It was a very good year: albums released in 1973

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I was born in 1973, which was an incredible year for recorded music. As I look over the list of albums released that year, I’m struck again and again by the number of influential recordings, and also by how many of them are important albums for me all these years later. The following is a small sampling of some of the music made in 1973.

Hall & Oates – Abandoned Luncheonette | John Fahey – After The Ball | David Bowie – Aladdin Sane | Wings – Band On The Run | Lou Reed – Berlin | Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds Of Fire | Donald Byrd – Black Byrd | Emerson Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery | Allman Brothers – Brothers And Sisters | Bob Marley – Burnin’ | Al Green – Call Me | Dave Holland – Conference Of The Birds | Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop | Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstacy | Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Crystal Silence | Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon | James Brown – Doing It To Death | Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player | Sly & The Family Stone – Fresh | Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters | Steve Miller Band – The Joker | Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly | Chuck Mangione – Land Of Make Believe | King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues In Aspic | Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On | Return To Forever – Light As A Feather | Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin – Love Devotion Surrender | John Lennon – Mind Games | Gary Burton – The New Quartet | Robert Fripp & Brian Eno – (No Pussyfooting) | George Carlin – Occupation: Foole | John Cale – Paris 1919 | Billy Joel – Piano Man | Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle | The Who – Quadrophenia | Wings – Red Rose Speedway | Genesis – Selling England By The Pound | McCoy Tyner – Song Of The New World | Sun Ra – Space Is The Place | Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans | Paul Simon – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon | ZZ Top – Tres Hombres | Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

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