Monday, November 08, 2021

Fifty Years of Music • November, 1971

1971 has been often critiqued as the best year in rock 'n' roll. If you've been following my Fifty Years of Music series this year, it's hard to argue with that statement, and this month is one of those monster months in music history that delivered iconic albums and songs. 

I spent more time listening than writing this past week which made me think that for rock 'n' roll fans in 2021, we probably would have died and gone to heaven with these caliber of songs spread over a current year must less 30 days.

So let's get right to it with this impressive group of albums released in November, 1971 just in time for the holiday shopping season with our boys still fighting in Vietnam. 

Playlist of 129 Songs from Albums Released 11/71

  1. Nilsson Schmilsson, Harry Nilsson (Entire Album)
  2. Madman Across The Water, Elton John (Entire Album)
  3. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin (Entire Album)
  4. Year of Sunday, Seals and Crofts (Entire Album)
  5. Gonna Take A Miracle, Laura Nyro (Entire Album)
  6. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys, Traffic (Entire Album)
  7. Fragile, Yes
  8. Anticipation, Carly Simon
  9. Nursery Cryme, Genesis
  10. Quiet Fire, Roberta Flack
  11. A Nod Is Good As A Wink... To A Blind Horse, Faces
  12. Sunfighter, Paul Kanter and Grace Slick
  13. I Wrote A Simple Song, Billy Preston
  14. Aerie, John Denver
  15. Bonnie Raitt, Bonnie Raitt
  16. Farther Along, The Byrds
  17. Asylum Choir II, Leon Russell and Marc Benno
  18. 'Nuff Said, Ike and Tina Turner
  19. Deuce, Rory Gallagher
  20. Pictures At An Exhibition, Emerson, Lake and Palmer
  21. There's A Riot Goin' On, Sly and the Family Stone
  22. Liv, Livingston Taylor
  23. The Inner Mounting Flame, Mahavishnu Orchestra
  24. Good and Dusty, The Youngbloods
  25. Flowers of Evil, Mountain

1 comment:

  1. Loving this playlist. It makes such a strong connection with you when we were that age. We got so into some of the records on this list that I really didn’t share with most people I knew at the time. I got the first Seals and Crofts in a trade and it wasn’t great but we really grew to love a couple of the songs which encouraged one of us ( I think it was you) to buy Year of Sunday. The promise of the first albums two good songs was fully realized on this one. They were very successful on the subsequent albums but we felt they laid it all out there on this one. Thanks for the great list and fond memories.


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