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100 albums from the 1970s

Over on Twitter (@andylong) a few months ago I started a little project where I chose ten albums from each year of the 1970s, played one each day and posted my thoughts and memories. It’s been great fun, I’ve listened to one hundred fantastic albums from my collection and I’ve had lots of really entertaining conversations and made some new Twitter friends. I had to spend a bit of money too as some people were recommending albums to me that I didn’t already own, so I’ve discovered a couple of albums that I should have been listening to for years.

Here’s a list of all the albums, alphabetically by artist, there is not now and never was any though of putting them in order of which was ‘best’ as that is purely subjective.

How many have you got, which have meant the most to you, which ones have you never heard of and now want to?

Ten albums from each year of the 1970s
AC/DC Highway to Hell 1979
Atomic Rooster Death Walks Behind You 1970
Barclay James Harvest Baby James Harvest 1972
Barclay James Harvest Octoberon 1976
Barclay James Harvest Gone to Earth 1977
Be Bop Deluxe Axe Victim 1974
Be Bop Deluxe Sunburst Finish 1976
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath 1970
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 1973
Budgie Never Turn Your Back on A Friend 1973
Camel Mirage 1974
Camel Music Inspired by the Snow Goose 1975
Can Tago Mago 1971
Can Future Days 1973
Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink 1971
Chris Squire Fish Out of Water 1975
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust 1972
Deep Purple In Rock 1970
Derek and The Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs 1970
Eagles Desperado 1973
Eagles Hotel California 1976
Electric Light Orchestra Out of The Blue 1977
Electric Light Orchestra Discovery 1979
Emerson Lake and Palmer Pictures at An Exhibition 1971
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery 1973
England Garden Shed 1977
Eno Here Come the Warm Jets 1974
Eno Another Green World 1975
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977
Focus Moving Waves 1971
Focus Hamburger Concerto 1974
Foreigner Double Vision 1978
Foreigner Head Games 1979
Frank Zappa Joe’s Garage Act 1 1979
Fruupp Modern Masquerades 1974
Genesis Nursery Cryme 1971
Genesis Foxtrot 1972
Genesis A Trick of The Tail 1976
Gentle Giant Octopus 1972
Gentle Giant Free Hand 1975
Gong Angel’s Egg 1973
Gryphon Red Queen to Gryphon Three 1974
Hawkwind Doremi Fasol Latido 1972
Jaco Pastorius Jaco 1976
Jeff Wayne War of The Worlds 1978
Jethro Tull Aqualung 1971
Jethro Tull Thick as A Brick 1972
Jethro Tull Songs from The Wood 1977
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses 1978
Joni Mitchell Hejira 1976
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon 1970
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black 1974
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Four 1971
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire 1973
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells 1973
Miles Davis Bitches Brew 1970
Moody Blues A Question of Balance 1970
Nektar A Tab in The Ocean 1972
Peter Hammill Fool’s Mate 1971
Peter Hammill Over 1977
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of The Moon 1973
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1975
Pink Floyd Animals 1977
Pink Floyd The Wall 1979
Premiata Forneria Marconi L’Isola Di Niente 1974
Quatermass Quatermass 1970
Queen Live Killers 1979
Rainbow Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll 1978
Rainbow Rising 1976
Rick Wakeman The Six Wives of Henry VIII 1973
Rush 2112 1976
Rush A Farewell to Kings 1977
Rush Hemispheres 1978
Santana Abraxas 1970
Soft Machine Bundles 1975
Steely Dan Katy Lied 1975
Steely Dan Aja 1977
Steve Hackett Please Don’t Touch 1978
Steve Hackett Spectral Mornings 1979
Steve Hillage Fish Rising 1975
Strawbs Grave New World 1972
Supertramp Breakfast In America 1979
Tangerine Dream Phaedra 1974
Tangerine Dream Force Majeure 1979
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak 1976
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous 1978
UFO Obsession 1978
Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards 1972
Van Der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts 1971
Van Der Graaf Generator Godbluff 1975
Van Der Graaf Generator Still Life 1976
Van Morrison Moondance 1970
Weather Report Mr Gone 1978
Whitesnake Trouble 1978
Whitesnake Lovehunter 1979
Yes The Yes Album 1971
Yes Close to The Edge 1972
Yes Relayer 1974
Yes Going for The One 1977

Music Page

Morning all

I did a quick rebuild of my music page, just sorting it out and organising it really.

