[Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Henry » Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:18 pm

If they haven't already appeared, I suspect that we will soon be seeing the following albums: Sly and the Family Stone - "There's a Riot Going On" and Serge Gainsbourg - "Histoire de Melody Nelson"

Not sure how I got Eagles - "On the Border" on my list :angry-banghead:
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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Greg » Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:44 am

Jirin wrote:
jamieW wrote:The one that surprised me the most was Mahmoud Ahmed, not necessarily his placing, but seeing how many haters there were for his album. Granted, I only ranked it at #18, but when I see the term "haters," I just can't imagine a more pleasing album to the ears (even if I don't understand the lyrics)...
I think there were a few voters who just put every non-vocal album toward the bottom because they prefer vocal music. Africa Brasil had a bunch of haters too.
?

Both of these albums have vocals.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Harold » Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:38 am

Greg wrote:
Jirin wrote: I think there were a few voters who just put every non-vocal album toward the bottom because they prefer vocal music. Africa Brasil had a bunch of haters too.
?

Both of these albums have vocals.
I suspect that Jirin meant to say "non-English-language" albums.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Harold » Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:40 am

Henry wrote:If they haven't already appeared, I suspect that we will soon be seeing the following albums: Eagles - "On the Border" and Sly and the Family Stone - "There's a Riot Going On."
If "On the Border" does appear, that would be quite the remarkable feat indeed, as it wasn't one of the 150 albums on which we voted ... If you meant "Hotel California," it finished at #142.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:06 am

Harold wrote:
Henry wrote:If they haven't already appeared, I suspect that we will soon be seeing the following albums: Eagles - "On the Border" and Sly and the Family Stone - "There's a Riot Going On."
If "On the Border" does appear, that would be quite the remarkable feat indeed, as it wasn't one of the 150 albums on which we voted ... If you meant "Hotel California," it finished at #142.
Hehe. That terrified me for a second. Onward and upward!

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[40] Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus | 1202.3 pts
AM rank : 194
AM 1970s rank : 67
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : N/A
Position in 1977 poll: 6
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 406

Fans : PlasticRam (11) Henrik (15) Antonius (8) Listyguy (11) bonnielaurel (4)
Haters : sonofsamiam (141)

Honorio : Marley sending love from his "Exodus," from the personal ("Turn the Lights Down Low") to the universal ("One Love").

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[39] Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | 1206.3 pts
AM rank : 144
AM 1970s rank : 48
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 96
Position in 1973 poll: 3
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 248

Fans : PlasticRam (3) DaveC (13) bonnielaurel (2)
Haters : Antonius (123/127) Mindrocker (148) Stone37 (38/57)

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[38] Lou Reed | Berlin | 1218.2 pts
AM rank : 198
AM 1970s rank : 69
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 31
Position in 1973 poll: 6
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 99

Fans : Antonius (4) Mindrocker (4) Romain (3)
Haters : RockyRaccoon (136) DocBrown (99/100)

Honorio : The morbid, bleak and sordid story of Caroline and Jim, probably the most uncomfortable and desolate album ever.

TimmyWing : Boy is this depressing. Favourite Tracks: Berlin, Men of Good Fortune, Caroline Says II, The Bed, Sad Song

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[37] Serge Gainsbourg | Histoire de Melody Nelson  | 1222.3 pts
AM rank : 339
AM 1970s rank : 106
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : N/A
Position in 1971 poll: 8
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 162

Fans : Nassim (12) Henrik (14) CharlieDriggs (14) DaveC (12) Romain (1) sonofsamiam (13)
Haters : Greg (138) bonnielaurel (114/129) Stone37 (52/57)

PlasticRam : Production is good, but his vocals aren't much to my liking.

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[36] Stevie Wonder | Talking Book | 1222.6 pts
AM rank : 129
AM 1970s rank : 44
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 27
Position in 1972 poll: 7
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 140

Fans : Romain (6) Henry (9)
Haters : Kingoftonga (119/130) Antonius (116/127) TimmyWing (114/125) Brad (142)

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:07 pm

The following 5 have a crazy number of iconic album arts. Though as Bruce eloquently said, how dare Patti Smith look like that!?!?!?!?!?


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[35] Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1232.8 pts
AM rank : 160
AM 1970s rank : 57
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : N/A
Position in 1970 poll: 7
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 180

Fans : LiveinPhoenix (5) Henrik (5) Listyguy (13) JamieW (11)
Haters : Honorio (125)

LiveinPhoenix : I had stayed away from the idea of listening to Black Sabbath, specifically Ozzy Osbourne, for decades … But even if he's been a joke for so many years, everyone has their peak, and 1970 Ozzy kicks everyone else 1970's ass. The ultimate album for your inner Beavis and Butt-head.

