Fourteen albums from forty years ago (1973). They really do not make them like this anymore.

The problem is they release far too many records nowadays, most of which are tediously unoriginal and will sink without trace. They will certainly not be remembered in forty years time. Back in 73, the cost of releasing albums was so high that there were far fewer releases than there are nowadays. And when a major band or a bright new talent released an album it was a big thing.

Also, as culture was nowhere near as segregated as it is today, a wide section of society would at least know about the release of big album even if they would never buy it themselves. My grandmother, in her late seventies at the time, would have known the names of most of the entertainers on this list just as I knew the names of most of the acts that she would have enjoyed when she was my age. This was probably due to the fact that we only had a couple of pop music playing radio stations in England at that time.

Of course, rock 'n' roll was a commodity back then just as it is now. The thing is that most musicians themselves didn't view it that way. If you had told Bryan Ferry that he would be playing the Sage concert hall in Newcastle in 2013 and would be charging his ageing fans £65 for a ticket, arrogant as he was back then, I think he would have cringed at the thought of such a sell-out to the man. Heck, we even had free music festivals back then.

I realise that I will be looking back through rose tinted spectacles, as I realise that there was some real crap released back in 1973. However, I would still challenge anyone to come up with a list of just ten records from last year that will be in the record collections of the teenagers of 2053.

Oh, and 1973 was also the year that The Rocky Horror Show was born. Need I say More?



  1. I switched over to Jazz in the early 60’s. Because of that I have little to no knowledge of the music of Pink Floyd, the Who, David Bowie, etc. I’m familiar with the Beatles and the Stones because when I was in the Navy in the latter 60’s they were hard to avoid. Wings, of course was one of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatle iterrations, but sometimes I find it hard to separate the two.

    Stevie Wonder had some cross-over into jazz, but for the most part I see the rest as “who?”

    I’m sorry MP, but it’s a generational thing I guess.

    BTW, that picture: those are the ugliest looking women I’ve ever seen… Huh?, Excuse me. … What’s that you say? … They’re cross dressing? Oh…

    Never mind.

  2. I’m curious, as to what this list is? Is it top-selling albums of ’73, or your personal faves, or?

    I don’t recognize “Solid Air – John Martyn”, but of the rest, there are some very good albums there. [Though the only one I think I owned at the time was “Band on the Run”]. A number of the artists listed, I wouldn’t really discover for some years—but my musical tastes at age 11 were pretty limited!

  3. I was there but at 13 I didn’t have any money. I had Band on the Run and Dark Side of the Moon. I had a friend who had Tubular Bells. Some of the others I had to wait until later albumns. Pinups was my first Bowie. Stevie Wonder’s Fullfillingness’ First Finale wasn’t big in Oz but it was a great albumn. Hotel California, Rastaman Vibration I owned. I preferred Elton John to the Rolling Stones. But they were great times. I don’t know if there is more variety with the music my teenage children listen to. I know one thing, they won’t listen to any of this stuff.

  4. Joesph:
    The ABC should take seriously the idea that the church needs less of what it’s already got and a lot more of what it hasn’t got.