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*ALL MEMBERS OF SONGFACTS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE * Please join us, and share your knowledge and your love of the thing that keeps SONGFACTS the community we all know and love. MUSIC ! The basic guidelines are simple....

* The Songfactors' Music of Choice is decided by your nominations and votes. For each edition we'll ask that you nominate 1 OR 2 selections that meet the guidelines for that edition.

* With each nomination, we ask that you give us a review, or a few thoughts on your selection.

* Each edition will about 3 weeks (or longer, who are we kidding?) . At the end of that time, we'll ask you to vote. You know how that works! These lists will number 5 (or 10, it varies), so we'll ask that you compile your list of 5 choices for the final Songfactor's Music of Choice. At the close of voting, we will have our Songfactors' Music of Choice.

* Be as creative with this as you'd like. We want to encourage an exchange of thoughts, so this will be a place to learn about and enjoy the nominations, as well as the final choices. The guidelines may change with each edition.

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THE SONGFACTORS' CHOICE Top Albums of the Decade: The '70's



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Sticky Fingers (1971)

Side one

1. "Brown Sugar"

2. "Sway"

3. "Wild Horses"

4. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"

5. "You Gotta Move"

Side two

6. "Bitch"

7. "I Got the Blues"

8. "Sister Morphine"

9. "Dead Flowers"

10. "Moonlight Mile"

~ And ~


Led Zeppellin IV (1971)

Side one

1. "Black Dog"

2. "Rock and Roll"

3. "The Battle of Evermore"

4. "Stairway to Heaven"

Side two

1. "Misty Mountain Hop"

2. "Four Sticks"

3. "Going to California"

4. "When the Levee Breaks"

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London Calling - The Clash (1979)

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London Calling
2. Brand New Cadillac
3. Jimmy Jazz
4. Hateful
5. Rudie Can't Fail
6. Spanish Bombs
7. The Right Profile
8. Lost In The Supermarket
9. Clampdown
10. The Guns Of Brixton
11. Wrong 'Em Boyo
12. Death Or Glory
13. Koka Kola
14. The Card Cheat
15. Lover's Rock
16. Four Horsemen
17. I'm Not Down
18. Revolution Rock
19. Train in Vain

This album barely makes the deadline, released late December, 1979.

"The double-album London Calling is a remarkable leap forward, incorporating the punk aesthetic into rock & roll mythology and roots music.

There's punk and reggae, but there's also rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock; and while the record isn't tied together by a specific theme, its eclecticism and anthemic punk function as a rallying call. While many of the songs — particularly "London Calling," "Spanish Bombs," and "The Guns of Brixton" — are explicitly political, by acknowledging no boundaries the music itself is political and revolutionary.

The result is a stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded."

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I haven't participated in a while, but I would be remiss if I didn't nominate my two favorite albums of all time :


1. I Feel the Earth Move

2. So Far Away

3. It's Too Late

4. Home Again

5. Beautiful

6. Way Over Yonder

7. You've Got a Friend

8. Where You Lead

9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

10. Smackwater Jack

11. Tapestry

12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

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Ramones - Ramones (1976)

1. "Blitzkrieg Bop"

2. "Beat on the Brat"

3. "Judy Is a Punk"

4. "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"

5. "Chainsaw"

6. "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue"

7. "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement"

8. "Loudmouth"

9. "Havana Affair"

10. "Listen to My Heart" Ramones

11. "53rd & 3rd"

12. "Let's Dance"

13. "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You"

14. "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World"

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The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Side 1:

1. Speak To Me

2. Breathe

3. On The Run

4. Time

5. The Great Gig In The Sky

Side 2:

1. Money

2. Us and Them

3. Any Colour You Like

4. Brain Damage

5. Eclipse



Born To Run (1975)

Side 1:

1. Thunder Road

2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

3. Night

4. Backstreets

Side 2:

1. Born To Run

2. She's The One

3. Meeting Across The River

4. Jungleland

All links go to YouTube. :D

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Rumors - Fleetwood Mac -1977

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Track listing:

Side one

1."Second Hand News"

2." Dreams "

3."Never Going Back Again"

4."Don't Stop"

5."Go Your Own Way"


Side two

7." The Chain "

8."You Make Loving Fun"

9."I Don't Want to Know"

10."Oh Daddy"

11."Gold Dust Woman"


Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - 1970

Wiki Link

Track listing

Side one

1. "The Barbarian"

2. "Take a Pebble" Part One Part Two

3. "Knife-Edge"

Side two

1. "The Three Fates"

* "Clotho"

* "Lachesis"

* "Atropos"

2. "Tank"

3. " Lucky Man "

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Trans-Europa Express ~ Kraftwerk (1977)

Released in a German, English and French version. The music is the same, just the lyrics are translated.

