Dark Side Of The Moon ~ Pink Floyd had been around for a while already but I wasn't hip enough to know them until this album came out.
Tres Hombres ~ ZZ Top opened for Alice Cooper that year at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum and I was lucky enough to see them then. This was pre-beard weirdness. They did nothing but get better over the years. I bought the album and remember being grossed out by the inside album cover:
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Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player & Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ~ Elton John. I never bought either of these albums but I enjoyed a few singles off of both of them.
Queen ~ Queen. My older brother and I were in a stereo shop one day that summer and somebody working there had this album and was playing it. I saw Queen when they finally came to Madison during their "Night at The Opera" tour.
The Captain And Me ~ The Doobie Brothers. Kind of easy listening, but worth having and also worth seeing which I did when they "rolled" through Madison [cough].
The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle ~ Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen was touted by a pair of local FM radio DJs long before he made it big. I first heard him around this time on WIBA-FM (Radio Free Madison). I never did buy his first album and I actually lost interest in him as a musician after "Born To Run."
Band On The Run ~ Paul McCartney & Wings. Well I never was a big Beatles fan and I guess that Paul McCartney was always too Beatles for me (sorry Ron). But I do like a few singles off this album.
Houses Of The Holy ~ Led Zeppelin Not my fave Zeppelin album. "The Ocean" is awesome though.
The Beatles released their famous compilation albums in 1973. BTO released two albums but I bought neither of them.
Hypnotized ~ Fleetwood Mac. A great song from an OK album. Bob Welch was filling the shoes of departed Peter Green Then he left, only to be replaced by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
Radar Love ~ Golden Earring. Another great Dutch one-hit-wonder band.
Dream On ~ Aerosmith. Debut album. I'm not sure I had this album until after I owned "Get Your Wings."
Killing Me Softly With His Song ~ Roberta Flack. Great radio hit.
Knockin' On Heaven's Door ~ Bob Dylan
The Joker ~ Steve Miller Band. OK band whom I saw a few years later in Madison. Steve Miller had some student connection in his past to Madison.
Ramblin' Man ~ The Allman Brothers Band. The Allman's probably deserve their own blog post. I never did manage to see them and Duane and Berry Oakley's deaths were a tragic loss. Is it just me or did Dicky Betts always seem like he had a chip on his shoulder?
Desperado ~ The Eagles were just getting on my radar then. I was a little shy because of their country sound (which I was escaping) but I came around eventually.
Tattoo'd Lady ~ Rory Gallagher. Underrated guitarist of the time who put out a great live album the following year.
Get Up Stand Up & I Shot the Sheriff ~ Bob Marley & The Wailers. I was never big on Reggae but if were this would be it.
Ballroom Blitz ~ The Sweet. Love this guitar-driven glam rock.
Rock On ~ David Essex
Living For The City ~ Stevie Wonder
Can't You See ~ Marshall Tucker Band I always liked them better than Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Rock And Roll, Hoochie Coo ~ Rick Derringer. A nice come back for Mr. Hang On Sloopy.
Space Station #5 ~ Montrose
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