Tag: 74

Ron Wood – I’ve Got My Own Album To Do

Ron Wood – I’ve Got My Own Album To Do       ‘I’ve Got My Own Album To Do’ is the first solo album by Ron Wood, released in September 1974. An all-star project recorded outside of his activities with the Faces, the title was a dig at Rod Stewart, who appeared to be […]

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Gryphon – Red Queen to Gryphon Three

      Mike DeGagne: ‘Red Queen to Gryphon Three is only available coupled with the Raindance album on the same disc, but it has stood the test of time as an excellent progressive rock piece. The album centers around a game of chess, with each track around ten minutes in length. The symphonic structure […]

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Bob James – One

Bob James – One Jazz/Funk. 1974. ‘One of the earliest entries in the smooth jazz genre, featuring players Gene McDaniels, Grover Washington, Steve Gadd, Idris Muhammed, and a deep horn section, perhaps most noteable for its closing track, “Nautilus”, which has been virtually appropriated by hip hop as one of that genre’s anthems/cultural reference points. […]

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Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean boulevard

Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean boulevard Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘461 Ocean Boulevard is Eric Clapton’s second studio solo album, arriving after his side project of Derek and the Dominos and a long struggle with heroin addiction. Although there are some new reggae influences, the album doesn’t sound all that different from the rock, pop, blues, […]

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Hatfield and the North – Hatfield and the North

Hatfield and the North – Hatfield and the North AMG Review: One of the Canterbury scene’s most revered bands, Hatfield and the North made up for the brevity of their career with some fascinating music. Always adventurous, the quartet had the keen sense to realize that only the most hardened jazz fans respond to numerous […]

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Gene Clark – No Other

      Thom Jurek: ‘Upon its release in 1974, Gene Clark’s No Other was soundly reviled as an exercise in studio and financial excess, a critical and commercial failure — it was pop music’s Heaven’s Gate. However, a scant year and a half later, Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album and its successor, Rumours, utilizing similar […]

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Gram Parsons – Grievous Angels

Gram Parsons – Grievous Angels AMG Review: Gram Parsons fondness for drugs and high living are said to have been catching up with him while he was recording Grievous Angel, and sadly he wouldn’t live long enough to see it reach record stores, dying from a drug overdose in the fall of 1973. Grievous Angels is a […]

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Bad Company – Bad Company Album

Bad Company – Bad Company Album AMG Review: Bad Company’s 1974 self-titled release stands as one of the most important and accomplished debut hard rock albums from the ’70s. Though hardly visionary, it was one of the most successful steps in the continuing evolution of rock & roll, riding on the coattails of achievement from […]

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George Benson – Bad Benson

George Benson – Bad Benson AMG Review: Preceding Breezin’, his crossover smash for Warner in 1976, George Benson – Bad Benson shows the guitarist still hanging on to his Wes Montgomery roots in places while stretching his soul-jazz persona into even funkier arenas. CTI had a formula for making funky, accessible jazz and fusion records […]

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ” Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote the book on Southern rock with their first album, so it only made sense that they followed it for their second album, aptly titled Second Helping. Sticking with producer Al Kooper (who, after all, discovered them), the group turned out […]

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Neil Young – On the Beach

Neil Young – On the Beach Neil Young – On the Beach is the fifth studio album by Neil Young, released in 1974. It was unavailable on compact disc until it was released as a HDCD-encoded remastered version on August 19, 2003 as part of his Archives Digital Masterpiece Series. AMG Review: Following the 1973 Time […]

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Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway AMG review: Given all the overt literary references of Selling England by the Pound, along with their taste for epic suites such as “Supper’s Ready,” it was only a matter of time before Genesis attempted a full-fledged concept album, and 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway […]

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Sparks – Kimono My House

Sparks – Kimono My House Sparks – Kimono My House is the third album by American rock band Sparks. The album was released in May 1974 and is considered to be their commercial breakthrough album AMG review: Arguably one of Sparks’ best albums, 1974’s Sparks – Kimono My House finds the brothers Mael (Ron wrote […]

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