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1971 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Jun 21, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

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    Black Sabbath's Paranoid won 1970. The beatles are behind us, let's see who wins 1971.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1971:
    George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (cont. from 70)
    Soundtrack - Jesus Christ Superstar
    Janis Joplin - Pearl
    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - 4 Way Street
    The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
    Carole King - Tapestry
    Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
    John Lennon - Imagine
    Isaac Hayes - Shaft
    Santana - III
    Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1971:
    George Harrison - My Sweet Lord (cont. from 70)
    Dawn - Knock Three Times
    The Osmonds - One Bad Apple
    Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
    The Temptations - Just My Imagination
    Three Dog Night - Joy to the World
    The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
    Honey Cone - Want Ads
    Carole King - It's Too Late
    The Raiders - Indian Reservation
    James Taylor - You've Got a Friend
    Bee Gees - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
    Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert
    Donny Osmond - Go Away Little Girl
    Rod Stewart - Maggie May
    Cher - Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves
    Isaac Hayes - Shaft
    Sly and the Family Stone - Family Affair
    Melanie - Brand New Key

    What are your top three albums for 1971? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
    2. Joni Mitchell - Blue
    3. Marvin Gaye - What's Goin On

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

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  2. phaynes12

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    remaining top 10:
    4. link wray - link wray
    5. david bowie - hunky dory
    6. harry nilsson - nilsson schmilsson
    7. graham nash - songs for beginners
    8. gene clark - white light
    9. the flamin' groovies - teenage head
    10. can - tago mago

    other cuts and honorable mentions:
    bad finger - straight up
    the band - cahoots
    bill withers - just as i am
    crazy horse - crazy horse
    david crosby - if i could only remember my name
    the doors - LA woman
    elton john - madman across the water
    faces - long player
    james taylor - mud slide slim and the blue horizon
    jethro tull - aqualung
    john lennon - imagine
    john prine - john prine
    the kinks - muswell hillbillies
    kris kristofferson - the silver tongued devil and i
    led zeppelin - iv
    leonard cohen - songs of love and hate
    paul mccartney - ram
    merle haggard - hag
    merle haggard - someday we’ll look back
    pink floyd - meddle
    rolling stones - sticky fingers
    t rex - electric warrior
    traffic - the low spark of high heeled boys
    the who - who’s next
    willie nelson - yesterday’s wine
    yes - the yes album

    stuff to check out:
    isaac hayes - shaft
    king crimson - islands
    mott the hoople - wildlife
    stevie wonder - where i’m coming from
    ten years after - a space in time
    van morrison - tupelo honey
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  3. Henry

    LISTEN TO CHAI Moderator

    LZ IV babbyyyyy
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  4. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    Joni Mitchell's Blue was released 50 years ago exactly as of tomorrow, so if you're looking for a reason to listen, that's as good as any.
  5. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Joni Mitchell - Blue
    2. Marvin Gaye - What’s Goin On
    3. Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

    Great year. Also:
    Sticky Fingers
    Surf’s Up
    The Stylistics
  6. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Some heavy hitters this year.
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  7. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Another themed listen for today if anyone's looking for one.

    It's Nils Lofgren's birthday and the s/t album from Grin is a 1971. Christgau gave it a very good review and said to "Watch him" when it was first released. Jussayin.
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  8. George

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    1. Joni Mitchell - Blue
    2. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    3. David Bowie - Hunk Dory

    A really excellent year. Blue is an incredibly strong collection of folk songs, on a pure songwriting basis, this is one of the strongest albums of all time. She's not necessarily doing anything that other folk musicians weren't, she was just executing it perfectly. Seems to have grown in influence the past decade or so, you can really hear echoes of it, in plenty of other artists.

    Seems crazy to not have Marvin Gaye as number one, considering how good this album is. A hugely ambitious concept soul album, with all the songs bleeding into one another, like a 35 minute suite. It just feels so much bigger in comparison with his contemporaries (as brilliant as they all are). Again, like Joni, the influence here can be seen everywhere, but barely anybody can get close to this.

    Third is probably just about my favourite Bowie album - it's not a high concept or "out there" record, like some of Bowie's other stuff, but song-for-song it's probably his best (maybe...). More piano based than what came before or after, it's a fantastic record, and what I think is a great introduction to Bowie, if there's anybody left who hasn't heard him. I also love his description of Bob Dylan as having a "voice like sand and glue", on "Song for Bob Dylan".

