The 1970s are beloved by music nerds; artists in a variety of genres cranked out a 40 minute album every year. The late 1960s staked out a variety of genres, but the 1970s was when they were explored fully.
Artists like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder broke free from the Motown singles machine and made album length statements. Solo genii like Joni Mitchell and David Bowie followed their own idiosyncratic paths through the decade.
As a result, the 1970s are full of great records. I’ve covered a lot of 1970s acts, but there are plenty of omissions – Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Earth, Wind and Fire are among notable acts on my to-do list, as well as German bands like Kraftwerk and Can.