1972 - And I'm On My Way, I Don't Know Where I'm Going

A Listmania! list by Peter Walenta "Peter Walenta" (Long Island, New York)
The list author says: "Wow, digging these albums out to do a retrospective of 1972 brings back fond, not so fond and some down right hilarious memories of what I thought was ‘boss’ in ‘72 and what now turns out to be really good music that I missed when it first came out. Mention 1972 and you might think glam & progressive rock with David Bowie, Yes, Jethro Tull and Genesis emanating from FM airwaves. Next, you’d probably remember (or maybe rather choose to forget) the prevalence of easy rock on the AM dial as purveyed by The Eagles, Elton John & John Denver. A time when rock was still exploring its' possibilities, 1972 was truly the last year of free-form FM rock radio. By year’s end, a new tighter play-list format had taken over the free wheeling FM stations with the rise of so-called album oriented rock radio stations. What did we get? Still some very good songs but also a lot more commercials so that the artistic line between AM and FM radio blurred even more. Just under the radar (and at at your favorite record shop) there was still a lot of interesting, exciting & influential music that, if you listened carefully right before the free form stations were gobbled up, you might have heard some of these songs and artists get their only air play. Artists as renowned today as Richard Thompson, NRBQ, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Big Star, and Manu Dibango. Listening to AM radio, you could still hear great soul by Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, O'Jays & Bill Withers. Then, there was Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street”...perhaps the most belatedly over-hyped yet truly great rock album ever released. Enjoy rediscovering '72."
Paul Simon
1.  Paul Simon by Paul Simon
The list author says:
  "Freed from the expectations of folkie audiences, Simon emerged as a major songwriter with brutally self confessional, wry & acerbic songs about America, relationships & adulthood. It rocked, with a hint of reggae too! "Mother and Child Reunion", "Duncan", "Run that Body Down", "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"."
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Exile On Main Street [Remastered]
2.  Exile On Main Street [Remastered] by The Rolling Stones
The list author says:
  "Stones exploring the dangerous limits of roots, blues, soul, rock & country. They even scored a few hits too! "Tumbling Dice", "Shake Your Hips", "Torn and Frayed", "All Down the Line", "Sweet Virginia", "Casino Boogie", "Rip This Joint"."
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Give It Up
3.  Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt
The list author says:
  "Stunningly moving performances by Bonnie Raitt as she delves deeply into the blues, folk and pop with a crack band & producer to spur her to greater heights. “Give It Up Or Let Me Go”, “Nothing Seems to Matter”, “You got to Know How”, “Under the Falling Sky”, “You told Me Baby”."
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Henry the Human Fly
4.  Henry the Human Fly by Richard Thompson
The list author says:
  "Criminally overlooked blistering folk rock masterpiece by ex-Fairport whiz kid guitarist Richard Thompson. Do sample this one! “Roll Over Vaughn Williams”, “The New St. George”, “Nobody's Wedding”, “Poor Ditching Boy”, “The Angels Took My Racehorse Away”."
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Manfred Mann's Earth Band
5.  Manfred Mann's Earth Band by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
The list author says:
  "Sleeper progressive rock album of the year. Jazzy, inventive, witty, you clould hear Pink Floyd draw major inspiration from MMEB. "Sloth", "Please Mrs. Henry", "I'm Up and I'm Leaving", "Tribute"."
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Still Bill
6.  Still Bill by Bill Withers
The list author says:
  "Alternately smooth & funky urban rocking grooves never sounded better and with backing by Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Withers soars on 10 timeless soul classics. “Use Me”, “Lean On Me”, “I Don’t Know”, “Lonely Town, Lonely Street”, “Another Day to Run”."
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Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition)
7.  Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition) by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The list author says:
  "Bluegrass tour de force. Immensely spirited performances by many of the greats. Roll over John Denver. "Lost Highway", "Keep On the Sunny Side", "Wreck on the Highway", "Tennessee Stud", "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"."
