The best 10 albums from the 1970s (in my opinion)

    Start to write about the “best” music of any period and you open yourself up to tongue-lashing criticism.  

Once in a while, we ask a member of the Just Recruitment team to name their favourite music from a given era. This time, Peter Foy gives us the lowdown on the 1970s

By Peter Foy

Start to write about the “best” music of any period and you open yourself up to tongue-lashing criticism. Especially if you do it online, and have the foolishness to share on social media. At the weekend, when everyone has time to slag off your choices.

But I’ve always enjoyed a challenge, and I live in hope that the criticism will be constructive and kind. So here are my top 10 albums from the 1970s. Enjoy.

*Stands back anticipating violent disagreement from all quarters

1. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run

The E Street band was a phenomenon that bucked all of the trends in the 1970s. These top-hole musicians didn’t follow fashions. They just did what they did.

Greetings From Asbury Park had been brilliant. The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was great. But Born to Run set a new standard. Bruce’s writing suddenly seemed to gel with Clarence’s Sax in a way it hadn’t before. Every track on this album is a poem. A street poem. Genius. Pure Genius.

    ...The Clash took Punk and made it music.  

2. The Clash: London Calling

In the decade that gave us Punk, you’d expect a mention of the Sex Pistols and Never Mind The Bollocks. But The Clash took Punk and made it music. Seeing them live was exciting to the point of being painful. Like the Pistols, they screamed. But The Clash had something to scream about. In that disaffected, Thatcherite world these guys provided a voice to, well, any one who wanted a voice. And that very much included me.

3. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

Bob Dylan is a colossus of late-20th century music. As a student of American Studies, I once wrote an essay saying that he should be a Nobel Laureate; my tutor insisted that I rewrite as it was a preposterous idea. Where is that tutor now, I wonder?

In Blood on the Tracks Dylan hits his peak. Every song is perfectly formed. Tangled Up In Blue and Simple Twist of Fate are sublime love stories. Girl from the North Country is simply blissful. And Idiot Wind seems as relevant in 2019 as it ever did in the 1970s.

4. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from from Mars

Ziggy Stardust belongs in this list because it’s brilliant.

Bowie would appear here at least three times to accommodate the different personas he adopted in the period. The man was a true phenomenon. To move from Ziggy to The Great White Duke to the Berlin incarnations in one decade is amazing. He was the ultimate chameleon.

But Ziggy was the one for me. I still play it to this day, and I still follow the instructions on the sleeve notes: “Play at full volume.”

This is one of the eternal albums. Six years ago I received an email from my daughter at university: “Dad I’ve discovered this great album, do you know it? It’s called Ziggy…”

5. Neil Young: After the Gold Rush and Harvest

When I went up to Manchester University I had pretensions to be a poet. I took with me books by my favourite poets: Walt Whitman, Alan Ginsberg and Leonard Cohen. My roommate took one look at the Cohen and proclaimed that he’s not even the best poet in Canada. He played me After the Gold Rush and I was a Neil Young convert.

These two albums are the most lyrical offerings from the 1970s. Words and music working in perfect harmony.

    I find the song Imagine grating...Plastic Ono is too often overlooked.  

6. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band and Imagine

When the Beatles split each member brought out his own albums. George, in my opinion, flourished later but John hit the spot with these two great offerings. I find the song Imagine grating but it’s proved hugely popular. The album as a whole is great, though, and Plastic Ono is too often overlooked.

7. Carole King: Tapestry

If you know Tapestry your only complaint will be that it’s too far down the list. If you don’t know it, get onto YouTube or Spotify now and listen. It is one of the definitive albums of the 70s.

8. Derek and the Dominos: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

If you love guitar, and I do, you must love Clapton. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is Clapton at his absolute best.

9. Blondie: Parallel Lines

When Debbie Harry and Blondie appeared on the scene music changed. It didn’t become more profound or meaningful. It became more fun. Every track on Parallel Lines could have been a single, and most were. This album sums up the pure joy of being young in the late 70s.

10. Elvis Costello: My Aim is True

Elvis Costello burst onto the music scene with a great album and then continued to deliver. My Aim is True was followed by This Year’s Model and Armed Forces. Each one was brilliant in its own way, establishing Costello as a definitive voice for the period.

