Category: Top 100 Albums of The 70s

Wednesday 12pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

We start our feature of the Top 100 Albums of the 70s.

#100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on April 19, 1971, on Elektra Records. It is the last to feature the group’s lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died three months after the album’s release. It saw the band continue to integrate elements of blues back into their music, a direction begun with their previous album, Morrison Hotel. It was also recorded without record producer Paul A. Rothchild after he fell out with the group over the perceived lack of quality of their studio performances. Subsequently, the band co-produced the album with longtime sound engineer Bruce Botnick.

“Love Her Madly” was released as a single in March 1971, preceding the album’s release, and it reached the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. Upon release, the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and reached number 28 on the UK Albums Charts. An additional single in support of the album, “Riders on the Storm”, also achieved chart success on Billboard and in the UK. Critics Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have both called L.A. Woman one of the Doors’ best albums, citing Morrison’s unwavering enthusiasm in his vocal performance, and the band’s stripped-down return to their blues rock roots.

1. “The Changeling” 4:21
2. “Love Her Madly” 3:20
3. “Been Down So Long” 4:41
4. “Cars Hiss by My Window” 4:12
5. “L.A. Woman” 7:49

1. “L’America” 4:37
2. “Hyacinth House” 3:11
3. “Crawling King Snake” 5:00
4. “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)” 4:16
5. “Riders on the Storm” 7:09

Tuesday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #83 – Styx – The Grand Illusion (1977)

The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx, it was released on July 7, 1977.

It launched the band to stardom, spawned the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself”, and sold over three million copies in the US (Triple Platinum). Along with Pieces of Eight, it is their best-selling album to date.

The album was recorded at Paragon Recording Studios in Chicago.

The album cover art, created by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, is an homage to a painting by René Magritte entitled “Le Blanc-Seing”.

1. “The Grand Illusion” 4:36
2. “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” 5:29
3. “Superstars” 3:59
4. “Come Sail Away” 6:07
5. “Miss America” 5:02
6. “Man in the Wilderness” 5:51
7. “Castle Walls” 5:59
8. “The Grand Finale” 1:57

Tuesday 10pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #84 – Steve Miller Band – Book Of Dreams (1977)

Book of Dreams is the tenth studio album by Steve Miller Band. The album was released in May 1977 on Capitol Records in the United States, Canada and Japan and by Mercury Records in Europe. Three singles were released from the album in 1977 with the first single, “Jet Airliner”, being the most successful.

The album peaked in the top 10 of the trade charts in four countries, including Canada where the album topped RPM magazine’s 100 Albums chart. The album has gone on to become one of the group’s most successful studio albums.

1. “Threshold” 1:05
2. “Jet Airliner” 4:25
3. “Winter Time” 3:10
4. “Swingtown” 3:54
5. “True Fine Love” 3:10
6. “Wish Upon a Star” 3:39
7. “Jungle Love” 3:10
8. “Electro Lux Imbroglio” 0:55
9. “Sacrifice” 5:17
10. “The Stake” 3:56
11. “My Own Space” 3:00
12. “Babes in the Wood” 2:40

Tuesday 9pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #85 – Earth, Wind and Fire – Gratitude (1975)

Gratitude is a double album by the band Earth, Wind & Fire issued November 11, 1975 by Columbia Records. The album rose to No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Soul Albums charts. Gratitude has also been certified Triple Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

1. “Introduction by MC Perry Jones” 0:21
2. “Africano/Power” 5:56
3. “Yearnin’ Learnin'” 4:16
4. “Devotion” 5:07
5. “Sun Goddess” 7:41
6. “Reasons” 8:23
7. “Sing a Message to You” 1:19
8. “Shining Star” 4:55
9. “New World Symphony” 9:28
10. “Sunshine” 4:24
11. “Sing a Song*” 3:23
12. “Gratitude” 3:23
13. “Celebrate*” 3:06
14. “Can’t Hide Love” 4:10

Friday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #86 – Earth, Wind and Fire – That’s They Way Of The World (1975)

That’s the Way of the World is the sixth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on March 15, 1975 by Columbia Records. It was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name. The album rose to No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Soul Albums charts. That’s the Way of the World has also been certified Triple Platinum in the U.S by the RIAA.

