Greatest Albums Of The 70s: 65-60
From Blue Öyster Cult to Roxy Music, the 70s countdown continues...
Our Greatest Albums Of The 70s, numbers 65 to 60.
69) SPECTRES – Blue Öyster Cult (Columbia, 1977)
Spectres was raised in the shadow of Blue Öyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper and its parent album Agents Of Fortune – and it’s remained there ever since. Godzilla’s homage to a radiation-mutated Japanese monster became a staple of every BÖC ‘best of’, but the rest was largely overlooked. It’s a shame, as Spectres offset its knuckleheaded riffs with great melancholy and a dramatis personae comprising suicidal lovers (Death Valley Nights), vampires (Nosferatu) and a fetish-loving motorcycle gang (Golden Age Of Leather). Plus any album that includes the lyric, ‘Oh no, there goes Tokyo/ Go go Godzilla,’ deserves a blue plaque.
What they said at the time: “Each song is a small masterpiece of form and composition. Spectres has no flaws.” NME
68) TED NUGENT – Ted Nugent (Epic, 1975)
In later years, the Nuge would become infamous for the various axes he had to grind. Back in ’75, with his first album as a solo artist after splitting The Amboy Dukes, it was all about how he could grind that one axe, his Gibson Byrdland. With this album, Nugent was transformed into a guitar hero. Stranglehold set the tone, an eight-minute jam with a mind-blowing solo. Motor City Madhouse had a manic intensity. And on swinging tunes such as Hey Baby and Just What The Doctor Ordered, Nugent reached deep into classic American rhythm and blues.
What they said at the time: “If they’d had Nugent at Jericho the fracas could have been over immediately. He makes some acceptably horrible noises.” NME