MOTT by Mott the Hoople (1973) The best record ever made where the theme is music as a career when you are not the guy on top. The hard life of a touring band ironically played by a band at their musical peak. “I Wish I Was Your Mother” and “The Ballad of Mott” on side 2 are heartbreakers- The former predicts the punk rock dead end mindset, the latter the ultimate expression of resignation in rock and roll a “loser’s game” but one the singer cannot quit.
EGE BAMYASI by Can (1972) If any Can record could ever be called accessible to the listener it’s this one. Not as innovate or as powerful as TAGO MAGO but a lot more fun. Damo Suzuki seems to be taking his medication which is a good thing.
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA by Queen (1975) Any record that can contain both Death on Two Legs and Love of My Life, The Prophet’s Song and God Save the Queen not to mention the show stopping spectacle that is Bohemian Rhapsody is worth the name of royalty. Queen’s finest hour.
77 by Talking Heads (1977) The jittery power of this impressive debut is in David Byrne’s irony or not statements – Don’t Worry About the Government, The Book I Read etc. Meanwhile, The Heads nervously tug at the rhythm as if it was pizza dough.
MOONDANCE by Van Morrison (1970) Buoyed by the deep soulful power of his voice and nimble pop jazz instrumentation, Van Morrison keeps one foot in the mystic and one in a world where he dances under the moon, celebrates radio, and is stoned by drinking mountain water from a stream. Van’s celebration of love and nature is the music itself.