244 Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath, Vol. 4

Often overlooked by the general public and stories of studio insanity can’t keep this album from showing Black Sabbath create something interesting.. “The recording was plagued with problems, many due to substance abuse. In the studio, the band regularly had speaker boxes full of cocaine delivered.[2] It’s no secret the band consumed Scarface-like piles of powder and other substances at the time Ward said. There was one point where Ozzy had spray-painted my private parts,And then I read on the spray paint it was poisonous and do not apply to the skin, so in fear of my private parts, I panicked and went kind of crazy.” (Osbourne, in his 2010 memoir I Am Ozzy, wrote that it was Iommi who spray-painted Ward’s junk.)

243 Big Star – #1 Record

A classic record that went unnoticed on it’s release but has seen a huge influence on artist with each re-release. Sit back crank it up and enough this power pop masterpiece.

242 Deep Purple – Machine Head

Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, and Deep Purple’s Machine Head have stood the test of time as the Holy Trinity of English hard rock and heavy metal, serving as the fundamental blueprints followed by virtually every heavy rock & roll band since the early ’70s. –  AllMusic summery by Eduardo Rivadavia

241 Randy Newman – Sail Away

Randy Newman’s third studio album, finds the singer/songwriter at the beginning of a great career with a beautiful blend of orchestrated pop,  stripped-down insight and humor.  You listen to Randy and you are going to learn something.

240 David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Bowie has arrived with Hunky Dory, a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie’s sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class. Another classic.  This is going to be a good year.

239 T. Rex – Electric Warrior

The most iconic band of the U.K. glam rock scene of the ’70s, T. Rex were the creation of Marc Bolan, who started out as a cheerfully addled acolyte of psychedelia and folk-rock until he turned to swaggering rock & roll with boogie rhythm and a tricked-up fashion sense. For a couple years, T. Rex were the biggest band in England and a potent cult item in the United States. – Artist Biography by Mark Deming .  This album defined many of our parties and still does today. Such a  great time.

238 Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

When the Beatles famously said Nilsson was their favorite artist. He went from a great songwriter to a world renown stardom. Nilsson was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. The craft of his songs and the defiant attitude he projected remains a touchstone for later generations of indie rock musicians. We talk to the biggest Nilsson fan that I know and I feel like she could be in the running for biggest fan in the Midwest!

237 John Prine – John Prine

One of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation, John Prine is a master storyteller whose work is often witty and always heartfelt, frequently offering a sly but sincere reflection of his Midwestern roots. While Prine’s songs are often rooted in folk and country flavors, he’s no stranger to rock & roll, R&B, and rockabilly, and he readily adapts his rough but expressive voice to his musical surroundings. And though Prine has never scored a major hit of his own, his songs have been recorded by a long list of well-respected artists, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, George Strait, Bette Midler, Paul Westerberg, and Dwight Yoakam. Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny

236 Gene Clark – White Light

Clark took time to hone his songwriting to its barest essentials. The focus on these tracks is intense, they are taut and reflect his growing obsession with country music. I think it sounds a little too much like Bob Dylan, but as far as influences you could do worst.

235 Flamin’ Groovies – Teenage Head

While they first rose to fame in San Francisco in the late ’60s, they had little interest in the psychedelic music that was all the rage in the Bay Area and instead focused on pure roots rock and Rhythm and Blues. It’s simple straightforward and fun as hell.

234 The Faces – A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse

There are few records that feel like a never-ending party like A Nod.  When you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it’s hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this.

233 Fela Kuti and the Afrika 70′ With Ginger Baker – Live

Originally released in 1971, this LP had Fela Kuti solidifying the format that would take him into international visibility in the years to come: extended tracks with grooves that mixed African and funk rhythms, punctuated by rudimentary lyrics.  –  AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

We can’t stop grooving to this album! its great.

232 Janis Joplin – Pearl

One last great album for the troubled singer songwriter. This one cooks.
She left $1500 in her will for a funeral party. It was held at The Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, California, on October 26, 1971. The Grateful Dead performed.

