What was in the album charts 40 years ago? Music from 50 years ago
UK Albums Chart May 5th 1973
1. Aladdin Sane - David Bowie
2. Believe in Music - Various
3. 40 Fantastic Hits from the 50s and 60s - Various
4. Ooh la la - The Faces
5. The Beatles 1967 - 70 - The Beatles
6. The Beatles 1962 - 66 - The Beatles
7. 20 Flash Back Hits of the 60s - Various
8. Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
9. Back to Front - Gilbert O'Sullivan
10. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
Obviously the Beatles albums are distorting things, but it's a bit arresting that at a time when music was changing so much, 4 out of the 10 albums were of 60s music.
Or perhaps that actually was because music was changing so much? Not everybody in 1973 would have wanted jean genies or generation landslides, so in the midst of all the turbulence perhaps they were grateful for a bit of K-Tel-delivered nostalgia. After all, the writer Dominic Sandbrook is always making the point that James Last and Mantovani were as popular in the 60s and 70s as the Beatles and the Stones.
Full chart is below. Lot of good stuff there, I own 11 of the Top 40, albeit not all of them were new releases at the time.