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1977: Key Albums (The Times They Are A-Changin')

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The list author says: "Changes certainly were occurring in the music world. Many of the '70s stalwart artists were creatively burnt out or facing pressure from record companies to 'mainstream' their music. While I didn't embrace punk yet I was looking elsewhere to broaden my musical palate. Australia's Bushwackers Band released the seminal MURRUMBIDGEE LP. Holland's Kayak, Hungary's Omega, Canada's Garfield and Texan Joe Ely are are few examples of different artists that frequented my turntable.

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My general music interests include '70s progressive rock, intelligent rock, European folk-rock, alt-country and non-synthesized '80s rock."
Songs From the Wood
Songs From the Wood
"Tull had not yet been affected negatively by the changing musical landscape. This is my favorite JT record of all time."
Prospect Before Us
Prospect Before Us
"Spectacular record! With members from Fairport, Gryphon and Sailor how could it not be?"
Low
Low
"An extension of STATION TO STATION. I liked this one a great deal more than HEROES."
Peter Gabriel 1: Car
Peter Gabriel 1: Car
"Superb solo debut with an impressive stable of support musicians"
Before and After Science
Before and After Science
"Ambient, moody and prognosticating."
Introducing Sparks
Introducing Sparks
"This record is lambasted because the Maels used studio musicians?! This is essential listening for Sparks fans."
Even In The Quietest Moments. (Remastered)
Even In The Quietest Moments. (Remastered)
"Beautiful record from Supertramp. Their last quality release before the "breakthrough.""
Going for the One
Going for the One
"Some classic bands were still putting out classics like this one."
Aliens
Aliens
"Finally getting FM airplay with their 7th album. More straight out rocking than previous efforts."
Storm Force 10
Storm Force 10
"Martyn Carthy rejoins this band for possibly their strongest record yet."
Geese & The Ghost
Geese & The Ghost
Quark Strangeness & Charm
Quark Strangeness & Charm
"Didn't care for this one in '77. It was symptomatic of the changes many '70s art rock/prog bands underwent then. I was wrong as it's stood the test of time nicely. This retains the trademark Hawkwind jamming and spacerock. They've also acquired a greater sense of humor and a detectable punkish vibe. That, coupled with the dense Hawkwind driving rhythm of yore makes this a critical listen."
Treason
Treason
"While not Gryphon's finest, still a nice slice of prog released at a time when many progressive artists were regressing."
Motivation Radio
Motivation Radio
"Spacey, progressive and unconventional. Sorta Floydish."
Joe Ely
Joe Ely
"My first country album. Believe me, this was so far removed from the country mainstream in '77 that Ely found more fans in the rock community."
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
"Low down and dirty, he was in a class by himself then and now."
Playing The Fool - T
Playing The Fool - T
"Originally a two-record set issued by Capitol capturing the Giant live during the fall of '76."
Bonny Bunch of Roses
Bonny Bunch of Roses
"Finally, a return to their classic sound of the early seventies."
My Aim Is True
My Aim Is True
"Attention getting debut from Elvis but from '78 thru '82 he was phenomenal."
Overnight Angels
Overnight Angels
"Hunter many not have liked this album but many of us fans do. W/Earl Slick on guitar."
A Farewell to Kings
A Farewell to Kings
"Decent followup to 2112. Slightly more commercial sounding."
Burning for You
Burning for You
"An improvement over DEEP CUTS. The title track and 'Heartbreaker' make his album."
Tracks From the Vaults
Tracks From the Vaults
"Interesting assortment of tunes that didn't make it to albums proper."
Animals
Animals
"A bit of a letdown after WISH YOU WERE HERE, however, most fans didn't think so."
Missing Piece
Missing Piece
"I was one of "those people" who dismissed this record as crap, sellout, etc. For years I gave it little or no attention until it faded into oblivion. Now 30+ years later it ain't bad at all. :)"
Time Will Pass
Time Will Pass
"I make no apologies for digging British folk-rock when it wasn't "cool." I was cool and so were Spriguns."
Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue
"I generally despised '70s pop as a teen. Preferred prog, art and folk-rock. As far as unabashed pop goes, ELO was probably the cream of the crop. I lamented their abandonment of ELDORADO-like creativity for years, however, for pure pop this is quite good."
Novella
Novella
"Orchestrated pop-rock. This one marked the end of their progressive phase."
Strange Streets + Out There Tonight (Two on One)
Strange Streets + Out There Tonight (Two on One)
"OUT THERE TONIGHT - Progressive songwriter Garfield French's '77 release."
Live in the Air Age
Live in the Air Age
"Live when in their prime but a surprisingly sterile sounding set."
Rain Dances
Rain Dances
"Progressive pop."
Quiet Zone
Quiet Zone
"Too much of an original to ever be considered for mainstream success."
Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Triangle
"Throwback folk-rock with autoharp at the core. Very active on the college circuit then and (I think) now."
Heroes
Heroes
"The lesser of his two '77 releases. I'm still waiting for this one to wow me. Like the album cover this music is grey sounding, no color."
Starlight Dancer
Starlight Dancer
Something Magic
Something Magic
"At least Procol knew when to pack it in. I shutter to think of what they might have sounded like had they soldiered on into the eighties."
Dandy in the Underworld
Dandy in the Underworld
"Often touted as a return to form for Bolan (not quite) but the music press had long discarded T Rex, hence this record was never heard by those who ought to have heard it."