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Most Recommended Albums: 1970

1970- let me start out by listed 10 albums that did not make my 20 favorite albums of the year- Black Sabbath- Black Sabbath, The Who “Live at Leeds”, The Kinks “Lola Vs. The Powermen & the Moneygoround”, Elton John “Tumbleweed Connection”, Cat Stevens “Tea for the Tillerman”, The Grateful Dead “Workingman’s Dead”, Jimi Hendrix “Band Of Gypsies”, Fairport Convention “Liege & Leif”, Deep Purple “In Rock”, The Doors “Morrison Hotel”. Every one of those albums, with the possible exception of “Morrison Hotel” is known as a classic album in most parts and shows you just how musically deep 1970 runs. Though few of the biggest rock bands/artists didn’t release their definitive album statement in ’70, there is such a plethora of great songs & albums that 1970 stands for me as one of the definitive years in music history. It was the pivotal year of the sensitive singer songwriter era, as well as year 1 for Heavy Metal with the first two Black Sabbath albums along with Deep Purple’s “In Rock”. The Beatles released their last album and McCartney, Harrison & Lennon released their first real solo albums. Miles Davis was creating Jazz fusion with the release of the double album tour de force “Bitches’ Brew” (along with the previous year’s “In a Silent Way”. Soul & early funk music was merging with heavy metal and psychedelic rock led by the work of George Clinton & Funkadelic. The experimental music of the Stooges, Velvet Underground & MC5 was creating a sound which would lead to the punk explosion a few years later. There seemed to be something for everyone- mellow, loud, soft, heavy & funky.

After a good 5 years of progressively noisier psychedelic or garage rock, 1970 saw many of the baby boomers (hippies or not) who grew up on the British Invasion and album rock explosion, grow up a bit, get married, settle down and start families. After all of the political turmoil of the late sixties, many seemed to look forward to mellowing out and focusing inward. This set the stage for the folkie, singer songwriter movement which oftentimes was a man or women and his/her acoustic guitar, though the music certainly wasn’t limited to that. The scenes home base was Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, CA. James Taylor, a then unknown musician signed to the Beatles Apple label released his second album “Sweet Baby James” in early ’70. It quickly sold in huge numbers setting off a firestorm of likeminded releases. Fellow Canyoner Joni Mitchell released her 3rd scene referencing album “Ladies of the Canyon”, which also brought her much more success and acclaim than her previous releases. The super group Crosby Stills & Nash became one of the biggest rock bands in America with their self-titled 1969 release. In ’70 they recruited ex-Buffalo Springfielder Neil Young and released “Déjà vu”, which was another huge success. Young, himself, released one of his great albums as well with “After the Gold Rush”, a far quieter affair than his previous album. Stephen Stills also released his first solo album and had a hit. Many of the above musicians played on each others recordings and were both friends and rivals. It was a very incestuous scene and would remain so throughout the early part of the seventies.

Single artists, as opposed to full bands, were hot outside of L.A. as well. Simon & Garfunkel, the definitive folk duo of all-time released their last and most popular album Bridge Over Troubled Water”, but would break-up shortly after. Paul Simon would begin a very successful solo career a few years later. Across the pond Van Morrison, formerly of the garage rock group Them, released his second solo offering “Moondance”, two years after his beautiful but esoteric debut “Astral Weeks”. Though many argue over which is his better album, “Moondance” made him a star and remains an all-time classic today. Cat Stevens, who had seen some success during the British Invasion, catapulted to stardom with “Tea For the Tillerman” and he would remain one of the most respected artists of the era. The great Eric Clapton had disbanded the super group Cream a year earlier, as well as another one-off supergroup Blind Faith with Steve Winwood. In 1970 while playing with various members of the group Delaney & Bonnie on his best friend George Harrison’s first solo album “All Things Must Pass”, formed yet another one off supergroup Derek & the Dominoes. Their one 1970 release “Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs” was arguably the definitive album statement of Clapton’s entire (admittedly spotty) career. He also released his first solo album which contains “After Midnight” & “Let It Rain”. Harrison’s album would be by far the best statement of his solo career. Paul McCartney released his slapdash self-titled debut- it may have been lightweight compared to “All Things Must Pass” but it has its charms including the monstrous “Maybe I’m Amazed”. John Lennon, fresh off of primal scream therapy released “The Plastic Ono Band” with wife Yoko. The album is stripped to the bones with Lennon baring his soul. It’s a bleak & challenging listen but has plenty of genius moments and draws a line in the sand between the sixties- Beatles, hippies, peace/love, change the world- and the increasingly dour and resigned seventies. The Beatles last album “Let It Be” was released in 1970 but was actually recorded the previous year before “Abbey Road” and was slapped together rather haphazardly in the studio after the fact. As it’s the Beatles it would probably rank as most good band’s best album- it’s still a necessary listen which much to offer. Another artist to mention is the emergence of Elton John who started his incredible run of excellent albums and singles in 1970 than ran through the middle of the decade. He more than anyone else took over for the Beatles in the early 70’s as the biggest pop star in the world. The self-titled “Elton John” (not his actual debut) and the even better “Tumbleweed Connection” both streeted in 1970- they are two of his very best.