1. “Shining Star” 2:50
2. “That’s the Way of the World” 5:45
3. “Happy Feelin'” 3:35
4. “All About Love” 6:35
5. “Yearnin’ Learnin'” 3:39
6. “Reasons” 4:59
7. “Africano” 5:09
8. “See the Light” 6:18

Friday 10pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #87 – Bad Company – Straight Shooter (1975)

Straight Shooter is the second studio album by the English supergroup Bad Company. The album was released in April 2, 1975, a month after the release of the single “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” and four months before the album’s second single “Feel Like Makin’ Love”.

The album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release. The album was remastered and re-released in 1994.

Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke stated on In the Studio (which devoted an episode to Straight Shooter) that the track “Shooting Star” (which they did not write) was lyrically inspired by the drug and alcohol-related deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.

1. “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” 3:35
2. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” 5:12
3. “Weep No More” 3:59
4. “Shooting Star” 6:16
5. “Deal with the Preacher” 5:01
6. “Wild Fire Woman” 4:32
7. “Anna” 3:41
8. “Call on Me” 6:03

Wednesday 10pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #89 – Doobie Brothers – Minute by Minute (1978)

Minute by Minute is the eighth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released on December 1, 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. It was their first without Tom Johnston as a full-fledged member of the band, and would be the last to include members Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and John Hartman.

The album spent 87 weeks on the chart. In the spring of 1979 Minute by Minute was the best-selling album in the U.S. for five non-consecutive weeks. It was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.

The song “What a Fool Believes” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1979 and became the band’s biggest hit. The title track and “Depending on You” were also released as singles and reached the top 30.

Minute by Minute made The Doobie Brothers one of the big winners at the 22nd Grammy Awards. The album got the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group; the single “What a Fool Believes” earned them three Grammys, including Song and Record of the Year.

1. “Here to Love You” 3:58
2. “What a Fool Believes” 3:41
3. “Minute by Minute” 3:26
4. “Dependin’ on You” 3:44
5. “Don’t Stop to Watch the Wheels” 3:26
6. “Open Your Eyes” 3:18
7. “Sweet Feelin'” 2:41
8. “Steamer Lane Breakdown” 3:24
9. “You Never Change” 3:26
10. “How Do the Fools Survive?” 5:12

Tuesday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #90 – Styx – Pieces of Eight (1978)

Styx - Pieces of EightPieces of Eight is the eighth studio album by Styx, released on September 1, 1978.

Like the band’s previous album, The Grand Illusion (1977), it managed to achieve triple platinum certification, thanks to the hit singles “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” and “Renegade”.

The band members produced and recorded the album (like their previous three efforts) at Paragon Studios in Chicago with recording engineer Barry Mraz and mixing engineer Rob Kingsland. “I’m O.K.” was recorded at Paragon and St. James Cathedral. This would be the last album to be produced at Paragon Studios.

The album’s cover was done by Hipgnosis. DeYoung stated in the 1991 interview with Redbeard on the “In the Studio” episode that he initially hated the cover but grew to like it as he got older.

1. “Great White Hope” 4:22
2. “I’m O.K.” 5:41
3. “Sing for the Day” 4:57
4. “The Message” 1:08
5. “Lords of the Ring” 4:33
6. “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” 4:05
7. “Queen of Spades” 5:38
8. “Renegade” 4:13
9. “Pieces of Eight” 4:44
10. “Aku-Aku” Shaw 2:57

Tuesday 9pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #92 – James Taylor – JT (1977)

JT is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, and his first album for Columbia Records. Released in June 1977, two hit singles were spawned from the album: “Handy Man”, a Jimmy Jones cover, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also topped the Adult Contemporary chart. “Your Smiling Face”, the other big hit, peaked at #20. The record also contains other Taylor classics such as “Secret O’ Life” and “Terra Nova”, with the participation of Taylor’s then-wife Carly Simon.

At the 1978 Grammy Awards, Taylor won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his version of “Handy Man”. JT itself was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

JT was Taylor’s highest-charting album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, and stands as Taylor’s biggest-selling studio album in the United States with over 3.5 million copies sold.

