No Black Sabbath?
No Zeppelin? No Floyd? No Stooges? No Doors?
This is some hippy B.S.
What a jipp.
Some Of You Have It Wrong. Great music.
Good listen. Your opinions are valid but show that some of you, not all but some don't get the lane these songs are in. Yes Zepplin, Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot and other songs were infuential...as were these songs. It's about genre. If you were talking stickly R&B it'd be different. If it were Rock it'd be different. Having lived through 1971 in Detroit all these song influenced thie GENRE and their time.
Each in their own way.
A good bunch of songs
In response to the reviewer complaining that "My Sweet Lord" and "Your Song" shouldn't be on this album because they were released in 1970 - they were both on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. beginning the last week of November 1970, but were on the chart for more weeks in 1971 than in 1970. "My Sweet Lord" was #1 on Billboard for the last week of 1970 and the first 3 weeks of 1971. "Your Song" peaked at #8 for 4 weeks in January/February 1971. The songs were also on the charts in other countries in 1971. So, both songs belong on this album.
"Ball of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)" is a version by Edwin Starr, who had the #1 song "War" in August/September 1970. I don't think that his version was ever a single. The album goes to the 1971: The Year That Changed Everything documentary on AppleTV+. The documentary is about the tumultuous year of political and cultural upheaval, and the music of the era. The Edwin Starr version of "Ball of Confusion" must be used in the documentary. The Temptations version hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the R&B Chart, and was the Billboard #24 song of the year in 1970, so it would certainly have still gotten airplay and been performed in concert in 1971.
Carole King, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot?
By Hematite Blue
Skip this album and pick up the book "Never a Dull Moment: 1971--The Year That Rock Exploded" by David Hepworth. Then create your own playlist.
Where’s Led Zeppelin IV Album AND Stairway to Heaven?!
1971 is Led Zeppelin, period. Every song on Led Zeppelin Untitled/IV/Zoso is classic 70’s rock. How is it even possible to forget Stairway to Heaven?! And Black Dog, Rock and Roll, Misty Mountain Hop, Going to California, When the Levee Breaks? Any/all those classics, timeless, could be on this album. Or better yet, put out another “1971” and include multiple tracks from this truly game-changing gem of rock AND world history.
Now back to listening Zeppelin…
A little Steely Dan...
By Diego Percodan
...would have been on the mark!
Which of these songs changed anything?
Consumer Product, Not a Representation of 1971
Sly and the Family Stone is criminally absent. How can 1971 as a year of change be invoked without the representation of "There's a Riot Goin' On." Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me" invokes his 60s music, rather his cultural/political challenging music of the 1970s.