MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – Solar Fire (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – Solar Fire (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

I’m back again to blow the dust off yet another rare lost gem of the 1970’s. This time my time machine lands back in 1973 for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Solar Fire. Even though the official release is listed as 1973, it wasn’t until late 1974 that we came across this classic. Could this be the same band from way back in the 60’s that had a hit called “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” or…

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MONTROSE – Paper Money (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MONTROSE – Paper Money (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Welcome to another edition of That ‘70’s Guy, where I’ll resurrect yet another classic hidden gem of the 1970’s. This time around, I will give my take on Montrose – Paper Money. When one thinks of the band Montrose, songs like “Rock Candy”, “Rock the Nation” and “Bad Motor Scooter” immediately come to mind. After all, they are the timeless classics that are still played on the radio to this day, not to mention nearly…

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HAMMERSMITH – Hammersmith (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

HAMMERSMITH – Hammersmith (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

When I first decided to do this series, my initial intention was to review obscure, unknown albums that were a fave of both mine and my group of friends. As I progressed, I started to add lesser known older albums from popular bands. Well this month’s hidden gem falls completely into the original concept. It is the fantastic 1975 debut album from Canada’s Hammersmith. Let’s just say if you have heard of this album, you…

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MAX WEBSTER – High Class in Borrowed Shoes (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MAX WEBSTER – High Class in Borrowed Shoes (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

This time around, the topic of conversation as heard and experienced through “That 70’s Guy” is 1977’s Max Webster’s High Class in Borrowed Shoes. Oh man, where do I start with this iconic Canadian masterpiece? Let’s just start with saying that any young Canadian rock fan back in 1977 was rocking out to this album. I thought I would share it on my Retro Review and allow others around the globe to gain some insight…

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BLUE OYSTER CULT – Secret Treaties (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Secret Treaties (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

It’s time for another spin around the turntable with “That 70’s Guy – Retro Review”. This hidden gem is none other than Secret Treaties by Blue Oyster Cult. Yes, BOC are the farthest thing from a one hit wonder or a forgotten unknown act but, like most popular bands, I feel some of the best albums are the least popular and get little recognition. Secret Treaties is one of them. This album was my first…

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REO SPEEDWAGON – Lost In A Dream (That 70’s Guy – Retro Review)

REO SPEEDWAGON – Lost In A Dream (That 70’s Guy – Retro Review)

I’m pleased to present in this edition of That 70’s Guy’s – Retro Review, that hidden gem that is none other than 1974’s  Lost In A Dream by REO Speedwagon.  REO Speedwagon is by no means an unknown band, but Lost In A Dream certainly falls into that category of being a lost classic.  I can usually remember every little thing about my introduction to certain bands or albums, but, for the life of me,…

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MAHOGANY RUSH – Child Of The Novelty (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MAHOGANY RUSH – Child Of The Novelty (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Welcome again to another edition of “That 70’s Guy’s – Retro Review”. This time around, I unearth the 1974 Canadian masterpiece Child of the Novelty from Mahogany Rush. Yes folks, the same Mahogany Rush that includes the iconic guitarist Frank Marino. Like I have said many times, back in the day, we had no real way of collecting information – no World Wide Web, no YouTube, no social media and no real rock news radio…

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RAM JAM – Portrait of an Artist as a Young Ram (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

RAM JAM – Portrait of an Artist as a Young Ram (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

RAM JAM – Introduction Welcome again to “That 70’s Guy’s Retro Review”. For this month’s hidden gem, I have chosen from 1978, Ram Jam – Portrait of an Artist as a Young Ram. I was beginning to wonder why there’s been so many from 1978. It’s because when we rockers, being slowly squeezed out by the disco invasion, actually found an album that rocked, its presence was even more memorable and special. Bands like Riot,…

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TRILLION – Trillion (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

TRILLION – Trillion (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Introduction It’s time for another round of my “That 70’s Guy’s – Retro Review”, where I uncover a relatively unknown hidden gem from the 1970’s that had a significant impact on my insane music addiction that I have had for over 50 years. I like to give my take on the record and what it meant to me and my buddies growing up in the moment. This month’s edition is “Trillion” – their self-titled debut…

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CHILLIWACK – ROCKERBOX (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

CHILLIWACK – ROCKERBOX (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Rockerbox is the fifth studio album form Canada’s legendary rockers Chilliwack and the subject of this edition of That 70’s Guy’s Retro Review. Released in December 1975, this album ranks not only as the best that Bill Henderson and company ever put to vinyl, but one of the best Canadian rock albums of all time. However there was one slight problem – Chilliwack made a real hard rock FM style effort that many had a…

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