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1975 - Well, The Landslide Will Bring it Down

Peter Walenta "Peter Walenta"
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..."
Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition)
Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition)
"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. “Monday Morning”, “Crystal”, “Say You Love Me”, “Landslide”, “I’m So Afraid”."
Blood on the Tracks
Blood on the Tracks
"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"."
Born to Run
Born to Run
"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"."
Pour Down Like Silver
Pour Down Like Silver
"Sleeper album of 1975, initially available as a UK import only ‘Silver’ contains some of Richard & Linda Thompson’s finest songs, searing guitar and beautiful vocals. “Streets of Paradise”, “For the Shame of Doing Wrong”, “Night Comes In” “Beat the Retreat”, “Dimming of the Day”."
Northern Lights - Southern Cross
Northern Lights - Southern Cross
"The Band's most soulful and thereby most accessible collection of tunes with neat synthesizer fills too! "Acadian Driftwood", "Jupiter Hollow", "It Makes No Difference", "Ring Your Bell"."
Katy Lied
Katy Lied
"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 Basement Tapes
The Basement Tapes
"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. “Goin’ to Acapulco”, “Lo and Behold”, “Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread”, “Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)”, “Nothing Was Delivered”, “This Wheel’s On fire”."
Tonight's the Night
Tonight's the Night
"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)"."
Nuthin' Fancy
Nuthin' Fancy
"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"."
Zuma
Zuma
"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"."
Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love
Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love
"Boy I sure missed this one in 1975, but I’m 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. “Red River Memory”, “To Get Back Home”, “No Opener Needed”, “Take Me to the Country”."
Unrequited (Legacy)
Unrequited (Legacy)
"Wainwright's pungent sarcastic humor shines through on a mix of studio & live performances & not a dead skunk in the bunch! "Kick in the Head", "Crime of Passion", "Rufus is a T*t Man", "Guru"."
Common Sense
Common Sense
"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"."
All Around My Hat
All Around My Hat
"Steeleye’s exuberant blend of English folk tunes about love and theft & electric hard rock sweetened by Maddy Prior’s stunning ethereal vocals. “Black Jack Davy”, “All Around My Hat”, “Batchelors Hall”, “Hard Times of Old England”, "Gamble Gold (Robin Hood)"."
The Who By Numbers (Remastered)
The Who By Numbers (Remastered)
"By no means their best but contains solid rock songs that take a brutally honest look at the music industry. "Blue Red and Grey", "In a Hand or In A Face", "However Much I Booze", "Squeeze Box"."
Pick of the Litter
Pick of the Litter
"Philly soul didn't get much better than this very upbeat and sophisticated Spinners' best selling album in the summer of '75. “Games People Play”, “Love or Leave”, “Honest I Do”, “All that Glitters Ain’t Gold”."
Old & In The Way
Old & In The Way
"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"."
Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
"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)"."
Nightingales & Bombers
Nightingales & Bombers
"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","
Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy
Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy
"Eno creates rich ambient sonic textures with guitars & vocals on his most rock based album. "The Great Pretender", "Third Uncle", "The Tone Wheel", "Taking Tiger Mountain"."
Rubycon
Rubycon
"Mesmerizing space rock and one of the more interesting key forerunners of electronica and ambient music. "Rubycon", "Rubycon (Part II)"."
Blow By Blow
Blow By Blow
"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"."
Straight Shooter
Straight Shooter
"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"."
Free Hand
Free Hand
"Intelligent progressive rock and Free Hand was Gentle clearly Giant's high water mark. Highlights: "Just the Same", "On Reflection", "Free Hand", "Talybont"."
Overcoats
Overcoats
"Funny soul inflected folk by a young John Hiatt who showed early on he was a ‘perfectly good’ songwriter to be reckoned with. “Overcoats”, “Distance”, “Down Home”, “I Killed an Ant with My Guitar”."
Venus and Mars
Venus and Mars
"McCartney’s 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. “Letting Go” “Rock Show”, “Spirits of Ancient Egypt”, “Love in Song”, “Listen to What the Man Said”."
Elite Hotel
Elite Hotel
"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"."
J.D. Crowe & The New South
J.D. Crowe & The New South
"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"."
Old No. 1
Old No. 1
"Excellent collection of songs by a vital member of the mid-70's insurgent outlaw country movement. "Rita Ballou", "She Ain't Going Nowhere", "That Old Feeling", "Desperados Waiting for A Train"."
Modern Times
Modern Times
"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"."
Nucleus
Nucleus
"Soulful jazz by the great sax man, Sonny Rollins, who seemed to have been a strong influence on the big man Clarence Clemens. "Cosmet", "Newkleus", "Lucille", "My Reverie"."
Ghosts
Ghosts
"Very intelligent progressive folk rock and one of Strawbs' last great albums. "Lemon Pie", "Grace Darling", "Don't Try to Change Me", "Starshine/Angel Wine"."
A Night at the Opera
A Night at the Opera
"Outrageously funny rock song cycle with lush harmonies, killer guitar chords...excellent! "You're My Best Friend", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "The Prophet's Song", "'39", "I'm in Love With My Car"."
Wake Up Everybody
Wake Up Everybody
"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"."
Mothership Connection (Remastered)
Mothership Connection (Remastered)
"Hard hitting groove breaking funk album by George Clinton & Co. It’s spacey but done with their tongue in cheek...or ear. Good fun. “P Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)”, “Mothership Connection (Star Child)”, Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)”, "Unfunky UFO"."
ECM Touchstones: Solstice
ECM Touchstones: Solstice
"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"."
First Seven Days
First Seven Days
"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"."
That's the Way of the World
That's the Way of the World
"Positively funky album just radiating good vibes and grooves. EWF were definitely the heirs to Sly & the Family Stone. "Shining Star", "That's the Way of the World", "Africano", "See the Light"."
Toys in the Attic
Toys in the Attic
"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"."
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
"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"."