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Atlee - 1970 Flying A Head
Atlee were a minor act at the time American hard rock was taking off. Influenced by a swag of British bands swamped in the blues, plus a hard core legion of American acts who were around at the time.

Auger, Brian (Oblivion Express) - 1970 Brian Auger
Oblivion Express was the post Trinity rock based project set up by hammond organ master Brian Auger.

Black Sabbath - 1970 Paranoid
This album is woven intricately to the history of rock, it contains the savagery of 'Iron Man', the sweetness of 'Planet Caravan', the instant gratification of 'Paranoid', (when has 3 chords sounded so good!).

Blue Mountain Eagle - 1970 Blue Mountain Eagle
Blue Mountain Eagle's sole one-off LP was recorded in just one take. That's right, one session and Blue Mountain Eagle delivered one of the most impressive acid-drenched hard rock albums I've had the pleasure to hear.

Blues Image - 1970 Open
Here's an interesting outfit from sun-dappled Tampa, Florida that had a major hit single and fell into obscurity quicker than you can say one hit wonder.

Broughton, Edgar (Band) - 1970 Sing Brother Sing
This album was released at a time when pretty much anything went. EBB are without doubt an acquired taste and they are not without a certain charm.


Cats, The - 1970 Take Me With You
Listening to Dutch band The Cats is like finding the acetate of a long lost British band in a musty old record store basement. The 'discovery' of The Cats music has been a revelation for me and my hope is with this review, some of you more attuned to pre-AOR sounds will find them as enjoyable as I have.

Cockney Rebel - 1973 The Human Menagerie
Back in '73, as a debut album this was indeed a very grand affair, with Harley as very much the focal point and with a sound like no other.

Cooper, Alice - 1970 Easy Action
Those looking for the classic Alice Cooper glam studded hard rock sound of 'Killer' and 'Billion Dollar Babies' should think twice before giving this platter a spin. Raw to the bone, MC5 garage land psychedelic with a touch of Mothers of Invention avant-garde madness is the order of the day here.

Crabby Appleton - 1970 Crabby Appleton
Crabby Appleton releasing two very different albums in their short life span and set the stage for the American power pop sound to come.

Cressida - 1970 Cressida
British progsters Cressida may have been minors at the time of their 1970 debut, but nearly 40 years later, we're still playing it. They must've done something right!

Deep Purple - 1970 Deep Purple In Rock
Deep Purple's 'In Rock' is one album we'll still be discussing in a hundred years.

Derek And The Dominos - 1970 Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
While rarely into white boy blues, as the years have passed I'm still of the opinion 'Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs' is blues rock of a higher order and the hands down best album Eric Clapton has put his name on.

Elias Hulk - 1970 Unchained
Legendary hard rock from the English south coast, Bournemouth to be exact and just look at that cover! Very much a product of their time and flying the freak flag of Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs as well as Canned Heat, Elias Hulk run through every blues rock cliche imaginable, but it works.

Forever More - 1970 Yours
With a thick gatefold sleeve designed as a Valentine's Day card, 'Yours' is one of those albums that receive big thumbs up from collectors in both presentation and music quality. The band Forever More were Scottish and featured future Average White Band mainstays Alan Gorrie and Onnie Mair (Onnie MacIntyre).

Grand Funk Railroad - 1970 Live Album
Recorded just weeks after the release of the 'Closer To Home' album in three Florida cities; my opinion of 'Live Album' I'm not ashamed to say has altered somewhat although it's still one of the worst sounding live records you'll ever hear.

Gravy Train - 1970 Gravy Train
Heavy on guitar wank, the Gravy Train debut released in late 1970 is everything you would expect with never-ending riffy blues workouts that I'm sure went over a storm at the Roundhouse and Marquee but for the pop-inclined this was some seriously tough going.

Gypsy - 1970 Gypsy
The debut album released in 1970 was a lavish affair, highlighting the band's penchant for writing material with an emphasis on their multi-layered vocal harmonies. So good were the recording sessions that the band continued on to write a double-album's worth of material!

James, Tommy (And The Shondells) - 1970 Travellin'
Travelin'' was the final album from Tommy James & The Shondells; a group with strong ties to the delightful late 60's bubblegum scene. It's certainly worthy of reevaluation for those who thought Tommy James & The Shondells were nothing more than a second rate pop band.

Mountain - 1970 Climbing!
This is an album that should be in every serious hard rock collection.

Pig Iron - 1970 Pig Iron
The first and only album from this New York City band, Pig Iron offered up brassy hard rock in the style of Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Savage Grace - 1970 Savage Grace
Out of the rusted steel, working class neighborhoods of the motor city, Detroit's Savage Grace came of age in the late 60's rock scene that gave the world Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, MC5, The Frost, Frijid Pink, Rare Earth and a hairy host of musicians and songwriters that made a permanent mark on music history.

Sky, The - 1970 Don't Hold Back
Not to be confused with British classical rockers Sky, these boys fresh out of high school were from Detroit and developed a steady following in the motor city opening shows for Jethro Tull, The Who and Joe Cocker as well as local favorites Bob Seger and The Stooges and heavily influenced by Traffic.

Sugarloaf - 1970 Sugarloaf
Much has been written about Sugarloaf's 'Green-Eyed Lady' over the years - by classic rock musicologists and it is indeed one of the finest singles on the 1970's and a prototype for the sound Styx and Kansas would expand on just a few years later. It's also the standout track by a mile for what is essentially a car wreck of an album.

Supertramp - 1970 Supertramp
The debut album from future prog/pomp greats Supertramp.

Taste - 1970 On The Boards
Unlike the 1969 Taste debut which was a loud blues extravaganza of covers and originals, everything here was written by Rory Gallagher and it's different to anything he had done before or after

Trapeze - 1970 Trapeze
Better known for their bluesy hard rock and ties to both Deep Purple and Judas Priest, the Trapeze debut was a different kettle of fish entirely. With two lead vocalists in John Jones and the mighty Glenn Hughes, the Trapeze sound at this point was distinctly English, progressive and a delight for the ears.

Trust (#2) - 1970 Le Mutant
While not up to the quality or critical stature of early Francophone progressives such as Martin Circus, Moving Gelatine Plates or Triangle, 'Le Mutant' holds its own as a tastefully orchestrated minor work that owes a huge debt to The Beatles and to a lesser extent The Moody Blues.

UFO - 1970 UFO 1
Formerly Hocus Pocus from North London, UFO went on to become one of the most influential hard rock groups of our time, but mention the band's first three albums in mixed company and things can get a little testy.

Uriah Heep - 1970 Salisbury
I don't think anyone expected they would unleash what is now considered one of the great prog rock albums of the very early 70's UK scene. The entire album stands shoulder to shoulder with anything released by their peers the same year.

Waterloo - 1970 First Battle
If you're into early Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig 'First Battle' is an album for you.

Who, The - 1970 Live At Leeds
One of the truly iconic albums in rock history, setting a benchmark for any band, past and present.
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