What is your favorite record from 1972?
Feb 13, 2008 at 8:02 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 37


Headphoneus Supremus
Jul 8, 2007
What is your favorite album from the year 1972? Pop / Rock / Soul category

Honorable Mentions:

Elton John: Honky Chateau
Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes
Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Trilogy
Yes - Close to the Edge
Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Feb 13, 2008 at 1:12 PM Post #2 of 37
Wow greatchoices.

I voted for the sheer poptastic genius of 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'

This was the first record that I ever bought at Christmas 1972 it was soon followed in the next 3 months by Bowies entire back catalogue.......and then tragedy struck.....I picked up Relics, Pink Floyd for 50p and within the next 3 months discovered Yes, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Led Zep etc etc.

Of the listed albums, I play Fragile the most often, but it was Bowie that set me off on a life long journey of musical pleasure.

If you look at my collection of CDs by sheer number here is the ranking

Pink Floyd
Led Zep
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ryan Adams
Feb 13, 2008 at 4:16 PM Post #3 of 37
Big Star - #1 Record

Feb 13, 2008 at 7:42 PM Post #8 of 37
I voted for "Ziggy Stardust." However, "Exile On Main Street," "Honky Chateau," (...and I'm not even really an Elton John fan) "All the Young Dudes," "Close To The Edge," and "Thick As A Brick" are all lifetime favorites of mine. Man, 1972 was a good year!
Feb 13, 2008 at 7:56 PM Post #9 of 37
Yea, I'm not much for silly polls, but great year, Ziggy and Exile were like soundtracks and shaped a lot of my later rock appreciation, along with many of the others, but right now I'd go with ...

Feb 13, 2008 at 8:09 PM Post #10 of 37
The previous threads in this series required some thought, but Foxtrot is my second favourite album ever, so there was no contest.
Feb 13, 2008 at 11:09 PM Post #12 of 37
Nick Drake's Pink Moon would be a good choice, also The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken. My "Yes" vote would go to Fragile, I remember playing the crap out of that album, also and to a lesser extent Brain Salad Surgery.
Feb 13, 2008 at 11:31 PM Post #13 of 37
Just listened to Exile On Main Street for the first time in what seems like years…geez, what intensity!! Only gods (or cats afraid of losing god status) would even risk pushing it that hard. Just plain awe-inspiring. But I cannot tell a lie: Stevie Wonder's Talking Book is the kind of masterpiece that means more to me, which is to say I play it more.
Feb 14, 2008 at 1:05 AM Post #14 of 37
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy
Groundhogs - Hogwash
Black Widow - Black Widow 4
Slade - Slade Alive!
T.Rex - The Slider
ELP - Pictures At An Exhibition
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Genesis - Foxtrot
Thin Lizzy - Shades of a Blue Orphanage
Music Box - Songs Of Sunshine
Yes - Fragile
Roxy Music - Roxy Music
Gentle Giant - Three Friends
Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Glorified Magnified
Renaissance - Prologue
Soft Machine - Fifth
Wishbone Ash - Argus
Lou Reed - Lou Reed
Feb 14, 2008 at 1:45 AM Post #15 of 37
Neu! - Neu!
Can - Ege Bamyasi
Roxy Music - Roxy Music

Thats about it

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