June 10, 2020 Playlist

The 50th Anniversary of 1970
classic vintage vinyl albums for Pledge Drive!
"Plastic Ono Band" by John Lennon (1970)
John Lennon "Plastic Ono Band"  1970 (UK)
When The Beatles broke up in the spring of 1970, it was a seismic event that marked the end of the 1960's music scene. Arguably as well, the launch of their four solo careers that year also foreshadowed the superstar era that began in the 1970's (groups continued to be popular, but the biggest stars over the last 50 years have tended to be solo acts - U2 was a big deal, but they were never as big as Michael Jackson, etc.) George arguably had the best launch to his career with a triple-album outburst of songs he had written that his previous band wouldn't record; that year he was the first of the four to have a #1 hit with "My Sweet Lord". Paul's debut was a humble recording from his farm in Scotland where he played all the instruments himself; it has a lot of lofi charm but is far from the slick production you'd expect from the group's studio perfectionist and most melodic composer. Ringo released a pair of MOR covers albums that didn't do too well, but also George wrote a great single for him in "It Don't Come Easy" and it was a big hit. As for John - his first outing under his own name is a harrowing, fan-baiting howl of rage that produced no hits of any kind. Lennon's salty tongue and hot primal scream-inspired vocals are married to a minimal band (John's guitar and piano, Ringo's drums, old Hamburg pal Klaus Voorman on bass) and ice cold production from Phil Spector (I always found it weird that the "lush wall-of-sound" guy did this record). Though as interesting as it is, personally I still prefer the companion album Yoko released at the same time!
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Velvet UndergroundSweet JaneLoaded1970USA
SantanaBlack Magic Woman (Fleetwood Mac) / Gypsy Queen (Gabor Szabo)Abraxas1970USA/Mexico
The Mothers of InventionMy Guitar Wants To Kill Your MamaWeasels Ripped My Flesh1970USA
Tom JonesVenus (Shocking Blue)Tom1970UK (Wales)
Van MorrisonCall Me Up In DreamlandHis Band & The Street Choir1970UK (N. Ireland)
Led ZeppelinCelebration DayIII1970UK
The TemptationsBall Of Confusionsingle (Greatest Hits Vol. 2 compilation)1970USA
Goose Creek SymphonyConfusionest. 19701970USA
Creedence Clearwater RevivalRun Through The JungleCosmo's Factory1970USA
RedboneJudgement Day / Without ReservationPotlatch1970USA
Jethro TullTo Cry You A SongBenefit1970UK
The BeatlesTwo Of UsLet It Be1970UK
Ringo StarrIt Don't Come Easysingle (Blast From Your Past compilation)1970UK
Paul McCartneyMaybe I'm AmazedMcCartney1970UK
George HarrisonWhat Is LifeAll Things Must Pass1970UK
John LennonMotherPlastic Ono Band
Jimi HendrixMachine Gun (live)Band Of Gypsys1970USA
Black SabbathWar PigsParanoid1970UK
Grand Funk RailroadInside Looking Out (The Animals)Grand Funk1970USA
Attila (Billy Joel!)Tear This Castle DownAttila1970USA
Sir Lord BaltimoreMaster HeartacheKingdom Come1970USA
The StoogesTV EyeFunhouse1970USA
Crosby Stills Nash & YoungDeja VuDeja Vu1970USA/UK/Canada
Grateful DeadUncle John's BandWorkingman's Dead1970USA
Joni MitchellBig Yellow TaxiLadies Of The Canyon1970Canada
Neil YoungAfter The GoldrushAfter The Goldrush1970Canada
The Guess WhoShare The LandShare The Land1970Canada
The WhoThe Seekersingle (Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy compilation)1970UK
Van der Graaf GeneratorPioneers Over cH To He Who Am The Only One1970UK
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