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Here we talk about rock music recommendations from any time period. Hard rock, blues rock, psych rock, pop rock, all are welcome. Main focus is on unknown rock bands you can recommend to others.
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Looks good to me!

I have 2 bands I would like to recommend!

The first one is GRANICUS from Cleveland, Ohio and their album 'Bad Talk (1973)'.
My favorite songs from the album: Bad Talk and You're In America

Second band is KAHVAS JUTE from Australia and their album 'Wide Open (1971)'.
Favorite songs from the album is: Parade of Fools and Odyssey

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I have a couple of recommendations too..

The first is BUFFALO from Australia. 70's hard rock featuring Pete Wells, who went on to form Rose Tattoo. Best album is "Volcanic Rock", but "Only want you for your body" is pretty cool too. This is "Freedom" from Volcanic Rock, maybe not such a good example, most of their music is not so slow:


Other one is IRON CLAW from Scotland. There is a self titled album that was released only a couple of years ago on rockadrome, but with all material that was recorded in the 70's. It is awesome!! "Clawstrophobia":


And of course ROKY ERICKSON! 13th Floor Elevators is good, but the stuff as rocky erickson and the aliens is way better! Love all those sci-fi and horror themes, and the music is just freakin amazing. If you don't like it there is something wrong with you.
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Some nice heavy picks, Stone91. You are the first to post in 6 months! It looked like Strappado and Malinku were going to list some rock picks, but they decided to just post their rock stuff on the blog. As you can see, I don't have a long list of rock recomendos myself. If you have more to recommend, please do so.
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Buffalo is a great example of 70s hard rock/proto metal. Iron Claw are without doubt heavy metal pioneers even though they are not famous, just listen some of their songs and you will blame yourselves you didn't know this band!

Some recommendations from me:

DUST (US) - Dust LP (1971), Hard Attack LP (1972)
SWEET (UK) - Sweet Fanny Adams LP (1974), Desolation Boulevard LP (1974)
BLUES CREATION (JPN) - Demon & Eleven Children LP (1971)
BANG (US) - Death Of A Country LP (1971)
T2 (UK) - It'll All Work Out in Boomland LP (1970)
GUN (UK) - Gun LP (1968)
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1st Avenue - Help Me Out


Star Star - Groovy Guru Gangster Girl


Gene Loves Jezebel - Psychological Problems


The Mission - Sacrilege
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I have a few more

Novella - Damn great christian rock band


The Darkness - great newer rock band (formed in 2000)

Only Child


Rare Bird - Amazing progressive rock (at least their first album)

Fat Mattress - Noel Redding's band after Jimi Hendrix Experience.


Mount Rushmore - late 60s rock


Hunger! - another great late 60s rock band

SRC - Great rock band from Detroit

Supernaut - 70s Glam rock form Australia
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It seems we have two definitions of heavy metal here! If metal is defined by the guitar - the distorted metal sound, then we have at least a whole decade more of metal. The other definition of metal is wrapped up in the melody itself, and this is the one used by metal-archives and many other writers.

By this second definition, anything that doesn't sound like Priest or Maiden from 1982 is not metal at all, but something else.

Anyway, good compilation of 70's bands with close to 100 included, although 70's southern rock and Hendrix have been overlooked.
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An italian story...a story that stayed hidden in the folds of space and time until some years ago...

1967,from Orbassano(near Torino)a new, unconventional group saw the light...Gli Astrali...

Gli Astrali(today called the Sex Pistols of Italian Beat/Psichedelia)now sounds dated,but who cares?
Their only album never has been published at the time,don't forget that in 1967 in Italy the maximum transgression in rock was a band called
"Le stelle di Mario Schifano"...

They reharseal in an abandoned cottage at the end of 1966 with this line up:

Dante Menotti-guitar and vocals
Terry Fanelli - bass
Angelo Presti-Hammond organ
Vito Salice -drums and tambourines

Anarchists declared, in a fit of experimentation with LSD and similar substances,came on stage naked,
covered with leaves attached with resin or glue...or with clothes made of pressed cardboard covered with mud and tar
(But what punk?? It's funny, punk!)to symbolize the destruction of nature by man.

It is interesting to see why the LP "Viaggio Allucinogeno"(Hallucinogen Journey)saw no light at the time
but only 25 years after;the album was recorded in the studio of the italian major label "Fonit-Cetra" during 1967's winter,
then during some concerts preparation for the "launch" the group decided to involve the public in an orgy of sex and acids,
while on stage an underage girl had sex with the band in front of everyone ... the fact was repeated in many gigs until
the police broke it and there were big troubles for the band,clearly.FONIT-Cetra so decided
to opt for the big launch of another young band and completely marginalized THE ASTRAL, which soon disbanded...
two of them seem to have disappeared in India in the early 70's,
others were reduced to beggars,in 1993 one of these beggars to scrape up some money got in touch with"Dimensione X"
(a small italian label specialized in reissue)giving them the original master(it seems that only a bunch of test pressings
were made)...the album has eight songs(three of them are covers of "The Byrds","Standells" and "Yardbirds"),you can
listen some of them on youtube,for example:



The other young band was nothing more than "New Trolls",one of the best and important italian hard/prog band in the 70s...



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Few picks that I enjoy of that are more rock than heavy metal (sometimes it's hard to draw a line especially with older stuff):

Blue Murder


Widowmaker


Cactus


White Honey (Rods covered this song later well!)


all of three topmost bands have quite known people behind their music though..
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Sorry, but still going back on time (HM2) .



Question about the intro

Does someone know from which song does this song's intro originally come from?
I suppose it comes from a classical music composer's track, but whose from?


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jimme wrote:It seems we have two definitions of heavy metal here! If metal is defined by the guitar - the distorted metal sound, then we have at least a whole decade more of metal. The other definition of metal is wrapped up in the melody itself, and this is the one used by metal-archives and many other writers.

By this second definition, anything that doesn't sound like Priest or Maiden from 1982 is not metal at all, but something else.

Anyway, good compilation of 70's bands with close to 100 included, although 70's southern rock and Hendrix have been overlooked.

Yeah, it leaves some questions like what's metal or who's the one to answer that question.
(Or are we only being directed by those mass-driving webpages and/or authors?)

Sorry if I kinda ripped-off the basic ideas of your post, but they look like some interesting questions about the matter.

For now, the earlier "heavy metal" term-addressing I'm aware of is the one regarding Sir Lord Baltimore, but looks like the thing changed a bit afterwards.
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old Y&T is a band everyone should have in their collection("Earthshaker", "Black Tiger", etc.)
April Wine's "The Nature of the Beast" is great.

I'm not going to delve here into the heavy obscure 70s, but there's tons and tons of stuff.
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the First 2 Quiet Riot Records are Good as Well (With Randy Rhoads on Guitar)

and TKO's Let it Roll is a Essential Hard Rock Album
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"Satin Whale" whose "Desert Places" is one of the proggressive rock albums I've enjoyed the most until now,
although I suppose it may sound too refined for some as to like it.
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