September 26, 2020

1974-01-20 – Tampa Bay Times

1974 01 20 Tampa_Bay_Times_Sun__Jan_20__1974_

St. Petenlw "mu, Sand Jam» 20 1974

Worst Of Best
Disappointing

By ROBERT HILBURN
Lu m rum Service

LOS ANGELES — Before
turning our attention to the
year’s best albums. let's look at
some of 1973's most disappoint-
ing works. Because of the de-
cidedly unimpreulve nature of
much of last year’s product.
there are many contenders for
today's list.

THUS. TODAY’S list repre-
sents the albums that tell well
below our expectations. They
are. in short. the unsatisfactory
works by artists who have
proven, at least somewhere in
their career, to be worthy of
special attention — the artists
we normally count on to pro-
vide some of our most reward-
ing musical moments.

It is. then. in the spirit of dis-
appointment that we offer the
first annual “Wasted Vinyl” ci-
tations ( the list is alphabetical):

The Who's Quadrophenia
(MCA 2-10004).
It’s too bad Peter Townshend

seemed to reach the peak of his
technical powers as a writer

the same year he seemed to
have nothing fresh to say.