IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR – 12 Months When Rock Music Reached Its Peak

Profession peaks for Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell and Rod Stewart – in 1971 in style music reached its excessive water mark.

On a latest flight to Alicante from the UK I learn {a magazine} article making the case for 1966 being the excessive water mark for in style music. The proof seemed watertight – Revolver, Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde, Fifth Dimension, each a landmark album and launched the identical 12 months as excellent choices from The Kinks, The Who, the Rolling Stones (and that was simply in London), with ground-breaking music additionally being made in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Throughout the airplane journey I started making a psychological listing of what I think about the best albums ever made: What's Goin 'On, Born To Run, Blue, Plastic Ono Band, Blood On The Tracks, Who's Subsequent, Rubber Soul, London Calling, Tapestry , and in doing so realized what number of had been made in 1971. So with out additional right here is the case for that 12 months being the 'annus mirabilis' of rock music.

At first look 1971 is an odd 12 months for rock. The Beatles had cut up, there was no new materials from Bob Dylan and fixed personnel modifications had blown The Seashore Boys and The Byrds off beam. However with What's Goin 'On, Marvin Gaye gave Motown its best hour. Extra social remark than candy soul, the songs targeted on internal metropolis deprivation, brotherhood and the mess being manufactured from the surroundings – marvellous Marvin proving you can have a message and make nice dance music on the similar time. Tapestry (Carole King) and Blue (Joni Mitchell) are albums of unbelievable maturity and perception into human feelings, whereas Each Image Tells A Story is Rod Stewart at his most charming, humorous and poignant. The title monitor is an excellent combination of eloquence and ramshackle rock with the killer second aspect (Maggie Might, Mandolin Wind, (I Know) I'm Shedding You and Purpose To Imagine) a match for any aspect of an album ever recorded.

1971 additionally introduced Sticky Fingers, an album of such swagger and angle it might solely have been recorded by the Rolling Stones, the most effective recorded rock band on the planet weighed in with the sonic masterpiece that’s Led Zeppelin IV, whereas on Muswell Hilbillies, King Kink Ray Davies presents sketches of London that 40 years earlier than Graham Greene would have been pleased with.

However the closing phrase on this momentous 12 months goes to the Rolling Stone journal File Information which states Who's Subsequent by The Who 'might be the best rock file ever made.' If you happen to agree with that assertion (as I do) there’s little else so as to add. As Del Trotter as soon as stated: 'I don't care what they are saying, you possibly can't whack The Who.'

By the point we landed in Alicante my thoughts was made up, 1971 was the golden 12 months. However ready to indicate my passport I considered 1969 – and of Abbey Street, Tommy, Crosby Stills & Nash, Let It Bleed, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Band, Dusty in Memphis, Led Zeppelin II …