Curtis Mayfield “Curtis” (1970)

     Where does the fine line between funk and soul blur?  Today’s album is “Curtis” by Curtis Mayfield, former star of The Impressions, and author of one of my all-time favorites, “People Get Ready”.  This album is rated #8 on the Top 10 Funk albums of all time, and while it is a powerfulContinue reading “Curtis Mayfield “Curtis” (1970)”

James Brown “Sex Machine” (1970)

     Today we return to the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, and his latest live album release, “Sex Machine”.  Another highly regarded album from the Godfather of Soul, “Sex Machine”, a double album of “live” material, is rated as album #439 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.     Continue reading “James Brown “Sex Machine” (1970)”

The Stooges “Fun House” (1970)

     A highly significant step towards a new genre today, as we delve into punk rock origins with “Fun House” by the Stooges, led by punk pioneer Iggy Pop.  This album, like many on this list, was not an immediate commercial success, but it has risen in consideration over time and is rated as theContinue reading “The Stooges “Fun House” (1970)”

Creedence Clearwater Revival “Cosmo’s Factory” (1970)

     From a cover of “Proud Mary” to the original creator, we come back to Creedence Clearwater Revival today for their album “Cosmo’s Factory”.  This album, which is rated #413 by Rolling Stone on their Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, is a hit factory, and despite what I said earlier about the #193Continue reading “Creedence Clearwater Revival “Cosmo’s Factory” (1970)”

Ike and Tina Turner “Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner” (1970)

     Another compilation album today, we have “Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner”, covering a lengthy span of their troubled history together.  This time in 1970 made sense as it aligned with their iconic cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”.  This album is rated #392 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 GreatestContinue reading “Ike and Tina Turner “Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner” (1970)”

The Grateful Dead “Workingman’s Dead” (1970)

     I remember hearing the name “The Grateful Dead” as a young music fan, and thinking that this must be a really intense hard rock band.  As we all know now, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Deep in country-folk rock roots, The Dead will always be known as one of the most powerfulContinue reading “The Grateful Dead “Workingman’s Dead” (1970)”

The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)

     As a casual observer of the Jackson 5 for most of my life, I always assumed that while Michael was clearly the lead performer of the group, I never fully appreciated the degree to which he carried the group until recently, including listening to today’s album, “ABC”.  That is a lot of pressure toContinue reading “The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)”

The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)

     As noted in the last blog, we sadly reach the end of the proverbial long and winding road for the Beatles, with “Let It Be”, their last released studio album before they permanently disbanded as a group.  Cursed from the start, this album showcases what they were still capable of at their very best,Continue reading “The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)”

Paul McCartney “McCartney” (1970)

     1970 brings us the implosion of the Beatles, in all of its messy presentation.  After the release of Abbey Road in 1969, John informed the band he was leaving, which was underscored with several tense meetings and discussions over business management and finances.  We will see that the ill-fated “Let It Be” album willContinue reading “Paul McCartney “McCartney” (1970)”

Miles Davis “Bitches Brew” (1970)

     For the first time in a while, we come back to jazz, with a familiar face being jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis.  Like all genres of music, jazz and Miles specifically continued to evolve through the 1960s and early 1970s, and his highly rated album “Bitches Brew”, which is the #87 rated album onContinue reading “Miles Davis “Bitches Brew” (1970)”