We Look Back At 7 Classic Rock Albums That Made 1973 Memorable
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As the seventies took over, rock music did the same as well. Dubbed as the golden age of rock, it became an avenue for the then-new subgenres of the rock to proliferate. Southern, blues, progressive, glam; you name it, they got it. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane with the best albums from 1973.
Call Me – Al Green
Al Green greeted the first half of the 70’s with his soul masterpiece, Call Me. It is considered as his best work, with various acclaims from multiple charts including pop and soul. Green’s purposeful vocal style was highlighted with his incorporation of country elements as well, covering tracks by Willie Nelson and Hank Williams.
Aladdin Sane – David Bowie
David Bowie’s realization to constantly reinvent himself went on a roll with the birth of Aladdin Sane. Drawing from the decadence of American society, the album was a dark and gritty reflection of the underbelly’s culture at the time. Bowie makes no effort to restrain his views of reality in the track, and was successful in doing so.
Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd – Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of the rare bands that saw massive success even with their first album, Lynyrd Skynyrd is a pop culture classic filled with some of the best southern rock songs to exist. Production of the album was seamless, with producer Al Kooper taking note of the band’s readiness in the studio. With one of the most organic track listings of their time, Lynyrd Skynyrd shot to superstardom on their first try.
Quadrophenia – The Who
The Who has a penchant for rock operas, so Quadrophenia wasn’t exactly a surprise in that sense. However, this Pete Townshend masterpiece is one of the band’s most enduring catalogs, most recognizable for the multi-synth and new age sound effects in a rock arrangement. Mod culture was positively impacted with the album’s release, and even ordinary fans warmly received the catalog.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
Considered as Elton John’s most successful records, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was an indulgent mix of pop, glam, and standard rock. The John-Taupin duo evoked the longing of childhood and culture from the past, eventually raking in 30 million copy sales worldwide.
Innervisions – Stevie Wonder
The landmark catalog from one of the best American musicians around, Innervisions didn’t hold back incorporating real life issues such as drug abuse, racism, romance, among others in the plethora of tracks from the catalog. What most people don’t know is Wonder did all the instrumentation in the album, effectively becoming a one-man band.
Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
One of the best representations of a concept album, Pink Floyd was able to deal a cohesive record with Dark Side Of The Moon. It observes reality in terms of factors like time, greed, conflict, death, and even mental health issues, with a special dedication to the band’s original vocalist and founder, Syd Barrett. The album is considered as one of the greatest rock records of all time, with a thematic arrangement that was all-encompassing.