British Folk Rock was in its heyday in 1970 as well, even though it wouldn’t really break in America. The Fairport Convention was going strong releasing their 2nd great album “Liege & Lief”, which actually came out in very late ’69 in the U.K. Two of their members, Sandy Denny & Richard Thompson would go on to do important work throughout the decade. Others in the scene would remain almost entirely underground until much later. Nick Drake, who played on some of the Fairport albums, released his second of three albums in 1970 with “Bryter Layter”. It’s my favorite of his though all three are necessities. Unfortunately he never saw success in his lifetime, committing suicide several years later. His music wouldn’t really become well-known until the track “Pink Moon” was used in a car commercial at the beginning of the next century. Another artists, Vashti Bunyon, released her only album in ’70- the beautiful “Just Another Diamond Day”. She would be rediscovered by “freak-folk” artists in the new century as well and now her past work is more celebrated. Singer-songwriter Tim Buckley (also of the L.A. scene) was a critical favorite, but his music was really too weird for him to experience much success. His 1970 “Song To the Siren” is thought to be his best album. He would die young as well, which would happen tragically again to his son Jeff Buckley in the nineties.

The Rolling Stones were seemingly the only huge rock band that didn’t release a studio album in 1970, though they were right in the middle of one of the most incredible run in rock history. Actually The Who didn’t either, but they did release “Live at Leeds”, one of the classic live rock albums of all time. “Leeds” also contained the hit cover single “Summertime Blues” and The Who also released the great non-album single “The Seeker” as well. Only one year into their career and the mighty Led Zeppelin was already dominated the hard rock landscape with the previous year’s release of “I” and “II”. The varied their sound up to great results with “III” in 1970, allowing for quieter, folkie tracks like “That’s the Way” and “Tangerine” as well as experimental stuff like “Hats Off to Roy Harper”. Though banned from touring in the U.S., the Kinks released their 5th phenomenal album in a row with “Lola vs. the Powermen & the Moneygoround”, which contained the legendary hit “Lola”, but this period of the Kinks would remain largely unappreciated until year’s later by most Americans. Black Sabbath created the template for Heavy Metal with their self-titled debut and the monstrous follow-up “Paranoid”, still two of Metal’s most crucial albums. Deep Purple ditched their former lead singer, hiring the Metal howler Ian Gillan, who would see them through their most legendary period. “In Rock” was the first of their great albums. In America, down south, the Allman Brothers combined blues, country, psychelia & boogie music to create what is now known as southern rock. Their second album “Idlewild South” was released in 1970 containing classics like “Midnight Rider”, “Revival”, and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”. West coast acts were going strong as well. Jimi Hendrix released the live “Band of Gypsies” album which would be his last release before his untimely death and sadly hinted at more brilliant music to come from him in the future. San Fransisco acts the Grateful Dead, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival and to a lesser extent the Quicksilver Messenger Service all had landmark releases in ’70 as well. The Dead stripped their sound down from trippy acid rock to acoustic country influenced folk rock. Their two most beloved albums, “American Beauty” and “Workingman’s Dead” came out in 1970- between them holding about half of the Dead’s most well-known songs. Santana’s 2nd album “Abraxas” is the best of their career and Creedence was in the middle of a run only eclipsed by the Stones. “Cosmo’s Factory” held six charting singles and is probably the best album of their career as well. Though underbought and underappreciated at the time the Velvet Underground, the Stooges & to a slightly lesser extent the MC5 were underground in 1970 creating not only the beginning rumblings of Punk rock, but of alternative music all together. The Velvets “Loaded” was their last album with Lou Reed and has the immortal classics “Sweet Jane” and “Rock and Roll”- classic rock in a cooler world. The Stooges “Fun House” remains their best release and along with Black Sabbath, took heavy music to a place it had never been before. It has yet to come back

