Yes…another collection of classic rock music to bring back memories or expose a new generation to the songs of old. There was a lot of good music out there back then, and not many of them ever made it to the Top 40. The Top 40 was almost exclusive to groups under contract to the big labels, who had the financial power to promote and market them. While most groups and artists on smaller labels or who marketed their own work ended up being locally popular. The Sonics were a perfect example of a great group that were a local hit in the Washington State area ( from Tacoma, Washington ) but never broke the National or International market. It wasn’t that they couldn’t have been a big hit, they just never had the backing at that time.

So…a lot of great groups, great songs, were overlooked. For a variety of reasons. I would imagine that the music industry works much the same as the newspaper comic strip industry, years ago I created two comic strips ( Jake the  – Blue Bouncing Bottler – Snake and Socrates ), but newspaper syndicates would receive hundreds, even thousands, of submissions, each year, out of which they would pick 6 or 7 to run in the few open spots they had available. And I would imagine the music industry works pretty much the same way, they look at several artists and pick the few they think they can market and make money off of. And, in many cases they’re wrong, and great, or potentially great artists, get cast to the wind.

Some of you might remember a few of these…they might have had some National exposure, or were a hit in your local area. Or maybe you saw them play a club, or on a reunion tour with other lesser-known groups. One thing for sure, there’s a lot more out there than what they play on Top 40 radio or those Classic Oldies Stations. And if you dig the 60’s and 70’s you should lend an ear, you’ll like what you hear! So get your groove on Baby, cause it’s gonna be outta sight!

Each one of these songs I’ve played on my Sweat986FM Blip Station.

Spriguns – Lord Lovell

Randy California – Downer….remember the group Spirit? He also played with Hendrix in his group The Blue Flame

St. John Green – Devil and the Sea

Jim Capaldi – electric nights…you might remember him from the group Traffic

Joe Byrd and The Field Hippies -You can`t ever come down

The Changin’ Times – How Is The Air Up There?

The Stalk-Forrest Group – What is Quicksand?

Stone the Crows – Good Time Girl with Maggie Bell

Les Chaussettes Noires – Hey Pony

Cherry Smash – Sing songs of love

Philamore Lincoln – Rainy Day

Circus Maximus – Wind

Superfine Dandelion – People In The Street

Christine Perfect – I’m On My Way

Chick Churchill – broken engagements…from Ten Years After

Sweet Smoke – Mary Jane is to Love

Toad – Cream

Tintern Abbey – Beeside

The Left Handed Marirage w/ Brian May – She Was Once My Friend

Timon – Now She Says She’s Young

Three Souls In My Mind – Ado

The N’ Betweens (Slade) – Hold Tight

The VIPs – I Wanna Be Free

The Cougars – I Wish It Would Rain

Bitter Honey – The Holy Mackerel with Paul Williams

Mama Lion – Candy Man

Tony Colton & The Big Boss Band – You’re Wrong There Baby

Ten Wheel Drive – Tightrope

Mahavishnu Orchestra – One Word…Jeff Beck called John McLaughlin “the best guitarist alive”

Clear Light – She’s Ready To Be Free

The Tages – In My Dreams

Terry Sylvester – Too Bad Lucy Jane…from The Hollies

The Deviants – You’ve Got To Hold On

The Ugly’s – Wake up my mind

TWINK – suicide

The Mixtures – Pushbike Song

Truth – Music Is Life

The Triffids – Looking Around

Daughters Of Albion – Hey, You, Wait, Stay

Medicine Head – Rising Sun

Dantalian’s Chariot – The Madman Running Through The Fields

Christine McVie – I’d Rather Go Blind – ya might remember her from Fleetwood Mac

Damnation Of Adam Blessing – Back To The River

The Daily Flash – Jack Of Diamonds…they played on at least one episode of The Girl from Uncle

