52 thoughts on “‘Spillyear 1973

  1. 3 from me:

    Paul Simon – American Tune
    Memory tugged by hearing the version on mnemonic’s RR10 playlist (still waiting for the tracklisting, Georgina…)

    John Martyn – May You Never

    Paul McCartney and Wings – Band On The Run
    I knew and loved this as well as any Beatles album when I was growing up, and this is a helluva opening track.

    Looks like the only other albums I really know from 1973 are Innervisions and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, so I’ve got some discovering to do. (Confession: I have never listened to Dark Side of the Moon.)

  2. In which, jolly well, case…

    John Martyn – Solid Air
    Wailers – Get Up Stand Up
    Lou Reed – Lady Day

    Mind you,there were two Roxy Music albums that year. I think “Dream Home” would be my runner up. At the time I would have chosen something from Dark Side of the Moon too.

  3. I can’t see the playlist I’m afraid, so sorry if I’m copying:
    Argent – God Gave Rock and Roll To You (written by Russ Ballard)
    Wizzard – See My Baby Jive, Angel Fingers, and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day are all genius !
    Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
    The Isley Brothers – That Lady.

  4. apart from the Wicker Man Soundtrack and Superbad: The Very Best Of Blaxploitation – 70’s Movie Themes & Funk Soul and Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83 that have various tracks from ’73 – these are all I own:

    1973 playlist:

    Ray J. – “Right Place Wrong Time”

    Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band – Bukom Mashie

    Dub Specialist – Peace Theme

    Claudia Lennear – Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

    Ayalew Mesfin – Hasabe

    …. going to look up the albums to see if anything is in my record collection!

  5. Very easy for me to pick…

    48 Crash – Suzi Quatro
    Life on Mars – David Bowie
    Albatross – Fleetwood Mac

    Don’t think I was buying many records then, not much spare money available. Used to borrow stuff from the library and record it. 3 memorable tunes for me – my namesake of course, and someone calling me that name in jest, so it brings back memories of friends as well as of that other Suzi. Bowie’s song somehow brings back the clearest memories of those times, and Albatross is simply beautiful and timeless. Memories of Bristol, of Clifton especially, and of the city centre as it was then, of some things that had been there when my parents were children, some of which are still there and some there no longer.

      • I had an idea it had been earlier….but on checking a list of hit records found it there. Alternatively, something from Band on the Run (already mentioned) which certainly brings back that year for me – possibly ‘Jet’.

  6. 1973 – another one of the truly great musical years, well for me, anyway.

    What did we have then?

    Yessongs, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Solid Air, Flying Teapot, Dark Side Of The Moon, Dixie Chicken, Countdown to Ecstasy, Aladdin Sane, Birds Of Fire, Lark’s Tongues In Aspic, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Houses Of The Holy, Space Ritual, Future Days, Hard Nose The Highway, Over-Nite Sensation, Back Into The Future, Selling England by the Pound …………. the list goes on and on.

    An amazing year.

    I saw Pink Floyd live at Earl’s Court, on their official DSOTM tour, Yes at The Rainbow and Man at The Roundhouse, where they recorded the live parts of Back Into The Future, so I am on that album as part of the crowd. I went to a lot of gigs in 1973, actually.

    Picking three tracks will be pretty difficult, there is so much truly great music to choose from. I am sure that people will be picking a lot of things from the big names and I will have to have at least one of them. I will try and limit myself, once again, to things I actually owned in 1973, which unfortunately means that I can’t have anything from Lark’s Tongues In Aspic because I didn’t own it then.

    So, here goes;

    Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds Of Fire
    Countdown To Ecstasy – Boddhisatva
    Led Zeppelin – Over The Hills And Far Away

    • Oh, Selling England By the Pound was that year? We played the crap out of that. I’d have to go Dancing With the Moonlit Knight, or maybe I Know What I Like – whole side was great.

    • I was at a Pink Floyd DSOTM concert at Earl’s Court as well! We were up in the Gods, where the rocket that came down over the audience started out from. I remember them doing Echoes and the green-lit dry ice flowing down like a waterfall off the tops of the speakers and amps and down into the audience. That’s two concerts we seem to have been at – this and the AWB at the Marquee. Small world.

