The 1970s is when rock n' roll really took off with a life of it's own, with the rise of timeless studio recording techniques and rock musicians as celebrities.
It was the only way to follow the 1960s, a decade of rebellion and revolution. The next generation of teenagers were inspired by the events of the '60s and wanted to make the 1970s live up to their own ambitions. But their view of what rock and partying was all about in the '60s was skewed from its peaceful origins.
The results, for better or worse, was that every aspect of the music world was turned up to 11. Music was louder. Gigs were bigger. Drugs were harder. Men were almost certainly hairier. Yes, the 1970s were crazy, crazy times.
But best of all, developments in the recording world meant that music sounded better, too. It was the sweet spot before digital technology in the 1980s began to corrupt the sweet analog art of capturing live music, and when it was done properly with a great producer, the results were magic.
That's why we think this could be one of the best Wednesday questions in the history of UG:
What are the best albums of the 1970s?
The rules: nominate one album per comment, and upvote any that you agree with. The album had to be released between 1970 and 1979.
There's a lot of great music to choose from, so good luck! We'll post the results on Friday in what could be the best-sounding weekend playlist ever. Have fun!