1972 COUNTDOWN — THE STORY SO FAR

As a warm-up to a possible resumption of play in the 72 FROM ’72 countdown, here is a summary of the posts and albums so far.

GREEN AND SUBMARINE kicked things off in mid-January. Summer Downunder is a time for thinking about beaches and oceans and spinning one of my favourite film soundtracks ever. It didn’t get a ranking here, but caught a wave a little later in the day.

The Countdown proper began on 21st January with a feature image of the Raspberries, but none of their albums. Instead we had a trio covering three distinct genres; American roots driven songs, German symphonic prog, and a deliciously funky jazz album. (View the post here)

72  RY COODER — BOOMER’S STORY

71  TRIUMVIRAT —  MEDITERRANEAN TALES

70  LES McCANN — INVITATION TO OPENNESS

Perhaps demonstrating some ambivalence about another epic countdown, the next post was a tongue-in-cheek homage to bad album covers, entitled…

12 ALBUMS FROM 1972 YOU MAY WELL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITHOUT.

At the end of January a quartet of albums featured, two of which were live recordings. (Post here)

69  NINA SIMONE — EMERGENCY WARD

68  STEVE MILLER — RECALL THE BEGINNING… A JOURNEY FROM EDEN

67  HARRY NILSSON — SON OF SCHMILSSON

66  NEIL DIAMOND — HOT AUGUST NIGHT

The full house of 5th February featured two LPs from Australia as well as one each from Germany, Italy, and the UK. The Buffalo brought memories of my earliest days of exploring rock music and a pleasing reminder that heavy is still heavy. (View the post here)

65  BRIAN CADD — BRIAN CADD

64  DEUTER — AUM

63  BELLETTO DI BRONZO — YS

62  CURVED AIR — PHANTASMAGORIA

61  BUFFALO — DEAD FOREVER…

1972 COUNTDOWN… #60—#56 was certainly a variety pack, covering a classic live heavy rock album, a funky sex-driven sweatshop and some German fusion. And more.

60  MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND — GLORIFIED MAGNIFIED

59  PASSPORT — SECOND PASSPORT

58  JANE — TOGETHER

57  DEEP PURPLE — MADE IN JAPAN

56  TIM BUCKLEY — GREETINGS FROM L.A.

As part of an entirely American batch, the Raspberries finally appear. So does a school desk, though without underwear. (Post here)

55  ALICE COOPER — SCHOOL’S OUT

54  STEPHEN STILLS — MANASSAS

53  GRATEFUL DEAD — EUROPE ’72

52  HERBIE MANN — PUSH PUSH

51  RASPBERRIES — FRESH RASPBERRIES

A slight hiatus saw the countdown resuming in mid-March with some UK folk-rock, soul, jazz-funk from Miles and a bit o’ prog. (Post here)

50  PENTANGLE — SOLOMAN’S SEAL

49  DONNY HATHAWAY — LIVE

48  THE TEMPTATIONS — ALL DIRECTIONS

47  MILES DAVIS — ON THE CORNER

46  EMERSON LAKE & PALMER — TRILOGY

45  TULLY — SEA OF JOY

44  CARAVAN — WATERLOO LILY

43  POPOL VUH — HOSIANNA MANTRA

42  TERRY RILEY — PERSIAN SURGERY DERVISHES

41  LOU REED — LOU REED

As we strolled towards the Vinyl Connection Top 40 from 1972, I suffered a crisis of confidence. Was the relentless eclecticism of the list was confusing? Perhaps blogs are becoming more like Instagram, where the most appreciated posts simply show albums already familiar to viewers. I found space for a couple of groupings that didn’t make the final cut, then turned away from the spreadsheet.

1972 COUNTDOWN… SOME BLUES AND ROOTS offers Bessie Smith, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker and Alexis Korner, and still found room for a couple of UK folk-rock delights.

1972 COUNTDOWN… FESTIVALS! is pretty much what it says on the ticket: the first Glastonbury, a trip to Puerto Rico and a classic Aussie piss up.

Which points us toward the half-way point of 72 FROM ’72.

15 comments

  1. I enjoy the eclecticism.

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    1. Good to hear. Thanks Neil.

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  2. Yes, the diversity does not detract. I reckon the broad cast is always informative and it often persuades, IMBO.
    Thanks,
    DD

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    1. Your biases are always welcome, DD.

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      1. Well spotted. The B that I had in mind in IMBO was bloated. But I think I will take biased onboard and not say any more about it

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        1. Excellent. I had to look it up, tbh, and biased was, I thought, the most amusing. I attributed it immediately to your good self.

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  3. Dr Richard Varey · · Reply

    So many artists/albums I wasn’t aware of as my music journey began in that year. Thank you for filling the gaps!

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    1. That’s great! Thanks Richard.

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  4. kingclover · · Reply

    This looks like fun from what I’ve seen so far. I love 1972 albums. Wasn’t Triumvirate the one who had the album with the picture of the mouse coming out of the egg? I’ve always remembered that cover.

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    1. Spot on with Triumvirat, King C. The album was called… wait for it!… “Illusions on a double dimple”.

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  5. kingclover · · Reply

    Yeah that’s the one. I don’t think I ever really heard the album but I just remember it from my father’s record collection and the cover just really amused me when I was little.

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    1. Rodent themed covers. Now there’s a theme!
      (It’s actually a pretty strong symphonic prog LP in the German style).

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  6. I assume I will be your #1 release from 1972. I will keep reading on that understanding alone Bruce.

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  7. Eclecticism/diversity is a good thing. Looking forward to the rest of the countdown (in particular whether 1537 will, indeed, be your #1 release from 1972…)

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