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. 

Stephen Stills epic, double-album attempt to break away from the money-train pressures of CSN&Y, Manassas, 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
6. Can't Buy A Thrill - Steely Dan

Strong Recommends
7. So Far - Faust
8. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
9. Talking Book - Stevie Wonder
10. Gumbo - Dr. John
11. Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
12. Clear Spot - Captain Beefheart
13. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
14. Sail Away - Randy Newman
15. Machine Head - Deep Purple
16. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
17. Eat A Peach - The Allman Brothers
18. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
19. Give It Up - Bonnie Rait

Solid Recommends
20. #1 Record - Big Star
21. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
22. Harvest - Neil Young
23. I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
24. Ege Bamyasi - CAN
25. Neu!
26. Manassas - Stephen Stills
27. The Slider - T Rex
28. Caravanserai - Santana
29. The World Is A Ghetto - War
30. School's Out - Alice Cooper
31. Roxy Music
32. Never A Dull Moment - Rod Stewart
33. Sailin' Shoes - Little Feat
34. Hosianna Mantra - Popol Vuh
35. Made In Japan - Deep Purple
36. Honky Chateau - Elton John

Mild Recommends
37. Rock Of Ages - The Band
38. Slayed - Slade
39. Something/Anything - Todd Rundgren
40. Close To The Edge - Yes
41. Blue Oyster Cult
42. Paul Simon
43. He Touched Me - Elvis Presley
44. 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
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
Greetings From L.A. - Tim Buckley
He Touched Me - Elvis Presley
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
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Matching Mole
Music Of My Mind - Stevie Wonder
Naturally - J.J. Cale
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
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
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 01.09.22

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