I was on Facebook just now and one of my friends sent me one of the crazy quizzes. Mind you, I am a Facbook fan, but I simply do not care about the games and the weapons of mass distraction on Facebook. I like to use it for communication, letting people know what I am up to, use to send people my latest’s articles from the sources on the net I write for, or simply say a kind hello. However, I could not resist this one. The quiz was, what was your top five favorite albums in school? I thought about what I was listening to when I graduated in 1976 and it really got me thinking…
There was some good music in the 70’s when I was growing up. I’m not just talking about songs, I am talking about Albums. Not an album with a few good songs on it, I mean an album where each and every song was simply awesome.
An Album I caught myself listening to a great deal was The Alan Parsons Project Tales Of Mystery And Imagination. It was actually the debut album and was about stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. Perhaps I liked this because it was the introduction to sort of part techno part rock and part this is cool to listen to when you’re stoned. I no longer light up but still listen to my copy of this album frequently.
In 1976 we were introduced to what I still think is one of the greatest songs involving story telling and harmonies and that was Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Mercury wrote this song for the 1975 album A Night at the Opera. I listened to that album over and over. Mercury had a voice that was to me, out of this world. He could hit notes that most could only imagine and on this album, he showed it off.
Though this album came out in 1971 and I graduated 1976, I listened to it as much in 71 as I did in 1976 and that was Carole King’s Tapestry. As a singer and songwriter myself, I just could not get enough of the writing skills of this very powerful album and the artist that wrote it.
Another one of those albums that came out years before but I listened to it more in 1976 than I actually did when it came out in was Neil Young’s After the God Rush. Again the singer songwriter style won my heart and I indeed learned to play every tune off that album, and to this day visit it frequently.
One of my favorite bands came out in 1976 and that was Heart. The Wilson sisters grabbed my attention then, and to this day they still grab my attention. I believe I have seen heart 5 or 6 times now, and each time, they are just as good if not better. Dreamboat Annie was my introduction to “Women can rock.” in fact after the first time I saw them I ran out and got an Ovation guitar just like Nancy Wilson. To this day I own several ovations.
Those were my top five albums that I listened to in high school. I have to give Eric Clapton notice and George Benson as well as I could never get enough of them.
What I find interesting is some of the same albums I listened to back in 1976 are the very albums that are on my I-pod today. I guess it goes to show you, that you never outgrow great music. What was some of the top albums you listened to in high school?