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I Saw The Light With Help From My Friends
8.  I Saw The Light With Help From My Friends by Earl Scruggs
The list author says:
  "Bluegrass legend Scruggs gets the young'uns to sing up a storm on new & traditional material. Clearly a seminal alt.country gem. "Silver Wings:, "The Banks of the Ohio", "Ring of Fire", "I Saw the Light", "Motherless Child Blues"."
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Last of the Red Hot Burritos
9.  Last of the Red Hot Burritos by The Flying Burrito Brothers
The list author says:
  "Live without Gram Parsons, they still sounded very much on fire. “My Uncle”, “Devil in Disguise”, “Orange Blossom Special”, “Losing Game”."
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Don't It Drag on
10.  Don't It Drag on by Chris Smither
The list author says:
  "Quiet folk rock singer’s early masterpiece of covers & originals. "No Expectations", "Friend of the Devil", "Every Mother's Son", "Another Way to Find You", "Mail Order Mystics"."
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Europe 72
11.  Europe 72 by Grateful Dead
The list author says:
  "The Dead in very fine form captured live whilst trucking across Europe. Rhino re-issue has superior sound quality & 7 bonus tracks! "I Know You Rider", "One More Saturday Night", "Sugar Magnolia", "Brown-Eyed Woman", "The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)", "Good Lovin'"."
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Saint Dominic's Preview
12.  Saint Dominic's Preview by Van Morrison
The list author says:
  "Morrison juiced his mystic Celtic soul to ecstatic heights on this breezy, jazzy album filled with scats, lion growls & gypsies. Very romantic & healing. “Gypsy”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You smile)”, “Listen to the Lion”, “Almost Independence Day”."
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Who Came First
13.  Who Came First by Pete Townshend
The list author says:
  "Pete the Seeker & Ronnie Laine roar though a bunch of rock, country & folk tunes which all hang together very organically making for Pete’s best solo album. “Pure and Easy”, “Evolution”, “Let's See Action (Nothing is Everything)”, “The Seeker”, “Sheraton Gibson”."
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All the Young Dudes
14.  All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople
The list author says:
  "Ian Hunter & Co. produced by D. Bowie turned in the best hard rock album of the year. "All the Young dudes", "Sweet Jane", "Ready for Love/After Lights", "One of the Boys", Sea Diver", Jerkin' Crocus"."
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Howard Tate
15.  Howard Tate by Howard Tate
The list author says:
  "With his rich soulful pleading voice, falsetto trills & superb instrumentation, Tate created a very gritty gospel-tinged soul album. “You Don’t Know Anything About Love”, “When I Was A Young Man”, “Where Did My Baby Go”, “Keep Cool (Don’t Be A Fool)”, “Strugglin’”, "It's Your Move"."
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Ace
16.  Ace by Bob Weir
The list author says:
  "Even better than Jerry’s solo LP, Weir cuts loose and shows himself as a first class rocker and song writer with the vocal chops to boot. “Playing in the Band”, “Looks Like Rain”, “Cassidy”, “Mexicali Blues”, “One More Saturday Night”."
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Play the Blues
17.  Play the Blues by Buddy Guy
The list author says:
  "Cooking hot blues session with guests Eric Clapton & a clearly revved up J. Geils on traditional tunes & Guy originals. “A Man of Many Words”, “Bad Bad Whiskey”, “A Poor Man’s Plea”, “I Don’t Know”, “Honeydripper”."
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Garcia
18.  Garcia by Jerry Garcia
The list author says:
  "For sure it’s a Grateful Dead studio album but here Jerry’s song writing & singing are truly inspired. “Sugaree”, “Deal”, “Loser”, “To Lay Me Down”, “Bird Song”, “Sugaree (Alternate Take)”, “The Wheel”, "Loser (Alternate Take)"."
