|How very '70s!|
The soundtracks to HELP! and A HARD DAYS NIGHT were essential with all their new songs, and of course RUBBER SOUL and REVOLVER. Prior to that best-sellers were soundtrack albums like THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Then of course in that magic year 1967 (when I was 21) came SGT PEPPER LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND followed by THE WHITE ALBUM and ABBEY ROAD ... Tom Rush's THE CIRCLE GAME, the early '70s saw those early Joni Mitchell albums like BLUE, Carole King's TAPESTRY, Carly Simon's NO SECRETS, James Taylor's SWEET BABY JAMES and MUD SLIDE SLIM, Neil Young's HARVEST and AFTER THE GOLD RUSH, Santana's CARAVANSERAI among others.
Then it was Pink Floyd and DARK SIDE OF THE MOON and WISH YOU WERE HERE - how we loved those sounds ... The Eagles hit that country rock sound with DESPERADO and of course HOTEL CALIFORNIA, and Fleetwood Mac with RUMOURS in 1977 .... later albums we had to have were Joni's latest, those Joan Armatradings, and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and of course Mike Oldfield's TUBULAR BELLS, and Supertramp's BREAKFAST IN AMERICA.
Also by the end of the '70s those first 12" singles came along, with disco extended mixes: Grace Jones' "La Vie En Rose" with "I Need A Man", Blondie's "Atomic" etc. More vinyl piled up ... The pleasure of actually handling the vinyl and putting the needle on the groove is something one just does not get with CDs which soon piled up too all over the place as of course, by the mid-'80s, one bought them all again on the new magic format, as we did with the new albums by George Michael, Sting etc. Then in the '80s/'90s clubbing took over with house and garage music taking over from high-energy; ecstasy and club beats ruled ...
There's also that nice little box of Joni Mitchell's first 10 studio albums, as mentioned here before, with those miniture gatefold sleeves ....
I also now have a new discovery to go and listen to: Frank Ocean's Grammy winning "Channel Orange" ... so really, music is better than ever, even if stores like HMV go to the wall - but we now buy our music (and movies) differently than even 10 years ago ... when I was shopping in HMV every week.
High-tech late '70s: left: stereo, early vhs recorder, 3-channel tv, audio & vhs tapes, and albums, albums ... and right, in the '80s: cds, cassette decks for making mix-tapes, and satellite tv, in Portsmouth! -
and I loved my clunky yellow Sports Walkman, much sexier than the ordinary one!