Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1972

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Best Album on my Favourite albums of 1973 (The year I was born) list
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1969
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1970
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1971

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St. , 18
Nick Drake - Pink Moon , 8
Miles Davis - On The Corner, 7
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars , 7
Roxy Music - Roxy Music , 7
Can - Ege Bamyasi , 6
Black Sabbath - Vol 4 , 5
Big Star - #1 Record , 5
Neil Young - Harvest , 4
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly , 4
Neu! - Neu! , 4
Faust - So Far , 3
Wishbone Ash - Argus , 3
Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra , 3
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book , 3
Mandrill - Mandrill Is 2
Genesis - Foxtrot , 2
WAR - The World Is a Ghetto , 2
Ornette Coleman - Science Fiction 2
Ornette Coleman - Skies of America 2
Tangerine Dream - Zeit , 2
Joni Mitchell - For The Roses 2
Al Green - Let's Stay Together , 2
Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Knights 2
Herbie Hancock - Crossings , 1
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Clear Spot , 1
Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity , 1
Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted and Black 1
Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill , 1
Amon Düül II - Wolf City , 1
Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything?, 1
Agitation Free - Malesch , 1
Ohio Players - Pain , 1
The Meters - Cabbage Alley , 1
Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht , 1
Fela Kuti - Roforofo Fight , 1
McCoy Tyner - Sahara 1
Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs 0
Weather Report - I Sing The Body Electric 0
Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music , 0
Kraan- Kraan , 0
Tim Buckley - Greetings From L.A. 0
Guru Guru - Känguru , 0
Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen , 0
The Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach 0
Lou Reed - Transformer 0
Aphrodite's Child - 666 , 0
Cluster - Cluster II , 0
Archie Shepp - Attica Blues , 0
Chick Corea - Return To Forever 0


Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Ziggy

sleeve, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Black Sabbath - Vol 4 , Black Sabbath - Vol 4 , Black Sabbath - Vol 4 , Black Sabbath - Vol 4 ,

calstars, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:52 (one month ago) Permalink

My favorite year yet

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Mandrill - Is for me

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

1972 was an amazing year in Brazil:
Caetano Veloso, Transa
Gilberto Gil, Expresso 2222
Jorge Ben, Ben
Lô Borges, s/t
Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges, Clube da Esquina
Nelson Ângelo e Joyce, s/t
Os Novos Baianos, Acabou Chorare

Also Sandy Denny's "Sandy" is a personal favorite

rob, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Why is Mellow Candle on this list???

calstars, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:34 (one month ago) Permalink

My second vote would be Exile

calstars, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:35 (one month ago) Permalink

“acabou chorare” and “transa” are two of the very best records released anywhere, ever.

as for this list, well !

maybe miles, popol vuh, or aretha.

budo jeru, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:36 (one month ago) Permalink

“harvest” the best-selling album of 1972 btw

budo jeru, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:37 (one month ago) Permalink

early 70s were an embarrassment of riches

calumy (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:18 (one month ago) Permalink

yup

calstars, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:30 (one month ago) Permalink

exile

we're far from the challops now (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:36 (one month ago) Permalink

for the record i am not generally one to stan for yes but having "foxtrot" on this poll but not "close to the edge", which is the one record of theirs that has consistently top-notch writing, is pure bs

here's what i have, as per usual my tags are shit so please forgive any misdatings

