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The king of 70's rock: poll and discussion
22 July 2016
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Ugh, Fleetwood Mac. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

I voted for Elton John. Even though I don’t consider him in the Rock genre. 

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I think we are well past the poll and are currently enjoying the discussion. Thanks for the thread. 

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Ron Nasty said
Shocking on a forum such as this to at least not hear an argument for Wings. The Wings Over… tours of the mid-’70s were easily up there with the best stadium rock of the time.  

I was just going to suggest Wings, actually.

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Love Queen. Love it. Those first 8 albums are untouchable in my opinion. Sure, some would say their material beyond the 70’s is inferior, especially because it’s more pop-oriented, but at least Queen progressed musically and changed over time. They somehow manage to encompass nearly every genre in their music.  Although, I will admit that many of Queen’s songs are WAY overplayed.a-hard-days-night-paul-3So most of my favorites are actually more obscure songs (Spread Your Wings, 39′, The March Of The Black Queen).

AC/DC is… Okay.  I definitely like their earlier stuff with Bon Scott more, bu they always seem to sound sorta the same to me.  I guess that’s part of the appeal, but they’re just not for me.

Gotta love Led Zeppelin too.  Like Queen, they were adept at tackling a multitude of genres.  I love how their sound is very heavy and layered, even though it is mostly just guitar, drums, and bass.

No one has mentioned Jethro Tull yet (and surprisingly, I haven’t seen Pink Floyd either).  Sure they started out in the late 60’s but I would consider them a 70’s band because their most popular stuff came out then.  Jethro Tull is one of my all-time favorite groups because unlike too many other prog-rock bands, they don’t carry themselves too seriously at all.   I like how they can have strange album packaging, silly lyrics, and oodles of flute while still being able to deliver serious messages in their music.

Though, as I have mentioned a few times, Fleetwood Mac is my all time favorite band besides the Beatles.a-hard-days-night-john-1They are the band I think of when the 70’s comes to mind.  Also, please don’t pelt me with rocks, but I think Tusk is far better than Rumours.

I really like Black Sabbath and Eagles, but I don’t really have much of an opinion about the other bands mentioned in this thread.

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Love Queen. Love it. Those first 8 albums are untouchable in my opinion. Sure, some would say their material beyond the 70’s is inferior, especially because it’s more pop-oriented, but at least Queen progressed musically and changed over time. They somehow manage to encompass nearly every genre in their music.  Although, I will admit that many of Queen’s songs are WAY overplayed.a-hard-days-night-paul-3So most of my favorites are actually more obscure songs (Spread Your Wings, 39′, The March Of The Black Queen).

AC/DC is… Okay.  I definitely like their earlier stuff with Bon Scott more, bu they always seem to sound sorta the same to me.  I guess that’s part of the appeal, but they’re just not for me.

Gotta love Led Zeppelin too.  Like Queen, they were adept at tackling a multitude of genres.  I love how their sound is very heavy and layered, even though it is mostly just guitar, drums, and bass.

No one has mentioned Jethro Tull yet (and surprisingly, I haven’t seen Pink Floyd either).  Sure they started out in the late 60’s but I would consider them a 70’s band because their most popular stuff came out then.  Jethro Tull is one of my all-time favorite groups because unlike too many other prog-rock bands, they don’t carry themselves too seriously at all.   I like how they can have strange album packaging, silly lyrics, and oodles of flute while still being able to deliver serious messages in their music.

Though, as I have mentioned a few times, Fleetwood Mac is my all time favorite band besides the Beatles.a-hard-days-night-john-1They are the band I think of when the 70’s comes to mind.  Also, please don’t pelt me with rocks, but I think Tusk is far better than Rumours.

I really like Black Sabbath and Eagles, but I don’t really have much of an opinion about the other bands mentioned in this thread.  

Alright, another fellow 70’s kid. Queen’s deep cuts are their best songs (The Prophet’s Song, Ogre Battle, March Of The Black Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Let Me Entertain You), although I feel that The Game is underrated (similar to how I feel about Their Satanic Majesties Request) and that The Game is much more similar to News Of The World and Jazz than Hot Space. I personally think of Sheer Heart Attack as their first album because that’s their first album I was aware of and their first album with success (at least in the US). For AC/DC, I think that Brian is a Bon sound alike and a far better replacement than someone like Adam Lambert can ever be. The trick with Led Zeppelin is that they constantly switch between acoustic and electric guitars. I love Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the best albums of all time and the flow of songs is on par with Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Also, I wonder why no ones mentioned Journey. Sure, Don’t Stop Belevin’ was released in 1981, but Lights and Wheel In The Sky, which are not overplayed up the ass like glam rock ear bleeding hell on a 7 inch vinyl record, were released in the 1970’s. If you think that Tusk is better than Rumous, go ahead, I personally think that Their Satanic Majesties Request is the Rolling Stones greatest album because that’s the first album I liked by them, similar to why I think that Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the best album by The Beatles, so I’m not laughing and don’t plan on it.