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[34] Patti Smith | Horses | 1237.7 pts
AM rank : 21
AM 1970s rank : 8
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 25
Position in 1975 poll: 4
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 77

Fans : LiveinPhoenix (11) Antonius (5) BleuPanda (7)
Haters : PlasticRam (147) JamieW (148)

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[33] Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | 1238.3 pts
AM rank : 173
AM 1970s rank : 62
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 15
Position in 1972 poll: 5
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 123

Fans : Henrik (3) Nicolas (14) Mindrocker (2) sonofsamiam (5)
Haters : ChrisK (125)

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[32] Sly and the Family Stone | There’s a Riot Goin’ On  | 1240.9 pts
AM rank : 53
AM 1970s rank : 19
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 56
Position in 1971 poll: 11
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 93

Fans : Antonius (6) ChrisK (12) CharlieDriggs (5) sonofsamiam (8)
Haters : Miguel (138)

LiveinPhoenix : Who would have ever guessed this: funk not primarily as something to dance to, or as a funny P-Funk joke, but instead as something that could out-gloom & doom most grunge bands. Never easy listening, because it's essentially the soundtrack of Sly leaving the world to its own devices, but always fascinating.

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[31] Joy Division | Unknown Pleasures | 1269.1 pts
AM rank : 66
AM 1970s rank : 23
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 21
Position in 1979 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 87

Fans : Kingoftonga (11) ChrisK (10) BleuPanda (4) JamieW (10)
Haters : Antonius (118/127) Nicolas (137/142) CharlieDriggs (33/42)

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[30] The Stooges | Fun House | 1289 pts
AM rank : 93
AM 1970s rank : 32
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 17
Position in 1970 poll: 4
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 181

Fans : Kingoftonga (14) TimmyWing (1) Mindrocker (11)
Haters : Henry (146) Miguel (145) Stone37 (53/57)

TimmyWing : Best album of 1970 and it was never going to be usurped by anything. It's unstoppable - a concept album on noise, punk, and feelin' all right. That, and the imminence of the resulting comedown which eventually manifests itself in the mind-numbing L.A. Blues. Favourite Tracks: Down On the Street, TV Eye, Dirt, 1970, Fun House

KingofTonga : The first half of the album is solid rock, but the second half is absolutely killer. From "1970" to "Fun House" to "L.A. Blues," the band literally destroyys rock and roll in flames before rebirthing something stronger and weirder from the ashes. Steve MacKay's saxophone doesn't hurt.

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[29] Brian Eno | Another Green World | 1298.7 pts
AM rank : 245
AM 1970s rank : 84
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 36
Position in 1975 poll: 5
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 114

Fans : Nassim (9) ChrisK (5) CharlieDriggs (12) sonofsamiam (11)
Haters : Nicolas (127/142) Brad (149)

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[28] John Lennon | John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band | 1310.2 pts
AM rank : 69
AM 1970s rank : 24
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 19
Position in 1970 poll: 6
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 89

Fans : PlasticRam (5) RockyRaccoon (8) Mindrocker (8) Stone37 (6)
Haters : Kingoftonga (122/130) TimmyWing (122/125) JamieW (150) DocBrown (89/100)

TimmyWing : Such an interesting, angry album. Not one of my favourites since it does come across as juvenile at some points, but there are some incredible tracks here for which I am utterly grateful. Favourite Tracks: Working Class Hero, Well Well Well, God

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[27] Kraftwerk | Trans-Europa Express | 1311.6 pts
AM rank : 98
AM 1970s rank : 34
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : N/A
Position in 1977 poll: 3
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 173

Fans : Kingoftonga (1) Nassim (11) Antonius (11) BleuPanda (3) Romain (10)
Haters : Nicolas (128/142) Listyguy (144) DaveC (140)

TimmyWing : Beautiful! Makes me want to get some analogue synthesizers. Funny how the album is bookended by some calm, stately tracks while the rest of it is so sinister... Favourite Tracks: Europe Endless, The Hall of Mirrors, Showroom Dummies, Franz Schubert

KingofTonga : An instance where the band's quintessential album is also their finest work, and the peak of their career. The band had not yet fully morphed into robots, and songs like the eerie, beautiful "Spiegalsaal" explore amazingly versatile emotional territory for electronic music. Probably nobody's traditional definition of "70s music," but the album I return to the most out of all 150.

