So that was 1972, the Year without Women. Apparently.
It’s bizarre how male this list was, and I wonder if it says something about 1972, about the Acclaimed Music list, or about the people voting in all the polls the list is made up out of.
I’m afraid it won’t get much better in 1973, either, except for Linda McCartney as 1/5 of an otherwise male band.
I did enjoy most of the music quite a bit, though, more than I'd expected perhaps.
Randy Newman and Neil Young were the only true disappointments and Deep Purple live the only absolutely unlistenable one,
but a lot here - from Yes (modestly so) to Al Green to Todd Rundgren surprised me in a positive sense. In retrospect I was maybe a bit hard on Nick Drake.
I’ll return to Pink Moon at some point to see if its moments of beauty can outdo the sleep inducing effect of the whole.My ranking of the top 20 most acclaimed albums of 1972:1. Big Star - #1 Record2.
Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything3. Lou Reed - Transformer4. Roxy Music - Roxy Music5. Steely Dan - Can’t Buy A Thrill6. Al Green - Let’s Stay Together7. Al Green - I’m Still In Love With You8.
Neu! - Neu!9. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars10. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book11. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly12. Can - Ege Bamyası13.
The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St.14. Nick Drake - Pink Moon15. Deep Purple - Machine Head16. Yes - Close to the Edge17. Little Feat - Sailin’ Shoes18. Randy Newman - Sail Away19.
Neil Young - Harvest20. Deep Purple - Made In JapanHas my favourite record of 1972 changed? No, obviously that’s still #1 Record.
I have, however, since bought my numbers 2 and 5 on vinyl and will be revisiting them lots.OK, 1973's #20 next, whose opening track promises more sameyness, from the title onward!