Great forgotten rock bands
All those POWER-ROCK bands of the '60 -70s that influenced all the coming groups and that many have fallen into the well of oblivion. Do not forget to click on the name of the band to see a clip. ROCK ON!
MOTT THE HOOPLE
Mott the Hoople was a British rock band with strong roots from Rhythm & Blues. In 1968, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Pete "Overend" Watts and Dale "Buffin" Griffin formed a band called Silence. Then guitarist Stan Tippens joined them in 1969. Stevens changed the group's name to "Mott the Hoople," based on a novel by Willard Manus. Later Ian Hunter, vocalist and keyboardist would join. His debut album, Mott the Hoople (1969), was a commercial event, and his repertoire included versions of "Laugh at Me" (Sonny Bono), and an instrumental version of "You Really Got Me" (The Kinks). The second album, Mad Shadows (1970), received some negative reviews; as was Wildlife (1971). However, the band managed to consolidate in part with Brain Capers (1971), which could not avoid the rumors of the separation.
James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. Although the band was not a great commercial success, the fame gained by guitarist Joe Walsh has increased the group's popularity. The original components were drummer Jimmy Fox, bassist Tom Kriss, guitarist Ronnie Silverman, keyboardist Phil Giallombardo, and guitarist Greg Grandillo, who was quickly replaced by Dennis Chandler. Bill Jeric replaced Silverman when he entered military service. And after Chandler left, the group had the great talent of Glen Schwartz. Unfortunately, none of the above combinations produced any official material. In 1968 Joe Walsh replaced Schwartz, when he left the band to join Pacific Gas & Electric. The band, which at that time consisted of Fox, Kriss and Walsh, published their debut album Yer 'Album (1969).
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS
Black Oak Arkanas is an American Southern Rock group that borrowed the name of the city where it was created: Black Oak in Arkansas. The training, achieved the recognition of critics in the seventies with ten albums classified in the best sellers. His style is characterized by the presence of multiple guitars and the particular voice and concert attitude of his singer, Jim "Dandy" Mangrum. At the beginning, the group was called The Knowbody Else, this group was created by Jim "Dandy" Mangrum (Voice), Richie Reynolds (Guitar), Stanley Knight (Guitar), Harvey Jett (Guitar), Pat Daugherty (Bass) and Wayne Evans (Battery), later replaced by Tomy Aldridge.
Faces, also known as "The Faces," was a rock'n'roll band formed in 1969 from the remains of Small Faces when Steve Marriott left them to form Humble Pie. Ron Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (voice) both from The Jeff Beck Group joined former Small Faces members Ronnie Lane (bass), Ian McLagan (keyboards) and Kenney Jones (drums) to complete the training. They played together in the early 70s before Stewart began his solo career and Wood joined the Rolling Stones in 1975.
Important New York psychedelic band emerged in the late 60s. Their ability to vary completely classic pieces of The Beatles or The Supremes influenced progressive and contextual and later hard-rock groups (such as Deep Purple or Uriah Heep) for their risky lysergic infusion and prerogative on these issues, its resounding sonority, slowness in the tempos and complexity in the arrangements. Its members included organist Mark Stein, bassist Tim Bogert, solo guitarist Vince Martell and drummer Carmine Appice.
Blue Cheer was a rock band, a pioneer of sound that in the 90's would be known as Stoner Rock for its highly serious use of the tuning of its instruments as well as the strong volume used in its recordings. It emerged in the late 60's and early 70's. Originally from San Francisco, United States, she is also considered a pioneer of Heavy Metal. This hard-rock trio was composed by bassist / singer Dickie Peterson, guitar Leigh Stevens and drummer Paul Whaley.
Band created in the late 60s that was screened by singer and guitarist Leslie West, former component of the New York group The Vagrants. These had had the collaboration of producer Felix Pappalardi, who after the dissolution of Cream (group of which he was a producer) formed a bassist's association with the powerful voice and guitar of West to create Mountain, a blues-rock and hard-rock group strongly influenced by the previous works of Cream and Jimi Hendrix.
Bloodrock was one of the first hard-rock bands of the 70s of Fort Woth, TX led by singer / drummer Jim Rutledge on his first album. They reached the hit Top 40 with the morbid "DOA" of their second, gold album, Bloodrock 2. Many believe they were the true pioneers of Heavy Rock.
In the summer of 1973, Ronnie Montrose decides to pursue his solo career, after having played with Van Morrison and Edgar Winter (among others), recruiting for his new adventure a very young and unknown, at that time, Sammy Hagar to the voice , Denny Carmassi on drums and Bill Church on bass, taking care of all the guitars himself and that's how they signed with Warner Bros. presenting their album "Montrose" and with which they would mark a milestone in the history of Rock.
They are formed in 1967 in Cardiff, a city in Wales. Composed of John Burke Shelley (bass and vocals), Raymond Phillips (Drums), Tony Bourge (guitar) and Brian Goddard (guitar). At first they called themselves Hills Contemporary Grass and then switched to Six Ton Budgie. In 1968 the Six Ton Budgie project did not find a label to sponsor their work, so Brian Goddard decided to leave, turning the band into a trio and being known from there simply as Budgie. After much knocking on doors they get a contract and record their first album, titled "Budgie" (1971). The rhythmic base (bass and drums) is solid and Tony Bourge's work on the guitar goes through several styles of riffs.
