1970s

Queen – News of the World

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Queen‘s sixth studio album ‘News of the World‘ arrived in 1977 and included the classic tracks ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘Get Down, Make Love’, ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and ‘Spread Your Wings’. Produced by the band themselves the cover was a reworked Astounding Stories cover by artist Frank Kelly Freas. Seen by…

Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

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US Jazz master, Herbie Hancock dropped Head Hunters in 1973 as his twelfth studio album. Forming a new band for the occasion, it featured a tight rhythm and blues orientated rhythm section and saw him opt out of guitar altogether, replacing it with clavinet, a defining sound on the album. Comprising of four tracks Chameleon,…

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

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From 1975, the ninth album by Pink Floyd was Wish You Were Here.  Centred around the bands tribute to Syd Barrett, the track Shine On You Crazy Diamond is heralded as one of the bands best. The album also sees guest vocal duties from Roy Harper on the track Have a Cigar and backing vocals…

Tom Waits – Blue Valentine

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1978 saw the release of the Tom Waits album Blue Valentine. Wrapped in a sleeve containing scenes at a late night filling station, the cover depicts a downcast Tom, whilst elsewhere he’s cavorting with Rickie Lee Jones. One image also sees Chuck E Weiss of Jones’ own tune ‘Chuck E’s in Love‘. The album contains…

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

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The bells chiming at the start of the eponymous début from Birmingham’s Black Sabbath, indicate the start of Heavy Metal as a genre. Released in 1970 Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Tony Iommi opened a portal to a dark world. Although often thought to be full of occult references the heavy doom laden…

Neil Young – After The Gold Rush

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From the year 1970, After The Gold Rush was Neil Young’s Third studio album following Neil Young and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (with Crazy Horse) and saw a blend of country folk tunes and the rockin’ Southern Man. As with most of his early work it’s packed with a plethora of amazing songs including…

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Babylon By Bus

  Bob Marley and the Waileys bring this live set from 1978 to the collection of hand drawn album covers. Comprising of recordings mostly from the Pavillion de Paris concerts takingplace over three nights on the Kaya album tour. It features a whole host of classic tunes including ‘Punky Reggae Party’. ‘Exodus’, ‘Rat Race’, ‘Stir…

Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

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From the far funked out mind of George Clinton, Maggot Brain was Funkadelic’s third release, the final with the original line up and dropped in 1971. Held in high esteem today, the album featured a range of styles encompassing funk, soul, gospel, psychedelia and rock, with Eddie Hazel’s guitar bleeding all over the title track …

Kraftwerk – The Man Machine – Die Mensch Maschine

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Die Mensch Maschine, or The Man Machine was the seventh studio release from German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. Released in May 1978 it features two of the groups most well know compositions ‘The Robots‘ and the crossover hit ‘The Model‘. Recorded at the groups very own Kling Klang studios this release is among many a fans…

Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

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The Rolling Stones dropped Sticky Fingers at the start of 1971 and quickly became highly regarded as one of the groups best. It’s certainly one of their most enduring records, the original cover, conceived in idea by Andy Warhol, featured an in built working zip on the fly of those denim pants Containing the smash…