Top 5 (Non-David Bowie) Albums of 1977
Because it just wouldn’t be a level playing field if I included them.
Though it wasn’t exactly an off-year for these 5 artists either:
5. Elvis Costello, My Aim is True
Review #385 to follow.
4. Meatloaf, Bat Out of Hell
Fewer students appreciate my ‘2 out of 3 ain’t bad’ reduced fraction example each year. But I don’t intend on ceasing and desisting with the Meatloaf math quote anytime soon!
3. Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel
Is there a more pleasant acoustic intro than Solsbury Hill‘s?
2. Billy Joel, The Stranger
When I took a break from blogging in Movember, I spent much of the month listening to a pair of unrelated artists: weezer and Billy Joel. His (surprisingly inexpensive) records haven’t drifted very far from the turntable since.
1. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
A few years ago, a friend didn’t speak to me for weeks after I claimed Rumours only had one truly great song (The Chain). I was meaning it as praise for the entire album, showing how impressed I was with the synergy of this collection of very good tunes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending, I’ve since been un-shunned.
To avoid similar Dwight Schrute-esque shunning in the future, when discussing this 1977 gem, I’ll stick to my intended take-away message: Rumours is a great record.
1977 is stop #3 on my Top 5 Duplicate Digit Years journey – Elvis Costello and Steely Dan reviews are coming up this week, enjoy!