11. Patti Smith: Horses

Okay, I know I was only supposed to choose 10 albums. But this one is simply too good to leave out.

In 1975, Patti Smith released one of the best debut albums in rock history, and she challenged everything punters expected from a woman. Horses was an instant force of nature on the punk rock scene. It created a radical sound and style that has been aped, but never bettered, by acts ever since.

Published: 10 June 2019

© 2019 Just Recruitment Group Ltd

If you enjoyed this article, you may like – What’s the connection between three dead dogs, Bruce Springsteen and a Coconut?

You may also enjoy – The power of an inspirational teacher

Jobs currently available

New job
Care Coordinator
Sector: Healthcare
Location: Colchester
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: BUC-CC
About the role

Back Up Care is recruiting for a Care Coordinator for their Colchester Office to work on the busy Healthcare desk.

Previous experience in scheduling care and support staff would be preferred and a healthcare background is an advantage. You will be extremely confident and well-presented and be able to use your own initiative.

This position will involve working alongside the Office Manager, supporting them with the day to day running of the desk.

The role will include:

  • Registration interviews with potential new candidates, and completion of all necessary compliance documents for successful candidates
  • Booking clients rotas to relevant active care staff, and ensuring that all care staff availability is booked to full potential
  • Service calls to clients that are using service meetings to ensure current clients’ needs are being met by Back Up Care
  • Telephone calls to prospect clients
  • Email and Mailers sent to prospect clients
  • Source leads for possible new business
  • Sales calls to obtain new business
  • Sales meetings to obtain new business
  • Ensure specialist software is updated with carer and client information and all bookings are entered onto the system
  • General administration duties
  • On-call rota duties

This requires you to work at an extremely fast pace, placing candidates into both temporary and permanent placements to match their qualifications, skills and experience.

There is a large amount of telephone calls liaison with candidates and clients, therefore excellent clear communicational skills are a must and excellent interpersonal skills are essential.

Other essential skills are:

  • An ability to work as part of a team and as a lone worker
  • A proven ability of effective time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent administrational skills are vital and attention to detail ensuring all candidates are compliant prior to assignment
  • Due to the requirements of the role, a driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes is essential

Holiday entitlement:

28 days holiday including public holidays, increasing to 33 days after 2-year service.

If you wish to apply for this role, please forward your CV to emma.brown@back-upcare.co.uk

Read more
New job
QA Manager
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: Discussed on application
Location: Saffron Walden
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 910873
About the role

Our client is seeking an experienced Quality Assurance Manager to join them on a permanent, full-time basis. This opportunity offers stability, longevity and professional development.

Reporting directly to the MD, the Quality Assurance Manager will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining and improving the Company's Quality Management System and ensure internal compliance
  • Working with all departments to ensure their procedures are being followed and to improve their internal and cross-functional processes and procedures
  • Ensure that the quality of current and newly introduced products is compliant and traceable
  • Coordinate Quality activities with all over departments
  • Develop and improve quality relationships with all customers of the Company
  • Responsible for all Quality activities and personnel in the Quality Department for the Company
  • Provide strong leadership in the day-to-day operations of the Quality department and mentor the members of the team
  • Establish performance goals for all departmental employees and monitor performance on a continual basis
  • Oversee all hiring, appraisal, training and discipline of Quality personnel
  • Member of the Company's Management team
  • Produce the Quality element of the company's annual Budget
  • Formulate the departmental strategy aligned to the overall Company strategy
  • Embed a Continuous Improvement culture within the Quality Dept and contribute to the Continuous Improvement programme across the site

Requirements:

  • HND or equivalent qualification in Engineering or a related technical field required
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a Manufacturing environment
  • Ability to articulate (verbally and in writing), defend and negotiate Quality expectations with internal and external customers at all levels of management
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to guide and educate/train at all levels
Read more
New job
Customer Service Administrator
Sector: Customer Service
Salary: £22,000 per annum
Location: Halstead
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 910871
About the role

Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a well-regarded organisation at the forefront of its sector that is looking to add a Customer Service Administrator to its team, due to growth – based on the outskirts of Halstead.

