12-24-12 Time Machine 1972
On 12/24/66 The Who 45 “Happy Jack” charts at No. 3 in England. On 12/23/72 Little Jimmy Osmond “Long Haired Lover From Liverpool” 45 was No. 1 in England; on 12/22/73 Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” 2LP set was No. 1 in England.
Good Monday to everyone! Today I have the Time Machine for October 1972, from Strange Days magazine in Japan. This list is originated by Mr. Quoichiro Iwamoto.
October 1972 releases:
Genesis “Foxtrot” (Charisma UK LP CAS 1058); Atomic Rooster “Made In England” (Dawn UK LP DNLS 3038; LP came with a cloth cover!); Ten Years After “Rock & Roll Music To The World” (Chrysalis UK LP CHR 1009); Stealer’s Wheel “Self-titled debut” (A&M UK LP AMLS 68121); Pete Townshend “Who Came First” (Track Record UK LP 2408 201, with a nice insert); Steely Dan “Can’t Buy A Thrill” (ABC US LP ABCX-758); Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band “Clear Spot” (Reprise US LP MS 2115); Raspberries “Self-titled debut” (Capitol US LP SK-11036); Santana “Caravanserai” (Columbia US LP KC 31610).
I didn’t hear the Genesis LP until the next summer; previously, my notes indicated I hear it in summer 1972, but if Strange Days says it came out in October 1972, they’re probably correct. KPFK-FM 90.7 played 2 or 3 cuts from “Foxtrot”, mostly after midnight. I duly recorded what I heard onto cassette.
I didn’t go after Atomic Rooster this time. To be honest, I was not a big fan of Chris Farlowe; I didn’t care much for his contribution to Colosseum, though I am a lot better with it in 2012 than I was in 1972. I had really liked Atomic Rooster’s 2nd album, “Death Walks Behind You”, but once I saw that Chris Farlowe was the vocalist…I knew I didn’t need to wonder about them any longer. You simple can’t listen to everything.
Ten Years After seemed to be getting a bit stale by this time, though in 2012, I like this album a lot. The sound of the recording, the instruments, Alvin Lee’s voice etc. – big thumbs up in 2012. At the time, in 1972 – it was beginning to be time to move on, to not depend upon British rock music so heavily. Off I went.
Gerry Rafferty! Stealer’s Wheel was not really in my scope, until their big hit single, “Stuck In The Middle With You” – and by that time, I was not overly interested in big hit singles. I’d probably like this album in 2012, if I could find a UK copy of it.
Pete Townshend’s debut solo album certainly interested me in 1972, though John Entwistle had beaten him to the bearer of the title “First solo album by a member of The Who”. Really like the colour insert in this LP, too.
Never had any time for Steely Dan. I remember a cousin of mine liked them, but by the time “Do It Again” was on the radio a lot, I had no time at all for US artists. They simply weren’t interesting, as, say a any German artist was of interest.
I had been a great supporter of Captain Beefheart, with “Trout Mask Replica” – and still am, in 2012. By the time of “Clear Spot”, I had moved on – I eventually met guys who stuck with Beefheart (Rick & Ace), but…as long as I couldn’t find a clear vinyl copy of this LP, I wasn’t going to bite.
I remember seeing The Raspberries LP in stores. I might be wrong, but I think the sticker on the cover may have been “scratch & sniff”? That was as far as I went, probably picking up the LP in a hippie record store to see if the sticker smelled like raspberries. They were a US band, and not interesting to me. Never ‘came back’ to them, as I was never with ‘em at the time.
Santana had been very interesting to me, at first. Loved their debut album! 2nd album was still of reasonably large interest; even liked the 3rd album’s singles. But as I was shedding most all US artists from my palate by 1972, so with Santana. I was likely interested to hear this LP; my brother had it. But with so much else walking down the pike…”Caravanserai” never made a lasting impression on me. But I do own the original LP of it, and likely a CD of it as well, in 2012. Sure would like to find the Columbia Records US SA-CD with 5.1 audio of it!
Happy Christmas, 2012!