After writing my previous post, I started looking through some of the best albums released in 1972, the year of my birth. Quite a nice selection, although there were a lot of 'big' albums in the prog, stadium-rock and MoR variety (Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Eagles, Randy Newman, Steely Dan) that aren't really to my taste. That said, I've decided to compile a list of my favourites, and buy the albums I don't have yet (many I have only on best-of collections). Roxy Music - Roxy Music For Your Pleasure is probably my favourite, but this is what started it all and has all the same sexy weirdness. Plus it has Ladytron, which inspired one of my current faves.
Transformer - Lou Reed I knew Walk on the Wild Side and Perfect Day, but I was blown away with the quality of this when I picked it up in the bargain bin a couple years back. The crossdressing and general sexual kinkiness theme continues.
Harvest - Neil Young Beautifully simple and personal songs. Maybe the best album by a Canadian artist ever (but not really a Canadian album). And proves not all my 1972 faves are glam.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie Ok, maybe they are all glam. Haven't heard this yet start to finish, but planning to bliss out with the headphones when it arrives.
Talking Book - Stevie Wonder Is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter-day sins? By this token, hell yes.
Exile on Main St. - The Rolling Stones The 1970s Stones were wildly uneven, with many unsuccessful musical experiments. Although it seemed like one at the time, this actually proved to be one of the band's standouts.
Pink Moon - Nick Drake Somehow captures the magic of the heady 70s groove thang with soulful personal introspection.
Honky Chateau - Elton John It seems 1972 was a year for my second favourite albums from particlar artists, as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road certainly pips this. Along the same lines as Stevie Wonder, I defend my admiration of 1970s Elton John.
I just missed Led Zeppelin IV by a year (1971), but I should definitely pick that one up as well.