Pick Your One "Very Good Year"...

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    Pick Your One "Very Good Year"...

    The scenario:  You are bestowed an almost-unlimited library of music to last you for the rest of your life.

    The twist: ALL of the music - singles or albums - must have been released within the same calendar year.

    The question: Which year do you choose, and why...?? 

    Give your most descriptive examples of the music that informs your choice.  Note that very few artists release more than one album in a year, so one might need to get creative with re-releases, compliations and so on, or else you may be tethered to only a single album from your favorite artists.  What is the earliest year you would choose?  The latest?  What if you could choose two years but from different decades?

     

     
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    No one year would give me enough music to satisfy my listening choices.

    Maybe we could narrow it down to one decade?

    If I had to choose a particular year ( and , again, I hate to do this because I am eliminating so many great albums, so many favorites) ..I think I would settle on 1979. This is a few years before Rock video would destroy the creativity of musicians to convey meaning through only the audio. Many hold overs from the Classic Rock era ( Bad Company, Thin Lizzy , Nazareth, Neil Young, Tom Petty) still making good albums, many from the Punk/New Wave era ( Elvis Costello, Clash, Graham Parker & Rumour, The Jam) , some good Heavy Metal( Scorpions , Rainbow,Whitesnake,AC/DC, Judas Priest) and a few new artists ( Pat Benatar,The B-52s,Joe Jackson, the Cure)with great efforts .

    Almost every significant artist in Rock delivered an LP in 1979.....many very good efforts, among those that delivered the goods in '79:

    Elvis Costello

    Joe Jackson ( 2 LPs)

    Nazareth

    George Harrison

    Scorpions ( perhaps their best. Lovedrive)

    Cheap Trick ( at Budokan, not my taste, but it was their most successful LP)

    Roxy Music

    Frank Zappa

    Manfred Mann's Earth Band

    Squeeze

    Simple Minds

    Roxy Music

    Van Halen

    Bad Company

    Ian Hunter

    Supertramp

    Triumph

    The Tubes

    U.K.

    Grahem Parker & Rumour

    Bob Dylan

    Thin Lizzy

    The Ramones

    ABBA

    New England

    Gary Numan (two)

    the Cure

    Patti Smyth

    David Bowie

    ELO

    Kansas

    Ted Nugent

    Wings

    Nick Lowe

    Dave Edmunds

    The Cars

    Joy Division

    Dire Straits

    Hawkwind

    John Cougar

    Blue Oyster Cult ( likely their worst, but their worst is still good)

    Robert Palmer

    Neil Young

    The Kinks

    The B-52s

    AC/DC

    Rainbow

    Devo

    Talking Heads

    Led Zep

    XTC

    Alan Parsons Project

    Foriegner

    Jethro Tull

    Iggy Pop

    Rory Gallagher

    Judas Priest

    The Stranglers

    Foghat

    Eagles

    Bonnie Raitt

    Santana

    The Police

    Boomtown Rats

    Fleetwood Mac

    Tom Petty

    Pat Benatar

    Motorhead

    Styx

    Sweet

    Blondie

    Molly Hatchet

    Whitesnake

    the Specials

    the Jam

    Public Image Limited

    Pink Floyd

    Jefferson Starship

    Madness

    The Clash

    Utopia

    ...and Aerosmith released the pathetic 'Night In The Ruts'...which I wouldn't own, but it should be mentioned that they weren't idle in this landmark year in Rock music.

    Pretty impressive year for albums, maybe not all classics, but lots of really good ones.

     

     

     

     
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    Re: Pick Your One Very Good Year

    Good choice, Zilla!

    That's why it's only one year...it's supposed to be tough.

    "London Calling" alone is a strong entry...definitely a pivotal year.

     

     

     
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    Re: Pick Your One

    I will have to choose two years, one from the Sixties, to capture the Beatles and Stones et al, and one from the Seventies, to capture some hard rock/metal and prog rock favorites. 

     
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    Re: Pick Your One

    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
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    If I had to choose a particular year ( and , again, I hate to do this because I am eliminating so many great albums, so many favorites) ..I think I would settle on 1979.

    Almost every significant artist in Rock delivered an LP in 1979..... Pretty impressive year for albums, maybe not all classics, but lots of really good ones.

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    That really is quite a list.  I believe The Pretenders debut album got in under the wire as well.

     
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    After some thought, I'm going to go with 1971.  This was tough, because there seems to be more variety in the later years, but as someone said, I got a weakness for the classics...but I also am very predisposed to live music.

    Some of my favorite highlights:

    Allman Brothers - Live at Fillmore East

    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

    T. Rex - Electric Warrior

    Zeppelin - Led Zep IV (Zoso)

    Parliament - Maggot Brain

    Sly Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On

    Traffic - Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys (and Welcome To The Canteen)

    Bowie - Hunky Dory

    Yes - The Yes Album (and Fragile)

    ELP - Pictures At An Exhibition (and Tarkus)

    Carole King - Tapestry (and Music)

    Joni Mitchell - Blue

    Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate

    Pink Floyd - Meddle (and Relics)

    Chicago - Live at Carnegie

    CSN&Y - Four Way Street

    George Harrison - Concert For Bangladesh

    Stones - Hot Rocks

    Santana - Santana

    Jethro Tull - Aqualung

    Lennon - Imagine

    and a few auspicious debuts:

    ZZ Top, EW&F, ELO, Thin Lizzy, and so on...

