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There ain’t enough goin’ on down here (to the … to the … to the … to the Mainline)

On August 31, 1974, Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Blvd. was #1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for the third week in a row. The album, Clapton’s second solo release, received lukewarm reviews from critics and includes his … Continue reading

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Those days are gone forever … over a long time ago, oh yeah (Steely Dan in 1974)

On March 2, 1974, Steely Dan released their third LP, Pretzel Logic. The album continued the band’s style of eclectic lyrics mixed with R&B and jazz — it even included a cover of 1927’s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo,” written by … Continue reading

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‘Cause I’ve seen some hot, hot blazes come down to smoke and ash (Court and Spark & Joni Mitchell, 1974)

On Jan. 17, 1974, Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark was released. The album, her sixth, was praised by critics and extremely popular with core fans and her newfound fans. Court and Spark would go to #2 on the Billboard Top … Continue reading

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Good-bye Buckingham Palace, hello Buckingham Nicks (Fleetwood Mac in 1974)

In 1974, the British band Fleetwood Mac moved to California after their Heroes Are Hard to Find album. For the first time, Fleetwood Mac was a foursome: drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, keyboardist Christine McVie and guitarist Bob Welch. … Continue reading

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So What caps a tragic year for Joe Walsh (1974)

On Dec. 14, 1974, Joe Walsh released the album So What. It picked up where Walsh left off from 1973’s The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get with his group Barnstorm—lots of great rock ‘n’ roll guitar licks, but … Continue reading

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And then there were four … (1974, the last from Peter Gabriel with Genesis)

On Nov. 18, 1974, Genesis released The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, their sixth studio LP and the last Genesis album with lead singer Peter Gabriel. This double album was the band’s first attempt at a rock opera (the concept … Continue reading

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Baby, you’ve been dreaming (Hall & Oates & War Babies)

On Nov. 12, 1974, Daryl Hall and John Oates released their third album, War Babies. The LP was a hard-edged recording from the duo and, consequently, received negative reviews as a follow-up to their appealing and soulful Abandoned Luncheonette album. … Continue reading

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Harmony and me, we’re pretty good company (Elton John, 1973)

On Nov. 10, 1973, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road began an eight-week reign at the top of the US album charts. The double album received many negative reviews. Part of the backlash may have come from a cultural shift … Continue reading

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Here’s something that you’ll never forget (1974) BTO’s first #1 single

Bachman-Turner Overdrive scored their first #1 single on Nov. 9, 1974, with “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” The song was a last minute addition to the band’s third album, Not Fragile, which had been released in August. The song was … Continue reading

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“… plus Tubular Bells!” (Mike Oldfield’s harmony of complexities)

On Oct. 5, 1974, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells hit #1 (for the first time) on the UK album chart … it had been released 15 months earlier. It was the first album released by Virgin Records (catalog number V2001 “In … Continue reading

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