâ€™t as obvious on this record as the ones to follow, but slowly the â€œorchestraâ€ part of the group was being phased out, and the band was becoming just another rock group. Released in 1976. 16. Hotel California - the Eagles "Rumours" and â€œHotel Californiaâ€ were two albums that many who grew up in the 1970â€™s owned. The sound of the band started changing when Don Felder joined, and now with Joe Walsh, they were becoming a more guitar-oriented band. Eventually this album would become an albatross around the band's neck as they knew they would never be able to match its creativeness or its success. Original member / bassist Randy Meisner' swansong. Released in 1976.17. Russian Roulette - the HolliesIn a perfect world, this album should have done for the Hollies what â€œMain Courseâ€ did for the Bee Gees - i.e. resurrect their career. Unfortunately â€œRussian...â€ went largely ignored in North America. The core of the band, Allan Clarke, Terry Sylvester and Tony Hicks, had their harmonies as tight as ever and the band was clicking. A hit single wouldâ€™ve taken the band and the album over the top. Released in 1976.18. Sincerely - the Dwight Twilley BandOklahomaâ€™s gift to the Power Pop. Twilley and band mate Phil Seymour entered the scene with the ultra-perfect single â€œIâ€™m On Fire.â€ A stronger initial offering youâ€™d be hard-pressed to find. Released in 1976.19 Songs In the Key Of Life - Stevie WonderStevie takes in everything he has learned in music and life, combines it with a world-weary vision, and then brings the listener on a spiritual journey. The many musical styles that were featured such as big band ("Sir Duke"), funk ("I Wish"), gospel ("Love's In Need Of Love"), pop ("Ebony Eyes"), all showcased the incredible talent of the artist. Released in 1976. 20. Boston - BostonThe debut album that set the standard for all freshmen albums with its record sales. When the lead single, â€œMore Than A Feelingâ€ exploded onto AM and FM airwaves in 1977, it was with a sound that had not been heard before. The other hits, â€œPeace Of Mindâ€, â€œRock And Roll Bandâ€, and â€œLong Timeâ€ also became radio staples. Released in 1976.21. Whatâ€™s Wrong With this Picture? - Andrew GoldFor many years Gold had been Linda Ronstadtâ€™s guitarist and musical arranger. His first solo release had met with some success, however it was â€œWhatâ€™s Wrong With this Pictureâ€ and itâ€™s powerful single â€œLonely Boyâ€ which brought Gold out of the background and into the limelight. Great cover art and extremely witty liner notes. Released in 1976. 22. Rock And Roll Love Letter - The Bay City RollersOk maybe later releases (i.e. â€œElevatorâ€) were more interesting and serious, but as far as catchy Pop music goes, â€œRâ€™nâ€™R Love..â€ does the job for me. Still not being taken seriously by the masses even though tunes such as â€œI Only Want To Dance..â€, â€œLa Belle Jeanneâ€, â€œShanghaiâ€™d In Loveâ€, and the title tune have hooks that grab on to you so tightly. Released in 1977.23. My Aim Is True - Elvis CostelloAn album that should be in every Pop / Rock fan's collection. Costello came out of nowhere on the heels of the New Wave / Punk movement with this incendiary release, and his ability to write acerbic lyrics was a welcome change to the mundane. Released in 1977.24. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac It's influence on 70's rock is undeniable. Just about everyone growing up in the late 70's owned this album. The band was drifting farther away from its original blues leanings, and now becoming a showcase for Lindsey Buckingham. The group members were going through personal upheaval, yet they used this turmoil as a positive outlet (e.g. â€œGo Your Own Wayâ€, â€œThe Chainâ€). Each song became a radio staple and continues so 35+ years later. Released in 1977.25. The Stranger - Billy JoelJoel hit the big time with this release, thanks to the triumvirate hit singles "Just the Way You Are", "She's Always A Woman", and "Moving Out." With â€œThe Strangerâ€, and songs like â€œScenes From An Italian Restaurantâ€, Joel showed that his songwriting and storytelling ability had reached a new level of maturity. Released in 1977.26. Running On Empty - Jackson Browne Browne re-defines the meaning of a live album. Featuring all new music (that in itself was extremely out of the ordinary for a live album), and recorded in arenas to buses, to hotel rooms. An adventurous release, it would turn out to be his most successful commercially. Released in 1977.27. Darkness On the Edge Of Town - Bruce SpringsteenWith â€œDarkness...â€, Springsteen was slowly moving away from the long story telling song form that he had exhibited on his previous three releases. The ensuing tour sealed Springsteenâ€™s reputation as the live performer of his time. Released in 1978.28. Some Girls - the Rolling Stones The Stones entered the 1970's still holding on to the title the "world's greatest rock and roll band", and this effort was their most consistent release in years. Released in 1978.29. Hearts Of Stone - Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes The best album Bruce Springsteen never made. In Southside Johnny Lyon, Springsteen and Miami Steve Van Zandt found the perfect vehicle for their R&B songs. With the wonderful Miami Horns in tow, Southside is in excellent vocal form. Released in 1978.30. Excitable Boy - Warren ZevonAfter years of providing material for other artists, Zevon hits the big time. Thanks to the hit single, â€œWerewolves Of Londonâ€, â€œExcitable ..â€ brought new listeners to Zevon. He gets a lot of assistance on this disc from the California Mafia: Ronstadt, Henley, Browne, etc. Released in 1978. 31. Damn the Torpedoes - Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersAfter two moderately successful releases, and the FM staple â€œBreakdownâ€, Petty hit the big time with this his third release. Featuring the hit singles â€œDonâ€™t Do Me Like Thatâ€ and â€œRefugeeâ€, as well as â€œHere Comes My Girl.â€ Released in 1979.32. Youâ€™re Only Lonely - J.D.SoutherSouther is better known for the hits that he has co-written (â€œNew Kid In Townâ€, â€œThe Heart Of the Matterâ€ and â€œHeartache Tonightâ€ among many others) than for his own material. â€œYouâ€™re Only...â€, his second solo album is as good as anything that he has written for others. Released in 1979. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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