231 Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

What a crazy funky album. As the story goes, George Clinton, the leader of Funkadelic, told guitarist Eddie Hazel to imagine he was told his mother died and later on learned it was not true, this all under the influence of LSD. Once Clinton realized how powerful the solo sounded he faded the bass played by Billy Bass Nelson and drums played by Tiki Fulwood out.

230 Joni Mitchell – Blue

Joni Mitchell provides us with an amazing introspective album. The album employs sparse musical arrangements leaning heavily towards the folk genre, with Mitchell playing acoustic guitar, piano, or dulcimer as the primary instrument to accompany her vocals. Lyrically, each of the songs on Blue hone in on a specific feeling, situation or, in many cases, a specific person.

Beyond its many subsequent accolades, Blue was also a commercial success in its time, reaching #15 in the US and #3 in the UK. With the album’s success, Mitchell decided to return to live touring and continued on to develop some of the most interesting music of her career.

229 Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate

Songs of Love and Hate captured Cohen in one of his finest hours as a songwriter, and the best selections rank with the most satisfying work of his career. If Songs of Love and Hate isn’t Cohen’s best album, it comes close enough to be essential to anyone interested in his work. Brilliant.

228 Emerson Lake Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition

One of the seminal documents of the progressive rock era, a record that made its way into the collections of millions of high-school kids who never heard of Modest Mussorgsky and knew nothing of Russia’s Nationalist “Five.” It does some violence to Mussorgsky, but Pictures at an Exhibition is also the most energetic and well-realized live release in Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s catalog, and it makes a fairly compelling case for adapting classical pieces in this way.

– AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

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227 Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story

Rod Stewart perfected his blend of hard rock, folk, and blues on his masterpiece, Every Picture Tells a Story and it’s hard to deny the easy going rocker Maggie May.

226 Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire De Melody Nelson

Histoire de Melody Nelson is arguably Serge Gainsbourg’s most coherent and perfectly realized studio album, with the lush arrangements which characterize the majority of his work often mixed here with funky rhythm lines which underscore the musky allure of the music.

225 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

This album is sheer perfection. The album was a commercial and critical success and is Led Zeppelin’s best-selling, shipping over 37 million copies worldwide. It is one of the best-selling albums in the US, while critics have regularly placed it highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time.

224 Emerson Lake Palmer – Tarkus

Prog is here. “Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 1970 eponymous LP was only a rehearsal. It hit hard because of the novelty of the act (allegedly the first supergroup in rock history), but felt more like a collection of individual efforts and ideas than a collective work. All doubts were dissipated by the release of Tarkus in 1971. Side one of the original LP is occupied by the 21-minute title epic track, beating both Genesis’ “Supper’s Ready” and Yes’ “Close to the Edge” by a year.” -AllMusic Review by François Couture

Prog nerds come alive

223 Don Mclean – American Pie

“Don McLean’s second album, American Pie is dominated by its title track, a lengthy, allegorical history of rock & roll that topped the singles chart putting the LP at number one. “American Pie” has remained as much a cultural touchstone as a song, sung by everyone from Garth Brooks to Madonna while the record itself has earned a registered three-million plays on U.S. radio stations.” –  AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

We know it’s a song you must here but the entire album?

222 Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors

The title song, “Coat of many colors” about Dolly growing up poor is good enough to make this record part of the 1001 albums you must hear, but then she proceeds to craft smart and insightful collection of songs that has all the making of a classic album.  Rob and Ben talk about the time they went to Dollywood in the middle of the night.

221 Elton John – Madman Across the Water

Trading the cinematic aspirations of Tumbleweed Connection for a tentative stab at prog rock, Elton John and Bernie Taupin delivered another excellent collection of songs with Madman Across the Water. Like its two predecessors, Madman Across the Water is driven by the sweeping string arrangements of Paul Buckmaster, who gives the songs here a richly dark and haunting edge.

-AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine