Remember when you first heard Big Star, The Modern Lovers, Funkadelic, Can, Neu! , Leaf Hound and/or Amon Duul II and thought, “why didn’t I know about these years/decades ago”? Just because the 70s ended over 33 years ago doesn’t mean there aren’t many more discoveries to be made. I challenge anyone not to find at least one album (but more likely over 20) in these results they never ever heard of let alone heard. I know a fair amount of music, and there’s over a dozen that fit that category for me. This poll has had a long road. Organized by ILM’s Algerian Goalkeeper, nominations began half a year ago, resulting in a list of 1,026 albums to choose from. 90 album ballots with 20 to 100 entries each were submitted, and 50 tracks ballots (results here).
I’ve been co-running it since the voting stage and for the results, have invested over 44 hours in researching rankings from Rateyourmusic, Acclaimed Music, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, and quotes and reviews from Robert Christgau’s Consumer Guide, Trouser Press Record Guide, Martin Popoff’s The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal – Volume 1: The Seventies, Ra’anan Chelled’s Demons, Fairies & Wailing Guitars: The Best 100 Obscure Rock Acts 1968-1976 (2012), Matthew Ingram’s (aka Woebot) 100 Lost Rock Albums From The 1970s, Steven & Alan Freeman’s The Crack In The Cosmic Egg: Encyclopedia Of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik & Other Progressive, Experimental & Electronic Musics from Germany, Julian Cope’s Head Heritage, Charles Snider’s The Strawberry Bricks Guide To Progressive Rock, and vintage reviews that came out at the time from Rolling Stone, and a few from Creem, NME and others. As well as contributing to the discussion about the albums and the original reviews, both amazingly good and bad, I’ve revealed dark, horrifying childhood secrets related to Black Sabbath and Superfly.
We’re in the final two days of the slow roll, the top 60, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s ABOUT GODDAM TIME, but not too late!
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