  7. This was probably the year when I first got into ‘serious’ music – by which I guess I mean that I started buying albums instead of singles. Here are three of the things was listening to 42 years ago (good god!)…

    Pink Floyd – Breathe
    Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home A Heartache
    Steely Dan – Pearl Of The Quarter

  8. Not contributed to this feature before – looks like fun!

    Well, 1973 was 4 years before I made my grand entrance to the Earth so memories have I non other than the shared cultural ones implanted by received wisdom, stories of friends and families and endless documentaries on BBC4. In terms of impact on me…

    Well, in the vast crate of vinyl records that I used to play with as a child were plenty of those Hallmark Top of the Pops compilations and MFP Hot Hits Compilations from the previous decade, and one of the ones I remember being somewhat obsessed with in my formative years was this one:


    Nothing to do with the lovely girl on the front cover mind 🙂 but certainly for some of great tunes on it, two of which were such strong features of my childhood:

    Slade – Cum on Feel the Noize
    Gilbert O’Sullivan – Get Down

    Of course,I didn’t know (or care) back then that these were cover versions.

    As my musical tastes developed, looking back on what seems to be the many records I have from this year, standout tracks would include

    Wings – Band on the Run
    John Martyn – Solid Air
    Pink Floyd – Time
    Bob Marley – Stir it Up
    The Who – 5:15
    John Cale – The Endless Plain of Fortune

    And from the slightly more experimental wing,

    Can – Moonshake
    Faust – The Faust Tapes

    if you can do 20 minutes of experimental German electronica, I’d highly recommend the ground breaking

    Tangerine Dream – Atem

  9. 11 up – two from Friday night discos :
    ‘Rock On’ – David Essex
    ‘Radar Love’ – Golden Earring

    & one from the bedroom, my brothers (of course!)

    ‘Gypsy Man’ – War

  10. JBs – More Peas
    Kinks – Sitting in the Midday Sun
    Seldom Scene – Muddy Water

    Neil Young’s Don’t Be Denied is also in the boombox. Sorry; was on my original list but I decided I couldn’t live without these more.

  11. 1973 was much like 1972 for me, except that I didn’t give bith to anyone…in fact it was probably then that I decided to stop at three children, instead of proceeding until I got the previously-imagined six. I had three children under five, two in nappies, no washing machine, lived in deepest Shropshire, had a dog, found it difficult to walk the dog…

    But Bruce arrived! And rleased two albums in 1973 so I’ll have Blinded By The Light ftom Greetings From Asbury Park NJ and Rosalita from TWTIATESS. Also, Lynyrd Skynyrd arrived, with that album I can’t spell and on it…Free Bird.

  12. Like Shane, not too much I own from 1973, but I do love the ones that I do.

    Will go for:

    The Stooges – Search and Destroy
    David Bowie – The Jean Genie
    New York Dolls – Trash

  13. Another hell of a year. Bowie, Stones, and Zep just past peak, but what a year for prog and funk. Donding Over the Hills and Far Away and the Jean Genie. And i otherwise have no idea what to pick.

    ok, i think i’ll go for the funk.

    Sly and the Family Stone – If You Want Me to Stay
    Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can
    Kool and the Gang – Jungle Boogie (or Funky Stuff or Hollywood Swinging)

    also –

    Tower of Power – What is Hip?
    Mott the Hoople – All the Way From Memphis (or Honaloochie Boogie
    Brucie – Spirit in the Night
    Alice Cooper – I Love the Dead, Billion Dollar Babies, Hello Hooray
    Faces – Cindy Incidentally
    Al Green – Here I Am
    Todd Rundgren – Hello It’s Me
    Focus – Hocus Pocus
    Stevie Wonder – Living for the City
    Ike and Tina – Nutbush City Limits
    Mott – Roll Away the Stone
    Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water
    Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man

    so much more.

  14. Donds to all Roxy Music, Pink Floyd and Bowie suggestions, I was pondering those and toying with David Essex (I wish)!
    Instead I will choose Angie by the Rolling Stones, I love the Goats Head Soup album.
    Gong Selene, or all of Flying Teapot and Angel’s Egg albums in truth
    The Stooges Gimme Danger from Raw Power, I was little and didn’t know any of these at the time.

