7 Albums That Rocked 1975
Aerosmith for Sweet Emotion's music video, 1975 - Justin Duarte / Youtube
Halfway through the seventies, development in the rock scene was still as strong as ever. Now with many obscure subgenres pouring into the mainstream, like heartland and opera rock, the industry has become as lively as ever. Classic rock artists still haven’t ceased in making material as well, providing diversity for listeners to choose from. Here are the best rock albums from the year 1975.
7. Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith
The third studio album of the bad boys from Boston turned out to be one of their most powerful hard rock records to boot. Critics have even praised the band for putting together the Stones and Led Zeppelin’s styles in a comprehensively unique mix, their own drug-addled playing adding to the authenticity of the record.
6. Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
One of the most loaded catalogs by the blues rock kings, Physical Graffiti was the double album treat by Zep for the fans. The album was a comprehensive rocker from start to finish, giving listeners a dose of gritty, straightforward hard rock from the gods that took over the golden age of rock.
5. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
One of Pink Floyd’s more underrated records as a whole, Wish You Were Here is a call out to the destructive effects of the music industry to its artists. Ruled over by executives that take in and churn their talents to produce marketable material, only to leave them burned out in the process, the album is a wake up call for both employers and employees of the music industry. Plus, the bonus tribute to Syd Barrett bookends the catalog with a scathing and emotional composition.
4. Horses – Patti Smith
The debut album of the punk poet laureate Patti Smith is considered as one of the most influential releases in rock history, preceding punk movements and other subgenres to flourish. Smith’s unique implementation of simple rock arrangements and freeform poetry allowed Horses to successfully herald the coming of neo rock derivatives.
3. A Night At The Opera – Queen
Hailed as one of the most expensive albums to be produced during their time, A Night At The Opera weighted it down with a mix of pop, rock, metal, and other genres of music, carefully concocted to fit the Queen ambiance. Containing some of the band’s most successful tracks, A Night At The Opera became a musical landmark not only for Queen, but for contemporaries and successors as well.
2. Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan
Pop culture Bob Dylan showed no signs of stopping with the release of Blood On The Tracks, which was the 15th studio effort by the singer-songwriter. Bob Dylan goes barebones in this catalog, taking inspiration from his personal life and experiences, making for a very intimate listening experience that was taken in by fans and critics alike with positive reception.
1. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
The Boss’ heartland rock sound was commercialized in his third studio album, Born To Run. Springsteen’s evocation of the daily American life resounded deeply with his fans, and when paired with his powerful and impassioned brand of rock n’ roll, became a way for him to break into the mainstream.