Here we go again. Here's a list of the 1st roughly 150 albums I can REMEMBER buying from Fall 1971 thru Spring 1979, from the time I was 12 years old & begging 4 $$$ from my folks 2 buy music, 2 the period when I was 1st out on my own & bought music & books B4 I bought food....
My intent here is not so much 2 show off as 2 give you some idea of the musical wacko you're dealing with. This list is more-or-less in chronological order, near as I can remember. I've probly forgotten a few items along the way, but I still have most of these. See how many of these you know, or have never heard of, or can laff at me 4 being willing 2 admit I purchased....
The Osmonds: (1st). Ah well, at least it wasn't my FIRST purchase. & there was actually some pretty good stuff on it....
Three Dog Night: HARMONY.
Bread: THE BEST OF.
Neil Diamond: GREATEST HITS (on Bang Records).
Carpenters: SINGLES 1969-1973.
Mike Oldfield: TUBULAR BELLS.
Neil Diamond: JONATHON LIVINGSTON SEAGULL soundtrack, DOUBLE GOLD best-of (on Bang).
Beatles: 1962-66, 1967-70, WHITE ALBUM, ABBEY ROAD.
The Who: WHO'S NEXT.
Tommy James & the Shondells: GREATEST HITS.
Beach Boys: GOOD VIBRATIONS best-of.
Moody Blues: DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD, ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM, TO OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN'S CHILDREN, A QUESTION OF BALANCE, EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR, SEVENTH SOJOURN, THIS IS best-of.
Justin Hayward & John Lodge: BLUE JAYS.
Rare Earth: ONE WORLD.
Paul McCartney & Wings: VENUS AND MARS, BAND ON THE RUN.
Queen: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA.
Al Stewart: YEAR OF THE CAT, TIME PASSAGES, PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE.
Blue Oyster Cult: AGENTS OF FORTUNE.
Janis Ian: BETWEEN THE LINES, AFTERTONES.
Boston: (1st), DON'T LOOK BACK.
Heart: DREAMBOAT ANNIE.
Jackson Browne: THE PRETENDER.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band: THE ROARING SILENCE.
Genesis: A TRICK OF THE TAIL, WIND AND WUTHERING.
Yes: GOING FOR THE ONE.
Gryphon: RED QUEEN TO GRYPHON THREE.
Hawkwind: HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN GRILL.
Fleetwood Mac: RUMOURS.
Providence: EVER SENSE THE DAWN.
Camel: THE SNOW GOOSE.
Renaissance: LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL.
Beach Boys: PET SOUNDS, SURF'S UP, SUNFLOWER, FRIENDS/SMILEY SMILE, WILD HONEY/20-20, SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS. (I was fascinated with the SMILE story & investigated these guys in-depth 2 C what all the fuss was about; they were pretty great.)
Incredible String Band: THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER. (The best musical-comedy album ever.)
Pink Floyd: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, UMMAGUMMA, A NICE PAIR.
Todd Rundgren: SOMETHING/ANYTHING?, INITIATION.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: WORKS I.
Tangerine Dream: ENCORE/LIVE, ALPHA CENTAURI/ATEM.
Pat Metheny Group: (1st).
Mike Oldfield: OMMADAWN, INCANTATIONS.
Barclay James Harvest: GONE TO EARTH.
Steeleye Span: ORIGINAL MASTERS. (It took me YEARS to get around to Fairport Convention....)
Lindisfarne: NICELY OUT OF TUNE.
Caravan: BEST OF 1970-1974, FOR GIRLS WHO GROW PLUMP IN THE NIGHT, CANTERBURY TALES best-of, BLIND DOG AT ST. DUNSTAN'S, IF I COULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, WATERLOO LILY....
Gentle Giant: FREE HAND, GIANT STEPS sorta-best-of, PRETENSIOUS best-of, THE POWER AND THE GLORY.
King Crimson: YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE best-of, LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC, STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK, RED.
