Best Rock Albums of 1971 by Fuzz Music Magazine

These are the best classic rock albums of 1971 according to Fuzz Music magazine. Enjoy listening, and we begin our plunge into history...

Rock classics of the 20th century, encapsulated in the best albums of 1971

Early 1970s - a very fascinating time, full of many events! But both of an intoxicating and tragic nature... In particular, the world lost outstanding idols such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin. Along with that came the burst onto the scene. new "diamonds"who set the tone not only for their own, but for the next decade, the '80s! It's about Sladewhich, by then, had finally found an audience, David Bowie with his cosmic image, and about the many other artists who popularized the quirkiness of glam rock.

The early '70s are also notable for ending the career of The Beatles as a band, but it opened the gates to a solo voyage for each member. It gave the world audience a chance to get to know Paul or, say, John better, with their own views and influences, which translated into into solo records.. And some of them are considered to be the best of that time to this day! But today we will talk not only about the albums of the ex-Beatles, but also about the studio records of many other musicians and bands. These are the best classic rock albums of 1971 by Fuzz Music magazine. Enjoy listening, and we begin our dive into history...

"Led Zeppelin IV."

Led Zeppelin IV album cover
Led Zeppelin IV album cover

We decided to start with the fourth album Led Zeppelinthat hasn't lost its poignancy and charm half a century later! Many consider it the best record the band has ever made, and it's hard to argue with such a powerful statement, given how powerful the material is presented within the "Led Zeppelin IV.". It includes all-time hits, including "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll" and the legendary "Stairway to Heaven". As it seems to us - there is really no room on the album for weak tracks!

Not just a set of songs, but his cover has already become world famous! The record has a fascinating history of creation, there is even a place for scandals - for sure you have heard the funny and slightly absurd story that Zeppelin members have hidden in the "Stairway to Heaven." a message to Satan himself!

"Who's Next"

Cover of the album "Who's Next" by The Who
Cover of the album "Who's Next" by The Who

Where Zeppelin is, it's often The Who! At one time these two bands were competitors, although to a large extent this whole story was inflated by journalists because of the similarity of the images of the vocalists: Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey The audience was delighted not only with their voices, but also with their luxurious golden curls, looking like some kind of rock and roll Gods on stage!

"Who's Next" - one of the strongest albums of its time, and of The Who in general! This powerful record showcases the hit "Baba O'Riley."The band, the skill of each band member, and the amazing atmosphere of the rock of those years...

"Sticky Fingers"

Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album cover
Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album cover

Another great album in 1971 introduced The Rolling Stones.

The record caught the eye for a number of reasons: it included some of the best Rolling songs of the early '70s, its coveron which the notorious Andy WarholIt was also the first album released by the band after their death. Brian Jones.


Best Rock Albums of 1971 by Fuzz Music Magazine
John Lennon's "Imagine" album cover

As we emphasized above, The breakup of the Beatles gave the world a fantastic chance - a chance to get to know your favorite members a little closer, because from now on each of them recorded solo. И "Imagine" - A great opportunity to explore the personality John Lennon.

For some the best, for others "one of a kind" - either way Imagine was a gigantic breakthrough for Lennon and a wonderful reminder of that period. It includes gorgeous ballads and playful blues tracks, a love tribute to Yoko Ono and an attack on Paul McCartney... And this album also demonstrates in the best possible way controversialbut such a fairy-tale and unique temperament of the iconic Beatle.


Cover of Janis Joplin's "Pearl" (1971) posthumous album
Cover of Janis Joplin's "Pearl" (1971) posthumous album

This record may not have a place in your personal collection, or even inferior to to the other gems on our list, but it is definitely important for history as a whole as well as for 1971 in particular.

"Pearl." was released as Janis Joplin's posthumous album, four months after the tragic death of the "White Queen of the Blues. With this record we can appreciate the direction in which Joplin moved and how she matured towards the end of her days, and fantasize about what the future might hold if not for her death...

"Master of Reality

Cover of the album "Master of Reality" by Black Sabbath
Cover of the album "Master of Reality" by Black Sabbath

When it comes to '70s rock, one of the first things that come to mind is Black Sabbath. The legendary heavyweights of their era - in one decade the band went through many sorrows and joys. And, of course, they released a number of great records.

"Master of Reality was in many ways an experimental record for Sabbath, in which the British band decided to make their sound much heavier and "bigger.


The cover of Paul McCartney's "Ram" album
The cover of Paul McCartney's "Ram" album

While we're on the subject John LennonIt was obvious that our list would include his ex-colleague (as well as the "nemesis" with whom Lennon was competing in a race against in the charts) Paul McCartney!

"Ram." - The gorgeous record of 1971, which won a number of honors and became the favorite in the playlist of many fans of the ex-Beatles period. By the way: it was this record, or rather its tremendous success, that motivated Lennon to record "Imagine". One could say that he was driven by a sense of injustice to himself and a desire to "overthrow" his opponent.


Cover of the album "Fragile" by Yes
Cover of the album "Fragile" by Yes

After listing the masters of their time, we gradually crept up on a group that is often overlooked. Yes presented one of the best albums of 1971, which became a classic of progressive rock and a source of inspiration for many followers.

In "Fragile." It's got it all: a diverse track list, gorgeous instrumental passages, rich sound, abstract lyrics, and interesting cover (if that matters)! A masterpiece? It seems to us unambiguous.

"At Fillmore East."

Cover of the album "At Fillmore East" by The Allman Brothers Band
Cover of the album "At Fillmore East" by The Allman Brothers Band

Although our list implies studio recordings, to bypass this chic live album we couldn't...

"At Fillmore East." - one of the most legendary records in history, kindly given to us by The Allman Brothers Band. It was a huge breakthrough for the American band, and the success of the record has persisted to this day.


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