Top Ten Albums of the Seventies

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    By: Andrew Stephens.
    • 10. The War Of The Worlds by Jeff Wayne
      Perfect music for the perfect story.
    • 9. Harvest by Neil Young
      Its got a great character. A lovely album.
    • 8. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
      Brilliant. They were in a world of their own, werent they?
    • 7. Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield
      Mike Oldfield proved hes so far from a one hot wonder with this peice of magic music.
    • 6. Meddle by Pink Floyd
      Just one word; "echoes." Its a journey through the desert to the sea.
    • 5. Solid Air by John Martyn
      This album is one of the best albums ever, and yet it remains almost unheard of! Acustic Jazz mixed with folk and prog something! Its amazing.
    • 4. Led Zeppelin 2 by Led Zeppelin
      I dont mean to ramble on but I do like a bit of lemon in my song!
    • 3. Wish You Were Here. by Pink Floyd
      Just sit back, grab a cold beer and fly away.
    • 2. Aja by Steely Dan
      With some of the worlds best session players its easy to say that musicaly Steely Dan are one of the worlds greatest bands. And indeed AJA is one of the greatest albums.
    • 1. Tubular Bells. by Mike Oldfield
      Lets just say in 1973 Mike Oldfield deserved to own the world, and he did!

    You may notice Pink Floyds "Dark side of the moon" is not included, although its amazing and owned a large part of the 70s I still favour "Meddle" and "wish you were here" MIKE OLDFIELD is 50 this year, he has released over 28 albums, most of which are amazing. He is the best living guitarist. If you dont believe me listen to an album called "AMAROK" a 60 minute instumentle. He has released his latest album called "TR3S LUNAS" He is re-recording his 1973 classic TUBULAR BELLS its due out in May 2003. I cant wait.
    By: Paul Gambino
    • 10. Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
      As you've probably determined by now, I quite like Genesis (Gabriel era, I hasten too add). Musically, an absolute masterpiece. I stil get tearful listening to the keyboard part of 'Cinema Show'
    • 9. This Is Northern Soul by Various Artists
      That's thrown you hasn't it!! Yes, I was smitten with the Northern Soul bug also. Brilliant tunes.
    • 8. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
      The album I spent most time listening too in the 70's, during my introduction to soft drugs!! Check it out and you'll see what I mean
    • 7. Tommy by The Who
      Another Holy experience (purposely meant by Mr Townshend of course). 'The Amazing Journey'. Say no more
    • 6. 4 Symbols by Led Zeppelin
      Their best,in my opinion. Even my Grandmother used to ask me to turn it up when 'Stairway to Heaven' was playing.
    • 5. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis
      Yes, another Genesis album! This album defined progressive rock, both musically and conceptually. God bless you Mr Gabriel.
    • 4. Autobahn by Kraftwerk
      Precursor to all in that genre. Beautiful!!
    • 3. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
      Pure Heavy Metal. The original & best. Even in my fading youth, I still gfeel it necessary to 'shake my head' when I play this
    • 2. Foxtrot by Genesis
      Almost a religious experience. Listen to the last few minutes of 'Suppers Ready' and you'll see what I mean.
    • 1. Trilogy by Emerson Lake & Palmer
      All that's good about prog rock is encapsulated here, especially the last track 'Abandons Bolero' Turn up full volume & skin up!

    There are probably a hundred more albums I would have liked too add. I guess though, that the above 10 are those I feel most akin too during my teenage years in the 70's.
    By: Patrick
    • 10. Framton Comes Alive by Peter Framton
      The best live album ever in my opinion, Honorable mention to the Allman Brothers Live at the Filmore East.
    • 9. Abraxas by Santana
      Black Magic Woman, Se Cabo, Incident....etc. Carlos was and is a great guitarist.
    • 8. Every Picture Tells A Story by Rod Stewart
      Wake up Maggie...great album so was Gasoline Alley.
    • 7. Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder
      This double album is his best.
    • 6. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
      Can't you hear me knockin ?
    • 5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
      Elton's finest work was in the 70's. Madman across the water is another.
    • 4. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
      The Boss
    • 3. The Yes Album by Yes
      Starship Trooper, Yours is no Disgrace, I still remember the first time I heard Yes On WABX in Detroit.
    • 2. 4 by Led Zeppelin
      Stairway to Heaven, When the Levee breaks, awesome.
    • 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
      One of the best albums ever.

    This list omits so many fine albums and great music from the 70's. If you were to ask me to list the top ten a year from now, I would probably make some changes.
    By: Andrew
    • 10. Roaring Silence by Manfred mann
      Bruce Springsteen songs in a completely different light.
    • 9. Can't Buy A Thrill by Steely Dan
      I get weak in the knees listening to the guitar work on this album.
    • 8. Rush by Rush
      Comes with the instructions "To be played at maximum volume"
    • 7. On The Radio by Donna Summer
      I can't sing and I can't dance but this greatest hits album inspires me to do both. Please don't laugh if you pull up next to me at a traffic light.
    • 6. Sheik Yerbouti by Frank Zappa
      Very dirty and very funny.Spectacular instrumentals and juvenile lyrics, sit back and stop taking yourself so seriously.
    • 5. The Cars by The Cars
      Elliot Eastons left handed guitar riffs were imbedded in my mind summer of 78 (?) The Boston area rock stations played this album 24/7.
    • 4. Pronounced by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      This would be a classic even without "Freebird."
    • 3. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
      Ian Anderson + Flute + Locomotive breath. Why didn't our church choir ever sing Hymn #43?
    • 2. Quadrophenia by The Who
      I discovered this album in my Jr. High Library (who was responsible for that?)Twenty years later the story finally makes sense.
    • 1. Low Budget by The Kinks
      Motivational speeches, political statements and fun wrapped in one of the sexiest album covers ever.

