4-12-10 Time Machine #2 – February 1970
Thankfully, Strange Days magazine in
Strange Days 2010.04 lists “February 1970 Albums” as The Move “Shazam” (Regal Zonophone UK LP SLRZ 1012); Ginger Baker’s Air Force “self-titled” (Polydor UK 2LP 2662 001); Gong “Magick Brother” (Byg FR LP 529 029); Van Der Graaf Generator “The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other” (Charisma UK LP CAS 1007); Rod Stewart “An Old Raincoat Will never let You Down” (Vertigo UK LP VO 4); Black Sabbath “self-titled” Vertigo UK LP VO 6); Cressida “self-titled” Vertigo VO 6); Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention “Burnt Weeny Sandwich” (Reprise / Bizarre US RS 6370); and John & Beverly Martyn “Stormbringer” (Island UK LP ILPS 9113).
At the time, I was probably most aware of Ginger Baker’s Air Force. I had been a huge Cream fan, and I dutifully obtained Blind Faith’s only LP. I didn’t know the jazz guys on Air Force, but it sounded good to me. I loved the cover art, too. I had seen “Shazam” by The Move, and I liked that cover art as well – but I waited and got “Looking On” when it first hit the streets not long after this.
I didn’t start on Van Der Graaf Generator right away; I found a
Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath and Cressida – three fine Vertigo label acts. I definitely saw all of these LP’s at the time. First one I actually heard was Black Sabbath, when “Paranoid” came out. The Vertigo fever didn’t set in for a year or two – when I would go back and try and figure out which ones I had missed – that’s when I heard Cressida – and I like this one better than their 2nd album! I knew Rod Stewart from Jeff Beck albums, and from Faces records. Like most of
I certainly didn’t hear Gong in 1970. It took a few years for all the defective Byg LP pressings to turn up in bargain bins in
I had been following Frank Zappa for years by this point, so “Burnt Weeny Sandwich” was a natural for me – I felt sad when the poster included basically said that the band was no more. But I didn’t give up on Zappa…
I really had no idea who John Martyn was, apart from being a guy who had albums on Island