1970's ... Top Metal/Rock albums ... give me some suggestions

vamp2syd

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What a decade the 70's were and likely the best decade for music ever. Bunch of great albums out during this era but there are likely some I have not heard that could make my top 50 list. My top 50 consist of studio albums only with Live and EP albums with unique tracks that do not appear on any other studio album are considered. Now I've listened to a bunch of albums in the 70's so what are your favorites of this era and if I have not listened to them I will check them out....

My Top 50 in reverse order....

album/band/r=rock,m=metal, genre, ratings, year....

50 Rocks - Aerosmith r Blues 81.090 1976
49 Night Moves - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band r Heartland 81.090 1976
48 Lonesome Crow - Scorpions r Psychedelic 81.099 1972
47 Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival r Roots 81.129 1970
46 Hotel California - Eagles r Rock 81.205 1976
45 Can't Buy a Thrill - Steely Dan r Folk Soft 81.840 1972
44 Volcanic Rock - Buffalo r Hard 82.127 1973
43 Second Helping Lynyrd Skynyrd r Southern 82.230 1974
42 T.N.T. AC/DC r Hard 82.268 1975
41 Stranger in Town - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band r Heartland 82.624 1978

40 Imagine - John Lennon r Rock 82.741 1971
39 Boston - Boston r Hard 82.805 1976
38 Never Say Die - Black Sabbath m Heavy 82.824 1978
37 Machine Head - Deep Purple r Hard 82.870 1972
36 Damn The Torpedoes - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers r Rock 83.357 1979
35 L.A. Woman Doors, The r Blues 83.401 1971
34 The Cars - Cars, The r New Wave 83.624 1978
33 American Woman - Guess Who, The r Hard 83.691 1970
32 A Space In Time - Ten Years After r Psychedelic 83.981 1971
31 Deja-Vu - Crosby Stills Nash and Young r Folk 84.101 1970

30 Replicas - Tubeway Army r New Wave 84.140 1979
29 Bad Company - Bad Company r Hard 84.255 1974
28 Toys in the Attic - Aerosmith r Hard 84.446 1975
27 Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin r Hard 84.605 1973
26 Who's Next - Who, The r Hard 84.735 1971
25 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac r Rock 84.892 1977
24 Highway to Hell - AC/DC r Hard 85.160 1979
23 Meddle - Pink Floyd r Progressive 85.161 1971
22 America - America r Folk 85.271 1971
21 Led Zeppelin 3 - Led Zeppelin r Hard 85.401 1970

20 Bridge of Sighs - Robin Trower r Blues 85.730 1974
19 Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band, The r Rock 85.760 1976
18 Book of Dreams - Steve Miller Band, The r Rock 85.860 1977
17 Pleasure Principle - Gary Numan r Synth-Pop 86.360 1979
16 (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd) - Lynyrd Skynyrd r Southern 86.880 1973
15 Dreamboat Annie - Heart r Hard 87.160 1976
14 Obscurred By Clouds - Pink Floyd r Progressive 88.360 1972
13 Volume 4 - Black Sabbath m Heavy 88.640 1972
12 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath m Heavy 89.842 1971
11 Van Halen - Van Halen r Hard 90.238 1978

10 Sabotage - Black Sabbath m Heavy 90.270 1975
09 Animals - Pink Floyd r Progressive 90.450 1977
08 The Wall - Pink Floyd r Art 92.410 1979
07 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath m Heavy 92.555 1974
06 Aqualung - Jethro Tull r Progressive 92.674 1971
05 Z.O.S.O - Led Zeppelin r Hard 94.281 1971
04 Paranoid - Black Sabbath m Heavy 95.556 1970
03 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd r Progressive 96.157 1973
02 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd r Progressive 96.930 1975
01 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath m Heavy 97.056 1970

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vamp2syd

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2112 - Rush should be in there somewhere
My favorite Rush album from the 70's is Farewell to Kings. I actually own 2112 but don't really care for the 2nd side. Rush is one of those bands that has a strong loyal fan group but the majority of people don't really get into them. I've heard 13 Rush albums and Moving Pictures by far is my favorite. I would say my favorite track by Rush is Sub-Divisions.

