Recommended Albums: 1975-1979

Albums – remember those? No, not necessarily vinyl – I prefer CDs. But I’m talking about a well thought-out and well put-together set of songs by a single artist or group. This is an evolving list of albums that I recommend you check out. These are the “best of the best” – it’s a bit of a cop out to just say “everything by Bob Dylan”, etc. They are ranked (somewhat roughly) within the year of release. If you have a recommendation, let me know!


Brian Eno – Another Green World

Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Magma – Live

The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!

Patti Smith – Horses

Shakti – Shakti With John McLaughlin

Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night

Neu! – Neu! ’75

Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos

Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity

Van Der Graaf Generator – Godbluff

Jethro Tull – Minstrel in the Gallery

Budgie – Bandolier

Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy


Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene

The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

David Bowie – Station to Station

La Dusseldorf – La Dusseldorf

801 – Live

The Ramones – The Ramones

The Alan Parsons Project – Tales of Mystery and Imagination


Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks

Wire – Pink Flag

Television – Marquee Moon

David Bowie – Low

Pink Floyd – Animals

The Damned – Damned, Damned, Damned

Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation

The Clash – The Clash

Iggy Pop – Lust for Life

The Stranglers – No More Heroes

Suicide – Suicide

Hawkwind – Quark, Strangeness and Charm

The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus

Tim Blake – Crystal Machine


The Rutles – The Rutles

Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Scream

X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents

Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine

Brian Eno – Music For Airports

Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen

Jay Ferguson – Thunder Island

La Dusseldorf – Viva

Johnny Thunders – So Alone

Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe

Kate Bush – Kick Inside

Plastic People of the Universe – Egon Bondy’s Happy Heart Club Banned

This Heat – This Heat

The Rezillos – Can’t Stand the Rezillos


Pink Floyd – The Wall

Robert Fripp – Exposure

The Clash – London Calling

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

The Damned – Machine Gun Ettiquette

Gang of Four – Entertainment!

The B-52’s – The B-52’s

Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady


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