Best overlooked Classic Rock albums

A Listmania! list by Matt W. Metzger "matzger" (San Antonio, TX)
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The list author says: "Do you have all the classics and are looking for some hidden gems out there? I've been looking for years and I will let you in on what I have found so far. Some of these were quite famous in their day, but are rarely heard now. Some of the are obscure, some aren't, but they are all good."
Growers of Mushroom
1.  Growers of Mushroom by Leaf Hound
The list author says:
  "This band released one album then broke up.  Their label did a terrible job of promoting it so they never made it big.  Too bad for them, because their one album is amazing.  They sound like a mix between Free and Mountain. Great riffs and excellent singer."
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Dixie Chicken
2.  Dixie Chicken by Little Feat
The list author says:
  "Unbelievably good album from famed guitarist Lowell George & company.  Most people know the title track, but the entire album is solid. "Fat Man in the Bathtub" and "Two Trains" need to be heard."
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New Riders of the Purple Sage
3.  New Riders of the Purple Sage by The New Riders of the Purple Sage
The list author says:
  "Jerry Garcia plays steel guitar on this album, but he isn't the main driving force here.  This is a GREAT country/rock album from a bunch of San Francisco hippies.  Really good songs here all the way through."
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" The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh away "
4.  " The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh away " by Cat Mother And The all Night Newsboys
The list author says:
  "The out of print album is the only album ever produced by Jimi Hendrix (other than his own).  They toured with him as an opener and he liked them so much he agreed to produce their first album.  They kind of have a more polished Moby Grape sound.  Great album if you can find it."
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Fire & Water
5.  Fire & Water by Free
The list author says:
  "This album is famous for the song "All Right Now", however most people have only heard that one song from Free.  This album is ridiculously good.
This is the breakout for singer Paul Rodgers who would become one of the most famous singers in rock with Bad Company."
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Captain Beyond [Remastered]
6.  Captain Beyond [Remastered] by Captain Beyond
The list author says:
  "Captain Beyond had the original (Hush era) singer from Deep Purple and members of Iron Butterfly and Johnny Winter's band.  Solid rock record with some pretty trippy songs.  They sound like Lynyrd Skynyrd if they had been English and into prog rock."
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#1 Record/Radio City
7.  #1 Record/Radio City by Big Star
The list author says:
  "This one is loved by critics but most people have never heard of them.  The main driving force here is Alex Chilton who gained fame at age 16 as the singer for the Box Tops ("The Letter"). Really good rock/pop on this album."
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Ogdens Nutgone Flake
8.  Ogdens Nutgone Flake by The Small Faces
The list author says:
  "Great album by the Small Faces which would eventually break into Humble Pie and The Faces (of Rod Stewart fame).

Great musicians here.  Check out "Song of A Baker"."
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Vanilla Fudge
9.  Vanilla Fudge by Vanilla Fudge
The list author says:
  "Awesome debut album from this New York band.  Mainly took other people's songs and gave them a huge overhaul.  These guys were all virtuosos and were involved with lot of other projects other than this band.

This album is a must have if you like classic rock."
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The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975
10.  The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975 by The Sir Douglas Quintet
The list author says:
  "Doug Sahm came out of San Antonio, TX in the late 60s with the Sir Douglas Quintet. Eventually found a home back in San Antonio as a founding member of the Texas Tornados.
"She's About a Mover" & "Mendocino" are overlooked classics."
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Firefall
11.  Firefall by Firefall
The list author says:
  "Founded by Rick Roberts from the Flying Burrito Brothers.  Mostly known for "You Are the Woman" which is poppier than the rest of their music which sounds like Crosby, Stills, & Nash.

Great songs throughout the whole album."
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If I Could Only Remember My Name
12.  If I Could Only Remember My Name by Crosby Stills Nash & Young
The list author says:
  "The first of Crosby's solo output following Crosby Stills & Nash's breakthrough.  Worth the price just for the song "Cowboy Movie" which may be the most underrated song of the era."
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Armageddon
13.  Armageddon by Armageddon
The list author says:
  "Keith Relf's last band before he was electrocuted playing an ungrounded guitar.  Surprisingly dark and heavy for a former Yardbird.  The music almost sounds like post-Ozzy Black Sabbath."
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Mountain Climbing!
14.  Mountain Climbing! by Mountain
The list author says:
  "Everybody knows "Mississippi Queen", but the entire album is great.  Felix Papparaldi was in Cream, and this album sounds very similar but with a harder edge compliments of the enormous frontman/guitarist Leslie West."
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Crazy Horse
15.  Crazy Horse by Crazy Horse
The list author says:
  "The best effort from Neil Young's backing band.  Not surprisingly, it doesn't sound that different to Young's early 70s output.  Definitely an overlooked album."
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Electric Warrior
16.  Electric Warrior by Marc Bolan & T Rex
The list author says:
  ""Bang a Gong" is the classic off this record, but its a superb album overall.  David Bowie would essentially rip off Marc Bolan's style for the next few years and become much more famous than Bolan ever did, especially in the US."
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John Barleycorn Must Die (Remastered)
17.  John Barleycorn Must Die (Remastered) by Traffic
The list author says:
  "Steve Winwood and Dave Mason's band was huge during their era but are not well known by younger generations.  They need to be, because Traffic was great.  This is my personal favorite of their albums."
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Maggot Brain
18.  Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
The list author says:
  ""Maggot Brain" is one of the greatest guitar songs ever put to disc.  "Super Stupid" is freaking awesome.  Not to mention the rest of the songs are very good.  This is by far my favorite album by George Clinton and P-Funk."
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Odessey and Oracle
19.  Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies
The list author says:
  "This is a universally acclaimed disc but is not well known to younger generations.  This is a close relative to Sgt. Peppers and Pet Sounds.  The band broke up before it was released.  VERY good album with incredible harmonies."
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Beck Bogert & Appice
20.  Beck Bogert & Appice by Carmine Appice
The list author says:
  "Jeff Beck with the rhythm section from Vanilla Fudge.  Some great musicians here.  Best cover of "Superstition" ever recorded."
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Laid Back [Remastered]
21.  Laid Back [Remastered] by Gregg Allman
The list author says:
  "Gregg Allman's first solo record.  His new version of "Midnight Rider" is very different from the original, and really good.  "Multi-Colored Lady" is a great overlooked song."
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Procol Harum
22.  Procol Harum by Procol Harum
The list author says:
  "Had a huge hit with "Whiter Shade of Pale" and the rest of the album is really good too.  "A Salty Dog" is a great album of theirs as well."
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World Is a Ghetto
23.  World Is a Ghetto by War
The list author says:
  "Best remembered for singles like "Spill the Wine" and "Low Rider" this is by far their best album (and it didn't include their bigger hits).  "The Cisco Kid" is the best song here, but this entire funky album is great."
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Best: Loggins & Messina - Sittin in Again
24.  Best: Loggins & Messina - Sittin in Again by Loggins & Messina
The list author says:
  "Kenny Loggins?  The guy from the Caddyshack and Top Gun soundtrack?  Heck yes... but this is way less slick and corny than his 80s output.  This is pure 70s acoustic driven rock.  "Angry Eyes" is one of the best songs ever."
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