  15. Well ’73 was probably the year that I became a reggae obsessive, there was so much great music released that year that I couldn’t keep up with it. First off the Wailers first Island album, Catch a Fire, prior to that it had all been 45 singles, followed quickly with Burnin’. And simultaneously the soundtrack to The Harder they Come with Many Rivers to cross and Rivers of Babylon and 007 Shanty Town and Pressure Drop, all songs that became instant hits and lifetime classics. Jimmy Cliff released a separate album, Struggling Man which also had many great songs and Toots and The Maytalls released Funky Kingston with the classic version of Country Roads. The Heptones released Book of Rules which became a classic and Dennis Brown released Westbound Train. Johnny Nash released Stir it Up,

    I was 39 in ’73, I was divorced, I had a good well paying job and I used to buy a lot of records, On a Sunday I’d go to my favorite record shop in LA about once, maybe twice a month and I’d always come home with at least a dozen albums, In addition to reggae I remember buying in 1973;

    Pointer Sisters – Yes we Can
    Paul Simon – ‘Rhymin’; – Kodachrome
    CTA [Chicago] Feelin Stronger every day
    John Denver – Rocky Mountain High
    Dylan – Dylan
    Stevie Wonder – You are the Sunshine….
    Carly Simon – No Secrets – You’re so Vain
    John Cale – Paris 1919
    Elton John – Yellow Brick Rd.
    Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
    Marvin Gaye – Lets get it On
    Keith Jarrett – Bremen & Lausanne
    Dark side of the Moon

    ‘Still got all of those though they don’t get played a lot anymore.

    It’s impossible to pick 3 representative tunes from that lot so I’ll just say 3 from The Harder they Come.

    Many Rivers to cross – Jimmy Cliff
    Rivers of Babylon – Brent Dowe
    Pressure Drop, – Toots & Maytals

    • I remember seeing The Wailers on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973.

      It was a different sort of reggae to what was the standard fare across the East End at the time. Reggae was really popular with the skinheads, there were shops around that specialised in Trojan releases and suchlike, but The Wailers seemed to be aimed in a different direction, much more the kind of thing that the freaks and hippies would like. I think that because they were on Island they seemed to be right for the rock music scene, which was, I suppose, what Chris Blackwell was planning.

  16. Incredible Bongo Band – Apache – Supposedly 1973 is the most “sampled” year in music history, and this is a large part of it. That opening drum break has been sampled hundreds of times. The concept couldn’t have been more banal: a bunch of Canadian studio musicians do a covers album of the oldies, and yet it just works – perfectly.

    Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together – Musical minimalism at it’s most soulful. A drum machine, keyboard, and some of the most soulful vocals around.

    Sweet – Little Willy – Bubblegum catchiness defined.

    Honourable mention – Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can, Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby, Mocedades – Eres Tu, Ohio Players – Funky Worm, Pink Floyd – Us And Them

    • massive dond for Funky Worm, can’t believe i missed that one.

      I haven’t done a Floyd pick, so i’ll go for Brain Damage / Eclipse. Is that still the bestselling album of all time?

      Sorry mate, but Eres Tu was one that sent me off for a hammer to smash the box.

      No one went for a Carpenters tune, eh? I’ll take one for the team then, and give a nod to This Masqerade or Yesterday Once More. Definitely wouldn’t make my shortlist, but they were pretty ubiquitious at the time.

  17. Very difficult to pick 3 but

    1) New York City Serenade – Bruce
    2) Love Reign Oer Me – The Oo
    3) Ballad of Mott the Hoople – MTH

    very close

    Pyjamarama – Roxy, Search and Destroy – Iggy, Just Like You – Roxy

  18. I was 14, listening to a lot of Floyd and Zeppelin, lots of things already mentioned above. I was a very serious 14-year-old, with long dark hair, long skirts and cheesecloth tops. (Not when at school, obvs.) I was listening to a lot of folk but all the folk albums I recall seem to have been released in 1972. But one album I definitely remember playing to death is America’s “Hat Trick” – the single “Muskrat Love” came from it, but I’m going to choose this one:

    America – Submarine Ladies

    Also, a single I played over and over and over:

    Duncan Browne – Journey

    … and then I shall plump for the Strawbs whose album “Bursting at the Seams” was another favourite, although somewhat of its time, now. Not sure what to pick so I’ll go for:

    The Strawbs – Lady Fuschia

    (because I like Mervyn Peake and I still remember all the words to this song).

  19. I am really loving the playlist, it is an utter joy. Rosalita followed by Freebird is sending shivers down my spine. Those two together bring back so many powerful memories.

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