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Black Sabbath – Paranoid

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Black Sabbath - Paranoid       Steve Huey: 'Paranoid was not only Black Sabbath's most popular record (it was a number one smash in the U.K., and "Paranoid" and "Iron Man" both scraped the U.S. charts despite virtual...

Badfinger – Straight Up

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Badfinger - Straight Up       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Straight Up winds up somewhat less dynamic than No Dice, largely because that record alternated its rockers, pop tunes, and ballads. Here, everything is at a si...

Bob Marley – African Herbsman

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Bob Marley - African Herbsman       Matthew Hilburn: 'To Bob Marley's emotionally charged music and lyrics, add the tight riddims and harmonies of the Wailers and then put all of that talent into the ceaselessly crea...

Faces – First Step

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'The notorious sloppiness of the Faces was apparent on their debut, almost moreso on the cover than on the music, as the group was stilled billed as the Small Faces on this 1970 debut al...

Big Star – #1 Record

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      William Ruhlmann: 'The problem with coming in late on an artwork lauded as "influential" is that you've probably encountered the work it influenced first, so its truly innovative qualities are lost. Thus, if you...

Uriah Heep – Look at yourself

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      Donald A. Guarisco: 'The third time proved to be the charm for Uriah Heep: on Look at Yourself, the group perfects its fusion of heavy metal power and prog rock majesty, and the result is one of the best albums ...

Paladin – Charge !

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Paladin - Charge !       Jo-Ann Greene: 'Having failed to ignite the populace with their eponymous debut, a set brimming with joie de vivre and creative crossovers, Paladin decided the only way to break into the main...

Jethro Tull – Aqualung

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung       Rovi Staff : 'The leap from 1970's Benefit to the following year's Aqualung is one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history. In the space of one album, Tull went from relative...

The Stooges – Raw Power

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The Stooges - Raw Power       Mark Deming: 'In 1972, the Stooges were near the point of collapse when David Bowie's management team, MainMan, took a chance on the band at Bowie's behest. By this point, guitarist Ron ...

McDonald and Giles – McDonald and Giles

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McDonald and Giles - McDonald and Giles       McDonald and Giles is an album of music released by British musicians Ian McDonald and Michael Giles in 1971. The album was recorded at Island Studios between May and Jul...

Focus – Moving Waves

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Focus - Moving Waves       Paul Collins: 'The album that boosted Focus into at least semi-fame outside of continental Europe, Moving Waves blasts off with their hit single, "Hocus Pocus." Built around a killer guitar...

Atomic Rooster – In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster

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Atomic Rooster - In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster Progarchives: 'Probably the best progressive album ever produced by a group that no one talks about. In Hearing of Atomic Rooster belts out a broad range of great songs f...

Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs

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Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs     Stewart Mason: 'Wisely, The Madcap Laughs doesn't even try to sound like a consistent record. Half the album was recorded by Barrett's former bandmates Roger Waters and Dave Gilmou...

Van Morrison – Moondance

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Van Morrison - Moondance Jason Ankeny: 'The yang to Astral Weeks' yin, the brilliant Moondance is every bit as much a classic as its predecessor; Van Morrison's first commercially successful solo effort, it retains t...

Vangelis – L’Apocalypse des Animaux

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Vangelis - L'Apocalypse des Animaux This album is one of Vangelis' earliest works, recorded whilst still a member of progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child. It also marks the first time that he collaborated with Fre...

John Prine – John Prine

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John Prine - John Prine A brilliant folk songwriter whose sly humor, melancholy tales, and easy vocal style earned him great renown (and many covers) among his fellow performers. William Ruhlmann: ''A revelatio...

Genesis – Foxtrot

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Genesis - Foxtrot Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Foxtrot is where Genesis began to pull all of its varied inspirations into a cohesive sound -- which doesn't necessarily mean that the album is streamlined, for this is a g...

Hawkwind – Space Ritual

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Hawkwind - Space Ritual Wilson Neate: 'Recorded live in December 1972 and released the following year, Space Ritual is an excellent document of Hawkwind's classic lineup, underscoring the group's status as space rock...

Slade – Slayed?

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Slade - Slayed? Dave Thompson 'Slade might have built its everywhere-but-America fame upon a succession of gut-tearing hit singles, but the band's true rocking credentials were on display elsewhere, in the second to ...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer Bruce Eder  'Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals ("The Barbarian," "Three Fates") and romanti...

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