Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Best Albums of 1971

Paradoxically, as the albums get better, my lists get shorter.

Sticky Fingers ~ The Rolling Stones
L.A. Woman ~ The Doors
Led Zeppelin IV ~ Led Zeppelin
Who's Next ~ The Who  <--- My pick
At Fillmore East ~ The Allman Brothers Band
Rockin' the Fillmore ~ Humble Pie

Runners up:

Aqualung ~ Jethro Tull
What's Going On ~ Marvin Gaye
Every Picture Tells A Story ~ Rod Stewart
Straight Up ~ Badfinger
Tupelo Honey ~ Van Morrison

Notable Singles in 1971:

American Pie ~ Don McLean
Just My Imagination ~ Temptations
Theme from "Shaft" ~ Isaac Hayes
Me and Bobby McGee ~ Janis Joplin (posthumous hit)
Bang a Gong (Get It On) ~ T. Rex
Ain't No Sunshine ~ Bill Withers
It Don't Come Easy ~ Ringo Starr
I'd Love to Change the World ~ Ten Years After
Hocus Pocus ~ Focus
I Just Want To Celebrate ~ Rare Earth


  1. I don't have any of the albums - I don't have any of the singles, any more, though I know I once owned American Pie and Just My Imagination (I owned the American Pie album at one time, too).

    But 1971 must've been the year I came alive because I have a vivid, fond memory of each of those singles - a place and activity when I heard those songs and the feel-good emotions that come flooding back with each title. I don't know what 1972 has in store but for me this absolutely does it.

    Do I have to pick a favorite? I'll go with Just My Imagination, not because of how it made me feel in 1971 but how it would make me feel in later years when I heard it and how appropriate it seemed to an awkward teenage boy who was too frightened to approach girls.

  2. I have every Jethro Tull album ever made.

    And my wife never lets me play them.

    Living in the Past, Thick as a Brick, and Minstrel in the Gallery are all superior to Aqualung in my humble opinion.

  3. I just had someone download a bunch of new songs into the stores ipod.

    I told the wife to pay attention.

    It was Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album.

    We started everyone dancing. Yeah.

  4. I'd have put T. Rex's entire Electric Warrior album on the list. And the Carpenters' Carpenters album.

    Keep the recommendations coming!

  5. Living in the Past, Thick as a Brick, and Minstrel in the Gallery are all superior to Aqualung in my humble opinion.

    But those albums didn't come out in 1971.

    I read halfway through the Keith Richards' autobiography on the cruise. Man were those guys self-absorbed. I actually lost a lot of respect for him reading the book so far.
    I may have to write a scathing review after I finish.