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Top five 1971 albums

Who's Next - Who
8
6%
Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones
10
7%
Imagine - John Lennon
0
No votes
Ram - Paul McCartney
3
2%
Blue - Joni Mitchell
5
4%
At Fillmore East - Allman Brothers
5
4%
LA Woman - Doors
5
4%
Masters of Reality - Black Sabbath
0
No votes
Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart
1
1%
A Nod's as Good as a Wink... - Faces
2
1%
Long Player - Faces
0
No votes
Fireball - Deep Purple
1
1%
The Yes Album
5
4%
Fragile - Yes
5
4%
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
6
4%
Led Zeppelin IV
7
5%
Killer - Alice Cooper
1
1%
Love it to Death - Alice Cooper
0
No votes
Musswell Hillbillies - Kinks
1
1%
Tapestry - Carole King
3
2%
What's Goin On - Marvin Gaye
7
5%
If I Could Only Remember My Name - David Crosby
1
1%
Songs for Beginners - Graham Nash
0
No votes
Four Way Street - C,S,N,Y
3
2%
Skull & Roses - Grateful Dead
0
No votes
High Times - MC5
0
No votes
Fourth - Soft Machine
0
No votes
Tarkus - ELP
0
No votes
Pictures at an Exhibition - ELP
0
No votes
Jack Johnson - Miles Davis
0
No votes
Tago Mago - Can
4
3%
John Prine
2
1%
Madman Across the Water - Elton John
0
No votes
Songs of Love and Hate - Leonard Cohen
1
1%
Histoire de Melody Nelson - Serge Gainsbourg
4
3%
In the Land of Grey and Pink - Caravan
2
1%
Teenage Head - Flamin Groovies
2
1%
Meddle - Pink Floyd
9
7%
Maggot Brain - Funkadelic
0
No votes
Pearl - Janis Joplin
1
1%
Fillmore East, June, 1971 - Mothers of Invention
0
No votes
The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
0
No votes
Surf's Up - Beach Boys
1
1%
White Light - Gene Clark
3
2%
Electric Warrior - T Rex
3
2%
Hunky Dory - David Bowie
12
9%
There's a Riot Goin On - Sly & The Family Stone
3
2%
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys - Traffic
6
4%
Nilsson Schmilsson - Harry Nilsson
2
1%
 
Total votes: 134

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It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Jan 2021, 17:45

1971 is considered by many to be some kind of high point for LPs. Pick your top five.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 10 Jan 2021, 18:37

Done.

Difficult but done.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Jan 2021, 18:45

I had about ten more choices I had to cut out to make the 50 limit, but then realized I only have 49 in the poll. So stuff like Teaser & the Firecat, Mudslide Slim, Concert for Bangla Desh, etc, had to go. And then there's the ones I completely forgot about, like Nursery Cryme...
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Rorschach » 10 Jan 2021, 19:03

I didn't find it very difficult to choose:

Joni - Can - Serge - Groovies - Marc

I love all of those albums but I don't even like the majority of the rest. Those that I do like don't mean anything like as much to me as these five.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby robertff » 10 Jan 2021, 19:32

Got all but five of those albums, excellent year, but to choose only five is almost an impossibility. I'll have to think carefully.Can get it down to eleven at the moment.


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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby C » 10 Jan 2021, 19:59

Five is virtually impossible!!!

There are some of my favourite albums of all time

Low Spark
Songs for Beginners
Grey & Pink
Four-Way Street
Aqulaung
The Yes Album
Fillmore - Allmans



Plus:
Who's Next
LZIV
Sabbath
LA Woman
Fourth
Meddle

What a great year 1971 was!

Some glaring omissions [and I have avoided more 'obscure stuff eg If's third album]:

Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste
Genesis - Nursery Cryme [and THAT is a crime it has been omitted Matt]
Stephen Stills - 2
Gong - Camembert Electrique
Focus - Moving Waves
Hawkwind - In Search of Space
Groundhogs - Split
Sandy Denny - The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
Steeleye Span - Please to See the King
Bert Jansch - Rosemary Lane
Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
Strawbs - From the Witchwood
Santana - Santana [III]
Uriah Heep - Look at Yourself

So, out of my top seven [how can I lose two....?]

Low Spark
Aqualung
Grey & Pink
Four-Way Street
The Yes Album







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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby C » 10 Jan 2021, 20:02

robertff wrote:Got all but five of those albums, excellent year, but to choose only five is almost an impossibility. I'll have to think carefully.Can get it down to eleven at the moment.


