Playlist: Music from 40 years ago; Top 200 albums of 1978

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I wanted to listen some more of music I've never heard before so I decided to pick a year and go crazy.

Then I thought maybe some other music lovers here would like to join in.

So, this is 1978. Some great albums there that I already know, like Jazz by Queen, Long Live Rock N Roll by Rainbow, Powerage by AC/DC and so on.

* These are mostly the first 200 listed in
* No live albums or tracks.
* No bonus tracks that often plague the special editions of albums that are this old.
* There are also a few surprise entries thrown in.


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My first two albums bought together because a radio shop closed down its record division: Jazz by Queen and Discovery by E.L.O - also bought three Kiss singles that day. Oh yeah, the 70s...
EDIT: must have been 1979, because the ELO record was released in that year.

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@sph Sounds great! Smile I wonder what it was like back in the day.

I found some great stuff on the playlist.
* The Ace Frehley album is great stuff!
* Andy Gibb
* Gordon Giltrap
* Jean-Michael Jarre
* Styx
* Kate Bush
* the Genesis album is truly awesome
* Blondie
* I wasn't too familiar with the Black Sabbath album... very different type o stuff

Speaking of '78, Head First by the Babys, is an album I never listened to, till today, Came out in August '78, and full of lush arrangements. Most of the songs are solid, a few have great music and unfocused lyrics (IMHO) but-- a great listen in any case.

'78 was a pretty grim year for me. I don't remember what I listened to, much; I watched The Midnight Special every week, and seeing Journey there was the first time I didn't think they sucked, even though I loved SP's amazing voice. Fleetwood Mac was my top band. But reading Tolkien kept me alive.

I was buying vinyl in '78 at a record store in Brunswick, Ohio, near Cleveland. It also had bongs behind the counter, and my 14-year-old cousin (I was 12) explained what they were. I think albums were still $6.99 or so then.
The Cars' first album, Some Girls by the Rolling Stones, More Songs About Buildings and Food by Talking Heads, Double Vision by Foreigner, the first Dire Straits album ...
Some of my favorites of all-time came out in '78, but I bought them a few years later - Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen, Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon, Comes a Time by Neil Young.
On the way to pick up my daughter from school, I listened to All Mod Cons by The Jam from '78. I only knew them from their MTV songs from the early '80s.
A good year, '78. I made a traveling all-star baseball team that summer.

In 78 I was dimly aware of some of that stuff... I was 12 too. Foreigner was probably about as cool as I got at that time. The Cars later, Talking Heads much later. I came back around to Tom Petty, who was I guess huge in 1978.

I never lived up there, but my parents were both from NW Ohio, a town called Continental, out in the sticks near Lima, Findley, Defiance.

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I was surprised at how much electronic stuff was already there back in 78.

I was surprised to see how many 1978 albums were already resonating with me at age 14-15. I had that year's albums by Blondie (Parallel Lines, not Plastic Letters, which also came out in 1978), The Police, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Billy Joel, The Who, Foreigner, The Doobie Brothers, Heart, Hall & Oates, Jefferson Starship and Al Stewart, and listened to Brian Eno and The Clash with friends. I caught on to those by Joan Armatrading, Little Feat and The Stranglers a little later. I think I still haven't heard Pere Ubu!

I still have Year of the Cat on vinyl-- a solid album. @nancyrost, you reminded me, I loved the Police, Foreigner, Nazareth, Blondie. Also always listened to the R&B stations on the radio. Let's hear it for Evelyn Champagne King!

A significant number of LPs in my collection were released in '78. The fact that Kate Bush released Kick Inside *and* Lionheart that year is awe-inspiring. has a list...

@IA - perhaps the best thing that can be said about that Sabbath album is that Robert Downey Junior wears a t-shirt of it for most of "Avengers Assemble" Smile

1978 was an insane year music wise. Unbelievable. It would take a year of listening to get a full sense of the amazing stuff released.

Can you say "Ready for the House" by Jandek? That was released in 1978.
(sorry, I'm going through a Jandek "obsession" of sorts; I downloaded mostly all of his discography; a few of his latest live albums weren't available on SLSK; and I'm proceeding to listen through all of the albums that I downloaded)

A major year of change. Left the family religion. Went to college. My tastes in music have dramatically changed since then. Songs I play (most occasionally and some badly) now (and in no particular order):

Bruce Springsteen - Racing In The Street, Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Bruce Springsteen/Patti Smith - Because the Night
Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
The Kinks - Misfits, A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden, Shattered
Todd Rundgren - Can We Still Be Friends, A Dream Goes On Forever
Tom Petty - Listen To Her Heart
Warren Zevon - Accidentally Like A Martyr
Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted To You
The Who - Guitar and Pen, Who Are You