    Honourable mentions;

    Van Morrisson - Tupelo Honey: Just missed out on the top 3, the title track here is one of the greatest love songs of all time.

    BB King - Live in Cook County Jail: A prison live record, which sees King in great form.

    Gil-Scott Heron - Pieces of a Man: Contains "The Revolution Will Not be Televised", and is a really fascinating soulful album, that feels like one of the first hip-hop records.

    Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Going On: Almost like the Funk version of Gaye's record, a dark political record.

    Townes Van Zandt - Delta Momma Blues: My favourite Van Zandt record, heavily blues influenced country music, and contains my favourite track of his, "Nothin'".

    Seiji Ozawa & Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra - Janáček: Sinfonietta: Something a bit different. I know very little about classical (outside of a very little bit of neo-classical), but I love this symphony and this performance of it.
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  9. phaynes12 Jun 21, 2021
    (Last edited: Jun 21, 2021)

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    i disagree it’s bowie’s best but i’m also deranged (pun intended) when it comes to him. let’s see if i can find my old ranking
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  10. phaynes12

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    it’s eighth in my ranking
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  11. cshadows2887 Jun 21, 2021
    (Last edited: Jun 29, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Cat Stevens - Teaser and the Firecat
    2. Original Cast Recording - Godspell
    3. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

    Excruciating cuts:
    The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
    The Who - Who's Next
    Delaney and Bonnie - Motel Shot
    Led Zeppelin - IV
    T. Rex - Electric Warrior
    Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story

    Others I love:
    Joni Mitchell - Blue
    John Lennon - Imagine
    Santana - III
    Paul and Linda McCartney - Ram
    Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbor
    Elton John - Madman Across the Water
    Jethro Tull - Aqualung
    Stevie Wonder - Where I'm Coming From
    Electric Light Orchestra - No Answer
    Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
    Gene Clark - White Light
    Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces of a Man
    John Prine - John Prine
    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
    Don McLean - American Pie
    Donny Hathaway - Donny Hathaway
    Miles Davis - Jack Johnson
    Bill Cosby - Badfoot Brown and the Bradford Bunions Funeral and Marching Band
    Colin Blunstone - One Year
    Faces - A Nod's As Good As a a Blind Horse
    Carole King - Tapestry

    Good ones:
    Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On
    Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors
    Melanie - Gather Me
    David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name
    Bee Gees - Trafalgar
    Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
    Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
    Alice Cooper - Love It to Death
    Janis Joplin - Pearl
    The Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
    Pharaoh Sanders - Thembi
    Bob Seger - Brand New Morning
    Badfinger - Straight Up
    Curtis Mayfield - Roots
    Graham Nash - Songs for Beginners
    Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
    The J. Geils Band - The Morning After
    Gerry Rafferty - Can I Have My Money Back?
    The Hollies - Distant Light
    Al Green - Gets Next to You
    The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
    Alice Cooper - Killer
    The Allman Brothers - At Fillmore East
    David Bowie - Hunky Dory
    Nina Simone - Here Comes the Sun
    Link Wray - Link Wray
    Isaac Hayes - Shaft
    Grin - Grin
    Traffic - The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
    John Simon - John Simon's Album
    Pink Floyd - Meddle
    The Doors - L.A. Woman
    Cheo Feliciano - Cheo
    George Harrison and Friends - The Concert for Bangladesh
    David Ruffin - David
    Fanny - Charity Ball
    Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
    Helen Reddy - Helen Reddy
    Merle Haggard - Hag
    Faces - Long Player
    Richie Havens - Alarm Clock
    Lee Michaels - 5th
    The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies
    Booker T and the MGs - Melting Pot
    Merry Clayton - Merry Clayton
    Dr. John - The Sun, The Moon and Herbs
    Sandy Denny - The North Star Grassmen and the Ravens
    Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills 2
    Wings - Wild Life
    Tonto's Exploding Head Band - Zero Time
    Bread - Manna
    The Partridge Family - Up to Date
    Lee Moses - Time and Place
    Loggina and Messina - Sittin' In
    Freddie King - Getting Ready...

