Album Chart of 1974

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Album Chart of 1974

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THE LION OF SOWETO ROARS

Small in stature, but a giant in the townships, it’s the great Mahlathini who rules the roost in my album chart of the year. By this stage, South Africa’s mbaqanga king is revelling in his new home at Satbel, and the glorious hits are flooding out, hard and fast. Apartheid effectively dictates that the world is oblivious to this phenomenon.

Not too far behind is Leonard Cohen – his long-awaited fourth LP finally arrives and is deliciously cooked to perfection, maintaining his faultless catalogue to date.

For the first time ever, there are no American LPs in my year-end Top 10. ‘Til now a dominant force, that country’s left-field output has declined greatly in the 1970s, so much so that Sparks even felt the need to get the hell out and make their latest album in England!

It’s AOR heaven over there if you’re into that kind of thing, with the likes of Eagles, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan being lapped up by the musically conservative masses. Jeez, whatever happened to the rock n roll revolution?

Thankfully, things are cookin’ in Germany; Nico, Kraftwerk and Can are killing it in my Top 10.

Generally speaking, the continuing downward spiral in 1974 is very disappointing; even Lou Reed and Bowie cannot be relied upon this time around.

The Jukebox Rebel
02-Jun-2016

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NGIBUZINDLELA
Indoda Mahlathini
Soweto SWA-14007
South Africa
9.18 “A masterpiece” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Baba-Ye” (10) • “Ilele Insizwa” (10) • “Kwasa Singalele” (9.8)
TJR saysArriving at the very tail-end of 1974 was this stunning long-player from the recently turned 36-year-old Simon ‘Mahlathi...more →

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NEW SKIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY
Leonard Cohen
Columbia C-33167
Canada
8.45 “Excellent” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Who By Fire” (10) • “Lover Lover Lover” (9.7) • “A Singer Must Die” (9.6)
TJR saysArriving in August ’74 was the 4th album from the 39-year-old, a set which continues his impeccable 7-year-run of sheer ...more →

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ROCK BOTTOM
Robert Wyatt
Virgin V-2017
England
7.72 “Brilliant” Avant-Garde; Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road” (8.4) • “Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road” (8.2) • “Alife” (8.1)
TJR saysThe 29-year-old released his second LP in July ’74 – just one year after the terrible accident where a fall from a balco...more →

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THE END
Nico
Island Records ILPS-9311
Germany
7.59 “Brilliant” Avant-Garde; Alternative Folk

Jukebox picks: “The End” (9.5) • “Secret Side” (9.2) • “You Forget To Answer” (8.7)
TJR saysThe final chapter in her brilliant neo-classical trilogy that began in 1969 with “The Marble Index” and continued in 197...more →

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I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT
Richard and Linda Thompson
Island Records ILPS-9266
England
7.40 “Really good” Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Down Where The Drunkards Roll” (9.3) • “Withered And Died” (8.8) • “The Great Valerio” (8.5)
TJR saysSince leaving Fairport Convention on a hunch that he could forge a solo career as a songwriter and performer, Richard ha...more →

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AUTOBAHN
Kraftwerk
Philips 6305-231
Germany
7.24 “Really good” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Autobahn” (10) • “Morgenspaziergang” (8.3) • “Kometenmelodie 2” (7.8)
TJR saysHello world, Düsseldorf calling again. After 4 years of dicking around inconsequentially, and perhaps spurred on by the ...more →

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HERE COME THE WARM JETS
Eno
Island Records ILPS-9268
England
7.17 “Really good” New Wave; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Here Come The Warm Jets” (8.4) • “Blank Frank” (8.2) • “Baby's On Fire” (8.0)
TJR saysIn his mid-20s, Brian Eno wasn’t messing about. Now that he had committed himself to a career in music, he wasn’t about ...more →

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NATTY DREAD
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9281
Jamaica
7.12 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Talkin’ Blues” (9.0) • “Bend Down Low [1974 version]” (8.0) • “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)” (7.8)
TJR saysAs is often the case with we humans, success breeds pressures and jealousies, and The Wailers were not immune. Sadly, th...more →

