EVERYONE’S A WINNER – The best twenty albums in the greatest year for rock

TAPESTRY – We Will Still Love It Tomorrow

1971 – With the demise of The Beatles the previous year, were the Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin trying to fill the void or reached a stage they could match the Fabs on their own terms? The Kinks weren’t bothered either way – the Davies brothers thought nobody was as good as them and by this stage they had a point.

Joni and Carole were singer-songwriters supreme, there is funk, soul and Rod’s ace-in-the-hole. Most of these records have stood the test of time and the top ten – at least – are  worthy of a place in any mainstream album collection.

The Top Twenty Albums of 1971:

  1. WHO’S NEXT – The Who;
  2. WHAT’S GOIN’ ON – Marvin Gaye;
  3. STICKY FINGERS – Rolling Stones;
  4. EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY – Rod Stewart;
  5. BLUE – Joni Mitchell;
  6. IV – Led Zeppelin;
  7. MUSWELL HILBILLIES – The Kinks;
  8. THERE’S A RIOT GOIN’ ON – Sly and the Family Stone;
  9. TAPESTRY – Carole King;
  10. IMAGINE – John Lennon;
  11. TUPELO HONEY – Van Morrison;
  12. GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE – Laura Nyro;
  13. AT FILLMORE EAST – Allman Brothers Band;
  14. WHERE I’M COMING FROM – Stevie Wonder;
  15. WHITE LIGHT – Gene Clark;
  16. PEARL – Janis Joplin;
  17. A NOD’S IS AS GOOD AS A WINK TO A BLIND HORSE – The Faces;
  18. KILLER – Alice Cooper;
  19. GIVE MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE – The Chi-Lites;
  20. NILSSON SCHMILSSON – Harry Nilsson;

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