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1971 - the miracle year for music

Discussion in 'music' started by gassor, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. davidavdavid

    davidavdavid davidavdavid

    It is all relative to our rite of passage years. For me it was 1976-77 - between the age of 12 and 13 when my focus was much less on the television and much more on music and the family stereo system (McIntosh Mac1700, Bose 901, Dual 1219).

    Checking out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_in_music brought back so many memories. Looking month by month as albums made their debut. Steely Dan's AJA and Billy Joel's The Stranger were pivotal to me in New York City.
  2. Vinniemac

    Vinniemac pfm Member

    1971 also gave us Blue by Joni Mitchell, arguably her best, Keith Jarrett's first ECM album Facing You (still one of his very best imo), Kevin Ayers' marvellous Whatevershebringswesing, and Patto's Hold Your Fire, the high point of the guitar wizardry of Britain's most underrated guitarist Ollie Halsall. A very good year.
  3. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    1971 was OK, it gave us:

    Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri and Ultima Thule 7"
    Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
    Kluster - Zwei Osterei and Klopfzeichen
    Stanley Turrentine - Sugar
    George Benson - White Rabbit
    Black Sabbath - Paranoid

    And so on.

    For me, the best year in rock was 73 though
  4. Caliente

    Caliente pfm Member

    For a 'rock' journalist Hepworth seems to almost overlook the heavy rock genre - though wasn't it generally called 'hard rock' at the time? For example, the two outstanding recordings of that year being Deep Purple's 'Fireball' (BTW - Gillan's favourite) and the Pink Fairies' 'Never Never Land'.

    I will admit 1971 was an amazing year for music, though somewhat eclipsed by 1974.
  5. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Uriah Heap too in 1971

    ELP - Tarkus.
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  6. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    And ELPs Pictures at an Exhibition too!
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  7. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

    I was 4 & still listening to lily the pink.
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  8. Bananahead

    Bananahead pfm Member

    And the first Gilbert O'Sullivan album!
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  9. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun pfm Member

    David Hepworth 'The difference is I'm right. This list proves it.'

    I don't really see how his list proves anything. I can look through it and think yes that song/album was/is key for me, but there are not that many for me personally, I'm not sure the same would not happen for another year in the 70s or perhaps a year in another decade. I also feel that there are a number of artists in that list who did better stuff in other years.

    I'm sure that some of my key albums are from 1971 but I'm not sure whether the quantity would beat another year without counting them.

    A quick look at my LP collection and I can only think of:

    Camembert Electrique Gong
    Tago Mago Can
    Tanz Der Lemminge Amon Duul
    Faust s/t
    Church Of Anthrax Cale/Riley

    I reckon other years before or after are more significant for me.

    David Hepworth was 21 in 1971 and I wonder whether musical significance in years is related to a person's age.
  10. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun pfm Member

    Yes, he misses Faust s/t. But I think Egg Polite Force was recorded a year before it came out.
  11. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    I think 1967 was the key year, when everything changed. Before then half the charts were crooners.
    I was only 9 then, so I missed out on a lot of the better music at the time
  12. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun pfm Member

  13. gassor

    gassor There may be more posts after this.

    I also think 1967 is the main year given what came before. It was the year that rock/pop developed into a fully fledged art form and reflected what was happening in the hearts and minds of young people everywhere.
  14. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    As they were afterwards:

    [Strawberry Fields Forever] For the first time since "Love Me Do" in 1962, a single by the Beatles failed to reach number one in the UK charts. It was held at number two by Engelbert Humperdinck's "Release Me"
  15. Paul R

    Paul R pfm Member

    Pre-ignition in 1966 with Blonde on Blonde, Revolver and Pet Sounds.

    With honourable mentions for Aftermath, Freak Out, Fresh Cream, and many others. Are You Experienced? surprisingly doesn't quite make it. Recorded in 1966.

  16. gassor

    gassor There may be more posts after this.

    Dead cat bounce old bean. The crooners along with tin pan alley didn't survive much after 1967. Things were moving quickly and not only the Sinatras but the Elvises were soon replaced by the long haired weirdos.
  17. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    1967 was also the last gasp of the execution and crash obsessed songs, (Tell Laura I Love Her up to the Green Green Grass)
  18. Paul R

    Paul R pfm Member

    Until a decade on and Meatloaf, followed by the tremendously annoying 'Hello, this is Joanie'.

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  19. Mikeandvan

    Mikeandvan Banned

    Basically the final flowering of that amazing burst of creativity that began in the 50s. But that cover for 'Whos next', how ****ing depressing is that? And why??
  20. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun pfm Member

    Pissing on the past. I guess they thought it was an interesting or amusing gesture.

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