Album Reviews of the 70s

The 70s had a very wide range in music, so don't expect this page to contain every album you liked from the 70s. I welcome submissions, so feel free to use the form at the end of this page to add yours.

We also have pages on this topic devoted to the 80s and 90s

  • 'Life and Times' by Jim Croce / 1973
    Review by: Mark Miller
    Jim Croce left us all too soon, and after listening to all of his albums, I would rate "Life and Times" as the one album to obtain, if you had to choose only one, by Jim Croce. From finger snapping and toe tapping songs like "Bad,Bad Leroy Brown" and "One Less Set of Footsteps" to reflective ballads of love lost, and hope like " It Doesn't Have To be That Way" "These Dreams" and "Dreamin' Again" to the defiant and confident "Next Time, This Time"; this album portrays the full gambit of all emotions. I play it very often, and highly recommend it for listening pleasure.

  • 'Ramones' by Ramones / 1976
    Review by: Neil Jackson
    An agressive, confrontational and raw edged debut by one of Punks primary, leading motivators. No guitar solos, just sheer power chordage (using a basic 3 chord format) thrashed at speed through amps combined with a speed of light bulldozing rythum section, raw sounding vacals and guitar riffs in parts. Fast paced and flowing- start to finish. 'Beat on the Brat', 'Now I want to sniff some glue' and 'Judy is a punk' the undoubted highlights. However my opinion remains that song wise 'Rocket to Russia' is a slightly better album (In my view their best)

  • 154 by Wire / 1979
    Review by: Art Polimeno
    Wire's 154 album is not so much a collection of songs but poems. The subjects bounce from broken relationships ("I should have known better", "Two people in a room") to comtemplation about the nature of pain and suffering and our reaction (or inaction) to those feelings ("The other window"). The key to the songs, though, is that the music mates perfectly with the lyrics of songs. Where the lyrics are full of tension, then so is the music. This album is simply one of the best ever, right up there with Gang Of Four's "Entertainment".

  • 2112 by Rush / 1976
    Review by: Skip Wickham

    2112 was pivotal point in Rush's career and seventies music. Instead of the radio hits most bands were trying to put out, Rush released their fourth album totally geared towards their fans.

    The first side of 2112 is one long kick a** 20 minute plus song, showcasing drummer Niel Peart's eliptical writing and guitarists Alex Lifeson's and Geddy Lee's musical interpretation of emotion.

    Side two jams too with "Something for Nothing", "A Passage to Bankok" and "Lessons". I like "Tears" too. Call me a softy.

  • 52nd Street by Billy Joel / 1978
    Review by: Cameron D Skirving
    52nd Street builds on the success and sound captured on "The Stranger" with emphasis on Broadway and Jazz sounds. From the opening number "Big Shot" you can really tell Joel's intention, to continue to make music simply for self enjoyment and this is where The Stranger and this album differ from his previous work. It is convincing because Joel and co make it sound like They think it is. here Joel gives us album full of Rock, Jazz, Latin Pop, Golden Pop and Marcartneyesque Ballads. Each song is a classic- Favorates are "Honest" (probably my Favorate of all Joel Songs" the Joel Signature tune 'My Life" (one wouldn't be a true Billy Joel fine if one didn't like this track) the Jazz numbers of "Zanzibar" and "Stilletto" and the latin number "Roazalinda's eyes" This is probably my favourite Joel album because I like ALL the songs 9 1/2/ 10

  • A-1-A by Jimmy Buffet /
    Review by: Kit Burke
    Whew, this is quite possibly the greatest albums Mr Buffet ever released. It blends his country style from earlier albums with his tropical style which evolved later. The side B is particularly good.

  • ALIVE by KISS / 1975
    Review by: Joe
    Amazing. One of the best and purest live albums. I saw KISS on 6/24/00 and It was just like that timeless album. A must. KISS at one of their finest points. Check out ALIVE II(1977) and ALIVE III( 1993)

  • ALIVE ! by KISS / 1975
    Review by: ANDREW TONAN
    GREATEST LIVE ALBUM EVER ! ACE AND GENE ROCK OUT,THEN PAUL SINGING HIS LUNGS OUT ,THEN PETER KICKIN SOME ASS BEHIND THE DRUMS.

  • Aja by Steely Dan / 1977
    Review by: Greg Beaulieu
    Amongst Steely Dan fans, the subject of "best album" is always a subject of heated debate. Many consider "Aja" to be the pinnacle of the partnership between Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, and while you can debate whether that is so, one listen will reveal that this is a finely-crafted work. Using a variety of session musicians and guest soloists, Aja contains 7 tracks that have all become Steely Dan classics.

    The opening track, Black Cow, speaks for itself as a lament over a romance gone awry. It features a funky rhythm track that was sampled by a rap group 2 decades later. The title tune is an extended-length journey "up on a hill" which features a Wayne Shorter sax solo, but which (to my ear) has aged the worst of the songs on the album. But then you get a pair of my favorite SD tunes back to back, "Deacon Blues", the tale of a faded hipster, and "Peg", which apparently is the story of an actress who's had to resort to the porn industry as told by her boyfriend.

    "Home at Last" features another rhythm riff that just won't leave your mind alone, while recalling Homer -- where else in rock but Steely Dan would you find that? "I Got The News" is an upbeat, jazzy rendition with another impenetrable SD love song lyric. Finally, the album closes out with "Josie", what has become a SD concert favorite the last few years, a lighthearted tune with a typical great SD arrangement.

    Featuring players such as Chuck Rainey, Victor Feldman, Rick Marotta, Bernard Purdie, Larry Carlton, Dean Parks, and Steve Khan, along with crystal-clear engineering work by Roger Nichols, "Aja" is simply a Steely Dan masterpiece.

  • The Album by ABBA / 1977
    Review by: Glen Tilley
    By the time they were in the studio recording tracks for The Album, Swedish group ABBA had become one of the biggest rock music acts in the world. The collection of songs on The Album, actually meant to accompany a film called ABBA: The Movie they had shot during their 1976 Australian tour, are a perfect example of the sound band members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus usually tried to get across - silly pop lyrics intensely sung by the group's two women, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-frid Lyngstad, blended with elaborate musical arrangements. The Album's best tracks are the opening song Eagle, whose spiralling arrangements and mystical vocals could go on forever, The Name of the Game, influenced by the southern California folk-rock sound that was popular at the time, and I'm a Marionette, an angry story from a performer ironically envied by others for her success, but who actually feels as if she's lost control of her destiny and her sense of place in her life. The Album is the strongest studio album ABBA ever produced, an excellent showcase for Andersson and Ulvaeus's pop genius.

  • Alive by KISS / 1975
    Review by: John LeChien
    This album undoubtedly propelled KISS into superstardom and paved the way for the 1976 landmark album Destroyer. KISS is not an extremely talented band in the studio but the energy of their live shows coupled with their theatrics makes this album a must have for any '70s enthusist and/or aspiring guitar legend. Ace Frehley is the star of the show.

  • Alive! by KISS / 1975
    Review by: Cody
    Perhaps THE live album of live albums! This album signified KISS as the ultimate live act in the 70's, and projected them forwards to stardom in the 80's, 90's and 00's. The double LP starts off with the monsterous "Deuce", KISS' signature opener for years to come, and unleashes a barrage of hard rock tunes before finally closing with Rock n Roll All Nite, and Let Me Go, Rock n'Roll.

  • Alive! by Kiss / 1975
    Review by: Tony Smith
    After having a rough start with their first 3 albums,and a nearly broke record company, Kiss and their label, Casablanca,took a chance on a live album,and reaped tremendous rewards. The album rocketed Kiss into the mainstream. It captured their live performance sound that was lacking in their studio efforts. I think at last tally this album is 6x platinum. I give it a 9 out of a possible 10.

  • All Things Must Pass by George Harrison / 1970
    Review by: Eriq
    The quiet one's first album after the breakup of The Beatles. Excellent songs, lush Phil Spector productions. Stand-out tracks: My Sweet Lord, Isn't It A Pity and the title track.

  • Andy Pratt by Andy Pratt / 1973
    Review by: Rand Kocher
    This is one of those gems of the early 70's that you probably forgot about!

  • Animals by Pink Floyd / 1977
    Review by: Gina
    well i love this album, like 27 years after its release and it was out before i was born. my favorite track is dogs, its just awsome!

    i wasnt around in the 70's so i dont realy know what other music was around, but i think this is a really good album and i wish i was alive in the 70's :D oh and Dave Gilmour on guitar is just AMAZING!

  • Arrival by Abba / 1976
    Review by: ed
    This was the album which established Abba as one of the world's supergroups. Their earlier works - Abba and Waterloo - were good albums but they didn't demonstrate what was to become the Abba sound. The Greatest Hits Album was released prior to Arrival, but it contained, paradoxically few hits, as least by UK and US standards. Fernando was the one exception, and this had been added as an afterthought.

    Greatest Hits was a great album, nonetheless, and it was hugely successful. But it was Arrival which was to change the way Abba was perceived by the listening public. Greatest Hits was Schlager and Folksy, Arrival was pure pop with meaingful lyrics and sound rythms.

    Featuring tracks such as Dancing Queen, Money Money Money and Knowing Me Knowing You, it's easy to see why this album was so popular. Dancing Queen was a huge worldwide success, blending classical orchestral sounds with modern pop and cathcy lyrics. Money Money Money owed more to the north European marching tradition and brought discussion of serious issues - money - to the pop buying public.

    Knowing me Knowing You> showed the groups serious side. Whether auto-biographical or not, no-one knows, but future problems between the 'happy' couples certainly meant that the lyrics could be understood in new ways. The video releases for these songs are classics in themsleves, especially Knowing me Knowing You. Abba were early adopters of the video release, due to their dislike of promotional touring. Arrival contains other numbers that weren't released as singles, but which could quite easily have stood their place among others in the singles charts. That's me is a reflective song about looking for true love, while Why did it have to be me is a witty song discussing the frivolities of relationships. Tiger is a pop/rock song talking about city life and the dangers in it.

    Abba Arrival is a classic album reflecting ideas and concerns of the 70s which are still relevant today. If you've bought Abba Gold you'll be familiar with the singles from this album. Even although, it's worth buying for the non-singles.

  • Bad Company by Bad Company / 1974 (?)
    Review by: Jessie's Girl
    Great driving music. That's what Bad Company is. Switching between hard rockers like "Can't Get Enough" to beautiful songs like "Seagull" is a breeze for Paul Rodgers. He and Mick Ralphs write some of the essential early 70s songs here and they NEVER seem to get tired sounding. I simply LOVE this to death. (sorry Alice)

  • Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf / 1977
    Review by: Braeden Jeffery
    This was a great display of Jim Stienmann's talent. Seven absolutely classic songs, all performed well by Meat, made their timeless debut. Easily the best of the lot were All revved up With No place to go, For crying out loud and Bat Out of Hell. The Revamped edition was good too, and had the 1981 hit Dead Ringer For Love on it.

  • Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper / 1973
    Review by: ace
    Alice Cooper at their (his) peak. From the opening chords of Hello Hooray, this is one album (CD) that rocks. Where else can you find such entertainment as the story of a guy hitch-hiking and getting raped by a chick, every parents' nightmare of Alice running for President (right before Nixon checked out), the title track, a mini-opera in the dentist's chair getting your gums removed(Unfinished Sweet). The anti-bully anthem No More Mr. Nice Guy, the billion dollar babies anthem, Generation Landslide, Sick Things, the mediocre Mary Ann, and ending with that romantic I Love the Dead. Eight great songs, one not so bad, one forgettable. Note: this was also the last album of any significance put out by this version of the band, soon to be replaced by the Hollywood sideman doing his Welcome To My Nightmare theatrical stage show. Perhaps the end of a great performer but one memorable moment from the DECADE OF ROCK!