alan sorrenti - aria
american spring - spring
arthur verocai - s/t
banco del mutuo soccorso - darwin!
berto pisano - kill!
bill withers - still bill (i know you only had room for 50 but this is even more egregious an omission than close to the edge)
bonga - angola 72
catherine ribeiro & alpes - paix
charles tolliver and music inc - live at slug's
contraction - s/t
coulson, dean, mcguinness, flint - lo and behold
dakila - s/t
david fanshawe - african sanctus
delia derbyshire - electrosonic
diabolus - high tones
dimos moutsis - agios febrouarios
don bradshaw-leather - the distance between us
the dramatics - whatcha see is whatcha get
eddie kendricks - people... hold on
el polen - cholo
the facedancers - s/t
flamengo - kure v hodinkach
franco battiato - fetus
i teoremi - s/t
jean-claude vannier - l'enfant assassin des mouches
khan - space shanty
les mccann - invitation to openness
love cry want - s/t
madhouse - serve 'em
marcos valle - vento sul
mirageman - thunder and lightning
mtume umoja ensemble - alkebu-lan, land of the blacks
night sun - mournin'
novos baianos - acabou chorare
the pharaohs - awakening
piel de pueblo - rock de las herida
piero umiliani - il mondo dei romani (this one is great, the historic analog synthesizer music of ancient rome, but if you're not feeling that musica dell'era tecnologica and to-day's sound are from the same year, umiliani was killin' it in '72)
premiata forneria marconi - per un amico
quarteto em cy - s/t
ruth white - short circuits
sandrose - s/t
slapp happy - sort of
steve miller band - journey from eden
stringtronics - mindbender
the supremes - floy joy
t rex - the slider (a more egregious omission than "still bill"? maybe not, but egregious!)
tribo masaahi - estrelando embaixador (a recent ilm poll loser!)
william s. fischer - akelarre
william sheller - lux aeterna

some absolute ringers on your list, though, torn between, like, half the records on your list, voted "superfly" basically by throwing a dart

the scientology of mountains (rushomancy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:06 (one month ago) Permalink

On the Corner, obviously.

really only into OTC, Pink Moon, Eat a Peach here. the Bowie and Steely Dan have great songs but are uneven.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Voted for the Stones in one of the earlier polls. So it’s Big Star over Stevie and Bowie.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:54 (one month ago) Permalink

after the first roxy music album the music world was not the same as before.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Can or Chick

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Or the Dan

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:41 (one month ago) Permalink

I had no idea you were such a Krautrock fan.

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:42 (one month ago) Permalink

1972 was an amazing year in Brazil:
Caetano Veloso, Transa
Gilberto Gil, Expresso 2222
Jorge Ben, Ben
Lô Borges, s/t
Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges, Clube da Esquina
Nelson Ângelo e Joyce, s/t
Os Novos Baianos, Acabou Chorare

― rob, 20. februar 2019 02:20 (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Such an amazing list, though I'm not the biggest fan of Transa. But Expresso 2222, what a record!

Frederik B, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:30 (one month ago) Permalink

neu just ahead of ege and 666

nxd, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Vol 4: GOAT

Neil S, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Either On the Corner or Exile on Main St..

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:45 (one month ago) Permalink

You may also have heard of this band called YES. They put out a pretty good record that year.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Definitely won't be voting for a Black Sabbath LP this time. Voting Foxtrot.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Fecking tough, this one.

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:27 (one month ago) Permalink

"On The Corner" over Big Star, and that's a very recent change.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Wolf City over Roforofo Fight

*there's (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:50 (one month ago) Permalink

"On The Corner" over Big Star Can, and that's a very recent change.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Some excellent albums but fewer that I'm truly over the moon about. I think maybe I just haven't dug sufficiently deeply into '72? Must rectify.

My gut response is one of the Ornette albums. They're both phenomenal.

A functioning gazebo made of Candlebox cassingles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:27 (one month ago) Permalink

I had no idea you were such a Krautrock fan.

― Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.),

for about 25 years. Was tough tracking it down before Napster though

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:25 (one month ago) Permalink

and ftr I just don't like the band Yes

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Well, we agree on that, at least.

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:41 (one month ago) Permalink

can't not vote for Ege Bamyasi here. but Faust So Far is a close second. always loved that album. "No Harm" is still one of the most exciting tracks in my collection.

I do agree that not including Close to the Edge is pretty odd given the other stuff on here. That's my favorite of '72, hands down. I still love ELP's Trilogy as well.

frogbs, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Al Green is usually the correct answer for any '70s albums, so that.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:54 (one month ago) Permalink

I just dont like Yes!

And you all know as the years go on a certain other band whom I hate wont be appearing that is beloved by many people.

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:56 (one month ago) Permalink

but hey, you cant like everything

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Neechy: it's only this morning occurring to me that the Nite-Liters, an early '70s instrumental R&B/funk combo similar to many of the acts among your favorite, have been so consistently absent from these polls that I wonder if you're familiar with them? Because if you aren't I would recommend them most highly.

