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1974 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Jul 19, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy won 1973. Let's see who wins 1974. Kind of an odd year.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1974:
    The Carpenters - The Singles
    Jim Croce - You Don't Mess With Jim (cont. from '72)
    Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
    Barbara Streisand - The Way We Were
    John Denver - Greatest Hits
    Wings - Band on the Run (cont. from '73)
    Chicago - VII
    Marvin Hamlisch - The Sting
    Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
    Elton John - Caribou
    John Denver - Back Home Again
    Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
    Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale
    Bad Company - Bad Company
    The Beach Boys - Endless Summer
    Olivia Newton-John - If You Love Me, Let Me Know
    Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile
    Barry White - Can't Get Enough
    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - So Far
    Carole King - Wrap Around Joy
    John Lennon - Walls and Bridges
    The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock and Roll
    Elton John - Greatest Hits

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1974:
    Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle (cont. from '73)
    Steve Miller Band - The Joker
    Al Wilson - Show and Tell
    Ringo Starr - You're Sixteen
    Barbara Streisand - The Way We Were
    Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme
    Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun
    Cher - Dark Lady
    John Denver - Sunshine on My Shoulders
    Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
    Elton John - Benny and the Jets
    MFSB - The Sound of Philadelphia
    Grand Funk - The Locomotion
    Ray Stevens - The Streak
    Wings - Band on the Run
    Bo Donaldson - Billy Don't Be a Hero
    Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
    The Hues Corporation - Rock the Boat
    George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
    John Denver - Annie's Song
    Roberta Flack - Feel Like Makin' Love
    Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died
    Paula Anka - You're Having My Baby
    Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff
    Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
    Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently
    Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You
    Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing
    Dionne Warwick - Then Came You
    Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Do Nothin'
    Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
    John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Through the Night
    Billy Swan - I Can Help
    Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
    Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Cradle
    Helen Reddy - Angie Baby

    What are your top three albums for 1974? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. Neil Young - On the Beach
    2. Big Star - Radio City
    3. Willie Nelson - Phases and Stages

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

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  2. phaynes12

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    remainder of the top 10:
    4. brian eno - here come the warm jets
    5. bob dylan - planet waves
    6. george harrison - dark horse
    7. queen - sheer heart attack
    8. richard and linda thompson - I want to see the bright lights
    9. steely dan - pretzel logic
    10. gene clark - no other

    other honorable mentions:
    aerosmith - get your wings
    bad company - bad company
    badfinger - badfinger
    brian eno - taking tiger mountain
    david bowie - diamond dogs
    eagles - on the border
    electric light orchestra - eldorado
    elton john - caribou
    eric clapton - 461 ocean boulevard
    gene clark - no other
    gram parsons - grievous angel
    harry nilsson - pussy cats
    hawkwind - hall of the mountain grill
    jackson browne - late for the sky
    john lennon - walls and bridges
    king crimson - red
    lynyrd skynyrd - second helping
    merle haggard - if we make it through december
    queen - ii
    randy newman - good old boys
    the rolling stones - it’s only rock and roll
    ronnie wood - i’ve got my own album to do
    rush - rush
    sparks - kimono my house
    t rex - zinc alloy and the hidden riders of tomorrow
    van morrison - veedon fleece
    waylon jennings - this time

    stuff to check out:
    beach boys - endless summer
    deep purple - burn
    genesis - the lamb lies down on broadway
    gordon lightfoot - sundown
    herbie hancock - thrust
    john denver - back home again
    joni mitchell - court and spark
    kraftwerk - autobahn
    kris kristofferson - spooky lady’s sideshow
    leonard cohen - new skin for the old ceremony
    stevie wonder - fulfillingness’ first finale
    todd rundgren - todd
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  3. Maverick


    1. Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
    2. Queen II
    3. David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

    Great songs from other albums:
    Brian Eno - Baby’s On Fire
    John Lennon - #9 Dream
    ABBA - Waterloo
    Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
    Sparks - This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us
    The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe
    Kraftwerk - Autobahn
    Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness
    Linda Ronstadt - You’re No Good
    Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman No Cry
    George Harrison - Dark Horse
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  4. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    all in all, not one of my favorite years of music, but always some nice stuff.