  • Blue by Joni Mitchell / 1971
    Review by: Igor Conovalov
    Joni Mitchell was one of the greatest musicans in 70's, in the 'Court & Spark' bring her to top ten greatest albums of decade, but in 'Blue' show your the most deeper confident poetry and the best album of your career.

  • Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen / 1975
    Review by: Jay Riestenberg
    Springsteen's "Born To Run" is one of the best Rock & Roll albums ever released. Songs like "Born To Run", "Thunder Road", 'Jungleland", and 'Backstreets" make it a top rock and roll album.

  • Boston by Boston / 1976
    Review by: C-Dog
    Hey, anyone out there who doesnt have this album can't really be called a true 70's rock fan. Seriously, its the best selling debut album of all time! Not only that but its Boston! Brad Delp and Tom Scholz at there best. Come on these guys are so talented, there almost as good as Zeppelin, almost.

  • Boston by Boston / 1976
    Review by: Mark Petta
    Boston may not release records very often but this was the first and best by far. Another of the rare records where every song is fantastic. Tom Sholz is a genius and his songwriting teamed with Brad Delps vocals, you would have to look pretty hard to find a better combo. Sholz had the guts to say out loud....no synthesizers! God Bless Real Rock & Roll!

  • Broken English by Marianne Faithfull / 1978
    Review by: Mr. media
    Mick Jagger's ex takes the mike and maskes sure some heads roll. In this album she paves the way for people like Alanis Morisette and Jennifer Trynin as she describes life with addictions, being a groupie, and spousal infidelity. the first album that Peter Gabriel said "described adult relationships in adult terms" comes on with Steve Winwood's synthesizers and reminds you that lyrics aren't all about sockhops and puppy love.

  • Buckingham Nicks by Buckingham Nicks / 1973
    Review by: John Michaelson
    From the source of reviews posted here, which seem merely opinions rather than the upstringing review of such, "Buckingham Nicks" album from Polydor Records, didn't culminate anything from the Fleetwood mac "Rumours" album on. As for a matter of fact, Lindsey and Stevie veered away from the harsh and sullen paradox stemming from their only duet album. You will find many similarities on the 75 "Fleetwood Mac" album but the course of the duos talent moved on. They polished the sound of each others workings and learned to feed off each other as they broke the emotional ties binding them and strictly moved into pure professionalism.

    You will find "Buckingham Nicks" to be a strong album, with Stevie only learning her true potential and Lindsey showing off the raw and emotional talent he has never left behind.

  • Buckingham Nicks by Buckingham Nicks / 1972
    Review by: Mr. Media
    people have long praised Rumours for its amazing originality and bare-breasted emotion, but after you hear this album, you'll be reluctant if you don't think of Rumours and cringe. Most of "buckingham nicks" is sheer, unbridled emotion and desire. This album does not have the kind of production polish like "rumours" or "fleetwood mac", but we get stronger songwriting. "Crying in the Night" kicks off the album and reveals Nicks' fascination with golddiggers. "Crystal" is pure Buckingham genius, using a waltz pattern and woodwinds sophisticate the album. And that is one of the virtues of it, that it starts out on such simple notes but quickly escalates into beautiful symphonies ("Frozen Love") and Spanish guitars ("Long Distance Winner"). I had to scour the globe to find this album, but it was worth every red cent. For an album that makes Rumours seem like a spat, go out and get this one. NOW!!!!

  • Buckingham Nicks by Buckingham Nicks / 1972
    Review by: adam Schmidt
    the nude cover says it best "here we are:take it or leave it". They totally rock with a freedom that isn't found in their later records. lindsay's guitar is better than the best beer buzz and her vocals romanticize even the toughest aspects of love. play this one when you want to work out.

  • But Seriously Folks... by Joe Walsh / 1978
    Review by: Pete Roberts
    Joe Walsh, (member of The Eagles) another great band of the 70s, goes solo on this great mellow rock album. The album is more of an EP than a full circle rock n' roll romp. It conveys feelings of summertime blues, humor and memories of yesterday. The albums last track "Lifes Been Good" a classic rock favorite is sort of a "Life in the Fast Lane" part 2. If you like Walsh's earlier work with the James Gang and his great guitar playing, check out this one.

  • CSN by Crosby , Stills and Nash / 1976
    Review by: Alfonso
    Probably one of the most elocuents songs during 70´s but what is make the alboon as milestonge is how CSN keep they own singer personalities togheter and same time you know who was the song writer, Thanks to CSN iam still in my Shadow Captain Charcoal Ship.

  • The Cars by The Cars / 1978
    Review by: Jessie's Girl
    What more could you want in a debut album ? With tracks like "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Just What I Needed", the Cars and producer Roy Thomas Baker (of Queen fame), have given a shot of out of this world rock at the height of disco schlock. These two and all the other tracks make up an album that no one else has immitated since and no had tried before. Unfortunately, the Cars never beat it either - even Heartbeat City is only 2nd best after this one. Old technology yes, dated, no.

  • Chuito & the latin uniques from the street by Chuito & the latin uniques from the street / 1970's
    Review by: Bernadella Olmo Carrasquillo
    My father is Norberto Benbe Carrasquillo and he sang & wrote about 4 songs on this album. I never heard it cause I wasn't born at the time. I was born in 1976. and the record by chuito & the latin uniques from the street was made in 1970. I found out that they was selling the album on ebay, But I was little to late. I would really love if you can help me get a copy of that album. You can call or email me at Berna2005@aol.com or 1-347-431-1845

  • Coldspring harbour by Billy Joel / 1971
    Review by: Cameron D Skirving
    This was originally a set of demo songs, but for some reason, the producer wanted to make it the best album of all time, which could never be the case. The original was mixed incorrectly, with Joel's voice sped up so much he sounded like a chipmunk. The re released version gives it a real warm, intimate feel, which is what Joel intended. These are simple songs with well crafted melodies, Joel's greatest strength as a songwriter. While, it's a long way off from being a great record, I don't think Joel ever repeated an album with such an intimate feel. Highlights for me include the opening track and the best known song on the album "she's got a way" the fast paced "everybody loves you now" the interestingly negative lyric of "tomorrow is today" and the very warm piano solo "nocturne" which demonstrates Joel's love for classical music. There is even a chance for the listener to mistake Joel for Paul Mcartney on "you can make me free"

  • Cosmo's factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival / 1970
    Review by: Brent Evans
    The most chooglin' album from the San Francisco quartet.Not one duff track on this alubm; even the carefully chosen covers run roughshod over the original versions.Fogerty takes the Motown of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine', and turns it into a blues rock jam classic.

  • Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd / 1973
    Review by: Bradley Ellison
    This album is a masterpiece. A proven masterpiece. How so? It was listed on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the United States for a total of 724 weeks, 591 of them consecutively. That is the longest run of any album in history, at just shy of 14 years! Dark Side Of The Moon is a concept album like another of Pink Floyd's finest, The Wall. The concept that permeates the lyrics of Dark Side is how the aspects of everyday life such as work, failure, and pursuit of wealth, can lead to a nervous breakdown. The lyrics are outstanding, and the music is incredible. The track I prefer is Time, but I must say a word about The Great Gig In The Sky. No vocals, but tons of soulful wailing by Clare Torry (a female vocalist, not a member of Pink Floyd). It is a very unique, and seldom recognized gem. This album is a must-have. You won't be disappointed. One word of warning: Be careful with the volume when you play the song Time. The alarm clocks at the beginning of the song will startle you, even when you're expecting it.

  • Dark Side Of the Moon by Pink Floyd / 1973
    Review by: Alonso Llanos
    The Best Of All Times!

  • Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd / 1972
    Review by: Bill Goldstein
    This album has just got to be the best album of all time. Those of you who have listened to it will know what I mean and agree to this. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!

  • Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd / 1973
    Review by: moon the loon
    No album in history allows the listener the freedom to immerse himself like DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.

  • Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd / 1973
    Review by: Luciano Francioli
    I'm a Apuarana's citizen, a litle city located in the inner of a state in the Brazil's South, and one of the first LPs a had bought was "Dark Side of the Moon" It was 80's early, ten years gone the the released of the album. I was 15 old, and I just don´t believed the amazing music it was. Think on this! A music that make people dreans in anywhere in the world, Anytime, ever in somewhere in Brazil.

  • The Darkside of the moon by Pink Floyd / 1973
    Review by: Lance
    A True classic Album way ahead of its time.And till this day the album is still selling like crazy.Made by one of the greatest bands of alltime.And dont forget Pink Floyds 1979 The wall,aswell as their 1975 classic Wish you were here.

  • Decade by Neil Young / 1977
    Review by: Chad Peterson
    This album is a compilation of Neil Young's work from the Buffalo Springfield in the 1960's to his later work up through 1976. It covers songs such as "Down By The River" and "Cowgirl In The Sand". The album is a great and is a must own for any Neil Young fan.

  • Deep Purple In Rock by Deep Purple / 1970
    Review by: a.p.c
    The first true Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album, released only months before Black Sabbath's sophomore - Paranoid - which would be the second. This album showed the way forward for the genre more than any other of the time in realistic terms. Led Zeppelin's first two albums were antiquated blues rock, where plagiarism was the order of the day. Black Sabbath's self titled debut was a bit more original but still a bit too blues based and not generally hard enough, but it had its moments. Deep Purple In Rock was louder and more aggressive. The playing was superior and even occasionally bore a classical influence, another influential aspect. The epic Child in Time was perhaps the only song with subtlety on the album, which says a lot. Deep Purple were truly ahead of their time when they released this album.

  • Deguilo by zztop / 1979
    Review by: light01
    It is a great hard rocking album of the late 1970's it has all the best songs on it of the time such as cheap sunglasses, thank you, fool for your stockings, she loves my automobile ETC.

  • Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young / 1971
    Review by: Ron Mruk
    To musicians, this is considered one of the top 5 albums of all time. Crosby, Stills, & Nash were joined for the first time on a project by Neil Young. All four were at their peaks, and this work shows it. No one will forget the first time they heard this masterpiece of vocals, harmony, composition, and lyrics.

  • Destroyer by KISS / 1974
    Review by: Erick
    There aren't enough words to describe the quality of this album. It's simply a classic of rock & roll in all the senses. Only way to know, it's to experience it on your own!

  • Diana Ross by The Boss / 1979
    Review by: Ken
    This was the 1st album that went Gold for Diana as well as the 1st Album that Motown Founder Berry Gordy WAS NOT involved with. Released during the height of Disco, Ross was reunited with the Husband& Wife Duo of Ashford & Simpson. The 8 Tracks represent a time when Diana Ross was concerned about Great Music & not allowing her Super Starness to influence her music just for the sake of it. The Tunes are upbeat, happy, soulful & the voice strong & clear. Best Tracks: THE BOSS- a swirling upbeat dance track ,I AIN'T BEEN LICKED- uplifting dance tune with hint of Gospel& lots of motivating messages . ALL FOR ONE- slower, calmed down jam that allows Diana's voice to shine. When you listen to this album it will STILL fill you with Joy & Good Feelings !!

  • Dressed to kill by kiss / 1975
    Review by: Brian
    This was the album that had kiss' first break through hit ROCK N ROLL ALL NITE. not to mention others susgh as c'on and love me,room service and more.just goes to show why kiss is the hottest band in the world.

  • Electric Warrior by T Rex / 1973
    Review by: Lawrence Kelly
    Before Glam got crap and turned into Bay city rollers there was this album. It rocks and rolls with the best of any of it's contemporaries, and isn't afraid of camping it up slightly too. More than just a coincidence is the guitars and co-writer is all from the hand of Mick Ronson, also found on the other 2 peaks of the early 70's, Lou Reeds Transformer and David Bowies Ziggy Stardust. Every track is a sparsly produced gem, Bolans vocals shining throughout, and for added listening pleasure, try it with headphones on!