Side one

1. "Europa Endlos" ("Europe Endless") 9:35

2. "Spiegelsaal" ("The Hall of Mirrors") 7:50

3. "Schaufensterpuppen" ("Showroom Dummies") 6:10

Side two

4. "Trans-Europa Express" ("Trans-Europe Express") 6:40

5. "Metall auf Metall" ("Metal on Metal") 6:52

6. "Franz Schubert" 4:25

7. "Endlos Endlos" ("Endless Endless") 0:55

some professional ratings:

Allmusic - 5/5 stars

Robert Christgau - (A-)

Drowned In Sound - (10/10)

The Independent - 5/5 stars

Mojo - 5/5 stars

Q - 4/5 stars

Rolling Stone - 5/5 stars

Slant Magazine - 5/5 stars

Spin - (9/10)

Uncut - 5/5 stars

The day will soon come, if it hasn't already, that "Trans-Europe Express" joins the ranks of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Exile on Main Street as a record that simply cannot be written about. Like those two, Kraftwerk's masterpiece not only represents a high point of its era-- delivering on pop promises years in the making and establishing a voice theretofore unheard-- but contributes to an archetype informing almost anything released afterwards. It quickly became impossible to ignore what the German quartet had accomplished, in both artistic and technical terms. That its breakthroughs actually managed to filter into the popular music arena relatively quickly was a rare bonus.
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[bigger]AQUALUNG - JETHRO TULL (1971)[/bigger]

Side one

1. "Aqualung" – 6:31

2. "Cross-Eyed Mary" – 4:06

3. "Cheap Day Return" – 1:21

4. "Mother Goose" – 3:51

5. "Wond'ring Aloud" – 1:53

6. "Up to Me" – 3:15

Side two

1. "My God" – 7:08

2. "Hymn 43" – 3:14

3. "Slipstream" – 1:13

4. "Locomotive Breath" – 4:23

5. "Wind Up" – 6:01

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[bigger]CLOSE TO THE EDGE - YES (1972)[/bigger]

1. "Close to the Edge"

* "The Solid Time of Change"

* "Total Mass Retain"

* "I Get Up I Get Down"

* "Seasons of Man"

Anderson/Howe/Squire 18:43

2. "And You and I"

* "Cord of Life"

* "Eclipse"

* "The Preacher the Teacher"

* "Apocalypse"

Anderson/Bruford/Howe/Squire 10:08

3. "Siberian Khatru"

Anderson/Howe/Wakeman 8:55

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Side one

1."Sugar Mountain" * – 5:02

2."I Am a Child" * – 3:01

3."Comes a Time" * – 3:15

4."After the Gold Rush" * – 3:49

5."My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" * – 4:12

[edit] Side two

1."When You Dance I Can Really Love" – 3:42

2."The Loner" – 4:53

3."The Needle and the Damage Done" * – 3:06

4."Lotta Love" – 2:51

5."Sedan Delivery" – 4:50

[edit] Side three

1."Powderfinger" – 5:43

2."Cortez the Killer" – 6:19

3."Cinnamon Girl" – 3:22

[edit] Side four

1."Like a Hurricane" – 8:03

2."Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" (Young, Jeff Blackburn) – 4:37

3."Tonight's the Night" – 7:12

My best friend got me into listening to Mr. Neil Young. She had to move to California due to her family starting a business there. I went there to visit her for about a month. She gave me this album to take home with me. I played the heck out of this album....Cinnamon Girl, Like A Hurricane, Powderfinger...and all the others..this album ROCKS!

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Side one

1."I Ain't the One" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:53

2."Tuesday's Gone" (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 7:32

3."Gimme Three Steps" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:30

4."Simple Man" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:57

Side two

1."Things Goin' On" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:00

2."Mississippi Kid" (Al Kooper, Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns) – 3:56

3."Poison Whiskey" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:13

4."Free Bird" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 9:06

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Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs ~ Derek and the Dominos

Side one

1. "I Looked Away"

2. "Bell Bottom Blues"

3. "Keep on Growing"

4. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"

Side two

1. "I Am Yours"

2. "Anyday"

3. "Key to the Highway"

Side three

1. "Tell the Truth"

2. "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?"

3. "Have You Ever Loved a Woman"

Side four

1. "Little Wing"

2. "It's Too Late"

3. "Layla"

4. "Thorn Tree in the Garden"

Listen to the album on Grooveshark :rockon:

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Songs in the Key of Life

Released September 1976


Side one:

1. Love's In Need Of Love Today

2. Have A Talk With God

3. Village Ghetto Land

4. Contusion

5. Sir Duke

Side two:

1. I Wish

2. Knocks Me Off My Feet

3. Pastime Paradise

4. Summer Soft

5. Ordinary Pain

Side three:

1. Isn't She Lovely?

2. Joy Inside My Tears

3. Black Man

Side four:

1. Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am Singing

2. If It's Magic

3. As

4. Another Star

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