1973 Photo Gallery: 50 Classic Albums Celebrating Their 40th Anniversary in 2013



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30-year Novice

I have long claimed that 1973 was the single greatest year for album releases ever!

Here is a list I came up with some time ago. Apparently I left off a few of the one's that GW listed. Guess I'll have to revise it.

In no particular order:

1. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin

2. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

3. Countdown to Ecstasy - Steely Dan

4. Catch a Fire - Bob Marley & the Wailers

5. Burnin' - Bob Marley & the Wailers

6. Dixie Chicken - Little Feat

7. The Captain & Me - Doobie Brothers

8. Headhunters - Herbie Hancock

9. Yessongs - Yes

10. Selling England by the Pound - Genesis

11. Made in Japan - Deep Purple

12. Quadrophenia - The Who

13. A Passion Play - Jethro Tull

14. 3+3 - The Isley Brothers (feat. Who's that Lady)

15. Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye

16. Over- Nite Sensation - Frank Zappa (feat. Montana & I am the Slime)

17. Greetings from Ashbury Park N.J. - Bruce Springsteen (feat. Blinded by the Light)

18. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle - Bruce Springsteen (feat. Rosalita)

19. Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings

20. Mind Games - John Lennon

21. Brain Salad Surgery - Emerson, Lake & Palmer ((feat. Karn Evil 9 (Welcome Back ....))

22. Aladdin Sane - David Bowie (feat. The Jean Genie)

23. Lark's Tongues in Aspic - King Crimson

24. Brothers & Sisters - Allman Bros. Band (feat Ramblin Man, Jessica & Southbound)

25. Funky Kingston - Toots & the Maytals

26. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

27 . Don't Shoot Me, I'm only the Piano Player - Elton John

28. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

29. Desperado - The Eagles

30. Ship Ahoy - The O'Jays (feat. For the Love of Money)

31. Piano Man - Billy Joel

32. Tales From Topographic Oceans - Yes

33. Focus III - Focus

34. A Wizard, A true Star - Todd Rundgren (feat. Just One Victory)

35. Tres Hombres - ZZ Top (feat. La Grange)

36. Tower of Power - Tower of Power (Feat. What is Hip?)

37. There Goes Rhymin' Simon - Paul Simon (feat. Kodachrome & Loves Me Like a Rock)

38. Time Fades Away - Neil Young (Tonight's the Night was recorded in1973 too.)

39. Cosmic Slop - Funkadelic

40. Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert - Eric Clapton

41. In Concert - Derek & The Dominoes

42. The Joker - Steve Miller Band

43. The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Rick Wakeman

44. (No pussyfooting ) - Fripp & Eno

45. Tower of Power - Tower of Power (feat. What is Hip?)

46. Tres Hombres - ZZ Top (feat. La Grange)

47. Innervisions - Stevie Wonder (feat. Higher Ground & Living for the City) The Grammy Winner

48. Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Neil Diamond (Not my favorite)

49. Wake of the Flood - Grateful Dead (I'm not much of a deadhead, is this a good one?)

50. Berlin - Lou Reed

51. Welcome - Santana (Kinda bizarre, but still Santana)

52. We're an American Band - Grand Funk Railroad

53. Yeah! - Brownsville Station (feat. Smokin; in the Boy's Room)

54. The Smoker You Drink, the PLayer You Get - Joe Walsh (feat. Rocky Mountain Way)

55. Spectrum - Billy Cobham

56. Riding the Storm Out - REO Speedwagon (Someone likes it)

57. Shootout at the Fantasy Factory - Traffic

58. Goat's Head Soup - Rolling Stones (Can't believe I forgot this one before)

59. Live Dates - Wishbone Ash

60. Moontan - Golden Earring (feat. Radar Love)

Oh, and some significant debut albums:

Aerosmith - Areosmith (feat. Dream On)

Pronounced leh-nerd skin-erd - Lynyrd Skynyrd (feat. Freebird)

Queen - Queen

Closing Time - Tom Waits

New York Dolls - New York Dolls

The Sweet - The Sweet (feat. Little Willie)

Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield (feat. in the Exorcist Soundtrack)

Montrose - Montrose (feat. Rock Candy & Bad Motor Scooter)


I know 1969 and 1971 were great, but no year is going to take down '73. Some of the very best albums by the very best artists in rock (metal, progressive & classic), soul, reggae and jazz.



thank god we grew up in this era. soundtrack of my life
"well, I gave it a chance and it shit back in my face..."

Glenn Kennedy

Selling England by the Pound may be Genesis' greatest of all albums.

Glenn Kennedy

Obviously Dark Side, Aladdin Sane and Queen would be there, rightfully so. I'm really glad to see Lizzy there too, though, even though it was before their peak. Great list!!



A truly great year in legendry albums and while I am sure they all deserve to be there where's John Martyn's Solid Air ? surely it makes the cut.



Dark Side makes 1973 the greatest year ever in the history of music , i'm talkin' in the history of the world not just RnR.



I would tweet this article if it was in virtually any other format than a gallery of 50 repeated clicks of the 'next' button. 5 pages of 10 each works much better.



Good list, clearly while there are great albums on this list "Dark Side" is the most legendary. But there are a number of real master pieces on this list! I sadly doubt there will be anyone bothering to put a list together of 2013, 40 years from now.

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