Looting from the past - 1972

best albums 1972

PART II By Enrico Spinelli. Click here for the part I

1972 - 5 years have passed and the musical panorama expands dramatically due to the variety and heterogeneity of the proposals, bringing to light a stylistic evolution on several fronts.

A great exploit of British progressive rock, with the great works from Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Genesis and Gentle Giant; Jethro Tull, after the success of the involuntary "Aqualung" concept of 71, are back with a "progressive parody" album, wrapped in a beautiful tabloid made for the occasion... and audiences and critics have fallen for it (this is anyway a masterpiece). The Hawkwinds define the canons of their Space-Rock and Uriah Heep sign their most dreamy work with "Demons and Wizards" (although most remember it mainly for the single "Easy Livin "). 

Ritchie Blackmore's Deep Purple are already on their album number seven of their discography, the fourth with the talented singer Ian Gillian, and churn out a real greatest hits of unreleased tracks, while the Rolling Stones, in their fiscal exile, leave a complex and fascinating job on the market and Alice Cooper shocks the right-thinking with one of her most famous albums. 

We witness the solo success of Lou Reed with the classic "Transformer", while David Bowie takes us with his Ziggy Stardust among the aliens and Aphrodite's Child set the apocalypse to music; at the same time a band emerges in the recording market that will have the merit of reinventing country-Rock, the Eagles.

Metal is still in an embryonic state, but Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath with "Vol. 4" certainly do their part, as do the rookies Blue Oyster Cult with their self-titled debut.

- ROLLING STONES Exiled on the Main St
- JETHRO TULL Thick As a Brick
- GENESIS Foxtrot
- YES Close to the Edge
- FRANK ZAPPA Waka / Jawaka
- DEEP PURPLE Machine Head
- ALICE COOPER School's Out
- BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Blue Öyster Cult
- HAWKWIND Doremi Fasol Latido
- URIAH HEEP Demons and Wizards
- LOU REED Transformer
- DAVID BOWIE The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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