Maybe if I don't get too many suggestions I will check out 2112 again. It has been awhile since the last time I heard it and I have definitely mellowed out more over the years....
 

vamp2syd

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Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story

Overall not to bad. It started out slow though kind of too mellow for me but then it kicked it up a bit on track 3 "That's Alright". Maggie May is a track I hear almost everyday at work and was my favorite on this album. The surprise for me was "I'm Losing You" who I had no idea it was by Rod. He has such an unique voice it is only a mystery why I never knew it was him of all the times I heard that track.... oh well, mystery solved. I liked all the tracks except for #2 and the last one..... Nice to hear Wood and Rod still playing on this one.
 

Auggie

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I can tell you like metal and hard rock in general. Some interesting other genres on the list that come out of left field, America? Robin Trower?? Tubeway Army?!?

Here are some suggestions by genre that are not on your list:

Classic Rock>
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (Best Beatles solo Album)
Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones
Exile on Mainstreet - Rolling Stones
The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Slowhand - Eric Clapton

Folk Rock>
American Beauty - Grateful Dead
Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan
After The Goldrush - Neil Young
Harvest - Neil Young
Blue - Joni MItchell
Tapestry - Carol King

Punk/New Wave>
London Calling - The Clash
Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
Horses - Patti Smith
My Aim is True - Elvis Costello
Ramones - Ramones
Parallel Lines - Blondie

R&B/Funk/Soul>
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Exodus - Bob Marley
One Nation Under a Groove - Funkadelic
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
 

vamp2syd

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I can tell you like metal and hard rock in general. Some interesting other genres on the list that come out of left field, America? Robin Trower?? Tubeway Army?!?

Here are some suggestions by genre that are not on your list:

Classic Rock>
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (Best Beatles solo Album)
Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones
Exile on Mainstreet - Rolling Stones
The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Slowhand - Eric Clapton

Folk Rock>
American Beauty - Grateful Dead
Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan
After The Goldrush - Neil Young
Harvest - Neil Young
Blue - Joni MItchell
Tapestry - Carol King

Punk/New Wave>
London Calling - The Clash
Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
Horses - Patti Smith
My Aim is True - Elvis Costello
Ramones - Ramones
Parallel Lines - Blondie

R&B/Funk/Soul>
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Exodus - Bob Marley
One Nation Under a Groove - Funkadelic
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
I was into Devo so Tubeway Army / Gary Numan was the direction that sent me.... Great list.... I know I have listened to some that you listed already but there are some I have not.... will pick some over the month and check it out....

and for those who have never heard of Tubeway Army..... here ya go!!!!! before Numan met Trent Reznor


after meeting Trent Reznor


bonus....

 
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vamp2syd

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Meanwhile.... checked out Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom 72.455

Liked the first 3 tracks and then it went south for me..... not a huge fan of the Heep but really love the track Stealin
 

vamp2syd

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I can tell you like metal and hard rock in general. Some interesting other genres on the list that come out of left field, America? Robin Trower?? Tubeway Army?!?

Here are some suggestions by genre that are not on your list:

Classic Rock>
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (Best Beatles solo Album)
Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones
Exile on Mainstreet - Rolling Stones
The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Slowhand - Eric Clapton
I've heard all those Classic Rock albums.... Slowhand is just outside my top 50 with an over 80 rating. Great album. Yellow Brick Road comes next followed by Bruce and Ziggy. Not a huge Harrison solo fan so that one I liked the least.....
 

vamp2syd

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Here are some suggestions by genre that are not on your list:
Folk Rock>
American Beauty - Grateful Dead
Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan
After The Goldrush - Neil Young
Harvest - Neil Young
Blue - Joni MItchell
Tapestry - Carol King
OK, I have heard 3 of these.... Harvest is also just outside my top with with an over 80 rating... Great album followed by American Beauty ... which is my fav of the Dead albums I have heard... After the Goldrush is another solid album.....

Have not heard Blood on the Tracks and will likely check out that one next. Never heard any Carol King so that will be completely new if I choose to check it out. I did not care for Joni's Court and Spark album so I am not sure if I dare try another.....
 

vamp2syd

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Here are some suggestions by genre that are not on your list:
Punk/New Wave>
London Calling - The Clash
Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
Horses - Patti Smith
My Aim is True - Elvis Costello
Ramones - Ramones
Parallel Lines - Blondie

R&B/Funk/Soul>
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Exodus - Bob Marley
One Nation Under a Groove - Funkadelic
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
Not a fan of Punk.... I can listen to Crossover though. I have heard London is Calling and Ramones and did not care for either. The others have not heard but will try one out.....

