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Taj Mahal – The Natch’l Blues

Released in 1968, this is Taj's Mahal's (real name Henry Saint Clair Fredericks) second solo album and of the late 60s and early 70s period,...

Stephen Stills 2

This came out in 1971. After his debut solo album the previous year, which made #3 in the Billboard chart, the follow-up did slightly...

Steppenwolf – The Second

Easy to forget now just how huge  the 'wolf were in late 60s America. This, their sophomore album, released in October 1968, climbed steadily...

Pat Travers 1st Album

There was a moment in the late 70s when Pat Travers was pretty big in UK. He'd first come over in 1976 supporting SAHB...

P.F.M. – Cook

P.F.M. where the biggest Italian prog rock band. Their name translates as Award-winning Marconi Bakery, which is a superb name for a group, I...

Cockney Rebel – The Psychomodo

In the history books, Cockney Rebel and the wonderful Steve Harley deserve more acclaim for their music than they often get. They weren't quite...

Ten Years After – Sssh

By 1969 TYA had evolved from being a jazzy blues band into a being psychedelic blues rock experience. Sssh was a top 10 album...

Vinegar Joe – Rock n Roll Gypsies

They never sold a lot of records but they were a storming band. Two wonderful singers in Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer, Vinegar Joe...

John Mayall – Bare Wires

The last record Mayall put out as the Bluesbreakers, this 1968 release was the second to feature Mick Taylor. It completed a run of...

Vanilla Fudge – Vanilla Fudge

The Fudge are sometimes forgotten, especially in the UK, a primo, early heavy psychedelic band. Their 'fudged up' versions of songs like Ticket to...

Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

The perfect starter to whet your appetite before consuming the full Grateful Dead dinner. 'Skeletons' was their first and best-selling compilation. It focuses on...

Mott The Hoople – Mott

I know a lot of people like the first 4 albums by Mott, but this has always been my go-to record of theirs. Featuring...

Blodwyn Pig – Getting To This

Released in 1970, this was the band's second album and sold really well, reaching 8 on the UK album charts. It's a splendid blues...

Ten Years After – Ten Years After

It's late the autumn of 1967 and the British blues boom is coming to an end, but one of the best records of that...

Uriah Heep – Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble

Their first record and still one of my favourites. Released 13th June 1970 it opens with their all-time classic Gypsy. There were some famously...

Santana – Lotus

A triple live album is always a thrill. Initially only available as an expensive Japanese import, I coveted this record for years. It's actually...

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton

His first solo record and still the best. Never has a rock star looked so reluctant to be on the cover of his own...

Walter Trout – Battle Scars

An astonishing, searing and ferocious return from the edge of mortality from Walter. Always been a passionate blues player but he tears into this...

Leslie West – Mountain

Technically a solo album, this 1969 release was effectively the first Mountain album. It's full of short, wonderfully riffy songs, interspersed with more gentle...

Johnny Winter And – Live

A sizzling blues rock record recorded at the Fillmore East which captures Johnny in blistering form. Tragically, it's the only live document of the...

The Faces – The Best Of…

Impossible to listen to this without a big smile on your face. The Faces were surely the ultimate good time, feel good, drinking band...

Family – The Best of Family

What band Family were. Very hard to categorise. They were a little bit of everything - a rock soup, if you will, or even...

Budgie – Bandolier

Budgies on horses. Yes! All of their 1970s albums are great and also feature some great song titles such as In The Grip Of...

Keef Hartley Band – Halfbreed

This came out in 1969 at the tail end of the British blues boom and is often overlooked as a classic album of that...

Ace – 5-a-Side

Really only known for their huge international hit, 'How Long' Ace produced three wonderful records, of which this is the best. How Long is...

The Band – Music From Big Pink

This record is good contender for most influential album in rock history. It's blend of Americana and rock still sounds so fresh and modern...or...

Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

It's an album that should be in everyone's collection and is a template against which to judge all other rock music. One of the greatest...

Pat Travers – Crash and Burn

I could recommend any number of Pat Travers records - the debut album is excellent (I saw him on his first UK tour in...

Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish

Their finest of many great records, this encapsulates everything that was so magnificent about Be Bop Deluxe. Great riffs, great songs, dynamics and some...

Mountain – Flowers of Evil

This incarnation of Mountain were at their peak when they recorded this. The first side is studio songs - all great but especially Crossroader,...

Pat Benatar – Best Shots

Often overlooked when it comes to great rock singers, there was a time in the late 70s and early 80s when she shifted millions...

Marillion – Seasons End

Hard to believe this is now 26 years old. Still seems like a new record to me! This is a rare picture disc that...

Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny and Mutation

This might just be BOC's best album The band's second record was, at the time, called 'intelligent heavy metal' and that feels like a...

Caravan – In The Land Of Grey And Pink

There's such an analogue warmth to this record. It feels like sitting beside a roaring fire on a winter's afternoon. I return to Caravan...

Jimi Hendrix – Isle Of Wight

This has always been my favourite live album by Jimi. Wonderfully wild and loose, and with a wonderful photo gracing the cover, it should...

Atlanta Rhythm Section – A Rock n Roll Alternative

Never as big as Skynyrd or the Allmans, especially in Europe, ARS were nonetheless a fantastic southern rock band and this was their big...

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Inner Mounting Flame

I fell in love with this aged 14. Maybe I was an odd kid, but I loved its blizzard of guitar mixed with spirituality....

Grand Funk Railroad – Live

A 1970 double live album that was disliked by the music critics but loved by the fans. I love it. The cover sums up...

Record Of The Day

Deep Purple MKII singles collection gathers together the 7" releases onto one record but it's the purple vinyl that makes it collectible. This is...

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