The “White Album” was released Nov 1968 at the very height of the Beatles creativity. It became an instant classic. The double albums simple white cover was a great contrast to the psychedelic classic inside.
Formed in the late sixties from a San Francisco area garage band, CCR has one of the most unique and enduring sounds in rock. Although the lineup has changed over the years, the core of the band is singer John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford.
CCR disbanded in 1973 but the band members went on to numerous solo projects. CCR was inducted into the rock Hall of Fame in 1993.
Led Zeppelin‘s debut album in 1969 was one of the most influential albums of all times and vaulted the band into the biggest band in the world during the seventies. All of the hard rock and metal bands since owe a great debt to Zeppelin for opening up entirely new and unexplored vistas in music.
Some Girls released by the Rolling Stones in 1978 was a watershed album. Rock had been pronounced dead and disco was on the rise. Bam! Here comes the Rolling Stones with Some Girls and showed the world that rock was alive and well.
Metalheads like me could once again comfortably wear our Led Zep and Pink Floyd t-shirts and flip the bird to twerps in their leisure suits and gold chains.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most successful albums in history. Released in 1973, DSOTM went to number 1 immediately and remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history.
The album was a technical tour de force. The engineering was done by Alan Parsons. It was one of the first albums using multi-track recording and made extensive use of analog synthesizers. Every track is a classic.
Formed in May of 1964 in Birmingham, England the Moody Blues used an unusual mix of rock and classical influences. They have written some of the most unique and enduring songs in modern music. As of 2010 they have 14 platinum album, have sold over 50 million albums and remain active.
What can you say about the Doors? Almost forty years after the death of Jim Morrison, the band still attracts new fans. Their sound never goes stale and their legend only continues to grow.
Touch Me and Light My Fire come from the Doors 1967 self titled debut album.
People are Strange and When the Musics Over debuted on the Doors second album Strange Days which was released later in 1967.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer is a seventies era British supergroup. ELP formed and released their first album in 1970. ELP, Yes, Pink Floyd and others were collectively called progressive or art rock bands. They weren’t at all afraid of experimenting with new technologies and techniques and were rewarded with a unique sound.
Their best-selling album was released in 1973.
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Written by Ray Davies of the Kinks in August 1964, You Really Got Me Now put the Kinks on the map. It hit number 1 on the UK charts and was the breakout hit the group needed to get attention in the United States.
In 1978 Van Halen covered the song on their self-titled debut album.
Every day I will share a classic rock video from YouTube.
Think of it as an introduction to the classics of rock.
If you see something that you like, then by all means go out and get the CD or the album.