The Art of Early Hard Music


Only studio albums ordered by release year.

Created by: Vasil de Shumen | 04.05.2012



1. The Doors - The Doors
I.1967
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
V.1967
3. The Doors - Strange Days
IX.1967
4. Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
I.1968
5. Deep Purple - Shades Of Deep Purple
VII.1968
6. The Doors - Waiting For The Sun
VII.1968
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
IX.1968
8. Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn
XII.1968
9. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
I.1969
10. Deep Purple - Deep Purple
VI.1969
11. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
X.1969
12. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
II.1970
13. Deep Purple - In Rock
VI.1970
14. Uriah Heep - Very 'eavy... Very 'umble
VI.1970
15. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
IX.1970
16. Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend
IX.1970
17. Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
XII.1970
18. Alice Cooper - Love It To Death
I.1971
19. Budgie - Budgie
VI.1971
20. Deep Purple - Fireball
VII.1971
21. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
VII.1971
22. Alice Cooper - Killer
XI.1971
23. Sir Lord Baltimore - Sir Lord Baltimore
1971
24. Grail (UK) - Grail
1971
25. Bang - Bang
II.1972
26. Deep Purple - Machine Head
III.1972
27. Alice Cooper - School's Out
VI.1972
28. Budgie - Squawk
IX.1972
29. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
IX.1972
30. Dust - Hard Attack
1972
31. Jerusalem (UK) - Jerusalem
1972
32. Wicked Lady - Psychotic Overkill
1972
33. Night Sun - Mournin'
1972
34. Warpig - Warpig
1972
35. Aerosmith - Aerosmith
I.1973
36. Blue Öyster Cult - Tyranny And Mutation
II.1973
37. Budgie - Never Turn Your Back On A Friend
VI.1973
38. Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds Of The Western World
IX.1973
39. Buffalo (AUS) - Volcanic Rock
1973
40. Kiss - Kiss
II.1974
41. Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
III.1974
42. Budgie - In For The Kill
V.1974
43. Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla
IX.1974
44. Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
X.1974
45. Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
XI.1974
46. Primevil - Smokin' Bats At Campton's
1974
47. Pinnacle - Assasin
1974
48. AC/DC - High Voltage (Australia)
II.1975
49. Kiss - Dressed To Kill
III.1975
50. Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
IV.1975
51. UFO - Force It
VII.1975
52. Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
VIII.1975
53. Budgie - Bandolier
IX.1975
54. Scorpions - In Trance
XI.1975
55. Queen - A Night At The Opera
XI.1975
56. AC/DC - T.N.T.
XII.1975
57. Strife (UK) - Rush
1975
58. Blue Max - Blue Max
1976
59. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
III.1976
60. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
III.1976
61. Aerosmith - Rocks
V.1976
62. Rainbow - Rising
V.1976
63. UFO - No Heavy Petting
V.1976
64. Kiss - Rock And Roll Over
XI.1976
65. Scorpions - Virgin Killer
XI.1976
66. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Australia)
XII.1976
67. Cool Feet - Burning Desire
1976
68. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (Australia)
III.1977
69. Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
IV.1977
70. Quartz - Quartz
V.1977
71. Kiss - Love Gun
VI.1977
72. Motörhead - Motörhead
IX.1977
73. Queen - News Of The World
X.1977
74. Aerosmith - Draw The Line
XII.1977
75. Strife (UK) - Back To Thunder
1978



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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04.05.2012 - 00:39
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Band from the photo : THE DOORS
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04.05.2012 - 05:57
JohnDoe
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This list needs some Blue Cheer, UFO, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge, Grand Funk Railroad, some early Jane (German band), maybe some Steppenwolf.

nice list anyway!
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04.05.2012 - 08:19
R'Vannith
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This list is missing two of my favourite bands, where's Blue Oyster Cult and Budgie?
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04.05.2012 - 10:23
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Thanks

I had forgotten about Budgie and Blue Cheer.
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06.06.2012 - 20:47
Lit.
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Cream, Rush, King Crimson and perhaps Jethro Tull?
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06.06.2012 - 22:55
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 20:47

Cream, Rush, King Crimson and perhaps Jethro Tull?


Cream, Jethro Tull, King Crimson ... great bands, really But this isn't hard music.

Early Rush (1970 - 1975) openly copied the style of Led Zeppelin (mostly on vocal lines).
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06.06.2012 - 23:01
JohnDoe
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Written by Vasil de Shumen on 06.06.2012 at 22:55

Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 20:47

Cream, Rush, King Crimson and perhaps Jethro Tull?


Cream, Jethro Tull, King Crimson ... great bands, really But this isn't hard music.

Early Rush (1970 - 1975) openly copied the style of Led Zeppelin (mostly on vocal lines).


I would have them in such a list; Jethro Tull started in 1968 and that's pretty early, isn't it? King Crimson's first era sterted in 1969 and finished in 1974 and they not only shaped the progressive genre but also influenced many metal musicians as well. So did Rush.
As for Cream, I thought they were in the list already, but apparently I'm wrong.
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17.11.2012 - 13:35
Aristarchos
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 06.06.2012 at 22:55

Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 20:47

Cream, Rush, King Crimson and perhaps Jethro Tull?


Cream, Jethro Tull, King Crimson ... great bands, really But this isn't hard music.


