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    50 albums turning 50 in 2023

    My oh my, some definite classics among those, in general and also in prog rock:

    A rundown of 50 of the most important rock albums released in 1973.


    So which 5 are your favourites?

    #2
    Houses of the Holy
    Quadrophenia
    Brain Salad Surgery
    Band on the Run
    Countdown to Ecstasy

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      #3
      Tales Band on the Run
      Dark Side....
      Brain Salad Surgery
      Piano Man

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        #4
        Brain Salad Surgery
        Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
        Houses of the Holy
        Band on the Run
        Dark Side of the Moon
        Quadrophenia

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          #5
          Tubular Bells
          Queen
          Countdown to Ecstasy
          Brain Salad Surgery
          Aladdin Sane

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            #6
            Tales
            Catch a Fire
            Quadrophenia
            A Wizard a True Star
            Tubular Bells

            And not on their list but definitely on mine:

            Larks' Tongues in Aspic
            Paris, 1919
            Solid Air
            For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night
            Last edited by Ash Armstrong; 01-02-2023, 04:54 AM.
            Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
            Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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              #7
              Yeah, Larks' Tongues for sure…

              But no love yet for A Passion Play…? A vastly underrated album, in my no so humble opinion, especially considering how fast it was actually knocked out after retuning from the "Chateau Disaster" sessions, without recycling much of that material… Yes, maybe to much sax, but I still hold it just a touch below Thick as a Brick.

              Selling England By the Pound is my favourite Gabriel-era Genesis album, as I never took to The Lamb, much as I tried.

              I'd nominate Yessongs over Tales, maybe even, at least in terms of raw rotation count, as I've played the hell out of that on vinyl and CD. 20 years ago me would have put Brain Salad Surgery in there, current me would replace that with Aladdin Sane, so my five would be:

              Yessongs
              A Passion Play
              Larks' Tongues in Aspic
              The Wild, the Innocent, the E Street Shuffle
              Aladdin Sane


              Not in the five, but close, would be I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Houses of the Holy, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Brain Salad Surgery, Band on the Run, Selling England, Greetings from Asbury Park, and maybe whatever Fairport Convention did that year.

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                #8
                Wow that's quite a list of albums! Hard to believe they left Larks' Tongues in Aspic off considering some of the other choices but that's par for the course with these sorts of things. Picking five is super tough definitely taking Tales, Quadrophenia, Dark Side, and Larks' Tongues which leaves one one more pick and I'm going with Grand Funk Railroad's We're An American Band because I loved hearing that song on the radio when it came out.

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                  #9
                  Released on the same day as Larks:



                  How da fuk did we forget that!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Homemade Parachute View Post
                    Yeah, Larks' Tongues for sure…

                    But no love yet for A Passion Play…? A vastly underrated album, in my no so humble opinion, especially considering how fast it was actually knocked out after retuning from the "Chateau Disaster" sessions, without recycling much of that material… Yes, maybe to much sax, but I still hold it just a touch below Thick as a Brick.

                    Selling England By the Pound is my favourite Gabriel-era Genesis album, as I never took to The Lamb, much as I tried.

                    I'd nominate Yessongs over Tales, maybe even, at least in terms of raw rotation count, as I've played the hell out of that on vinyl and CD. 20 years ago me would have put Brain Salad Surgery in there, current me would replace that with Aladdin Sane, so my five would be:

                    Yessongs
                    A Passion Play
                    Larks' Tongues in Aspic
                    The Wild, the Innocent, the E Street Shuffle
                    Aladdin Sane


                    Not in the five, but close, would be I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Houses of the Holy, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Brain Salad Surgery, Band on the Run, Selling England, Greetings from Asbury Park, and maybe whatever Fairport Convention did that year.
                    Oh Passion Play for sure. My introduction to Tull when it came out.
                    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post

                      Oh Passion Play for sure. My introduction to Tull when it came out.
                      Lordy: if that was your introduction, did you mistake it for a Monty Python album…?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Homemade Parachute View Post

                        Lordy: if that was your introduction, did you mistake it for a Monty Python album…?
                        With matching tie and handkerchief...

                        I was 14. A bunch of us used to meet at lunchtime in the school music room and listen to whatever albums we'd bought recently. I heard Krim's Starless and Bible Black at one of those sessions, along with Caravan, Camel, Led Zep, Steeleye Span, Van Der Graaf Generator, Gentle Giant, et al.
                        Yes and Genesis I already knew.
                        Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                        Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                          #13
                          I've always thought that 1965 - 1975 were extraordinary years for Pop, Rock, and Prog.

                          1973 is no exception. Great year.

                          Some of my favorites released in 1975:

                          The Six Wives of Henry VIII
                          Billion Dollar Babies
                          The Dark Side of the Moon
                          A Wizard, a True Star
                          Houses of the Holy
                          1962-1966
                          1967-1970
                          Aladdin Sane
                          Yessongs
                          Tubular Bells
                          Living in the Material World
                          Styx II
                          A Passion Play
                          Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
                          Quadrophenia
                          Ringo
                          Piano Man
                          Brain Salad Surgery
                          Band on the Run
                          Tales from Topographic Oceans

                          . . . And that's not even a comprehensive list of excellent albums. I'm leaving out many great albums.

                          PICK only FIVE? Surely you jest!

                          1. TfTO
                          2. Band On The Run
                          3. AW/ATS
                          4. BSS

                          Tie for 5th. Living In the Material World / Yessongs
                          Last edited by pianozach; 01-02-2023, 02:10 PM.

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                            #14
                            Looks like I have about 35 of the 50 on the list, but my top five are pretty safe and obvious picks:

                            The Dark Side of the Moon
                            Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
                            Houses of the Holy
                            Quadrophenia
                            Tales From Topographic Oceans

                            “Well ain’t life grand when you finally hit it?”-David Lee Roth

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                              #15
                              For me:

                              Pink Floyd - Darkside of the Moon
                              Frank Zappa - Over-nite Sensation (can't believe no one has picked that one yet!)
                              David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
                              Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy
                              Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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