top 10 metal/hard rock/proto-metal albums of the 70s?


Jan 20, 2002
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In tandem with the similar thread re the 80s, let's take a stab at the 70 (one album per band, if possible). This might be even more difficult than the 80s thread!

1) Zep - Physical Graffiti

the rest in no true order:
Sabbath - Sabotage
Tull - Benefit
Deep Purple - In Rock
Priest - Stained Class
Rush - 2112
AC/DC - Let there be Rock
UFO - Force It
Free - Fire & Water
Aerosmith - Rocks
Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
Van Halen - debut
Rainbow -Rising
Yes - Close to the Edge
The Faces - A Nod is as good as a wink
Jeff Beck - Rough 'n Ready
Hendrix - Band of Gypsies
Floyd - Wish you were Here
robin Trower - Bride of Sighs
Traffic - Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Wishbone Ash - Argus
Stones - Exile on Main St
1. Montrose - S/T
The rest:
Kiss - Destroyer
Deep P - Machine Head
Scorps - 1979 album
Priest - Sad Wings, et al
Zep - IV
Rush - S/T
Ted Nugent - Stranglehold (or whatever the album was called)
Boston - S/T
Edgar Winter - They Only Come Out
Journey - 1978
Max Webster - A Million Vacations (Universal Juveniles was better, but 1980)
Rainbow - Long Live RNR
Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
Santana - Inner Secrets
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (Maiden before Maiden)
The 70's, well a lot of the bands I post on the 80's thread are gonna be here too so, in no particular order:

Motorhead - "Overkill"
Rainbow - "Rising"
Rush - "2112"
Judas Priest - "Stained Class"
Black Sabbath - "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
Pink Floyd - "Animals"
Uriah Heep - "Demons & Wizards"
Alice Cooper - "Welcome To My Nightmare"
Blue Oyster Cult - "Secret Treaties"
Nazareth - "Hair Of The Dog"
Scorpions - "Virgin Killer"
Rick Wakeman - "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII"
Deep Purple - "Made In Japan"