Monthly Archives: March 2013

Aqualung

Jethro Tull (1971) Jethro Tull was actually an early pioneer of hard rock, believe it or not, employing future Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. But as lead singer Ian Anderson became more prominent, they grew into a different sound: basically … Continue reading

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Who’s Next

The Who (1971) This LP’s songs were resurrected from the remains of an abandoned rock opera, “Lifehouse”. In and of itself, it didn’t really revolutionize much, but it exemplifies the “arena rock” sound and hints at the beginning of synth … Continue reading

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Fun House

The Stooges (1970) Fun House represents the apex of garage rock and the Detroit scene. Meanwhile, it also hints strongly at punk rock, while mixing in psychedelic jamming, soul-esque horn parts and even pure noise in the last track. It’s … Continue reading

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon & Garfunkel (1970) Bridge Over Troubled Water is a release that quintessentially represents a genre, rather than a record that chronicles its uneven growth. The folk rock scene had been going on for a while, but this is its … Continue reading

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Live At Leeds

The Who (1970) The best dang live album ever made, and one of the very few truly essential ones, this record shows how different live interpretations can be from studio recordings, and how magical songs can become when masterfully talented … Continue reading

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Burnt Weeny Sandwich

Frank Zappa And the Mothers Of Invention (1970) Frank Zappa sort of smooshed all kinds of original influences into his sound from 1966 to 1970, and more or less never changed that style for the rest of his career (with … Continue reading

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McCartney

Paul McCartney (1970) With this regressive (and somehow still revolutionary) solo debut, Paul McCartney paved the way for indie rock and lo-fi music. Having recently disbanded the Beatles, a remorseful and bitter Paul decided to retreat back into the studio … Continue reading

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