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Yes – Close To The Edge

Yes – Close To The Edge Dave Thompson: ‘With 1971’s Fragile having left Yes poised quivering on the brink of what friend and foe acknowledged was the peak of the band’s achievement, Close to the Edge was never going to be an easy album to make. Drummer Bill Bruford was already shifting restlessly against Jon […]

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Deep Purple – Made In Japan

Deep Purple – Made In Japan AMG Review: Recorded over three nights in August 1972, Deep Purple – Made In Japan was the record that brought the band to headliner status in the U.S. and elsewhere, and it remains a landmark in the history of heavy metal music. Since reorganizing with singer Ian Gillan and […]

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Deodato – Prelude

Deodato – Prelude AMG review: Prior to Prelude, Eumir Deodato was primarily known, if at all, as a tasteful, lyrical, bossa nova-based sometime arranger for the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery, and others. Enter Creed Taylor, who gave Deodato a chance to step out on his own as a pianist/leader, doing a […]

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ELP – Trilogy

ELP – Trilogy       François Couture: ‘After the heavily distorted bass and doomsday church organ of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s debut album, the exhilarating prog rock of epic proportions on Tarkus, and the violent removal of the sacred aura of classical tunes on Pictures at an Exhibition, Trilogy, ELP’s fourth album, features the […]

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Caetano Veloso – Transa

 Caetano Veloso – Transa AMG Review: Released in 1972, Caetano Veloso – Transa was recorded by Caetano Veloso during his exile in London, England, shortly before his return to Brazil. The sound of ’70s electric rock predominates, fused with Brazilian rhythms and percussion, berimbau sounds, and his own violão playing. Several lyrics in English, and […]

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Todd Rundgren – Something / Anything?

Todd Rundgren – Something / Anything? AMG Review: After two albums, Todd Rundgren had one hit and a burgeoning cult following, plus growing respect as a hitmaking record producer. There’s no question he was busy, but as it turns out, all this work only scratched the surface of his ambition. He had decided to abandon the […]

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Wishbone Ash – Argus

Wishbone Ash – Argus AMG Review: If Wishbone Ash can be considered a group who dabbled in the main strains of early-’70s British rock without ever settling on one (were they a prog rock outfit like Yes, a space rock unit like Pink Floyd, a heavy metal ensemble like Led Zeppelin, or just a boogie band […]

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Dr John – Gumbo

Dr John – Gumbo AMG Review: Dr John – Gumbo bridged the gap between post-hippie rock and early rock & roll, blues, and R&B, offering a selection of classic New Orleans R&B, including “Tipitina” and “Junko Partner,” updated with a gritty, funky beat. There aren’t as many psychedelic flourishes as there were on his first […]

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The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street

The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street AMG Review: The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street was the album by which most of their fans began discovering the Doobie Brothers, and it has retained a lot of its freshness over the decades. Producer Ted Templeman was attuned to the slightly heavier and more Southern style the band […]

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Roxy Music – Roxy Music

Roxy Music – Roxy Music AMG Review: Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music – Roxy Music eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock’s boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures. Although no musician demonstrates much technical skill […]

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Scorpions – Lonesome Crow

Scorpions – Lonesome Crow Scorpions – Lonesome Crow is the first album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions produced by Conny Plank and released in 1972. It is the band’s only album with lead guitarist Michael Schenker as a full-time member. He left not long after to join UFO and was replaced by Ulrich […]

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Uriah Heep – Demons And Wizards

Uriah Heep – Demons And Wizards AMG review: This is the album that solidified Uriah Heep’s reputation as a master of gothic-inflected heavy metal. From short, sharp rock songs to lengthy, musically dense epics, Uriah Heep – Demons And Wizards finds Uriah Heep covering all the bases with style and power. The album’s approach is […]

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The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St.

The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St. Exile on Main St. is the tenth British and 13th American studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. Released as a double LP in May 1972, it draws on many genres including rock and roll, blues, soul, R&B, gospel and country. The release of Exile […]

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Stevie Wonder – Talking Book

Stevie Wonder – Talking Book AMG review:  After releasing two “head” records during 1970-71, Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palate with 1972’s Stevie Wonder – Talking Book to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career. What had been hinted at on the intriguing project […]

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Elton John – Honky Chateau

Elton John – Honky Chateau AMG review: Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Elton John – Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. On paper, it reads like an eclectic mess, but it plays as the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin […]

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Neil Young – Harvest

        William Ruhlmann ‘ Neil Young – Harvest is Neil Young’s most popular album, …The mood is melancholic, but the songs mostly describe the longing for and fulfillment of new love. Young is perhaps most explicit about this on the controversial “A Man Needs a Maid,” which is often condemned as sexist […]

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Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes       Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes is a song written by David Bowie, originally recorded and released as a single by Mott the Hoople in 1972. NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray have described the track as “one of that […]

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Deep Purple – Machine Head

Deep Purple – Machine Head 40th Anniversary Edition Deep Purple – Machine Head is the sixth studio album released by the English hard rock band Deep Purple. It was recorded through December 1971 in Montreux, Switzerland, and released in March 1972. Deep Purple – Machine Head is often cited as a major influence in the early development […]

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