The list author says: "Don't get too hung up on the exact rankings here: the first ten are not necessarily my "desert island disks." They are all favorites of mine and your mileage may vary. I know there are a few egregious omissions on this list, such as Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' (and Animals), Led Zeppelin IV, Jeff Beck's 'Blow by Blow' - but those are common wisdom and this list has gotten too long. This was the golden age for rock music. (Except for all those ghastly Allman Bros ripoff bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Marshall Tucker, which are purposely missing on account of mediocrity. Was never much of a fan of Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen either, sorry.
If your favorites are not on here, or you like my taste in music, see my '60s music list at http://www.amazon.com/lm/R8N8D7RW9DQSX and my Favorite Live Albums list at http://www.amazon.com/lm/R3DIAH4YC8TJLU (which is mostly '70s)."
"This album was panned by fans for not being the Top-40 Santana of fall1971. Nothing against Santana III. You knew something was different with Caravanserai when the album opened with crickets. Campfire in the desert. But people didn't get it - Starting with this album, Santana went hitless for years."
"One of the most creative rock albums ever, true musicianship with Zappa's sense of humor. The lyrics will mostly leave you scratching your head (but they're just window dressing for the music anyway)"
"Electric cave man coal miner pick axe railroad four guys arguing about whose girlfriend she is. That's how much sense this seems to make at first, but give it a chance. Good speakers or headphones are mandatory. The 'Complete Sessions' version is totally worth it."
"I got so burned out on this album in the late '70s that I didn't listen to it again for 30+ years. It was so commercial that Bridgeport (CT) Jai Alai used to play the song 'Aja' between matches. Wish I hadn't waited! Especially for 'Peg,' 'Home at Last,' 'I Got The News,' and 'Josie.' Buy Gaucho and Royal Scam (remasters) while you are at it."
"Not what the kids expect when they hear the term "'70s music." This 2013 Steven Wilson remastered version is quite different from the 2003 Joe Gastwirt and Rhino remasters (buy those too). Yes 'Fragile' is also great but 'CttE' is next-level."
"English rocker w/equal parts of "Benefit"-era Jethro Tull (minus flute), Gregorian chant, poly-rhythms and other surprises. Don't buy the 2-CD version; the 'Interview' half is lousy. Buy 'Glass House' & 'Power & Glory' if you like this one."
"You say "What? Not to diminish the fabulous 'Court and Spark' but 'Hejira' and 'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter' have an incredible depth. Nothing after those albums has measured up except maybe 'Travelogue'."
"It's easy to dismiss the Stones (and The Beatles, for that matter) as 'Top 40', but this music comes from a time whe at least some of it was actually good, and was also worthy of FM play (when FM became the place for creative music and not 'Album-oriented Rock' or some other tripe...). Anyway, 'Sticky Fingers' holds up really well."
"How many times have you looked at the album cover and not realized what the guys had just finished doing? Shadows? I don't think so... Worst appropriation of this music by the clueless: a Cadillac commercial."
"People called Osibisa the "African Santana" (from Ghana). They got screwed out of royalties by various record labels over the years, but the music really endures. You'll recognize some of these songs - they should be better-known than they are."
"If someone only gave me half of this album, it would have to be 'Idyllwild South.' Or if you gave me none of this album, then I'd take 'Live at the Fillmore East' but not Eat a Peach or anything later (post Duane Allman)"
"Remixes of early-mid '70s Miles Davis - if Techno were jazz, this is what it would sound like (Other choices would be 'Big Fun' which is 'out there' but not techno-ish, and "On The Corner" which might be THE archetype for all techno)"
"For the first minute, you'll think "mediocre bar band from LA trying to sound like Yes" - but wait - the sound is good, production is good, musicianship is good, songs are good, and "Mama Frog" has the best recitation of "Twas brillig..." from Alice in Wonderland that you'll hear. Buy Ambrosia's 2nd album "Somewhere I've Never Traveled" while you're at it - listen back-to-back."
"This is a very tough choice - either this one or 'Striking it Rich' or 'Where's the Money' - buy em all and then you decide. Sort of a 1940s sound with western swing and Leon Redbone. Also try their 2000 album 'Beatin the Heat'"
"This is part of a semi-matched pair, the other of which being "Shootout at the Fantasy Factory," which was later and not as good as this one. If you were to buy two Traffic albums, then make it this one and "John Barleycorn Must Die""
"If you lived within an hour of Boston, it was J.Geils. If within an hour of NYC, then Bruce Springsteen. If you were from Connecticut, then both. But J. Geils wins hands down for talent. Couldn't decide between this album or 'Bloodshot' though."
"I stayed in Wandsworth Town while in London for a conference, and I couldn't get "The Battle of Epping Forest" out of my head (from this album). This album and "Foxtrot" - can't decide which is better - buy them both. Foxtrot's production and musicianship are a little rougher but it's very original."
"This is and 'Workingmans Dead' are the classic studio Dead albums - 'classic American songbook' (Boomer edition) stuff - although 'Blues for Allah' and their 1973 self-titled album were creative peaks also. Too bad their production was always a bit flat."
"Another one of those albums that takes you on a bit of a journey. This one is transitional, partway in between their earlier "Lizard" and "Wake of Poseidon" and their later, more hard-edged albums to come soon afterward, like "Lark's Tongue" and "Starless""
"Blemished by Tracks 1 and 3 but otherwise just great, esp. as a 1st album. Could have been interesting if he had done these songs before leaving Genesis (the arrangements would certainly have been different). Either he is the British David Byrne or Byrne is the American Peter Gabriel."
"The most pure expression of ELP. With each successive record, they got more bombastic. The 2013 remaster of this is excellent but several tracks are missing because they couldn't find the original tapes. Either buy the 'regular' CD or buy both."
"This is one of those groups that had a few hits on the radio but as it turns out, had much more depth outside of the top 40 format. We took a good friend to see them at Yale Bowl the day after he got out of jail (don't ask). Very memorable evening."
"Another top 40 group that had much more depth than they got credit for. This album, and their first two, both titled "Loggins & Messina" - great. One of the few bands that Columbia Records' tendency toward overproduction didn't ruin."
"One tangent of my circle of friends was into bluegrass. One of the guys played mandolin and the rest of us played varying degrees of acoustic guitar, so this album got a lot of play. THE classic pairing of Calif hippies and legendary country musicians."
"This one takes the prize for undeserved obscurity. Think of a cross between Deep Purple, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and a jazz trio with a Hammond B3 organ and orchestral background, and you're close. If you liked Radar Love and Green Eyed Lady for their one hit wonderness, you'll love Quatermass. The last two songs were studio rejects added later - they should have been left off."
"No, it's not music. Get over it. If you were a guy in your late teens/early 20s in the early '70s, then chances are that you and your friends memorized this album (and recited passages of it, just as you did with Zappa's lyrics)."