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[26] Television | Marquee Moon | 1313.2 pts
AM rank : 23
AM 1970s rank : 10
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 5
Position in 1977 poll: 5
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 52

Fans : ChrisK (2) Harold (5) BleuPanda (5)
Haters : bonnielaurel (126/129)

TimmyWing : Some of the weirdest, most counter-intuitive guitar riffs put on record. Which is why it deserves to be celebrated above bland hard rock LPs! (I still can't for the life of me place that time-signature change in the chorus of Elevation). Favourite Tracks: Venus, Maruqee Moon, Guiding Light, Torn Curtain

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:30 pm

A steep (and entirely unwarranted!) drop for Marquee Moon imo. The album that to me most exemplifies "1977".

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[25] Sex Pistols | Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols | 1323.1 pts
AM rank : 10
AM 1970s rank : 4
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 30
Position in 1977 poll: 4
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 119

Fans : PlasticRam (13) LiveinPhoenix (2) RockyRaccoon (12) Honorio (13) Brad (11) Mindrocker (5) DaveC (11) BleuPanda (14)
Haters : Kingoftonga (129/130) Nassim (109/115) Henry (137) Miguel (150)

Honorio : A great set of songs played furiously (but with an undeniable gift) and sung with impoliteness, vitriol and sarcasm.

LiveinPhoenix : It was a perfect moment, even for Jann Wenner and company, when the band profanely rejected its Rock & Roll Hall of Fame invitation -- who even wants them at a podium kindly listing off thank-yous, when you can have them calling everyone a piss stain? One of the great things about the Sex Pistols was that they might call everyone out, including you. “God save the queen / The fascist regime / They made you a moron.” A couple of the songs on their album are lousy, but then, even a throwaway like “Seventeen” is powerfully produced. And of course the rest is the ultimate 1977 punk rock album.

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[24] Blondie | Parallel Lines | 1324.5 pts
AM rank : 126
AM 1970s rank : 42
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 51
Position in 1978 poll: 3
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 219

Fans : DaveC (8) bonnielaurel (5)
Haters : Greg (121)

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[23] Van Morrison | Moondance | 1352.7 pts
AM rank : 92
AM 1970s rank : 31
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 16
Position in 1970 poll: 3
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 67

Fans : Dan (9) RockyRaccoon (5) Honorio (6) Miguel (8) Stone37 (14)
Haters : Nassim (108/115) TimmyWing (121/125) Romain (147) sonofsamiam (137)

Honorio : Just like way back to the days of old, the gypsies caravan on its way, the moon dancing to a swing rhythm, the mystery of ancient Celtic fables, the intimacy of the falsetto on "Crazy Love", the ethereal and suggestive sound of flutes and clavinets but also the earthy and bluesy sound of drums and saxophones. Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic.

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[22] Pink Floyd | Wish You Were Here | 1388.3 pts
AM rank : 207
AM 1970s rank : 72
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 22
Position in 1975 poll: 3
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 66

Fans : Kingoftonga (3) Listyguy (3) DaveC (9) JamieW (7)
Haters : Stone37 (44/57)

Honorio : Many childhood albums lose the spark within a few years but not WYWH, I still play air drums every time I listen to it.

KingofTonga : I saw that Stereogum recently listed this as the best Pink Floyd album, and I was glad I finally found someone who actually agrees with me. While you can argue that Dark Side and The Wall are a bit too pompous, Piper at the Gates of Dawn a bit too silly, there's no argument to be made against Wish You Were Here. It's the perfect distillation of what makes the band great, combining their high-concept albums with good old-fashioned jam sessions, and their most touching and emotional song right in the middle of the record.

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[21] Joni Mitchell | Blue  | 1399 pts
AM rank : 49
AM 1970s rank : 17
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 14
Position in 1971 poll: 6
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 84

Fans : Dan (2) Henrik (11) Harold (14) Stone37 (9) DocBrown (3)
Haters : Brad (126)

Timmywing : What can you say about Blue other than the fact it's a collection of really heartfelt, well-written songs that happen to give you goosebumps every time you hear them? Favourite Tracks: fuck it, they're all good.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Nick » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:18 pm

Marquee Moon's drop is a travesty.

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Post by Romain » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:23 pm

It seems we have much more classic rock fans than previously in this website. Less indie rock fans!

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Henry » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:22 pm

I am looking to see the following albums soon (unless of course my list continues to be polluted with mistakes):

David Bowie - Hunky Dory, and
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:09 pm

Nick wrote:Marquee Moon's drop is a travesty.
Especially sad to see it come just before the Sex Pistols' 1977 album as well! Two different takes on the punk aesthetic, and the (imo) more shallow one won out.

