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Tag: 1974

Reggae Strings

Reggae Strings: Reggae Strings And Reggae Strings Volume 2 (Doctor Bird)

Reggae label Trojan Records conceived a unique idea: release an album containing the divisive orchestral backing tracks and release them as an Easy Listening records. Thus was born Reggae Strings, a delightful record that stands on its own merits. This new collection offers a second disc that features the original songs, and turning the curiosity into an essential best-of for the first era of the beloved label.

Gene Clark: No Other (4AD)

In 1974, Gene Clark released his fourth solo album, No Other, a masterpiece unfortunately and bizarrely labeled a failure. 4AD’s deluxe reissue does much to correct that misconception, and offers a lavish and definitive look at one of the decade’s truly lost classics.

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.