Hit the Music link and you will find all the Tim Crahart Blues Band stuff, solo bass bits and bobs and the archived 3rd Day Rising recordings.

You can get them all from the Bandcamp page either for free or Pay What You Want. Also available on iTunes, Amazon etc.



Website rebuild


My website used to be all blue and stuff.

now it looks like this…

That’s all


God’s House Band will be on our new album!

We had a great time yesterday at Red Rock Studios.  Tim wrote a song awhile back called ‘Blues Like A Prayer’, which will be the title track of the new album and we really wanted to find a gospel choir to put some backing vocals on that particular song.  A couple of months ago we played at a church in Bristol called God’s House and we approached them to see if they would be interested in helping us out.

So yesterday a handful of their members came along and put some amazing vocals down.  There were just five of them, but the magic of studios and multi-tracking soon sorted that out.

Wait until you hear this track guys, it’s incredibly beautiful.

Studio progress and a few pics

Another very productive and tiring day at Red Rock Studios. Today we finished off all the bass tracks and got all the guitar parts down too, plus a couple of sneaky bits of piano.  Just the vocal tracks and a bit of tidying up to do before the album can go to mix. We don’t really go in for mucking about too much.

This album is going to bring together a real mix of styles, from solo acoustic tracks through classic blues and a few real blistering rockers too! We can’t wait to get it out there. 

One of the tracks is a bit of a mashup that we’ve been playing live recently.  We took the riff from “Steppin Out'” (Bluesbreakers/Memphis Slim) and threw in the lyrics of the traditional blues song “Great Change Since I Been Born”. It’s a fast and chunky rocker and Tim has put a real face melter of a solo on there.

Here’s a few blurry pics from the weekend. Watch this space for more details soon.

Downloads now available on iTunes and Amazon

Thanks to a fantastic arrangement with an online music company called Doxmedia, run by the fabulous Keith Dixon, both of the Tim Crahart Blues Band albums are now available to purchase as downloads from the iTunes and Amazon online stores.  Whilst we are not expecting to become millionaires through this enterprise (yet!) it is a great way for us to get our music out there to a wider audience.

Additionally my own solo bass album from 2011, “Patches Of Coloured Light” is available from these sites too.

All the albums are still available from the excellent ‘Bandcamp’ site too (and always will be).

To find the albums just go to the iTunes store or to, or and search there for “Tim Crahart Blues Band” or “Andy Long”.


If you have written a review of any of the albums (or would like to), it would be really helpful if you could post them at any or all of these stores.

Also if you can share this blog post with friends, that would be simply marvellous.

Thanks for reading my spam



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Our free Christmas single

Tim Crahart Blues Band – Christmas single

Afternoon all,

Just in time for Christmas. Here’s our new Christmas single. A great new song written by Tim and recorded at Red Rock Studios at the beginning of December. We had a great time recording this and it’s got a really Christmassy feel to it. The introduction is by Harvey’s 4 year old daughter, Olivia. Tim’s daughters Katrina and Iona are the backing singers and we even threw some bells at it.

Please grab yourself a download, we’d really love to see hundreds of downloads of this track between now and Christmas. If you can share the link with your friends and family (or even people you don’t like or know) that would be fantastic!

Let us know what you think (unless you really, really hate it!)


3rd Day Rising

In the 90’s I played for a few years in a band called 3rd Day Rising. The band cut two CDs, the first one before I joined and the second, ‘Spiral’ in 1999. Shortly after it’s release we had a bit of a line-up shuffle and in 2000 we recorded just three tracks.

Two of these tracks were never released and the third was included on a tribute album that had a small commercial release.

I dug the tracks up this week and have posted them to bandcamp as a free download.

I hope you decide to go and get them, because I still think they are great songs.

While you’re there it’s the perfect opportunity for you to gorge yourself on all my other recordings, all are free or Pay What You Want downloads.


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