50 Albums Turning 50 in 2022

50 Albums Turning 50 in 2022

50 Albums Turning 50 in 2022

Few years can rival 1972 for the sheer scope of transcendent rock albums.

These releases began careers, ended others, helped bands attain new heights, represented the ultimate materials earlier than a lineup change and even launched some acts into the stratosphere of superstardom.

The Rolling Stones had been on the peak of their sport, having fun with a four-album stretch among the many biggest rock historical past. David Bowie discovered new methods to stretch the boundaries of artwork by creating a personality not of this world. Paul Simon, Peter Frampton and Pete Townshend launched debut solo efforts, stepping away – both completely or briefly – from their respective bands.

Lineup modifications marked releases by Yes, the Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys. Meanwhile, the Eagles, Steely Dan, Roxy Music and Styx unveiled debut albums, setting into movement their respective careers.

Politics framed John Lennon’s work, whereas tragedy sadly hung over the Allman Brothers Band. Captain Beefheart acquired barely industrial, whereas Harry Nilsson veered additional into weirdness.

The record of achievements retains on going: Elton John started a formidable stretch of No. 1 albums, ZZ Top began discovering their sound, Alice Cooper launched one in all his most celebrated hits, Lou Reed reworked and Black Sabbath took creative management (whereas dropping management of themselves).

We’ve assembled 50 of the most important releases from this landmark yr in music and introduced them in chronological order under. Whether they had been chart-topping success tales or just stepping stones to one thing even better, every album performed an vital position for the artist who created it.

50 Albums Turning 50 in 2022

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