Interesting that for 1977, Low and Rumours remain.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:29 pm

Let's compare the top 20 from last time with the top 20 this time:

Shared amongst both:

Bob Dylan | Blood on the Tracks
Bruce Springsteen | Born to Run
David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
David Bowie | Low
David Bowie | Hunky Dory 
Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV 
Marvin Gaye | What’s Going On 
Pink Floyd | The Dark Side of the Moon
Stevie Wonder | Innervisions
The Clash | London Calling
The Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers 
The Rolling Stones | Exile on Main St
The Who | Who’s Next 

Newcomers:

Bruce Springsteen | Darkness On The Edge Of Town (29th last time)
Fleetwood Mac | Rumours (42nd)
Lou Reed | Transformer (25th)
Neil Young | After the Gold Rush (23rd)
Simon & Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water (35th)
Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life (25th)

At the expense of...

Television | Marquee Moon (5th last time/26th this time)
Joni Mitchell | Blue (14th/21st)
Van Morrison | Moondance (16th/23rd)
John Lennon | John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (19th/28th)
The Stooges | Fun House (17th/30th)
Curtis Mayfield | Superfly (15th/33rd)

I don't know about you guys, but I definitely prefer the old top 20!

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Post by PlasticRam » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:37 pm

I prefer the new one! Has my #1 and #2 picks. Maybe I had an influence, didn't vote last time :whistle:
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Post by Listyguy » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:27 pm

"Darkness on the Edge of Town" is a great addition to the top 20. I've always felt it to be underrated by Springsteen's standards.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by JimmyJazz » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:49 pm

We all keep commenting on the changing, increasingly mainstream nature of these lists, but the truth is that, the more newcomers who join the forum, the more their tastes are going to outweigh those of the long time users.

Will be very interesting All Time Songs poll outcome, then...

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Henry » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:53 pm

I prefer the new one in terms of every added album other than Transformer.

I had Bridge Over Troubled Waters (7), Songs in the Key of Life (8), After the Gold Rush (24), and Rumours (25), so I'm happy to see these works elevate to the top 20 of our poll list.

On the other hand, I will not miss Fun House (146), Marquee Moon (85), Plastic Ono Band (78), Moondance (56) or Blue (55) as much as many others will.
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Post by Jirin » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:01 pm

I prefer the new one on balance. After The Gold Rush was my #1. I like Fun House but I never understand why it does better than Raw Power. And Marquee Moon and Plastic Ono Band are more in my 300s-500s AT range.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Mindrocker » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:57 am

Rumours and Bridge Over troubled Water in the top 20 instead of Curtis and The Stooges? Ugh.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by PlasticRam » Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:50 am

Well I'm sorry I like crappy plastic mainstream bands such as Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel.

JimmyJazz said it'll be an interesting all-time songs poll. I sure hope so. I don't want the official AM critics' list repeated.

And I'm sorry for the aggressive tone. Everything's fine.

Edit: And just to make it clear, that first sorry was passive-aggressive, the second sorry genuine.
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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by PlasticRam » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:33 am

It's not like we're talking about Chris Cross and Mumford & Sons here. Okay I'm done.
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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Jirin » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:39 am

Greg wrote:
Jirin wrote:
jamieW wrote:The one that surprised me the most was Mahmoud Ahmed, not necessarily his placing, but seeing how many haters there were for his album. Granted, I only ranked it at #18, but when I see the term "haters," I just can't imagine a more pleasing album to the ears (even if I don't understand the lyrics)...
I think there were a few voters who just put every non-vocal album toward the bottom because they prefer vocal music. Africa Brasil had a bunch of haters too.
?

Both of these albums have vocals.
Sorry, I meant vocals in a language the voter speaks.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by PlasticRam » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:41 am

It's not like Songs of Innocence and High Hopes got into the top 20.

I haven't slept in a long time so my brain is like hyperactive or something.
I feel like that

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:50 am

Let's get things moving on then! If the "guess the top 20" is anything to go by, you're in for some surprises...

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Rob » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:53 am

The thing is, all these albums are pretty amazing, although personally I make an exception for Rumours, which I see as barely more than pleasant easy listening. My favorite of both the newcomers and the albums that fell is Marquee Moon, so there's that.

I did notice, however, that many of my personal favorite discoveries of last year didn't get all that high. I mean Curtis Mayfield's solo debut, The Hissing of Summer Lawns (my favorite Mitchell album), Maggot Brain and the earlier mentioned Bryter Lyter. They might have all made my top 10, but that one would also include more mainstream favorites like The Dark Side of the Moon and Bridge Over Troubled Water. It's just an incredible strong selection of albums and things are bound to fail to make the top 20.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:23 am

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[20] Simon & Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water | 1426.6 pts
AM rank : 122
AM 1970s rank : 41
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 35
Position in 1970 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 63

Fans : Dan (3) PlasticRam (1) Henry (7) bonnielaurel (3) Miguel (2) DocBrown (4)
Haters : sonofsamiam (138) Stone37 (35/57)

PlasticRam : Melodic.