A functioning gazebo made of Candlebox cassingles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:07 (one month ago) Permalink

The era seems to have been a major purple patch, though i think I would have started in '68. Not sure where I'd cut off. THough think 73 seems to be the end of that run for a lot of people. Might be influenced by the idea that pubnk was the major grond changer so the years before it get swept away as needing to be before the year zero. I think there were still some great things coming out in '74 and '75 that don't fit into that model.
& that model is probably artificial, though it did see a whole bunch of new people recognising they could pick up instruments and do it for themselves. That might have initially been suggested by interest caused by the release of Nuggets in '72 though and a return to basic hook ridden non meandering self importance.

Or maybe p[eople were already doing things like that in patches across teh globe and that is what gives us things like rocket from The Toimbs, Simply Saucer and the avant-garage or whatever you want to call that.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:10 (one month ago) Permalink

old lunch, I have not but will defo check them out, thanks!

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Stevolende I'll be doing lists up to 79, so we can see the changes then.
I wont do 80s polls as my tastes will differ from ilm.

Would be nice if someone else did a top 50 for every year of the 80s and polled them though.

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Exile, my favorite record by anyone

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Also Sandy Denny's "Sandy" is a personal favorite

Great record. From these, it’s between Argus and Can’t Buy a Thrill for me.

o. nate, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Roforofo Fight, my favorite Fela.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Voted for Skies of America but a lot of great stuff here.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:37 (one month ago) Permalink

xp
I voted for Gentleman in the earlier poll, but every time I get to the Fela entry on the list, I'm tempted. This time I somewhat randomly voted for Popol Vuh with Can and Davis being the closest contenders. Black Unity is rad too.

Such an amazing list, though I'm not the biggest fan of Transa. But Expresso 2222, what a record!

― Frederik B

Going through it, I was definitely a little doubtful that all those came out in the same year (and past polls have shown my itunes to be suspect). Transa was my entry point into Tropicalia/MPB, so I'll always have a soft spot for it, but Expresso is pure joy! The Arthur Verocai album rushomancy listed is great too, and while I can't claim to have ever fully loved it Veloso's Araçá Azul is notable.

Oor Neechy: you should poll all the discoveries you made as a result of these polls when you're done.

rob, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:54 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah that's a good idea

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

I like these polls for making me scroll through my collection by year. Now I'm listening to Congregacion's "Viene" (from '72). They're Chilean psych-folk, the "folk" being Andean and it's mournful and melancholy rather than sunny and dippy. I picked this up back when RARE PSYCH reissues were coming out every few minutes, but unlike a lot of disappointing junk I bought then, this album is quite good so long as hippy flutes and bird sounds don't bother you.

rob, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Roxy Music for me, a life-changer. Such an audacious debut, such a whirl of aural and visual ideas.

Dial Alexa, derelict! (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:14 (one month ago) Permalink

I may have been tempted to vote for #1 record if not because as Good as it is, radio city just smokes it

calstars, Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:08 (one month ago) Permalink

no obscured by clouds???

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I may have been tempted to vote for #1 record if not because as Good as it is, radio city just smokes it
I go back and forth on these two - Radio City is great and has September Gurls, but #1 Record is more varied and has Give Me Another Chance. Most days I even like The India Song.

(But yes, there's a pretty good chance I'll vote Radio City in the 1974 poll too.)

dorsalstop, Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:57 (one month ago) Permalink

i cant really choose between the 2

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 21 February 2019 13:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Given my vote to Ethiopian Knights

Not liking Close to the Edge is ridiculous.
from that year in Brazil, I'll also mention the Tom Zé s/t, which I prefer to his later classics.

Nabozo, Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Another early '70s poll, another vote for Black Sabbath.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:15 (one month ago) Permalink

This is Hosianna Mantra right now. Foxtrot, Ege Bamyasi, Pink Moon are also very important.

jmm, Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:23 (one month ago) Permalink

And the Ash Ra album. Germany owned this year.

jmm, Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:26 (one month ago) Permalink

No Captain Beyond!

bidfurd, Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Between Roxy Music, Vol 4 and Argus otherwise

bidfurd, Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Don’t be shy, just vote Vol 4 and get it over with

calstars, Thursday, 21 February 2019 19:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Wishbone Ash are pretty important too in the development of heavy metal with their twin guitar leads that pretty much every 70s metal band inc Judas Priest say influenced them.

