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Author: Subject: What Rock Band Sold the Most Records in 1973? ***Answer is here now***

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 12:16 PM
I know the answer, let's see if you can guess. A prime rock 'n' roll year for me, I was a senior in high school.

A. Humble Pie
B. Led Zeppelin
C. The Rolling Stones
D. Deep Purple
E. Jethro Tull
F. Black Sabbath
G. Grand Funk Railroad
H. The Allman Brothers Band

[Edited on 7/31/2009 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 12:42 PM
All those bands were smok'in in 73, I'll take swag at it and say Deep Purple, the radio was playing Smoke on the Water to death as I recall..

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 12:45 PM
I'm going with Zeppelin.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 12:48 PM
I was going to guess the Carpenters......

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 12:58 PM
The Stones released Goat Heads Soup that year. I'll go with them.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 01:07 PM
Dark Side of the Moon came out in '73 so would have expected Pink Floyd to show up on the list.

ABB with Brothers and Sisters? I am personally not crazy about the song (many others in their catalog that I like better) but Ramblin Man was a big hit for these guys.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 01:12 PM
Two not on that list and had releases that went 16 & 15X Platinum in the US in 73 were

Beatles - 67-69 sold 16X platinum

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon 15X

The Beatles 62-66 15X

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:00 PM
Actually, while he did use an ARP2500 on the lp itself, it was not on WGFA

For Won’t Get Fooled Again:
Pete is playing block chords spread between the two keyboards of the 1968 Lowrey Berkshire Deluxe TBO-1 organ. The output of the organ is fed into the audio input of the EMS VCS3 mk1 synth. The first bit of processing to be applied to the organ sound is a low-frequency oscillator (LFO) controlling the frequency of a voltage-controlled filter (VCF), using a sine or triangle wave shape. In other words, the synth is turning the tone of the organ from mellow to bright, up and down automatically.

Step 2 has the output of Step 1 being fed into a voltage-controlled amplifier triggered by a square wave LFO. This means the VCS3 is turning the volume of the organ on and off in a repeating fashion.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:06 PM
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Actually, while he did use an ARP2500 on the lp itself, it was not on WGFA

For Won’t Get Fooled Again:
Pete is playing block chords spread between the two keyboards of the 1968 Lowrey Berkshire Deluxe TBO-1 organ. The output of the organ is fed into the audio input of the EMS VCS3 mk1 synth. The first bit of processing to be applied to the organ sound is a low-frequency oscillator (LFO) controlling the frequency of a voltage-controlled filter (VCF), using a sine or triangle wave shape. In other words, the synth is turning the tone of the organ from mellow to bright, up and down automatically.

Step 2 has the output of Step 1 being fed into a voltage-controlled amplifier triggered by a square wave LFO. This means the VCS3 is turning the volume of the organ on and off in a repeating fashion.



THe ARP synthesizer was used most prominently on "Going Mobile" and "Song Is Over." That said, what does all this have to do with our discussion about best selling records of 1973? QUADROPHENIA was released in '73 and contains much synthesizer.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:07 PM
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Step away from the single malt.....

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:14 PM
How long must we wait for the answer? I'm real curious. Even tried cheating and still can't find it!

 

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Actually, while he did use an ARP2500 on the lp itself, it was not on WGFA

For Won’t Get Fooled Again:
Pete is playing block chords spread between the two keyboards of the 1968 Lowrey Berkshire Deluxe TBO-1 organ. The output of the organ is fed into the audio input of the EMS VCS3 mk1 synth. The first bit of processing to be applied to the organ sound is a low-frequency oscillator (LFO) controlling the frequency of a voltage-controlled filter (VCF), using a sine or triangle wave shape. In other words, the synth is turning the tone of the organ from mellow to bright, up and down automatically.

Step 2 has the output of Step 1 being fed into a voltage-controlled amplifier triggered by a square wave LFO. This means the VCS3 is turning the volume of the organ on and off in a repeating fashion.



THe ARP synthesizer was used most prominently on "Going Mobile" and "Song Is Over." That said, what does all this have to do with our discussion about best selling records of 1973? QUADROPHENIA was released in '73 and contains much synthesizer.


I thought I had made a valid observation but it was not. Carry on.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:26 PM
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I'm going with Zeppelin.


I second that pick.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:29 PM
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I'm thinking Grand Funk.
Me too.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:31 PM
My first thought was the Stones, but now I'm not so sure....

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 02:56 PM
Brothers had some 45's out that year, some were on the Buffalo Bar juke box.
Blue Sky/Midnight Rider for sure. I think One Way Out was out that year. Of course, Brothers and Sisters. Maybe Laid Back? Don't know if that counts.

 
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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:08 PM
The answer is Deep Purple. Funny that slimzimm was the first to reply and the only one who guessed it. I was very surprised, I would have picked Zeppelin myself. They were HUGE at the time. But I think slimzimm had a point, Smoke on The Water most likely pushed Purple to the forefront. AND THEY'RE STILL NOT IN THE ROCK 'N' ROLL HALL OF FAME. WTF????? Source of information? The DVD, "Deep Purple Live in California 1974", which was the California Jam show.

Side note: 1973, or the early 70's in general, may actually have been the most creative period for rock bands EVER. I listed 8 all-time great bands and forgot to even mention The Who or Pink Floyd. What a year for rock 'n' roll it was!!

[Edited on 7/31/2009 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:12 PM
I didn't look and just posted it


Deep Purple


 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:13 PM
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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:14 PM
I'm going with the Stones ... based not only on the release of Goats
Head Soup but the continuing strong sales of Exile, Sticky Fingers,
Ya-Ya's, Let It Bleed, etc.
By '73 they already had an extensive library. Hard for the other bands
with a library of only 3 or 4 albums to compete for total yearly sales.

We are talking albums and singles, right? Not just singles ?


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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:22 PM
crosstownbar: I was 18 years old in 1973. To my memory, by that time the "single" did not exist. It went by the wayside sometime in the sixties. Maybe you could still get one if you looked, but if so, their sales would have been miniscule compared to album sales by the time 1973 rolled around. I could be wrong, but by 1973 the term "single" only meant a tune which was pushed by the record company for airplay to promote an album, not something you could physically purchase.

 

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crosstownbar: I was 18 years old in 1973. To my memory, by that time the "single" did not exist. It went by the wayside sometime in the sixties. Maybe you could still get one if you looked, but if so, their sales would have been miniscule compared to album sales by the time 1973 rolled around. I could be wrong, but by 1973 the term "single" only meant a tune which was pushed by the record company for airplay to promote an album, not something you could physically purchase.


Are you talking like 45 rpm singles?

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:33 PM
yes, I assume crosstownbar was referring to 45 RPM singles because he asked if sales figures included them as well as albums sales.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:36 PM
Plenty of singles in 1973. 45 rpm. That was all that was on juke boxes. Probably not a lot for homes, but K-Mart and all the record stores still had a 45 section.

1973 was the year the Buffalo Bar opened here, so that's how I can remember. It was the year after our county went "wet." I got to help buy the 45's for a couple places, enjoyed shopping for them. Learned a lot of good music too. Gave away several boxes of them to a local radio station last year. Cleaned them up, some were in pretty bad shape. Several hundred, all bought after we went "wet."

 
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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 04:02 PM
I can vividly remember going to record stores as a kid with my brother and him buying 45s (I was born in 1970) and I also remember buying "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2" on 45 myself in 1980.

 

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