Allmusic : Bridge Over Troubled Water was one of the biggest-selling albums of its decade, and it hasn't fallen too far down on the list in years since. Apart from the gospel-flavored title track, which took some evolution to get to what it finally became, however, much of Bridge Over Troubled Water also constitutes a stepping back from the music that Simon & Garfunkel had made on Bookends -- this was mostly because the creative partnership that had formed the body and the motivation for the duo's four prior albums literally consumed itself in the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water. The overall effect was perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act. Bridge Over Troubled Water, at its most ambitious and bold, on its title track, was a quietly reassuring album; at other times, it was personal yet soothing; and at other times, it was just plain fun. The public in 1970 -- a very unsettled time politically, socially, and culturally -- embraced it; and whatever mood they captured, the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums. Between the record's overall quality and its four hits, the album held the number one position for two and a half months and spent years on the charts, racking up sales in excess of five million copies. The irony was that for all of the record's and the music's appeal, the duo's partnership ended in the course of creating and completing the album.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[19] Lou Reed | Transformer | 1432.2 pts
AM rank : 87
AM 1970s rank : 28
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 25
Position in 1972 poll: 3
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 136

Fans : Dan (10) Nicolas (15) Honorio (10) BleuPanda (9) Romain (12) Miguel (15) DocBrown (15)
Haters : sonofsamiam (136)

Honorio : Lou Reed travelled from New York to London with his baggage filled with stories from the wild side of life. David Bowie, Mick Ronson and himself applied tons of make-up and lipstick to these stories and together created the most definitive statement of glam-rock. Odd coming from an outsider of the style but after all the Velvets were its main influence.

Timmywing : Some really great tracks on this album, beyond the singles that are already so admired. Favourite Tracks: Perfect Day, Hangin' 'Round, Make Up, Satellite of Love, New York Telephone Conversation

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[18] Neil Young | After the Gold Rush | 1438.3 pts
AM rank : 48
AM 1970s rank : 16
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 23
Position in 1970 poll: 1
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 38

Fans : Greg (13) Kingoftonga (13) Nicolas (5) Honorio (9) Jirin (1)
Haters : Mindrocker (112)

Honorio : Neil's masterpiece managed to be cohesive while showcasing simultaneously all past, present and future faces of Neil Young: Buffalo Springfield pop ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart"), C,S,N&Y harmonies ("Tell Me Why"), aching ballads ("After the Gold Rush"), spectral country ("Oh Lonesome Me") and combative rock with lengthy solos ("Southern Man").

KingofTonga : The quintessential Neil album, and the one that all others are inevitably compared to.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[17] Bruce Springsteen | Darkness On The Edge Of Town | 1462.1 pts
AM rank : 106
AM 1970s rank : 37
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 29
Position in 1978 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 76

Fans : Greg (1) Antonius (12) Nicolas (4) TimmyWing (11) Harold (9)
Haters : Romain (143)

Timmywing : My favourite Springsteen album, and one where his Four Corners method was the most visible; the dichotomy between the escapism of Badlands and the devastating guilt of Racing in the Street is so powerful every time you hear it. Favourite Tracks: Badlands, Racing in the Street, The Promised Land, Darkness

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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The first of 3 David Bowie albums bite the dust. Where will the other two end up?

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[16] David Bowie | Hunky Dory  | 1484.3 pts
AM rank : 63
AM 1970s rank : 22
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 18
Position in 1971 poll: 5
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 60

Fans : TimmyWing (5) Honorio (5) ChrisK (14) Harold (10) CharlieDriggs (3) Romain (5) bonnielaurel (12)
Haters : Stone37 (34/57) DocBrown (93/100)

TimmyWing : One of those albums where something else strikes you every time - the last time I heard it, it was the string arrangement on Quicksand (thank you Mick Ronson) and the lyrics to Kooks that really got to me. A wonderfully produced, slightly derranged album. Bowie pulled twee off very nicely. Favourite Track: Life on Mars?

