I’ve read the book and am ready to deliver the result. The album he gives a good kicking to is What’s Goin’ On. At one point, he suggests Rock critics often choose it as a great only because they feel guilty about favouring white acts. Other than that, he seems to like everything he mentions. @Rigid-Digit nominated four albums, The Faces A Nod Is As Good As A Wink, Cat Stevens Teaser, Black Sabbath Masters Of Reality & Rod’s Every Picture. He loves them all. In fact, my impression is that the Rod album is his second favourite of 1971 after Who’s Next. The biggest surprise, to me, is that he rates The Carpenters (the album), scuppering @Didley-Farquar ‘s chances.
In the absence of someone selecting the criminally under-rated What’s Goin’ On, I’m having to go with the ignored. The following nominations, neither act nor album, are mentioned:
@retropath2 – Commander Cody’s Lost in The Ozone
@ernietothecentreoftheearth – Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band’s No Roses
@The-Actual-North – Mogul Thrash
@Hawkfall – Flower Travelin’ Band
@H-P-Saucecraft – Byrdmaniax
@Kaisfatdad – Carla Bley Escalator Over The Hill
@JQW – Alice Coltrane Universal Consciousness
@Alias – Pharoah Sanders Black Unity
@ip33 – Bedknobs & Broomsticks Soundtrack
@retropath20 – The Best Of Top Of The Pops ’71
Hard lines everyone else but thank you for participating.
I’m disqualifying the Jazz albums as the book is about Rock music, although the ones nominated are of extremely high quality. I’m disqualifying Country type music because I don’t like it. What do you mean? I don’t make the rules, I just have to apply them. Hepworth is quite right to overlook Byrdmaniax because it’s rubbish. I’m in no position to judge Mogul Thrash, having never heard of them and I have no desire to find out.
That means, the winner is….*drumroll*….*more drumroll*….*even more drumroll*….BigJimBob!! Those compilations were a big feature of 1971, consisting of quaint cover versions, pre K-Tel and Now. Lots of people bought them. Someone made a lot of money. He should have had a section in the book dedicated to their charms.
If Jim could send me his bank details, including passwords, I’ll send him the money tout suite. If anyone feels aggrieved, they simply have to send their bank details, including passwords, and I’ll recompense them.