Left Coast 70s

SomaFM is an independent internet-only streaming group of radio channels, supported entirely with donations from listeners. They’ve recently introduced the new channel, “Left Coast 70s”, which they define as “Mellow album rock from the Seventies. Yacht friendly.”

From the website:

About the Music on Left Coast 70s:

In the late 70s and very early 80s, when the mood was mellow, and the vibe was softer, many rock artists started creating slower, thoughtfully-produced tracks. Drawing lyrical influences from the folk singers before them, and bringing together some of the best session players of the day, these artists stepped outside their comfort zones to create some of the best mellow rock ever made, a sound that blossomed out of Los Angeles and spread up and down the west coast.

It’s a great and unpredictable alternative to the standard classic rock radio, as evidenced by this excerpted playlist.

10cc / Dreadlock Holiday
Harry Nilsson / Driving Along
Pages / You Need A Hero
Michael Franks / Chain Reaction
Poco / Win Or Lose
Chris Rea / Standing In Your Doorway
George Harrison / Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)
Andrew Gold / Sometime When A Man’s On His Own
Robert Palmer / Get Outside
Heart / Magic Man
Todd Rundgren / Marlene
America / Head And Heart
Crosby, Stills & Nash / Wooden Ships
Sneaker / In Time

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