As for R&B/Funnk/Soul only Innervisions is what I've heard. This one rated in the 79's ... will definitely check out the other Stevie album you suggested and maybe take a stab at Marley....
 

wghfan

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I believe Auggie mentioned above... Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run, is one of the biggest classics from the 70's. Also Uriah Heep, was a good underrated rock band, in the 70's
 

Auggie

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I've heard all those Classic Rock albums.... Slowhand is just outside my top 50 with an over 80 rating. Great album. Yellow Brick Road comes next followed by Bruce and Ziggy. Not a huge Harrison solo fan so that one I liked the least.....
How can you not love All Things? Just think, Paul McCartney thought Maxwell's Silver Hammer should have been on Abbey Road over this>

 
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Auggie

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OK, I have heard 3 of these.... Harvest is also just outside my top with with an over 80 rating... Great album followed by American Beauty ... which is my fav of the Dead albums I have heard... After the Goldrush is another solid album.....

Have not heard Blood on the Tracks and will likely check out that one next. Never heard any Carol King so that will be completely new if I choose to check it out. I did not care for Joni's Court and Spark album so I am not sure if I dare try another.....
Carol King has a great life story, you should check it out sometime and see how many great songs she is responsible for writing. This is arguably the best break up song of all time.

 

Auggie

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Not a fan of Punk.... I can listen to Crossover though. I have heard London is Calling and Ramones and did not care for either. The others have not heard but will try one out.....

As for R&B/Funnk/Soul only Innervisions is what I've heard. This one rated in the 79's ... will definitely check out the other Stevie album you suggested and maybe take a stab at Marley....
Songs in the Key is one of the quintessential albums of the '70s. Nothing screams the decade more than a Soul Train line boogie to I Wish.

 

vamp2syd

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Could probably easily go to a top 100.

I like Carole King.....you should give her a chance. Lol
here you go

100-51

100 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John
99 In Trance Scorpions
98 Salisbury Uriah Heep
97 Eldorado Electric Light Orchestra
96 Ted Nugent Ted Nugent
95 Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Rainbow
94 52nd Street Billy Joel
93 Eagles Eagles
92 In Search for Space Hawkwind
91 But Seriously, Folks Joe Walsh

90 Face the Music Electric Light Orchestra
89 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC
88 Hunky Dory David Bowie
87 You're Gonna Get It Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
86 Cricklewood Green Ten Years After
85 Benefit Jethro Tull
84 Fragile Yes
83 Jailbreak Thin Lizzy
82 Who Do We Think We Are Deep Purple
81 American Beauty Grateful Dead

80 Street Survivors Lynyrd Skynyrd
79 The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get Joe Walsh
78 Double Vision Foreigner
77 A New World Record Electric Light Orchestra
76 Rainbow Rainbow
75 Flirtin' With Disaster Molly Hatchet
74 War Child Jethro Tull
73 Innervisions Stevie Wonder
72 The Long Run Eagles
71 Cat Scratch Fever Ted Nugent

70 Holiday America
69 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
68 Homecoming America
67 Barnstorm Joe Walsh and Barnstorm
66 Straight Shooter Bad Company
65 Technical Ecstasy Black Sabbath
64 Get Your Wings Aerosmith
63 Overkill Motorhead
62 Toulouse Street Doobie Brothers, The
61 Hair of the Dog (US editition) Nazareth

60 Share The Land Guess Who, The
59 Dog & Butterfly Heart
58 Abraxas Santana
57 Little Queen Heart
56 Breakfast in America Supertramp
55 Harvest Neil Young
54 Lovedrive Scorpions
53 Slowhand Eric Clapton
52 High Voltage (US) AC/DC
51 The Grand Illusion Styx
 

vamp2syd

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How can you not love All Things? Just think, Paul McCartney thought Maxwell's Silver Hammer should have been on Abbey Road over this>

Great song..... but to me, the only great song on the 23 track album. I think it was a bunch of crap how Lennon and McCartney treated Harrison and his songs not allowing most of them on a Beatles album and then he had Eric Clapton after his wife.....
 

