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40 that are 40 in '13 - Part 1

Landmark anniversary for 1973 classic rock releases


'Desperado' - Eagles

Desperado - Eagles
Desperado was the second Eagles studio album, and while its commercial success was nowhere near what it would become in the next couple of years, the album did produce a few of the band's signature songs: "Tequila Sunrise" and "Outlaw Man" (both of which charted as singles) and the title song, "Desperado" which became one of the most popular songs from the album in spite of the fact that it was never released as a single.
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Doolin-Dalton"
2. "Twenty-One"
3. "Out of Control"
4. "Tequila Sunrise"
5. "Desperado"

Side 2
1. "Certain Kind of Fool"
2. "Doolin-Dalton (Instrumental)"
3. "Outlaw Man"
4. "Saturday Night"
5. "Bitter Creek"
6. "Doolin-Dalton / Desperado (Reprise)"

U.S./U.K. release date: 4/17/73, chart peak #41/#39

'Dixie Chicken' - Little Feat

Dixie Chicken - Little Feat
Warner Bros
Dixie Chicken was Little Feat's third studio album, and it became the one most closely associated with the band over the next 40 years. The title track became a signature song, and the album debuted the New Orleans funk style they adopted. In 1975, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone that Little Feat was his "favorite American band." The album/song title would later inspire the name of the band, Dixie Chicks.
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Dixie Chicken"
2. "Two Trains"
3. "Roll Um Easy"
4. "On Your Way Down"
5. "Kiss It Off"

Side 2
1. "Fool Yourself"
2. "Walkin' All Night"
3. "Fat Man in the Bathtub"
4. "Juliette"
5. "Lafayette Railroad"

U.S. release date 2/73

'Goats Head Soup' - The Rolling Stones

Goats Head Soup - Rolling Stones
By 1973, The Rolling Stones were veterans, having already released 12 albums in the U.S. and 10 in the UK. The single, "Angie" went to #1 in both countries. Coming on the heels of 1972's Exile on Main Street, fans' and critics' expectations were high. Goats Head Soup "is a romantic work," wrote Rolling Stone reviewer Bud Scoppa, "with an unmistakable thread of life-affirming pragmatisms running through it. It is set apart not only from Exile, but every past Stones' LP, by its emphasis on the ballad."
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Dancing with Mr. D."
2. "100 Years Ago"
3. "Coming Down Again"
4. "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
5. "Angie"

Side 2
1. "Silver Train"
2. "Hide Your Love"
3. "Winter"
4. "Can You Hear the Music"
5. "Star Star"

U.S./U.K. release date: 8/31/73, chart peak #1/#1

'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' - Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Island Records
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the second of two albums Elton John released in 1973. The first, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The piano Player had become his first #1 album, and this one became the second. It was John's seventh studio album release, with critics and fans generally agreeing that it is one of his best. Singles off the double-LP included several of the songs for which he is best known: "Bennie and the Jets," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle in the Wind" (originally a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, later to Princess Diana.)
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
2. "Candle in the Wind"
3. "Bennie and the Jets"

Side 2
4. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
5. "This Song Has No Title"
6. "Grey Seal"
7. "Jamaica Jerk-Off"
8. "I've Seen That Movie Too"

Side 3
9. "Sweet Painted Lady"
10. "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)"
11. "Dirty Little Girl"
12. "All the Girls Love Alice"

Side 4
13. "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)"
14. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
15. "Roy Rogers"
16. "Social Disease"
17. "Harmony"

U.S./U.K. release date: 10/5/73, chart peak #1/#1

'The Marshall Tucker Band' - The Marshall Tucker Band

The Marshall Tucker Band
Shout! Factory
The Southern rock ranks grew with the self-titled 1973 debut album from The Marshall Tucker Band. The album cracked the Top 30 (peaking at #29) due in part to the popularity of "Can't You See" --the band's first single, which became one of MTB's best known songs. The album took the band from the club circuit around their hometown of Spartanburg SC into the national spotlight, and launched a recording/performing career that is still going strong 40 years later.
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Take the Highway"
2. "Can't You See"
3. "Losing You"

Side 2
1. "Hillbilly Band"
2. "See You Later, I'm Gone"
3. "Ramblin'"
4. "My Jesus Told Me So"
5. "Ab's Song"

