50 Classic Albums Celebrating Their 40th Anniversary in 2012
Nineteen hundred and seventy-two is one of those rare years -- like, say, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1991 -- that saw the release of several seminal rock and modern-blues albums.
As we wrote last year in our 1971 roundup, "Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."
It was the year of Exile On Main St., Thick As a Brick and Close To the Edge, albums that are so renowned that we don't have to name the bands that created them (But, just in case, it was The Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull and Yes). Tull actually outdid themselves that year, also releasing Living In the Past.
On the heavier side of things, while Led Zeppelin took the year off from vinyl, Deep Purple released what is perhaps the Deep Purple album, Machine Head, plus the live classic Made in Japan. Black Sabbath followed up 1971's Master of Reality with Vol. 4 -- and Scorpions, Wishbone Ash and Uriah Heep chimed in as well.
In the world of blues, all three ax-wielding Kings released albums -- Texas Cannonball by Freddie King, Guess Who by B.B. King and I'll Play the Blues For You by Albert King -- not to mention Eat A Peach by The Allman Brothers Band, Rio Grande Mud by ZZ Top, and Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive by John Lee Hooker.
With that in mind, below is our list of 50 classic albums celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2012. Remember: Life begins at 40!
Pink Floyd -- Obscured By Clouds
Jackson Browne -- Jackson Browne
Grateful Dead -- Europe '72
Curtis Mayfield -- Super Fly
America -- Homecoming
The Moody Blues -- Seventh Sojourn
Humble Pie -- Smokin'
Frank Zappa -- Waka/Jawaka
Jethro Tull -- Living In The Past
Uriah Heep -- Demons and Wizards
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- Trilogy
Manassas -- Manassas
Elton John -- Honky Château
T.Rex -- The Slider
Deep Purple -- Made In Japan
The Allman Brothers Band -- Eat A Peach
Big Star -- #1 Record
Genesis -- Foxtrot
Lou Reed -- Transformer
David Bowie -- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Foghat -- Foghat
John Lee Hooker -- Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive
The Mothers of Invention -- Just Another Band From LA
The Guess Who -- Rockin'
James Gang -- Passin' Thru
Neil Young -- Harvest
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells -- Play The Blues
Van Morrison -- Saint Dominic's Preview
Wishbone Ash -- Argus
Mott The Hoople -- All The Young Dudes
The Eagles -- Eagles
Jimi Hendrix -- Hendrix In The West
Rory Gallagher -- Live In Europe
Z.Z. Top -- Rio Grande Mud
Scorpions -- Lonesome Crow
25. Thin Lizzy -- Shades Of A Blue Orphanage
B.B. King -- Guess Who
Jeff Beck Group -- Jeff Beck Group
Alice Cooper -- School's Out
Jethro Tull -- Thick As A Brick
Yes -- Close To The Edge
The Rolling Stones -- Exile On Main St.
Deep Purple -- Machine Head
Black Sabbath -- Vol. 4
The Edgar Winter Group -- They Only Come Out at Night
Joe Walsh & Barnstorm -- Barnstorm
Fleetwood Mac -- Bare Trees
Todd Rundgren -- Something/Anything?
Albert King -- I'll Play The Blues For You
Freddie King -- Texas Cannonball