The list author says: "The obvious choice would have been Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" and it was my favorite album from 1975 for many years, but have you ever gotten a tune or a chord in your head that you know you've heard before but just can't place? Well, recently, I kept hearing the guitar riff at the end of "I'm So Afraid", the last song on Fleetwood Mac's eponymous 1975 album. It took some time for me to identify the song, but then I spent alot of time relistening to 'Fleetwood Mac' and decided that it clearly had to be at the top of my 1975 list. Fleetwood Mac was rejuvenated in 1975 and when one traces the musical progress of this band, they emerge as the most consistently durable rock and pop band of the 1970's even when they weren't actually defining the sound of that era. The obvious (and some surprise) suspects are further down my list of a very good year for music; a list which hopefully will bring back some fond or not so fond memories. I'm certainly not trying to sell you anything. I lived through it and this is some of the best of what I heard in '75...it may not be the best you heard but then that's your list..."
"11 shimmering pop songs that celebrate the highs and explore the lows of love, altered states of mind, witches, spiritual quests, & yes even of getting old. This is that rarest of creations; a beautiful, honestly raw & thematically cohesive rock album that has only gotten better with time. ÂMonday MorningÂ, ÂCrystalÂ, ÂSay You Love MeÂ, ÂLandslideÂ, ÂIÂm So AfraidÂ."
"Best break up album of all time, and Dylan's first great comeback album featuring Eric Weisberg & Deliverance's spontaneous roots sound that makes all the difference. "Tangled Up in Blue", "Shelter From the Storm", "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts", "Meet Me in the Morning"."
"The romantic dances with the city are grand in the operatic sense and the energized rock anthems of escape are focused & hum with hope & seemingly limitless possibilities. A definitive classic rock album. "Thunder Road", "Born to Run", "Night", "Backstreets"."
"Sleeper album of 1975, initially available as a UK import only ÂSilverÂ contains some of Richard & Linda ThompsonÂs finest songs, searing guitar and beautiful vocals. ÂStreets of ParadiseÂ, ÂFor the Shame of Doing WrongÂ, ÂNight Comes InÂ ÂBeat the RetreatÂ, ÂDimming of the DayÂ."
"Very fluid jazz & blues influenced rock set with sharp lyrics that even after 35 years still defy any listener to describe what they really mean. "Black Friday", "Chain Lightning", "Everyone's Gone to the Movies", "Rose Darling"."
"The essential blueprint for the entire Americana roots music genre features The Band & Dylan at their most relaxed as they rock this joint & whip out songs that emerge like a series of auditory hallucinations. ÂGoinÂ to AcapulcoÂ, ÂLo and BeholdÂ, ÂYea! Heavy and a Bottle of BreadÂ, ÂCrash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)Â, ÂNothing Was DeliveredÂ, ÂThis WheelÂs On fireÂ."
"Tough street wise and world weary look at the crazed life & death struggles of friends hooked on heroin. If this one doesn't scare you straight, you're too far gone. "Tired Eyes", "Borrowed Tune", "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown", "Albuquerque", "Roll Another Number (For the Road)"."
"Criminally underrated follow up to 'Second Helping', but lots of solid swamp boogie rock and Ronnie's smart aleck lyrics to boot! "Saturday Night Special", "On the Hunt", "I'm A Country Boy", "Whiskey Rock-A-Roller"."
"Solid album overshadowed by near simultaneous release of 'Tonight's the Night', but Zuma contains many Neil classics & his trademark scorching guitar solos. "Danger Bird", "Cortez the Killer", "Pardon My Heart", "Through My Sails", "Lookin' for A Love"."
"Boy I sure missed this one in 1975, but IÂm very glad it was re-issued in 2006. Talley has a natural down home folk country feel and it was a shame this record got no radio air play. ÂRed River MemoryÂ, ÂTo Get Back HomeÂ, ÂNo Opener NeededÂ, ÂTake Me to the CountryÂ."
"Curdled wry folk rock spruced up with some horns by working man's bard, John Prine who's clearly perturbed (disturbed?) by some mighty bad weird and strange relationships. "Middleman", "He Was in Heaven Before he Died", "My Own Best Friend", "Wedding Day in Funeralville"."
