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1975

October 12, 2021

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[Albums 940 – 942 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 22 are from the year 1975.

I’ve reviewed all but three of them so far.

The last trio of non-reviewed albums from 1975: Patti Smith – Horses, Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert, and R.D. Burman – Shalimar.

Which 1975 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 22 albums, enjoy!

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22. R.D. Burman – Shalimar. Although if/when I see the film, I imagine it might climb a few places.

21. Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner. His first of five on the list.

20. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey. When combined with R.D. Burman and Tom Waits, an eclectic trio to start the year.

19. Dion – Born to Be With You. Make that an eclectic quartet.

18. Neu! – Neu! ’75. Or quintet!

17. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here. Do you think you can tell?

16. Joni Mitchell – The Hissing of Summer Lawns. If having lots of weeds can be considered ‘hissing,’ our Summer Lawn did plenty of hissing this year!

15. Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today. Powerful album & album art.

14. Earth, Wind and Fire – That’s the way of the World. There’s wordplay to be made here about this album having all the key Elements of a clasic record, I’ll get there!

13. Brian Eno – Another Green World. Another year, another Eno album worth re-hearing.

12. Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night. It sat on the shelf for 2 years before being released, I anticipate it won’t sit on my shelf for nearly that long before being revisited.

11. Emmylou Harris – Pieces of the Sky. They say time heals all wounds. And I suppose it only did cost $1 (and as a listening medium, it has been obsolete for decades), but still, it stings!

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Not even a pencil could save the day

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10. Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert. What a performance.

9. Patti Smith – Horses. And what a way to make an entrance.

8. Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger. His first of two on the list.

7. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti. A mainstay in my LZ Top 3.

6. Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic. Rocks will be in even higher in ’76.

5. David Bowie – Young Americans. Compared to other Bowie albums, a good one. Compared to just about any other artist’s albums, Top 5 material!

4. The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!. Though easily #1 for album art.

3. Queen – A Night at the Opera. The Marx Brothers title sharing doesn’t hurt.

2. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks. His last appearance on the list for a while, he’ll be back for a couple more albums in the late ’90s.

1. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run. The Boss’ first of five on the list, maybe not his final #1 either!

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Verbalize the Positive

The NHL returns!

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14 Comments
  1. It seems like a weaker year than the other 1970s years in the book so far, at least based on what’s in the book. I like the Emmylou picture.

    • They say comedy = tragedy + time, so while the unspooling 8-track was tragic when it happened, I’m starting to see it more as amusing these days!

  2. Some good ones here. I am working on a Cheap Trick Review this weekend in which their album cover is a tribute to Bruce’s Born to Run.

  3. Toys In The Attic would be my number one and KISS Alive. Shocker I know lol. Love these countdowns!
    Great job.

  4. How the heck did Tom Waits and Wish You Were Here get so far down the list? Lol. I mean, it’s a strong Top 5 but… well, I guess it’s all subjective and therein lies the beauty.

    Holy moly am I ever glad NHL is back! I’ve been watching the preseason games and, while I know they don’t really matter, they do matter because they get me hyped!

    • I’m certainly pleased with the outcome of night 1 of the NHL season!

      • Me too! Leafs beat the Habs! Of course it was scary at several points, but it wouldn’t be a Leafs game without them letting themselves get caught running around in their own end too much.

      • They do like to make it more exciting than it needs to be – and I recall your family cheered for Suzuki back in his Owen Sound days, he just received quite the new contract!

      • Our son said “he got how much??? I Met that guy!!” Lol.

        Aaaaaand the Leafs lost to Ottawa tonight. Pretty bad calls both ways, hate when refs decide things.

  5. Bit of a vintage year.

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