ZZ Top is an American blues rock band, formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. Comprising Billy Gibbons (lead vocals and guitar), Dusty Hill (vocals, bass, and keyboards), and Frank Beard (drums and percussion), ZZ Top was ranked number 44 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock." The trio's original lineup has been intact for over 40 years; their longevity has placed them second only to the Four Tops, whose original band members remained intact from 1953 until the death of Lawrence Payton in 1997. ZZ Top retained the services of the same manager, Bill Ham, until September, 2006. Rio Grande Mud is the second album by ZZ Top, released in 1972. 01 - Francine 02 - Just Got Paid 03 - Mushmouth Shoutin' 04 - Ko Ko Blue 05 - Chevrolet 06 - Apologies To Pearly 07 - Bar-B-Q 08 - Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell 09 - Whiskey'n Mama 10 - Down Brownie LINK
Growing Concern, was formed by Bonnie MacDonald and Mary Garstki, vocals, Dan Passaglia, organ, John Pedley, bass and Ralph Toms, guitar. Although little is known of Growing Concern, their only album (Mainstream, 1968) is an enjoyable piece of West Coast psychedelic pop. The opening track 'Hard, Hard Year' sets the tone for the album: it opens with melodic guitar work, which is joined first by bass, then by excellent keyboards; it also features beautiful female vocal harmonies from group members Bonnie MacDonald and Mary Garstki. 'Edge Of Time' features excellent lead guitar work, as does 'Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled'; 'A Boy I Once Knew Well' is a folky lament, which again features fine vocal harmonies, keyboards, and guitar work. Overall, quite a good blend of folk rock, pop, and psychedelia. The album is brilliantly recorded, and is of a consistently high musical quality. The band surely deserved a better fate than the obscurity to which they were consigned by the bizarre business practices of the Mainstream label. 01 - Hard Hard Year 02 - Edge Of Time 03 - Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled 04 - A Boy I Once Knew Well 05 - All I Really Want 06 - Mister You're A Better Man Than I 07 - What Kind Of Life 08 - Other Side Of Life 09 - I Knew A Girl 10 - Sit Down I Think I Love You LINK
Originally recorded in 1969, and released only in Germany, "Come With Me", is a minor masterpiece of British psychedelic pop/rock. Great, psychedelic rock tunes are embellished with phased vocals, treated piano, samples of radio broadcasts, washes of organ, and electronic effects. Songs like "You Thought You Had It Made" and "Rust" revel in blues licks, and rock with a genuine joy, even if the subject matter of their lyrics is somewhat pessimistic, and softer tunes like "Please Return" and the gorgeous "Find a Hideaway" are full of acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies.(AA) 01 - Come With Me 02 - You Thought You Had It Made 03 - Please Return 04 - Should I 05 - Think Big 06 - Rust 07 - Delusion 08 - Find A Hideaway 09 - Come With Me LINK
The Electric Prunes are an American rock band who first achieved international attention as an experimental psychedelic group in the late 1960s. Their song Kyrie Eleison featured on the soundtrack of Easy Rider. After a period in which they had little control over their music, they disappeared for thirty years, reforming as a recording and touring band in 2001. Underground from 1967 is their second album. 01 - Great Banana Hoax 02 - Children Of Rain 03 - Wind-Up Toys 04 - Antique Doll 05 - It's Not Fair 06 - I Happen To Love You 07 - Dr. Do-Good 08 - I 09 - Hideaway 10 - Big City 11 - Captain Glory 12 - Long Day's Flight 13 - Everybody Knows You're Not In Love 14 - You Never Had It Better LINK
Love was an American rock group of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Arthur Lee and the group's second songwriter, guitarist Bryan MacLean. One of the first racially diverse American pop bands, their music reflected different influences, combining elements of rock and roll, garage rock, folk and psychedelia. Their musical reputation largely rests on two albums issued in 1967, Da Capo and Forever Changes. This is a 1970 live performance in London.
01 - Good Times 02 - August 03 - My Little Red Book 04 - Nothing 05 - Orange Skies 06 - Andmore Again 07 - Gather Round 08 - Bummer In The Summer 09 - Singing Cowboy 10 - Signed D.C. 11 - Love Is More Than Words Or Better
This obscure bluesy-hard rock trio from 1970, Larry Gould / vocals, bass, Michael Kaplan / guitar, vocals and Pug Baker / drums, sounds like a rockier version of "Three Dog Night” with lots of "Creedence Clearwater Revival” and "Big Brother And The Holding Company” thrown in. Chariot, which evolved out of a ‘60s outfit called The Knack, are often described as a Cream-influenced blues/psych trio, although to many ears their sound exhibits more than a hint of a classic flower power groove, with some decidedly progressive touches. 01 - Yolanda Jones 02 - You Let Me Love You 03 - Gamblin' Man 04 - The War Is Over 05 - Home Wreckin' Mama 06 - Hey People 07 - Variety Woman 08 - Got To Be A Lover 09 - Poor Man Blues LINK