  • Electric Warrior by T.Rex / 1971
    Review by: Grant Annabel
    This LP released in 1971 should be included in any best of 70s record releases. This is Marc Bolan at his rock and roll best. There is not one dissapointing track here. Youve got great rock and roll songs like Jeepster, Get it On and Lean Woman Blues to softer ballads like Lifes a Gas. Excellent LP by a much missed talent

  • Every Picture Tells A Story by Rod Stewart / 1971
    Review by: Jessie's Girl
    It's hard to believe he's still the same artist. Unlike his current CRAP, this album is superb. Rod "left" his band the Faces, and then took half of them back to record this solo album. His song selection was excellent, from the title song, to his covers of the Temptations "I'm Losing You" and Tim's Hardin's 'Reason to Believe". There's an energy here that combined with pounding re-historic musicianship works wonders and creates an album that all other future Rod Stewart albums are dismissed by. If you can't stand to hear "Maggie Mae" again, then skip it and enjoy the rest.

  • Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones / 1972
    Review by: Eric Holcombe
    Everything the Rolling Stones ever did up until 1972 culminated in this album about things falling apart. Exiled from native England due to tax purposes, the Stones recorded this manifesto of decadence in Keith Richard's Rivera basement. From the explosion of "Rocks Off" to the twin-guitar interplay of "Tumbling Dice", the Stones never sounded better.

  • Family Reunion by Walker Brothers / sixties or seventies
    Review by: Kenny Roberson
    It had tiger by the tail and Jack of diamonds on it.If anyone can help me get it please let me know

  • Foghat Live by Foghat /
    Review by: Dan
    This album is the must have album from the 70's every body had this 8 track in there car constantly playing. (Recently the lead singer to foghat died) Do you remember "slow ride" the live version is a lot better then the studio, honey hush sound like train kept a rollin by aerosmith but it is different ( a little). Buy it you will like it!

  • Foxtrot by Genesis / 1972
    Review by: Alex Semchuck

    With the release of Foxtrot, the English prog-rock boys made a great leap forward. Epic story songs such as "Watcher of the Skies," with it's mournful mellotron beginning and great guitar riffs, and "Get 'Em Out by Friday," a great example of classic ROCK, are the heart and soul of the album. Steve Hackett's acoustic guitar solo, "Horizon's," is a beautiful prelude to early Genesis' most celebrated piece: "Supper's Ready."

    "Supper's Ready" is a nearly half-hour epic song subdivided into 7 parts. The rhythms and chords change gradually at times, and dramatically at others. From the slow serenade of "Lover's Leap," to the rocking beat of "Willow Farm" to the thunderous chords of "Apocalypse in 9/8," "Supper's Ready" is truly a piece of musical art that has never been duplicated since, nor will it ever be. Their best album from the Peter Gabriel era.

  • Fragile by Yes / 1972
    Review by: Jarret McCaw
    Call it art rock or Prog rock or whatever you want. But if you like instrumental breaks that swirl out of speakers, then you'll call this album great. The perfect balance is struck between melody and incredible musicianship. Later Yes albums would bore us to tears as the noodling would be taken to new excessive and nauseating heights. But on Fragile, Anderson, Wakeman, Bruford et al, got it right. Two minute songs team up with ten minute magnificence ("Heart of the Sunrise" for example). The album explores classical overtones without bordering on the ridiclous.

  • Get Your Wings by Aerosmith / 1974
    Review by: Jimmy Mac
    The band quickly gelled, but was not yet at full steam and scream. Early Aerosmith getting raunchy, and worth owning for sure.

  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John / 1973
    Review by: knac bob
    Elton John's best album - includes Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Funeral for a Friend, Candle in the Wind, Bennie and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting. Great album that sold millions. EJ's early stuff was his best.

  • Goodbye and Hello by Tim Buckley / 1967
    Review by: Barbara Richards
    If you enjoy acoustic instruments you will love this album. This is Tim Buckleys second album, and probably the easiest one to listen to, if not his best. His voice is passionate and moving, and the instrumentation is unusual with the use of kalimba and vibes. I never asked to be your mountain is about Tims estranged wife and son and the congas and percussion dominate this track like some sort of tribal wardance. Hello and Goodbye is like a protest song, Tims vision of what is wrong with the world, and for all its naivety the words echo the truth. Musically this is a wonderful album, the songs are bittersweet and emotionally charged.

  • Highway to Hell by AC/DC / 1979
    Review by: Jarret McCaw
    No offence to current day AC/DC, but this is all you need. By this album, the style has already been perfected and as vocalist, Bon Scott can't be beat. The opening crunch of "Highway to Hell", the spooky 'Night Prowler", "If you Want Blood" etc.etc. The power chords are prefect and are set to inspire every metal band from now on. Every other AC/DC record is still good, but after this one, they're all rehashes - and yes, that includes Back in Black. For those of you who aren't as familiar with AC/DC, you've certainly heard the sound. This on is simply THE BEST.

  • Holland by Beach Boys / 1972
    Review by: Jarret McCaw
    The sun has set and the truly original music begins. As they the beach, the Boys branch out to create what many true fans feel is their best album. Period. "Sail on Sailor" and "California Saga" are the highlights of an album that is remarkably mature and devoid of cars and girls. "Only with You" is Dennis Wilson's love song extraordinaire. Listen with open ears as they change your impression of a band that has been sadly stereotyped for too long.

  • Hotel California by Eagles / 1976
    Review by: Rob Moorhouse
    A true masterpiece of songwriting and musical genius, although the album only contains nine tracks it is hard to dislike any of them, whether it is Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner or Joe Walsh with the lead vocal.

    From the classic opening track 'Hotel California' to the epic 'The Last Resort' the album contains excently constructed rock classics. The opening three songs all made the number one spot and 'Victim of love' and 'Try And Love Again' are both fine songs. The guitar solo's help to make the album my all time favourite and is an essential for any fan of classic rock.

  • Houses of The Holy by Led Zeppelin / 1973
    Review by: David
    All i can say is, wow! This is a fantastic album, it opens with the beautiful song that is The Song Remains the same. Jimmy Page, arguably the greatest guitarist ever is phenominal in this song. The Rain Song follows. This is a beautiful song also, very emotional. This is probably my second favourite song on this album. Over the Hills and Far Away, i don't know what to think about this song. I despise the first minute or so of this song, but then i love the rest of it. Ah, The Crunge. I love this song, although it might be an annoying and fairly poor song, i love the variety Led Zep bring to this album, this song being the ultimate example. Dancing Days... my 2nd all time favourite song. I love all the slide guitar that goes on. It has beautiful lyrics throughout. And the downside to the album is D'yer Maker. I hate this song, yet as the Crunge also does, this song presents a lot of variety of music to the album. To me, its just RObert Plant singing, 'Oh, oh, oh' and 'ah, ah, ah' all the time. No Quarter follows, and this is probably the greatest song off this album. JPJ must have been proud of this baby. He is incredible on the synthesizers and bass and keyboard. I think JPJ is the spine of led zeppelin. And The Ocean finishes off a fabulous album. This song has a great riff to it and i love the ending. It's sort of a 50's sing-a-long and Page shows off his fairly incredible guitar work. So, whether you are a long-serving Zep fan or just checking them out for the first time, i HIGHLY recommend this album. In my view this is their best work. Eat that Physical Grafitti and Led Zep IV!

  • Hunky Dory by David Bowie / 1971
    Review by: Claude Carpentieri
    As difficult as picking up the ultimate Bowie's favourite album could be, I'm afraid I'd look at my CD rack with my finger pointing at "Hunky Dory". It may be less innovative and experimental than many of his later works (like those of the Eno-marked Berlin years), but "Hunky Dory" is timeless pop which, in spite of a range of more or less successful iitators, hasn't been equalled yet. Granted the mankind's recognition for 'Changes'and 'Life on Mars', I'll channel my praise towards less famous wonders such as the Beatles-esque 'Kooks', 'Fill Your Hearts'and 'Andy Warhol', the latter a passionate tribute to the pop art svengali. 'Oh You Pretty Things' says it all about the effectiveness of the collaboration between Bowie and guitar-hero Mick Ronson. 10 out of 10

  • Hunky Dory by David Bowie / 1971
    Review by: Jessie's Girl
    Before Bowie, exploded with his Ziggy Stardust guitar sound, he put together this much subtler piano based album. The introspective Hunky Dory gives us the signature song "Changes" as well as "Oh! You Pretty Things" and "Life on Mars?". This album is really different and much less orchestrated than Stardust, but is still hard to turn down. Give it a few listens and while you could find yourself bored with "Ziggy", everything will still be Hunky Dory.

  • Hurry Sundown by The Outlaws / 1978
    Review by: The Ski Guy
    While others may have gone ga-ga over the rauchious sound of another unnamed Southern Rock band (named after their gym teacher, The Outlaws created thick, multi-guitar arrangements and vocal harmonies that were unmatched in this era. Individually, their voices were as unique and distinctive as they were mediocre. However - put any 2 or 3 together and it is truly magic. Hearing My Heart Talkin' would make anyone in a tenuous relationship cry. Many many gems on this record, but the title track should be such a classic that other bands would cover it. Hurry Sundown melts clean duitar dueling into guitar harmonies and a chorus that could bring that woman they were singing about back to life. Radio stations couldn't much get past Green Grass & High Tides from their eponymous album. A pox on them ! When Blue Oyster Cult thought they cornered the market on guitars-on-stage, then came the Four Guitar Army - the Outlaws.

  • Illusions on a double dimple by Trimvirat / I think 1971
    Review by: Robert
    This album was years ahead of it's time. One of the albums that really did influence a generation.

  • Innervisions by Stevie Wonder / 1973
    Review by: Jarret McCaw
    Forget "Songs in the Key of Life". This album is his peak. More focused and concise, it brings together politics and a great groove. Songs like "Living in the City" and "Jesus Children of merica" show how far ahead Wonder was from all his comptemoparies (black or white). This package is one big movement that flows from song to song. In the early 70s, Stevie Wonder WAS popular music. No one else came close. (Check out "Talking Book" for a close 2nd)

  • John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon / 1970
    Review by: Eriq
    Probably the best post-Beatles album of all time. Angry and cathartic yet beautiful all throughout. Check out "Mother", "Love" and "God". And if i'm not mistaken, "Working Class Hero" i think was the first song that ever used the word f**k.

  • Killer by Alice Cooper / 1971
    Review by: CrazyDave
    Solid Album from start to finish. You can almost see the theatrics as Alice and the boys take you on this musical ride. We start our trip with the frantic Under my wheels, then move to the classic tale of life on the rock and roll road with be my lover. Halo of flies is a great tune that pokes fun at the spy movie genere. Desperado gets a little dark and moody, you envison a gunslinger who is on the lam, and maybe startingto get unsure of himself. You drive me nervous , another frantic full on attack song dealing with teen angst Yeah, Yeah, Yeah..an odd little tune but makes you wanna scream it out..now we switch gears again, down low for a little social consience, Dead Babies tackles the dark issue of child abuse and does so very well. Killer is another nicely dark tune with social mores, crime, and of course the ultimat day of reckoning.

  • The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis / 1974
    Review by: Kevin McNamee
    It's very little wonder that Peter Gabriel left Genesis after touring with this album: he had NOTHING left to prove. The culmination of a period of musical evolution and revolution for Genesis, "The Lamb" is prog rock meets "Tommy" on the gritty streets of 1970s New York City.

    Peter Gabriel's lyrics & unmatched vocal delivery weaves the multi-character plot of a New York City street punk trapped in a psychedelic dream world with macabre creatures such as the beautiful Lamia, The Supernatural Anaesthetist, and the grotesque Slippermen. And for those who'd rather not have 2 hours of plot in their music, The Lamb is also a double album full of gorgeous melodies -- in an era of power chord (all three of them) arena rock, Genesis harkens back to the late 60s melodic heydays of both the Bealtes and the Beach Boys. A must have in any music collection.

