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. Deep Purple's excellent live recording Made In Japan 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. Sail Away - Randy Newman
12. Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
13. Machine Head - Deep Purple

Solid Recommends
14. #1 Record - Big Star
15. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
16. Gumbo - Dr. John
17. Roxy Music
18. Harvest - Neil Young
19. Made In Japan - Deep Purple

Mild Recommends
19. Rock Of Ages - The Band
20. Slayed - Slade
21. Something/Anything - Todd Rundgren
22. Close To The Edge - Yes
23. Faust
24. 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
Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
Be Altitude:Respect Yourself - The Staples Singers
Birds Of Fire - The Mahayishnu Orchestra
Black Unity - Pharoah Sanders
Blacknuss - Rashaan Roland Kirk
Blue Oyster Cult
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
Eat A Peach - The Allman Brothers Band
Echoes Of A Friend - McCoy Tyner
Ege Bamyasi - CAN
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
Honky Chateau - Elton John
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
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
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
Neu!
Never A Dull Moment - Rod Stewart
No Secrets - Carly Simon
On The Corner - Miles Davis
Paul Simon
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
School's Out - Alice Cooper
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 Slider - T-Rex
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
Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Winter Concert - Icarus - Paul Winter
Young, Gifted, And Black - Aretha Franklin
Zeit - Tangerine Dream

Last Updated 04.03.22

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