U.K.: (1st), DANGER MONEY, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT/LIVE.
Wigwam: NUCLEAR NIGHTCLUB.
Sally Oldfield: WATER BEARER.
Happy the Man: CRAFTY HANDS.
David Sancious and Tone: TRANSFORMATION (THE SPEED OF LOVE).
National Health: (1st), OF QUEUES AND CURES.
Soft Machine: THIRD.
Hatfield and the North: AFTERS best-of, (1st), THE ROTTERS CLUB.
Camel: RAIN DANCES, A LIVE RECORD, BREATHLESS, I CAN SEE YOUR HOUSE FROM HERE.
Journey: INFINITY, EVOLUTION.
Chicago: GREATEST HITS.
Dan Fogelberg: SOUVENIRS, TWIN SONS OF DIFFERENT MOTHERS.
The Roches: (1st). (Produced by & featuring the rockin' guitar work of Bob Fripp!)
Kevin Ayers: ODD DITTIES, THE CONFESSIONS OF DR. DREAM. (DITTIES is former-Soft-Machine-guy Ayers' best album, a collection of singles & outtakes that's pretty charming. I don't remember a note of DR. DREAM....)
Genesis: AND THEN THERE WERE THREE, SECONDS OUT.
Barclay James Harvest: BEST OF's I & II, OCTOBERON.
Gryphon: TREASON, RAINDANCE, MIDNIGHT MUSHRUMPS, (1st).
Grobschnitt: ROCKPOMMEL'S LAND. (Don't remember much of this Krautrock classic Xcept 4 "Anywhere," a pretty 4-minute single that really stood out when the resta the trax were between 10 & 20 mins long....)
Yes: YESTERDAYS, FRAGILE, THE YES ALBUM.
Roxy Music: GREATEST HITS.
Be-Bop Deluxe: SUNBURST FINISH.
Bob Welch: FRENCH KISS.
Procol Harum: LIVE WITH THE EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
Buffalo Springfield: RETROSPECTIVE.
Renaissance: A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: SO FAR best-of.
Byrds: GREATEST HITS.
Steely Dan: AJA, GREATEST HITS.
Nektar: THRU THE EARS.
Gentle Giant: GIANT FOR A DAY. (At the time I thot this was in the running 4 Worst Album Ever....)
Led Zeppelin: IV.
Jethro Tull: SONGS FROM THE WOOD.
Thot of a few more overnite:
America: HISTORY best-of.
Gordon Lightfoot: GORD'S GOLD best-of, ENDLESS WIRE, SUNDOWN.
The Nice: ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS.
Todd Rundgren: A WIZARD/A TRUE STAR, TODD.
Supertramp: EVEN IN THE QUIETEST MOMENTS, CRIME OF THE CENTURY.
Bob Seger: STRANGER IN TOWN.
Electric Light Orchestra: OUT OF THE BLUE.
The Move: SPLIT ENDS.
CHARISMA FESTIVAL various artists sampler.
"V" Virgin Records' artists sampler.
BEST OF GENESIS import.
THE STORY OF THE WHO best-of import.
HARVEST 20 GOLDEN GREATS various artists sampler....
...by then I was working at my favorite record store, & buying halfadozen albums & singles a week, before I even bought food, & veering towards New Wave sounds because that's what everybody else in the shop was listening to.
...Tho I still have most of the above, some of them were traded off over the years because I got bored with them or didn't listen 2 them much or never really gave them much of a chance -- I can get bored really easily sometimes. Those I let go R the 1's I'd most like 2 have back, of course -- Kevin Ayers, Grobschnitt, GIANT FOR A DAY, the Barclay James Harvest best-of's, etc. I might track them down again someday after I win the lottery....
Looking back.... Jeez, I spent way 2 much money. Enuf 2 support a small 3rd-world nation, I'm sure. But if I could do it all over again, I'd probly SPEND MORE! & the 1 thing I'd do 4 sure is HOLD ONTO everything....