What is so hard about The Doors then?
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17.11.2012 - 21:57
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Aristarchos on 17.11.2012 at 13:35

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 06.06.2012 at 22:55

Written by Guest on 06.06.2012 at 20:47

Cream, Rush, King Crimson and perhaps Jethro Tull?


Cream, Jethro Tull, King Crimson ... great bands, really But this isn't hard music.


What is so hard about The Doors then?


Well ... no jazz fusion, no blues rock, no folk rock

Only hard psychedelic acid rock
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20.05.2014 - 13:49
Big-Al
No Aerosmith?
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I drink moosepiss
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21.05.2014 - 02:11
Erik M.
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 04.05.2012 at 00:39

Band from the photo : THE DOORS


Even people who don't care at all about that band (like me) know this though. I can't imagine anyone not knowing that to be honest.
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21.05.2014 - 12:10
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Big-Al on 20.05.2014 at 13:49

No Aerosmith?


Thank for reminding me, man
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21.05.2014 - 15:42
Big-Al
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 21.05.2014 at 12:10

Written by Big-Al on 20.05.2014 at 13:49

No Aerosmith?


Thank for reminding me, man

Then, as you're open to suggestions:

Van Halen
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21.05.2014 - 16:02
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Big-Al on 21.05.2014 at 15:42

Then, as you're open to suggestions:
Van Halen


Actually Van Halen is one of my favorite bands, but I think their music can't be called "early" (although debut in the 70s) - Eddie played too innovative.
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21.01.2019 - 12:14
JoHn DoE
What a great list!
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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21.01.2019 - 16:14
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by JoHn DoE on 21.01.2019 at 12:14

What a great list!


Thanks
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12.01.2021 - 11:31
aeeon
Nazareth "Hair of the Dog" (1976)
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12.01.2021 - 20:02
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by aeeon on 12.01.2021 at 11:31

Nazareth "Hair of the Dog" (1976)


Nazareth is a good band, but they are a bit pop and commercial, compared to the really hard albums of the mid-70s. That is why I have not included them in this list. But thanks for your suggestion
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12.01.2021 - 21:55
Redel
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 12.01.2021 at 20:02

Written by aeeon on 12.01.2021 at 11:31

Nazareth "Hair of the Dog" (1976)


Nazareth is a good band, but they are a bit pop and commercial, compared to the really hard albums of the mid-70s.


Oh, but not Hair of the Dog.
This is exactly the one album that I was missing, too, when I just scanned the list (nice one, by the way).
Hair of the Dog, man, is exactly that: "early hard music" imo.

Edit: It is precisely for this album that I dont understand why we do not feature Nazareth on MS.
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13.01.2021 - 08:07
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Redel on 12.01.2021 at 21:55

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 12.01.2021 at 20:02

Written by aeeon on 12.01.2021 at 11:31

Nazareth "Hair of the Dog" (1976)


Nazareth is a good band, but they are a bit pop and commercial, compared to the really hard albums of the mid-70s.


Oh, but not Hair of the Dog.
This is exactly the one album that I was missing, too, when I just scanned the list (nice one, by the way).
Hair of the Dog, man, is exactly that: "early hard music" imo.

Edit: It is precisely for this album that I dont understand why we do not feature Nazareth on MS.



They are not in MS because someone has blacklisted them as an inappropriate suggestion. And it's not me.
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13.01.2021 - 15:45
Redel
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.01.2021 at 08:07

They are not in MS because someone has blacklisted them as an inappropriate suggestion. And it's not me.

Yeah, I know.
I was probably wrong in saying that I dont understand why they are not here, it is rather that I want them to be here, because of Hair of the Dog -- though most of their other albums have clearly very little to do with metal.
Hair of the Dog is a hell of an album. It is full of excellent early hard metal-like music, there are also ballads there that certainly dont qualify as hard, but man, the title track, Miss Misery, Changin TImes, Beggars Day, Wiskey Drinkin Woman, and also the ingenious Please dont Judas Me.... that is so much early metal.
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13.01.2021 - 21:07
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Redel on 13.01.2021 at 15:45

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.01.2021 at 08:07

They are not in MS because someone has blacklisted them as an inappropriate suggestion. And it's not me.

Yeah, I know.
I was probably wrong in saying that I dont understand why they are not here, it is rather that I want them to be here, because of Hair of the Dog -- though most of their other albums have clearly very little to do with metal.
Hair of the Dog is a hell of an album. It is full of excellent early hard metal-like music, there are also ballads there that certainly dont qualify as hard, but man, the title track, Miss Misery, Changin TImes, Beggars Day, Wiskey Drinkin Woman, and also the ingenious Please dont Judas Me.... that is so much early metal.


I respect your opinion. I also respect your desire to supplement my list with a really cool album. This album is superb rock, there are no flaws. But it's rock. It's perfect, but it's rock - there is not a single song with a really hard or metal riff. Thanks again for the suggestion
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13.01.2021 - 22:15
Redel
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.01.2021 at 21:07

I respect your opinion. I also respect your desire to supplement my list with a really cool album. This album is superb rock, there are no flaws. But it's rock. It's perfect, but it's rock - there is not a single song with a really hard or metal riff. Thanks again for the suggestion

Agree to disagree then.
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