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Saturday, 26 March 2016

1971: Golden year for music?

A new tome on the key albums of 1971 should be worth investigating - as long as it is not as heavy as that recent book on 1966 (which I reviewed a while back). The author here, music jounalist David Hepworth, makes a good case for 1971 being a golden year, and looking at the key albums of that year I tend to agree - I was 25 then and deeply into music as vinyl record albums were entering their golden period.

Music fans of course will have their own golden period (that 1964-67 period was terrific for me too) - that time of their first immersion into pop culture, for younger people it may be the punk or disco years of the late 70s, but that singer-songwriter was at its peak in the early '70s as music by black artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and Sly Stone evolved and caught the changing times. Led Zeppelin and The Who also released some of their best work - the Zepps were not for me, but I loved The Who's WHO'S NEXT - and of course The Doors L A WOMAN (having seen them at that all-nighter in 1968, as mentioned before) then there were The Rolling Stones ... and Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton did some great stuff too and Rod and Elton were at their early best. Joni and Carole dominated the year too with their enduring albums - Carole is even doing TAPESTRY in full at a concert in London's Hyde Park this July, 45 years after recording the album ...

How about this lot all from 1971:  A golden year indeed! I had them all at the time .... and a lot still now. One could say in 1971 rock was still inventing itself, we did not realise how lucky we were to be living through it at the ideal age - but we do now. Of course the next year 1972 brought us Stevie Wonder's TALKING BOOK and seeing and meeting Joni again - see label - and '73 ushered in Pink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON as the long-playing vinyl album took over the world - see Music-1 label. 
  • Marvin Gaye – Whats Going On
  • Sly & Family Stone – There’s A Riot Going On
  • Carole King – Tapestry
  • Joni Mitchell – Blue
  • James Taylor - Mud Slide Slim
  • David Bowie – Hunky Dory
  • Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  • Doors – LA Woman
  • John Lennon – Imagine
  • Janis Joplin – Pearl
  • Carly Simon - First album 
  • Elton John – Madman Across The Water
  • Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story
  • Cat Stevens – Teaser and the  Firecat
  • Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson
  • Traffic – Low Spark of High Heel Boys
  • Jeff Beck – Rough and Ready
  • Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
  • Led Zeppelin IV
  • Who – Who’s Next
  • Emerson Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition
  • The Band – Cahoots
  • Barbra Streisand – Stoney End, Barbara Joan Streisand

1 comment:

  1. Hard to believe all those albums came out in the same year. What's the chances of masterpieces of that quality coming out now!