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1970 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Jun 14, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    The Beatles' Abbey Road won 1969. The 60s are behind us, let's see who wins 1970. perhaps the beatles' reign of terror is behind us.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1970:
    The Beatles - Abbey Road (cont. from '69)
    Led Zeppelin - II (cont. from '69)
    Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu
    Paul McCartney - McCartney
    The Beatles - Let It Be
    Soundtrack - Woodstock
    Blood, Sweat and Tears - 3
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory
    Santana - Abraxas
    Led Zeppelin - III

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1970:
    BJ Thomas - Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
    The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
    Shocking Blue - Venus
    Sly and the Family Stone - Thank You
    Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
    The Beatles - Let It Be
    The Jackson 5 - ABC
    The Guess Who - American Woman
    Ray Stevens - Everything is Beautiful
    The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road
    The Jackson 5 - The Love You Save
    Three Dog Night - Mama Told Me (Not to Come)
    The Carpenters - (They Long to Be) Close to You
    Bread - Make it With You
    Edwin Starr - War
    Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
    Neil Diamond - Cracklin' Rosie
    The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
    The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tears of a Clown
    George Harrison - My Sweet Lord

    What are your top three albums for 1970? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
    2. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
    3. Derek & the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

  2. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    rest of the top 10:
    4. crosby, stills, nash & young - deja vu
    5. creedence clearwater revival - cosmo's factory
    6. david bowie - the man who sold the world
    7. the stooges - funhouse
    8. neil young - after the gold rush
    9. led zeppelin - iii
    10. the kinks - lola vs. powerman and the moneygoround

    additional honorable mentions (alphabetical):
    allman brothers band - idlewild south
    beatles - let it be
    black sabbath - black sabbath
    creedence clearwater revival - pendulum
    the flying burrito brothers - burrito deluxe
    free - fire and water
    grateful dead - american beauty
    james gang - rides again
    jimi hendrix - band of gypsys
    john lennon - plastic one band

    additional cuts:
    alice cooper - easy action
    amon duul ii - yeti
    badfinger - magic christian music
    badfinger - no dice
    bob dylan - new morning
    bobby womack - my prescription
    can - soundtracks
    captain beefheart - lick my decals off, baby
    curtis mayfield - curtis
    deep purple - in rock
    delaney & bonnie - on tour with eric clapton
    the doors - morrison hotel
    elton john - tumbleweed connection
    faces - first step
    grateful dead - workingman’s dead
    james taylor - sweet baby james
    johnny cash - hello, im johnny cash
    joni mitchell - ladies of the canyon
    king crimson - in the wake of poseidon
    king crimson - lizard
    kris kristofferson - kristofferson
    mountain - climbing
    nick drake - bryter layter
    paul mccartney - mccartney
    pink floyd - atom heart mother
    ringo starr - beaucoups of blues
    santana - abraxas
    stephen stills - stephen stills
    syd barrett - barrett
    syd barrett - madcap laughs
    tim buckley - star sailor
    traffic - john barleycorn must die
    van Morrison - moondance
    velvet underground - loaded
    waylon jennings - singer of sad songs
    the who - live at leeds
    zz top - first album

    stuff to check out:
    alice coltrane - journey in satchidananda
    aretha franklin - spirit in the dark
    the byrds - untitled
    canned heat - future blues
    dusty springfield - a brand new me
    george campbell - try a little kindness
    george clinton - osmium
    gordon lightfoot - sit down young stranger
    harry nilsson - nilsson sings newman
    ike & tina turner - workin’ together
    john cale - vintage violence
    kenny rogers - tell it all brother
    marvin gaye - thats the way love is
    miles davis - bitches brew
    the mothers of invention - burnt weeny sandwich
    quincy jones - gula matari
    randy newman - 12 songs
    rod stewart - gasoline alley
    runt - runt
    simon and garfunkel - bridge over troubled water
    the supremes - right on
    tammy wynette - tammy’s touch
  3. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    sabbath and the stooges are my favorite bands. funhouse is nice but pales in comparison to the other two. the run from the debut through to sabotage might be my favorite six album run in music. bowie (favorite musician) would always put up a random dud like pinups to throw off the streak.
  4. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I’ve actually never heard Sabotage listed in the “classic run” before. That’s exciting if it’s on the same tier
  5. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    it’s the second worst of the group but it still rules
  6. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I was always pretty curious anyway because I think Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is their best
  7. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

  8. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    Bitches Brew baybeeeeeeeeeeee!
  9. Surfwax

    bring on the major leagues

    1. CCR - Cosmo’s Factory
    2. Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
    3. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

    Cosmo’s is just an incredible album. Their albums generally avoided filler, but they stepped up even beyond the ‘’69 trio with this which is imo Fogerty’s most complete statement beginning to end.

