Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hits of 1973

1-7-10 The Hits of 1973

In sharp contrast to ‘my personal 1972’ that I wrote about yesterday, let’s look at the “Hits” of 1973:

Top U.S. Albums of 1973

Carly Simon – No Secrets

War – The World Is A Ghetto (LP) (CD)

Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player (LP) (CD)

Deliverance (O.S.T.)

Lady Sings The Blues (O.S.T.)

Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies (LP) (2CD Deluxe vers.)

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (LP) (CD) (SACD)

Elvis Presley – Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite

Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

Paul McCartney & Wings – Red Rose Speedway (LP) (CD)

George Harrison – Living In The Material World (LP) (CD)

ChicagoChicago VI (LP)

Jethro Tull – A Passion Play (LP) (CD)

Allman Brothers Band – Brothers And Sisters

Rolling Stones – Goat’s Head Soup (LP) (CD)

Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road (LP) (2SACD + DVD Deluxe vers.)

What I own from the above list is indicated. So, no go on the Carly Simon, Deliverance (O.S.T.), Lady Sings The Blues (Diana Ross O.S.T.), Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin or the Allman Brothers Band.

I own a Carly Simon “Best Of”; I had to see the movie “Deliverance” about a dozen times, as it was showing with “A Clockwork Orange” – which, if I wanted to see it twice in a day, I had to sit through “Deliverance”; no go on 70’s Diana Ross; no go on 70’s Elvis (I’ll stick with the “Shake Rattle & Roll” EP); no go on Led Zeppelin (I think the only track I own by them is on a British sampler LP “The New Age of Atlantic”); and for The Allman Brothers – I’ll stick to the first three albums, thanks. Oddly, of all the stuff I own / like, only one I don’t have on CD is “Chicago VI” – I have a “Very Best Of” 2CD, which takes care of all post 3rd album needs – I keep the LP of “Chicago VI” because the cover is printed very elaborately. I bought my LP of it less than 10 years ago (for $1).

At the time, I had both Elton John albums and the Pink Floyd. My brother hipped me to how great the War album is. I had liked Alice Cooper at the time of “Love It To Death”, but I hadn’t continued to follow his schtick. I didn’t get all the Beatles’ solo albums until about ’76 or so (mostly I was busy buying their solo 45’s with picture sleeves in ’73!). I was disappointed in the Jethro Tull album – what? Another album that’s “only 2 songs” (Side 1 and Side 2)? The Rolling Stones roared into the 70’s with “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile On Main Street” – I thought “Starfucker” was funny, but I didn’t need to own any LP that had “Angie” on it (until I found it in the $1 bin, less than 10 years ago).


Anonymous said...

You've got that right on the Stones regarding "Angie;" their most repellent single next to "Hot Stuff." At the time, I was appalled by "Miss You" and "Emotional Rescue;" their disco period, but it sounds much better today when you remember what came just before.

Ron Kane said...

I agree.