10 Masterpieces Overlooked By Legendary Rock Bands

At a time when people’s viewing habits are rapidly shifting towards digital streaming – and the amount of choice may seem overwhelming – it’s easy to see why some fantastic songs from rock giants are often overlooked in favor of their more famous brethren.

Nestled between famous Who songs like Baba O’Riley and Won’t Get Fooled Again is the muscular, swaggering uber-Who-nugget, Bargain, for example.

Then again, some tracks simply weren’t made for radio play, which might help explain the otherwise unfathomable neglect given to tracks as titanic as Jimi Hendrix’s epic take on the blues classic, Born. Under A Bad Sign, or the crazy majesty of The Small Face’s surreal journey.

For casual fans or those looking to delve deeper into the catalogs of these great bands, this little guide features ten top-notch tracks that many may not be familiar with. Each of these entries can be seen as representative of the unique spirit of the respective bands. Dive in and enjoy!

Absolutely stunning rock track from Ireland’s finest here, taken from their 1971 self-titled debut album. Phil Lynott (surely one of the greatest voices in rock history) wrote the majority of the material on this disc which , while not packed with obvious hits like their later releases, does contain many thoughtful and wonderful compositions.

The band drew musical inspiration from a wide range of sources including rock ‘n roll, blues, psychedelia, traditional folk and, of course, heavy rock. Lynott, whose health tragically declined until his death less than two decades later, was also one of the genre’s most cerebral and inventive songwriters.

Honesty is No Excuse provides the perfect canvas for his talents. Unfolding on an acoustic guitar and singing keyboards, the songs cling from its first seconds. Pulsating bass underpins this ballad, or poem, if you prefer, before Brian Downey’s expressive drumming and Eric Bell’s inspired guitar solos expand the sonic tapestry into something quite unforgettable.

Virginia F. Goins