Classic albums: 1970-1975

CactusCactus (Atco, 1970)

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath (Vertigo, 1970)

Deep PurpleIn Rock (Harvest, 1970)

Ursa Major – Ursa Major (RCA, 1972)

Lynyrd Skynyrd(Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Erd) (MCA/Sounds Of The South, 1973)

MontroseMontrose (WB, 1973)

Alice CooperBillion Dollar Babies (WB, 1973)

The New York DollsThe New York Dolls (Mercury, 1973)

Bad CompanyBad Company (Island, 1974)

Rick DerringerAll American Boy (Blue Sky, 1974)

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Some fine Southern Rock bands

The US South is filled with proud, uncomplicated, honest and hard workin’ people with strong ethics. At least that’s the picture you get listening to most Southern Rock songs. Here we present some great bands from this genre.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is from Jacksonville, Florida. Their eponomous debut (1973) is a classic album. It stands at the beginning of the popularity of a new subgenre: Southern Rock. Lynyrd is best known for signature songs like Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird. But the lyrics of Simple Man, that’s on the debut album, sum up the  Southern man pretty clearly, or at least describes how the Southern man should ideally be. The lyrics can be found here. read more

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