Still In 1972

We’ll do one more bit of dabbling in the autumn of 1972; in our last two posts, we’ve looked at my dad’s habit of rousing me from bed at 6:42, which began in the autumn of 1972, and we’ve looked at my listening habits and checked out what was No. 72 in six consecutive weeks’ worth of the Billboard Hot 100 during that season.

So I thought we’d take a look this morning at the very top of the Billboard 200 released this week in 1972 and see what we find. The top ten albums in the chart released October 28, 1972 – forty-three years ago tomorrow – were:

Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
Carney by Leon Russell
Days Of Future Passed by the Moody Blues
Never A Dull Moment by Rod Stewart
Chicago V by Chicago
All Directions by the Temptations
Rock Of Ages by The Band
The London Chuck Berry Sessions
Honky Chateau by Elton John
Ben by Michael Jackson

I had none of those in my cardboard box of LPs at the time; five of them are on my LP shelves now. The first of them – the Moody Blues album – came into my collection just more than five years later, in late 1977, and it was joined during the late 1980s and early 1990s by the albums by Curtis Mayfield, Leon Russell, Elton John and The Band. The CD shelves have copies of Honky Chateau and Rock Of Ages.

The digital shelves have copies of those five albums plus the Rod Stewart, Chicago and Temptations albums; I’m fairly certain I have no need for any versions of the Chuck Berry or Michael Jackson albums.

It should be noted, I guess, that the Moody Blues’ album had originally been released in 1967 and hit the charts in 1972 after a re-release of the single “Nights In White Satin.” On its original release in 1968, the single bubbled under at No. 103; the re-released single peaked at No. 2 in November of 1972.

The odd thing, as I look at that list of ten albums this morning, is that none of them rank very high for me, not even The Band’s Rock Of Ages (which some might find odd, given my regard for the group). One track from these albums – “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters” from Honky Chateau – showed up here in the long-ago Ultimate Jukebox project. And some other individual tracks stand out: Leon Russell’s “Tightrope,” the Moody Blues’ “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon),” the Temptations’ long jam on “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” and a track that probably should have been in that long-ago Ultimate Jukebox, Curtis Mayfield’s “Freddie’s Dead.”

(As I noted about seven years ago, I have to chuckle every time the Texas Gal and I stop at the local co-op. Some of the baked goods available at the co-op, as proclaimed by a sign on the front door, come from an establishment named Freddie’s Bread. Whenever we go in, I can’t help singing under my breath, “Freddie’s Bread . . . that’s what I said.”)


One Response to “Still In 1972”

  1. Tim McMullen says:

    The list is interesting. By this point, I had pretty much stopped listening to pop radio, and at home or in the car I was listening to things that I had bought or tapes that I had made from those purchases. So, although I was slightly aware of these albums, I didn’t own any of them. This, however, was a time of the great burgeoning of the third wave of singer/songwriters (the folk singers’ first wave—Dylan, Ochs, Paxton, Sainte-Marie, Lightfoot, Spoelstra, et al; the transitional second wave—Jerry Jeff Walker, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell) which included the poetics of Jackson Browne, Danny O’Keefe, J.D. Souther, Henley and Frey, Jimmy Buffett, Jim Pulte, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joel, Ned Doheny and so many others. Pop had definitely left me behind…or vice versa.

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