“Your Smiling Face” – 2:50
“There We Are” – 3:02
“Honey Don’t Leave L.A.” – 3:05
“Another Grey Morning” – 2:44
“Bartender’s Blues” – 4:12
“Secret O’ Life” – 3:34
“Handy Man” – 3:17
“I Was Only Telling a Lie” – 3:24
“Looking for Love on Broadway” – 2:23
“Terra Nova” – 4:32
“Traffic Jam” – 1:58
“If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight” – 3:01

Friday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #93 – An Evening With John Denver (1975)

Top 100 Albums of The 70’s

#93 – An Evening With John Denver (1975)

An Evening with John Denver is the first live album by American singer and songwriter John Denver. It was recorded at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California in August and September 1974. He was backed by an orchestra conducted by Lee Holdridge. Denver’s manager, Milton Okun, was the album’s music producer. Released February 1975

1. “The Music Is You” 1:02
2. “Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)” 3:40
3. “Mother Nature’s Son” 4:37
4. “Summer” 3:02
5. “Today” 4:40
6. “Saturday Night In Toledo, Ohio” 4:08

1. “Matthew” 3:42
2. “Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights in Canada)” 3:13
3. “Sweet Surrender” 5:02
4. “Grandma’s Feather Bed” 2:37
5. “Annie’s Song” 3:32
6. “The Eagle and the Hawk” 2:22

1. “My Sweet Lady” 4:55
2. “Annie’s Other Song” 3:05
3. “Boy from the Country” 5:00
4. “Rhymes & Reasons” 3:17
5. “Forest Lawn” 2:58

1. “Pickin’ the Sun Down” 2:17
2. “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” 3:40
3. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” 3:17
4. “Poems, Prayers and Promises” 4:40
5. “Rocky Mountain High” 5:04
6. “This Old Guitar” 4:47

Friday 10pm: Top 100 Albums of the 70’s – #94 – Carpenters – A Song For You (1972)

The Top 100 Albums of The 70’s

#94 – Carpenters – A Song For You (1972)

A Song for You is the fourth studio album by American music duo the Carpenters, released on June 22, 1972. According to Richard Carpenter, “A Song for You was intended to be a concept album (of sorts) with the title tune opening and closing the set and the book-ended selections comprising the ‘song’.”

Six songs were released as A-side singles internationally: “Hurting Each Other”, “It’s Going to Take Some Time”, “Goodbye to Love”, “Top of the World”, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You”, and “Bless the Beasts and Children”.

1. “A Song for You” 4:42
2. “Top of the World” 2:56
3. “Hurting Each Other” 2:46
4. “It’s Going to Take Some Time” 2:55
5. “Goodbye to Love” 3:50
6. “Intermission” 0:22
7. “Bless the Beasts and Children” 3:07
8. “Flat Baroque” 1:45
9. “Piano Picker” 1:59
10. “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” 3:47
11. “Crystal Lullaby” 3:53
12. “Road Ode” 3:50
13. “A Song for You” (reprise) 0:53

Thursday 9pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #95 – Jeff Wayne – The War of The Worlds

Top 100 Albums of The 70’s

#95 – Jeff Wayne – The War of The Worlds

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is the debut album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, released in the UK June 9, 1978. A concept album, its main format is progressive rock and string orchestra, using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story and rhyming melodic lyrics that express the feelings of the various characters. The two-disc album remains a bestseller, having sold millions of records around the world, and by 2009 it was the 40th best selling album of all time in the UK with sales of 2,561,286. It has since spawned multiple versions of the album, video games, DVDs, and live tours.

Richard Burton – spoken words (The Journalist: the narrator-protagonist)
Justin Hayward – vocals (The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist)
David Essex – spoken words and vocals (The Artilleryman)
Chris Thompson – vocals (The Voice of Humanity)
Phil Lynott – spoken words and vocals (Parson Nathaniel)
Julie Covington – spoken words and vocals (Beth)
Jerry Wayne – spoken words (The Voice of NASA)

1. “The Eve of the War” 9:06
2. “Horsell Common and the Heat Ray” 11:36

1. “The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine” 10:36
2. “Forever Autumn” 7:43
3. “Thunder Child” 6:10

1. “The Red Weed (Part 1)” 5:55
2. “Parson Nathaniel” 1:45
3. “The Spirit of Man” 9:52
4. “The Red Weed (Part 2)” 6:51

