Saturday, 26 October 2013

Best of the Rest, 1970’s

Up next is the weird, yet ace, 1980’s, which were markedly different both culturally and musically to the previous two decades. While experimentation in music evolved at a rapid rate from the early sixties to the late seventies, the 80's saw new genres of music and styles that set off on a completely different creative tangent to their predecessors. Reviews for this decade will begin soon, but in the meantime, here’s the 10 Best of the Rest from the seventies, in no particular order. So if you're making dinner later, or just getting ready to go out for the night, why night have a browse through these on whatever electronic gadget you use, you might come across a new favourite.

1) 1971, Funkadelic (Detroit, USA). Album: Maggot Brain Track: Super Stupid

2) 1971, Serge Gainsbourg (Paris, France). Album: Histoire de Melody Nelson       Track: Cargo Culte

3) 1972, Blue Oyster Cult (New York, USA). Album: Blue Oyster Cult  
    Track: Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll

4) 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd (Florida, USA). Album: Pronounced 'Leh-Nerd Skin- 
    'nerd' Track: Freebird 

Note: This is one of the best live performances I've seen, from 1977 in Oakland, California, made all the more special as frontman Ronnie Van Zant and some band members died in a plane crash a few months later. Surviving band member Artimus Pyle later recalled a conversation with Van Zant, who regularly discussed his mortality, from a tour in Japan where he told Pyle he wouldn't live past the age of 30 and would go out 'with my boots on', meaning, whilst on tour, from 6:35s in this video we see some of the greatest ever guitar playing.

5) 1974, Van Morrison (Belfast, UK - zoiks!). Album: Veedon Fleece 
    Track: The Streets of Arklow

6) 1970, Buddy Miles (Nebraska, USA). Album: Them Changes 
    Track: Them Changes 

7) 1971, Foghat (London, UK). Album: Fool For The City Track: Slow Ride

8) 1977, Heart (Seattle, USA). Album: Little Queen Track: Barracuda

9) 1977, Television (New York, USA). Album: Marquee Moon 
    Track: Marquee Moon

10) 1973, The Isley Brothers (Ohio, USA). Album: 3 + 3 Track: That Lady

And if you want to check out my Best of the Sixties, just click here

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