1972: Revising History One Album At A Time, Pt. 2
Just as Part I focused on many obvious releases from the year 1972, Part II includes many "important" releases along with some that have become somewhat notorious in recent years.
25) T. Rex -- The Slider: Marc Bolan hasn't quite had the staying power of other performers of the glam rock era. Radio once decided that only "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" was worthy of repeating, but folks who bother to look further will find a rocker who was actually quite pleasant. Or maybe I'm just all about "Spaceball Ricochet" more than other people.
24) Yes -- Fragile, Close To The Edge: It was Vincent Gallo's use of early Yes music in his film Buffalo 66 that brought new life to a band for whom time has not been kind to their reputation. However, given a chance, everything up to the "Green Album" (Close to the Edge) has something to it that should allow you to forgive Jon Anderson his cherubic vocals. Steve Howe meant business.
23) Roxy Music -- Roxy Music: Clearly this should be ranked further up, but I don't wish to dislodge anyone. Andy Mackay's sax work strays from your usual R'n'R honking and Phil Manzanera's guitaring has fits of its own. Throw up Brian Eno's tinkerings and Bryan Ferry's movie-star quality good looks and vocals and you've got a band that went places previously unseen in the brochures. Daddy, why are these men so pretty?
22) Bill Withers -- Still Bill: Long before Lenny Kravitz gaudy-ed up the songs, the unassuming Bill Withers did it right with a low-key sincerity that made him a major understated talent. "Lean On Me" should probably be retired from public performance, but "Use Me" and "Who Is He (And What Is He To You?)" have yet to be fully drained of their truth.
21) Loudon Wainwright III -- Album III: Wainwright's young and cheeky here and his personal albatross, "Dead Skunk," tilted the scales in ways that defy logic. He wasn't sleepwalking through the rest of it and he actually got much better as the years rolled on. I think he peaked at 60.
20) Green Bullfrog -- Green Bullfrog: Contractual snafus made things difficult for this band of young heavies to assemble in public. Said to feature Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Matthew Fisher, Albert Lee, Rod Alexander, Tony Ashton, Big Jim Sullivan and Chas Hodges, the album was said to have been recorded in one day in 1970 and released two years later.