  • Layla by Derek and the Dominoes / 1970
    Review by: Aj

    Eric Clapton ditches the psychedelia of Cream, hooks up with the great Duane Allman and kicks out a double album of swampy, Southern blues boogie rock in tribute to scoring with his best friends wife...then he disappears for three years and shoots heroin. It all adds up to a rock masterpiece. The title track is worth the price of admission alone, a soaring epic that rides out on a piano coda and Allmans crying bird slide guitar. Check out "Key To The Highway" which opens mid-jam with Clapton and Allman squaring off in a battle between Fender and Gibson...call it a draw. "Little Wing" is the finest version of the Hendrix jam other than Jimi's himself. "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad" chugs along with the intensity that only lust for another mans woman can bring about.....from top to bottom..this one is an essential in any classic rock library

  • Led Zeppelin 3 by Led Zeppelin / unknown
    Review by: Petty
    Although highly criticised by experts,the album Led Zeppelin 3 is one of the best albums Led Zeppelin ever made.Gallows Pole, Tangerine, and Thats the way are possibly 3 of Led Zeppelins best songs ever. +696

  • Let It Be by The Beatles / 1970
    Review by: Andy Frymark
    Great album, and thier last at that. It's got a great combination of their songs and styles they use. It's a must get album.

  • Let There Be Rock by AC/DC / 1977
    Review by: Rob

    Let There Be Rock was AC/DC's first album to chart the in the USA. It was also the first album with Bassist Cliff Williams. This album helped AC/DC's international stataus grow bigger, by the time they toured for this album they where all ready playing in stadiums.

    Bon Scotts great lyric writing is definatly shown on this album and Angus Youngs' guitar playing still have that loud growl on it. The title track is one of the well known tracks from this album, with lyrics taking sections from the bible such as "In The Beggining" , "Let There Be Light" and so on and changing it to the creation of Rock N Roll ( a clever song in some ways) and the crowd pleaser at many concerts Whole Lotta Rosie, about a particular Large Woman Bon Scott got friendly with once in Australia,the song clearly tells what she was like, and Hell Ain't a bad place To Be, which is really joke about heaven just being a place with harp music and so on, and Hell being a place with rock music, girls , and booze.

    This album is a very high point in AC/DC's career in my opinion it show them at their best and had everything from Angus Young's guitar work , Bon Scott's singing, Malcolm Young's Rythm Guitar, Cliff Williams' great bass playing and Phil Rudd's unbeatable Drumming. This is definatly 10 Out Of 10

  • Let it be by the beatles / 1970
    Review by: David Moses
    Just because it's the beatles, does not mean this album is great. It is actually a selection of outakes, that Phil Spector rescued from the dump, which is where it would have remained, were it any other band. Of the songs themselves, some of them are good, but not enough to make the album decent. Throw aways like 'Maggie mae', 'dig it' and 'one after 909' (Lennon exhumed from 1960) are all pointless numbers, here because the album would hardly have had any tracks otherwise. 'I me mine' is a noble effort, but was originally only 1:34 in length. Editing and overdubbing is the key to this album. That being said, 'the long and winding road' is the best beatles song in my opinion, it would have been nice on 'Abbey Road' in place of trash, such as 'I want you'. 'I've got a feeling' is a great rocker, many critics erroneously credit it to Lennon and Mccartney. Not so, it is a piece by the latter, Lennon simply adding a middle eight part. 'Let it be' is obviously great, and showcases that Paul had undoubtebly become the leader of the Beatles and was writing the best material. 'Across the universe' is a nice, but a terribly produced ballad, and 'Dig a pony' is just crap. Don't be fooled, I love the Beatles, this is not a must buy.

  • Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye / 1973
    Review by: Jessie's Girl
    This album is one big symphony of sex - But it's one with class. From the start Marvin Gaye seduces the listener and keep them aroused. Gaye hides nothing in his lyrics and yet still delivers with taste. The best make out album of the 70s. At this point grown up Motown is fast becoming the norm.

  • London Calling by The Clash / 1979
    Review by: Eriq
    Who can forget one of the greatest, most influential punk/rock albums of all time from one of the most copied, most revered bands in the world?

  • Look Sharp by Joe Jackson / 1979
    Review by: S.J. Dodd

    The debut album of Joe Jakson and the Joe Jackson Band was one of the great debut albums much like The Cars first. "Sunday Papers", "Is She Really Going Out With Him", and the white hot "Got the Time". A tight collection of songs from J.J. The frantic pace of "Got the Time" will leave you exhausted just hearing it, the clock ticking ending says it all in 2 and a half minutes without overstating the message. "Sunday Papers" predicts the oversensationalism of today's media.

    Joe Jackson still makes great music, but if you are not familiar with this gifted artist, it's best to start at the beginning

  • Lost in the Ozone by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen / 1971
    Review by: Debbi Chambers
    Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen were formed in Ann Arbor, MI in 1967. Their repertoire was a good-time mix of almost any music to party by: country swing, rockabilly, tex-mex, gospel and the occasional country tear-jerker, perfect music for pot-smoking truckers. The group's first album release, titled Lost in the Ozone, arrived in late 1971 and yielded the group's best-known hit, a version of the country song "Hot Rod Lincoln" which reached the top ten on the Billboard singles chart in early 1972. This is a must-have!

  • Low Spark of HIgh Heeled Boys by Traffic / 1971
    Review by: Jessie' Girl
    After Steve Winwood left Traffic briefly to play with Blind Faith (Clapton and Ginger Baker), he came back with a much jazzier sound than earlier Traffic albums. "Relaxed atmosphere " best describes this album's sound with repeating piano chords as the center of most songs. The 12 minute title track is excellent, from its vocals to its hypnotic piano to its strong chorus. Most of this album reminds me of a journey though the land of the Arabian Knights. Defintely an album for a lazy Sunday.

  • Made In Japan by Deep Purple / 1972
    Review by: Carlo Daudt
    One of the best live albums ever, Made In Japan shows why Deep Purple was considered the "loudest band" at that time. Incredible performances of legendary songs like "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" showing a band in its highest peak. A REALLY must have!

  • Main Course by Bee Gees / 1975
    Review by: Tim Roxborogh
    In an international career that began in 1967 and is still going strong today, "Main Course" remains the Bee Gees finest album. Featuring three huge hits in "Jive Talkin'", "Nights On Broadway" and "Fanny Be Tender" the real strength of the album is its musical diversity. The Gibb brothers have often been classed as a "disco" act by those who know little about them and despite "Main Course" being released at the start of the disco craze, nothing on the album other than "Jive Talkin'" could be regarded as such. Instead the album is a brilliant blend of r&b ("Fanny Be Tender", "Wind Of Change"), country ("Come On Over"), soul ("Songbird"), pop ("Edge Of The Universe") and balladry ("Baby As You Turn Away"). A flawless and joyous album by a band who after the Beatles have sold more albums than any other group in music history.

  • Marquee Moon by Television / 1977
    Review by: Eriq
    Here's another must-have from the Seventies. Excellent songs and guitar works from both Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. Some stand-out tracks: :See No Evil and the title track.

  • Minute by Minute by Doobie Brothers / 1978
    Review by: Michael Dee
    If there was a zenith and ultimate peak of this bands music it was captioned perfectly by the Doobies, Minute by Minute. Classic songs that stand the test of the time like "What a fool believes" and "Minute by Minute" are crisply sung by Michael McDonald who would arguably be the poster boy of blue eyed soul. However the musicality and the genius of the band cannot be overlooked with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Patrick Simmons,Tiran Porter, John Hartman and Keith Knudsen. Add the additional songwriting talents of Kenny Loggins, Ted Templeman and Lester Abrams and the albums quality just resonates of the strong combination of talented musicians, songwriting and the advent of superior production. This album is simply on top of its genre of a stylish West Coast Rock Sound that perfectly captured the end of the decade. Within four years of this album the Doobies would split, however their legacy is well documented in this well crafted album. Truly sensational..

  • Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich / 1978
    Review by: Adam schmidt
    The most progressive album of its day, you can still hear it and be awed. Reich ends up laying the groundwork for some of techno music by taking 18 musicians with acoustic instruments only, and eliminating the melody entirely. Words cannot do this album justice.

  • Na by Commander Cody /
    Review by: Sue B.
    Its Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, evidently they are STILL around...whoda thunk it?

  • Never Mind the Bollocks by The Sex Pistols / 1978
    Review by: Roxy Felone
    Never Mind the Bollocks is the ultimate punk album! Songs like Anarchy in the UK, God Save the Queen, and EMI Unlimited Version are kick-butt ways to get the message of not following rules and doing your own thing across. VERY powerful album by The Sex Pistols!

  • News of the World by Queen / 1977
    Review by: Mike Russell
    For those who appreciate the bombastic style of Queen, News of the World proved that Queen could really rock. Queen's previous five albums showcased the progressive rock that dominated the sounds of the early seventies mixed with classical hooks and opera. News of the world opens the door to a complete hard rock album of fast guitar, blues and rock ballads like "We are the Champions" We cannot forget the immortal "We will Rock You" that has become a staple of pop culture. The album is a complete collection of well written rock music, crafted to those who appreciate guitar both electric and accoustic. This is an album that must be played loud and is not for the faint at heart. You will not be disappointed with this album if you appreciate the rock pulse of the 1970's

  • A Night at the Opera by Queen / 1975
    Review by: Molly Priest
    What more is there to say about Queen's "A Night at the Opera" than : WOW! It is over the top, pure camp, superbly constructed, mock operatic... that almost everyone even in my generation (of the 90's) has heard. Who can seriously say that they have never heard Bohemian Rhapsody? It was (and still is) Freddie Mercury's magnum opus, bringing (as several have put it) opera to the masses. Although, Bohemian Rhapsody is not, by far, the only song on the album deserving of praise. Night at the Opera in its whole is deserving of acclaim. It has received numerous awards, and adoration. From the scathing "Death on Two Legs" to tenderly sung "Love of my Life" all is classic Queen and equally stunning. If you have never heard anything from this band, than at least take the time to listen to A Night at the Opera, and revel in what they were able to do, and what made Queen legends in their time!!

  • No. 1 Record/ Radio City by Big Star / 1972/1973
    Review by: Mr. Media
    I have no choice but to review these two albums as one because that is the only way you can buy them--on a double-cd. The group takes the Beatles harmonies and blends them with good old R&B for two still-refreshing records. I could not fit a tick between the spaces of their harmonies. And, to boot, touching lyrics about growing up in the 60's. By the way it's probably the most influential record on the planet, as it inspired REM, the Db's, Teenage Fanclub, Matthew Sweet, etc. Well, to judge the album by this review is like trying to play Symphony No. 9 before the deaf and asking them to recall the base line.

  • No. One In Heaven by SPARKS / 1979
    Review by: Ronald Schettino
    While the music charts of the seventies were seething with rock and pop, one band bent music to a new extreme: SPARKS.

    While "No. One In Heaven" at first glance would seem predominately 'Disco', it's more like Pink Floyd meets Donna Summer.

    This was SPARKS 8th album (since they formed in 1970, produced by pop fave Todd Rundgren)! And they are still producing music to this very day with the release of their 20th album in 2006!!!

    Other 70's SPARKS albums to mention are:

    Halfnelson (1970)

    Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing (1972)

    Kimono My House (1973)

    Propaganda (1974)

    Indescrete (1975)

    Big Beat (1976-was banned in the U.S.A. But two songs can be seen in the film ROLLERCOASTER: "Big Boy" and "Fill 'er Up").