    Here's my fav albums:

    1. John Lennon - Walls and Bridges
    2. Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness First Finale
    3. Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
    4. George Harrison - Dark Horse
    5. Billy Joel - Streetlight Serenade
    6. Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
    7. Queen - Queen II

    Albums I have listened to only once, but would find their way into my list eventually:

    Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
    David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
    Eagles - On The Border
    Elton John - Caribou
    Nilsson - Pussy Cats
    Funkadelic - Standing On The Verge of Getting It On
    Parliament - Up For The Down Stroke
    Lynyrd Skynrd - Second Helping
    Randy Newman - Good Old Boys
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  5. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    and my hot jamz mix from 1974, some great stuff here

  6. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    This is a slightly emptier year for me, which is exciting as it means there's more to discover!

    1. Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night
    2. Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale
    3. Jorge Ben - A Tabua de Esmeralda

    The Heart of Saturday Night is probably my favourite Tom Waits album. While I love his abrasive stuff that came a bit later, this album really is the perfect late night blues record, that completely conjures up images of the dive bar it should be played in. I also think "It's colder then a welldigger's ass" is just an all time great lyric and image.

    Stevie carries on with his incredible hot streak, with the tongue-twisting Fulfillingness' First Finale. Following the big socially conscious Innervisions, this is a slightly more personal and introspective album, with Stevie playing almost all the instruments himself (piano, all sorts of different keyboards, harmonica, drums, bass, synths - the man could do anything.)

    A Tabua De Esmeralda is Jorge Ben's wonderful record, blurring "Western" soul and funk, with Brazilian samba rhythms, for a wonderful collection of songs. There's some incredible song-writing here, and not speaking any Portuguese, you can really just enjoy Jorge Ben's voice as another instrument in the mix here.

    Honourable mentions;

    Etta James - Come a Little Closer: Probably the last great Etta record (though I do have a soft spot for her final record, The Dreamer from 2011), this is just a classic collection of really well sung RnB / soul tracks.

    Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark: This is a perfect blend of pop music, folk and jazz, remarkably well written, and most accessible Mitchell would be for a while.

    Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan - Rufusized: Just absolutely perfect funk-rock that is super high energy and endlessly danceable.

    Van Morrisson - Veedon Fleece: Another excellent Van album, that's slightly less RnB than his few records before it, and getting back in touch with his folksy gaelic roots.

    Looking forward to finding a few more record from this year!
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  7. cshadows2887 Jul 19, 2021
    (Last edited: Jul 20, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Dan Fogelberg - Souvenirs
    2. Electric Light Orchestra - El Dorado
    3. Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade

    Exctuciating cuts:
    Jorge Ben - A Tabua De Esmeralda
    Lou Reed - Rock n Roll Animal

    Others I love:
    Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night
    Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
    Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile
    Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale
    Neil Young - On the Beach
    Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece
    Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel
    Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
    Richard and Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
    Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
    Bob Dylan and The Band - Before the Flood
    ABBA - Waterloo
    Big Star - Radio City
    The Spinners - Mighty Love
    Randy Newman - Good Old Boys
    Willie Nelson - Phases and Stages
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
    Jackson Browne - Late for the Sky

    Good ones:
    Elton John - Caribou
    Joe Cocker - I Can Stand a Little Rain
    Richard Betts - Highway Call
    Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - Rufusized
    Barry White - Can't Get Enough
    The J. Geils Band - Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle
    Leonard Cohen - New Skin for the Old Ceremony
    The Spinners - New and Improved
    Bob Seger - Seven
    Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
    Thin Lizzy - Nightlife
    Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
    The Meters - Rejuvenation
    Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco - Celia y Johnny
    Funkadelic - Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
    George Jones - The Grand Tour
    David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
    Al Stewart - Past, Present and Future
    Richard and Linda Thompson - Hokey Pokey
    Raspberries - Starting Over
    Millie Jackson - Caught Up
    Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
    John Denver - Back Home Again
    Mott the Hoople - The Hoople
    George Harrison - Dark Horse
    Robert Palmer - Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
    Bob Marley and The Wailers - Natty Dread
    Ramsey Lewis - Sun Goddess
    Sweet - Desolation Boulevard
    Queen - Sheet Heart Attack
    John Lennon - Walls and Bridges
    Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
    Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    Labelle - Nightbirds
    America - Holiday
    Tower of Power - Back to Oakland
    Ringo Starr - Goodnight Vienna
    Terry Callier - I Just Can't Help Myself
    Dolly Parton - Jolene
    Minnie Riperton - Perfect Angel
    Percy Sledge - I'll Be Your Everything
    The Four Tops - Meeting of the Minds
    George Benson - Bad Benson
    Love Unlimited Orchestra - Rhapsody in White
    Wilson Pickett - Pickett in the Pocket
    Carl Carlton - Everlasting Love