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
Blue Öyster Cult was a rock / rock n 'roll group of the 70's that had a great influence with Progressive Rock and the origin of heavy metal. Created, although with a very different name, in 1967, New Yorkers Blue Öyster Cult began their musical journey in the middle of the psychedelic era under different names, including Soft White Underbelly, Oaxaca or Stalk Forrest Group. The project was promoted by two university students and rock critics called Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer, who held the position of representatives of the band, while composing and producing the training records, which was in its first incarnation composed of singer Les Bronstein (later replaced by Eric Bloom who also played guitar), guitarist Donald Roeser, called Buck Dharma, bassist Andy Winters, drummer Albert Bouchard and keyboardist John Wiesenthal, who would soon be replaced by Allen Lanier. The Blue Öyster Cult would sign with Columbia to debut on vinyl with “Blue Öyster Cult” (1972), a good album produced by Sandy Pearlman, a key piece in the success of the Blue Öyster Cult, and Murray Krugman, with David Lucas as an engineer of sound, in which the hardest rock trend was already appreciated, with blues-rock, psychedelic, garage-rock and even glam-rock pieces, of the initial music of the New York band, energetic, theatrical and intense, which both he took from Cream or Steppenwolf and T. Rex, The Stooges, Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.
American Rock band formed in 1969 by former Vanilla Fudge components, Tim Bogert on bass and Carmine Appice on drums, Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels guitarist Jim McCarthy and Rusty Day, Ted's Amboy Dukes singer Nugent "Cactus" (1970) would be the first album of the new supergroup, an intense album of hard, blues and boggie rock, with a vibrant vocal and instrumental performance that did not get excessive resonance in sales.
THE GUESS WHO
The Guess Who, a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was one of the first to establish a great success followed in his own country, while still residing there. Produced by Jack Richardson, CM, they were the first Canadian rock group to have a No. 1 hit in the United States. The Guess Who started at a Winnipeg venue formed by singer / guitarist Allan Chad in 1960 and initially called Al and the Silvertones. This was changed by Chad Allan & the Reflections in 1962, in which the band consisted of Chad Allan (voice / guitar), Bob Ashley (keyboards), Randy Bachman (guitars), Jim Kale (bass), and Garry Peterson (drums ). All band members were born in Winnipeg.
Traffic was a rock group, coming from Birmingham, England. The group formed in the 60s, and was led by Steve Winwood, with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason, Winwood joined the band after leaving aside the group he played until then, the Spencer Davis Group. Traffic's debut came in 1967, with the single "Paper Sun" in the UK. "Hole in My Shoe" was his second single, which was a great success. At that time the hostilities began between the composers of the group, Winwood and Mason. The band debuted with the album Mr. Fantasy, which enjoyed a good reception in the UK, not being in the US. UU ..
Steve Marriott known vocalist and guitarist, decided to leave the Small Faces, to form with Peter Frampton, former singer and guitarist of the group The Herd, this group called Humble Pie, whose sound approached and tended towards more rooted postulates, bowing to the blues-rock, boggie, folk-rock, country-rock and hard-rock. For this they allied with the old Spooky Tooth component, bassist Greg Ridley, and former Apostolic Intervention member, drummer Jerry Shirley.
Rare Earth is an American rock band that had its moment between 1967 and 1978, Rare Earth was linked to the Motown label that had the same name. They were formed in 1961, in the city of Detroit, under the name of The Sunliners, but they changed it in 1968 to that of Rare Earth. The base of Rare Earth (1969) are: Gil Bridges (vocals, sax, flute and percussion), Rod Richards (guitar and vocals), John Persh (bass and vocals), Kenny James (organ) and Pete Rivera (drums and vocals ).
TEN YEARS AFTER
Ten Years After 'is a popular British blues rock band in the late 60s and early 70s, consisting of Alvin Lee (guitar), Ric Lee (drums), Leo Lyons (bass) and Chick Churchill (keyboard ). In May 1967, they debuted at the seventh Windsor jazz and blues festival. His fame shot up between that year and 1969, with his first four albums: Ten Years After, Undead, Stonehenge and Ssssh. The consecration came to them at the Woodstock festival, where they performed the song I'm Going Home, which placed Alvin Lee among the guitar leaders of his time
The origins of this group date back to the sixties, when the young Dan McCafferty (vocals), Manny Charlton (guitars), Pete Agnew (bass) and Darrell Sweet (drums) integrated The Shadettes, a band that covered the singles of the Top 30 from the United Kingdom. After tanning on Dunfermline stages, and changing his old name to Nazareth in 1968, in the summer of 1971 they decided to leave their city and settle in London (at that time the chances of success in Scotland were slim). His first album, with the same title and released that same year, failed to sell much, but he liked fans of powerful sounds. It is an esteemed LP where, together with its forcefulness, they already show certain preferences, among which is their fondness at certain times for American music (this time mainly the country).
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
Grand Funk Railroad is an American band frequently under the Power trio modality. In general not very well accepted by critics, the original Grand Funk lineup was very popular during the 1970s, having sold more than 25 million records and performing on stages around the world. They were also awarded 4 times by the RIAA in 1970, a unique case in any North American group in that year. They were also cited as "the strongest rock and roll band in the world." The band was formed in 1969 by Mark Farner (vocalist, guitar) and Don Brewer (vocalist, drums), from Terry Knight and the Pack, and Mel Schacher (bass) from? & the Mysterians in Flint, Michigan.
Steppenwolf has its origins in the Toronto Sparrow blues band, formed in 1964 and played in cafes in the Yorkville neighborhood. In 1967 the band settled in San Francisco (California, United States), where they began to play folk music. It was producer Gabriel Mekler, from the Dunhill Records label (Los Angeles) who proposed to harden their sound, which ended up approaching hard rock and converting them, already as Steppenwolf. In fact, the term "heavy metal" was obtained from some verses of the song "Born to be wild". His original training was that of John Kay (vocals and guitar), Jerry Edmonton (drums), Michael Monarch (guitar), Goldie McJohn (keyboards) and Rushton Moreve (bass).