Revisiting 3 Albums That Made 1973 Rock n’ Roll
Lynyrd Skynyrd live in Knebworth - Michelle King / Youtube
Hailed as the golden age of rock music, the 1970s created a plethora of memorable catalogs from artists old and new, providing variety for the masses. This was a stage akin to adolescence for rock music, where peak creativity, spontaneity, and competition all contributed to the growth of the genre. With that, here are some of the best rock albums of 1973.
Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Nobody did southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd did, at least in their prime. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album is considered as one of their best catalogs ever. The relatively young band pushed their way through with natural talent and determination, with the members rehearsing at the “Hell House”, under the intense Florida heat, perfecting their songwriting process and performances to a tee. Producer Al Kooper was amazed at the band’s studio ethics, with impeccable playing and strict adherence to the song arrangements. The album bore fruit, especially with hits like “Simple Man” and “Free Bird” dominating the charts and radio stations all over the country.
Quadrophenia – The Who
Being rock opera veterans, The Who revisited the unique approach and succeeded with Quadrophenia. Entirely composed by Pete Townshend, the album follows the story of a young mod named Jimmy and his quest for self-worth and importance. In conjunction with the band’s typical musical style, the album uses multi-track synthesizers and new sound effects, with some brass parts from Kieth Moon. The success of the album saw the revival of mod culture in the 70s and even got a film adaptation to follow.
Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
Numbers tell the story as this is Pink Floyd’s bestselling album, which was born from improvisations from their live performances. Revolving around the concept album style, Dark Side Of The Moon took themes like greed, time, mental illness, and more into a cohesive catalog that got rid of the lengthy instrumental jams for a more compact and radio-friendly format. The album’s release was critically acclaimed and is said to contain some of the band’s most emotional arrangements, contained in a sublime mix of effects and techniques employed.