Thursday, 2 January 2014

Arena Rock

The 70’s was (were?) a good time to be a young rock fan, so says the Rolling Stone Readers Poll on the 10 Best Metal/Hard Rock Albums of the 1970s.

Sure.  Until things got a little excessive.  Then again, it was better than disco.

Anyway, here’s the list:
  1. Zeppelin - IV
  2. Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
  3. Sabbath - Paranoid
  4. Deep Purple – Machine Head
  5. Van Halen
  6. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  7. Aerosmith - Rocks
  8. Kiss - Alive
  9. Sabbath – Master of Reality
10. Montrose

I know I’m in the minority in my inability to adore Black Sabbath and Kiss, but it certainly isn’t a surprise to find them on the list.  At least Zep and Deep Purple are well represented.

Then again, a strong case could be made for a top ten list than only had Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple albums.  OK, ok, we’d need a couple of AC/DC albums to get to 10, and that wouldn’t hurt one bit.  But you know, Houses of the Holy, Deep Purple in Rock, Made in Japan … these were big records.

Not complaining, just sayin’.

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