     
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    The only  thing I know for me it would not be any year in the 90's or beyond.. Somewhere between 79 and 87.. Hmmm pretty tough to narrow down

     
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    Matty , I was also thinking 1971 would be in the running. Not the quantity offered up in 79, but perhaps more quality.

    I think this was right at the heart of early Prog Rock...with many good ones.

     
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    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
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    Matty , I was also thinking 1971 would be in the running. Not the quantity offered up in 79, but perhaps more quality.

    I think this was right at the heart of early Prog Rock...with many good ones.

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    At that rate, I could have chosen 1970 or 1972, but the Allmans kind of clinched it for me.

    Not too far outside the box, but it works for me....

    Interestingly, the years transitioning from one decade to another seem to appear stronger, but that might be coincidental.

     

     
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    Re: Pick Your One

     Not even going to try. Love 73 and 74, but no Beatle albums then so what do I do?

     
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    In response to jesseyeric's comment:
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     Not even going to try. Love 73 and 74, but no Beatle albums then so what do I do?

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    That's exactly why I take the option of choosing 2 years.

     

     
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    If I go with one year, it has to be 1973.  Pretty monstrous year.  Probably the culmination of the prog-rock concept album phase, as the first three titles would suggest.  Even the Eagles did a concept album that year.

    Who - Quadrophenia

    ELP - Brain Salad Surgery

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

    Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Led Zep - Houses of the Holy

    Aerosmith - First Album

    Eagles - Desperado

    Queen - First Album

    Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

    Wings - Band on the Run

    10CC - First Album

    Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies

    Argent - In Deep

    BOC - Tyranny and Mutation 

    Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are

    Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

    Johnny Winter - Still Alive and Well

    King Crimson - Larks Tongues in Aspic

    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire

    Mott the Hoople - Mott

    Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon

    Robin Trower - Twice Removed From Yesterday

    Rory Gallagher - Tattoo

    Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

    Stones - Goats Head Soup

    Traffic - Shoot Out At the Fantasy Factory

    ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

     
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    Re: Pick Your One

    Aerosmith also released their first album in 1973. I love 1973.

     
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    I have to go with 1969,for the following reasons:

     

    Led Zeppelin - 1 + 2

    King Crimson - In the court of the Crimson King

    Santana - Santana

    Blind faith - Blind Faith

    MC5 - Kick out the jams

    Moody Blues  - To our chilren's children's children

    Neil Young - Everybody knows this is nowhere

    Sly and the family stone - Stand

    The Band - The Band

    Velvet Underground- Velvet Underground

    The Who - Tommy

    Rolling Stones - Let it bleed

    Beatles - Abbey Road , Yellow Submarine

    Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers

    Steppenwolf - Monster

    Doors - Soft Parade

    Janis Joplin - I got dem old Kosmic Blues again mama

    Jeff Beck - Beck-ola

    Frank Zappa  - Hot Rats

    Along with many others

     
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    This is too tough.  I'd have to do an entire research project to decide.  :D  

    Offhand, I'm tempted to say a year in the early Eighties, as that would potentially capture lots of 70's bands that released albums as well as some of the new wave / electronic bands that were emerging such as New Order, etc.    Offhand, I was thinking of 1983.  

    The compilations allowance would make a huge difference, if you were really going to dig deep.  I saw that there was a Who compilation, for example, in 1983.  

    For a two year choice:  one in late the 70's / early 80's, and one (carefully researched) for the 90's (again, esp. for years that had compilations).    

    You know, for those of you who have enormous CD collections, you could "live this" for a few weeks, with ease, I suspect.  

     

     
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    I do have an enormous CD collection and quite honestly, there are too many CDs I own that I will never get around to playing again. I have a tendencey to play the ones I really, really , really like most....this about 2,000 or roughly half my collection. I honestly haven't even counted since about 1992, so I may be off by a few hundred.

     
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    Definitely1991 - So many good albums that year(some groundbreaking), my favs: 

    Ten- Pearl Jam

    MudHoney- Every Good Boy deserves Fudge

    Nevermind- Nirvana

    On Every Street- Dire Straits

    Blood Sugar Sex MajiK- RHCP

    Mental Jewlery-  Live

    The Visit-  Lorrena McKemnitt

    Out of Time- Rem

    Seal- Seal

    Blue Lines- Massive Attack

    Achtung Baby- U2

    Use Your Illusion1&2 - GNR

    Hole-  Pretty on the Inside

    Temple of the Dog- TOTD

    Badmoterfinger- Soundgarden

    Metallica- Black Album

    Electronic- Electronic

    Green Mind-  Dinosaur Jr

    Girlfriend-  Matthew Sweet

    Garcia and Grishman - Same

    Out in the Great Wide Open -Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

     

     

     

     

     
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