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Bare Trees
19.  Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac
The list author says:
  "Songwriters Bob Welch, Danny Kirwan & Christine McVie explore country, rock, blues and progressive styles & emerge with one of the best early Mac albums. “Sentimental Lady”, “Spare Me a Little of Your Love”, “Homeward Bound”, “Bare Trees”, “Sunny Side of Heaven”, “Danny’s Chant”."
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Below the Salt
20.  Below the Salt by Steeleye Span
The list author says:
  "Folk songs from merrie olde England given electro rock treatment. Blasphemous to purists but the electric guitar, bass & fiddle only complimented the beauty of these ancient melodies. “Spotted Cow”, “Royal Forester”, “Rosebud in June”, “Saucy Sailor”, “Gaudete”."
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Back Stabbers
21.  Back Stabbers by O'Jays
The list author says:
  "Lush orchestration is backdrop for the funk and soul tour de force sound of Philadelphia produced by Gamble and Huff. Songs deal with cautionary tales love and betrayal on the mean streets. “Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People”, “Back Stabbers”, “Sunshine”, “Love Train”. “992 Arguments”."
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Diamonds in the Rough
22.  Diamonds in the Rough by John Prine
The list author says:
  "Gravel voiced good old boy delivers 13 vignettes on the state of religion, music, love, Viet Nam vets & mental health circa ‘72. Steve Goodman & David Bromberg on guitars give the songs a nice mountain twang. “Everybody”, “Take the Star Out of the Window”, “Billy the Bum”, “The Torch Singer”."
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Rockin
23.  Rockin by The Guess Who
The list author says:
  "Folks quibble because R. Bachman is absent, but here is the cultist's favourite Guess Who album. An organic spoof on the 50's rock n' roll revival complete with Indian war chants, distorto guitars, smooth harmonies & punk lyrics. Get the ICONOCLASSIC reissue as they finally remastered the LP from the original tapes. "Heartbroken Bopper", "Back to the City", "Guns, Guns, "Guns"."
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Sailin Shoes
24.  Sailin Shoes by Little Feat
The list author says:
  "Rockin' funky blues & Lowell George's excellent songs make this one the Feat's best album. "Teenage Nervous Breakdown", "Willin'", "Tripe Face boogie", "Easy to Slip", "Got No Shadow"."
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Dr. John's Gumbo
25.  Dr. John's Gumbo by Dr. John
The list author says:
  "Mac Rebennack’s barrelhouse piano & gritty vocals romp through 50's New Orleans standards. Big fun! “Big Chief”, “Iko Iko”, “Mess Around”, “Junko Partner”, “Stack-A-Lee”, “Those Lonely Nights”."
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I'm Still In Love With You
26.  I'm Still In Love With You by Al Green
The list author says:
  "Green keeps the soul embers burning hot with his amazingly expressive vocals & sensual rhythmic grooves courtesy of his Memphis band mates featuring Al Jackson’s propulsive drumming. “Love and Happiness”, “What A Wonderful Thing Love Is”, “For the Good Times”, “Look What You Done for Me”"
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Caravanserai
27.  Caravanserai by Santana
The list author says:
  "Rock that flowed into jazz flowing into rock again with exotic warm Latin rhythms & Carlos Santana’s spirited searing soaring guitar anchoring the whole thing. Very cosmic dude! “Song of the Wind”, “Stone Flower”, “All the Love of the Universe”, “Waves Within”."
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Sahara
28.  Sahara by McCoy Tyner
The list author says:
  "Commanding & inventive pianist Tyner combines hard bop jazz & world beat rhythms, complete with koto, flutes & hand drums. A very exotic jazz experience recommended if you dug Sanatana’s ‘Caravanserai’. “Valley of Life”, “Sahara”, “Rebirth”, “Ebony Queen”."
