Andre Gardner

It was a summer of anti-war protests and the horror of Kent State. It was also the summer that the Phillies’ Jim Bunning became the second Cy Young Award winning pitcher to notch 100 wins in both the NL and AL, as the Phils beat the Astros 6-5 at the Astrodome. While that was happening, these were MGK’s Top 10 Rock Albums from August 10, 1970.

  • 10. Climbing! - Mountain

    The OTHER big man, Leslie West, scored his biggest success post-Woodstock with this strong debut album from his band Mountain. Climbling! was #10 on August 10, 1970.

  • 9. Alone Together - Dave Mason

    If you were lucky, you bought this in a record store, opened it up, and it was on marble colored vinyl!  About a third of the copies of Dave Mason’s solo debut Alone Together came in that form.  It peaked at #9 and opens up with one of his most popular tracks.

  • 8. Eric Burdon Declares "War" - Eric Burdon And War

    The pairing of The Animals’ Eric Burdon with L.A.’s funkiest band latest all of two albums, the first being Eric Burdon Declares “War”. It peaked here at #8 on August 10, 1970 and gives me an excuse to play “Spill The Wine!”

  • 7. John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic

    After the demise of Blind Faith, Steve Winwood set to work on his first solo album, which was to be called Mad Shadows. Instead, he brought in a few of his Traffic bandmates to join him, and it became Traffic’s fourth album called John Barleycorn Must Die. It’s #7 on MGK’s Thursday Top 10 Countdown this week, and it features one of Winwood’s finest songs.

  • 6. Live At Leeds - The Who

    Next up is one of the most powerful live albums ever made, The Who’s Live At Leeds. Leeds was Leeds University, where the show was recorded and after peaking at #4, it slips a bit to #6 on August 10, 1970.

  • 5. Chicago II - Chicago

    Technically this album is called, simply, Chicago, since it was the first album under the band’s newly shortened name.  Nowadays it’s known as Chicago II, the #5 rock album on MGK’s Thursday Top 10 Countdown.

  • 4. Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young

    No matter that hardly any of the songs from this album were recorded with the band actually together in the studio, Deja Vu from CSNY cemented the trio, now quartet, into Classic Rock history.  It hit #1 for one week before dropping to #4 on August 10, 1970.

  • 3. McCartney - Paul McCartney

    Recording in secret under the name Billy Martin, Paul McCartney managed to keep his debut solo album a total secret from the world, AND the other three Beatles.  It signaled the end of the band and beginning of a stellar solo career for Macca. McCartney is #3 on this week’s countdown, and was hot on the heels of an album by his newly former band.

  • 2. Let It Be - The Beatles

    The last Beatles studio album released, but not recorded, was Let It Be.  The band’s swan song, the lone album produced by Phil Spector, was the #2 rock album on the 10th of August, 1970.

  • 1. Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    At the top of the chart this week is the fifth studio album by one of America’s biggest bands.  In fact, it was their fourth album in a year and a half, just incredible output.  This one was huge, hitting #1 and staying there for nine weeks! #1 on August 10, 1970 was Cosmos’s Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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