My Best of 1975-1981

by Steve Ricciutti
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From 1975 when I was twelve to 1981, when I graduated high school and went to college, I was discovering rock and roll. In 1975 I ordered my first rock album from Columbia House (the geezers like me will remember). In 1981, at a city university, I met people who turned me on to more music than I’d ever heard before growing up in small town America. Over these years, the more I learned, the more I wanted to learn; not only the other records from my favorite bands, but also who my favorites listened to, where their sound came from, and who else those musicians might have influenced. This list is a small representation of what came out during this seminal period in my life, and is comprised of albums I listened to at the time, some of which took me time to fully appreciate, while others led me to even greater treasures in an artist’s catalog. Sure, there’s some hamburger in there next to the prime cuts (go ahead, Eagles haters), but it all led somewhere. Every one of these albums has roots that spread out in many directions, and for that, I’m grateful. So, here’s a sampler, in random order, of my formative years in music appreciation. Click an album below to read a review

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