Fill Your Head with Rock Promotional Booklet

A 1970 Time Capsule

The man can't bust our music! Scowling faces on publicity photographs: authenticity, Reading the advertising copy will make you laugh again and again, but on closer inspection it's all pretty defensive.

Chicago's two double albums: "Every track is there for a reason. "
Tim Harding, past his top: "... his first CBS album is his best ever ... and it's only the beginning."
Bill Graham's Fillmore West album: "The first production of many.."

As for the music: I think the Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears songs are awfully bombastic, and why the lamest Spirit song I've ever heard?
Did I, at the time, buy any albums of these artists because of what I heard on the sampler? No. I did get Big Brother and The Holding Company's Cheap Thrills, but I don't think that was because of the Janis Joplin track from Kozmic Blues
About ten years later (when money was less tight) I got a few albums by Spirit and Janis Joplin, and Johnny Winter's first album, maybe something by Taj Mahal. (These purchases were guided by the first Rolling Stone Record Guide.)
And about twenty years later, we're in the age of CDs by then, did I get Blood, Sweat and Tears' first album, Spirit and Laura Nyro best-of albums, Tom Rush's Circle Game and most of the Byrds (who I didn't like at The Time.) And I have Mike Bloomfield on the Paul Butterfield's Blues Band, and with Al Kooper on Supersession (I only like 'Stop.')
Listening to Fill Your Head with Rock now, I still like the long-sustained guitar note from the start of the Chicago song at the beginning, and I like the liquid organ of the Argent song, and the spoken intro of the Moondog song is very funny; but the only songs I ever really listen to are Al Stewart's, Tom Rush's and Amory Kane's.

Albums I owned at 18 (1970)

(The list is from a few months after I bought "Fill Your Head with Rock.')

If I remember right (I should of course say: If my memory serves me well ... I'd rather forget about Iron Butterfly, it's about as bombastic as Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears, but maybe funnier.)

Jefferson Airplane: Bless Its Pointed Little Head
Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxter's
Captain Beefheart: Strictly Personal
Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills
It's A Beautiful Day: first album
It's A Beautiful Day: Marrying Maiden
John Mayall with Eric Clapton: Bluesbreakers
Buffalo Springfield: Again
Steppenwolf: The Best of
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu
The Animals: The Best of
Dr John: Gris-Gris
Country Joe & The Fish: Electric Music for The Mind and Body
Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding
Hot Tuna: first album
Iron Butterfly: In A Gadda-Da-Vida
The Doors: Waiting for The Sun
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