    Introducing Sparks (1978)

    This band may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they are still around and put on one Hell of a show!!!

  • Octopus by Gentle Giant / 1973
    Review by: jack
    One of the real Lost treasure of progressive rock of the 70s,Take a great band playing over 30 different instruments and very complex arrangements.just the song Knots is worth the cost.

  • On Your Feet Or On Your Knees by Blue Oyster Cult / 1975
    Review by: Alex Peel
    ON YOUR FEET OR ON YOUR KNEES, is a genius live record. It captures BOC in their prime. It features a lot of their early songs and more extended verisions. A forgotten live album, by many, still this can hold a candle to any live record. "(Then Came) The Last Days Of May", is a stunning song. It's such a beautiful ballad and very haunting. "Subhuman", is a great opening track as well. So I can't go on forever, but long story short, this is a live album for the ages.

  • PARIS 1919 by JOHN CALE / 1973
    Review by: Luca
    A gem of decadent poetry, a bridge between classical music and avant-garde rock, ex Velvet Underground John Cale's masterpiece. It's really a work of genius, with songs of melancholic beauty. The title track, Antarctica starts here, Andalucia, A Child's Xmas in Wales and Hanky Panky Nohow are arguably the best songs of the album (and of the 70s!), Graham Greene is an elegant divertissement, Half Past France is beautiful and poignant. Thank you, Mr Cale!

  • Paranoid by Black Sabbath / 1970
    Review by: Tabes Bridges
    This Album set the standard for Heavy Metal. The hit single "Paranoid," cointains it all:Ozzy's double tracked schizophrenic vocals, the "greatest riff ever," a kick-ass guitar solo, and nice, depressing lyrics. other hits in clude "War Pigs," "Iron Man," Electric Funeral," and "Fairies Wear Boots."

  • Physical Graffiti by led zeppelin / 1975
    Review by: patrick simeone
    I can't believe no one rated this MASTERPIECE!! From CUSTARD PIE to BOOGIE WITH STU,this album showcases the mighty ZEPPELIN at their greatest,it also has what i feel was their greatest song ever..KASHMIR

  • Piano Man by Billy Joel / 1974
    Review by: Cameron D Skirving
    This is Billy's second album, but probably most people will remember it as his first as "Cold spring harbour" was a complete disaster in more ways than one. This album is definitely a developmental album for Joel as he continued to find his feet as a professional musician and songwriter. At the time, Joel had been working "under cover" at piano bars under the name Bill Martin (which actually is his first and middle names) and the album contains a lot of Piano bar type material including the infamous title track, which indeeds describes the environment of one of the bars Billy worked at. In comparison to his later albums a lot of "piano man" lacks the energy that has made Joel a household name on radio and at big arenas around the world. However, there are some bright moments "The Ballad of Billy the kid" is the best song on the album, full of classically developed ideas which Joel has always been fascinated with and groovy piano and string parts. This song however, lyrically is a title lie, stating things that never heppened to Billy the Kid, but who cares, it's a fun song and a great song live, incidentally. The song "Captain Jack" (which was being played on FM Radio at the time the Piano Man song was on the charts) is a powerful 70's Rock song which describes how stupid being involved in drugs is, is a great end to the album and there is a nice ballad "You're my home" which shows Joel's best skill as a melody writer (actually this song sounds so much like John Denver it's not funny) However, he needed a bit of improvement on his lyric writing skills. The overall sound is a bit to "processed", where Billy was forced to use session musos and it shows. When Billy was given permission to use his own band to record, that's when he started to come of age. Again, the album is typical of the music style of the 70's , but music and Billy Joel have evolved since then and perhaps if you only like today's music, don't bother with it, but if you apreciate any music style, it's a nice easy listening album.

  • Pink Flag by Wire / 1977
    Review by: Eriq
    A great, highly influential album from one of the most innovative groups that came out of the British punk wave. You'll instantly recognize the riff of "Three Girl Rhumba". REM covered the band's "Strange." This album will blow your mind.

  • Pleasure Principle by Gary Numan / 1979
    Review by: S.J. Dodd

    Need to know where 90's industrial sound came from? Than find this album. Often Gary Numan's name is found on moronic one hit wonder packages. If you remember the 1980 hit "Cars" than you may think of him as such. In native England he was a top act in the 1979 to 1985 period, making some truly mesmorizing music with his synthesizers. The "Pleasure Principle" Is his most accessable album for the uninitiated. Gary Numan's voice only adds to the synthesizers as a quivering tenor with a clipped delivery. Although synthesizers received a bad rap, as in the over indulgance of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Numan was able to give a sound of emotion, and feeling to his music, and many later hip hop groups have sampled song from this album for it's unique sound. His Lyrics during this period were of futuristic situations of isolation, and man's attachment to the machines he created that lead to this isolation. Although some make think this may be silly, the fact is these song are very emotional, and will leave you both happy and cynical at the same moment. If you remember "Cars" and liked it, there's alot more where that came from. By the way the 1980 version of "Cars" found on top 40 radio was a radio edit. Here they way it was intended.

  • Quadrophenia by The Who / 1973
    Review by: Jessie's Girl
    Pete Townsend gives us Tommy's older brother, as he tells the story of growing up Mod in mid to late 60's London. Rocking much harder and more complex than Tommy, this album should have gotten more notice and airplay. The songs seem more seemless than other of Townsend's attempts and we are left with stong visual images after the record ends. A real step forward for The Who.

  • Rickie Lee Jones by Rickie Lee Jones / 1979
    Review by: Myk
    This album is truely amazing from begining to end. Lyrically it's brilliant. The stories she tells, the characters she introduces to you are so unique. The voice she uses to tell these stoeies is absolutely inspiring. The musical arrangments are positively flawless and their all hers and this was her debut. Stand out songs include Weasel and the White Boys Cool, Night Train, Last Chance Texaco, Easy Money, Danny's all Star Joint and of course Chuck E's in Love. If you've never heard this album before give it a listen. You won't be sorry.

  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardsut by David Bowie / 1972
    Review by: noel
    How could you forget one of the best albums of the 70's and of all time. I breajthrough album in every sebse from the theatrical Five Yeras and R&Roll suicide to the hard rocking Moonagedaydream and of ccourse Ziggy and Suffragette city, This a masterpiece

  • Road Food by The Guess Who / 1974
    Review by: Mr. Media
    While Pink Floyd were lost on the dark side of the moon and David Bowie was Aladdin Sane, the Guess Who reminded the world that they needed to rock. though the album failed on the charts and only produced two minor hits ("clap for the wolfman", and "star baby", it is one of the best albums of the 1970's. They take the traditional life on the road kind of lyrics and make it more polished and irreverent. Such a wonderful antidote to androgynous aliens from England and self-mutilating punks. Cumming's last stand with this band is still his best.

  • Rocket To Russia by The Ramones / 1977
    Review by: Mark
    The Ramones' Rocket To Russia Album combined their punk with their classic rock, surf, pop, and bubblegum influences. songs like locket love, rockaway beach, cretin hop, ramona and why is it always this way prove that. I highly recommend this album for not only punk fans, but classic rock and surf fans as well.

  • Rocks by Aerosmith / 1976
    Review by: Trevor Moore

    There is nothing radio ready about these numbers no videos or light shows or t-shirts or hits. In fact, its easy to forget that the shiny new and diluted version of the Toxic Twins ever rocked as hard as this 1976 slab demonstrates.

    Coming off the heels of their commercially successful Toys in the Attic, Aerosmith answered with an explosion that didnt attempt to follow in the footsteps of anyones expectations. They made that very plain these tunes are nine Rats in the Cellar and they flow out of the speakers like a tidal wave. This is rock the way it was, and is, meant to be. You hear the fingers on the strings, the sticks on the symbols, and the plaster falling from the ceiling. The sheer visceral attack makes this one of the great rock n roll albums and an inspiration to all who believe in the raw power of the music.

  • Roxy Music by Country Life / 1974
    Review by: matt rutledge
    Eschewing most of the art-rock tendencies of their earlier three albums, Country Life is equal parts glam-rock, elegant baroque pop, with flourishes of progressive rock and blue-eyed soul. Perhaps one of the most accomplished single albums of the 70's, Country Life is comprised of 10 songs so effortlessly melodic and emotional, that there is no single true winner or loser in the set. The opening song "The Thrill of it All" being their most mainstream single efforts to date, also happened to be one of their largest hits. Other important songs on the album are "Out of the Blue", which has a very methodical, insistent beat backed by a fantastic oboe solo, and "Casanova", which is a very raucous, sloppy rock session with brutal lyrics and with obvious personal meaning to Bryan Ferry. The album ends with a catchy but unusual homage to Texan culture in "Prairie Rose". Every song is infectious and is filled with memorable lyrics, from "You've heard enough of the blues and stuff" on "A Really Good Time", to "don't want to learn about etiquette from glossy magazines? on ?All I Want Is You?. Sadly, even though this album hit the top 40 in the US (top 10 in UK), American music and pop culture tends to overlook this band. That?s okay, there?s more than enough in their repetoire for us lucky few.

  • Rumours by Fleetwood Mac / 1977
    Review by: Alexandra Campbell
    One of thee ultimate 70's albums if not the ultimate."Rumours" was an autobiography of Fleetwood Mac's Royal CaliforniaRock,cocaine cursed,soapopra.To be a fly on the wall during these sessions only one could be so lucky. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's 6 year romance was breaking apart and so was the marriage of John and Christine Mcvie;what did they do,they wrote songs about it. The LP at first was supposed to be called "Yesterday's gone" a line from the homage to Clinton song(campaign 1992) "Don't Stop";but cofounder John Mcvie decided that "Rumours" was more brilliantly apt considering all the dish that went around the rock industry during the making of it and he was right.Rumours like Stevie being with Mick seeing John on altenate Weds.,Lindsey and Chris running off together, Stevie leading a covet of witches into the hills of Sausolito where it was recorded,Stevie leaving the band explaining why it took so long to release,and the whole band being a burnt out case with unheard of quanities of liquer and cocaine. This album is perfect in everyway and road Fleetwood Mac straight to the bank spending 31 weeks at numorouno on the charts and selling 15 million records worldwide.To this day it is still one of the most bought albums. Stevie's love ballad "Dreams" was the only #1 single Fleetwood Mac has ever had.Lindsey's angry rock/pop answer to "Dreams" intitled "Go your own way" is a Fleetwood Mac gem.Christine's "You make Loving Fun" sung about the Mac's lighting director she was seeing was also a success.And the band's joint publishing song "The Chain" was a haunting tune about the the band trying to keep everything in tact.One of my favorite songs by "rock goddess"Stevie Nicks was "Golddust Woman" which talked about love,loss,life,and cocaine use.If you don't have this album shame on you,it's a beloved piece of ClassicRock history;rock history for that matter.You'll love it; just buy it!

  • SHEER HEART ATTACK by QUEEN / 1974
    Review by: Richard Betts
    SHEER HEART ATTACK was released only a few months after QUEEN II, hitting the number 2 spot in England.

    This terrific album plays better as it matures. It truely does. I think it out-shines A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, this group's next album. SHEER HEART ATTACK is twice as bombastic as ANATO and so much more compact. It features the classic camp "Killer Queen", the awesome guitar solo by Brian May "Brighton Rock", and the high-octane "Stone Cold Crazy".

    This album is devoid of fillers, and the sheer quality of the music shows its uniqueness and pomp. A SHEER MASTERPIECE!