Honorio : David Bowie defined and stablished with his fourth album his perpetual reinvention behaviour ("I turned myself to face me / but I never caught a glimpse"). Instead of the hard-rock of his previous effort (with some traces in “Queen Bitch”) he offered elegant songs that showcased his craft as a songwriter and his astonishing abilities as a modern crooner.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by PlasticRam » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:41 am

Now I wish I had written a real review about Bridge Over Troubled Water. That's Christgau's review of the album. He gave it a B.
I feel like that

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[15] David Bowie | Low | 1500.1 pts
AM rank : 90
AM 1970s rank : 29
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 10
Position in 1977 poll: 1
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 61

Fans : Greg (8) Kingoftonga (15) Antonius (13) ChrisK (4) Harold (13) Mindrocker (6) BleuPanda (12) JamieW (14) sonofsamiam (10)
Haters : Nassim (113/115) Stone37 (45/57)

Pitchfork : Politically, Low is a singular and brutal indictment of the only thing Bowie's native England cared about in January 1977: punk rock. To a man who lived through Iggy and-- let's be honest-- designed Johnny Rotten, punk's brief lifespan and predominantly societal (rather than musical) impact were foregone conclusions. That Bowie could see past the flames to paint this horizon is irrefutable evidence of his solipsistic genius. Balancing process art, experimentalism and rock 'n' roll tradition, Low is Bowie unrefined, the most captivating effort from the decade's most-watched man.

Allmusic : Following through with the avant-garde inclinations of Station to Station, yet explicitly breaking with David Bowie's past, Low is a dense, challenging album that confirmed his place at rock's cutting edge. Driven by dissonant synthesizers and electronics, Low is divided between brief, angular songs and atmospheric instrumentals. Throughout the record's first half, the guitars are jagged and the synthesizers drone with a menacing robotic pulse, while Bowie's vocals are unnaturally layered and overdubbed. During the instrumental half, the electronics turn cool, which is a relief after the intensity of the preceding avant pop. Half the credit for Low's success goes to Brian Eno, who explored similar ambient territory on his own releases. Eno functioned as a conduit for Bowie's ideas, and in turn Bowie made the experimentalism of not only Eno but of the German synth group Kraftwerk and the post-punk group Wire respectable, if not quite mainstream. Though a handful of the vocal pieces on Low are accessible -- "Sound and Vision" has a shimmering guitar hook, and "Be My Wife" subverts soul structure in a surprisingly catchy fashion -- the record is defiantly experimental and dense with detail, providing a new direction for the avant-garde in rock & roll.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[14] Elvis Costello | This Year's Model | 1519.5 pts
AM rank : 81
AM 1970s rank : 27
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 13
Position in 1978 poll: 1
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 58

Fans : Nassim (13) TimmyWing (10) Harold (7) Listyguy (14) Brad (4) Mindrocker (7) DaveC (5) BleuPanda (15) Stone37 (7)
Haters : CharlieDriggs (40/42)

Honorio : The best definition of 70s new wave: wry lyrics, modernity (in a good sense), smart song-writing and powerful playing.

TimmyWing : Costellos represent! (Also Pete Thomas deserves a mention for his sweet drummin'.) Favourite Tracks: No Action, Pump It Up, Chelsea, Lip Service, Lipstick Vogue

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[13] The Rolling Stones | Exile on Main St | 1567.9 pts
AM rank : 7
AM 1970s rank : 2
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 11
Position in 1972 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 25

Fans : Dan (12) Greg (2) LiveinPhoenix (13) RockyRaccoon (7) Henrik (12) Antonius (3) Harold (11) Jirin (11) Romain (15) sonofsamiam (15)
Haters : Nassim (101/115)

Sticky Fingers beats Exile again. But just how far can Sticky go?!

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:46 pm

A huge gain for Rumours!

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[12] Fleetwood Mac | Rumours | 1589.7 pts
AM rank : 58
AM 1970s rank : 21
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 42
Position in 1977 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 32

Fans : Dan (4) PlasticRam (2) LiveinPhoenix (12) RockyRaccoon (14) Henrik (10) Antonius (15) bonnielaurel (10) JamieW (3) Stone37 (10) DocBrown (12)
Haters : Romain (142)

TimmyWing : So nearly perfect. Oh Daddy is the only track I have a problem with. It's not bad. But it might as well be dogshit for how incredible the rest of the songs are. Favourite Tracks: Go Your Own Way, Songbird, You Make Loving Fun

Allmusic : Once again masterminded by producer/songwriter/guitarist Buckingham, Rumours is an exceptionally musical piece of work -- he toughens Christine McVie and softens Nicks, adding weird turns to accessibly melodic works, which gives the universal themes of the songs haunting resonance. It also cloaks the raw emotion of the lyrics in deceptively palatable arrangements that made a tune as wrecked and tortured as "Go Your Own Way" an anthemic hit. But that's what makes Rumours such an enduring achievement -- it turns private pain into something universal. Some of these songs may be too familiar, whether through their repeated exposure on FM radio or their use in presidential campaigns, but in the context of the album, each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power -- which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Listyguy » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:47 pm

