Tag: 1974

Song Of The Day: Neil Young & Stray Gators, “Old Man”

Taken from the Reprise release, Tuscaloosa.

Uncle Walt’s Band: Uncle Walt’s Band (Omnivore Recordings)

One of the most brilliant and uniquely sounding albums from the fertile underground Texas Music scene of the 1970s gets a well-deserved reintroduction to the world.

Tom Brock, “Have A Nice Weekend, Baby”

A little number to get you into the weekend vibe.

William DeVaughn, “Be Thankful For What You Got”

The unlikeliest candidate for releasing a hit single did just that in 1974, resulting in a one-and-done R&B smash hit that was easily one of the best songs of the decade.

The Ghost Of Christmas: Pete Shelley, “Sky Yen”

We pay tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley by revisiting a disturbing and dense experimental tape piece from his teenage years before he started his band, the Buzzcocks.

Song Of The Day: Galactic Explorers, “Lunarscape”

Taken from the Mental Experience release, Epitaph For Venus.

Tammy Wynette: Another Lonely Song/Woman To Woman (Morello Records)

Tammy Wynette’s voice conveyed passion and heartbreak as she sang songs about heartbreak, loss, and disappointment. These two albums, both from 1974, are atypical in that regard, twenty-one emotionally powerful and gorgeously arranged country songs that might best be taken in small doses.

Song Of The Day: The Beach Boys, “Child of Winter” (1974)

Here is a rare treat for those of you in warmer climes…one of the rarer singles from the Beach Boys, a 1974 Christmas confection that nobody heard.

Matata: Wanna Do My Thing: The Complete President Recordings (RPM Records)

Kenyan-based Matata was once hailed as “the best band from Africa,” and this two-disc collection highlights an excellent band that did indeed have great promise–and it also serves to show the dangers of compromising one’s art for commercial success.

Alan Price: Savaloy Dip (Omnivore Recordings)

This solo record by The Animals’ keyboard player was accidentally released on eight track in 1974, and quickly returned to the vault. This reissue restores this curious rarity, which is a fun blast of humorous country rock.