In 1977 punk and New Wave came on strong, however records like Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Terrapin Station by the Grateful Dead, Steely Dan’s Aja, and Billy Joel’s The Stranger cast a big burst of classic rock sunshine on music. Bowie released Low, the first of his Berlin trilogy albums, and Pink Floyd gave us pigs, dogs and sheep on their concept album, Animals.
Punk also came on strong; notable and influential releases of the year included Television’s Marquee Moon, The Clash’s selt-titled debut, Pink Flag by Wire, Blank Generation by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Leave Home and Rocket To Russia by The Ramones, and Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols by The Sex Pistols.
Three other classics were also released in 1977: the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk, and Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers. It was a year when classic rock, punk, R&B, new wave, jazz fusion, and disco, co-mingled in exciting ways.
Listen to the next #tbtXPN Thursday, July 6th, starting at 6 am on the Morning Show with Kristen Kurtis. Below, listen to a Spotify playlist that just scratches the surface of the great music that came out in 1977.
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