    Pretty tempted to throw American Beauty in my top three but haven’t listened to it enough to be sure. Both Dead albums from this year have some pretty spectacular songwriting and are an enormous asterisk on their “live material only” rep that I sense as a casual fan 50 years later.

    Interesting year overall for my favorites - could argue that Deja Vu, Let it Be, Bridge, Gold Rush and All Things Must Pass are all a song or 3 from perfect.
  10. tomdelonge


    Sabotage is great. Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die have some killin moments too, like the guitar and synth break in “Back Street Kids” and “Junior’s Eyes”
  11. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    oh that’s an intensely wild take that i have nothing but respect for
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  12. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    it’s perverse to call never say die music
  13. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    There doesn't seem to be a particularly obvious stand-out popular choice for 1970, so perhaps everything will split the votes and Let It Be will sneak in and win this year too.
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  14. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    1. Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
    2. Van Morrison - Moondance
    3. Aretha Franklin - Spirit in the Dark

    Bridge Over Troubled Water is without doubt one of my absolute favourite albums - a pop masterpiece, with Simon & Garfunkel composing songs blurring all sorts of different genres and styles, but keeping it incredibly hook filled. We have piano ballads, folk rock, latin infused sounds, R&B, gospel and everything in between. Just an incredible achievement, with basically every song that could be the peak of a lesser band.

    Moondance is one of two great Van records this year. Less folksy and ethereal than Astral Weeks, and is much more R&B or soul flavour to it. While Astral Weeks is likely to always be my favourite, on a pure song-by-song basis, this is just as good.

    Aretha's Spirit in the Dark is also one of two great records from her this year. This album is about 50/50 between Aretha's own compositions and covers, with the title track on this being (probably) the best song she wrote, and the band(s) backing here are in excellent form.

    Some honourable mentions;

    Aretha Franklin - This Girl's In Love With You: This contains the first released version of "Let It Be", with Aretha beating the Beatles by a few months. Not much between this and Spirit in the Dark, so listen to both.

    MC5 - Back in the USA: MC5 peaked with their debut live album, but this is still great proto-punk / garage rock, containing a raucous version of "Tutti Frutti".

    Van Morrison - His Band and the Street Choir: Contains "Domino", which is one of his biggest songs, this is another excellent gospel / R&B Van record. Van may not be much of a fan of it, but if this last year has taught me anything, is that his opinions aren't always worth listening to...

    The Stooges - Fun House: Another fantastic and hugely influential Stooges record. The songs are a little longer on what came before or after, but the influence here is widely felt.

    The Spinners - Second Time Around: Honestly my favourite Spinners record, and the only one they recorded with vocalist GC Cameron. "It's a Shame" might be my favourite Spinners track. Brilliant soul songs.

    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - What Love Has Joined Together: 25 minutes of just absolutely perfect soul music - 6 tracks, all of them basically perfect. A beautiful short treat.
  15. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    imo this year has a clear cut 1 more than any of the last decade haha

    paranoid is about as good as music gets *shrug emoji*
  16. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Someone other than me mentioning What Love Has...Joined Together on this site makes me deeply happy
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  17. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Man, this year is stacked. I know what my number 1 is, but 2-3 are going to take some thinking.
  18. cshadows2887 Jun 14, 2021
    (Last edited: Jun 21, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman
    2. The Velvet Underground - Loaded
    3. The Beatles - Let It Be

