Sunday, November 14, 2010

50 Years Of MyTunes: 1970

Here are my favorite albums from the beginning of another great decade in music. At the time, I would have gone with Hendrix' Band of Gypsies as my favorite. Yes I was only 10, but I had positive exposure to the music of the time by an older brother and other older kids in the neighborhood.  A few short years later, when I started to play the drums, Led Zeppelin and The Who became favorites because I worshiped the playing styles of Keith Moon and John Bonham.

Led Zeppelin III ~ Led Zeppelin
Abraxis ~ Santana
Band of Gypsies ~ Band of Gypsies
Paranoid ~ Black Sabbath
Bridge Over Troubled Waters ~ Simon & Garfunkel
Cosmo's Factory ~ CCR
American Beauty ~ The Grateful Dead
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs ~ Derek And The Dominos
Live At Leeds ~ The Who
Bitches Brew ~ Miles Davis
Morrison Hotel ~ The Doors
Moondance ~ Van Morrison

Notable singles that year:

Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine ~ James Brown
Lola ~ The Kinks <--- my pick
Mr Bojangles ~ NGDB (Jerry Jeff Walker song)
War ~ Edwin Starr
American Woman ~ The Guess Who
Ain't No Mountain High Enough ~ Diana Ross
ABC ~ Jackson 5
Spill the Wine ~ Eric Burdon and War
I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home ~ Grand Funk Railroad
Coal Miner's Daughter ~ Loretta Lynn


  1. Now you're beginning to enter a time when I have distinct memories of some these. The singles, mainly, since my exposure would've been what was on the radio. (I didn't buy albums until 1974 or 1975 and my first were The Beatles' Red and Blue retrospective albums.)

    So I'll start with the singles. Mr. Bojangles I reallyl liked. And War. ABC. Spill The Wine. Oh for goodness' sakes, everything on your list but James Brown. My small circle of experience wouldn't expose me to that until years later.

    The albums? Oh, I finally got around to Paranoid but that was me trying, and failing, to be rebellious. No, Bridge Over Troubled Waters was more my style, so I'll go with that as my favorite.

    Looking forward to the next few years, Bruce.

  2. We must be close in age Pete. I started buying albums around 1972, right after I got a paper route and had my own money.