Re: Pick Your One
posted at 10/18/2012 1:23 PM EDT
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:
Joe Jackson ( 2 LPs)
Scorpions ( perhaps their best. Lovedrive)
Cheap Trick ( at Budokan, not my taste, but it was their most successful LP)
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Grahem Parker & Rumour
Gary Numan (two)
Blue Oyster Cult ( likely their worst, but their worst is still good)
Alan Parsons Project
Public Image Limited
...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.