    I haven't seen too many albums on any of these lists that couldn't fit in my top ten depending on my mood.
    By: Matthew R
    • 10. Heart by Dreamboat Annie
    • 9. The Buzzcocks by Singles Going Steady
    • 8. Phaedra by Tangerine Dream
    • 7. Brian Eno by Here Come The Warm Jets
    • 6. Low by David Bowie
    • 5. Country Life by Roxy Music
    • 4. Broken English by Marianne Faithfull
    • 3. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
    • 2. Another Green World by Brian Eno
    • 1. Autobahn by Kraftwerk

    By: Gabe Routers
    • 10. Aja by Steeley Dan
      Seems unfair to put this masterpiece at ten. Hell, it could be #1 and I would not complain.
    • 9. Bayou Country by Creedence Clearwater Revival
      This is the finest rendering of a band that has very few clunkers in their catalog.
    • 8. Chicago Transit Authority by Chicago
      Maybe the finest debut ever.
    • 7. High Tide And Green Grass by The Rolling Stones
      Finest compilation anywhere. Reminds me of why these guys are held in such reverence. reverence.
    • 6. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
      Ground breaking album, contrasting soft and harsh sounds wonderfully.
    • 5. Axis Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix
      Jimi's second album and a masterpiece it was too.
    • 4. Wheels Of Fire by Cream
      This album sparked a whole host of future guitar shredders.
    • 3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
      This proves that the Beatles were great musicians as well as composers.
    • 2. Tea For The Tillerman by Cat Stevens
      Talk about inspiration! No commercial product here.
    • 1. Songs From The Wood by Jethro Tull
      The most ambitious album ever attempted...and it worked!

    By: Rick Young
    • 10. Hotel California by The Eagles
      A big change ...Joe Walsh good here..
    • 9. Let It Be by The Beatles
      Who didn't get the box set?...hehe
    • 8. American Pie by Don Mclean
      This was a great album to all those that grew in the sixties...tres bien Don
    • 7. Teaser And The Firecat by Cat Stevens
      So many songs here,*Morning has broken*,*Moon Shadow*....a good one
    • 6. After The Goldrush by Neil Young
      maybe some of my heartfelt time memories here...but it was good!
    • 5. Ma by Rare Earth
      Good beat through the whole album....a must in your collection..and a motown band...
    • 4. Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones
      Mick,Keith put together a major set of good tunes here...deserving of some cudos...Good record set...better on c.d.
    • 3. The Wall by Pink Floyd
      What can i say?....Pink Floyd will always amaze us!
    • 2. Desperado by The Eagles
      The compilation of songs on this second album by the Eagles will satisfy anyone that had a little cowboy in us all...
    • 1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
      All the members,John,Paul,George and even Ringo showcase their talents in this album.An album for all time!

    A lot of people forget this was a time of disco(not really that bad,hehe)we all had fun...and that the Beatles not just band of 60's...they were forever....
    By: Codie Blodgett
    • 10. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    • 9. Boston by Boston
    • 8. Led Zeppelin 2 by Led Zeppelin
    • 7. Hotel California by The Eagles
    • 6. Abbey Road by Beatles
    • 5. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
    • 4. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
    • 3. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
    • 2. Exile On Main Street by Rolling Stones
    • 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

    By: Paul
    • 10. American Beauty by The Grateful Dead
      Country-rock was big in the early part of the 1970's. This is the best country-rock record.
    • 9. Hotel California by The Eagles
      A classic record
    • 8. Sex Pistols by Nevermind the Bollocks, here's the Sex Pistals
      The classic british punk record
    • 7. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
      Stevie Wonder's best album and the best soul/funk album of the 70's
    • 6. Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper
      One of the most well-crafted records of the time
    • 5. Exodus by Bob Marley
      A legend's best album
    • 4. Pronounced 'leh-nerd' skin'-nerd by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      A classic album that defines this part of the 1970's
    • 3. L.A. Woman by The Doors
      The best and most mature Doors album. Again, their sound is more mature, like Zeppelin's III
    • 2. III by Led Zeppelin
      Zeppelin changes their sound as they go into the 70's
    • 1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
      Certainly one of the most, if not *the* most, influential rock records of all time

    I'm sure I'll kick myself tomorrow because I forgot a few.
    By: ndoro
    • 10. Destroyer by Kiss
      The thunder,the sweetness,the fun.
    • 9. Sabotage by Black Sabbath
      Very heavy,very fearsome,very artistic.
    • 8. A Trick Of The Tail by Genesis
      Oh how great this life is.
    • 7. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      I feel like flying,endlessly,please take me to nowhere.
    • 6. Black Widow by Lalo Schifrin
      A beauty masterpiece.
    • 5. White Gold by Love Unlimited Orchestra
      A beauty masterpiece.
    • 4. Sounds...and Stuff Like That by Quincy Jones
      A beauty masterpiece.
    • 3. Ufo by Obsession
      Feels like a man,no turning back.
    • 2. Space Shanty by Khan
      Such deep underground improvisation, I love it.
    • 1. A Pauper In Paradise by Gino Vanelli
      Hear the great atmospheric vocal & orchestral sound.

    For you all viewer please listen to all of these album. It's a must.

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