    Targets for listening:
    Earth, Wind and Fire - Open Your Eyes
    Herbie Hancock - Thrust
    Ohio Players - Fire
    Bonnie Raitt - Streetlights
    Roxy Music - Country Life
    Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel
    Sparks - Kimono My House
    10cc - Sheet Music
    Bad Company - Bad Company
    Gene Clark - No Other
    Kraftwerk - Autobahn
    Van Morrison - It's Too Late to Stop Now
    Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
    Queen - Queen II
    Gil Scott-Heron - Winter in America
    Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
    Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
    Supertramp - Crime of the Century
    The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
    Eagles - On the Border
    Jethro Tull - War Child
    The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock and Roll
    The Bar-Kays - Cold Blooded
    Cat Stevens - Buddha and the Chocolate Box
    The Stylistics - Let's Put It All Together
    Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties
    Rush - Rush
    New York Dolls - Too Much Too Soon
    Grover Washington, Jr. - Mr. Magic
    Jefferson Starship - Dragonfly
    Mick Ronson - Slaughter on 10th Avenue
    Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina - Elis & Tom
    Jim Stafford - Jim Stafford
    Blue Magic - Blue Magic
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  8. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Shit, and here I thought I had a good handle on this year.

    Oh wow. Absolutely vouch for all of these.

    This is why you're my dude. A Tabua De Esmeralda. The best Waits record. Rufisized. Right the fuck on. Haha
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  9. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Going to have to think about this one. No particularly huge favorites for me from this year, so figuring out my ballot might be harder than usual. Lots of intriguing stuff to check out from the posts so far, though!
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  10. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece
    2. Neil Young - On the Beach
    3. Big Star - Radio City
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  11. phaynes12

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    it's gene's best. also think you'll like the ron wood one. good dumb fun. I'm a new convert to sparks but I love that album

    I really need to just spend a day doing a full dive into stevie.
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  12. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    six submissions so far - each with a different #1. has to be a "record" for us so far.
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  13. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    Yeah no idea what’s gonna win this year, doesn’t seem like any particularly obvious winners, which is good!
  14. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I do love Faces and the early Stewart stuff, so it'd make sense if I dug the Ron Wood record, too.

    You see Wood, Stewart and Kenny Jones are back in the studio?
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  15. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    hell yes i did
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  16. Blainer93

    Prestigious Prestigious

    1. Genesis- The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
    2. Aerosmith- Get Your Wings
    3. Stevie Wonder- Fulfillingness' First Finale
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  17. mattfreaksmeout

    Trusted Supporter

    I have to think a little more about 2 & 3, but Minnie Riperton's Perfect Angels will easily be my number 1. I listened to it for the first time a few months ago and I've been in love since. I strongly recommend it to anyone who hasn't heard it, especially if you like soul/r&b, or just enjoy insane vocals
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  18. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    The Stylistics - Let’s Put It All Together
    Actually a bit of a disappointment. There is a world of difference between being produced by Thom Bell in Philly and being produced by Hugo & Luigi in NYC. They didn’t have an overly distinctive artistic stamp, so it made a huge difference in sound. The strings aren’t as lush, the harmonies not as swelling, and there are quite a few touches of thin-sounding Euro-disco. It still had two killer singles, and actually the last (vocal) track makes use of the disco stuff well, plus it’s always fun to hear his falsetto, but definitely a decline from Rock and Roll Baby.

    The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
    Shockingly good album. Where The Captain and Me was 4 killer tracks that later made their Best Of and then some okay stuff, this works well as an album. It’s a really terrific guitar record, with riff after riff after riff. It also makes you appreciate what a breath of fresh air (and unlikely #1) “Black Water” really was.
  19. tomdelonge


    Im gonna listen to that doobie bros album today
  20. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Make sure you’re not driving because you may get an irresistible urge to air guitar at times
  21. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    No idea what to pick for this year.... :shrug:
  22. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    First listen with Dylan’s Planet Waves, which I’m not sure how it slipped through the cracks for me, but I really enjoyed this.

    Loose without ever feeling sloppy, it’s a collection of rootsy, personal and intimate tracks, with a really strong vocal performance from Dylan. It’s slightly odd to have two versions of Forever Young back to back, but I suppose that works better as the end of Side One and the beginning of Side Two.

    Wasn’t expecting too much from this, as it isn’t a Dylan record I’ve seen talked about much, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Bob Dylan, quite good actually, who knew?!?
  23. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    I had many of those same thoughts when I listened as well!
  24. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    the band really pulls it together
  25. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Gene Clark - No Other
    Well damn. That’s some good shit.
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