Cupid’s Inspiration – Yesterday Has Gone

Michele Torr – Discomotion

Mother Earth – People Tree

Robb & Dean Douglas – Phone Me

Morning Dew – Young Man

Rick van der Linden & Trace – Doubts

Darkness – Van der Graaf Generator

Moondog – Do Your Thing

The Vagrants – The Final Hour

Mott – Storm

Gary Usher – Wax, Board & Woodie

Moon’s Train – It’s in my mind – including Peter Frampton

The Unspoken Word – Anniversary of my mind

The Montanas – You’ve Got To Be Loved

The Dirty Strangers (with Paul Fox & Ronnie Wood) – Here She Comes

United Travel Service – Wind & Stone

Dib Cochran & The Earwigs – Oh Baby

Stephen Monahan – Lost People

The Electric Flag – Goin’ Down Slow

The Elastik Band – Spazz

Arik Einstein – SheKsheNavo

The Nashville Five – Batman Theme

Graeme Edge Band – In Dreams …you might remember him from the Moody Blues

Nick Nantos and his Fireballers – Jazz Banana

Eclection – Mark Time

Earth Island – Peace And Understanding

Music Emporium – Gentle Thursday

Dale Rocka & The Volcanos – The whole night long

Simon Dupree & Big Sound – Kites

The Mourning Reign – Satisfaction Guaranteed

Daddy Cool – Flip

Julie Driscoll Brian Auger & Trinity – Wheels On Fire

Sylvie Vartan – Money

Charlie Feathers – Wild Wild Party

Willie And The Red Rubber Band – Mary Jane

Mick Farren and The Deviants – Screwed Up

Gary Farr – In The Mud

Nomadi – Io vagabondo

Mike Wilhelm – Me and My Uncle

The Family Dogg – The Storm

The Wilde Three – Since You’ve Gone

The Spotnicks (ft. Jimmie Nicol) – Drum Diddley – Jimmie Nicol toured with the Beatles in 64′

Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends

Roky Erickson – Two Headed Dog

Scott English – High On A Hill

Keith West – Havin’ Someone

Ted Mulry Gang – Jump In My Car

Felder’s Orioles – BackStreet

Orphan Egg – Falling

Fenwyck – Mindrocker

Fickle Pickle – Saturday

Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed

Richard Wright – Summer Elegy ( Pink Floyd – from his solo Wet Dream album 1978 )

Guy Fletcher – Mary in the Morning

Pussyfoot – The Way That You Do It (1976)

PF Sloan – From a Distance

Writing on the wall – Aries from 1968

The Paper Garden – A Day

The Pentangle – Hunting Song

David Peel & The Lower East Side – The Pope Smokes Dope

The Fugs – CIA Man

Zior – Entrance of the Devil

Pearls before Swine – Another time

Fuchsia – Gone With The Mouse

The Paupers – Magic Peoples

Patto – Time To Die

Claude Francois – Belinda

The Paper Garden – A Day

Lindy Blaskey & The Lavells – You Ain’t Tuff

Madd, Inc. – Don’t Be So Mean

The Litter – Action Woman

Teddy and his Patches – Suzy Creamcheese

The Barbarians – Moulty

The Tammys – Egyptian Shumba

Françoise Hardy – Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles

The Monks – Monk Time

France Gall – Laisse Tomber Les Filles

Vicky Leandros – L’amour Est Bleu – this song was covered by the Paul Mauriat orchestra

The Misunderstood – I Unseen

Misty Wizards – It`s Love

Ellen Margulies – Meditation

While you’re at it Check out our other lists:

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs 2

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs 3

100 Rare Classic Rock Songs 4

You might want to check out our one-hit wonder collection lists:

One-Hit Wonders: Popular and Rare

One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s: Popular and Rare

Top Twenty One-Hit Wonders in the UK: 1960-1999

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 90’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 80’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 70’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s

also our number-one hit collections:

Number One Hits in the UK: 1960s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1970s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1980s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1990s

also our hit collections:

Rock: Can You Dig It, Baby: Present meets the Past

Canadian Rock Classics

100 Greatest Rock Classics: 1960-1999

Rock Classics: Remembering the Classics…songs that never made our other lists

Rock Classics: Remembering the Classics…songs that never made our other lists : Part Two

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore: Part Two

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore: Part Three

Weird and Wacky Rock Classics: sometimes NSFW

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Former Freehand Freelance Graphic Illustrator... been online since 2004 ( late starter ), blogging since 2005, presently writing a suspense-thriller e-book that began as a screenplay.

5 thoughts on “Collection of Rare or Lesser-Known Rock Classics”
  1. I made the mistake of cleaning up after her for the first 11 years without complaint, been trying to get her to clean up after herself for the last 3 years and she knows if she doesn’t I’ll get around to doing it for her. I’m not a neat freak by any stretch of the imagination but I do like to keep things modestly clean. 😉

  2. You could point out to her how unfair guys are. They tend to want their gals to clean up after them. Since she can’t clean up after herself, she might be signing her Old Maid Certificate.

    Case in point would be my step-daughter. She had a hard time keeping guys around until I informed her they wouldn’t hang around as long as she couldn’t cook or clean. Gave her a cook book one year which pissed her the hell off. She used it to teach herself some simple dishes and Todd has now hung in with her for 3 years. For her that’s almost a lifetime commitment.

  3. My daughter scarfed my stereo a couple years back, on condition she cleaned her room and kept it clean for 1 month…

    she has my stereo
    I’m still waiting for her room to be clean for a month 😀

  4. I don’t remember many of these songs at all, and when I get new speakers, I may have to go see if I can listen to them. Speakers croaked last week. Trying to decide whether I want a new computer or just the speakers. 😀 I HATE spending money.

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