fortfan

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here you go

100-51

100 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John
99 In Trance Scorpions
98 Salisbury Uriah Heep
97 Eldorado Electric Light Orchestra
96 Ted Nugent Ted Nugent
95 Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Rainbow
94 52nd Street Billy Joel
93 Eagles Eagles
92 In Search for Space Hawkwind
91 But Seriously, Folks Joe Walsh

90 Face the Music Electric Light Orchestra
89 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC
88 Hunky Dory David Bowie
87 You're Gonna Get It Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
86 Cricklewood Green Ten Years After
85 Benefit Jethro Tull
84 Fragile Yes
83 Jailbreak Thin Lizzy
82 Who Do We Think We Are Deep Purple
81 American Beauty Grateful Dead

80 Street Survivors Lynyrd Skynyrd
79 The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get Joe Walsh
78 Double Vision Foreigner
77 A New World Record Electric Light Orchestra
76 Rainbow Rainbow
75 Flirtin' With Disaster Molly Hatchet
74 War Child Jethro Tull
73 Innervisions Stevie Wonder
72 The Long Run Eagles
71 Cat Scratch Fever Ted Nugent

70 Holiday America
69 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
68 Homecoming America
67 Barnstorm Joe Walsh and Barnstorm
66 Straight Shooter Bad Company
65 Technical Ecstasy Black Sabbath
64 Get Your Wings Aerosmith
63 Overkill Motorhead
62 Toulouse Street Doobie Brothers, The
61 Hair of the Dog (US editition) Nazareth

60 Share The Land Guess Who, The
59 Dog & Butterfly Heart
58 Abraxas Santana
57 Little Queen Heart
56 Breakfast in America Supertramp
55 Harvest Neil Young
54 Lovedrive Scorpions
53 Slowhand Eric Clapton
52 High Voltage (US) AC/DC
51 The Grand Illusion Styx
Now that's a list!
 

vamp2syd

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Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder : Checked it out and did not care for it. Double albums are just not my thing unless it is a live or best of type thing. This one was just too soft and did not have that funk that could get my body moving.
 

MoeDude

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vamps here's two you need to look up and give a listen for the 70s

We're an American Band - Grand Funk
Bridge of Sighs - Robin Trower.
 

vamp2syd

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vamps here's two you need to look up and give a listen for the 70s

We're an American Band - Grand Funk
Bridge of Sighs - Robin Trower.
Bridge of Sighs is #20 on my list. Absolute great album by Robin Trower and the CD is in constant rotation in my CD changer!!!!

We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad r Hard 73.930 1973
... I liked this one too. Did not make my top 100 but pretty solid album at 73.930. Anything over 70 I like and everything over 80 I think is great.
 

Foster

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Apparently your rating system is a little more complex than American Bandstand's "can you dance to it?" 35-98 points. You've probably explained it before, but I've never seen it. Is it back on one of your older threads?
 

vamp2syd

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Apparently your rating system is a little more complex than American Bandstand's "can you dance to it?" 35-98 points. You've probably explained it before, but I've never seen it. Is it back on one of your older threads?
Each track on the album is rated by how I like it from a scale of 20.0-50.0. 35 is the midway point which would be good, 40 would be great and 45 would be elite. A track can be rated 41.7.

You take the average of the tracks you rated and times it by 2. You then add the number of rated tracks on the album divided by 100. Then you take the year the album was released and subtract by the current year and divide that by 1 million. (this is not a joke this insures that one does not have 30 albums with all the same ratings but at the same time does not skew an album over another do to how long it has been out.)

Example. An album from 1995 with 8 tracks rated: 40, 40.5, 39.8, 32.8, 35, 42.5, 37.5, 38 The average would be 38.2625. 38.2625 time 2 = 76.525
You take the number of tracks on the album and divide by 100. 8/100 = .08 76.525 + 0.08 = 76.605.

Last step.... subtract the year of the album from current year and divide by 1 million. 2021-1995 = 26 26/1000000 = .000026
add that to the total to get 76.605026 and that would be the rating for that album.
 

MoeDude

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Bridge of Sighs is #20 on my list. Absolute great album by Robin Trower and the CD is in constant rotation in my CD changer!!!!

We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad r Hard 73.930 1973
... I liked this one too. Did not make my top 100 but pretty solid album at 73.930. Anything over 70 I like and everything over 80 I think is great.
I overlooked Bridge of Sighs. Late at night LOL That has always been opne of my favorites. Late at night LOL
 
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