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  • Steppenwolf: Steppenwolf/Steppenwolf the Second/Monster/For Ladies Only/At Your Birthday Party/Steppenwolf 7/Slow Flux/Hour of the Wolf/Skullduggery- took care of a small injustice in my life, and picked up most of the late '60s/early '70s releases from the great Steppenwolf. Only ever had their great live album from 1971 and a 'hits collection', and decided that just wan't good enough. Glad I made that decision. Some great psychedelic hard rock/biker boogie to be found on these albums.

  • ZZ Top: ZZ Top's First Album/Rio Grande Mud/Fandango/Tres Hombres/Tejas/Deguello- much like what I did with Steppenwolf, I decide the 2 disc hits set I've had for YEARS of ZZ Top just wasn't cutting it. All these '70s albums just kick some serious ass. Billy Gibbons has the sweetest, raunchiest Les Paul tone ever!

  • Fleetwood Mac: Penguin/Bare Trees/Future Games/Heroes are Hard to FindMystery to Me-never had any of the Bob Welch era Mac stuff, but have always heard great things about those years. Really decent stuff, very varied, with a mix of the old blues style and the more laid back, poppy California rock they would soon employ. Even some prog rock mixed in here as well.

  • AC/DC: the whole catalog- really grooving to the Australian rock legends these days, both the Bon Scott era as well as the last 30+ years with Brian Johnson. So much great bluesy hard rock/metal riffage from the Young brothers throughout the years.

  • Whitesnake: Forevermore- still can't get enough of this most recent Whitesnake release. The title track just slays me every time. New music soon perhaps?

  • Uriah Heep: Very 'Eavy, Very 'Umble- their debut is a classic that never gets old.

  • Satan: Court in the Act/Life Sentence- one of the best NWOBHM bands EVER! Their debut and their 2012 return, both fantastic.

  • Nightwing: Black Summer- another great NWOBHM band, this gem from 1982. Killer keyboards, great riffs, memorable tunes, what's not to like?

  • Laura Casale: Now is Where You Are- lovely new melodic prog album from this wonderful vocalist/composer/keyboard player.

  • Steel Prophet: Omniscient- killer sci-fi concept album from this long running US power metal act. First album in a decade was worth the wait!

  • Redemption: Live From the Pit-outstanding live album from this veteran prog-metal act

  • Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74- can't say enough about this double live album from 2 shows in 1974. Queen at their heaviest!

  • Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same- always really dug this live album, with great versions of many of their classic tunes.

  • Robert Plant: lullabies...and The Ceaseless Roar- this one took a while to get into, but it's definitely growing on me. Pretty mellow overall, but I dig it.

  • BTO: Street Action/Rock 'n' Roll Nights- their 1978 & 1979 releases were recorded without Randy Bachman, who had left the band for a few years, but it's still solid, lumbering heavy rock from these Canadian veterans. Neither album gets much credit but I dig 'em both.

  • Opeth: Pale Communion-loving this one more and more each day. Really strong, melodic '70s inspired prog rock from the Swedes, who seemingly have left extreme metal behind but if this is the quality of music they will continue to make I'm ok with it.

  • Birth Control: Hoodoo Man- an underrated classic of early '70s prog/hard rock

  • Golden Earring: Eight Miles High/Golden Earring/Seven Tears/Together/Moontan/Switch/To the Hilt/Grab It for a Second-love all these '70s Golden Earring albums. This Dutch band could do it all, from hard rock, to prog, to folk and some pop. If all you know of them is 'Radar Love' or 'Twilight Zone', you are really missing out.

  • UFO: Walk on Water- great reunion album with Michael Schenker that never seems to get its due. Really heavy album-too bad it didn't last.

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