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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 07:05 PM
Here's another list from Rolling Stone:

10. Montrose - Montrose
9. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
8. Kiss - Alive!
7. Aerosmith - Rocks
6. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
5. Van Halen - Van Halen
4. Deep Purple - Machine Head
3. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
2. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
1. Led Zeppelin - IV

I own every one of these albums. I know there's lots of other great ones, but this is one list I actually agree with. I usually don't agree with Rolling Stone on alot.

 
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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 09:44 AM
Thi thread is making me feel old but I agree with most of the top 10 but would not put Zepp 4 at number 1 and 2.

Push Zepp back to middle of pack and push Sabbath, Purple, ACDC and Van Halen up 2 spots.

IMO Zepp was so popular because they appealed to everyone at that time. They played hard rock and then threw in a Going to California and flicked their long hair to get the ladies all excited.

ACDC and others did not have that luxury. they played it hard and loud and that was it. And they was ugly. LOL

Signed I was a teenage dirtbag listening to ACDC and Iron Maiden in 1979

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 10:17 AM
If we are allowing live albums, the following would have to get consideration:

AC/DC - If You Want Blood
UFO - Strangers in the Night
Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
Rush - All the Worlds a Stage
Scorpions - Toyko Tapes

And I don't know how any list of hard rock studio albums from the 1970s doesn't have Paranoid near the top.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 10:55 AM
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If we are allowing live albums, the following would have to get consideration:

AC/DC - If You Want Blood
UFO - Strangers in the Night
Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
Rush - All the Worlds a Stage
Scorpions - Toyko Tapes

And I don't know how any list of hard rock studio albums from the 1970s doesn't have Paranoid near the top.



I would add Van Halen's album "Fair Warning" somewhere on this list. Probably in the top three...

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 11:17 AM
Fair Warning was 1981 and that early 80s time period would open up a whole host of classic hard rock albums from Maiden, Sabbath, Ozzy, Priest and more.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 11:40 AM
I've heard all of those live albums except for Tokyo Tapes. Live albums today just aren't the same anymore. Back then they were not overproduced at all!!
 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 11:51 AM
Not sure if you are serious on the live album thing. Most of the ones I listed (if not all except Rush) had overdubs in the studio. Some suggest Unleashed in the East is more studio than live!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 11:51 AM
But I still enjoy them!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 01:28 PM
growing up in the boston area i would have to say aerosmith's rocks belongs up there..huge album
 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 04:16 PM
Sadly this Cdn didn't even think of Rush. Might have to hand in my passport.

I put Toy's in the Attic before Rocks.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 05:27 PM
i can't argue with that..all i remember is my older brother cranking both of those on the way to hockey then it was vhII a couple years later..i'm lucky i can hear
 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 05:41 PM
"Push Zepp back to middle of pack"

Sorry man, Zeppelin towers over most of the other bands on that list. There is no way to push them to the middle of this particular pack I might also put Houses of the Holy in there. Just my opinion, but you would never hear me say about such a list "Man, they need LESS Zeppelin on that list."

Both Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath richly deserve two albums on that list, since both bands are at least twice as good as any other band on that list It's simple arithmetic, people...

 
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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 06:30 PM
Very hard to limit it to ten because the 70's really were a seminal period for hard rock. But I'll give it a go, and there is only ONE artist on my list that to my regret I did not see in the 70's: Alice Cooper. I remember several guys coming back to my high school the day after seeing the Coop @ The Hollywood Bowl in 1972.......all of them were just stunned, shaking their heads at how great it was. One of the shows I most regret not going to. I sort of made up for it because I've seen Cooper twice in the last 7 or 8 years.

1. Alice Cooper: Killer (there is NO way this can't be on the list)
2. Humble Pie: Smokin' (hard rock classic but with a huge Soul music influence)
3. Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (WHAT a debut! In my opinion the record which begat Heavy Metal)
4. Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (in my opinion their overall best record)
5. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (despite soft tunes like Going To California and Stairway To Heaven)
6. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (I love Houses of The Holy but it's more pop than anything else)
7. Deep Purple: Machine Head (Smoke on The Water sounds dated now, but everyone loved it when it came out and it's still a classic riff. And Deep Purple sold more records in 1973 than ANY band in the world!)
8. Deep Purple: Made In Japan (without a doubt one of the greatest live albums ever recorded)
9. Judas Priest: Stained Class (an esoteric and bizarre Metal masterpiece.....before they went for airplay)
10. Captain Beyond: Captain Beyond (a largely overlooked classic of the genre)

These are not in any particular order. I remembered what a great record Humble Pie's Smokin' is and when I thought about it I had to dump Grand Funk's Closer To Home in favor of Smokin'. Humble Pie is now another band on the list besides Cooper which I never saw. I also replaced Aerosmith's Toys In The Attic with "Captain Beyond". I just happen to think that Captain Beyond is one of the great hard rock records ever released.......side two of the vinyl really took the music to some phenomenal places, places that no one else had really been. And yes, I saw them........they opened for Sabbath at The Hollywood Bowl in 1972. They knocked the crowd BACKWARDS. Oh, I almost forgot: Captain Beyond was on Capricorn and "Captain Beyond" was produced by Johnny Sandlin. The sound still holds up to this day.
