    Targets for listening:
    Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff
    Bonnie Raitt - Bonnie Raitt
    Bill Withers - Just As I Am
    Can - Tago Mago
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tarkus
    Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head
    Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
    Fela Ransome-Kuti and Africa '70 with Ginger Baker - Live
    Yes - The Yes Album

    B.B. King - Live in Cook County Jail
    Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter
    Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidanada
    Jonathan Edwards - Jonathan Edwards
    Focus - Moving Waves
    Grand Funk Railroad - E. Pluribus Funk
    Ten Years After - A Space in Time
    John Denver - Poems, Prayers and Promises
    Rare Earth - One World
    Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn - We Only Make Believe
    J.J. Cale - Naturally
    Isaac Hayes - Black Moses
    The Move - Message from the Country
    Laura Nyro and Labelle - Gonna Take a Miracle
    Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe - La Gran Fuga
    Fania All Stars - Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 1

    Jackie Mittoo - Wishbone
    The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
    Jerry Reed - When You're Hot, You're Hot
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  12. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Already had about half of these on my targets.
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  13. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    ya'll dorks forgot to tell me we're in the 70s now, pshhhhhh. I just finished my 1971 deep dive, putting the finishing touches on my 20-song mix from the year this week hopefully, it's tough to whittle down.

    Favorite albums from 1971 (that I have listened to more than once):

    1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    2. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    3. The Who - Who's Next
    4. Janis Joplin - Pearl
    5. Paul & Linda McCartney - Ram
    6. John Lennon - Imagine
    7. The Allman Brothers Band - At The Fillmore East
    8. Carole King - Tapestry
    9. Joni Mitchell - Blue
    10. Elton John - Madman Across The Water
    11. Wings - Wild Life
    12. Billy Joel - Cold Springs Harbor

    PLUS, these albums were all albums that I listened to for the first time, and many would rise up in my rankings after more listens, but I don't know them well enough to actually rank yet.

    David Bowie - Hunky Dory
    Baby Huey - The Baby Huey Story
    Faces - Long Player
    Faces - A Nos Is As Good As A Wink
    Don McLean - American Pie
    Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
    Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
    Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
    Pink Floyd - Meddle
    George Harrison - The Concert For Bangladesh
    Stevie Wonder - Where I'm Coming From
    War - All Day Music
    War - War
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  14. phaynes12

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    have you not listened to sabbath, or do you just don't care for them?
  15. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    I've listened to Paranoid in full and mostly dug it, listened to some of Master of Reality but it wasn't really pulling me in for some reason, not sure why. "After Forever" stood out to me though
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  16. phaynes12

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    great tunes
  17. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    alright alright i'll give 'em another shot then
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  18. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Here's my 1971 mix, pretty sure this is my final cut but I'm not entirely certain. Every mix is 20 songs and it has to fit on a burned CD so I can play in my car, this one is a little long so I don't have a solution there yet. Either way, mostly the obvious ones here but they're goooood

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  19. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Fuck is Bryter Layter this year? Thats an honorable
  20. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    that threw me off. i didn't include it bc apple music lied to me and told me it was '70 and i included it last year
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  21. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    March 5, 1971 according to what I've seen
  22. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    If Madman ended at “Indian Sunset” it would be my #1 and maybe the best (short) album of all time. But it loses some steam in the back half.

    I find myself going back to Cold Spring Harbor a LOT these days. The simplicity and vulnerability really hits me

    I listed it. It’s just not a favorite of mine particularly.
  23. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Agree with you on Madman, super strong front half. And in regards to Cold Spring Harbor, there's like 2-3 tracks that stick with me but the rest hasn't a ton, especially compared to what comes later in his discog. Either way, it's a really solid debut. Have you made sure to listen to the correct mixes of the album? I read a lot about how the original release was all kinds of fucked up for a long time
  24. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Yeah it’s really hard to even find the original mixes. I bought a really shitty bootleg like 10 years ago just to see what the differences were. I actually think the meddling “updates” improved it (as well as actually getting the mastering speed correct)
  25. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    I think I have only listened to the "fixed" mixes but did notice that some of the original ones were a LOT longer, You Can Make Me Free is 6 minutes long! "Tomorrow Is Today" is a whole minute longer... Have you listened much to the longer versions, I assume they must differ a lot