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Friday, 22 February 2019 10:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Went with Exile on Main St because you hipsters are bound to underrate it.

pomenitul, Friday, 22 February 2019 10:59 (one month ago) Permalink

write-in for The Slider

Colonel Poo, Friday, 22 February 2019 11:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Exile is good but I voted for Sticky Fingers (which I prefer anyway) in the last poll so I’m going to follow my heart and vote for Argus.

o. nate, Friday, 22 February 2019 13:54 (one month ago) Permalink

have voted hiply in the other polls but this comes down to Exile and Roxy

eva logorrhea (bendy), Friday, 22 February 2019 15:14 (one month ago) Permalink

It was the Neu! debut for me but it wasn't a quick decision. 73 and 74 choices are going to be a bitch.

doug watson, Friday, 22 February 2019 17:01 (one month ago) Permalink

you missed 73 that was the 1st poll

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Right... it's a late vote for For Your Pleasure then

doug watson, Friday, 22 February 2019 17:42 (one month ago) Permalink

obligatory list of albums I like that aren't mentioned:

Alice Cooper - School's Out
Budgie - Squawk
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Dust - Hard Attack
Hawkwind - Doremi Fasol Latido
James Brown - Get On The Good Foot
Slade - Slayed?
Velvert Turner Group - s/t

Colonel Poo, Friday, 22 February 2019 17:56 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i had to cut the budgie album

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Saturday, 23 February 2019 21:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that dust album is also very good

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 25 February 2019 00:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I hope herbie escapes the 0 votes this time but If anyone hasn't heard the brilliant McCoy Tyner album then you really really must. Even deej might agree!

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 25 February 2019 14:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lots of mindblowingly great albums on this list, but only Pink Moon is perfect.

⅋ (crüt), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 01:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Exile is by far the best stones album. Voted for it

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 01:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

& May the good lord shine a light on you all

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 01:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

exile going to walk this?

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 12:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I had to go with Exile. Tough one. 7 or 8 strong contenders from this year

. (Michael B), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 12:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

On a cold winter’s night, world weary rock gods find a clearing in the woods
so as to build a fire and rest and drink some wine. They drink and smoke and
unfold stories of their long journey of conquests and mishaps.

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's not wholly 'perfect' but three or four brilliant songs is enough so going with my first thought Wolf City, also because it probably won't get too many votes in this grouping.

*there's (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

a lot of great albums have got zero votes so far

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think we can all agree that this was a great, sunny, edgy year

calstars, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Of the ones that didn't get a vote, I really love the Charles Mingus and the Allman Brothers.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have that Chick Corea album. It's pretty good too.

o. nate, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Too bad that Ornette Coleman fans split their votes.

aworks, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that's a lot of votes!

sold out in presale (sleeve), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

exile is a bore imo, worst winner yet

budo jeru, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 03:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

fp'd ^^

we're far from the challops now (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 03:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wow way more votes than I expected. I'll start 74 shortly (for those late to the game 1973 was the 1st year I polled)

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

oh shit i have 60 albums on it. what to leave out

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I take back what I said, you're not hipsters after all.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Listening to Dr. John's Gumbo today, and it occurred to me that I've listened to that more than anything on this list, including the Roxy Music album I voted for.

While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Top 5 played from my listening list kept since '96.

Rolling Stones- Exile on Main St.
Deep Purple- Machine Head
Black Sabbath- Vol. 4
Pink Floyd- Obscured by Clouds
ZZ Top- Rio Grande Mud

earlnash, Saturday, 9 March 2019 18:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Earl, How do you track your listening? Assume if it’s back to 1996 it’s not computer plays tracked by software.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Saturday, 9 March 2019 18:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I have been keeping a couple of Excel spreadsheets and an Access database I built years ago. Same setup tracks my Cds and LPs. It started on an old Windows 3.1 box.

earlnash, Saturday, 9 March 2019 19:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Only one other voter for Foxtrot??

alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:49 (one week ago) Permalink


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