U.S. release date: 4/73, chart peak #29

'Houses of the Holy' - Led Zeppelin

Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
Atlantic Records
Led Zeppelin's fifth studio release, Houses of the Holy marked their first album of all original songs written by the band's members. It was their fourth consecutive #1 album in the U.S. and the U.K. and eventually sold more than 11-million copies in the U.S. alone. This marked the first (and only) time that printed lyrics to the songs were included. Two singles, "D'yer Mak'er" and "Over the Hills and Far Away" charted.
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "The Song Remains the Same"
2. "The Rain Song"
3. "Over the Hills and Far Away"
4. "The Crunge"

Side 2
1. "Dancing Days"
2. "D'yer Mak'er"
3. "No Quarter"
4. "The Ocean"

U.S./U.K. release date: 3-28-73, chart peak #1/#1

'Larks' Tongues in Aspic' - King Crimson

larks Tongue in Aspic - King Crimaon
King Crimson, one of the pioneering progressive rock bands, managed to develop a large and loyal fan base in spite of never getting a lot of radio airplay. Larks' Tongues in Aspic was their fifth studio album release, and featured the third personnel lineup since the band's original formation in 1969. Three of the album's six tracks were instrumentals. The vocal, "Exiles" quickly became a live concert set list staple.
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part One)"
2. "Book of Saturday"
3. "Exiles"

Side 2
1. "Easy Money"
2. "The Talking Drum"
3. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part Two)"

U.S./U.K. release date: 3/23/73, chart peak #61/#20

'Living in the Material World' - George Harrison

Living in the Material World - George Harrison
Capitol Record
Fans were anxious for the release that was to follow George Harrison's 1971 live album, The Concert For Bangladesh. They were happy with what they got in 1973, Harrison's third solo studio album, Living in the Material World. Fans loved it (it was certified Gold just a couple of days after its release) but critics were divided. A "profoundly seductive record," said Rolling Stone reviewer Stephen Holden. "So damn holy I could scream," wrote an NME reviewer. The album was Harrison's second, but last #1.
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"
2. "Sue Me, Sue You Blues"
3. "The Light That Has Lighted the World"
4. "Don't Let Me Wait Too Long"
5. "Who Can See It"
6. "Living in the Material World"

Side 2
1. "The Lord Loves the One (That Loves the Lord)"
2. "Be Here Now"
3. "Try Some, Buy Some"
4. "The Day the World Gets 'Round"
5. "That Is All"

U.S. release date: 5/30/73, chart peak #1; U.K. release date: 6/22/73, chart peak #2

'Mind Games' - John Lennon

Mind Games - John Lennon
Capitol Records
1973 was not an easy time for John Lennon. The U.S. government was trying to deport him, he was separated from his wife, Yoko Ono, and he was trying to put distance between his then-current project, Mind Games and its politics-driven predecessor, Some Time in New York City. "He realized he couldn’t change a lot of things," said May Pang, his live-in companion at the time, in a 2006 About.com Classic Rock interview. " He realized that after he did Some Time In New York City, which was a very heavy, activist type protest album. He couldn’t record for a while, because he read all the [negative] reviews and, as a musician, he couldn’t handle it. And he didn’t come back until Mind Games, which was a year later. He just went into hiding."
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Mind Games"
2. "Tight A$"
3. "Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)"
4. "One Day (At a Time)"
5. "Bring on the Lucie (Freeda Peeple)"
6. "Nutopian International Anthem"

Side 2
1. "Intuition"
2. "Out the Blue"
3. "Only People"
4. "I Know (I Know)"
5. "You Are Here"
6. "Meat City"

U.S./U.K. release date: 10/29/73, chart peak #9/#13

'Montrose' - Montrose

Montrose - Montrose
Warner Bros / WEA
The self-titled debut release from hard rockers Montrose has some historical significance, as it was also the album recording debut of lead singer Sammy Hagar, who would go on to build a solid solo career, and serve a stint with Van Halen. Much of the music on the album was written by Hagar and band founder/guitarist Ronnie Montrose. The album got little radio airplay, but was (and still is) considered a classic by hard rock fans.
Original LP Track List
Side 1
1. "Rock the Nation"
2. "Bad Motor Scooter"
3. "Space Station #5"
4. "I Don't Want It"

Side 2
1. "Good Rockin' Tonight"
2. "Rock Candy"
3. "One Thing on My Mind"
4. "Make It Last"

U.S./U.K. release date: 10/17/73, chart peak #133/#43


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