Tuesday, December 17, 2013

40 Year Itch : Dave Marsh's Top 1973 Albums

   As rock critic for both CREEM and Rolling Stone,  Dave Marsh has enough influence in the 70's to have his day here at 1001Songs. Marsh championed his fair share of rock and soul acts but , 40 years later, this selection is just as notable for the bands that don't make the list. Anyone who bought the first Marsh-edited Rolling Stone Record Guide will recall all the two star ( or mediocre) grades for Genesis, Queen, 10cc, The Grateful Dead and  Black Sabbath.

1. "Wonder, Stevie" Innervisions 
 2. Mott The Hoople Mott 
 3. "Spinners, The" The Spinners 
 4. "Green, Al" Call Me 
 5. "Who, The" Quadrophenia 

6. "Gaye, Marvin" Let's Get It On 
7. "Dylan, Bob" Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (Soundtrack)
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd) 
9. "Temptations, The" Masterpiece 
10. "Mccartney, Paul And Wings" Band OnThe Run 

 11. "Simon, Paul" There Goes Rhymin'Simon 
 12. "Hendrix, Jimi" "Sound Track Recordings From The Film ""Jimi Hendrix""" 
 13. Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy
 14. "Winter, Johnny" Still Alive And Well 
 15. Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 

 16. Dr. John In The Right Place 
 17. "Stylistics, The" Rockin' Roll Baby
 18. "Lennon, John" Mind Games 
 19. "O'Jays, The" Ship Ahoy 
 20. "Rolling Stones, The" Goat's Head Soup 

21. "Allman Brothers Band, The" Brothers And Sisters 
22. "Geils, J. Band, The" Ladies Invited 
23. "Knight, Gladys And The Pips" Imagination 
24. "John, Elton" Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 
25. Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon

26. "Chi-Lites, The" A Letter To Myself 
27. "Franklin, Aretha" Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky) 
28. "Green, Al" Livin' For You 
29. "Isley Brothers, The" 3 + 3 
30. Blue Ridge Rangers The Blues Ridge Rangers 

31. "Geils, J. Band, The" Bloodshot 
32. "Browne, Jackson" For Everyman 
33. "Gray, Dobie" Drift Away 
34. Various Artists American Graffiti (Soundtrack) 
35. "Young, Neil" Time Fades Away 

36. "Derringer, Rick" All American Boy 
37. "Knight, Gladys And The Pips" Neither One Of Us 
38. "J. B.'S, The" Doing It To Death 
39. "Dibango, Manu" Soul Makossa 
40. Deep Purple Made In Japan

The Rolling Stone Record Guide's Five Star ( or indispensable) Albums from 1973:

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
 Al Green - Call Me 
I Roy - Presenting 
 Leo Kottke - Greenhouse 
Leo Kottke - My Feet Are Smiling 
 Little Feat - Dixie Chicken 
 Paul Mccartney And Wings - Band On The Run 
 Bill Monroe - Bean Blossom
 Mott The Hoople - Mott 
Thunderclap Newman - Hollywood Dream (re-issue)
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon 
Jimmy Rushing - Every Day I Have The Blues 
 Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon 
 Spinners - Spinners
Ringo Starr - Ringo 
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions 

 American Graffiti (Soundtrack)
The Animals - Best Of The Animals
The Beatles - The Beatles/1962-1966
The Beatles - The Beatles 1967-1970
Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry's Golden Decade, Vol. 2
Bobby "Blue" Bland - The Best Of Bobby Bland
 Ray Charles - A Twenty-Fifth Anniversary In Show Business Salute To Ray Charles
 Ray Charles - Ray Charles Live
 Dion - Everything You Always Wanted To Hear By Dion And The Belmonts
 The Hollies - Greatest Hits
Son House - Son House
 Wilson Pickett - Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits
 Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys - Bob Wills Anthology
Afghanistan (Music From The Crossroads Of Asia)
Tibetan Buddhism (Tantras Of Gyuto/Mahakala)
 Animals Of Africa (Sounds Of The Jungle, Plain And Bush)

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