Playlist: Where I Was In… 1971?

Well, I didn’t even exist then but it’s bloody great year for music then and here’s my own top 30 tracks! If you wanna have a listen? Now I wasn’t really going to go this far back when I started doing this, you know? But I’ve changed my mind, they’re some great tunes.

Plus it also re-minded me I was listening that 1001 albums book last year too, which I haven’t done for a while if you’ve noticed? Or maybe not? I got a bit sick and tired of all that so I was giving it a break. Off course, this was one of the few years in full I’ve done and some acts are double up here but I think I did say at the time I love them. Here’s the link to that post if you wanna see it again or if you haven’t yet?

I’m starting with half a dozen Aussie acts. Then they’re about half English/Irish and American/Canadian, is that OK saying those together in the same breath? It’s like Kiwis don’t like to be called Aussies so sorry about that, if offend! I’ve got a couple or more cross-overs like Howlin’ Wolf is playing his The London Sessions album, yeah that’s what’s called. Eric Clapton makes it into my blog finally by playing on that but even if it’s just re-recording his old songs again I love it. The French and Germans are also included with two Japanese by way of Damo Suzuki singing with German group called Can and then Yoko Ono who off course she married some English bloke you might have heard off and they both when and lived in American by this stage. A couple of covers of old Robert Johnson blues tracks and John Lee Hooker, George Harrison covers too plus a few other songwriters credits I should give but lets just get on with it now!

So all the (Edit 14/7/19) updated 50 songs are or should be:

  • Wendy Saddington And The Copperwine – Backlash Blues
  • Chain – Thirty Two Twenty Blues
  • Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock
  • Lobby Loyde – Everybody Come Together
  • Spectrum – I’ll Be Gone
  • Bee Gees – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Cargo Culte
  • Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind
  • Leonard Cohen – Dress Rehearsal Rag
  • Gene Wilder – Pure Imagination
  • David Bowie – Queen Bitch
  • Ringo Starr – It Don’t Come Easy
  • Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun
  • Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie – Bells
  • Pharoah Sanders – Astral Traveling
  • Melvin Van Peeples – Sweetback’s Theme
  • Can – Halleluhwah
  • Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf
  • Johnny Cash – Man In Black
  • The Carpenters – Superstar
  • Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
  • Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
  • Judee Sill – The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown
  • Dave Van Ronk – Random Canyon
  • Bonnie Raitt – Walking Blues
  • Howlin’ Wolf – The Red Rooster
  • Yoko Ono – Fly
  • John Lennon – Oh Yoko!
  • The Doors – Crawling King Snake
  • Pink Floyd – Echoes
  • Janis Joplin – Cry Baby
  • The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
  • Bobbie Gentry – Somebody Like Me
  • Isaac Hayes – Never Can Say Goodbye
  • Alice Cooper – Black Juju
  • Miles Davis – Sivad
  • B.B. King – How Blue Can You Get (Live)
  • Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  • Luv Machine – Witch’s Wand
  • The Kinks – Alcohol
  • Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath
  • T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer
  • Rod Stewart – Maggie May
  • Joni Mitchell – River
  • Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop
  • Fela Kuti & Ginger Barker – Let’s Start (Live)
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade de Melody Nelson
  • Karen Dalton – Same Old Man
  • Leonard Cohen – Avalanche
Jenny Agutter in the Aussie film Walkabout!

I hope anyone who checks out these will enjoy them?

Cheers 🙂



  1. Went straight to Gainsbourg whom I’m listening to now! Had no idea Bonnie Raitt went that far back. Can I ask you for advice? I’m writing something and I need to listen to something either tragicomic or ironic from 1999 and preferably a single release: any ideas?!

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    1. Well, would Mule Variations by Tom Waits fit or work for you or that?
      Yeah she did, that’s from her self-titled debut album which is epic great even if she is really young but she got her thing going already then!


    1. Well, I know Ray but don’t know the other one whatever it is called? at all so maybe I’m the wrong person to ask? Looking it up it’s the year Britney, Backstreet Boys and TLC were big but you most likely know that already? None of those work/fit?


      1. Nice one! Really like that! My book is going from 1969 to 2001 and then back to 1965 and 1962 and finishes up 2022-04 and I’m using a song for every chapter. You could say I’m… confused.

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  2. I was around in 1971, and remember many great songs from that year. In addition to ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ and ‘Superstar,’ some of my other personal favorites include ‘It’s Too Late’ by Carole King, ‘Maggie May’ by Rod Stewart, ‘Just My Imagination’ by The Temptations, and ‘Uncle Albert & Admiral Halsey’ by Paul & Linda McCartney.

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    1. Oh yeah, a lot did missed out but i think it’s going to be expanded list/s now and these are just my first cuts to make it, my 95 and 85 lists have already been added tooo!
      Thanks for letting me know your couple of faves and what else you dig! It’s always interesting what everyone digs! I know a love ‘Maggie May’ which maybe I might add right now but never been a big King, Temptations or McCartney fan but will look those tracks up and have a listen!
      Cheers 🙂

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