This outfit formed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the Summer of 1969. They played a sort of heavy rock music in the Black Sabbath/Alice Cooper vein and had a spectacular live show, opening for many 'big name' acts. The above album was recorded in just four hours and pressed in limited quantities for distribution to local fans.
Founded in Germany during the late 60's, Hairy Chapter is a solid acid-garagey-free rockin band. This is reminiscence to the most marvellous krautrock acts (Amon Düül II, Guru Guru, Agitation Free, My solid Ground...). In 1969 they recorded the obscure Electric Sound for Dancing LP, followed by the catchy heavy-psychedelic called eyes (1970).
A very good English heavy bluesrock band that made one album in 1971 then promptly disappeared into obscurity. I recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rod Alexander, here:
If you like bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and the Stones, as well as blues, then you're going to love this hard rockin' release. These guys were produced by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and signed to Capitol.
Stonehouse: Stonehouse Creek 1971 is a GREAT Heavy Rock record. Oftentimes wrongfully lumped into the hard progressive sub category, this is just plain old killer articulate early 70s Heavy Rock. The music and vocal stylings bear a slight resemblance to their fellow UK musicians in Free or very early Bad Company.
Blue Mountain Eagle was a short-lived American rock group that evolved out of New Buffalo Springfield in August 1969 and recorded a lone album for Atco Records, which they were personally signed to by label founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Solid late 60s hard rock album with a definite pop influence (as many great melodies as there are long guitar solos). Vintage 1969 sound with lots of different effects on the guitars. There are three songwriters, but they’re all equally good, and the mix of writers lends variety. Ends with a terrific 9-minute blow out. Side two is completely solid.
In 1971 four young men from Sun Valley Idaho; Jim Klahr (keyboards), Mike Snead (lead guitar and vocals), Steve Towery (drums and vocals), and Matt Wilson (bass and vocals) decided that Salem Mass would be a good name for a group. They played psychedelic rock and released one record titled Witch Burning the same year.
Spanish band Tapiman have produced an excellent heavy rock album which takes its place among the best from the country. Guitarist Max Sunyer was Spain's first 'guitar hero', and his versatile style gets a good airing on their 1971 album. From hard rock solos on 'Wrong World' through heavy riffing on 'Don't Ask Why' to the romanticism of 'Paris' the guitarwork on here is first rate.
Les Variations was a French Hard Rock band from the late 1960s and early 1970's, that sang in English and was known for its rock guitar based music. Often, their songs and compositions contained hints of North African and Jewish Shepardic melodies as well as the Hebrew songs of the band members’ youth.