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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 08:06 PM
CAPTAIN BEYOND

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 11:46 PM
Johnny Winter's Still Alive And Well & And.
Aerosmith's Get Your Wings is my fav by them.
Humble Pie's Rock On is eternal bliss for me.
Queen's self titled 1st disc is a decent entry & great early metal.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 01:45 AM
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I absolutely LOVE that choice

 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 11:40 AM
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5. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (Raw, dirty and powerful)




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That's not 1970's, slob.


I just looked at my copy of Led Zep II and I see that you are correct, it was released on October 22 1969. So I'm out of date by two months and one week. So I guess by virtue of that, Led Zep II is disqualified if we are going to strictly adhere to 70's, even though this record became popular in 1970. SO..........I'm going to change that selection.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 01:41 PM
Good call on Killer, Rob. I could take that one or Billion Dollar Babies.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 04:44 PM
Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog
Hawkind - Space Ritual
Motorhead - Overkill
Rainbow - Rising
Rush - 2112
Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards
Aerosmith - Draw The Line
Mott The Hoople - Mott
Ted Nugent - Double Live Gonzo
Judas Priest - Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather

A list that excludes Led Zep, Black Sabbath & Deep Purple. It's like excluding Oprah from the Emmy Awards so others can win.

 

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  posted on 8/31/2013 at 12:53 AM
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Good call on Killer, Rob. I could take that one or Billion Dollar Babies.


Billion Dollar Babies is probably one of the most overlooked and underrated albums of all time.

Totally on board with Humble Pie Smokin' and Rush 2112.

Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Everyone of them could be on that list.

Mott? Loved that album but metal/hard rock?

Would like to add Jethro Tull Aqualung.

 

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  posted on 8/31/2013 at 01:53 AM
First one that came to mind was CAPTAIN BEYOND. Before my time, I discovered this album thanks to rave reviews from this site several years ago. AWESOME record. Lots of Mule-esque stuff on here. Just some amazing guitar hooks and great playing all around.
 

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  posted on 8/31/2013 at 08:56 AM
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"Push Zepp back to middle of pack"

Sorry man, Zeppelin towers over most of the other bands on that list. There is no way to push them to the middle of this particular pack I might also put Houses of the Holy in there. Just my opinion, but you would never hear me say about such a list "Man, they need LESS Zeppelin on that list."

Both Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath richly deserve two albums on that list, since both bands are at least twice as good as any other band on that list It's simple arithmetic, people...



Did you ever hear them live? they were mostly horrible live great studio LP's but I saw them 4 or 5 times and all but once was dissapointed and musically Black sabbath could not carry Deep purples Jack strap..... that is simple common sense....... Uriah Heep Look at yourself Sweet Freedom Magicians Birthday Demons and Wizards one of them should be in there , Grand Funk Railroad "caught live in the act" is a awesome live LP and they blew most all bands off the stage in the 70's and sold more records.... and had 10 platinum records in a row' http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/features/grand-funk-railroad-the-story-o f-the-shitkicking-rock-supremos/ and now you hear very little about them and Deep purple is not in the RHOF

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  posted on 8/31/2013 at 11:24 AM
How about Mountain:

Nantucket Sleighride and Twin Peaks.

Agree Uriah Heep belongs in this mix.

 

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  posted on 8/31/2013 at 02:35 PM
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CAPTAIN BEYOND


YES...!

I arrived at the show pretty late for this one but thanks to musical brother HughDuty (RIP) I discovered the impossible to deny superlative GREATNESS of this stunning debut in 2009 .

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  posted on 8/31/2013 at 02:38 PM
I know these lists are fun to look at and then debate but in all honesty, I could be stone drunk right now and I could easily come up with another 20 that were criminally overlooked and absolutely had to be on this list.

Just 2 off the top of my head as I am on a seious Sabbath kick as of late : Black Sabbath- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage

Also agree that Billion Dollar Babies has always been unfairly underrated as well as Uriah Heep. Magician's Birthday should have been on the original list IMO

[Edited on 8/31/2013 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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