When talking about 1970s music, too much time is spent on the loud stuff: Zep, Foreigner, Grand Funk Railroad, and so on. Ditto all the prog-rock of the era like Pink Floyd, Genesis. Yeah, I love listening to all that; but I also like the quieter stuff — and I don’t mean the Carpenters or Abba, either.
Many of the 70s stars actually got their start in the 1960s, but it was in the following decade that they really got going.
Here’s an example: the peerless songwriter Dave Mason, formerly of 60s band Traffic, doing We Just Disagree. If you listen to this as an appetizer for the rest of this post, I think you’ll get in the proper mood.
Update: I think WordPress ate half my post. Apologies, and I’ll add the rest when I can retrieve it.