Friday, December 06, 2013

40 Years...

It was the first week of December, 1973.  It was a few months after our first gas crisis, and a few weeks after Nixon declared "I am not a crook". 
But more importantly, Paul McCartney and Wings released the album “Band On The Run”!  BOTR ranks #418 in Rolling Stones’ list of the top 500 albums of all time.  It spawned 2 top 10 singles, the title track (#1) and Jet (#7) and several other songs well known to listeners of AOR radio.  True confession:  I never owned BOTR on vinyl, and still only have 8 of its 9 tracks on my iPod.  Anyway, it's good stuff.

Also released in the 1st week of December, 1973:  Black Sabbath’s “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and Jim Croce’s “I Got A Name”.

I have both of these albums on vinyl (and digital), and really like them both.  Call it a testament to my broad tastes in music, I suppose... even as a 13 year old kid.  Although Sabbath Bloody Sabbath didn't spawn any "hits" I rememebr hearing the title track on the radio way back then.  And 40 years later, it remains my favorite Sabbath record.  On the other end of the Pop-Rock spectrum is Jim Croce's "I Got A Name".  Released just 2.5 months after his death, had three hits:  "I'll Have To Say I Love You" (#9), "I Got A Name" (#10) and "Workin' At The Car Wash Blues" (#32).   But it is solid all around.

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