Are you talking LPs or CDs?
I was a teenager in the '70's, so much of the music that I call favorites is from that era. Of course there are classic recordings that everyone should own like:
The Who-Who's Next?
Peter Frampton-Frampton Comes Alive
Bob Marley and the Wailers-Live
All Steely Dan
All Neil Young
And there is a lot of less famous stuff that is excellent, like:
The Tubes-Especially "What do you want from Live!"
All John Prine
Crack The Sky-Crack The Sky
Classic Willie Nelson like "Willie and Family Live" and "The Red-Headed Stranger"
And lots more! It will be interesting to see what other replies you get.......
BTW, many of the ones I mentioned are recently remastered on CD and sound much better than the original CD release from the '80s. Get the newer remasters if they are available. Of course, the original LPs are really good too, if you can find them in decent condition.
These bands always had great sonics on Vinyl in their day:
Alan Parsons Project
Wow! The Tubes... I saw them once in concert. Quay-Lude. Still make me giggle when I think about him coming out on stage with the Elton John-style glass that lit up and spelled Quay.
Is their material still available?
GFR - Was never impressed with their work. Always sounded like they recorded in someone's garage.
70's stuff I've been listening to lately:
Pink Floyd - DSOTM (Saw them in concert)
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
The Beatles - Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, Abbey Road (some of it late-60's)
The Doors - Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel
Steely Dan - just about everything, although Aja is their absolute best
James Taylor - Pick anything from Mudslide Slim to what is is recording now
Carole King - Tapestry
CSN&Y - Deja Vu
Bloomfield, Cooper, Stills - Super Session (actually circa 1969 or so)
Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
The Young Rascals - Groovin'
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Most of the Motown Classics - Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops. Except for the Jackson 5 (YUCK!)
Supertramp - Crime Of The Century and Breakfast In America
King Crimson - In the Court Of The Crimson King (actually 1969)
Cat Stevens - Foreigner, Teaser and the Firecat (Saw him in concert)
Hall and Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette (Saw them in concert)
Nektar - Remember The Future
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Jackson Browne - Late for The Sky, The Pretender (Saw him in concert - warmed up for Cat Stevens)
The Who - Tommy, Quadraphenia, Who's Next (Saw them in concert)
The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (Saw them in concert)
Jean Michelle Jarre - Oxygene
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Big Brother & Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
Jimi Hendrix - Axis, Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland
Van Morrison - Moondance
And so much more!
A lot of The Tubes stuff has been rereleased in the last couple of years.
The live record "What do you want from Live!" is a CLASSIC! It sounds great and it is really a lot of fun, especially if you experienced the real thing and have a visual point of reference.
There is a new rerelease of The Tubes self-Titled debut and "Young and Rich" complied on one CD. For $18.99 at tower(dot)com you can get both of these great recordings on one CD.
BTW, The Tubes are still touring and sound pretty good. They seem to have aged a bit more gracefully than some of the folks who survived the '70s. They play smallish venues and really rock the joint. Check them out on Google.
Reuben - The Tubes first self-titled album is the best! Very Zappa-esque! I have multiples of the mfsl silver and it's only beat by the vinyl. (But most vinyl copies have been "beat-up" by heavy tonearms ala the taped nickle. It's a tough find).
Yea, I was a teenager too in the 70's. Lucky for me I had a music love'n aunt that had a album collection that just killed. She had it all. I'd lay in bed on weekends while they played music that just rocked. Nobody mentioned Cactus, Foreignor, Eagles,Mahogony rush, War, mam's and the papas !!!! All great music
I have a vinyl copy of Mama Cass' Greatest Hits. Some obscure AU pressing that sounds like s**t. Same as Hall and Oates Greatest. Another POS. Amazingly disappointing.
I use both alternately for cartridge alignment.
There were some great albums produced by Glynn Johns that sonically hold up. The Eagles, The Stones, The Who, the Clash and the Faces all were produced by Glynn during this period under an open room mic setup arrangement. I especially like Hi Records out of Memphis (Al Green) and all of the Philly Soul records. David Bowie's Young American album is a great gem to be rediscovered.
Thanks TIC. Tracked (pun intended) down the Tubes first album as well as the Live one on vinyl and they're on the way. eBay is my friend (I hope).
For me the decade came in with The Who and went out with Talking Heads, with disco in between a very bad dream.
Cool for you! I really hope you enjoy them. I do often, including listening to the live record via my iPod shuffle when I travel. I always get off the plane in a good mood....
Lots of great music in those days. Boston, Heart, Foreigner, The Kinks, Robin Trower, Alan Parsons Project, Mountain, Ted Nugent, Nazareth, Van Halen. Man, excellent bands, still are!
With regard to good sonics...
The early Elton John UNi pressings I have are exceptional. I don't know what happened when the name changed to MCA but those later pressings and releases are not as good.
Early 70s Warner Bros tend to be very good. I'm especially fond of Seals & Crofts' "Diamond Girl" because I like the album but also because the sound is so good. America's Lps were very well-recorded also.
And of course, Steely Dan and 10cc.
Oh, and Gerry Rafferty "City to City" originals are very good.
>>I don't know what happened when the name changed to MCA but those later pressings and releases are not as good.<<
That's not correct.
An original pressing of Captain Fantastic is the consummate Elton John album sonically.
Capt. Fantastic does sound good as does Yellow Brick Road, both originally released on MCA.
However, it is a fact that when MCA took over, the releases that had been originally released on UNI didn't sound nearly as good when re-issued by MCA. Could be because they were not original pressings. UNI was known for exceptional sound quality. I'm not a real fan of Neil Diamond but the original UNI pressings of Stones and Moods are sonically excellent, and the music is good on these 2 albums.