Zorg wrote: Sticky Fingers beats Exile again. But just how far can Sticky go?!
This might be the best development of the poll, unless Zeppelin IV gets top 5. I've always thought "Exile" was overrated, while "Sticky Fingers" is a top 5 all time for me.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[11] Bob Dylan | Blood on the Tracks | 1611.7 pts
AM rank : 20
AM 1970s rank : 7
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 12
Position in 1975 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 24

Fans : Dan (11) PlasticRam (14) Kingoftonga (6) LiveinPhoenix (6) Nicolas (12) TimmyWing (7) ChrisK (8) Harold (8) Listyguy (5) Jirin (15) Stone37 (15) DocBrown (6)
Haters : Romain (137)

TimmyWing : I almost don't like singling out specific tracks on this album because it just works so powerfully as a cohesive whole. Tangled Up in Blue, for instance, is an incredible track, but I will always think of it as the perfect introduction to Blood on the Tracks. It feels more like a classic novel than an album. Favourite Tracks: Tangled Up in Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, Idiot Wind, You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

KingofTonga : I was listening to “Idiot Wind” one day, and the last verse reached across time and space and stabbed me in the heart. I'm a fan of Dylan's shaggy-dog stories, but this time the performer's mask slips a bit and you feel like you can see some of the real man (whether or not the songs are autobiography).

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Harold » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:56 pm

Would never have predicted that Stevie Wonder would be the only artist with two albums in the top ten! But well-deserved (even if they didn't make my personal top ten).

Can't begrudge any of the top 20, but still shocked at the drop for Marquee Moon.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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Harold wrote:Would never have predicted that Stevie Wonder would be the only artist with two albums in the top ten! But well-deserved (even if they didn't make my personal top ten).

Can't begrudge any of the top 20, but still shocked at the drop for Marquee Moon.
That took me by surprise too, but then I remembered just how much Songs in the Key of Life bossed its year (though that's largely to do with the quality of 1976 albums in general). But still - aside from London Calling (which basically tripled the scores of its competitors), I don't think any album dominated its year poll as much as Stevie.

A particularly interesting tidbit (a small spoiler I suppose): no one placed Songs in the Key of Life lower than 95. Which is a crazy impressive statistic.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:14 pm

As we enter the top 10, I'll try and go one by one until the final two, revealing one every half hour or so.

Anyway, still no Stevie, as Pink Floyd begin our top 10. A fantastic poll for the band in general, capped off by a top 10 finish for their most iconic album. Sorry Henrik and Listyguy, Wish You Were Here will have to wait...

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[10] Pink Floyd | The Dark Side of the Moon | 1649.7 pts
AM rank : 22
AM 1970s rank : 9
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 20
Position in 1973 poll: 1
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 14

Fans : RockyRaccoon (10) Henrik (6) Nicolas (8) ChrisK (15) DaveC (1) BleuPanda (6) Henry (4) bonnielaurel (14) JamieW (2) DocBrown (10)
Haters : Nassim (107/115) CharlieDriggs (34/42)

Allmusic : By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren't that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd's slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It's dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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A drop for AM's top ranked album from the 1970s.

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[9] Marvin Gaye | What’s Going On  | 1658.7 pts
AM rank : 6
AM 1970s rank : 1
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 6
Position in 1971 poll: 3
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 28

Fans : Greg (3) Antonius (1) Nicolas (3) TimmyWing (8) Honorio (7) CharlieDriggs (9) bonnielaurel (7) JamieW (12) sonofsamiam (9) Stone37 (13) DocBrown (9)
Haters : Kingoftonga (124/130) Nassim (111/115)

Honorio : Marvin struggled hard to gain his own creative control inside the iron fist of Motown but doing that he expanded notably the horizons of soul music. The social issues were no longer forbidden for black artists, white-rock artefacts like concept albums were allowed and the production handled by the artist himself rendered a highly sophisticated jazz-funk sound.

TimmyWing : Very hard to dispute this album. Even if you're not into the political aspect (since, even though every message is spot-on, I can see how some people would see this album as heavy-handed), you can't deny the smoothness of it all. Right on, indeed. Favourite Tracks: What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me, Inner City Blues

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Henry » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:28 pm

There are three albums from 1971 in our top 8 as far as I can tell.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:46 pm

from 25th 5 years ago, to 8th today.

