For me the rock world saw no better period than between 1969 and 1979 during which some of the landmark albums of the genre's biggest names were released. It was a period of creative freedom and limitless expression where great experimentation took place before record company execs turned the music business into a cynical money machine.

Here are but some examples:

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Queen - A Night at the Opera
Yes - Fragile
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
Led Zeppelin - IV
Beatles - Abbey Road
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon / The Wall
ELP - Trilogy
The Who - Who's Next
Moody Blues - A Question of Balance

So here is Roger Waters joining his old band mates for this "timeless" classic. Watch the young fans in the crowd proving that good music is good music no matter the era.

For the record, I was 11 years old when Dark Side of the Moon was released.

"...Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells"

Pure magic indeed...


  1. I have often opined that there was a creative muse that spanned the era from 1964 to 1976. My bookends were the coming of the Beatles and the Band's "Last Waltz". I should thank my Canadian friends for Robbie, Garth, Richard and Rick and thank God and the Hawk for teaming them with Levon.

    I have no argument with Abbey Road but it is hard to ignore the early Beatles work, Sgt. Pepper or the White Album. Perhaps the most riveting piece ever was the "Golden Slumbers" medley on Abbey Road. From the Who I would go with "Tommy"

    To your list I would add Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell", "Dire Straits", "Music From Big Pink, The Brown Album and the Last Waltz" from The Band as well as "Bookends" and the "Concert in Central Park" from S&G. For me you will also need to add some Bill Joel and Dylan with a nod to the Stones and CCR.

    1. Pat we could go on and on and yes I wholeheartedly agree with your choices and even extended back to 1967 and also add Days of Future Past by the Moodies...Happy New Year

    2. I lean towards British prog hence my list bias 😊

    3. I agree with both of you. I saw The Band when I was in 8th grade perform their first album. What an amazing experience and I'm so upset with myself that I didn't attend The Last Waltz, which I could have.

      To your lists I'd add, please: Woodstock (the album), CSN (and CSNY), Joni Mitchell (Blue), Santana (first album), Joe Cocker (and his Mad Dogs and Englishmen), Leon Russell, Janis Joplin (Cheap Thrills), and Cream (Wheels of Fire). There's also The Doors, Steppenwolf, and we can't forget Jimi Hendrix. I will say that my favorite Jethro Tull album is Aqualung and I 100% agree on Yes's Fragile album: what a masterpiece.

      I recall a couple of instances with my parents that you may enjoy:
      1) My mother assured me that although I loved the music so much (like so many others) that it would die off and, like her music, would never be played much more. How wrong could she be!
      2) My father once told me that I could no longer listen to the Rolling Stones because he'd read how they promoted drugs and sex. I had a flash of insight and suggested that we go listen to an album and see. I spun up Let It Bleed and after about 10 minutes he stomped out of the room, defeated, since he couldn't understand any of their lyrics!

      Rock on!

  2. Great groups, but back then I was an alternative rock radio DJ and, due to the many requests I had for these songs and groups I just got burned out on all of them. I have an extensive collection of rock music including just about every album made by every group listed. I suppose I should dig out some of those and listen to them now. I tend to focus on the new indie stuff.

    1. I don't blame you Calie. My taste has expanded and I no longer buy that much music anymore. Its mostly listening on YouTube or the radio but back then I sat through entire albums in my basement. Something which is not done in this age of low attention spans.


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