Soul music was rapidly changing as well. Throughout the sixties, it was moving from a smoother, more pop music built to cross over to the white audiences, to a heavier, funkier music that let its freak flag fly. The holy trinity of funk was James Brown, the creator, Sly & the Family Stone, who did more to bridge the gap between white & black audiences, and George Clinton and his groups Paraliament and Funkadelic, who expanded the sound by adding elements of Heavy Metal and psychedelic rock. All three artists were on a roll in ’40. Clinton & Funkadelic released their first two albums- the self-titled debut and “Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow”. James Brown released his life “Sex Machine” album and had huge hits with the single “Sex Machine” & “Super Bad”. Sly Stone had just released the immaculate “Stand” album in ’69, whose plentiful hits ran into 1970, as well as the non-album follow-up singles “Thank You Falletinme Be Micelf Agin” and “Everybody Is A Star”. Experimental political artists like Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets were combining spoken word poetry with jazz & funk backing to create an early template for rap. Motown’s sound was changing as well. Bands like the Four Tops & the Supremes were on their way out along with the company’s biggest producing team Holland Dozier Holland, which helped pioneer the slick sounds so huge in the middle of the decade. Norman Whitfield took over as the hottest producer at the label trying to match Brown, Sly & Clinton in the psychedelic & funk department. He experienced huge success with the Temptations- the biggest of the Motown bands to cross over to that sound, who had huge hits with the previous year’s “Cloud Nine”, and 1970’s “Psychedelic Shack” and “Ball of Confusion”. Edwin Starr’s “War” was another huge politically-based hit for the label in ’70. Motown still had huge successes with relatively lighter (but still fantastic) by key artists like Stevie Wonder & Smokey Robinson, but a change was certainly happening. The biggest new artists were the Jackson 5 who came fresh out of the gate with 5 huge hits for the label including 1969’s “I Want You Back” followed by “ABC”, “I’ll Be There”, “The Love You Save” and “Never Can Say Goodbye”. The five would never duplicate their success in 1970, but lead singer Michael Jackson would obviously go on to even bigger things in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Other artists changing the genre include Isaac Hayes, a writer on many Stax hits in the 60’s, particularly on Sam & Dave cuts, and Curtis Mayfield, of the great sixties vocal group the Impressions. Hayes, the previous year had released the landmark album “Hot Buttered Soul”, which took soul music to epic lengths and transformed the sound to include sophisticated string arrangements and created the loverman persona expanded by artists like Barry White and Teddy Pendergrass in the 70’s. 1970’s “To Be Continued” continued his success. Mayfield released his debut album “Curtis” which contained amazing hits like “Move On Up” (later sampled by Kanye West in “Touch the Sky”) and the dire warning “Don’t Worry (If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Gonna Go”), setting the stage for his even better and important masterpiece “Superfly” two years later.

I wrote all of that without even touching on many of the great one off pop & soul singles that came out in 1970, many of which can be found on my mixes below. Please check them out- this year has something for everyone.



Miles Davis_Bitches Brew











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Buy Abraxas – Santana

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Nick Drake_Bryter Layter











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The Grateful Dead_American Beauty











Buy American Beauty (Deluxe Version) – Grateful Dead

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Van Morrison_Moondance











Buy Moondance – Van Morrison

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Neil Young_After the Gold Rush











Buy After the Gold Rush (Remastered) – Neil Young

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Creedence Clearwater Revival_Cosmo's Factory











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Spirit_the Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus










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The Velvet Underground_Loaded











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Black Sabbath_Paranoid











*Album not available via itunes
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John Lennon & Yoko Ono_Plastic Ono Band











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Derek & The Dominoes_Layla & Other Assored Love Songs











Buy The Layla Sessions (20th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered] – Derek & The Dominos
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The Beatles_Let It Be











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Randy Newman_12 Songs











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The Stooges_Fun House











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George Harrison_All Things Must Pass











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Best of 1970 Volume 1

Best of 1970 Volume 1 (6/15/02)

1.  The Stooges- 1970

Buy 1970 – Funhouse (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered]
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2.  The Doors- Peace Frog

