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  • The Greatest Album of the 1970’s
  • Despite starting the thread, for me I can’t pick between MOST of Queen’s 70’s stuff and MOST of Led Zep’s 70’s

    Although I’m more likely to listen to a Queen album start to finish – possibly Night at the Opera. Genius stuff, but have to be in the right mood

    vd
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    Marquee Moon – Television for the music.

    Pink Flag By Wire for the influence.

    frankconway
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    +1 for Queen and Zep.
    Transformer – Lou Reed; For Your Pleasure – Roxy Music; Hunky Dory and Ziggy – David Bowie; anything by Rory Gallagher; Dark Side of the Moon; Exile on Main Street – Stones; Stupidity – Dr Feelgood; In Rock – Deep Purple.

    abingham
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    I’m going to plead for clemency as my favourite 70’s album was actually released in March 1980, but therefore must have been recorded in the 70’s, right?!

    Anyway, Duke by Genesis. The album that (for me) represents the fulcrum of their journey from out-and-out Prog into the Pop we saw later in their career. Honourable mentions to Trick of the Tail (also Genesis), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust…, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

    sillyoldman
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    Marquee Moon for sure

    martinb
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    Born to Run

    cheese@4p
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    Fun House – The Stooges (1970)
    Never Mind The Bollocks – The Sex Pistols is my number 1

    johnx2
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    London Calling
    (at the time, perhaps still)

    welshfarmer
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    Lots of great suggestions above. But surely the greatest album must be Rumours from Fleetwood Mac. It may not be to everyone’s taste (it is mine) but I have a feeling it would be found in more peoples album collections than any other from that era.

    jonwe
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    Led zep – iv

    Then honourable mentions to

    deep purple – made in japan
    Rainbow – rainbow rising
    Boston – boston
    Dire straits – dire straits
    Van morrison – moondance
    Sex pistols – anarchy in the uk
    Fleetwood mac – rumours

    eddiebaby
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    Can – Tago Mago

    mrb123
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    Songs of Love and Hate – Leonard Cohen.
    Dark Side of the Moon
    Blood on the Tracks.

    n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    MSP
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    Marvin Gaye, whats going on.

    johnx2
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    Marvin Gaye, whats going on

    There’s a shout. Blood on t’tracks likewise

    Waderider
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    Led Zep Physical Graffiti (easily trumps IV)

    greyspoke
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    I agree with many of the above but can’t decide. Dylan, Cohen, Floyd, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Dire Straits and Genesis formed a lot of the soundtrack of my University years. As did The Police and Fleetwood Mac, but mainly not by choice. I seemed to be in a minority of one in liking Tales from Topographic Oceans by Yes. So I will add to the mix

    Tales from Topographic Oceans – Yes
    The Only Ones – The Only Ones
    New Boots and Panties!! – Ian Dury

    vd
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    Forgot Roxy Music FYP. Love The Only Ones but not in contention for the prize.

    gallowayboy
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    Oh I don’t know, my tastes veered from pop to prog to punk and post punk in about twenty minutes.
    If I was to keep one album from the 70s it would probably be The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, but tomorrow it might be Cant Stand the Rezillos or Rattus Norvegicus……
    But then they’re not really the “greatest” albums of the era, are they.
    Probably never mind the bollox, or exodus for game changing releases

    fazzini
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    Phaedra – Tangerine Dream
    Dark Side of the Moon – Floyd
    Rumours – Mac
    Eagles – Eagles
    What’s going on – Marvin Gaye

    None of which I appreciated until much later in life.

    asbrooks
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    Magazine – Real Life
    Gang of Four – Entertainment

    chakaping
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    Can – Tago Mago

    I’d have picked Ege Bam Yasi, but nice to see them acknowledged.

    Some great suggestions already, hard to choose from:

    Hunky Dory
    What’s Going On
    Exile on Main Street
    Trans Europe Express

    jekkyl
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    It’s Dark Side of the Moon. There isn’t any debate.

    easily
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    The Upsetters – Return of the Super Ape.

    I like lots of the earlier suggestions, but i’d happily wipe the ’70s from existence if it took Dark Side of the Moon with it.

    kelvin
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    It’s Dark Side of the Moon. There isn’t any debate.

    Have to agree.

    IHN
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    Have to disagree.

    Each to their own, but I, genuinely, detest that album, and Pink Floyd’s music in general.

    chakaping
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    I’m trying to stay positive and non-judgemental on all these album threads.

    A lot of people obviously love popular stuff like Pink Floyd, Queen, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arctic Monkeys – there’s no point in me pissing on their chips, however irritating and overrated I find them. Nobody likes a smug music snob.

    It’s great to see how many strong suggestions have been made though. We are generally a very tasteful lot.

    😀

    mefty
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    Inflammable Material – Stiff Little Fingers, just edges The Clash – The Clash

    Pieface
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    Dark Side of the Moon

    slowoldman
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    At last my era.
    Chez Slowoldman the most often played ’70s albums are”

    The Yes Album
    Nursery Cryme – Genesis.

    If left up to me though (as opposed to Mrs S.) Zappa’s Sheikh Yerbouti would probably be right up there.

    As for “Dark Side” it took me a long time to accept it and I still don’t think it’s Floyd’s best album of the ’70s or any other decade.

    frankconway
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    Two by Stevie Wonder to add to my earlier list – Talking Book and Songs In The Key of Life.

    failedengineer
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    Songs of Love and hate – Leonard Cohen
    Desire – Bob Dylan
    Blood on the Tracks – Dylan
    Street Legal – Dylan
    London Calling
    Live Convention – Fairport Convention
    Hissing of Summer lawns – Joni Mitchell
    Blue – Joni Mitchell
    Harmony Row – Jack Bruce
    Band of Gypsies – Jimi Hendrix
    New Boots & Panties – Ian Dury and the Blockheads
    Liquid Acrobat as regards the Air – Incredible String band
    U – Incredible String band

    jekkyl
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    Stop posting lists, you’re supposed to chose one! 😄

    zzjabzz
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    Germfree Adolescents

    ricko1984
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    Am I the first one to say Unknown Pleasures?

    Seismic doesn’t even cover it

    Honourable mentions to:

    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    X Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents
    Devo – Q. Are we not men?
    Gil Scott Heron – Pieces of a Man
    David Bowie – Heroes / Low
    Suicide – Suicide

    BikePawl
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    Brian Eno – Here come the warm jets

    kelvin
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    I’m changing my choice to *Low*.

    tjagain
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    Bob Marley – Exodus

    IMO the greatest album ever

    brought reggae to the wider world.

    IMO greatest needs to have had a lasting influence that changed the world of music. Some very good albums mentioned here for sure but did any of them have the worldwide influence that Exodus did? Hugely influential album and created the space for a whole load of other folk to be recognised and heard

    easily – good call – thats lee Perry at the height of his powers is it not? He also moved recording techniques on

    MSP
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    I will also add Curtis – Curtis Mayfield

    Bob Marley – Exodus

    Actually listened to that in full last night

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