The Best Hard Rock Band of the 70s....?

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Postby Tom Waits For No One » 21 Jun 2024, 10:52

According to the haversack carriers in our school it was


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Postby ChrisB » 21 Jun 2024, 11:18

I don't mind some Wishbone Ash

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Postby C » 21 Jun 2024, 11:57

ChrisB wrote:I don't mind some Wishbone Ash


They are not 'hard rock' to my ears

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Groundhogs...




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Postby fange » 21 Jun 2024, 12:28

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Postby robertff » 21 Jun 2024, 14:24

Hardcore Oddball wrote:
ChrisB wrote:I don't mind some Wishbone Ash


They are not 'hard rock' to my ears


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Too melodic for hard rock, a progressive band. The were a mixture of everything really heavy rock, progressive, blues rock and elements of space rock.


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Re: The Best Hard Rock Band of the 70s....?

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Jun 2024, 14:44

It's a hard genre to like. We're going to play loud and fast. But no too loud or fast. We're only going to sing about beer or sex, and entirely without humour.

I guess some Motorhead is acceptable.
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Postby The Slider » 21 Jun 2024, 14:49

robertff wrote:
Hardcore Oddball wrote:
ChrisB wrote:I don't mind some Wishbone Ash


They are not 'hard rock' to my ears


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Too melodic for hard rock, a progressive band. The were a mixture of everything really heavy rock, progressive, blues rock and elements of space rock.


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You have literally just described Led Zeppelin
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Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Jun 2024, 15:17

In looking at the picture of the jacket above I'm realizing I forgot Rainbow. Love the first three albums at least.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Jun 2024, 15:18

Rush were great too, but now we're getting into prog.

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Postby Mike Boom » 21 Jun 2024, 17:00

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Postby Mike Boom » 21 Jun 2024, 17:05

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Postby C » 21 Jun 2024, 17:15

Mike Boom wrote:Pavlovs Dog


Not sure about that one Mike...




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Postby ChrisB » 21 Jun 2024, 17:19

Grand Funk Railroad!
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Postby robertff » 21 Jun 2024, 17:47

The Slider wrote:
robertff wrote:
Hardcore Oddball wrote:
They are not 'hard rock' to my ears


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Too melodic for hard rock, a progressive band. The were a mixture of everything really heavy rock, progressive, blues rock and elements of space rock.


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You have literally just described Led Zeppelin



You might well be right Slider but they were a great deal ‘heavier’ and harder rock than WA.


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Postby NMB » 21 Jun 2024, 22:28

OK, taking a very broad definition of hard rock the 70’s top 10 might be

Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath
Rush
AC/DC
Thin Lizzy
Blue Oyster Cult
Uriah Heep
UFO
Humble Pie


I couldn’t stretch the definition to include Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Wishbone Ash or the Allman Brothers. And I’m sure I’ve missed at least one obvious contender.
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Postby Quaco » 22 Jun 2024, 01:24

Were Thin Lizzy really that hard? They're certainly more intelligent than most of these bands, except for Led Zeppelin who had record production chops right within their own group and had a complete understanding of themselves. I think of Thin Lizzy as sort of a unique combination of Van Morrison and proto-Bruce Springsteen art rock where everything is done intentionally as part of the package. They had two guitars and dressed in leather because that's what a rock band should look like, not because they couldn't see beyond that and lived that life. That'd be like saying Bruce Springsteen is actually playing '50s music. I've never warmed to BOC or even Kiss, but I guess they're similar — sort of an artist's impression of what rock should be like. Listen to TF's lyrics. They're great and know exactly what they're doing. "I am the warrior!" and all that. But they do kind of make it rock too. And of course they offered a lot more. And yes, as they went along, if ideas began to suffer, then perhaps the art rock turned into the real thing.
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Re: The Best Hard Rock Band of the 70s....?

Postby LMG » 22 Jun 2024, 09:42

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Was there a 'Deep Purple Army'?

No.

Did you ever see Uriah Heap Meets The Phantom?

I don't think so.

Did everyone in Led Zeppelin release a solo album at the same time?

Hardly.

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NMB wrote:OK, taking a very broad definition of hard rock the 70’s top 10 might be

Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath
Rush
AC/DC
Thin Lizzy
Blue Oyster Cult
Uriah Heep
UFO
Humble Pie


I couldn’t stretch the definition to include Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Wishbone Ash or the Allman Brothers. And I’m sure I’ve missed at least one obvious contender.


Groundhogs Gez….?




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Postby robertff » 22 Jun 2024, 11:40

Hardcore Oddball wrote:
NMB wrote:OK, taking a very broad definition of hard rock the 70’s top 10 might be

Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath
Rush
AC/DC
Thin Lizzy
Blue Oyster Cult
Uriah Heep
UFO
Humble Pie


I couldn’t stretch the definition to include Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Wishbone Ash or the Allman Brothers. And I’m sure I’ve missed at least one obvious contender.


Groundhogs Gez….?

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As much as I like some of their albums the Groundhogs were nowhere near the top of the pile if the criteria is for the ‘Best Hard Rock ………..’

The top three have already been mentioned, LZ being top/best.


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Postby C » 22 Jun 2024, 11:58

robertff wrote:
Hardcore Oddball wrote:
NMB wrote:OK, taking a very broad definition of hard rock the 70’s top 10 might be

Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath
Rush
AC/DC
Thin Lizzy
Blue Oyster Cult
Uriah Heep
UFO
Humble Pie

I couldn’t stretch the definition to include Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Wishbone Ash or the Allman Brothers. And I’m sure I’ve missed at least one obvious contender.


Groundhogs Gez….?

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As much as I like some of their albums the Groundhogs were nowhere near the top of the pile if the criteria is for the ‘Best Hard Rock ………..’

The top three have already been mentioned, LZ being top/best.

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Define 'the top of the pile' Rob....?

Not to place the Groundhogs in the top 10 is at best an oversight

I would certainly place them above Gez's 'bottom 5'

Again, no Motörhead. Like love them or dislike them, they certainly fit the category and were massive





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