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Next Album
29.  Next Album by Sonny Rollins
The list author says:
  "Come back album after 60's recording hiatus, Rollins still was in fine form on his Milestone debut with Jack DeJohnette on drums. ""Playin' in the Yard", "Poinciana", "The Everywhere Calypso", "Skylark"."
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Old Dan's Records
30.  Old Dan's Records by Gordon Lightfoot
The list author says:
  "With less orchestration, Lightfoot taps into his folk troubadour muse once more to make a very fine album. “Old Dan’s Records”, “You Are What I Am”, “Farewell to Annabel”, “My Pony Won’t Go”, “It’s Worth Believin’”, Hi’way Songs”."
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Garden Party
31.  Garden Party by Ricky Nelson
The list author says:
  "Before the Eagles, Nelson turned in this tasty but understated country rock classic. "Let it Bring You Along", "Garden Party", "So Long Mama", "I'm Talking About You", "Are You Really Real?", "Palace Guard"."
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Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part
32.  Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part by Horslips
The list author says:
  "8 years before U2, Horslips was one of the first indigenous Irish bands to hit the airwaves with their heady blend of progressive rock & Irish folk instruments & Celtic melodies. "Hall of Mirrors", "The Shamrock Shore", "Furniture", "High Reel"."
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Roxy Music
33.  Roxy Music by Roxy Music
The list author says:
  "Produced by King Crimson’s Pete Sinfield & featuring the young Eno, this was a weird adventurous glam rock album but grounded in enough neat hooks and synthed-up melodies & jazzy sax fills to make it accessible...at least in the UK. “Virginia Plain”, “2 H.B”, “Re-make/Re-model”, "Sea Breezes", "Would You Believe?"."
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Lou Reed
34.  Lou Reed by Lou Reed
The list author says:
  "Lou’s necessary transitional debut solo record after Velvets & before Transformer contains many nifty rock songs. “Wild Child”. “Ride Into the Sun”, “I Can’t Stand It” “Ocean”, “Love Makes You Feel”."
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Sail Away
35.  Sail Away by Randy Newman
The list author says:
  "Utterly out of step with the times musically, but lyrically Newman had his finger on the pulse of this fascinating & ugly thing called America. "Burn On", "Sail Away", "Last Night I Had a Dream", "Political Science"."
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Scraps
36.  Scraps by NRBQ
The list author says:
  "Eclectic’s their middle name. Smart off kilter lyrics nicely compliment a melange of good timin’ pop, funk & jazz styles. On 'Scraps' they sounded a lot like Little Feat, Steely Dan, Turtles, Faces (?) maybe, take yer pick and just enjoy ‘em. “Magnet”, “Only You”, "Who Put the Garlic in the Glue?", "Boys in the City", "Scraps"."
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Razamanaz
37.  Razamanaz by Nazareth
The list author says:
  "Loud, crude & just barely competent but with loads of attitude, this was hard rock heaven & Deep Purple's Roger Glover focused these rowdy Scots to stick to rock n' roll. "Razamanaz", "Vigilante Man", "Woke Up this Morning", "Broke Down Angel"."
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For the Roses
38.  For the Roses by Joni Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Stark spare songs of hard won truths about hit and run love & life on the road...and drugs. “Electricity”, “Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire”, “You Turn Me On I’m a Radio”, “See You Sometime”, “Lesson in Survival”."
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Live at the Paramount
39.  Live at the Paramount by The Guess Who
The list author says:
  "In which Burton & the boys punk out. The Guess Who live rowdy & raunchy. Lot's of swear words, overt drug references & very negative role models. A glorious mess! "Trucking Off Across the Sky", "Runnin' Back to Saskatoon", "American Woman", "Glace Bay Blues"."
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Sandy
40.  Sandy by Sandy Denny
The list author says:
  "Freed from Fairport, Denny delivered a warm melodic debut album steeped in the British folk tradition with a few cover tunes also. "Sweet Rosemary", "Tomorrow is a Long Time", "The Lady", "It Suits Me Well"."
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