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1970s Reviews

The Modern Lovers Jonathan Richman

This page collects album reviews for artists who don’t don’t have enough good records for their own page, or who I think are worth covering but don’t want to devote a whole page to.

The following 1970s artists already have their own dedicated pages:

Big Star
David Bowie
Vashti Bunyan
John Cale
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Nick Drake
Brian Eno
Fleetwood Mac
Led Zeppelin
Joni Mitchell
Van Morrison
Gram Parsons
Roxy Music
Todd Rundgren
Paul Simon
Split Enz
Bruce Springsteen
James Taylor
Richard and Linda Thompson
Townes Van Zandt
Tom Waits
Bill Withers
Stevie Wonder
Neil Young

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Gold – ABBA

Gold: Greatest Hits (1992), 7.5/10 While Sweden’s ABBA became exemplary pop artisans in the second half of their career, it … Continue Reading Gold – ABBA

AC/DC Let There Be Rock

Let There Be Rock – AC/DC

Let There Be Rock (1977), 7.5/10 Usually I’m stringent about listening to albums many times before rating and reviewing them, … Continue Reading Let There Be Rock – AC/DC

Aerosmith Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits – Aerosmith

The Best Of (1980), 4.5/10 I tend to come around to most lauded classic rock bands eventually, but Aerosmith are … Continue Reading Greatest Hits – Aerosmith

Bread Retrospective

Retrospective – Bread

Retrospective (1996), 7/10 I know that I’m not supposed to like Bread, but before I started buying CDs I used … Continue Reading Retrospective – Bread

Carpenters Gold

Carpenters: Gold – The Carpenters

Carpenters: Gold (2000), 8.5/10 They’re sometimes dismissed as soft-rock light-weights, but California’s The Carpenters often captured magical moments of pop … Continue Reading Carpenters: Gold – The Carpenters

Time Pieces The Best of Eric Clapton

Timepieces – The Best of Eric Clapton

Timepieces – The Best of Eric Clapton (1982), 5/10 In 1965, Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds because he felt that … Continue Reading Timepieces – The Best of Eric Clapton

Eagles On The Border

On The Border – Eagles

On The Border (1974), 8/10 I have a complicated love/hate relationship with the Eagles – they were one of my … Continue Reading On The Border – Eagles

Roy Harper Valentine

Valentine – Roy Harper

Valentine (1974), 7.5/10 English folkie Roy Harper is an idiosyncratic figure, using his undeniable talents to promote political interests and … Continue Reading Valentine – Roy Harper

Billy Joel Turnstiles

Turnstiles – Billy Joel

Turnstiles (1976), 7/10 Billy Joel was a favourite of mine in my sheltered early teens when I listened to radio … Continue Reading Turnstiles – Billy Joel

Janis Joplin Pearl

Pearl – Janis Joplin

Pearl (1971), 7/10 Pearl was assembled posthumously after Texan blues singer Janis Joplin overdosed in 1970, joining the 27 club. … Continue Reading Pearl – Janis Joplin

Carole King Tapestry

Tapestry – Carole King

Tapestry (1971), 8.5/10 In the 1960s, King was a prominent hitmaker as a songwriter. At the end of the decade, … Continue Reading Tapestry – Carole King

John Lennon Plastic Ono Band

Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon

Plastic Ono Band (1970), 8/10 Plastic Ono Band was John Lennon’s musical therapy after leaving The Beatles, with the self … Continue Reading Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon

John Lennon Legend The Very Best Of

Lennon Legend – John Lennon

Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of John Lennon (1997), 8.5/10 Reportedly, Lennon’s solo career was decidedly patchy, so Lennon Legend is … Continue Reading Lennon Legend – John Lennon

The Modern Lovers Jonathan Richman

The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers (1976), 9.5/10 An album that failed to set the charts alight but proved extremely influential, The Modern Lovers was … Continue Reading The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

Rush Retrospective

Retrospective, Vol. 1 (1974-1980) – Rush

Retrospective, Vol. 1 (1974-1980) (1997), 6.5/10 Canadian progressive rock trio Rush have a devoted cult following, while they’re often derided … Continue Reading Retrospective, Vol. 1 (1974-1980) – Rush

Rick Wakeman The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives Of Henry VIII – Rick Wakeman

The Six Wives Of Henry VIII (1973), 8/10 As a history major, keyboard enthusiast, and prog-rock fan, I feel like … Continue Reading The Six Wives Of Henry VIII – Rick Wakeman