"SteeleyeÂs exuberant blend of English folk tunes about love and theft & electric hard rock sweetened by Maddy PriorÂs stunning ethereal vocals. ÂBlack Jack DavyÂ, ÂAll Around My HatÂ, ÂBatchelors HallÂ, ÂHard Times of Old EnglandÂ, "Gamble Gold (Robin Hood)"."
"Philly soul didn't get much better than this very upbeat and sophisticated Spinners' best selling album in the summer of '75. ÂGames People PlayÂ, ÂLove or LeaveÂ, ÂHonest I DoÂ, ÂAll that Glitters AinÂt GoldÂ."
"Jerry Garcia & pals get back to their bluegrass roots in a live 1973 setting and deliver faithful, heartfelt renditions of great tunes. "Land of the Navajo", "Midnight Moonlight", "Panama Red", "Wild Horses"."
"Wry sarcastic look at the music industry 'machine'...could be a metaphor for life? Stunning systhesizer work throughout makes this Pink floyd's best album. "Welcome to the Machine" "Wish You Were Here", "Have A Cigar", "Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Part Two)"."
"Jazz fusion with a very hard melodic rock edge. Mann was a wizard with the keyboards & synthesizers & this album was a total aural head rush! "Countdown", "Spirits in the Night", "Crossfade", "Visionary Mountains","
"Jeff Beck moved more deeply into jazz rock fusion territory without losing his rock and funk roots. A very impressive and listenable album. "She's A Woman", "Freeway Jam", "Scatterbrain", "Thelonius"."
"A guilty pleasure but man they were crude, rude, fun and had killer guitar riffs. This album was the soundtrack to many parties in '75. "Good Lovin' Gone Bad", "Shooting Star", "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Deal With the Preacher"."
"Funny soul inflected folk by a young John Hiatt who showed early on he was a Âperfectly goodÂ songwriter to be reckoned with. ÂOvercoatsÂ, ÂDistanceÂ, ÂDown HomeÂ, ÂI Killed an Ant with My GuitarÂ."
"McCartneyÂs best Wings album. The lyrics are light but fun & coherent. The songs are thematically linked (going to a rock show) and the melodies are pure rock and pop...which is what he does best. ÂLetting GoÂ ÂRock ShowÂ, ÂSpirits of Ancient EgyptÂ, ÂLove in SongÂ, ÂListen to What the Man SaidÂ."
"Faithful renditions of terrific country songs by Harris of the dulcet voice but more importantly by Emmylou as leader of her band. "Sin City", "Till I Gain Control Again", "One of These Days", "Satan's Jewel Crown", "Wheels"."
"Simply the best bluegrass you will hear from 1975 or from most other years for that matter. Featuring a young Ricky Skaggs and Jerry 'Flux'(?) Douglas on dobro. "Sally Goodin", "Nashville Blues", "I'm Walkin'", "Summer Wages"."
"Stewart employs more folk melodies to take a relaxed and whimsical look at the phenomenon of nostalgia. Songwriting is sharper than on previous efforts. "Carole", "Dark and Rolling Sea", "Modern times", "Sirens of Titan"."
"Strong sophisticated helping of Philly soul featuring the late great Teddy Pendergrass. "Wake Up Everybody", "I'm Searching for A Love", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good"."
"Hard hitting groove breaking funk album by George Clinton & Co. ItÂs spacey but done with their tongue in cheek...or ear. Good fun. ÂP Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)Â, ÂMothership Connection (Star Child)Â, Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)Â, "Unfunky UFO"."
"At times moving, at times reflective this was what jazz sounded like in its' nascent morphing into yet another genre, namely new age. Garbarek's sax is questioning & probing. Towner's guitar work is suitably understated. "Drifting Petals", "Oceanus", "Winter Solstice", "Sand"."
"Ex-Mahavishnu keyboardist making exceptional use of synthesizers creates a blueprint for electronica with this groundbreaking jazz rock album. "Darkness/Earth in Search of A Sun", "Light/Sun", "Oceans and continents", "The Seventh Day"."
"Critics dismissed 'em, but the little girls understood. Here's where Steven Tyler out sleazes Mick Jagger with timelessly memorable crunchy hard rock 'gems'. "Sweet Emotion", "Uncle Salty", "Walk This Way", "Round and Round"."
"Joni taps into her jazz muse & confounds expectations with many creatively experimental & unusual songs with her usual sharp observations on relationships. "The Jungle Line", "Harry's House/Centerpiece", "Shadows and Light", "Don't Interrupt the Sorrow"."