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1978: Key Albums

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The list author says: "This year saw worthy contributions from the old guard of Tull, Yes, Peter Hammill and Springsteen aside young lions like Elvis, Tonio K, the Motors and Joe Ely. Hickory Wind released one of the first world music extravaganzas CROSSING DEVIL'S BRIDGE. Horslips, who were approaching the end of their tenure were finally getting some recognition. Klaatu was not the Beatles and Be Bop Deluxe graced us with their swansong.

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My general music interests include '70s progressive rock, intelligent rock, European folk-rock, alt-country and non-synthesized '80s rock."
Hope: 25th Anniversary
Hope: 25th Anniversary
"One of my all-time favorites. Sci-fi infused. Beatles and Queen influenced. Uniquely varied record."
This Year's Model
This Year's Model
"It didn't take long for Elvis to settle in as a major artist. This record began a five year run of incredible music."
Wild Places//Streets of Fire
Wild Places//Streets of Fire
"Although he'd been around for a decade THE WILD PLACES served as a reintroduction to him."
Heavy Horses
Heavy Horses
"Continuing in their folksy ways. Another fine set of music in the same vein as SONGS FROM THE WOOD."
Drastic Plastic
Drastic Plastic
"Bill Nelson had a pulse on where rock was headed and seemed poised to position his band accordingly. Too bad this was their last album."
Rise Up Like the Sun
Rise Up Like the Sun
"Probably the most creative of the well-known British folk-rock acts. This was the last of their progressive records."
Please Don't Touch
Please Don't Touch
"The Kansas contribution is a natural. More surprising, though, is Richie Havens' appearance which works extremely well."
Tormato
Tormato
"Critics constantly remind us that punk had arrived and reduced the dinosaurs to irrelevance. I never ascribed to that. There is and was always room enough on my playlist to accomodate many divergent styles."
Man Who Built America
Man Who Built America
"Too little, too late for the Fab Five. This poppier approach to Irish folk-rock sounds better with the passage of time."
Water Bearer
Water Bearer
"Mike's sister undoubtedly influenced Enya and Clannad. I suppose this would be considered New Age by today's vernacular."
Skyrover
Skyrover
"Rock 'n' roll, prog and space rock from Hungary."
Tipplers Tales
Tipplers Tales
"More straight forward English folk-rock. Yes, they were being supplanted by a new style of music but they stuck to their guns anyway."
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Darkness on the Edge of Town
"Don't know how he survived three years between records. Back then an artist generally released one record per year with maybe an occasional idle year."
Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine
"Dark. Seedy. Low-life. Beautiful."
Honky Tonk Masquerade
Honky Tonk Masquerade
"The former Flatlander's second (and finest) solo album. Great songs and instrumentation."
Burnt Lips
Burnt Lips
"My first Kottke album purchased from an LP cutout bin back in the late seventies. Was hooked ever since."
Crossing Devil's Bridge
Crossing Devil's Bridge
"Progressive folk/bluegrass/country/world from the East coast. Great record. Not available on CD except for my private copy."
Song for All Seasons
Song for All Seasons
What If
What If
Hemispheres (Remastered)
Hemispheres (Remastered)
"This was the last Rush album that I could enjoy. However, I don't like it as much now as I did them. Still OK."
Breathless
Breathless
"The late seventies saw this band lean even sharper to the pop end of the music spectrum. Prog-pop?"
Life in the Foodchain
Life in the Foodchain
"A rather manic newcomer, K was ascerbic, literate and witty all at once. America's angry young man."
Future Now
Future Now
"Like Bowie (an older rocker who embraced change) Hammill was an eccentric who fit right in to the new music scene with his minimalist sound and off-beat lyrics."
British Lions
British Lions
"Just good, solid rock 'n' roll. The finest of the post Mott the Hoople affiliated projects (sans Hunter, that is). Far superior than the British Lions' followup album TROUBLE WITH WOMEN. Featuring ex-Medicine Head singer John Fiddler."
Misfits - The Kinks
Misfits - The Kinks
Approved By the Motors
Approved By the Motors
"An unlikely marriage of punk, R&B and pop. If Jeff Lynne had one punk bone in his body back in '78 ELO might have sounded like this."
Angel Dust / Another Trip To Earth
Angel Dust / Another Trip To Earth
"Chicago-based progressive act. ANOTHER TRIP TO EARTH was their '78 release."
Whistling Jigs to the Moon
Whistling Jigs to the Moon
"This was an incredibly obscure record in 1978 released regionally in South Africa in extremely limited quantities. It didn't surface again until 1997 when the South Korean archival label Si-Wan Records issued it on CD. For fans of early Steeleye Span."
Dire Straits
Dire Straits
Watch
Watch
Heaven Tonight
Heaven Tonight
"I was never a big fan of mainstream album rock. Cheap trick was always very melodic (in an ELO-type of way). This was their best record."
Giant For A Day
Giant For A Day
"Definitely NOT prog like their previous records. This is fairly solid album rock from 1978 with a slight modern rock bent. Was received negatively largely because Giant's reputation preceded them. I'll take this over the chart toppers from '78 any day."