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
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’.