Saturday, March 25, 2017

40 From 40: 1972

Compared to the two years either side of it, 1972 is a fascinating transitional year. Paul McCartney got banned by the Beeb for Give Ireland Back To The Irish, Led Zeppelin got banned from Singapore for their long hair, John Lennon was nearly banned by the USA for his out of date working visa... The playlist below reflects an age where the world was developing its own house styles for a greater audience and reggae was just entering its golden age, the singer-songwriters were carving their own paths through the undergrowth away from expectation, soul and funk were developing in stanta and people were starting to discover and then surreptitiously push back the boundaries of what instrumentation, rhythm and technology was allowing them to do - art-rock, Krautrock (or Deutsch-Rock/Teutonic rock as it was then mostly referred to then, the term that caught on thought to have emerged the following year), perfectionist studio experimentalists trying to put onto tape the noise in their heads. And yes, that ending is the most shameless of all 40 playlists.

Big Youth - Screaming Target
Augustus Pablo - Java
Laurel Aitken - Sex Machine
Prince Buster - Dance Cleopatra
Al Green - Love And Happiness
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
The Temptations - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
The O'Jays - Back Stabbers
Curtis Mayfield - Pusherman
Van Dyke Parks - FDR In Trinidad
Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
James Brown - There It Is
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Night
Van Morrison - Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)
Hawkwind - Silver Machine
Roxy Music - Re-Make/Re-Model
CAN - Vitamin C
NEU! - Hallogallo
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Big Eyed Beans From Venus
Os Mutantes - Dune Buggy
War - City, Country, City
Tim Buckley - Get On Top
The Osmonds - Crazy Horses
Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light
Steely Dan - Do It Again
Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Harry Nilsson - Spaceman
The Beach Boys - Marcella
David Ackles - Ballad Of The Ship Of State
Lou Reed - Satellite Of Love
Neil Young - Old Man
Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
David Bowie - Five Years
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
T. Rex - Solid Gold Easy Action
Alice Cooper - Elected
Slade - Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough

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