Wednesday, January 3, 2001

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 1972

From January 2022 through December 2023 - McQ's Best Of will be reassessing and reranking the most celebrated releases of 1972. Blue Oyster Cult's out there debut is the latest addition to our rankings.

Highest Recommends
1. Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones
2. The Harder The Come - Original Soundtrack
3. Saint Dominic's Preview - Van Morrison
4. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
5. Transformer - Lou Reed

Strong Recommends
6. So Far - Faust
7. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
8. Can't Buy A Thrill - Steely Dan
9. Talking Book - Stevie Wonder
10. Clear Spot - Captain Beefheart
11. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
12. Sail Away - Randy Newman
13. Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
14. Machine Head - Deep Purple
15. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
16. Eat A Peach - The Allman Brothers
17. Let's Stay Together - Al Green

Solid Recommends
18. #1 Record - Big Star
19. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
20. Gumbo - Dr. John
21. Roxy Music
22. Harvest - Neil Young
23. I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
24. Ege Bamyasi - CAN
25. Neu!
26. The Slider - T Rex
27. School's Out - Alice Cooper
28. Made In Japan - Deep Purple
29. Honky Chateau - Elton John

Mild Recommends
30. Rock Of Ages - The Band
31. Slayed - Slade
32. Something/Anything - Todd Rundgren
33. Close To The Edge - Yes
34. Blue Oyster Cult
35. Paul Simon
36. He Touched Me - Elvis Presley
37. The Spotlight Kid - Captain Beefheart.

1972 Albums Of Critical Note I've Yet To Process In Full
666 - Aphrodite's Child
Acabou Chorare - Os Novos Balanos
All Directions - The Temptations
Amazing Grace - Aretha Franklin
American Gothic - David Ackles
And The Hits Just Keep On Comin' - Michael Nesmith
Argus - Wishbone Ash
Baby I'm-a Want You - Bread
Be Altitude:Respect Yourself - The Staples Singers
Birds Of Fire - The Mahayishnu Orchestra
Black Unity - Pharoah Sanders
Blacknuss - Rashaan Roland Kirk
Blue River - Eric Anderson
Bobby Charles
Catch Bull At Four - Cat Stevens
Caravanserai - Santana
Cigars, Acappella, Candy - The Belmonts
Clube da esquina - Milton Nascimento And Lo Borges
Crusaders 1 - Crusaders
Discover America - Van Dyke Parks
Doremi Faso Latido - Hawkwind
Eagles
Echoes Of A Friend - McCoy Tyner
Europe '72 - The Grateful Dead
Expresso 2222 - Gilberto Gil
For The Roses - Joni Mitchell
Foxtrot - Genesis
Give It Up - Bonnie Rait
Greetings From L.A. - Tim Buckley
He Touched Me - Elvis Presley
Hosianna Mantra - Popol Vuh
I Sing The Body Electric - Weather Report
I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
Into The Purple Valley - Ry Cooder
Irrlicht - Klaus Schulze
On The Corner - Miles Davis
Only Visiting This Planet - Larry Norman
Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)
Keine Macht Fur Neimand - Tom Steine Scherben
Let My Children Hear Music - Charles Mingus
Live - Donny Hathaway
Live! In Europe - Rory Gallagher
Manassas - Stephen Stills
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Matching Mole
Music Of My Mind - Stevie Wonder
Naturally - J.J. Cale
Never A Dull Moment - Rod Stewart
No Secrets - Carly Simon
On The Corner - Miles Davis
Return To Forever - Chick Corea
Roforofo Fight - Fela Kuti
Round 2 - The Sylistics
Sahara - McCoy Tyner
Sailin' Shoes - Little Feat
Sandy - Sandy Denny
Schwingungen - Ash Ra Tempel
Screaming Target - Big Youth
Science Fiction - Ornette Coleman
Skies Of America - Ornette Coleman
Slade Alive! - Slade
Slayed? - Slade
Still Bill - Bill Withers
Storio di un Minuto - PFM
The Academy In Peril - John Cale
The Complete Science Fiction Sessions - Ornette Coleman
The Divine Miss M - Bette Midler
The Grand Wazoo - Frank Zappa
The Great American Songbook - Carmen McRae
The Late Great Towns Van Zandt
The World Is A Ghetto - War
Thick As A Brick - Jethro Tull
Transa - Caetano Veloso
Trilogy - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye
Volume 4 - Black Sabbath
Waka/Jawaka - Frank Zappa
What Color Is Love - Terry Callier
Whatevershebringswesing - Kevin Ayers
Winter Concert - Icarus - Paul Winter
Young, Gifted, And Black - Aretha Franklin
Zeit - Tangerine Dream

Last Updated 10.01.22

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