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January 2 All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
February 20 Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists
February 27 Pearl - Janis Joplin
May 1 Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists
May 15 4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
May 22 Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
June 19 Tapestry - Carole King
October 2 Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart
October 30 Imagine - John Lennon
November 6 Shaft - Isaac Hayes / Soundtrack
November 13 Santana III - Santana
December 18 There's a Riot Goin' On - Sly & the Family Stone
All classic albums and all an important part of rock history. A few things are especially notable. All Things Must Pass being at the top for 7 weeks was unheard of for a triple box set.
JCS being top twice for a total of 3 weeks reflects just how important that production was, being a place where popular culture and counterculture could meet and get on well with each other.
Santana being top for 5 weeks with the epic and now fusion-tinged III was a sign of the increasing diversity to record sales.
But it is Carole King’s seminal, epoch-defining album Tapestry that is the standout. While Lennon and the Stones could muster 6 weeks at the top between them, Caroloe (and let’s not forget Telemachus, the cat) rode the top of the charts for 15 long weeks, all through the summer and into the early fall. If you were growing up that summer, it must’ve been a defining record and heard absolutely everywhere. It must still evoke those days very powerfully because it is a very moving record. The sort that can shape a young person’s outlook, I think.