  • SUPERFLY: Motion Picture Soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield / 1972 Re-Released in 1997 by Rhino Records
    Review by: Pete Roberts
    Curtis Mayfield was the Godfather of Funk. Tragically he died in 1999. His 1972 hit soundtrack score from the blaxploitation classic "Superfly" even today still sounds raw, hip and funky. Curtis' inspirational music can still hold its own amongst today's brand of musical artists. The score is a journey through the streets of New York, sometimes dark and tough, sometimes bright and soft, the feelings of inner city street life are right in front of you, conveyed by a true master of the craft: Curtis Mayfield. Check this one out, satisfaction guaranteed. Includes the hits: "Superfly", "Freddys Dead", "Pusherman" and more. 23 tracks in all.

  • Schools Out by Alice Cooper / 1972 (?)
    Review by: Biffo

    School's Out was the best album that I can seriously say relates to my life. Tracks like -School's Out -Public Animal #9 and -Alma Mater really go along with the anarchy thing in the 70's. Some of the songs are slow, some heavy, some light, and altogether, it really showcases some of Alice Cooper's greastest works.

  • Second Helping by Lynyrd Skynyrd / 1974
    Review by: dusty
    Sweet Home Alabama? Call Me the Breeze? Need I say more?

  • Secret Treaties by Blue Oyster Cult / 1974
    Review by: mark
    An amazing collection of 8 intelligent, thoughtful, provocative rockers and ballads from BOC. 2 years before "Don't Fear the Reaper," the Cult was recording songs that dealt with the introspective reflections of a WWII German war pilot, a young boy cruising with older kids on New Year's Eve and a young woman's fears just before marrying. The music is highly varied.

    One of the cuts, Astronomy, was re-recorded on a late 80's album by the band. Subsequent albums sold more, I'm sure, but Secret Treaties was the cult's masterpiece.

  • Selling England By The Pound by Genesis / 1973
    Review by: Tallrean
    Genesis struck gold in the 1980s when their drummer/vocalist Phil collins became a major success and a music icon. The success of Collins has ended up overshadowing the artistic acomplishments of Genesis. 'Selling England By The Pound' features the classic Genesis (that's Phil collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, and Peter Gabriel) preforming a classic album that John Lennon himself was a fan of. This album is a must have for any rock music fan.

  • Shaft by Isaac Hayes / 1971
    Review by: Michael Colacicco
    Isaac Hayes had been around in Music a long time.Writing Hits for others (Soul Man for Sam & Dave) and performing.In 1971 He hit paydirt writing and performing the Soundtrack for the Movie "Shaft".The Film was a big hit and if You'd seen it,especially the opening shot of Richard Roundtree,as John Shaft,walking through the streets of N.Y. the Music fit the scene perfectly.Hayes won an Academy Award for the theme.The rest of the double album set were great Jazzy/funky numbers."Soulsville" is a great companion piece to Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On" Hayes describes life in the ghetto as most of Us can only imagine it to be.If You've never heard the music try it.If Your undecided,see the Movie.You'll want to hear the score over & over.

  • Since Before Our Time & O-Zone by Osiris (Osiris Marsh) / 1976 or 1978
    Review by: Jill F. Wells-Greene
    I didn't see it!

  • Some Girls by The Rolling Stones / 1978
    Review by: joe
    It's rather ironic that the Stones' strongest album of this decade came out when Keith Richards was at his most drug saturated, facing a MASSIVE prison sentence that would've crippled the Rolling Stones if he was convicted and locked up; and Mick Jagger was in the middle of a divorce that was felt in some of the songs (miss you). this album finds the band at the most charged and inspired it's felt in a long time. nothing like a drug problem, a threat of life in prison, and a divorce, to name a few, to light a fire under the band's collective arse to get them truly inspired. personal favorites include miss you, some girls, imagination, before they make me run, beast of burden, shattered- that's over half the album, but that's okay. keith & ronnie's use of flanging and/or phasing on their guitars adds ethereal qualities to many of the songs. there's no filler on this album; it is sadly all-too-rare to find a really good album that can be enjoyed straight through. this album proves, in a way, the band HAS a sense of humor, albeit a warped one (some girls). a must have.

  • Something/Anything by Todd Rundgren / 1972
    Review by: Kieth Moreland
    After shedding the "Runt" identity ("We gotta get you a woman!"), Todd Rundgren released this double album. Almost everything is written, produced, and the instruments played by Todd. Two songs stand out as milestines in the lives of the 70's hormonally-challenged teens: "I Saw The Light," and "Hello It's Me." Chicks loved the former and guys, like myself, were so sure the latter was all we needed to have on the car's cassette tape player to ensure lots of French-kissing. I'm not alone in my views regarding the power of "Hello It's Me"...the writers of the recently released Fox-TV series "That 70's Show" highlighted Rundgren, and the song in the opening episode.

  • Spirit's Having Flown by Bee Gees / 1978
    Review by: Kerry
    Correction: In your review you state that Saturday Night Fever contained songs from the album "Spirit's Having Flown". Actually there were no songs from "Spirit's Having Flown". That album was released after "Sat. Night Fever". The "Sat. Night Fever" soundtrack contained Bee Gee's Songs from "Main Course" (Jive Talkin') and from "Children of the World" (You Should Be Dancing). Thanks, Kerry

  • Spirits Having Flown by Bee Gees / 1978
    Review by: Jiri Bielicky
    The best selling sound track of all time, Saturday Night Fever, had some great songs on it from two hugely popular albums "Spirits Having Flown" and "Main Course". Now classics, these two albums started the Disco craze and later a "Disco Is Dead" backlash which took over a decade for the Bee Gees to recover. During this hiatus, Barry Gibb wrote beautiful love songs for the likes of Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton and Dione Warwick to mention only a few...

  • Spirits Having Flown by Bee Gees / 1979
    Review by: John Michaelson
    one of the harder images of rock history is the Bee Gees NOT doing disco. But the reality of it all seems apparent through their releases, they were NOT a disco band. The Bee Gees changed with the times and created one of disco's most memorable moment, however, it was a fad, much like anything else the Bee Gees had ever done. "Spirits Having FLown" was as close to disco as Barry Manilow. "Tragedy" was an all-out assault on rock/pop fashion as "Love You Inside Out" claimed the top of the pop charts for a good reason. It was all about style. "Too Much Heaven" barely brought any disco beats thumping through any speakers in 1979 but yet was considered a DISCO love ballad. Why? Because it was the Bee Gees - and that's the only reason.

    As the 70's were evicted and the 80's moved in, Barry, Robin and Maurice drove into the more pop sounding classics that made the brothers famous, but it fell on deaf ears as the disco label brushed the boys out of the spotlight. But clearly their music never suffered and a small one month resurgence happened in 1989 (in the US - 1988 in the UK) through the music that NEVER CHANGED. It wasn't until 10 years later that legendary status popped in and the rest is brutal history.

    So when the likes of "Spirits" comes to the turntable/CD player, you tend to wonder where the thumping good time disco beat went. To make it clear to everyone listening, it went out the window with disco. Why? Because DISCO WAS JUST A FAD.

  • Squeezing Out Sparks by Graham Parker / 1979
    Review by: Jessie's Girl
    As disco and rock became too bloated for their own good, along came people like Elvis Costello and Graham Parker to tear through the excess. This album runs at high speed right out of the gate and has an acidic tone devoid of that lovey smarmyness common in pop music of the time. "Discovering Japan", "Local Girls" and "Saturday Nite is Dead" are all familiar and still fresh and exciting. Parker never drops below third gear on this album. Great noise for a reviving a Saturday Nite.

  • Stand Back by Allman Brothers Band / 2004
    Review by: rolan
    i just recently got my hands on the Allman brothers band's new anthology, "stand Back". This is an awesome compilation not only for long time fans, but for people who dont know much about this group as it covers their 35 yr musical career. this two disc compilation holds 32 remastered tracks that cover a little from every album. SO for long time fans its a revisiting of great 70s music, and as for new comers it gives a soothing taste of their sounds. The Album also covers hits such as "hoochie coochie man", "blue sky", "melissa", "ramblin man", "wasted words", and "WhippingPost". The anthology also comes with a 24 page jacket full of pictures and small essays regarding the group, which makes it even more worth your money. It's a great compilation with great information, and reminds us that Allman brothers band were the embodiment of 70s southern rock.

  • Stranded by Roxy Music / 1973
    Review by: Tom
    Roxy Music's third album was released to much applause by the evergrowing legion of avant garde/pop art fans as the best conceptual album of its time. Some of the songs: Mother Of Pearl, Amazona, Psalm and A Song For Europe were of yearning and worship - not religious, but personal, private relationships often including the rich, famous and phoney world of rock parties etc'. Often psychadelic in its approach to everyday situations it puts across the inner thoughts and interpretations of Ferry, the groups frontman. Highly recommended listening though not to everyones taste!

  • The Stranger by Billy Joel / 1977
    Review by: Ben Okuly
    This was Joel's first smash hit album, and when listening you can see why. He had an underground hit around 1973/1974 with "Piano Man," and then "Captain Jack," but this was the album that would make him the superstar. He teamed with Phil Ramone, who gave Billy the sound he needed, and the results were excellent. From the storybook song of "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" to the rocker "Only The Good Die Young" and the love ballad "Just the Way You Are" and back to "Movin' Out." The album went on to become the biggest selling album by a solo artist in Columbia Record's history.

  • The Stranger by Billy Joel / 1977
    Review by: CAMERON D SKIRVING
    Well here it is , Billy's last shot for success, time was running out for the little long island boy, and boy what a timely arrival, a classic album full of enjoyable sounds. this was the first time we heard a sound of Freedom from Joel, we were hearing Joel enjoying himself rather than the heavily produced sounds of the past. This is undeniably due to the Producer Phil Ramone who encouraged Joel and his band to play naturally and with the freedom they knew themselves without worrying about off key notes etc. They mightn't be as polished musicians as the session ones but they had the energy to reach the requirements of Joel's songs. It was the first time really Joel showed the world he has a sense of humour which is one of the reasons why "Scenes from an italian restaurant" is one of the best songs Joel has ever written. Also because it is not your traditional Pop song of Verse chorus Verse Chorus Perhaps a bridge format . It has about three ideas rolled into one, an epic. Joel's top Ballad "Just the way you are " is a warm Jazz ballad with a nice soft Jazzy Sax solo in the middle and the shuffle "Only the Good die Young" is another pop perenial and whatever your religious beliefs, you can't deny the genius of the guy to come up with such a concept (try to hear the Reggae version sometimes it's a ripper) If you want to be influenced by the Music of William Martin Joel this is the best place to start.

  • Street Surviver by Lynyard Skynard / 1977
    Review by: Jen Koch
    It was the best album out at the time. It may have had discrimanation in it but think about the time that it came from.

  • Street Survivor by Lynyrd Skynyrd / 1977
    Review by: Kyle Sigler
    I rate this one 100%.For it is the best Lynyrd Skynyrd album out there.And should be entered into the rock'n'roll hall of fame!

  • Streetlife Serenade by Billy Joel / 1974
    Review by: CAMERON D SKIRVING
    Probably the least well known of Joel's albums. This album is better than it's repuatation, with nothing new following "Piano man" apart from the use of synthesized sounds. This sounds a little bit like Elton John's early material which may be where the comparison description of Joel being the american Elton John came from. The cover gives the impression that it is going to be a relaxing , easy listen, which is very true. Nothing complicated music wise and although the lyrics are a bit nonsesical sometimes ( I find it hard to know what he is talking about in tracks one and three) I enjoy it because it showed Joel at his most simplistic , if you don't count the first album. Some may say, Joel may have become increasingly boring when this album was released,it does sound like a carbon copy of "Piano Man" with two instrumentals thrown in for good measure ( I think "Root Beer Rag's" a ripper) this might be unfair , this may be a reflection of the Music at the time (Bee gees and Jackson Browne would agree I am sure)This is an album that doesn't contain many songs suitable to play live but maybe that isn't a bad thing for the album now because People can discover Billy Joel material they never heard before. Worth a listen if you're into mellow pop. For hard Rock Fans, don't bother 6/10.