Buy Peace Frog – Morrison Hotel
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3.  James Brown- Funky Drummer

Buy Funky Drummer – Star Time
Buy Funky Drummer (Parts 1 & 2)Amazon

4.  Santana- Samba Pa Ti

Buy Samba Pa Ti – Abraxas
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5.  Van Morrison- Into the Mystic

Buy Into the Mystic – Moondance
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6.  Creedence Clearwater Revival- Long As I Can See the Light

Buy Long As I Can See the Light – Cosmo’s Factory (40th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered]
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7.  David Bowie- The Man Who Sold The World

8.  The Beatles- Across the Universe

Buy Across the Universe – Let It Be
*Track not available via Amazon

9.  George Harrison- What is Life

Buy What Is Life (Remastered) – Away We Go (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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10.  The Who- The Seeker

Buy The Seeker – Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy
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11.  Joni Mitchell- Big Yellow Taxi

Buy Big Yellow Taxi – Ladies of the Canyon
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12.  Spirit- Nature’s Way

Buy Nature’s Way – Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
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13.  Crosby Stills Nash & Young- Carry On

Buy Carry On – Deja Vu
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14.  Led Zeppelin- That’s the Way

Buy That’s the Way – Led Zeppelin III
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15.  Grateful Dead- Ripple

Buy Ripple – American Beauty (Bonus Track Version) [Remastered]
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16.  The Velvet Underground- Sweet Jane

Buy Sweet Jane – Loaded
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17.  Black Sabbath- Paranoid

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

18.  Randy Newman- Mama Told Me Not to Come

*This version not available via iTunes or Amazon

19.  Neil Young- After the Gold Rush

Buy After the Gold Rush – After the Gold Rush (Remastered)
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20.  John Lennon- God

Buy God – Plastic Ono Band (Remastered)
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Best of 1970 Volume 2

Best of 1970 Volume 2 (6/17/02)

1.  James Brown- Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)

Buy Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine, Pt. 1 & 2 (feat. The Original J.B.s) [Single Version] – 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!
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2.  Sly & the Family Stone- thank You Falletinme Be Micelf Agan

Buy Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Greatest Hits
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3.  King Floyd- Groove Me

Buy Groove Me – Choice Cuts
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4.  The Spinners- It’s a Shame

Buy It’s a Shame – The Best of the Spinners
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5.  Led Zeppelin- Celebration Day

Buy Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin III
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6.  The Velvet Underground- Rock And Roll

Buy Rock and Roll – Loaded
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7.  The Stooges- Down On the Street

Buy Down On the Street – Funhouse (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered]
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8.  Derek & the Dominoes- Bell Bottom Blues

Buy Bell Bottom Blues – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (40th Anniversary Version) [Remastered]
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9.  Creedence Clearwater Revival- Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

Buy Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Mono Single) – The Singles Collection
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10.  Black Sabbath- Hand Of Doom

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

11.  Curtis Mayfield- If There’s a Hell Below (We’re All Gonna Go)

Buy (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go – Curtis
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12.  The Temptations- Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Needs Today)

Buy Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today) – Anthology Series: The Best of the Temptations
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13.  Johnny Cash- Sunday Morning Coming Down

Buy Sunday Morning Coming Down – The Essential Johnny Cash
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14.  The Five Stairsteps- O-O-H Child

Buy O-O-H Child – The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps (Remastered)
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15.  Chairman Of the Board- Give Me Just a Little More Time

Buy Give Me Just a Little More Time – Semi-Pro (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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16.  Paul McCartney- Maybe I’m Amazed

Buy Maybe I’m Amazed – McCartney (Deluxe Version) [Remastered]
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17.  The Beatles- I’ve Got a Feeling

Buy I’ve Got a Feeling – Let It Be
*This track not available via Amazon

18.  Simon & Garfunkel- The Boxer

BuyThe Boxer – Bridge Over Troubled Water
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Best of 1970 Volume 3

Best of 1970 Volume 3 (5/29/03)

1.  Eric Burdon & War- Spill the Wine

Buy Spill the Wine – Best of War
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2.  Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St.- Express Yourself

Buy Express Yourself – Rhino Hi-Five: Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band – EP
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3.  Sly & the Family Stone- Everybody Is a Star

