During the 70s, the British rock band left behind their psychedelic stuff and went progressive. Of course, The Dark Side Of The Moon is the album that everyone remembers (and almost everyone bought!), but the previous albums, such as Meddle and Atom Heart Mother, were also extremely impressive, and the latter was particularly underrated.
In terms of commercial success, though, it was The Dark Side Of The Moon that was at the top. Released in March 1973, Pink Floyd's classic eighth studio album spent an incredible 741 weeks in the Billboard Top LP's & Tapes chart and achieved 9x Platinum in the US, and 15x Platinum here in the UK. The video I've included is a live performance of Money, which was the lead single from the album. If there's one thing you need to do before you die, it's listen to the album and go and see Floyd live - actually, that's two things, so you'd better get a move on!
This is a band that defined rock in the 70s. Driving guitar lines, effected organs, cymbals galore and Ian Gillan's (he replaced Rod Evans) screeching vocals are just a few of the trademarks that made Deep Purple one of the finest hard rock bands of all time/ It all started in 1968 with the album Shades Of Deep Purple. But it was the early 70s line-up that really rocked!
I've included the official video for fireball, which was the band's third single (released in October 1971) and the title track from one of their finest albums.