Steely Dan “Can’t Buy a Thrill” (1972)

    One of the more unique sounds of the 1970s is the band Steely Dan.  I will be forever grateful to a friend of mine who indoctrinated me to Steely Dan late in my college years, which was perfect as Steely Dan is basically perfect late-night college music, made by two guys who went toContinue reading “Steely Dan “Can’t Buy a Thrill” (1972)”

Stevie Wonder “Talking Book” (1972)

   You may recall that earlier in 1972, we discussed “Music of My Mind” by Stevie Wonder.  Later in the same year, he released “Talking Book”, which I would assume most people, myself included, consider this album to be a significant step forward in the caliber of his rapidly expanding solo, “adult” music journey.  OnceContinue reading “Stevie Wonder “Talking Book” (1972)”

Sandy Denny “Sandy” (1972)

    Another interesting transition, from the #1 funk album to the #4 folk album, today we have the album “Sandy” by Fairport Convention vocalist Sandy Denny.  Although there is probably not a genre here that I am less familiar with than folk, any Led Zeppelin fan like myself recognizes Sandy Denny as the guest vocalistContinue reading “Sandy Denny “Sandy” (1972)”

Curtis Mayfield “Superfly” (1972)

    How often do I get to listen to the #1 rated funk album of all time, at least as proclaimed by  I guess for the purposes of this exercise, today is that day.  “Superfly”, the soundtrack album from the 1972 album by Curtis Mayfield, is so designated, and also is the #76 albumContinue reading “Curtis Mayfield “Superfly” (1972)”

The Doobie Brothers “Toulouse Street” (1972)

    For most of my relatively long classic rock fandom, I have never been a big fan of The Doobie Brothers.  In recent years, I have given them more of a listen as I continue to try to span further in my search for music.  This interest has also been augmented by my son’s unusualContinue reading “The Doobie Brothers “Toulouse Street” (1972)”

David Bowie “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” (1972)

    At the house I am staying at this weekend, there is a picture of David Bowie on the refrigerator.  Seems appropriate that today’s album is “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”.  I also recall my son having a poster of this album cover in his dorm room atContinue reading “David Bowie “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” (1972)”

Eagles “Eagles” (1972)

 One of the more intriguing elements of this exercise for me will be including the primary releases of the Eagles, perhaps the most successful country-rock-pop act of the 20th century.  Their ability to sustain success in album sales and concert ticket sales has few comparisons, and I will be eager to see how their musicContinue reading “Eagles “Eagles” (1972)”

Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace” (1972)

    When I first realized the next album on my list was going to be a live gospel album from Aretha Franklin, I knew it was going to be good, but even my own expectations were exceeded on this powerful album.  Rated as album #154 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time, thisContinue reading “Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace” (1972)”

Elton John “Honky Chateau” (1972)

    Today we have the first Elton John album I include, even though it is actually his fifth studio release.  “Honky Chateau” was rated as the #251 album by Rolling Stone on their Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and it certainly is a consistently strong album, reflective of the songwriting expertise and consistentContinue reading “Elton John “Honky Chateau” (1972)”

The Rolling Stones “Exile On Main Street” (1972)

    The Rolling Stones just continue to hit high marks in their run of albums from the late 1960s, heading into the early 1970s.  The era of Mick Taylor replacing Brian Jones continues to fuel some of their best guitar rock work, with today’s album possibly their most consistently strong album, “Exile on Main Street”. Continue reading “The Rolling Stones “Exile On Main Street” (1972)”