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

220 Can – Tago Mago

We get some first time listeners of this album and they are very very happy. Can might be the most underrated band from the 70’s and this album is not merely one of the best Krautrock albums of all time, but is probably one of the best albums ever, period.

219 The Doors – L.A. Woman

The final album with Jim Morrison in the lineup is by far their most blues-oriented, and the singer’s poetic ardor is undiminished, though his voice sounds increasingly worn and craggy on some numbers.  The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy “Riders on the Storm,” was the group at its most melodic and ominous. -AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

218 Yes – Fragile

Following the success of their tour to support their previous album, The Yes Album (1971), the band regrouped in London to work on a follow-up. Early into the sessions, keyboardist Tony Kaye was fired over his reluctance to learn more synthesizers and was replaced with Rick Wakeman of the Strawbs, whose experience with a wider range of keyboards expanded the group’s sound. “Roundabout” has become one of the best-known Yes songs; it has been performed at nearly every concert since its release

217 The Beach Boys – Surfs Up

Surf is up! Wrapped up in a mess of contradictions, Surf’s Up defined the Beach Boys’ tumultuous career better than any other album.

216 John Lennon – Imagine

Lennon is back for another great album with it’s iconic song for all the dreamers.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

215 The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

With its offhand mixture of decadence, roots music, and outright malevolence, Sticky Fingers set the tone for the rest of the decade for the Stones.

 

214 The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East

Forty-five years ago, on March 11th, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band took the stage at Bill Graham’s vaunted Fillmore East Theater in New York for the first of a series of shows that are among the most celebrated in rock history. The Allmans weren’t even supposed to be the headliners.

213 Isaac Hayes – Shaft- Music From the Soundtrack

Of the many wonderful blaxpoitation soundtracks to emerge during the early ’70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention as not only one of the most lasting but also one of the most successful. We can dig it!  At the 1972 Grammy Awards, “Theme from Shaft” won the awards for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical and Best Instrumental Arrangement and at the Academy Awards that year, Hayes became the first African-American to win an Oscar for a non-acting category when “Theme from Shaft” won the award for Best Original Song.

212 Carole King – Tapestry

This album will give you chills. Amazing!

It is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. In the United States, it has been certified Diamond by the RIAA with more than 10 million copies sold.[3] It received four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year

211 The Who – Who’s Next

By 1970, the Who had obtained significant critical and commercial success branching out to one of the first rock opera’s Tommy but they had started to become detached from their original youthful mod/rocker audience with their heady ambitions projects. The group had also started to drift apart from manager Kit Lambert, owing to his preoccupation with their label, Track Records. After they had been touted as one if not the best live band and releasing a live album to back it up, Pete Townshend in particular recognized that they needed to do something new.

210 Bee Gees – Trafalgar

Despite the hit single, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” the album showed the limits of the Bee Gees’ talents as songwriters and of their appeal as album artists. We also figure out which one of the brothers we really have a problem with.

209 Yes – The Yes Album

Their third time out proved the charm — The Yes Album constituted a de facto second debut, introducing the sound that would carry them forward across the next decade or more. Prog is here. Prog is real.

208 Marvin Gaye – Whats Going On

The central theme of “What’s Going On” and the album of the same name came from Marvin Gaye’s own life. When his brother Frankie returned from Vietnam, Gaye noticed that his outlook had changed. He put himself in his brother’s shoes and wrote a song that stands among the most tuneful works of consciousness-raising in American music. A masterpiece for Soul music

207 Sly the Family Stone – Theres a Riot Goin On

Having achieved great success with their 1969 album Stand! and performance at Woodstock, Sly & the Family Stone were due to have submitted an album of new recordings to Epic Records by 1970. However, Sly Stone missed several recording deadlines, worrying CBS executive Clive Davis, and a Greatest Hits album was released in an eighteen-month stretch during which the band released no new material, By 1970, Stone had become erratic and moody, missing nearly a third of the band’s concert dates.A rift developed between Sly and the rest of the band, which led to drummer Gregg Errico’s departure in early 1971. There’s a Riot goin’ on is Stone’s darker, more conceptual work that was influenced by his drug use and the events that writer Miles Marshall Lewis called “the death of the sixties”; political assassinations, police brutality, the decline of the civil rights movement and social disillusionment.

205 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

Jethro Tull were a unique phenomenon in popular music history. Their mix of hard rock, folk melodies, blues licks, surreal, impossibly dense lyrics, and overall profundity defied easy analysis, but that didn’t dissuade fans from giving them 11 gold and five platinum albums. At the same time, critics rarely took them seriously, and they were off the cutting-edge of popular music by the end of the ’70s. But no record store in the country was complete without their 1971 classic  Aqualung .

204 Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs

In the second half of 1967 and through to early 1968, when still part of Pink Floyd, Barrett’s behavior became increasingly erratic and unpredictable. Many report having seen him on stage with the group during this period, strumming on one chord through an entire concert or not playing at all. We discussion why is this tortured artist is is viewed as both brilliant and terrible