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SOON OVER BABALUMA
Can
United Artists Records UAS 29 673 I
Germany
6.88 “Good” Dubbeat

Jukebox picks: “Dizzy Dizzy” (8.3) • “Come Sta, La Luna” (7.7) • “Chain Reaction” (7.4)
TJR saysFollowing “Future Days”, the unpredictable Damo Suzuki got married to a Jehovah's Witness and left the group, once again...more →

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COUNTRY LIFE
Roxy Music
Island Records ILPS-9303
England
6.78 “Good” Cerebral Pop; New Wave; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Bitter-Sweet” (8.5) • “If It Takes All Night” (7.7) • “All I Want Is You” (7.2)
TJR saysThe first post-Eno Roxy Music set was stylish, peppy and imaginative, if not quite as off-the-wall as previous efforts. ...more →

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DANDRUFF
Ivor Cutler
Virgin V-2021
Scotland
6.77 “Good” Poetry; Avant-Garde; Storytelling

Jukebox picks: “Dad’s Lapse” (10) • “Fremsley” (10) • “Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Ep. 1” (9.2)
TJR saysTaking their left-field roster further left than ever before, Virgin Records signed up Ivor Cutler for a 3-album deal in...more →

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KIMONO MY HOUSE
Sparks
Island Records ILPS-9272
the USA
6.70 “Good” Cerebral Pop; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Falling In Love With Myself Again” (8.2) • “Equator” (7.7) • “Amateur Hour” (7.6)
TJR says“Kimono My House”? Groan. I guess with the bona-fide front-cover Geisha randoms – who were plucked by chance from th...more →

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THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT
Betty Davis
Just Sunshine Records JSS-3500
the USA
6.61 “Good” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Don’t Call Her No Tramp” (8.2) • “They Say I’m Different” (7.7) • “He Was A Big Freak” (7.3)
TJR saysOne year on from her debut and Betty was back with a whole new ensemble already – which, considering there are more than...more →

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UBHEK’UZULU
Amagugu
Skyline Jazz SK-80162
South Africa
6.60 “Good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Chuchu Makgala” (8.4) • “Imvula” (7.6) • “Inyoni Emhlophe” (7.4)
TJR saysIn 1967, Sannah Mnguni, her sister Francina ‘Thopi’ Mnguni and Thoko Khumalo were three of the four founding members of ...more →

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ON THE BEACH
Neil Young
Reprise Records R-2180
Canada
6.59 “Good” Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Revolution Blues” (8.2) • “Walk On” (7.5) • “See The Sky About To Rain” (6.8)
TJR saysThe pessimistic one is in very fine form here, evidenced immediately on “Walk On”, a coolly laid-back blues rocker w...more →

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ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE
Bryan Ferry
Island Records ILPS-9284
England
6.41 “Decent enough” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (8.2) • “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” (8.0) • “You Are My Sunshine” (6.8)
TJR saysPredominantly another covers album from the smooth one, although he did write the title-track which closes the LP. T...more →

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COP YER WHACK FOR THIS
Billy Connolly
Polydor 2383-310
Scotland
6.24 “Decent enough” Comedy; Folk

Jukebox picks: “Lucky Uncle Freddie [live ’74]” (8.4) • “Sergeant, Where’s Mine? [live ’74]” (8.1) • “Three Men From Carntyne [live ’74]” (7.9)
TJR saysRecorded live at the Unicorn Leisure production “The Billy Connolly Show” in the Kings Theatre, Glasgow. He’s not yet a ...more →

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ROOTS REGGAE
Toots and The Maytals
Dynamic Sounds DY-3343
Jamaica
6.16 “Decent enough” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Time Tough” (7.4) • “In The Dark” (7.3) • “Revolution” (6.6)
TJR saysRecorded at Dynamic Studios in Kingston with Warwick Lyn, Neville Hinds and Carlton Lee on co-production duties. There’s...more →