Buy Everybody Is a Star (Single) – The Essential Sly & the Family Stone
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4.  Stevie Wonder- Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Buy Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Signed, Sealed and Delivered
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5.  Smokey Robinson & the Miracles- Tears Of a Clown

Buy The Tears of a Clown (Stereo) – Motown 1’S
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6.  Santana- Oye Como Va

Buy Oye Como Va – Abraxas
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7.  Bob Marley & the Wailers- Small Axe

Buy Small Axe – The Anthology
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8.  Badfinger- No Matter What

Buy No Matter What – No Dice (Remastered)
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9.  The Beatles- Two Of Us

Buy Two of Us – Let It Be
*Track not available via Amazon

10.  Led Zeppelin- Tangerine

Buy Tangerine – Led Zeppelin III
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11.  The Grateful Dead- Box Of Rain

Buy Box of Rain – American Beauty (Bonus Track Version) [Remastered]
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12.  Tim Buckley- Song To the Siren

Buy Song to the Siren – Starsailor
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13.  James Taylor- Fire and Rain

Buy Fire and Rain – Sweet Baby James
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14.  Van Morrison- And It Stoned Me

Buy And It Stoned Me – Moondance
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15.  John Lennon- Working Class Hero

Buy Working Class Hero – Plastic Ono Band (Remastered)
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16.  Crosby Stills Nash & Young- Ohio

Buy Ohio – So Far
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17.  Neil Young- Southern Man

Buy Southern Man – After the Gold Rush (Remastered)
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18.  Creedence Clearwater Revival- Up Around the Bend

Buy Up Around the Bend – Cosmo’s Factory (40th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered]
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19.  Black Sabbath- N.I.B.

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

20. The Doors- Roadhouse Blues

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21.  The Kinks- Denmark Street

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon


Best of 1970 Volume 4

Best of 1970 Volume 4 (6/10/03)

1. Jimi Hendrix- The Star Spangled Banner

2.  Led Zeppelin- The Immigrant Song

Buy Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin III
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3. The Who- Summertimes Blues (Live)

Buy Summertime Blues (Live) – Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
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4.  The Allman Brothers Band- Midnight Rider

Buy Midnight Rider – Idlewild South (Remastered)
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5. Derek & the Dominoes- Layla

Buy Layla – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (40th Anniversary Version) [Remastered]
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6.  Neil Young- Don’t Let It Bring You Down

Buy Don’t Let It Bring You Down – After the Gold Rush (Remastered)
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7.  Fairport Convention- Tam Lin *1969 u.k. release, 1970 U.S. release

Buy Tam Lin – Liege and Lief
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8.  Van Morrison- Caravan

Buy Caravan – Moondance
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9.  The George Baker Selection- Little Green Bag

Buy Little Green Bag – The Heritage Colossus Story
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10.  Chairman Of the Board- Pay to the Piper

Buy Pay to the Piper – Chairmen of the Board: Greatest Hits
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11.  The Jackson 5- ABC

Buy Abc – Abc
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12.  Edwin Starr- War

Buy War – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of the ’70s
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13.  The Stooges- Loose

Buy Loose – Funhouse (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered]
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14.  Black Sabbath- Black Sabbath

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

15.  The Grateful Dead- Friend of the Devil

Buy Friend of the Devil – American Beauty (Bonus Track Version) [Remastered]
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16.  Mungo Jerry- In the Sumertime

Buy In the Summertime – The Very Best of Mungo Jerry
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17.  The Kinks- Get Back In Line

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

18.  Elton John- Your Song

Buy Your Song – Elton John
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19.  The Delfonics- (Didn’t ) Blow Your Mind This Time

Buy Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) – The Delfonics (Remastered)
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20.  The Velvet Underground- Who Loves the Sun

Who Loves the Sun – Loaded
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Best of 1970 Volume 5

Best of 1970 Volume 5 (7/20/06)

1.  Black Sabbath- War Pigs

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

2.  James Brown- Super Bad (Parts 1 & 2)

Buy Super Bad, Pt. 1 & 2 – 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!
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3.  Curtis Mayfield- Move On Up

Buy Move On Up (Extended Version) – Curtis
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4.  The James Gang- Funk #49

Buy Funk #49 – Funk #49
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5.  John Lennon- Instant Karma!

Buy Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) – Power to the People – The Hits (Remastered)
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6.  Santana- Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen

Buy Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen – Abraxas
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7.  Randy Newman- Have You Seen My Baby?

