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Riding The Rock Machine: British Seventies Classic Rock (3CD)

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Fat Double (a 2.5cm thick jewel case, fits several
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  • Long-established as a hugely popular radio format, the Classic Rock sound was established – though not codified and canonised until some while later – in the Seventies, when numerous British bands from a pop or blues-based background pioneered a muscular, riff-based sound that dominated American FM airwaves and led the most successful practitioners to fame, fortune and all manner of related excess.
  • But although there are innumerable radio stations now devoted to the baby boomer sounds of Classic Rock, their innately conservative, playlist-based nature means that the same heavyweight tunes are endlessly recycled: the casual listener could be forgiven for thinking that the careers of major bands like Thin Lizzy and The Who didn't extend beyond 'Whiskey In The Jar', 'The Boys Are Back In Town' and 'Won't Get Fooled Again'.
  • So allow the Grapefruit label to break down the walls of stultifying retroactive conservatism with an alternative look at the Classic Rock genre. Riding The Rock Machine features many of the era's headline names (Lizzy and The 'Oo, but also The Moody Blues, Free, Status Quo, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, ELP, ELO, Uriah Heep etc) in slightly less familiar settings as well as some Classic Rock-friendly performances from acts who walked the walk and talked the talk but never quite received the same level of acclaim as the brand leaders.
  • Housed in a no-expense-spared clamshell box with a lavishly annotated and illustrated 40-page booklet, Riding The Rock Machine features four hours of vintage sounds from British rock's golden age as Grapefruit turns it up to eleven and goes where other labels fear to tread in search of the perfect riff. As our opening track proclaims, Long Live Rock'n'Roll!


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  2. Long Live Rock'n'roll - Rainbow
  3. Easy Livin' Uriah Heep
  4. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band) The Moody Blues
  5. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You The Alan Parsons Project
  6. Slow Ride (Single Version) Foghat
  7. Catch You On The Rebop Spencer Davis Group
  8. I Can't Explain (Album Version) Yvonne Elliman
  9. Cindy Incidentally - Faces
  10. Robert's Box Procol Harum
  11. Standing In The Road Blackfoot Sue
  12. Back To The Wall medicine Head
  13. Success Story The Who
  14. Black Cloud - Trapeze
  15. Hold Out Your Hand Chris Squire
  16. Spirits In The Night Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  17. The Boston Tea Party The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
  18. Bungle In The Jungle Jethro Tull
  19. Clever Fool Agnes Strange
  20. She's Ridin' The Rock Machine (Single Version) - Fancy
  21. Action (Single Version) - Sweet
  22. Feels Like The First Time Foreigner
  23. This Flight Tonight - Nazareth
  24. Wishing Well - Free
  25. Out Of Your Head - Man
  26. My Friend Peter - Strawbs
  27. Quark, Strangeness And Charm Hawkwind
  28. Ace Supreme (Single Version) Silverhead
  29. Mystery Song (Album Version) Status Quo
  30. U.H.F. - Curved Air
  31. Baby I Need - Magnum*
  32. Showdown Electric Light Orchestra
  33. Momma's Boy City Boy
  34. The 1959 Rock'n'roll Bop - Duffy
  35. Hoodlum Fun - Rococo
  36. Only After Dark Mick Ronson
  37. Straddle - Strider
  38. Move It - Stray
  39. Ice Cold Dick - Bullfrog*
  40. Shoelace - Maggot*
  41. Lucky Man Emerson Lake & Palmer
  42. Street Life Roxy Music
  43. Maid In Heaven Be-Bop Deluxe
  44. Devil's Answer (Us Album Version) Atomic Rooster
  45. In My Own Time - Family
  46. Get My Rocks Off Dana Gillespie
  47. New York Groove - Hello
  48. Jailbreak Thin Lizzy
  49. Can't Live Without It Tucky Buzzard
  50. Blowing A Million National Flag
  51. Monster In Paradise Hard Stuff
  52. Black Sheep Of The Family Fat Mattress
  53. Life Is A Minestrone (Album Version) - 10cc
  54. Dream Kid Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
  55. Got A Bad Leg Smokestack Crumble
  56. Fever The Winkies*
  57. Ready For Love/After Lights Mott The Hoople
  58. My Oh My (Single Version) Sad Cafe
  59. Jack O'lantern Babe Ruth
  60. God Gave Rock And Roll To You Argent
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