    Excruciating cuts:
    George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
    Smokey Robinson and The Miracles - What Love Has...Joined Together
    The Moody Blues - A Question of Balance
    Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Others I love:
    Van Morrison - Moondance
    Elton John - Elton John
    Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young - Deja Vu
    John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
    Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
    Aretha Franklin - This Girl's in Love with You
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory
    Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills
    Led Zeppelin - III
    Curtis Mayfield - Curtis
    Santana - Abraxas
    Jorge Ben - Forca Bruta
    Aretha Franklin - Spirit in the Dark
    Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
    Black Sabbath - Paranoid
    James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
    Grateful Dead - American Beauty
    Donny Hathaway - Everything Is Everything
    George Benson - The Other Side of Abbey Road
    Willie Colon - Cosa Nuestra
    Van Morrison - His Band and Street Choir
    Duke Ellington - New Orleans Suite
    Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die
    Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
    Sammy Davis, Jr. - Something for Everyone
    Harry Nilsson - The Point!
    Leon Russell - Leon Russell
    Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
    Little Richard - The Rill Thing
    Chicago - II

    Good ones:
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Deep Purple - In Rock
    Original Cast Recording - Jesus Christ Superstar
    Spirit - Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
    The Band - Stage Fright
    The Beach Boys - Sunflower
    Rod Stewart - Gasoline Alley
    Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
    Bob Dylan - New Morning
    Spinners - 2nd Time Around
    Joni Mitchell - Ladies of the Canyon
    Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Express Yourself
    The J. Geils Band - The J. Geils Band
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Pendulum
    The Who - Live at Leeds
    Booker T. and the MGs - Mclemore Avenue
    Michael Nesmith and the First National Band - Magnetic South
    The Bob Seger System - Mongrel
    Paul McCartney - McCartney
    Kenny Rogers and the First Edition - Tell It All, Brother
    The Doors - Morrison Hotel
    The Meters - Struttin'
    Ringo Star - Beaucoups of Blues
    Carpenters - Close to You
    Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
    Willie Dixon - I Am the Blues
    The Stooges - Funhouse
    The Delfonics - The Delfonics
    Badfinger- No Dice
    The Partridge Family - The Partridge Family Album
    Cactus - Cactus
    Roy Ayers - Ubiquity
    The Jackson 5 - ABC
    Smokey Robinson and The Miracles - Pocketful of Miracles
    Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon
    Harry Belafonte - By Request

    Not a fan:
    Neil Diamond - Tap Root Manuscript

    Targets for listening:
    Michel Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor
    Charlie Daniels - Charlie Daniels
    Bob Dylan - Self-Portrait
    Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Natural Resources
    Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs
    Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar
    Soft Machine - Third
    Randy Newman - 12 Songs
    MC5 - Back in the U.S.A.
    James Brown - Sex Machine
    Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    Eric Burdon and War - Eric Burdon Declares "War"
    Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton
    Free - Fire and Water
    Grand Funk - Closer to Home
    The Guess Who - American Woman
    The Guess Who - Share the Land

    The Kinks - Lola vs. the Power Man and the Money-Go-'Round Pt. 1
    Mountain - Climbing!
    Sugarloaf - Sugarloaf
    Thunderclap Newman - Hollywood Dream
    Isaac Hayes - The Isaac Hayes Movement
    Diana Ross - Diana Ross
    Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can
    John Phillips - John Phillips
    Rodriguez - Cold Fact
    Kris Kristofferson - Kristofferson
    Ten Years After - Cricklewood Green
    Mavis Staples - Only for the Lonely
    The Chairmen of the Board - The Chairmen of the Board
    Fanny - Fanny
    The Friends of Distinction - Real Friends

    Alive 'N' Kickin' - Alive 'N' Kickin'
    Billy Preston - Encouraging Words
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  19. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    i cannot recommend self-portrait lol

    stage fright is really really good. damn apple music!!!
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  20. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    adding to listen

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  21. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Van Morrison - Moondance
    2. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
    3. Van Morrison - His Band…
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  22. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    1. The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
    2. James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
    3. Black Sabbath - Paranoid

    Shooting from the hip here. Might be a completely different top 3 if I did this a week from now.
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  23. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    Also Curtis by Curtis Mayfield. Both are favourites of mine from any year. There's no better opening song on an album from this year than (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go.
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  24. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Haven't heard these yet. I'll have to get in a couple off this list this week if I have time.
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  25. tomdelonge


    I love this song from Lick My Decals Off. Really gorgeous gnarly song

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