a history of popular music - the 1970s

a history of popular music – the 1970s

The softer side of music in the seventies was replete with the same plush and natural aesthetic that inspired the decade’s natural hair styles, the shag carpeting, and the wood panelled walls. It was an age of punch bowls and muscle cars, of Quaaludes and roller-skates, a decade embellished by sun-spotted photographs and lush music on the hi-fi.

Michael Rother – Katzenmusik 3
Tangerine Dream – Bent Cold Sidewalk
Serge Gainsbourg – Cargo Culte
Can – Vitamin C
The Walker Brothers – The Electrician
Bee Gees – Stop (Think Again)
Rose Royce – Love Don’t Love Here Anymore
Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed
RAMP – Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Love Is
Neu! – Leb Wohl
Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan (Alternative Lyrics)
Brian Eno – Everything Merges With the Night
David Crosby – Kids and Dogs
Neil Young – Motion Pictures
Nick Drake – Know
The Velvet Underground – Oh Sweet Nuthin’
Curtis Mayfield – Stare and Stare
10cc – I’m Not In Love (Rework of Art Mix)
Steve Miller Band – Space Intro
Minnie Ripperton – Inside My Love
Roberta Flack – Feel Like Makin’ Love
The Staple Singers and Curtis Mayfield – After Sex
Al Green – Simply Beautiful
Sly & the Family Stone – Time
Marvin Gaye – Stage Dialogue
Aretha Franklin – All the King’s Horses
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Song For Bobby Smith
Stanton Davis and the Ghetto Mysticism – Nida
Les McCann – Before I Rest
Alice Coltrane – Sivaya
Moggi – Officina Stellare
Miles Davis – He Loved Her Madly
Supertramp – Home Again
Billy Joel – Just the Way You Are
Leo Sayer – When I Need You

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Having been born halfway through the seventies, the sound of this era was as formative to me as a person as it was to dance music as an art form. Providing a digital contrast to an emerging punk scene, drum machines and synthesizers became the tools a new generation of dance artists used to build a structure of music aimed straight at the clubs and at those, like my adolescent self, who wished they were there.

Tubeway Army – We Have a Technical
Heart – Magic Man
Blondie – Once I Had a Love (1975 Version)
Chilly – Sensation
Cerrone – Hooked On You
Diana Ross – It’s My House
Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway
Amadeo – Real Magic
Chic – I Want Your Love (7” Version)
Zazu – Captain Starlight
Led Zeppelin – Trampled Under Foot
Gang of Four – Natural’s Not In It
The Modern Lovers – Someone I Care About
Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire
The Slits – I Heard It It Through the Grapevine
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Elvis Costello – Pump It Up
Wire – I Am the Fly
The Clash – Police & Thieves
Television – Friction
Jacques Dutronc – Le Responsable
The Universouls – New Generation
The Rolling Stones – Fingerprint File
David Bowie – Sound and Vision
The Universouls – New Generation
Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This
First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (Vocal Mix by Shep Pettibone)
Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley 12” Mix)
The Rockets – On the Road Again
Giorgio Mororder – Evolution
Gino Soccio – There’s a Woman
Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions
Michael Viner’s Incredible Conga Band – Apache (Grandmaster Flash Mix)
Trussel – Love Injection
Roy Ayers – Running Away (Long Version)
Can – …And More
Kraftwerk – Europe Endless
Eberhard Schoener feat. Sting – Why Don’t You Answer
Nazareth – Morning Dew
Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Rough Version)
The Cars – Moving In Stereo
M – Pop Muzik
Talking Heads – Take Me to the River
The Last Poets – When the Revolution Comes
Suicide – Cheree
ABBA – Winner Takes It All
Xanadu & Sweet Lady – Rapper’s Delight
Paulette & Tanya Winley – Rhymin’ and Rappin’
James Brown – Funk Drummer (Bonus Beats)
Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can

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