One other thing to consider about ’73-’75 is that it was also a strong period in two other genres that were part of the mainstream (or close to it) back then: reggae (the Wailers’ landmark Catch a Fire and Burnin’ were released in ’73, Bob Marley and the Waliers Natty Dread in ’74) and blues (tons of great stuff being released).

PaulThe best Stones albums are generally considered to be their releases from between ’69 and ’72: Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and (especially) Exile on Main St.

There’a always good and bad music being made though: 1974 also saw the release of Yes’ Tales from Topographic Oceans, perhaps the most self-indulgent albums ever released by a major label.

And Drew I will give you that The Clash’s London Calling is absolutely brilliant, though I have a slight preference for The Jam’s All Mod Cons. And, being an indie rocker, I also really albums like the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, various Radiohead, and Elastica’s debut album.