The finest of Seventies rock
July 15, 2011 11:21 AM   Subscribe

Mid- to late Seventies rock music wanted. I'd like to put together a recherché sampler while avoiding the well-worn tunes. If there's a good compilation already out there, so much the better. Thanks!
posted by Dragonness to Media & Arts (38 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
There's lots of great stuff on Fleetwood Mac's Tusk (e.g. "What Makes You Think You're the One") that gets overshadowed on such samplers by better-known Rumours tracks.
posted by Beardman at 11:27 AM on July 15, 2011 [3 favorites]

Couldn't Get It Right by Climax Blues Band, among others.
posted by jquinby at 11:29 AM on July 15, 2011

Oh, and more overlooked Fleetwood-related stuff, there's always the unreleased Buckingham Nicks album from 1973.
posted by Beardman at 11:31 AM on July 15, 2011

Cowboy song - Thin Lizzy
Frank Zappa
posted by drzz at 11:31 AM on July 15, 2011

Nick Lowe: I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass

Leonard Cohen: Memories (for a truly unhinged performance).

Elvis Costello: Senior Service
posted by Beardman at 11:36 AM on July 15, 2011

White Punks on Dope by the Tubes
posted by Lorin at 11:38 AM on July 15, 2011

Styx - Come Sail Away.
posted by empath at 11:46 AM on July 15, 2011

"Come Sail Away" is among the *most* worn of 70s tunes.

I'd look into:
City Boy
The Raspberries
Early KISS
posted by rhizome at 11:49 AM on July 15, 2011

Might be a few years early for your preferences, but The Faces and Humble Pie both put out amazing stuff that's often a bit overlooked these days.
posted by scody at 11:57 AM on July 15, 2011

Starz - Cherry Baby
posted by davebush at 12:10 PM on July 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Sabbath - Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
Priest - Green Manalishi
Deep Purple - Burn
Rainbow - A Light in the Black
posted by ignignokt at 12:10 PM on July 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

A German girl turned me on to Rory Gallagher. I like him now.
posted by notion at 12:42 PM on July 15, 2011

Mountain - Mississippi Queen But for me, I'm a fan of The Animal Trainer and the Toad
posted by princelyfox at 1:20 PM on July 15, 2011

I'm assuming you're interested in "classic" rock. It's a specific aesthetic that ties in with that time frame.

Telegram by Nazareth has been forgotten due to the popularity of Hair of the Dog and Love Hurts. Both times I saw them play live in the late 70s, they opened with that song.

I recently dug up some Alan Parsons Project from that time period, specifically Tales of Mystery and Imagination (his Poe album).

I'd also take about any non-popular song from Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath from that time period. Lots of good stuff that you never hear anymore.

Also, check out the album Works by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
posted by perhapses at 1:30 PM on July 15, 2011

Yes, classic rock is what I'm looking for.

Really enjoying the suggestions so far, thanks!
posted by Dragonness at 1:45 PM on July 15, 2011

Lady of the Lake by Starcastle
posted by allelopath at 1:55 PM on July 15, 2011

Here's my current "largely off the beaten path 70's rock" driving mixtape (note some tunes are from the early 70's/late 60's):

Climbing the Ladder
- The Isley Brothers
Anyway - Genesis
Super Stupid - Funkadelic
Shinin' On - Grand Funk Railroad
Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes - Black Sabbath
Electricity - Captain Beefheart
Sing Child - Heart
I'm Not in Love - 10cc
Little Dreamer - Van Halen
Down and Out - Genesis
Starless - King Crimson
Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin
Heart of the Sunrise - Yes
House Burning Down - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Skin I'm In - Sly and the Family Stone
Death on Two Legs - Queen
Any Major Dude Will Tell You - Steely Dan
Right Down the Line - Gerry Rafferty
Still... You Turn Me On - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
If There Is Something - Roxy Music
New World Rising/Ocean Breakup Reprise - ELO
posted by saladin at 2:01 PM on July 15, 2011 [2 favorites]

From two of my favorite bands:
Hawkwind - Assault and Battery Pt 1
Motorhead - Vibrator

And a few others off the top of my head....

Blue Oyster Cult - Career of Evil (Patti Smith wrote this song!)
Scorpions - Backstage Queen (anything off "Virgin Killer" or "In Trance" really!!)
Groundhogs - Crosscut Saw
George Brigman - Jungle Rot
Trooper - Roller Rink (lyrics are pretty hilarious, but it's catchy in that golden mid 70s way)

And shoot, ya need a little cowbell. Not unknown but it's gotta go on a mid 70's comp:
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog

Alternatively, Miss Misery is killer.

(Really tried to keep this 1974-1979....early 70s rock is more of my forte)
posted by medeine at 2:03 PM on July 15, 2011

Dammit, forgot:

Julie With... - Brian Eno
Black Cat - Gentle Giant
posted by saladin at 2:04 PM on July 15, 2011

Show Me the Way (starts at 3:56)
Remember the Future
by Nectar
posted by allelopath at 2:05 PM on July 15, 2011

oops ... Nektar
posted by allelopath at 2:05 PM on July 15, 2011

Right on, that's the stuff.
posted by allelopath at 2:06 PM on July 15, 2011

Never Been Any Reason
by Head East
posted by allelopath at 2:11 PM on July 15, 2011

Love is Like Oxygen
by Sweet
posted by allelopath at 2:14 PM on July 15, 2011

Roxy Music - The Thrill of it All
& Both Ends Burning

Be-Bep Deluxe - Ships in the Night
& Fair Exchange

Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone

and the best song evar - Thin Lizzy - Running Back
posted by readery at 3:57 PM on July 15, 2011

Probably not "typical" 70's music, but Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album is absolutely worth a listen.
posted by 4ster at 8:48 PM on July 15, 2011

Rolling Stones - Sweet Virginia or anything from Exile on Main Street.
posted by maggieb at 9:50 PM on July 15, 2011

Here is where i pop into these questions to recommend basically anything by Todd Rundgren and/or Utopia.

In this case, same goes for Robert Palmer's 70s output -- and, perhaps surprisingly to those who are unaware that they sometimes rocked, Hall and Oates. Check out War Babies.
posted by treblemaker at 12:00 AM on July 16, 2011

Fantastic stuff! Thank you so much!
posted by Dragonness at 7:33 AM on July 16, 2011

The Runaways
The Sneakers
posted by Chenko at 9:04 AM on July 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Thin Lizzy you say? Try Sha La La , Borderline, Opium Trail, Johnny the fox meets Jimmy the Weed, For those who love to live, and a favorite of mine
, Old Flame. I think all of these are on you tube.
posted by wittgenstein at 12:51 PM on July 16, 2011

Steely Dan- Katy Lied
King Crimson- Starless and Bible Black
Yes- Fragile, Close to the Edge
Rush- Fly By Night

And the mighty TUSK!!!! That album has been more or less the soundtrack to my year. Check that shit out.
posted by TheRedArmy at 5:02 AM on July 17, 2011

And Rush - Hemispheres, of course.
posted by TheRedArmy at 5:09 AM on July 17, 2011

Hey St. Peter - Flash and the Pan
Driver Seat - Sniff 'n the Tears
Praying to the Aliens - Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army
posted by doctor_negative at 9:43 AM on July 18, 2011

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