Reliving 5 Classic Rock Albums Of 1979
Scorpions live in 1979 - NoMadU55555 / Youtube
At the end of the ’70s, rock music was more than just the loud and gritty genre it once was. Innovations paved the way for multiple influences to percolate it – birthing subgenres such as grunge and new wave on top of it. But many stuck to the same tried-and-tested formula as well, telltale signs that you can never go wrong with the classics. Here are some rock catalogs from 1979 that made a mark in musical history.
The Long Run – Eagles
The Eagles were on a roll when The Long Run was released, as it topped the charts once again. Timothy B. Schmidt replaced the founding member Randy Meisner and birthed chart rankers “Heartache Tonight”, “I Can’t Tell You Why”, and the title track itself. It’s a sad thing that they closed it out by a long hiatus from any activity.
Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac would have to be extra-creative if they wanted to follow the critically-acclaimed album Rumours. It’s a good thing that they achieved it with Tusk, sporting a slightly different approach but a classic album nonetheless.
Evolution – Journey
The band’s fifth album marked the slow but sure rise to superstardom, being their highest-charting effort of the time. This was also the second catalog with Steve Perry fronting them, with the song “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” being a favorable cut for them. This was the year that Journey solidified their standing in the rock scene.
In Through Out The Door – Led Zeppelin
A fitting swansong for the band, In Through Out The Door sounded quite different from their previous heavy records. But the band managed to put out a cohesive album and still rake in the support of fans with it.
Lovedrive – Scorpions
The German heavy metal band finally made waves in the US with their sixth album, Lovedrive. This became one of their most solid records, with excellent musicianship and songwriting all throughout, making it a classic metal pick for the era.