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon

8.  Stevie Wonder- Heaven Help Us All

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9.  The Melodians- Rivers of Babylon

Buy Rivers of Babylon – The Harder They Come (Remastered)
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10.  Joni Mitchell- Morning Morgantown

Buy Morning Morgantown – Ladies of the Canyon
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11.  Vashti Bunyon- Diamond Day

Buy Diamond Day – Just Another Diamond Day
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12.  The Grateful Dead- Uncle John’s Band

Buy Uncle John’s Band – Workingman’s Dead (Bonus Tracks)
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13.  Crosby Stills Nash & Young- Woodstock

Buy Woodstock – Deja Vu
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14.  Jimi Hendrix- Message to Love (Live)

Buy Message to Love (Live) – Band of Gypsys (Live) [Remastered]
Buy Message To Love (Live) (1997 Digital Remaster)Amazon

15.  Van Morrison- Moondance

Buy Moondance – Moondance
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16. Aretha Franklin- Call Me

Buy Call Me – Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits
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17.  The Beatles- Let it Be

Buy Let It Be – Let It Be
*Track not available via Amazon

18.  George Jones- A Good Year for the Roses

BuyA Good Year for the Roses – George Jones – Songbook
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Best of 1970 Volume 6

Best of 1970 Volume 6 (7/23/06)

1.  Fairport Convention- Come All Ye

Buy Come All Ye – Liege and Lief
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2.  George Harrison- I’d Have You Anytime

Buy I’d Have You Anytime – All Things Must Pass (30th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered]
Buy I’d Have You Anytime (2001 Digital Remaster)Amazon

3.  Chicago- 25 Or 6 to 4

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4.  Tyrone Davis- Turn Back the Hands of Time

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5.  The Beatles- Get Back

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6.  Rod Stewart- Gasoline Alley

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7.  Loretta Lynn- Coal Miner’s Daughter

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8.  Randy Newman- Old Kentucky Home

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9.  James Taylor- Country Road

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10.  Joni Mitchell- Woodstock

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11.  Tim Buckley- Moulin Rouge

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12.  Van Morrison- Crazy Love

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13.  The Grateful Dead- Sugar Magnolia

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14. The Moments- Love On A Two Way Street

15. The Jackson 5- The Love You Save

16.  The Chi-Lites- Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)

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17.  Jimi Hendrix- Machine Gun (Live)

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18.  Creedence Clearwater Revival- Run Through the Jungle

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19.  The Kinks- Apeman

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20.  Cat Stevens- Father and Son

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Best of 1970 Volume 7

Best of 1970 Volume 7 (3/2/13)

1.  Black Sabbath- Iron Man

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2.  The Stooges- TV Eye

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3.  The JB’s- The Grunt

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4.  The Last Poets- Run Ni**er

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5. Donny Hathaway- The Ghetto

6.  Funkadelic- Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow

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7.  Os Mutantes- Ando Meio Desligado

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8.  Syd Barrett- Octopus

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9.  Crosy Stills Nash & Young- Helpless

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10.  Derek & the Dominoes- Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?

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11.  Elton John- Take Me to the Pilot

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12.  The Grateful Dead- Dire Wolf

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13.  George Harrison- Let It Down

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14.  Creedence Clearwater Revival- Who’ll Stop the Rain

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15.  The Allman Brothers Band- In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

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16.  Simon & Garfunkel- Cecilia

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17.  Van Morrison- Domino

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18.  Led Zeppelin- Gallows Pole

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Best of 1970 Volume 8

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1.  The Allman Brothers Band- Revival

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2.  Stephen Stills- Old Times Good Times

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4.  Quicksilver Messenger Service- Fresh Air

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5.  Eric Clapton- Let it Rain

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6.  Elvis Presley- Kentucky Rain

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7.  Crosby Stills Nash & Young- Teach Your Children

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8.  George Harrison- If Not for You

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9.  Elton John- Where to Now St. Peter?

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10.  Simon & Garfunkel- The Only Living Boy in New York

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11.  Deep Purple- Child in Time

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12.  Black Sabbath- The Wizard

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13.  Led Zeppelin- Out on the Tiles

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14.  Spirit- Mr. Skin

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15.  Gil Scott-Heron- Whitey On the Moon

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16.  Funkadelic- Funky Dollar Bill

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17.  Neil Young- Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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18.  The Grateful Dead- Truckin’

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