Classic Rock Review of the Year 1971
During the early part of 2011, Classic Rock Review looked at some of the great music from 1971, an exceptional year with some phenominal music. During that year, some of the highest regarded and timeless music ever was produced and released, as the outer limits of the rock n roll universe were constantly expanding into rich and entertaining fusions of genres and frontiers of technology.
Although the Beatles had disbanded a year earlier, and many of the most vital acts of the sixties had either run their course, disbanded, or died, 1971 was smack dab in the middle of the golden age of classic rock. From this slice of time, comes material from the prime of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, the last great albums from The Doors and The Beach Boys, and perhaps the first great albums from Jethro Tull and Yes. Plus much more.
We realize that we could not review or acknowledge all the great works from that year, but we did our very best to hit on the most important albums and events that remained relevant 40 years later.
|Reviews from 1971|
One of the rewarding parts of doing these reviews is the things you discover when you really, really listen. It is a definate education and a “cleansing” of one’s own biases, assumptions, and misconceptions that may have been brought in before the serious listening began.
|Final 1971 Poll Results|
Q: What is the best album of 1971?
Conducted on our site, January-February, 2011
|Other 1971 Albums of Note|
Beyond those we’ve reviewed there were many other fine albums released in 1971. Some of these, like Genesis‘s Nursery Cryme, Tarkus by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and David Bowie‘s Hunky Dory offered glimpses of the brilliant albums that these artists would all release within the next year or two.
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