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[8] Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life | 1718.4 pts
AM rank : 50
AM 1970s rank : 18
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 25
Position in 1976 poll: 1
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 55

Fans : LiveinPhoenix (14) RockyRaccoon (15) Henrik (4) Nicolas (7) TimmyWing (6) CharlieDriggs (15) Jirin (13) Henry (8) bonnielaurel (1) JamieW (8)
Haters : Brad (95) (NINETYFIVE!)

LiveinPhoenix : Just a gargantuan achievement. It could have been a bit shorter, yet this seems designed as the Big Album Statement to end all Big Album Statements (not even fitting on two LPs, originally). A good flow here as well, with the first several songs all of a piece.(And maybe it's just me, but on the entire second CD, "Another Star" is like its own center of gravity, with every great song building to it, getting closer...) Just talking about the album now makes me want to rate it higher at the next possible occasion.

TimmyWing : Bloated? A little. It's certainly not perfect, but the sheer number of gorgeous love songs on here (Knocks Me Off My Feet, Isn't She Lovely, As and Another Star especially) makes the length and minor inconsistency more than forgivable. Favourite Tracks: Love's in Need of Love Today, Sir Duke, I Wish, Saturn, as well the aforementioned.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

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[7] The Who | Who’s Next  | 1736.7 pts
AM rank : 35
AM 1970s rank : 12
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 8
Position in 1971 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 21

Fans : PlasticRam (6) Kingoftonga (10) LiveinPhoenix (3) RockyRaccoon (1) ChrisK (9) Harold (3) Listyguy (9) BleuPanda (2) Henry (1) DocBrown (1)
Haters : Henrik (107)

LiveinPhoenix : I don’t even know if Who’s Next is supposed to be about anything, having been built out of the ruins of the Lifehouse project. But story songs are a bit unnecessary to me, anyway, so I just imagine a loose narrative, and get on with the sheer majesty within. Side 1 is perfect, and then there’s still “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” I've had a lot of frustration with the last 40 years of The Who, and much of it stems from the thought: "God damn it, couldn't they just make another album as good as this one?"

Kingoftonga : This album still sounds fresh even after decades of radio oversaturation...I can't think of a better compliment than that.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:55 pm

Three #1 votes and a whole host of top 10 positions hoist Who's Next up to 7th. It's the second album to receive more than one #1 vote, after Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom.

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Listyguy » Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:40 am

I'm really liking this top 6. My top two albums of the decade (Sticky Fingers, Zeppelin IV), my favorite all time album (Zeppelin IV) and the albums I ranked 6-8. The only one left not in my top 10 is "London Calling", which is still a great album. Overall this list can't go badly at the top (unless Zeppelin IV come in 6th :( )

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:42 am

Listyguy wrote: (unless Zeppelin IV come in 6th :( )
nope!

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[6] Stevie Wonder | Innervisions | 1748 pts
AM rank : 46
AM 1970s rank : 14
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 3
Position in 1973 poll: 2
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 41

Fans : Dan (6) RockyRaccoon (13) Henrik (9) TimmyWing (2) Honorio (4) ChrisK (13) Listyguy (6) DaveC (14) Henry (13) JamieW (9) sonofsamiam (1) Stone37 (5)
Haters : Kingoftonga (123/130) Nassim (100/115)

Honorio : A landmark album for many reasons: the well-known prodigious music talent of Stevie Wonder met here with his best set of lyrics, portraying accurately the confusion of the early 70s not hiding political and social concerns, and the innovative arrangements relying on the pioneering use of ARP synthesizers on a funk context that opened many doors.

TimmyWing : Classic after classic. Easily Stevie's best. Favourite Tracks: Too High, Living for the City, Higher Ground, All in Love Is Fair, Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, He's Misstra Know-It-All

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Re: [Results] The Best Albums of the 1970s

Post by Zorg » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:28 am

The fairytale finally ends for the Stones.

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[5] The Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers  | 1754 pts
AM rank : 47
AM 1970s rank : 15
AMF 2010 1970s poll rank : 9
Position in 1971 poll: 4
Position in AMF 2014 all-time albums poll: 27

Fans : Dan (7) Kingoftonga (5) Antonius (9) Honorio (3) ChrisK (7) Listyguy (2) Brad (3) Jirin (8) Stone37 (2)
Haters :

Honorio : The first album for Rolling Stones Records, the new label that allowed the band to release polemic cover arts (like the Warhol one) and songs previously banned (like “Sister Morphine”) and, even more important, allowed their creative development and the crystallization of the Stones sound, a distillation of dirty blues, ragged country and raw rock'n'roll.

KingofTonga : The Stones' best album - I've always preferred the raucous, drunken energy of this album to the hangover-esque "Exile"

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