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70's Rock Show - 25th May 2010

A rather special show this week, in that we had no 70's Rock, just music that perhaps should have been 70's Rock. It all made sense at the time…

We certainly were "Living In The Past" as Jethro Tull got us started & there are strong 70's links to both The Who & Genesis, even though these tracks were non-70's ones. The first of several mini-themes brought us classics from the Stones, Led Zep (Jimmy Page improvised the 16th best guitar solo of all time on the spot) & Cream…

Rush released their album "Permanent Waves" on 1st Jan 1980 & "Spirit Of Radio" was track one, making it one of the first true eighties songs; Thin Lizzy & David Coverdale's Whitesnake made it a trio of awesome early-80's rock. Another mini-theme was about 'firsts' & the term "heavy metal" was first heard in the lyric of Steppenwolf's late 1969 Canadian classic. John Lennon wanted to release the first version of "Revolution" but the other Beatles didn't agree, so Lennon went with the loud & louder version that ended up as the b-side of Hey Jude & a US single in it's own right. The other Lennon first was that "Cold Turkey" was his first sole writers credit, everything earlier was Lennon/McCartney...

Another Led Zep wonder-track, a single everywhere but the UK, where it was a cover by CCS that became the theme to Top Of The Pops for most of the 70's. Jimi Hendrix covered Bob Dylan & came up with the fifth greatest guitar solo of all time in the process, while Graham Nash wrote about a train ride with ducks & pigs & chickens all the way to Marrakesh. If you remember the brilliant BBC Radio 1 "25 Years Of Rock" series from the 70's, you'll recognise the theme music as being by Fleetwood Mac, who included Peter Green & green was another mini-theme we had. CCR's "Green River" led into Rainbow (there's green in a rainbow) & Saxon - two great heavy rock classics from the early 80's...

A mini-theme of "featured artists" reminded us that Carl Palmer (of ELP fame) played drums on tour with Arthur Brown, Jimmy Page (again) played for Joe Cocker on the extraordinary cover of the Sgt. Pepper classic "With A Little Help From My Friends" & Elton John played paino on "He Ain't Heavy…". Superb. Bob Dylan couldn't get the Everly Brothers to take "Lay, Lady, Lay" because of its sexual overtones & REO Speedwagon had one of the best album titles of the 70's in "You Can Tune A Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish", but "Keep On Loving You" was from 81. Also in 1981, The Who featured as the fourth video ever shown on MTV, but we finished with four from 1969…

The Rolling Stones featured Merry Clayton on "Gimme Shelter" (she also provided backing vocals on Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" & appeared in the original London production of rock-opera "Tommy"), The Beatles closed their final LP with "Get Back", which they performed three times in their famous Apple rooftop concert & it was the only Beatles single to enter the charts at #1. Incidentally, this was Paul's #1 as a quintet - he's also made top spot as a solo artist, as a duet, as a trio, as a quartet & as a large ensemble!! Humble Pie were a supergroup of sorts, formed by Steve Marriott (Small Faces) & Peter Frampton (The Herd) & "Natural Born Bugie" sounds remarkably like "Get Back" - Frampton of course became a 70's icon. BS&T may have hit the charts with "Spinning Wheel" in 69, but it was nominated for a Grammy in 1970 & they won the award for best album that year…

It's back to the 70's proper next week & there's some great music on the playlist for that show!

Meanwhile, the full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Jethro Tull Living In The Past
2 Canned Heat On The Road Again
3 The Who I'm Free
4 Genesis Turn It On Again
5 The Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Woman
6 Led Zeppelin Heartbreaker
7 Cream Sunshine Of Your Love
8 Rush Spirit Of Radio
9 Thin Lizzy Chinatown
10 Whitesnake Fool For Your Lovin'
11 Steppenwolf Born To Be Wild
12 The Beatles Revolution
13 John Lennon Cold Turkey
14 Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love
15 Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower
16 Crosby Stills & Nash Marrakesh Express
17 Fleetwood Mac Oh Well
18 Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River
19 Rainbow All Night Long
20 Saxon 747 (Strangers In The Night)
21 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Fire
22 Joe Cocker With A Little Help From My Friends
23 The Hollies He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
24 Bob Dylan Lay, Lady, Lay
25 REO Speedwagon Keep On Lovin' You
26 The Who You Better You Bet
27 The Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter
28 The Beatles Get Back
29 Humble Pie Natural Born Bugie
30 Blood Sweat & Tears Spinning Wheel



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