1973: 20 songs released in 1973 you must hear




The Year 1973 summary

  • Great Britain, Ireland, and Denmark enter European Economic Community (Jan. 1)
  • A ceasefire is signed, ending involvement of American ground troops in the Vietnam War. (Jan. 28)
  • US bombing of Cambodia ends, marking official halt to 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia (Aug. 15)
  • Fourth and largest Arab-Israeli conflict begins when Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israel as Jews mark Yom Kippur, holiest day in their calendar (Oct. 6). Egypt and Israel sign US-sponsored cease-fire accord (Nov. 11). Background: Arab-Israeli Wars
  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) hikes oil prices tremendously in retaliation for Western countries’ involvement in Yom Kippur War.
  • US Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade.
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  • Movies: The Harder They Come, American Graffiti, The Exorcist, The Sting, Last Tango in Paris
  • Deaths: W.H. Auden, Pearl S. Buck, Betty Grable, Pablo Picasso & Lyndon Baines Johnson

Rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed (that’s another & more complicated list)
  • Max 20 songs

Please feel free to publish your own favorite songs from 1972 in the comments section…
AND lists like this are supposed to be fun! Don’t take it too seriously.

Here we go…

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July 7: Great Concert by The Who @ Tanglewood, Lenox, MA, USA 1970 (video)

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The fire and passion of the Who in 1970 and the symbiosis that these four musicians achieve here is nothing short of astounding. The Leeds and Isle of Wight recordings will always remain as two of the Who’s landmark 1970 recordings, and deservedly so, but thanks to this spectacular new transfer of Bill Graham’s recordings, Tanglewood is now equally worthy of attention.
~Alan Bershaw (The Concert Vault)

Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
July 7, 1970

  • Roger Daltrey: Vocals, Harmonica
  • John Entwistle: Vocals, Bass
  • Keith Moon: Vocals, Drums
  • Pete Townshend : Vocals, Guitar

Setlist:

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June 29: The Who – Hyde Park, London 1996 (video)

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Show for the Princes trust with special guests: Phil Daniels (Narration), Trevor McDonald (Newscaster), Ade Edmundson (Bell Boy; later with shotgun and scooter), Gary Glitter (Rocker), Stephen Fry (Hotel Manager), Dave Gilmour (Guitar on Dirty Jobs, Love Reign O’er Me). The band was introduced by Jools Holland. The other bands of the show: Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Ron Wood, Alanis Morrisette.
~The Who Concert Guide

Sat, 29 June 1996
London, Hyde Park

  • Roger Daltrey: Vocals
  • John Entwistle: Vocals, Bass
  • Pete Townshend : Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guitar
  • John Bundrick: Piano, Keyboards
  • Jon Carin : Keyboards
  • Phil Daniels: Narrator
  • Dennis Farias: Brass Section
  • Simon Gardner: Brass Section
  • David Gilmore: Guitar
  • Gary Glitter: Vocals
  • Nick Lane: Brass Section
  • Jody Linscott: Percussion
  • Billy Nicholls: Backing Vocal
  • Neil Sidwell: Brass Section
  • Zak Starkey: Drums
  • Simon Townshend : Vocals, Guitar
  • Roy Wiegand: Brass Section
  • Geoff Whitehorn : Guitar

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June 12: The Who played Swansea, City Football Ground 1976

Famous bootleg .. great sound & concert.

3 songs were chosen for their 2010 album – Greatest Hits Live:

  • Pinball Wizard
  • I’m Free
  • Squeeze Box

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Sat, 12 June 1976:
Swansea, City Football Ground

Setlist:

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Substitute
  3. My Wife
  4. Baba O’Riley
  5. Squeeze Box
  6. Behind Blue Eyes
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May 23: “Tommy” by The Who was released in 1969

Ever since I was a young boy I’ve played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton, I must have played them all.
But I ain’t seen nothing like him in any amusement hall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid, Sure plays a mean pinball!

It is 46 years ago that the rock opera, Tommy was released, one of the first attempts at treating rock as an art form. The artists were The Who.

It’s a double album telling a loose story about a “deaf, dumb and blind kid”, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Pete Townshend. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for historical, artistic and significant value.

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Feb 14: The Who recorded “Live At Leeds” in 1970

Rolling Stone [Magazine] hailed it as the best ever live album, and they may still be right…
~Chris Jones (BBC – 2007)

The only clips from this fantastic concert: 

  • Fortune Teller (0:00 to 0:05) –
  • Happy Jack (0:06 to 0:13) –
  • I’m a Boy (0:14 to 0:33) –
  • A Quick One While He’s Away (0:34 to 2:09) –
  • Christmas (2:10 to 3:05) –
  • Pinball Wizard (3:06 to 3:22) –
  • Go to The Mirror (3:22 to 3:26) –
  • Smash The Mirror (3:27 to 3:35)-
  • Tommy’s Holliday Camp (3:36 to 3:45) –
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It (with See Me, Feel Me) (3:46 at the end)

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