Top 5 Unknown Classic Rock Bands

We all know the heavy hitter of classic rock, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, to name a few but there must have been thousands of other great bands coming out around the same time right? Yes! Absolutely!

There were so many bands surfacing from the 60s-80s that got such little recognition! Labels were signing and pushing out records one after another during this golden age of rock and roll. If you weren’t getting signed to one of the major record labels, it was hard to get your name out there to the masses. In today’s article I am going to give you a top 5 list of my favorite lesser-known bands from that era. The list will be in no particular order.

If you’ve heard of these bands great for you! Leave your comments down below in the comments section!

Cold Blood

What a name right? Owning a record store sure has it’s perks; one of them being the ability to pick up a random record that has a cool cover just to hear what it sounds like. This is exactly what happened to me when I first saw the cover art on Cold Blood’s debut album “Cold Blood” from 1969.

Do you like Janis Joplin? A fan of Tower of Power? You’re in luck! Cold Blood has a combination of a powerhouse Janis Joplin style vocals with a funky TOP (Tower of Power) rhythm. In fact, Cold Blood played at the Fillmore West in SF and was even recommended by Janis herself! If you like the gospel style Funk hits, Cold Blood’s first couple albums will be right up your alley!

The band dissipated in the late 70s never really reaching billboard top charts. It’s really unfortunate because with the combination of Gospel lyrics, Joplin-esq vocals, and powerful full band funk jams, you would think they would have more recognition than they do. With only ~30K monthly listeners on Spotify today, they’ve been forgotten but are certainly not lost.

If you find yourself in a record shop and you see one of the early Cold Blood albums on the shelf do not hesitate to pick it up and give it a spin!


The band is called Love. Founded in 1965, Love has a style and a sound that could withstand generations. Oftentimes described as Garage, Psychedelic, and folk– Love has that feel-good vibe that’s perfect for a chill day.

With incredible songwriter and leader Arthur Lee, the band came out with some early initial success, topping the top 40 hit “7 and 7 Is.” The band never really hit another top spot. My personal favorite from Love is the song titled “Everybody’s Gotta Live.” It’s a somewhat repetitive vocal loop that just hits the spot perfectly. Meaningful, powerful, and appropriate especially when considering the time period.

The band had several major split-ups and reunion attempts throughout the late 70s-90s but their hay-day will forever remain in the mid-late 60s. I would absolutely suggest giving them a try. With about 1 million monthly listeners today, they do have a larger following than most on the list. As a music appreciator, it’s all about the deep grooves.

It will be hard to locate a LOVE record at the local record store, but if you do happen to pick one up, cherish it.

Blind Faith

Okay, this is where the music buffs come in to criticize the article. Yes, I know Blind Faith is legendary, so much so, in fact, they are one of my top favorite groups of all-time. They just aren’t ever brought up in any serious discussion of top band lists EVER! Judging by their monthly listeners on Spotify, the people agree.

For those that don’t know, Blind Faith was an early supergroup featuring Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech. What an exclusive class of unbelievably talented artists to be on a top 5 unknown bands list!

Here’s the craziest part, they only made one album! The self-titled “Blind Faith” album came out in 1969 and produced a few exclusive singles. “Can’t Find My Way Home” will forever be solidified in the history books of classic rock. The best part about starting off listening to Blind Faith is the direction it will lead you by following each band member’s insinuating careers. Take Steve Winwood for example. This guy has played in some of the most iconic bands in music history and has remained somewhat behind-the-scenes.

Moby Grape

A band that has the sound you think of when you think of 60s rock with an added bit of progression would of course be Moby Grape. It shocks me that they, to this day, only have about 50K monthly listeners on Spotify.

Picture the beach boys if they had a bunch of hippy jam-banders in the group. Amazing guitar riffs, smooth west coast 60s vibe, and excellent harmonies. It’s a crying shame they didn’t have the same promotional backing that labels like Capital records could have given them. Shadowed by bands like Jefferson Airplane coming out around the same time, the potential for Moby Grape to be sitting atop the classic rock HOF list was there.

I would suggest searching a bit for some Moby Grape vinyl at your local thrift or record shop. You won’t be disappointed.

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Talk about a band with all the potential in the world coming out of — you guessed it — San Francisco in the mid 1960s. If you were around the area at the time there is no doubt that Quicksilver Messenger Service is one of your all-time favorite bands. But what happened to them?

The problem, I think, was the hard competition in the area at the time. Bands like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead were emerging in the same area and competing for the floor space at the Fillmore.

Quicksilver has a much more avant-garde garage band style with some experimental jazz tones. It was certainly novel at the time and sounds amazing today. Crazy to think that these were just kids making this music back then. Definitely pick up some Quicksilver and give it a try if you happen to come across it!


So there you have it! My personal list of unknown classic rock bands that definitely do not get the recognition they deserve.

Of course there are many more bands that could fit on a larger list of unknown or even under-appreciated bands and musicians, but at the moment I really don’t have time for that. Maybe sometime in the future I will expand upon them!

