The Great Seventies Project: 1970

In March 2017, we created a playlist of some of our favourite 70s tunes. In an effort to shake up our spare time listening, the playlist included none of the usual stapes. There were no tracks by Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy or Led Zeppelin and yet we still managed to create a golden listening experience spanning several hours.

The experience got us thinking. What if we were to create extensive playlists of music we liked – or maybe brought back fond memories – for each year of the decade? Would one year stand out above all others? With this remit and using only two or three tracks per chosen album (maybe stretching to one extra in the instance of a double platter), we set to work.

The end results have thrown up a few surprises and reminded us of some great music we’d overlooked for a while. With this in mind, it seemed too much of an enjoyable experience not to share.

Over the next ten weeks, every Friday at Real Gone will be dedicated to “The Great Seventies Project”. Every Friday, we’ll be posting a playlist for each year for you all to get your ears around. There should be enough each time to see you through the weekend!


1970 offered some real gems. That year, Van Morrison released two great albums, as did Elton. Deep Purple made a firm commitment to rock; Ginger Baker took to jazz rock and the British folk scene had really grabbed a hold.

Dive in – take a listen…and if you think there are some underground classics that deserve a place here among the bigger names, why not leave us a few suggestions?

Until next Friday, happy listening…wherever you are!