Jesus Christ Superstar “Original Soundtrack” (1970)

    As we close out 1970, we look at one last album released in 1970 that has been included on the list as it is the number one selling album of 1971.  Yet another album that was in my parent’s early 1970s record collection, today’s selection is the original soundtrack album to the rock operaContinue reading “Jesus Christ Superstar “Original Soundtrack” (1970)”

Vashti Bunyan “Just Another Diamond Day” (1970)

    Tonight we have recommendation number three from my son, as I allotted him ten picks on my list of albums.  Today’s selection is “Just Another Diamond Day”, by a relatively unknown British female folk singer named Vashti Bunyan.       I can certainly attest to the fact that prior to today, I had never heardContinue reading “Vashti Bunyan “Just Another Diamond Day” (1970)”

John Lennon “Plastic Ono Band” (1970)

     From one Beatle to the next, we now have the first solo release from John Lennon post-breakup, “The Plastic Ono Band”, released shortly after George Harrison released “All Things Must Pass”.  Like George’s album, it also features Ringo Starr on drums for many of the tracks, as well as Billy Preston on keyboards.   Also,Continue reading “John Lennon “Plastic Ono Band” (1970)”

George Harrison “All Things Must Pass” (1970)

     Two days in a row, I’m listening to albums that were in my house from an early age.  However, in this case, I’m pretty sure my parents purchased a TRIPLE album for one song.  That’s right, today we are listening to George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass”, his first major solo project released afterContinue reading “George Harrison “All Things Must Pass” (1970)”

Neil Diamond “Tap Root Manuscript” (1970)

     Being raised in a home that loved music, I was exposed to a lot of different sounds in my early years before I started forging my own path as a music fan.  During the early years of my life, there was no artist more prevalent than Neil Diamond.  There is no way I couldContinue reading “Neil Diamond “Tap Root Manuscript” (1970)”

The Grateful Dead “American Beauty” (1970)

     In another unusual burst of productivity, today we review the 2nd album released by the Grateful Dead, “American Beauty”.  When combined with “Workingman’s Dead”, these two albums comprise most of the radio play tracks for the Dead, at least until their resurgence in the late 1980s.  “American Beauty” is the #215 rated album onContinue reading “The Grateful Dead “American Beauty” (1970)”

Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin III” (1970)

     In 24 months, Led Zeppelin played several hundred shows, and recorded and released three albums.  It always amazes me how much high-quality material these bands (Led Zep, The Doors, CCR, The Beatles, The Beach Boys) among others could write, record and release in a compressed time frame.  “Led Zeppelin III” was inspired by aContinue reading “Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin III” (1970)”

Santana “Abraxas” (1970)

     Another Woodstock veteran today, the album of the day is “Abraxas” by Carlos Santana and his band, including keyboardist and lead vocalist Gregg Rollie, who would go on to form Journey with Neal Schon, another Santana alum.  This album is rated as album #334 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.Continue reading “Santana “Abraxas” (1970)”

Neil Young “After The Gold Rush” (1970)

     We look today at “After The Gold Rush”, the third album from solo artist and multi-group member Neil Young, who by this point had not only released solo albums but also recorded and performed with Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as Buffalo Springfield, also featuring Stephen Stills.  This album, mixing country folk withContinue reading “Neil Young “After The Gold Rush” (1970)”

Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (1970)

     1970 was a remarkably productive year for the band Black Sabbath.  Following their debut release earlier in the year, in September they released their second album, “Paranoid”.  With these two albums alone, the foundation of Black Sabbath’s most significant and successful music was produced within a single year.  Even more successful than their debut,Continue reading “Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (1970)”