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IN PERSON
Gregory Isaacs
Hit G.G. Stereo 004
Jamaica
5.98 “Average” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Sweeter The Victory” (7.5) • “Love Overdue” (7.3) • “Financial Endorsement” (7.0)
TJR says“In Person” was the debut album from the 23-year-old, although he was already 6 years in the business by now, and drivin...more →

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DIAMOND DOGS
Bowie
RCA Victor APL1-0576
England
5.93 “Average” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Rebel Rebel” (8.9) • “Diamond Dogs” (7.1) • “Candidate” (6.1)
TJR saysSo now you're half man half dog? Er, right you are then. By this stage, it seems to me that Bowie is obsessed by larger ...more →

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PUSSY CATS
Harry Nilsson
RCA Victor CPL1-0570
the USA
5.82 “Average” Pop; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Old Forgotten Soldier” (6.8) • “Save The Last Dance For Me” (6.6) • “Don’t Forget Me” (6.4)
TJR says“Nilsson Schmilsson” got all the acclaim for Nilsson in the 1970s, but “Pussy Cats” is way cooler, albeit never too ...more →

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SALLY CAN’T DANCE
Lou Reed
RCA Victor CPL1-0611
the USA
5.80 “Average” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Kill Your Sons” (8.7) • “Billy” (6.6) • “Ride Sally Ride” (6.0)
TJR saysGood grief – Lou Reed plays soft-rockers? All trust between us is blown 4ever. But wait a minute – Top 10 in the U.S. po...more →

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PHAEDRA
Tangerine Dream
Virgin V-2010
Germany
5.70 “Average” Ambient

Jukebox picks: “Phaedra” (7.1) • “Movements of a Visionary” (5.6) • “Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares” (5.1)
TJR saysWith the preceding LP “Atem” having been named “album of the year” by John Peel, the hipsters were all ears for Tangerin...more →

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COURT AND SPARK
Joni Mitchell
Asylum Records 7E-1001
Canada
5.69 “Average” Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Raised On Robbery” (6.9) • “Twisted” (6.5) • “Help Me” (6.1)
TJR says“Court and Spark”, issued in January ’74, proved to be Joni’s most successful album; not only was it critically acclaime...more →

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THE KILFENORA CÉILÍ BAND [1974]
The Kilfenora Céilí Band
Pickwick Records HPE-609
Ireland
5.50 “Average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Coming Back To Miltown” (6.4) • “Double Jigs Medley - The Gold Ring / The Lucky Penny” (6.2) • “Belfast Town” (6.2)
TJR saysA fine set of traditional jigs and reels from the 65-year-old band, best of which are the Double Jigs Medley “The Gold...more →

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GRIEVOUS ANGEL
Gram Parsons
Reprise Records MS-2171
the USA
5.46 “Below average” Country

Jukebox picks: “Brass Buttons” (7.5) • “Love Hurts” (6.5) • “Return Of The Grievous Angel” (6.4)
TJR saysThe final chapter of Gram’s Parsons self-proclaimed “Cosmic American Music” was delivered in January 1974 in very sa...more →

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TOMORROW’S WEDDING
Intuthuko Brothers featuring Hensford Mthembu
Skyline Marabi SK-80163
South Africa
5.43 “Below average” Africana; Pop

Jukebox picks: “First Stop Durban” (7.4) • “Is’Gul’Egoli” (6.9) • “Ematimatolo” (6.8)
TJR saysThis group had started as Abafana Bentuthuko in the mid-60s and by now had now begun to trade as Intuthuko Brothers. Lon...more →

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HAVE YOU HEARD THIS STORY??
Swamp Dogg
Island Records ILPS-9299
the USA
5.41 “Below average” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “My Hang-Ups Ain’t Hung-Up No More” (6.6) • “Did I Come Back Too Soon (Or Stay Away Too Long)” (5.9) • “Dr. M.L.G. (J.A.)” (5.6)
TJR saysSwamp Dogg’s fifth album in five years takes a decided turn towards the funky pop disco and comes complete with a few ex...more →