  • Sunflower by beach Boys / 1970
    Review by: Justin Plank
    sunflower was the first album the beach boys produced for Warner Brothers; which they had just came from Capitol. Sunflower is one of the their best albums, but it did the worst in sales! It contained love songs like: Forever, All i wanna Do, and Our Sweet love. It had a left over SMiLE tune: Cool Cool Water. Couple of Dennis Wilson songs like Slip on Through and it's about Time. Other good songs: add some music, deidre, and this whole world. An awsome album!

  • T.N.T by AC/DC / 1976
    Review by: Rob

    T.N.T was one off AC/DC's best albums ever launching Australian rock music into a whole new era.

    Unfortunatly it was only relesed in Australia and New Zeland. And is actually the bands second release, thus The American and UK version ( High Voltage ) including most T.N.T tracks was their first outside Australia. The album includes one of AC/DC's most famouse track It's Along Way To The Top ( if you wanna rock n roll) which featured Bon Scott on bagpipes this being the first rock song with bagpipes.

    Another great track was the album title which shows Angus Young at his best with great riffs and unbeatable guitar work. High Voltage was also another great track with Angus' great guitar work and Bon Scotts unique singing. Can I Sit Next To You Girl re-done with Bon Scott after it was originally done with Dave Evans before T.N.T was released is also showing Bon Scott's cheeky growl. Rock N Roll singer showed Phil Rudd's drumming as one of the best in the world and Malcolm Young's great Rythm Work.

    All Due respect to Mark Evans he was great bass player but Cliff Williams would have made the album even better if it can be any better. Purly one of the greates rock/Heavy Metal albums ever. 10 out of 10!

  • Tea For the Tillerman by Cat Stevens / 1970
    Review by: Brad Banks
    The ultimate album for the singer/songwriter genre. the album flows from one song to the next. Father and Son clearly amplifies the conflict that occurs when a son begins to be his own man. the album remains a classic.

  • Technical Ecstacy by Black Sabbath / 1976
    Review by: Danny Voisine

    An attempt at making a successful album, really in my opinion did. Ozzy, Tony, Bill, and Geezer made in 1976 a classic album with a classic cover.

    Dirty Women, Rock N Roll Doctor, Gypsy, and Back Street Kids were the only superb tracks.

  • Three Imaginary Boys by The Cure / 1978
    Review by: Jiri Bielicky
    After many line up changes, the frontman Robert Smith continues to write incredibly moody and hypnotic songs and is one of the most original and adaptable acts from the UK today. "A Forrest" has become an anthem for all age groups.

  • Trafalgar by The Bee Gees / 1971
    Review by: Paul Mendoza
    I don't think anybody really realizes that the Bee Gees were more than a "disco" band, because much of their best work can be found from before 1975. This, along with Odessa (1969), is one of the group's best albums. Just about everyone knows that "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" was the groups' biggest pre-disco hit, but there is MUCH more than this here. The best songs here are the previously mentioned hit, "It's Just The Way", "Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself", and the title track. A very underrated album, mostly ballads, but still worth a listen.

  • Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield / 1973
    Review by: Andrew Stephens.
    (p) The first album ever released on the lable "virgin" TUBULAR BELLS made Richard Branson a very rich man. TUBULAR BELLS would prove to be a world wide Smash, toping the charts in the E.U. and the U.S.A. 19 year old MIKE OLDFIELD played over 16 instruments and co-produced his debut album. Its a 45min instrumentle broken into 2 parts. With virtually no vocals or drums, it has powers to move you in ways most other albums cannot. (P) The chilling opening piano riff is known by almost all, after being used in the horror film THE EXORCIST (1973) This album knocked the mighty PINK FLOYDs "Dark side of the moon" off the top-spot, which says something! Its a pure and completely original mixture of Classical/rock/folk music and is a very early example of "world music." Its rich in new colours, sounds and characteristics, and will take you away on a journey to wherever you want to go.

  • Turnstiles by Billy Joel / 1975
    Review by: CAMERON D SKIRVING
    A complete cahnge in contrast with his previous work, this launched Billy's creativity as a diverse musician, not sure why this album didn't sell well, surely it's one of his best? Heaps of great stuff here including "Prelude/Angry young man and New York State of Mind" Showing Joel at his punchiest and mostdiverse (if that's a word) The only thing that lets it down is the Production , not a greatly recorded album , this was to change shortly by Phil Ramone. The musicians are Joel's own unlike the session musicians on the other albums and the songs have a real kick to them. There are still a couple of soft pop songs here- Summer Highland falls the best of all so far. But this is really where Joel began to write the Sountrack to our lives (8 1/2 out of 10)

  • Tusk by Fleetwood Mac / 1979
    Review by: mr. snuggles
    Few have ever said "Tusk" was equal to it's predecesor "Rumours", but in many cases "Tusk" is just as great,if not better. From the first listen one could hear the influence guitar master Lindsey Buckingham had on this alnum. Lindsey is one of rock's true geniuses and it shows on this album. Whether its the exilerating cut "Not That Funny" or the bizarre, marching band driven title cut, Lindsey's contributions are fantastic. Stevie Nicks also plays a major role, contributing two of the albums best cuts in the haunting "Sisters of the Moon" and "Sara". Her songwriting is second to none and it shows in all of her work. Christine McVie also delievers on this albums with some outstanding tracks. "TUSK" is truely a vision of Lindsey's with help from one of the greatest bands of all time. Hope your record store is offering a two for one deal so you can buy both "Rumours" and "TUSK".

  • Tusk by Fleetwod Mac / 1979
    Review by: carrie
    Looked down on by many people beacuse it was not Rumors 2. Songwritting on this album is very strong.Fleetwood Mac went for a differnt sound and i think they did a great job. Outstanding tracks include: sister of the moon, angel and most of all Sara a very haunting but beautiful song. Fleetwood Mac is the best band ever Lindsey Buckingham is probably one of the greatest guitarist(overlooked a lot) ever. I'm only 18 but i think Fleetwood Mac is better than anything out today and this album proves it.

  • Untitled ( IV or Zoso it was known as) by Led Zeppelin / 1971
    Review by: David Fincher
    this is one of the greatest albums of all time and i just wish i was around to see Led Zep in concert. From the unmistakable riffs of "Black Dog" and "Rock n Roll" to the acoustic sweetness of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going to California" through to "Misty Mountain Hop", "Four Sticks" (the worst song on the album but still great) and "When The Levee Breaks" - three truly great rock songs.

    And theres "Stairway To Heaven".....the best Rock n Roll song ever. The soft acoustic intro moves gently through the verses building up to the godly solo which explodes into the awesome ending.

    Id have to say this is definitly my favourite album ever not to mention an inspiration to rock n roll artists everywhere

  • VIRGIN KILLER by SCORPIONS / 1976
    Review by: 521
    A CLASSIC ROCK KILLER FEATURES ULI JON ROTH GUITAR WIZARD AND KLAUS MEINE BEAUTIFUL VOCALS LINE.AN ALBUM THAT SHOWS THE SCORPIONS LEGENDARY PAST WITH EXCELLENT HARD'N'HEAVY TRACKS LIKE VIRGIN KILLER AND POLAR NIGHTS.MAYBE THE BEST ALBUM FROM ULI ROTH ERA THAT INDICATE THE GREAT MUSICAL HERITAGE TO HEAVY METAL WORLD(CONCLUDES WITH LIVE TOKYO TAPES)

  • Van Halen by Van Halen / 1978
    Review by: Dave Bennett
    THE debut album that changed the face and sound of rock for the next coming decade. This band may have been about the party, but when they were in their heyday, they were untouchable. Pure, unadulterated power was what they were about. A monstrous rhythm section, great harmonies, a confident and wild front man and the guitar whiz that changed how the six-string was approached once again. The album contains 2 covers but it's their original songs that show from the beginning that they were heavyweights to contend with. This formula will continue through the next 3 albums until egos and loyalties change things. A must for anyone interested in the origins of those poser bands from the 80's or for anyone interested in another musical innovater. 'Nuf said.

  • Van Halen I by Van Halen / 1978
    Review by: Fred Raines
    I know that this was covered before but I need to add to it. This album rescued us from the wimpy, slow music of the late 70's. Rockers had others but when Eddie and the band released VH 1 it blew everyone and the dreaded disco away. The guitar work was lightning quick and powerful. To this day I still get goose bumps when I hear "eruption" After all these years I still crank this as well as other VH albums like I was 16. Thanks Van Halen for years of incredible music.

  • The Wall by Pink Floyd / 1979
    Review by: Chris Katella
    The Wall was Pink Floyd's story about a rockstar who's dad died in World War II before he was born. His mother was overprotective. His teachers at school taught with an iron fist. That and other things lead him into insanity. The songs that are most memorable from this album are: "Another Brick In The Wall II, Young Lust, Hey You, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell". Another Brick In The Wall is known as "The Education Song". I love this album.

  • The Wall by Pink Floyd / 1979
    Review by: Mike
    A tour de force... theatrical opera... don't have the time or the resourcefulness to review it right now, but I was surprised to find in in absentia...

  • What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin' ? by Stephanie Mills / 1979
    Review by: Roy S. Sanders
    Her first successful album, which was produced by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas. It featured two hits: the discofied title track and the discofied "You Can Get Over". This was her first album to go gold.

  • Who's Next by The Who / 1971
    Review by: Jarret McCaw
    Actually fragments of what would have another rock opera called "Lighthouse", Who's Next is a collection of nine of the best leftovers. Pete Townsend really gets into early synthesizers on this one, but is smart enough to use them along with other instruments, instead of making them the be all and end all.(Are you 90s artists listening) "Won't Get Fooled Again" makes it worth the purchase price alone. But then you also get Townsend's best ballad "Behind Blue Eyes" AND "Baba O'Reily" Every song is superb. This not an album from a leftover 60s band - It's the beginning of the 70s stadium rock sound and I bet Tom Scholtz was listening. Hands down, this is the Who at their bombastic peak.

  • A Wizard A True Star by Todd Rundgren / 1972
    Review by: R D
    The definitive Todd Rundgren album and one of the great works of art of the 20th century. Side 1 is a musical representation of an acid trip - lots of short, rip snorting mind bending and multi-layered tracks. Side 2 is a bit more conventional, but check out the Motown medley about half way through. A must have album.

  • all by pink floyd / 1970-1979
    Review by: josh coughlan
    the best band in the 70's and i cant beleive you didnt do a review on any of their amazing albums, dark side of the moon, atom heart mother,animals, wish you were here, the wall, meddle, and more! shame on you!

  • all mod cons by The Jam / 1978
    Review by: Rob Wallser

    The Jam should have been deeply unfashionable in 1978,too good for punk,too cool for disco,and too goddamn young for MOR.

    Instead they stuck to their mod fuelled guns and produced this,their most concise and accesible,so far,familiar themesof love and hate sat comfortably with a new maturity and the sharpest view of a city,s underbelly reflected in Tubestation and "a" bomb in Wardour Sreet,a spikier version of The Kinks "David Watts",seemed to make more sense in 1978 than it did in 1966 as Swingin London gave way to a grim urban reality.

    Weller,alredy a veteran at 21 was showing the first signs of greatness to come,and his mistrust of Punk Rock as saviour was totally justified,as The Jam honed their sound into something more lasting,becoming Britains best loved band for a tragically short time untill they split in 1982 and broke a nations heart .

  • all things must pass by george harrison / 1970
    Review by: Kevin W. Smith
    wow there isnt a song on this triple album thatlacks any lustre. check out the artists on this classic Billy Preston ,Gary Wright, Ringo, and many many more. this album was a beautiful start to the 70s.

