1972 http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/2168/all en 50 Classic Albums Celebrating Their 40th Anniversary in 2012 http://www.guitarworld.com/50-classic-albums-celebrating-their-40th-anniversary-2012 <!--paging_filter--><p>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. </p> <p>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."</p> <p>It was the year of <em>Exile On Main St.</em>, <em>Thick As a Brick</em> and <em>Close To the Edge</em>, 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 <em>Living In the Past</em>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-its-40th-anniversary-ziggy-stardust-co-producer-ken-scott-discusses-working-david-bowie">[[ <em>Ziggy Stardust</em> co-producer Ken Scott discusses creating the album with David Bowie and Mick Ronson. ]]</a></strong></p> <p>On the heavier side of things, while Led Zeppelin took the year off from vinyl, Deep Purple released what is perhaps <em>the</em> Deep Purple album, <em>Machine Head,</em> plus the live classic <em>Made in Japan.</em> Black Sabbath followed up 1971's <em>Master of Reality</em> with <em>Vol. 4</em> -- and Scorpions, Wishbone Ash and Uriah Heep chimed in as well.</p> <p>In the world of blues, all three ax-wielding Kings released albums -- <em>Texas Cannonball</em> by Freddie King, <em>Guess Who</em> by B.B. King and <em>I'll Play the Blues For You</em> by Albert King -- not to mention <em>Eat A Peach</em> by The Allman Brothers Band, <em>Rio Grande Mud</em> by ZZ Top, and <em>Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive</em> by John Lee Hooker.</p> <p>With that in mind, below is our list of 50 classic albums celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2012. Remember: Life begins at 40!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/albert-king">Albert King</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/keith-richards">Keith Richards</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-lennon">John Lennon</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/freddie-king">Freddie King</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/50-classic-albums-celebrating-their-40th-anniversary-2012#comments 1972 Black Sabbath Damian Fanelli John Lennon Yes News Features Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:57:14 +0000 Damian Fanelli 15007 at http://www.guitarworld.com