Not that I’m looking to out anyone regarding their age, but I thought it might be a fun exercise to talk about what was playing in the audio salons and sales rooms when you first came of age in hi-fi. I don’t necessarily mean high-end. I mean when you were putting together your first music system. That could be high-end, or like me, it could have begun with mass-market Japanese stuff, depending on the era and/or budget.
My purchase of said mass-market equipment took place in the summer of 1973, and the albums I remember hearing a lot in showrooms then were the Doobies’ The Captain and Me, especially “Long Train Running” and “China Grove” (though being interested in dynamic contrast, I always wanted to hear “Clear As the Driven Snow”), and Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, especially “Too High” and “Living for the City.”
I also recall a quadrophonic LP issue of Santana’s Abraxas that got played a lot at a shop that had a four-channel room. I was especially impressed with “Mother’s Daughter.”