Top '70s music - Everyone Else's List is Wrong!

A Listmania! list by Anthony Nonymous "alieninvader" (near Seattle, WA United States)
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)."
Caravanserai
1.  Caravanserai by Santana
The list author says:
  "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."
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One Size Fits All
2.  One Size Fits All by Frank Zappa
The list author says:
  "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)"
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My Goals Beyond
3.  My Goals Beyond by John McLaughlin
The list author says:
  "This is an UNDESERVEDLY obscure album.  A journey on the Silk Road, followed by great solo acoustic jazz guitar."
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On the Corner
4.  On the Corner by Miles Davis
The list author says:
  "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."
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Aja (Remastered)
5.  Aja (Remastered) by Steely Dan
The list author says:
  "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."
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Close to the Edge [Blu-ray]
6.  Close to the Edge [Blu-ray] by Yes
The list author says:
  "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."
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Free Hand
7.  Free Hand by Gentle Giant
The list author says:
  "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."
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Hejira
8.  Hejira by Joni Mitchell
The list author says:
  "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'."
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Sticky Fingers
9.  Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
The list author says:
  "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."
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Who's Next
10.  Who's Next by The Who
The list author says:
  "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."
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Hunky Dory
11.  Hunky Dory by David Bowie
The list author says:
  "The first half of what should have been a double album. 'Ziggy Stardust' is the required 2nd half"
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Woyaya
12.  Woyaya by Osibisa
The list author says:
  "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."
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White Trash
13.  White Trash by Edgar Winter
The list author says:
  "Forgotten but THANKfully still available.  Loud, in-your-face American blues-gospel-rock with a tight horn section.  This is NOTHING like the throw-away Top 40 Edgar Winter of 'Frankenstein'"
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Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
14.  Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus by Spirit
The list author says:
  "It's Nature's Way of telling you something's wrong.  Must be played back to back with Sopwith Camel (below)"
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Miraculous Hump Returns From the Moon
15.  Miraculous Hump Returns From the Moon by Sopwith Camel
The list author says:
  "Happy happy happy!  How can you deny an album containing 'Monkeys on the moon?'  Great jazzy album.  Where did you stash the bong?"
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Beginnings [Remastered]
16.  Beginnings [Remastered] by Allman Brothers Band
The list author says:
  "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)"
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Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974
17.  Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 by Bill Laswell
The list author says:
  "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)"
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Ambrosia
18.  Ambrosia by Ambrosia
The list author says:
  "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."
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Mysterious Traveller
19.  Mysterious Traveller by Weather Report
The list author says:
  "Great electric jazz - One of Weather Report's two peaks, the other being 'Mr Gone'"
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Innervisions (Remastered)
20.  Innervisions (Remastered) by Stevie Wonder
The list author says:
  "Put on a cop show, turn down the TV and put this on instead as the TV's soundtrack.  Better than playing 'Dark Side of the Moon' while watching 'The Wizard of Oz.'"
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Last Train to Hicksville
21.  Last Train to Hicksville by Dan Hicks
The list author says:
  "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'"
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The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Remastered)
22.  The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Remastered) by Traffic
The list author says:
  "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""
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Midnight on the Water
23.  Midnight on the Water by David Bromberg
The list author says:
  "Why doesn't anyone know this guy?  Tough to classify.  American folk music mixed with blues and pop, sort of irish electric bluegrass and a little sad?  I dunno"
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Morning After
24.  Morning After by J. Geils Band
The list author says:
  "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."
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Selling England By The Pound
25.  Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
The list author says:
  "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."
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American Beauty
26.  American Beauty by Grateful Dead
The list author says:
  "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."
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Islands
27.  Islands by King Crimson
The list author says:
  "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""
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Songs From the Wood
28.  Songs From the Wood by Jethro Tull
The list author says:
  "A bit different for Jethro Tull. If you were to buy just one 'exemplary' Jethro Tull album, the 2013 remaster of 'Aqualung' might be it.  But 'Songs' has also endured the years better than expected."
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Peter Gabriel 1
29.  Peter Gabriel 1 by Peter Gabriel
The list author says:
  "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."
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Emerson Lake & Palmer
30.  Emerson Lake & Palmer by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
The list author says:
  "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."
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Year of Sunday
31.  Year of Sunday by Seals & Crofts
The list author says:
  "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."
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There Goes Rhymin Simon
32.  There Goes Rhymin Simon by Paul Simon
The list author says:
  "Also really commercial but great; the other half of this is the eponymous 'Paul Simon' album"
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Motherlode
33.  Motherlode by Loggins & Messina
The list author says:
  "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."
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Ambient 1:Music For Airports
34.  Ambient 1:Music For Airports by Brian Eno
The list author says:
  "This album defined the Ambient music genre.  Ambient II is as good and Ambient IV is the best of the series and would be on this list if it wasn't from 1982.  Ambient III is headache-inducing (sorry)"
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Minute By Minute
35.  Minute By Minute by Doobie Brothers
The list author says:
  "Other Doob albums are good but this is the best Doobie Bros album <i> as an entire album</i>."
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Van Morrison - Moondance (2008 Remaster) [Japan LTD CD] WPCR-78028
36.  Van Morrison - Moondance (2008 Remaster) [Japan LTD CD] WPCR-78028 by Van Morrison
The list author says:
  "As I write this, there seems to be no version of Moondance available other than the Japanese import and the 4-CD Deluxe Edition.  So, buy it used.  Great songs, a staple of early '70s FM radio."
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Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition)
37.  Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition) by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The list author says:
  "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."
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Millennium Funk Party
38.  Millennium Funk Party by Millennium Party (Series)
The list author says:
  "All those damn songs the guys down the hall in your dorm used to play - that you just used to HATE - somehow sound really great now!"
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Quatermass
39.  Quatermass by Quatermass
The list author says:
  "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."
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How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All
40.  How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All by Firesign Theatre
The list author says:
  "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)."
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