-Much Love, Ian Drake – Diversity Consignment


What Happened to CDs?

Oh boy this one brings me back. The year was 2000; the turn of the century. I remember riding the school bus on my way to school with my edited version of Nelly’s Country Grammar bumping in my non-skip Sony Discman. No, my mom wouldn’t let me get the non-edited version and yes, you had to have a non-skip discman or else you would get skips in the song for each bump that the bus hit along the way. Britney hadn’t yet had her meltdown and Eminem had all the kids with their hair bleached blonde (embarrassingly myself included). Life was all about MTV and TLC spring breaks.

Those of us born in the mid 80s to mid 90s really had it great. The internet was in it’s early phases and music was still known as something you collect. In fact, you could tell a lot about a kid by the CD collection they had. Friendships were birthed on the simple act of burning a CD to share. A cassette tape was a thing your parents used and the simple thought of a vinyl record seemed like something Thomas Edison would have listened to.

With only a short shelf-life in the grand scheme of music’s history, there lies the question. What happened to CDs? Within this article I’m going to try my best to answer that question.

Where CDs began

CDs for short (as they’re known by the cool people) are also known as Compact Discs. Most of you probably know that already but for those of you just being born, I’m here to clarify. CD’s were small digital optical discs that stored music providing you the ability to play full albums on the go or through your stereo system. They were first engineered in 1982 by Phillips and Sony and soon took the replacement of the cassettes for the ultimate portable music format.

The CD created a more compact digital wavelength of music, which allowed you to fit a lot more sound onto a small disc. I’m not here to debate whether or not this is a good thing for sound quality, the battle between digital and analog, or that one form is better than the other.


Throughout the development of the CD, there were many interesting innovations. First of all, CD’s were being developed to be compatible with computers, therefore, as the computer was becoming more fine-tuned, as was the CD. It was easy to record on CD’s as an artist and it was also also easy to share your music with your friends.

You could upload your music onto your computer and easily produce dozens of copies of the same album to distribute to your peers. After all, new CDs were expensive! I recall paying upwards of $20 (early 2000s $) for a new release. It wasn’t uncommon to stop by a gas station and have a local artist pushing their latest music drops.

The Beginning of the Decline

You can’t even begin to talk about the fall of CDs without first talking about the rise of audio streaming services.

Originally launched in 1999 streaming services like Napster and LimeWire began catching on like wildfire. I don’t fully understand the mechanics of how these services were first developed but there was no stopping them once they began. Pretty much everyone I knew had downloaded LimeWire and was able to access an unlimited library of music at the click of a button.

Now I must say, at that time, the streaming process was not at all like it is today. We had dial-up internet (DSL if you were wealthy early on) and you had to share the cable line with the land line (phone). That meant that a 20 minute download of NSYNC’s latest release could easily be interrupted by a phone call from your uncle. The process was slow, tedious, and frustrating but…you could could have an entire “mix-tape” produced when it was all said and done!

Illegal Downloads

Now I should say that these streaming services were borderline “sus” companies. It was common knowledge that at that time you were in jeopardy to “risk it for the Limp Bizkit”. In fact, parents were warned all across the country of people being sued for illegal downloads.

Everyone knew someone who was getting caught and sued. Whether it was folklore or not, the legends still remain.


With all this in mind, this still wasn’t the end for CDs. In fact, many would say that LimeWire and Napster still kept CDs alive for a bit. It was CDs, after all, that this streamed music was ultimately being uploaded to. But then, as quickly as you can say onomatope; MP3 players were born.

MP3 players were all the rage. Initially you could only fit about 30 songs onto one, but that number was quickly growing to the thousands as new MP3 players were being produced. Now you could have an entire music library uploaded onto your computer and downloaded into your hand and all for free! CDs just couldn’t compete!

Of course it took a little savings or a birthday/Christmas for us to get one, but once we had an MP3 player, CDs were a thing of the past.

A Generation of Crooks (Personal Thoughts)

That’s a pretty bold headline, but in a lot of ways it’s true. We millennials lost touch with a lot of the aspects of music that make it great. The collectability that music had previously provided was gone. Artists had a difficult time creating music that could be monetized because it was quickly put up for free downloads.

Our over-consumption of free music media platforms is probably the number one contributor to the lack of aspirations to play an instrument today. I honestly think it’s a shame and I truly hope that the following generations are collectively more mindful of the impact they make. I think it’s already started to happen with the awesome resurgence of vinyl and I hope to see it continue in this direction. I love my record collection!


Although CDs are still around, they are clearly a shell of themselves. CD sales have, in fact, risen for the first time in 2 decades, but in my opinion, it is unlikely they will see a large resurge in popularity any time soon.

I still find them to be nostalgic, and for anyone who owns a car that pre-dates Bluetooth or auxiliary, I can still see a need for buying them. However, I will say that if you’re holding on to your CD collection with hopes of them making a “comeback” like vinyl records have, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

Much Love, Ian Drake – Diversity Consignment