Iron Butterfly is an American psychedelic rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the 31st best-selling album in the world, selling more than 25 million copies. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, with its 17-minute-long title track, is a prime candidate for first-ever heavy metal album. The band was formed in 1966 in San Diego. The original members were Doug Ingle (vocals, keyboards), Jack Pinney (drums), Greg Willis (bass), and Danny Weis (guitar). They were soon joined by singer/frontman Darryl DeLoach.
01. Most Anything You Want 02. Flowers And Beads 03. My Mirage 04. Termination 05. Are You Happy 06. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band. The band's original lineup - vocalist/organist Mark Stein, bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert, lead guitarist/vocalist Vince Martell, and drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice - recorded five albums during the years 1966-69, before disbanding in 1970. The band has reunited in various configurations over the years, and is currently operating with its four original members. The band has been cited as, "one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal."
01 - Ticket To Ride 02 - People Get Ready 03 - She's Not There 04 - Bang Bang 05 - Stra (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part One) - You Keep Me Hanging On - Wberr (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part Two) 06 - Take Me For A Little While - Ryfi (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part Three) 07 - Eleanor Rigby - Elds
Blue Cheer were an American psychedelic blues-rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and were sporadically active from that point on until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues-rock style, and are also credited as being pioneers of heavy metal (their cover of "Summertime Blues" is sometimes cited as the first in the genre), punk rock, stoner rock, doom metal, experimental rock, and grunge.
01 - Summertime Blues 02 - Rock Me Baby 03 - Doctor Please 04 - Out of Focus 05 - Parchment Farm 06 - Second Time Around
Budgie was formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales under the name Hills Contemporary Grass. Their original line-up consisted of Burke Shelley on vocals and bass, Tony Bourge on guitar and vocals, and Ray Phillips on drums. They are widely considered as one of the first heavy metal bands and a seminal influence to many acts of that scene, with fast, heavy rock being played as early as 1971. The band has been noted as, "among the heaviest metal of its day"
01 - Guts 02 - Everything In My Heart 03 - The Author 04 - Nude Disintegrating Parachutis 05 - Rape Of The Locks 06 - All Night Petrol 07 - You And I 08 - Homicidal Suicidal
Dust was an American hard rock band active in the early 1970s. Dust was formed in the late 1960s by Richie Wise and two teenagers, Kenny Aaronson and Marc Bell. Additionally, Kenny Kerner wrote the group's lyrics, and acted as their producer and manager. Their debut album was released on Kama Sutra Records in 1971, and was followed by a sophomore release on the same label the following year. While the group only released these two albums, they later became of historical interest to collectors interested in early American heavy metal.
01 - Stone Woman 02 - Chasin Ladies 03 - Goin Easy 04 - Love Me Hard 05 - From A Dry Camel 06 - Often Shadows Felt 07 - Loose Goose
Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. She rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records, and has since been the recipient of a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for her work. "Anticipation" is the second studio album, released in 1971. It is best known for its title track, "Anticipation", which was used as the soundtrack for a television commercial for Heinz ketchup in the 1970s. The song relates Simon's state of mind as she waits to go on a date with Cat Stevens.
01 - Anticipation 02 - Legend In Your Own Time 03 - Our First Day Together 04 - The Girl You Think You See 05 - Summer's Coming Around Again 06 - Share The End 07 - The Garden 08 - Three Days 09 - Julie Through The Glass 10 - I've Got To Have You
Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She and her husband Gerry Goffin wrote more than two dozen hits during the 1960s, of which many have become standards; as a singer, her album Tapestry topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years. "Writer" is the first solo album, which was released 1970. Carole King had already started her career as a songwriter and been a part of The City. The top song was "Child of Mine", then "Up on the Roof" which was later covered by James Taylor. The album itself did not become a commercial success.
01 - Spaceship Races 02 - No Easy Way Down 03 - Child Of Mine 04 - Goin' Back 05 - To Love 06 - What Have You Got To Lose 07 - Eventually 08 - Raspberry Jam 09 - Can't You Be Real 10 - I Can't Hear You No More 11 - Sweet Sweetheart 12 - Up On The Roof
Donovan (Donovan Phillips Leitch, born 10 May 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow), is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Emerging from the British folk scene, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. "For Little Ones" is almost wholly an acoustic-guitar work, with only a few touches of brushing percussion, flute, and harmonica. Donovan frames his long-ago fairy tales with an appropriately faraway yen to his voice, and the songwriting is influenced more by Lewis Carroll and Childe ballads than Bob Dylan. There's a pronounced air of sadness to many of these songs, so small children may grow uneasy by "The Enchanted Gypsy" or "Widow With Shawl (A Portrait)." Donovan's childlike sense of humor also comes through, however, including the irresistible closer "Starfish-On-The-Toast."(John Bush, All Music Guide)
01 - Song Of The Naturalist's Wife 02 - The Enchanted Gypsy 03 - Voyage Into The Golden Screen 04 - Isle Of Islay 05 - The Mandolin Man And His Secret 06 - Lay Of The Last Tinker 07 - The Tinker And The Crab 08 - Window With A Shawl (A Portrait) 09 - The Lullaby Of Spring 10 - The Magpie 11 - Starfish-On-The-Toast 12 - Epistle To Derroll
Yusuf Islam (Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948),commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British musician. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist, and prominent convert to Islam. "Matthew and Son" is the first album of Cat Stevens. Stevens began writing songs during his early teenage years. His earliest influences included the sound of early British bands, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, influenced by popular American Rhythm and Blues music. At the same time, folk influences from artists like Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel left a strong mark on him, along with some of the musicals being performed so close to his childhood home in Soho, that often he could hear the songs drifting up through his room.
01 - Matthew & Son 02 - I Love My Dog 03 - Here Comes My Baby 04 - Bring Another Bottle Baby 05 - Portobello Road 06 - I've Found A Love 07 - I See A Road 08 - Baby Get Your Head Screwed On 09 - Granny 10 - When I Speak To The Flowers 11 - The Tramp 12 - Come On And Dance 13 - Hummingbird 14 - Lady 15 - School Is Out 16 - I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, Kt (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. In his four-decade career, John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time.
"Elton John" is the eponymous second album, released in 1970. It was his first album, however, released in America, thus commonly assumed by many as his debut, as Empty Sky would not be released in the U.S. until 1975. It includes his breakthrough hit, "Your Song", and helped establish his career during what was considered the "singer-songwriter" era of popular music. In 1971 the album was nominated to the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2003, the album was ranked number 468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
01 - Your Song 02 - I Need You To Turn To 03 - Take Me To The Pilot 04 - No Shoe Strings On Louise 05 - First Episode At Hienton 06 - Sixty Years On 07 - Border Song 08 - The Greatest Discovery 09 - The Cage 10 - The King Must Die 11 - Bad Side Of The Moon 12 - Grey Seal 13 - Rock 'n' roll Madonna
Donald McLean, Jr. is an American singer - songwriter. Tapestry is Don McLean's 1970 debut album. The album was originally released by Mediarts Records but was re- launched in 1971 by United Artists after United Artists' purchase of Mediarts.
01 - Castles In The Air 02 - General Store 03 - Magdalene Lane 04 - Tapestry 05 - Respectable 06 - Orphans Of Wealth 07 - Three Flights Up 08 - And I Love You So 09 - Bad Girl 10 - Circus Song 11 - No Reason For Your Dreams