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REALITY
James Brown
Polydor PD-6039
the USA
5.36 “Below average” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “All For One” (6.4) • “Further On Up The Road” (6.2) • “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” (5.8)
TJR saysThe vitality of 1972 seems a long way away already… he’s hanging on in there… the first half of the album offers some de...more →

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UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
Mercury SRM-1-709
the USA
5.35 “Below average” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Happy Love Song” (7.0) • “New Electric Ride” (6.3) • “Upon The My-O-My” (6.0)
TJR saysJust 18 months earlier, Captain Beefheart, together with his slaves, had delivered my album of the year with “Clear Spot...more →

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WINTER IN AMERICA
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Strata-East SES-19742
the USA
5.34 “Below average” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “H²Ogate Blues” (9.5) • “The Bottle” (8.7) • “Rivers Of My Fathers” (5.0)
TJR saysAfter three albums on Flying Dutchman, a creative-control dispute led Gil Scot-Heron to pastures new, and a deal was str...more →

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APOSTROPHE (’)
Frank Zappa
Discreet MS-2175
the USA
5.30 “Below average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Nanook Rubs It” (7.8) • “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” (6.0) • “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast” (5.7)
TJR saysFrank Zappa’s greatest commercial success, “Apostrophe (‘)” landed him an unlikely place in the U.S. Top 10. The set kin...more →

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THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT
Tom Waits
Asylum Records 7E-1015
the USA
5.23 “Below average” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “The Ghosts Of Saturday Night (After Hours At Napoleone’s Pizza House)” (7.4) • “Diamonds On My Windshield” (6.8) • “(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night” (5.7)
TJR saysSecond album from the 24-year-old piano-playing singer-songwriter, now with added singspeak skills on display, namely on...more →

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BLUEJEANS AND MOONBEAMS
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
Mercury SRM 1-1018
the USA
4.82 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Party Of Special Things To Do” (6.8) • “Pompadour Swamp” (5.9) • “Observatory Crest” (5.7)
TJR saysImmediately after the recording of the preceding “Unconditionally Guaranteed” early in '74, the Magic Band, to a man, de...more →

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HARD ROPE AND SILKEN TWINE
The Incredible String Band
Island Records ILPS-9270
Scotland
4.77 “Poor” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Dreams Of No Return” (5.5) • “Cold February [live]” (5.1) • “Ithkos” (4.9)
TJR saysThree of the four remained from last years “No Ruinous Feud”, Gerard Dott not being involved this time around. Three new...more →

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THE GRAND TOUR
George Jones
Epic KE-33083
the USA
4.66 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Grand Tour” (7.2) • “Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)” (5.9) • “She'll Love the One She's With” (5.0)
TJR saysStep right up, come on in, If you'd like to take the grand tour, Of a lonely house that once was home sweet home”. ...more →

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PLANET WAVES
Bob Dylan
Asylum Records 7E-1003
the USA
4.64 “Poor” Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “On A Night Like This” (6.0) • “Wedding Song” (5.9) • “Dirge” (5.8)
TJR saysAfter 12 years and 13 albums with Columbia Records this was Bob Dylan’s first venture on a different label, L.A. based A...more →

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GOOD OLD BOYS
Randy Newman
Reprise Records MS-2193
the USA
4.60 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Naked Man” (5.5) • “Guilty” (5.5) • “Marie” (5.2)
TJR saysBreakthrough album for the 30-year-old, cracking the Billboard Top 40 after several years of trying. His musical beds ar...more →

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I HAVE A DREAM
Solomon Burke
ABC/Dunhill Records DSX 50161
the USA
4.54 “Poor” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I Ain’t Gonna Give Up (Till I Find A Way)” (8.4) • “Looking For A Sign” (5.4) • “Now Is The Time” (5.0)
TJR saysHe left MGM for ABC-Dunhill Records in 1974, recording the one-off album, "I Have a Dream", a rather schmaltzy tribute t...more →