The main purpose of the role is to service current and prospective customers by receiving and processing orders, enquiries and general information in a timely and courteous manner.

Key tasks include:

  • Answering incoming calls, giving product information, lead times, dealing with general enquiries and queries, redirecting calls to relevant departments
  • Raising and inputting orders and proforma invoices
  • Raising quotations
  • Amending orders, as required
  • Scanning documentation
  • Liaising with Areas Sales Managers and responding to their requests
  • Arranging couriers and/or carriers as required
  • Any general office associated duties

Key requirements for the role:

  • Excellent computer skills
  • Good eye for detail
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • Courteous

Previous experience requirements:

  • Previous Customer Service Administrative experience gained within an office environment
  • Excellent telephone manner with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and experience of in-house systems
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise own workload
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Understanding of the importance of data protection and adherence to the process

Offering free parking and an excellent working environment, this is a great opportunity to join a growing team.

Working Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week - offering a competitive salary and company benefits.

Read more
New job
Production Operative
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: £8.91 per hour
Location: Needham Market
Role: Full Time
Contract: Temporary
Job ref: 910811
About the role

Want to work in a safe, clean environment?
And have the possibility of ongoing work?

Just Recruitment is recruiting for a Temporary Production Operative to be based in Needham Market.

Duties include:

  • Ensure all final and completed products are packed to the customer specifications                               
  • Informing Line Leaders of defects found in the products
  • Keep machines supplied with packing materials and labels
  • Assist the Line Leaders with handovers and changeovers
  • Responsible for general cleanliness of the production area and removal of production and general waste
  • Check products on the line for quality and defects
  • Basic production duties carried out in a fast-paced environment

Working hours:

8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Read more
Logistics Coordinator
Sector: Transport, Logistics and Shipping
Salary: £24,000 per annum
Location: Ipswich
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 910869
About the role

Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting, a well-regarded, family-run business on the outskirts of Ipswich.

You will be responsible for assisting with the loads out operation of the business by ensuring that the process from collection to arrival at the final destination is fully supported by the relevant goods in haulage documentation.

You will also be supporting the sales function of the business by dealing with customer queries in terms of both sales and operations as well as assisting with various ad-hoc marketing campaigns. This is a very varied role and requires flexibility, commitment and a substantial desire to learn and grow with the flourishing business.

Duties will include:

  • Process orders and oversees the order to completion of paperwork
  • Facilitate the shipping of products from one destination to another
  • Arrange transportation with outside hauliers
  • Receive paperwork from the Weighbridge department and check and complete the paperwork within the allocated time allowed
  • Answer calls and emails relating to customer queries and log them on the CRM system and resolve any outstanding issues raised
  • Keep CRM records up-to-date
  • Work with the sales and operations team to ensure that high customer service levels are achieved and delivered to all customers you are responsible for at all times

Skills required:

  • Good Microsoft skills including Word, Outlook & Excel
  • Ability to work proactively on an independent basis as well as be a good team player
  • You will have the interpersonal skills necessary to develop and sustain effective relationships with team members of other departments and with all customers
  • Good attention to detail and analytical skills
Read more
Legal Secretary (Part-Time)
Sector: Law and Security
Salary: Up to £11.00 per hour
Location: Witham
Role: Part Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 910868
About the role

Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting an established business, based in Witham looking to add a highly-skilled secretary to their long-standing team.

The role will involve, audio typing, preparing documents, answering the phone, dealing with enquiries and assisting colleagues as well as directing queries as needed.

Key responsibilities to include:

  • Audio typing – dictation
  • Preparing letters and drafting documents
  • Handling diaries and booking appointments
  • Answering the phone and dealing with queries
  • General secretarial and office-based duties

As well as having experience in a secretarial position, you will have audio typing experience and excellent typing skills. The role requires you to have a good level of IT literacy, experience of Word (essential) and Excel would be useful. You will take pride in your work and have a caring and sympathetic nature.

Please note this role is part-time.

This is a great opportunity, offering a good pay rate and company benefits.

Read more