Karn Evil 9

Posted on 4th October 2021

So the next fortnightly poll was for 1973.

In 1973 I was listening mostly to the Pop and Glam Rock songs that featured on Radio One and Top Of The Pops at the time. However, a few years later, I discovered John Peel (Mon-Thu) and Tommy Vance's Friday Night Rock Show (Fri). I'd then head into record shops around Cheshire on the weekend to see what I could find. Some of those delights help shape my musical tastes.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were a band I'd never heard the like of before, or since. Tommy Vance played Karn Evil 9 in full one night, and I was blown away. They set the scene for many advetures into what was sometimes termed Progressive Rock, at others Symphonic Rock. I bought the vinyl with the fold-out cut-away sleeve, that is probably worth a bit these days. The H.R.Giger artwork was fascinating, and I end up buying a poster of it to hang on my wall. Although Karn Evil 9 grabbed my attention, after listening to the full album, Still ... You Turn Me On became my favourite ELP song.

Argueably Genesis' finest hour, Selling England By The Pound was enthralling from start to finish. I always loved Cinema Show musically, but the imagary conjured up in the lyrics of The Battling Of Epping Forest told a whole movie in my head. And the word play in Aisle Of Plenty to round off the album, always made me smile, turn the record over, and play it all again. 

Early Black Sabbath were force to be reckoned with. Great lyrics, awesome riffs, and a powerhouse that laid a blueprint for so many rock and metal bands still to this day. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath was for me, the last release of the band at their peak in the 70s. The title track, Killing Yourself To Live and Spiral Architect still send shivers down my spine each time I hear them.

Thanks to Tommy Vance I had been listening to Yes for a while, but while in a second-hand record shop in Crewe, I picked out the live triple album Yessongs!, with a glorious fold-out cover. It was agonising waiting to get home to play it, but was absolutely worth the wait. I closed my eyes and imagined I was there. Sides five and six would frequently get repeat plays with Close To The Edge, Yours Is No Disgrace and Starship Trooper, but the whole album was an absolute delight.

For several years, House Of The Holy might get the odd play, but compared to Led Zeppelin's first four albums, it really took a long time before I really got into it. I have no idea why either, as The Song Remains The Same, The Crunge and No Quarter have become standout tracks from their repetoire for me, and I've since played it more than their first three albums.

1Emerson, Lake & PalmerBrain Salad Surgery
2GenesisSelling England By The Pound
3Black SabbathSabbath Bloody Sabbath
5Led ZeppelinHouse Of The Holy
6BudgieNever Turn Your Back On A Friend
7The Sensational Alex Harvey BandNext
8Bruce SpringsteenGreetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
9Lynyrd Skynyrd(Pronounced 'Lěh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
10Plnk FloydThe Dark Side Of The Moon
11Jethro TullA Passion Play
12GenesisGenesis Live
13Jefferson AirplaneThirty Seconds Over Winterland
14ABBARing Ring
15The WailersBurnin'
16The WailersCatch a Fire
17Alice CooperBillion Dollar Babies
18ZZ TopTres Hombres
19Little FeatDixie Chicken
22Status QuoHello!
25NazerethLoud 'n' Proud
26Thin LizzyVagabonds of the Western World
27David BowieAladdin Sane
28Bruce SpringsteenThe Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
29Blue Öyster CultTyranny And Mutation
30Mike OldfieldTubular Bells
31FocusAt the Rainbow
32The StoogesRaw Power
33Paul McCartney & WingsBand on the Run
34Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road
35Elton JohnDon't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
37Deep PurpleWho Do We Think We Are
38The WhoQuadrophenia
39Billy JoelPiano Man
40Grateful DeadWake of the Flood
41HorslipsThe Táin
43Neil YoungTime Fades Away
44Klaus SchulzeCyborg
45Steely DanCountdown to Ecstasy
46Roxy MusicFor Your Pleasure
47Roxy MusicStranded
49HawkwindSpace Ritual
50Creedence Clearwater RevivalLive in Europe


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