1. “Brave New World” 12:13
2. “Dead London” 8:37
3. “Epilogue (Part 1)” 2:42
4. “Epilogue (Part 2)” 2:02

Wednesday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #96 – Dire Straits (1978)

Top 100 Albums of the 70’s

#96 – Dire Straits (1978)

Dire Straits is the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on October 7, 1978 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached #1 on album charts in Germany, Australia and France, #2 in the United States and #5 in the United Kingdom. Dire Straits was later certified double-platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

The single “Sultans of Swing” first broke into the United States top five early in the spring of 1979—being a hit a full five months after the album was released there—and then rose to number eight on the British charts. “Water of Love” was also released as a single in some countries, and charted in Australia, reaching number 54, and in the Netherlands, reaching number 28. In Europe, the album sold four million copies, and in the United States, it sold two million copies.

The album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 to most of the world excluding the U.S. and on September 19, 2000 in the United States.

1. “Down to the Waterline” 3:55
2. “Water of Love” 5:23
3. “Setting Me Up” 3:18
4. “Six Blade Knife” 4:10
5. “Southbound Again” 2:58

1. “Sultans of Swing” 5:47
2. “In the Gallery” 6:16
3. “Wild West End” 4:42
4. “Lions” 5:05

Wednesday 10pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #97 – Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (1975)

Top 100 Albums of the 70’s

#97 – Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (1975)

Blood on the Tracks is the 15th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on January 20, 1975 by Columbia Records. The album marked Dylan’s return to Columbia Records after a two-album stint with Asylum Records. Dylan commenced recording the album in New York City in September 1974. In December, shortly before Columbia was due to release the record, Dylan abruptly re-recorded much of the material in a studio in Minneapolis. The final album contains five tracks from New York and five from Minneapolis.

Blood on the Tracks was initially received with mixed reviews, but has subsequently been acclaimed as one of Dylan’s greatest albums by critics and fans. The songs have been linked to tensions in Dylan’s personal life, including estrangement from his then-wife Sara. One of their children, Jakob Dylan, has described the songs as “my parents talking”. The album has been viewed as an outstanding example of the confessional singer-songwriter’s craft, and it has been called “the truest, most honest account of a love affair from tip to stern ever put down on magnetic tape”. In interviews, Dylan has denied that the songs on the album are autobiographical. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 16 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and in 2004, it was placed at No. 5 on Pitchfork’s list of the top 100 albums of the 1970s.

The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart. The single “Tangled Up in Blue” peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album remains one of Dylan’s best-selling studio releases, with a double-platinum U.S. certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2015, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

1. “Tangled Up in Blue” 5:42
2. “Simple Twist of Fate” 4:19
3. “You’re a Big Girl Now” 4:36
4. “Idiot Wind” 7:48
5. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” 2:55

1. “Meet Me in the Morning” 4:22
2. “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” 8:51
3. “If You See Her, Say Hello” 4:49
4. “Shelter from the Storm” 5:02
5. “Buckets of Rain” 3:22

Tuesday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #98 – Neil Young – After The Gold Rush (1970)

The Top 100 Albums of The 70’s

#98 – Neil Young – After The Gold Rush (1970)

After the Gold Rush is the third studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released in September 1970 on Reprise Records. It is one of four high-profile albums released by each member of folk rock collective Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping 1970 album Déjà Vu. Gold Rush consists mainly of country folk music, along with the rocking “Southern Man”, inspired by the Dean Stockwell-Herb Bermann screenplay After the Gold Rush.

After the Gold Rush peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; the two singles taken from the album, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “When You Dance I Can Really Love”, made it to number 33 and number 93 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite a mixed initial reaction, it has since appeared on a number of “greatest albums” lists.

1. “Tell Me Why” 2:54
2. “After the Gold Rush” 3:45
3. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” 3:05
4. “Southern Man” 5:31
5. “Till the Morning Comes” 1:17

1. “Oh, Lonesome Me” 3:47
2. “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” 2:56
3. “Birds” 2:34
4. “When You Dance I Can Really Love” 4:05
5. “I Believe in You” 3:24
6. “Cripple Creek Ferry” 1:34