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SUN SECRETS
The Eric Burdon Band
Capitol Records ST-11359
England
4.51 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Ring Of Fire [1974 album version]” (5.5) • “Letter From The County Farm” (5.5) • “It’s My Life” (5.2)
TJR saysCovers a few Animals originals. As far as the Burdon solo catalogue goes, only “Ring Of Fire” (Love Is, 1968) is a r...more →

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UP FOR THE DOWN STROKE
Parliament
Casablanca NBLP-7002
the USA
4.51 “Poor” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Up For The Down Stroke” (6.2) • “The Goose” (5.9) • “I Can Move You (If You Let Me)” (5.0)
TJR saysIt took 4 years for George Clinton's Parliament to follow up their “Osmium” LP of 1970, the main man having been more co...more →

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SHEER HEART ATTACK
Queen
EMI EMC-3061
England
4.41 “Lame” Rock; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)” (6.6) • “Killer Queen” (5.4) • “Stone Cold Crazy” (5.2)
TJR saysQueen delivered their second long-player of '74 in November, just 8 months after “Queen II”. The core quartet remain: Fr...more →

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LYDIA
Cold Blood
Warner Bros. Records BS-2806
the USA
4.37 “Lame” Disco / Funk; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Ready To Live” (5.5) • “Consideration” (5.5) • “Simple Love Life” (5.0)
TJR says5th album in 6 years from the Californian soulsters, who seem to be heading towards “the Lydia Pense Show” in the billin...more →

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THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Vertigo 6360 112
Scotland
4.36 “Lame” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Hot City Symphony part 2: Man In The Jar” (5.8) • “Hot City Symphony part 1: Vambo” (4.9) • “Sergeant Fury” (4.6)
TJR saysThe seventh Alex Harvey album - the third as the Sensational Alex Harvey Band - was delivered in October, 1974. The unch...more →

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MEMPHIS HEAT
Memphis Slim, Canned Heat and The Memphis Horns
Blue Star ‎80.607
the USA
4.29 “Lame” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Five Long Years” (5.0) • “Paris” (5.0) • “Trouble Everywhere I Go” (4.5)
TJR saysIn Paris, on September 18, 1970, Canned Heat went into the studio at the request of French music producer Phillipe Rault...more →

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461 OCEAN BOULEVARD
Eric Clapton
RSO 2479-118
England
4.28 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Get Ready” (6.3) • “I Shot the Sheriff” (5.3) • “Motherless Children” (5.2)
TJR saysThe 29-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist was off the heroin, but still drinking heavily. He's now living with George ...more →

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WATERLOO
ABBA
Polar POLS-252
Sweden
4.22 “Lame” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Waterloo [english version]” (7.4) • “Waterloo [swedish version]” (7.0) • “Suzy-Hang-Around” (6.5)
TJR saysStaring back at you from the cover of their '74 debut as ABBA were the two couples (l to r): Anni-Frid Lyngstad (28, voc...more →

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NO OTHER
Gene Clark
Asylum Records 7E-1016
the USA
3.99 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Strength Of Strings” (5.1) • “Silver Raven” (4.6) • “Some Misunderstanding” (4.5)
TJR saysThe former Byrd, now 29, delivered his ambitious sixth album in September, 1974. Over $100,000 in the making, the west c...more →

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CRIME OF THE CENTURY
Supertramp
A&M Records AMLS-68258
England
3.93 “Terrible” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Dreamer” (5.0) • “Crime Of The Century” (4.8) • “School” (4.6)
TJR saysDisillusioned with their lack of success, Supertramp's original group members had deserted the cause, leaving songwriter...more →

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INSPIRATION INFORMATION
Shuggie Otis
Epic KE-33059
the USA
3.83 “Terrible” R n B; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Not Available” (5.2) • “Aht Uh Mi Hed” (5.0) • “XL-30” (4.7)
TJR saysSly-Stone-inspired album of space-age-funk from the 20-year-old, almost 3 years in the making. Impressively, he plays ev...more →

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QUEEN II
Queen
EMI EMA-767
England
3.77 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Seven Seas Of Rhye” (5.8) • “The March Of The Black Queen” (4.6) • “Funny How Love Is” (4.2)
TJR saysThe second album from London's more thoughtful heavy-glam rockers arrived in March '74. They line up: Freddie Mercury (2...more →