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I was just going to suggest Wings, actually.  

I was assuming that Beatles-related things were out of the running because they’re implicitly at or near the top of everybody’s lists. 

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Well, i dunno if he could be considered as the king of 70’s rock… but Zappa surely was among the greatest

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Alright, another fellow 70’s kid. Queen’s deep cuts are their best songs (The Prophet’s Song, Ogre Battle, March Of The Black Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Let Me Entertain You), although I feel that The Game is underrated (similar to how I feel about Their Satanic Majesties Request) and that The Game is much more similar to News Of The World and Jazz than Hot Space. I personally think of Sheer Heart Attack as their first album because that’s their first album I was aware of and their first album with success (at least in the US). For AC/DC, I think that Brian is a Bon sound alike and a far better replacement than someone like Adam Lambert can ever be. The trick with Led Zeppelin is that they constantly switch between acoustic and electric guitars. I love Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the best albums of all time and the flow of songs is on par with Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Also, I wonder why no ones mentioned Journey. Sure, Don’t Stop Belevin’ was released in 1981, but Lights and Wheel In The Sky, which are not overplayed up the ass like glam rock ear bleeding hell on a 7 inch vinyl record, were released in the 1970’s. If you think that Tusk is better than Rumous, go ahead, I personally think that Their Satanic Majesties Request is the Rolling Stones greatest album because that’s the first album I liked by them, similar to why I think that Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the best album by The Beatles, so I’m not laughing and don’t plan on it.  

Actually, I’m not a 70’s kid at all.  I was born in 2000.  I like to think I have good taste in music.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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I voted for Led Zeppelin in the second poll, but my favorite 70s band is actually Genesis.

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Actually, I’m not a 70’s kid at all.  I was born in 2000.  I like to think I have good taste in music.a-hard-days-night-john-1  

It’s great to see a kid digging around his dad’s old records. Considering your age and interests in both 60’s and 70’s music, I’m going to assume your dad was born around 1965-1970, I’m guessing 1967, which would make him the perfect age to know about this stuff. Must suck to grow up in an era where staring at a cat is the shit and the top 10 consists of Katy Perry, rap songs about drugs and sex, various loops and effects mixed together electronically, and a girl who does a reverse Wilson because looks like she can be William Shatner’s mom although she’s half his age because she used too much makeup in the 80’s and 90’s.

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You’re very close.  My dad was born in early ’68.  And yeah, I grew up on The Beatles, Queen, and others.  Though as of late, our musical tastes are very… different.  He’s really into country for whatever reason, and I’ve recently gotten into a lot of prog.

I wouldn’t exactly say that all music being made today is awful, as I quite enjoy more modern artists like Wilco, Mac Demarco, Tame Impala, and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.  But yes, most of the ‘popular’ music is not very good.  And any time something is popular and good, it gets overplayed to the point of redundancy.

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Once I passed the age of 40 I started listening to more country. I never thought it would happen. It will probably happen to you, too.  By country I mean real country, not the shit they play on the radio now.

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I don’t know why they even call that country. It’s more like Rock with a banjo and a hillbilly accent. It’s god awful.

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Must suck to grow up in an era where staring at a cat is the shit and the top 10 consists of Katy Perry, rap songs about drugs and sex, various loops and effects mixed together electronically, and a girl who does a reverse Wilson because looks like she can be William Shatner’s mom although she’s half his age because she used too much makeup in the 80’s and 90’s.

Coming from the era where disco duck made it on the charts. We all got our own taste.

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Must suck to grow up in an era where staring at a cat is the shit and the top 10 consists of Katy Perry, rap songs about drugs and sex, various loops and effects mixed together electronically, and a girl who does a reverse Wilson because looks like she can be William Shatner’s mom although she’s half his age because she used too much makeup in the 80’s and 90’s.

Coming from the era where disco duck made it on the charts. We all got our own taste.  

Sure there was bad music from that era (disco, pop), but at least rock music was popular and classic albums were being made and were listened to in whole. I dare you to name me one album that is considered on par or better than A Night At The Opera that was released after 1993.

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Better is subjective, something that you like may not be all that great in the eyes of someone else and same with whatever album I would submit. If there was a definitive better or worse, there wouldn’t be two pages of this thread.

My favorite artist of the 70’s is Harry Chapin but better would be subjective.

What defines better?

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Let us not forget Neil Young.  His 70s albums:  After the Gold Rush; Harvest; Time Fades Away; On the Beach; Tonight’s the Night; Zuma; Long May You Run; American Stars and Bars; Comes a Time; Rust Never Sleeps; Live Rust…run the gamut from good to classic and from country-folk-rock to proto-grunge.  Just an incredible run of albums, one of the best decade-outputs around.  But then, I’m a fan!

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Starr Shine? said

My favorite artist of the 70’s is Harry Chapin but better would be subjective.

Oh yes! The 70s saw the rise of the singer-songwriter… Carole King, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell… loved them all. 

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