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America – Holiday (1974): On Second Thought

America – Holiday (1974): On Second Thought

The early ’70s may not have been a very good time for the country America – witness the Vietnam War and Watergate – but it was a very good time for the musical act America.

Nazz – Nazz Nazz (1969): On Second Thought

Nazz – Nazz Nazz (1969): On Second Thought

Mixing standard pop and rock practices with experimental sprinklings, ‘Nazz Nazz’ should have sent Todd Rundgren’s band into the superstar stratosphere.

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Louder than Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer was radical even by the era’s standards of anything goes.

The Remains – The Remains (1966): On Second Thought

The Remains – The Remains (1966): On Second Thought

‘The Remains’ documents the unstoppable exuberance of an exciting – and sadly short-lived – young band.

The Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967): On Second Thought

The Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967): On Second Thought

Although the Young Rascals were already tuned in and tight, ‘Groovin” showed off a new-found sense of maturity and sophistication.

Warren Zevon – Mr. Bad Example (1991): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon – Mr. Bad Example (1991): On Second Thought

This remains a strong, too-often overlooked Warren Zevon album. Yet ‘Mr. Bad Example’ marked the beginning of his career’s second act.

The Temptations – All Directions (1972): On Second Thought

The Temptations – All Directions (1972): On Second Thought

Mixing and matching experimental edges with bouts of moodiness, the Temptations stage more exceptional performances throughout ‘All Directions.’

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream (1966): On Second Thought

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream (1966): On Second Thought

The Lovin’ Spoonful really sounded like nobody except themselves, and their 1966 sophomore release ‘Daydream’ consistently underscored that individuality.

Gary Numan – Telekon (1980): On Second Thought

Gary Numan – Telekon (1980): On Second Thought

While ‘Telekon’ went on to inspire many new wave synth-pop artists during the ’80s, Gary Numan’s time in the spotlight wouldn’t last long.

Gene Clark – Firebyrd (1984): On Second Thought

Gene Clark – Firebyrd (1984): On Second Thought

The late Gene Clark’s work never lacked critical praise, but mainstream acceptance was not to be had – and ‘Firebyrd’ was no exception.

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