  • any time you need love baby i'm on your side by Justin and Kelly / don't know
    Review by: Apheisha Neptune
    yes

  • band on the run by wings / 1973
    Review by: steve ford
    Just like the beatles before, this is all about keepin it simple. thing about maccartney is that his simplicity is a bit better than others. not trying to be pretentious or cool, or american. just making best music in the world, FROM THE NORTH!

  • band on the run by paul McCartney and Wings / 1973
    Review by: adam
    How you missed this one out is beyond me.

  • born to run by Bruce Springsteen / 1975
    Review by: toonfish
    Bruce Springsteen's make-or-break third album represented a sonic leap from his first two, which had been made for modest sums at a suburban studio.Born to Run was cut on a superstar budget, mostly at the Record Plant in New York. Springsteen's backup band had changed, with his two virtuoso players, keyboardist David Sancious and drummer Vini Lopez, replaced by the professional but less flashy Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The result was a full, highly produced sound that contained elements of Phil Spector's melodramatic work of the 1960s. Layers of guitar, layers of echo on the vocals, lots of keyboards, thunderous drums, Born to Run had a big sound, and Springsteen wrote big songs to match it. The overall theme of the album was similar to that of The E Street Shuffle. Springsteen was describing, and saying farewell to, a romanticized teenage street life. But where he had been affectionate, even humorous before, he was becoming increasingly bitter. If Springsteen had celebrated his dead-end kids on his first album and viewed them nostalgically on his second, on his third he seemed to despise their failure, perhaps because he was beginning to fear he was trapped himself. Nevertheless, he now felt removed, composing an updated West Side Story with spectacular music that owed more to Bernstein than to Berry. To call Born to Run overblown is to miss the point; Springsteen's precise intention is to blow things up, both in the sense of expanding them to gargantuan size and of exploding them. If The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was an accidental miracle, Born to Run was an intentional masterpiece. It declared its own greatness with songs and a sound that lived up to Springsteen's promise, and though some thought it took itself too seriously, many found that exalting.

  • dark side of the moon by pink floyd / 1973
    Review by: donna s.
    This album is the best rock album of all time. It doesn't get any better than Waters, Gilmour, Wright & Mason. A masterpiece.

  • desolation blvd by Sweet / 1975
    Review by: toma
    one of the greatest rock albums of all time...although it is not to well known...a very strong band, every song is a classic,"ballroom blitz", "6-teenss","fox on the run", "set me free", "solid gold brass" too name a few...this is definatley the greatest glam/rock group in history of rock n roll...a must have album for classic rock fans

  • dressed to kill by kiss / 1975
    Review by: brian meek
    it gave kiss it's first hit single "rock-n-roll all night". what else can i say it's kiss!

  • greatest hits by nazareth / 1975
    Review by: kev smith
    not only was this the very first LP i ever owned on vinyl (7th grade, 1976) but it kicks ass to this day. a fine "best-of" their first four albums (incl. numerous tracks produced by roger glover), we get many sides of the band from ballads ("holy roller") thru leftover psychedelia ("my white bicycle") to hardrock mowdowns ("turn on your receiver", "hair of the dog"), not to even mention the obvious hit-single reasons everyone MUST own this disc, "this flight tonight" and "love hurts". if you can resist the e-bow/slide guitar magic alchemy on those two tracks you were either born too late, got very little heart, or just dislike nazareth. only other record of theirs i ever had was "rampant" (among the four compiled here)which i liked (particularly the yardbirds cover "shapes of things" which gets mighty spacey) but the tape got eaten years ago. anyway, "greatest hits"...thrift it for 50 cents, get the CD, tape it, just GET it man!!!

  • ledzeppelin4 by led zeppelin / 1973
    Review by: mizike
    yeahhh brahh this rocked

  • let's get it on/ Abba's greatest hits by Marvin gaye /Abba / 70's
    Review by: Ashley McGahee
    Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye / 1973 Review by: Jessie's Girl This album is one big symphony of sex - But it's one with class. From the start Marvin Gaye seduces the listener and keep them aroused. Gaye hides nothing in his lyrics and yet still delivers with taste. The best make out album of the 70s. At this point grown up Motown is fast becoming the norm. Arrival by Abba / 1976 Review by: ed This was the album which established Abba as one of the world's supergroups. Their earlier works - Abba and Waterloo - were good albums but they didn't demonstrate what was to become the Abba sound. The Greatest Hits Album was released prior to Arrival, but it contained, paradoxically few hits, as least by UK and US standards. Fernando was the one exception, and this had been added as an afterthought. Greatest Hits was a great album, nonetheless, and it was hugely successful. But it was Arrival which was to change the way Abba was perceived by the listening public. Greatest Hits was Schlager and Folksy, Arrival was pure pop with meaningful lyrics and sound rhythms. Featuring tracks such as Dancing Queen, Money Money Money and Knowing Me Knowing You, it's easy to see why this album was so popular. Dancing Queen was a huge worldwide success, blending classical orchestral sounds with modern pop and cathcy lyrics. Money Money Money owed more to the north European marching tradition and brought discussion of serious issues - money - to the pop buying public. Knowing me Knowing You> showed the groups serious side. Whether auto-biographical or not, no-one knows, but future problems between the 'happy' couples certainly meant that the lyrics could be understood in new ways. The video releases for these songs are classics in themsleves, especially Knowing me Knowing You. Abba were early adopters of the video release, due to their dislike of promotional touring. Arrival contains other numbers that weren't released as singles, but which could quite easily have stood their place among others in the singles charts. That's me is a reflective song about looking for true love, while Why did it have to be me is a witty song discussing the frivolities of relationships. Tiger is a pop/rock song talking about city life and the dangers in it. Abba Arrival is a classic album reflecting ideas and concerns of the 70s which are still relevant today. If you've bought Abba Gold you'll be familiar with the singles from this album. Even although, it's worth buying for the non-singles.

  • lovegun by kiss / 1977
    Review by: Brian Meek
    this is my favorite album from kiss it has great songs such as lovegun,tomorrow & tonite, & Ace's first lead vocals on that,s rite "shock me" among others.check it out it's a great album.

  • The man who sold the world by David Bowie / 1970
    Review by: kaz
    Although this album didn't make much of a hit, it is still an important achievment for Bowie himself. It is the cross over for him from a hippy acoustic 60's sound to a rock 70's sound. This album may appear strange at first but with a few listens you'll be as hooked as I am!

  • never mind the bollocks (here's the sex pistols) by Sex Pistols / 1978
    Review by: Kate Williams
    Never mind the bollocks (here's the sex pistols) was the ultimate anarchy album. it showed the true heart of the punk movement. the album, containing such songs as God save the Queen and pretty vacant was the only way to say 'up yours' to authority and just about everything else!

  • one more for the road by supertramp / 2002
    Review by: james smith
    It wasn't the same without Roger Hogson but i think the replacement was good. It was a clash of new and old tunes it was so cool from the harmonica to the beach chair the consert rocked the saddle dome. It was killer!!!

  • one more from the road by lynyrd skynyrd / 1976
    Review by: rene de la varre
    brilliant!!! Done by true survivors and one of the best live bands ever.

  • phoenix by dan fogelberg / 1979
    Review by: roger linden
    After Fogelberg's experiments with jazz fusion (Twin Sons of Different Mothers) and classical music (Netherlands), Dan returned to soft rock similar to his album "Souvenirs" from 5 years earlier. Like that album, this one offers the heavy acoustic CSNY type rockers as well as the more mellow ballads that sound like a synthesis of the Eagles, Bread, Poco, America, etc. "Phoenix" is more distanced than "Souvenirs' and concerns itself with hot commercial hooks much more than it's predeccessor. It spawned the monster love ballad "Longer" in 1980. Although it appeared at the time to be a "step back' from the progressivism in his music, I feel it's his best work.

  • player by player / 1977
    Review by: Michael K. Harris
    Baby come back was the smash hit from this southern california band, but the rest of the album was really good. I would give it three stars. don't forget the second single, this time i'm in it for love was great too!

  • sneakin sally through the alley by robert palmer /
    Review by: bob costill
    this wont take long .i dont even remember wot else is on it..but the trology of sailin shoes>hey hey julia>sneakin sally throgh the alley is worth the admission!!!!!the rythym on this thing WILL make ya move the bass part makes me smile HARD!!!!a little slick maybe but its robert palmer for crissakes!!!!!!god they dont make em like this no more...bob ya done good thanks ......rip.....

  • soul music by various / 70's
    Review by: Jos頃arlos de Azevedo
    Where are all the 70's soul music classics on your lists? Only rock'n'roll deserves to be remembered? I really think that the soul albums mentioned on this site are all classics but they only scratch the surface of 70's soul output. The 70's have lot of superb soul albums! Where are 3+3 by The Isley Brothers, GIVE MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE and A LONELY MAN by The Chi-Lites, DONNY HATHAWAY and EXTENSION OF A MAN by Donny Hathaway, DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE by Betty Wright, WOMAN TO WOMAN by Shirley Brown, the 1st album by THE STYLISTICS, THE SPINNERS (1972) by The Spinners, BACK STABBERS and SHIP AHOY by The O'Jays, CALL ME and AL GREEN EXPLORES YOUR MIND by AL GREEN, WHATCHA SEE IS WHATCHA GET by The Dramatics, TO BE TRUE and WAKE UP EVERYBODY by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, THERE'S A RIOT GOIN' ON and FRESH by Sly, WOMEN'S LOVE RIGHTS by Laura Lee, COMMUNICATION and UNDERSTANDING by Bobby Womack, INCREDIBLE by Hodges, James and Smith, CAUGHT UP by Millie Jackson, NEITHER ONE OF US and IMAGINATION by Gladys Knight and The Pips, DAVID RUFFIN (1973) by David Ruffin, ALL DIRECTIONS and MASTERPIECE by The Temptations, GRATITUDE, ALL'N'ALL and I AM by Earth, Wind and Fire, MACHINE GUN by The Commodores... the list goes on and on! How can everybody forget these classic albums and artists?

  • sountrack to detroit rock city by various / 1999
    Review by: allison
    this cd brings together some of the best bands ever.it has kiss" the hottest band in the world". iron man is one of the best song by black sabbath.not much of a fan of van halen but it is jus no the 70"s without them.thin lizzy, cheap trick,david bowie the runaways, sweet complete the album.covers by everclear. manson, and the donnas could not be better if done by the bands themselves.

  • thriller by Michael Jackson /
    Review by: Daniel Hughes
    This is the best album in the world and I think everyone should who doesnt already know about it should experience its greatness.

  • untitled (IV) by Led Zeppelin /
    Review by: AJ Gonzalez
    Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog, Rock N' Roll, and some brilliant acoustic songs puts this album by the best rock band of all time (argue-ably of course) one of the best albums ever

  • van halen by van halen / 1978
    Review by: angelo richetti
    the greatest guitar album in rock n roll history, edward van halen is truly the KING!

  • van halen 2 by van halen / 1979
    Review by: angelo richetti
    Lord Edward continues to show the world that he is the all time king of guitar, and his band is #1.

  • wish you were here by pink floyd / 1975
    Review by: scotty
    How do you follow up such a monumental album as Dark Side of the Moon? Floyd released yet another rock masterpiece. Wish You Were Here helped establish the Pink Floyd sound and this album was not a re-hashing of Dark Side. This album was very different and very tastefully done. It has beautiful textures intertwined with good songcraft.Shine On You Crazy Diamond is absolutely hypnotic.It takes you on a journey from beginning to end.Probably not as seamless as Dark Side of the Moon,but the album has a nice flow.Roger Waters lyrics and David Gilmours vocals and guitar are some of the best Pink Floyd ever did. A far cry from the psychadelic noodling of Floyd's earlier albums.The sleeve design was also excellent,back when album covers were an art form.Pink Floyd was at the top of their game and certainly earned a spot as one one of the superstar rock groups of the 70's. This is a must have album.

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