1971 – Progressive Rock Heaven



Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story Traffic - Low Spark Concert for Bangladesh



1971 was truly a great year for Progressive Rock…with tons of new material to discover, digest and absorb! I was also rocking away myself that year as the rhythm guitarist “in a high school rock and roll band”. If you could put together a collection of vinyl records featuring long, drawn-out artistic compositions and combine them with new tunes from a breed of poetic singer-songwriters who evolved out of the Folk music scene, you’d have one incredible year of music! And that, my friends, was 1971.

Some of the great classic albums of that year included “Teaser and the Firecat” from Cat Stevens, Traffic’s “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys“, Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung“, “Tupelo Honey” from Van Morrison, Elton John’s “Madman Across the Water”, “Every Picture Tells a Story” by Rod Stewart, “Fragile” from Yes, and “Led Zeppelin IV“.  I could go on and on and on and on…….

Also In 1971:

  • Minimum wage in the U.S. was $1.60 per hour
  • The average annual income was $10,622
  • A new car sold for $3,560
  • You could build a new house for $25,200
  • A loaf of bread was 25 cents
  • A full-service gallon of gas was 40 cents
  • First Class postage was only 6 cents; in May it was raised to 8 cents!

Share your favorite albums from 1971!  What specific pieces of vinyl from that year did you listen to in its entirety?  All of Side One, then flipping it over to all of Side Two?

Pass along your favorites, plus any thoughts, comments and opinions relating to this Post.

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Thanks for listening.

– Fred