Category: 1971 album

John Lennon: alternate takes from Andy Warhol …

John Lennon: alternate takes from Andy Warhol Polaroids for the cover of Imagine, 1971.

everybodyneedspinkfloyd: New Musical Express |…

everybodyneedspinkfloyd:

New Musical Express | 1971

Pink Floyd,  Meddle, “an exceptionally good album.”

Paul & Linda McCartney, at work on 1971’s …

Paul & Linda McCartney, at work on 1971’s Ram

The Rolling Stones, 1971, by Peter Webb, from …

The Rolling Stones, 1971, by Peter Webb, from his Sticky Fingers photoshoot

cosmic–cunt: “I’m not a prophet or a stone…

cosmic–cunt:

“I’m not a prophet or a stone-age man, just a mortal with potential of a superman.”

David Bowie, 1971, by Brian Ward, alt takes for the cover of Hunky Dory

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards and Mick Ja…

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards and Mick Jagger at the Marquee Club, March 1971, to launch Sticky Fingers, by Keith Morris, via vogue

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Roberta Flack, “Go Up Moses” (1971) 

Roberta Flack, “Go Up Moses” (1971) 

“Go up, Moses! You been down too long!
Am I being clear, y’all? Am I being clear?”

Too often dismissed as smooth and middle of the road, the opening track for Roberta Cleopatra Flack’s third album, Quiet Fire, presents her casting a powerful incantation over one of the steamiest funk arrangements (HER arrangement, no less: full credit for her artistry here) that you’ll ever come across. It was a great start to a great 1971 for Roberta, as the album peaked at #18 (25 places higher than her second album). 

Later in the year, she’d record an album’s worth of duets with Donny Hathaway, with the advance single from that album, “You’ve Got A Friend” reaching #29 on the Hot 100 chart, and #8 on the R&B chart, setting the stage for her true breakout the following year (”Where Is The Love”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, and more).

But 1971 marked the year of her arrival, and “Go Up Moses” reminds us that, smooth, yes, she nonetheless arrives with groove, power, and authority. Quiet Fire is right.

Marvin Gaye, recording What’s Going On, releas…

Marvin Gaye, recording What’s Going On, released May 21, 1971.

i-just-love-good-music:David Gilmour of Pink F…

i-just-love-good-music:

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd playing “Echoes” at Abbey Road Studios

Recorded over the course of 1971, under names including "Nothing, Parts 1–24", 

The Son of Nothing", and “The Return of the Son of Nothing”.

Paul McCartney, from the cover shoot for Wings…

Paul McCartney, from the cover shoot for Wings’ debut, Wild Life, 1971.