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it's tough Rob - it took me a while.....

What a great year 1971 was....??!!

[There are some glaring omissions which I may have selected instead.

Nursery Cryme, Santana III, In Search of Space, Nantucket Sleighride and Moving Waves for example - but what would go!

So, so tough!




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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Jan 2021, 20:32

What you have to understand Stephen, is that the discipline is only choosing 50. My 50 isn't going to be your 50.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Minnie the Minx » 10 Jan 2021, 21:11

Only one vote for Hunky Dory (mine)!

I take a big poop on this poll.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Rorschach » 10 Jan 2021, 22:12

And only one for Electric Warrior (mine).

The Slider will be cross.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby slightbreeze » 10 Jan 2021, 23:00

Yes, Yes, Joni, Bowie, Crosby

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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby GoogaMooga » 11 Jan 2021, 00:27

That didn't take long!

Rod Stewart
Marvin Gaye
CSNY
Beach Boys
Sly & the Family Stone
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Scally Mcgrew » 11 Jan 2021, 01:25

Who's Next
What's Going On
A Nod's As Good As A Wink
In The Land Of Grey And Pink
Hunky Dory

Very disappointed not to see Audience's 'The House On The Hill' mentioned.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby Darkness_Fish » 11 Jan 2021, 11:01

Unsurprisingly I don't see it as being anywhere near a highpoint for the album as a format. Hunky Dory is the best in that list by a mile. Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate was the best album released that year.

Would've liked to see Hawkwind, Anne Briggs, and Pearls Before Swine mentioned, but it's not my list.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby soundchaser » 11 Jan 2021, 11:02

Ooh, five is very tough, lots of great albums there. The Yes Album was 1971 in the UK, so I can discount that. My five:

Who’s Next.
Fragile.
Led Zeppelin IV.
Meddle.
Hunky Dory.

Good work, Matt.

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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby soundchaser » 11 Jan 2021, 11:08

Six to Ten:

Sticky Fingers.
Ram.
Master Of Reality.
Aqualung.
Tarkus.
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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby soundchaser » 11 Jan 2021, 11:11

soundchaser wrote:
C wrote:Five is virtually impossible!!!

There are some of my favourite albums of all time

Low Spark
Songs for Beginners
Grey & Pink
Four-Way Street
Aqulaung
The Yes Album
Fillmore - Allmans



Plus:
Who's Next
LZIV
Sabbath
LA Woman
Fourth
Meddle

What a great year 1971 was!

Some glaring omissions [and I have avoided more 'obscure stuff eg If's third album]:

Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste
Genesis - Nursery Cryme [and THAT is a crime it has been omitted Matt]
Stephen Stills - 2
Gong - Camembert Electrique
Focus - Moving Waves
Hawkwind - In Search of Space
Groundhogs - Split
Sandy Denny - The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
Steeleye Span - Please to See the King
Bert Jansch - Rosemary Lane
Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
Strawbs - From the Witchwood
Santana - Santana [III]
Uriah Heep - Look at Yourself

So, out of my top seven [how can I lose two....?]

Low Spark
Aqualung
Grey & Pink
Four-Way Street
The Yes Album


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The Yes Album was 1970 here C, so you can vote for something else. Some excellent albums on your additional list, to which I would also add Second Album by Curved Air. Those were the days my friend... :D

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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby soundchaser » 11 Jan 2021, 11:13

Second Album, is one I would love to have included, as Curved Air were a huge part of my teenage life, but hand on heart, I know it's not as good as quite a few of the selections Matt and C have suggested. However, the first track on that record, Young Mother, has one of my all time favourite synthesiser solos. And not forgetting, of course, the delicious vocals of Sonja Kristina. So here it is:

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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby C » 11 Jan 2021, 12:03

Matt Wilson wrote:What you have to understand Stephen, is that the discipline is only choosing 50. My 50 isn't going to be your 50.


Of course Matt - I understand. I entirely agree - it is subjective.

Indeed, they are glaring omissions for me my friend and I can't comment on glaring omissions or poor-judgement inclusions of others either! ;)

I wouldn't give some of those own the list house room! Imagine for a start!

I included some of my omissions for fun and to motivate a bit of discussion





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Re: It was fifty years ago today...

Postby C » 11 Jan 2021, 12:13

Scally Mcgrew wrote:Very disappointed not to see Audience's 'The House On The Hill' mentioned.


Scally you soft lad- welcome back!

I thought that but didn’t include it on my ‘glaring omissions’ because some may say it is a little too esoteric.

Ditto If3


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