The list author says: "Tony Iommi said hard rock emerged by accident as he reported that SABBATH was essentially a blues band but they had inferior equipment, and while attempting to hear themselves above the din of the club crowds they had to turn the amps up too loud to the point of "distortion." He also put forth that, due to the loss of his fingertips, he found that downtuning allowed him to play easier. "LOUD AND LOW." "HEAVY, DARK, HARD." While SABBATH was engineering their wall of sound, you have to go back to HENDRIX, CREAM, THE YARDBIRDS, & THE WHO. All brilliant pioneers for this new genre, & like most genres I'm attracted to this one pulled me right in. I'll never forget the first time I heard ELECTRIC FUNERAL: Math class- we had an ultra-cool teacher that would allow us to play music in the closing 10 or 15 minutes if we had been good, & worked hard. I have to thank a classmate for bringing in BLACK SABBATH. What was it about SABBATH's anti-nuclear war piece?: sinister, ominous, riffs? Ozzy's eerie vocal delivery? The unwavering conviction in the song that nuclear war would ultimately be civilization's downfall? WOW! Sheer sonic magic, and with a message! Nonetheless, what follows is another subjective list of the finest hard rock moments of the '70s. One of the first things I learned when training to be a music therapist is that the best way to establish rapport is to allow someone to hear their preferred music. Research shows that a person will develop their strongest positive associations with music between the ages of, roughly, 18 & 35. While some may argue that this is not a definitve, or even accurate, list of the best hard rock of the 1970s, the following ten releases are definitely outstanding works, & are those special auditory artifacts from my intentional world.
"At the apogee of their flight THE MIGHTY LED took a year off from touring to produce this sprawling work that can best be described as musical eclecticism... contains their best track: KASHMIR... listen to THE ROVER, IN THE LIGHT, and TEN YEARS GONE..."
"They would never top this one... one of the most daring, creative, and imaginative approaches to hard rock I've ever heard... all of side two is breathtaking, & the entire CD is consistently great... we will not see or hear the likes of Freddie again!"
"UFO really peaked with this one... nice variety too: blazing hard rock with LIGHTS OUT and ELECTRIC PHASE... beautifully melodic and dynamic with LOVE TO LOVE... a great cover of LOVE's ALONE AGAIN... OR... great piano ballad with TRY ME... integral to any hard rock collection"
"1970 truly, and inarguably, opened the floodgates for hard rock with this one... WAR PIGS, IRON MAN, the title track, ELECTRIC FUNERAL, FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS... perhaps the prototype, perhaps not, but still they ushered in a great decade for the genre..."
"I know... DEEP PURPLE came first, and they did great work (MACHINE HEAD almost made it on to the list) but Ritchie assembled an uncommon ensemble that couldn't be beat... it improved on DEEP PURPLE... TAROT WOMAN, STARGAZER... listen and then tell me what you hear..."
"Are they hard, or PROGRESSIVE rock... this one's both, but near the end of the '70s RUSH refined, and defined their sound and it really came together here... the title track is awesome, and LA VILLA STRANGIATO has to be one of the best hard rock instrumentals ever produced..."
"I had to include this one... my first concert... brilliant production, great songwriting... uplifting, positive sound, lyrically and musically... a friend still puts forth that this album was "divinely inspired""
"They were on a roll... this third release was probably their most consistent (some will argue that ROCKS topped "TOYS", and I agree that ROCKS is formidable, as well)... the title track, NO MORE NO MORE, WALK THIS WAY, UNCLE SALTY... all are AEROSMITH staples..."
"For a time (mainly in the '70s) they were really a hard rock group with occasional progressive and pop rock flourishings... Tommy and James got some great hard rock tones out of those guitars... the title track, MISS AMERICA, and COME SAIL AWAY are hard rock gems..."
"I know... unexpected... BUT before Steve Perry and commercial pop stardom, JOURNEY began life as, more or less, a progressive hard rock group with Greg R. singing lead, and this debut is stunning... Neal's guitar work is outstanding, and the songwriting was over the top..."