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PRETZEL LOGIC
Steely Dan
ABC Records ABCD-808
the USA
3.76 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Charlie Freak” (5.6) • “With A Gun” (4.7) • “Barrytown” (4.6)
TJR saysThe arbiters of taste dictate that this is the one you should all be raving about in 1974. Album-of-the-year in the NME,...more →

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BAD COMPANY
Bad Company
Island Records ILPS-9279
England
3.58 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Seagull” (4.8) • “Can't Get Enough” (4.2) • “Bad Company” (4.1)
TJR saysHugely succesful debut album from the Led-Zepp supported hard-rock supergroup, reaching #1 in the States and #3 in the U...more →

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SHEET MUSIC
10cc
UK Records UKAL-1007
England
3.51 “Terrible” Pop; Prog; Rock; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Clockwork Creep” (5.5) • “Hotel” (4.7) • “The Worst Band In The World” (4.4)
TJR saysThe second album from the inventive Stockport four was delivered in May, 1974, on Jonathan King's UK Records label. The ...more →

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WHEN THE EAGLE FLIES
Traffic
Island Records ILPS-9273
England
3.43 “Terrible” Prog; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Walking In The Wind” (5.6) • “Dream Gerrard” (4.2) • “Memories Of A Rock N' Rolla” (3.6)
TJR saysWell, drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist David Hood, from the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio house band, didn't last long. On...more →

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THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
Genesis
Charisma CGS-101
England
3.11 “Terrible” Prog; Rock

Jukebox picks: “It” (4.6) • “The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging” (4.5) • “Cuckoo Cocoon” (4.3)
TJR saysJust one look at the costumed Peter Gabriel in “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” tour pretty much tells you all you need ...more →

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FULFILLINGNESS’ FIRST FINALE
Stevie Wonder
Tamla T6-332S1
the USA
2.48 “Dire” R n B

Jukebox picks: “Boogie On Reggae Woman” (4.5) • “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (4.0) • “Bird Of Beauty” (2.8)
TJR saysSuper tame servings in this new fangled R n B style, almost as if recoiling from the semi-bravery of the preceding “Inne...more →

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REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE
The Wombles
CBS 80191
England
2.12 “Dire” Novelty; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Wimbledon Sunset” (4.1) • “Remember You’re A Womble” (3.6) • “Minuetto Allegretto” (3.0)
TJR saysFollowing last year's scene-setting album of character songs, this was the first proper Wombles LP according to group le...more →

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GOOD TIMES
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-0475
the USA
2.10 “Dire” Country

Jukebox picks: “I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby” (3.0) • “My Boy” (2.9) • “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” (2.6)
TJR saysElvis' appalling 1970s form continues in this Sydney Devine inspired affair....more →

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TOP OF THE POPS VOLUME 38
Hallmark Records House Band
Hallmark Records SHM-865
England
1.13 “An embarrassment” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” (3.6) • “Sugar Baby Love” (2.0) • “Waterloo” (1.8)
TJR saysThe sleeve notes of this June '74 issue read: “Well, Kids, Teenagers, Wombles, Mums and Dads we’ve cracked it - we hop...more →

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SINGALONGACHRISTMAS
Max Bygraves
Hallmark Records ‎HMA-265
England
0.48 “Pathetically abysmal” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Medley : A) Little Drummer Boy, B) Winter Wonderland, C) White Christmas” (0.9) • “Medley : A) Away In A Manger, B) Silent Night, C) The 23rd Psalm” (0.8) • “Medley : A) We Wish You A Merry Christmas, B) O Come All Ye Faithful, C) Once In Royal David’s City, D) While Shepherds Watched, E) The First Noel, F) Good King Wencelas, G) Hark The Herald Angels Sing” (0.6)
TJR saysI know it’s cliched to be cynical at Xmas, but this is pooh of the strongest odour....more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1974



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