Happy birthday guitarist Mike Bloomfield of The Butterfield Blues Band and “Super Session” fame (1944, Chicago, IL)! I also understand (by one source) that today is Rick Wright’s birthday (1945) – the keyboard player of The Pink Floyd! Happy birthday to Rachel Sweet (1962)!
Today’s Time Machine is from June, 1974. That puts me in nigh school, at the end of my first year there. I was entranced with the alternative music of the day: Gong, Hatfield & The North, Robert Wyatt etc.
Strange Days magazine in Japan runs their Time Machine column, so I type it up in English and we all grin and recognize the months.
June, 1974: Steve Harley / Cockney Rebel “The Psychomodo” (EMI UK LP EMC 3033); Be–Bop Deluxe “Axe Victim” (Harvest UK LP SHVL 813); Kevin Ayers / John Cale / Nico “June 1st, 1974” (Island UK LP ILPS 9291); Elton John “Caribou” (DJM UK LP DJLPH 439); Barclay James Harvest “Everyone Is Everyone Else” (Polydor UK LP 2383 286); Gentle Giant “The Power & The Glory” (WWA UK LP WWA 010); Uriah Heep “Wonderworld” (Bronze UK LP ILPS 9279); Bad Company “Bad Company” (Island UK LP ILPS 9279); James Taylor “Walking Man” (Warner UK LP K 56042); Bob Dylan / The Band “Before The Flood” (Asylum US 2LP set AB 201); Grateful Dead “From The Mars Hotel” (Arista US LP GD 102); and Jerry Garcia “Garcia” (Rounder US LP RX 102).
Never really into Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, but in 2014 I understand their place in the pantheon of UK 70’s glam rock. I go back and forth on Bill Nelson / Be–Bop Deluxe, but in 1974 – this wasn’t on my radar. I loved the Harvest label, but this didn’t grab my ears. By ’74, between Kevin Ayers, John Cale or Nico – likely it was John Cale that got me to buy this LP straightaway; I didn’t know what to make of post-Dr. Dream Kevin Ayers and I have never been a fan of Nico. Elton John certainly had his share of gold-dust, and “Caribou” was a fine album of the day; I still like it! Why didn’t they make an SA-CD of it? Never particularly bothered with Barclay James Harvest – I mean, they weren’t even on Harvest Records anymore! Gentle Giant could do no wrong during and after “In A Glass House”, but as they were now getting released in the US, I kinda didn’t care about them anymore. I like it much better in 2014, than I did in 1974. Uriah Heep lost me after their debut LP, sorry. Bad Company should’ve interested me more than it did. Their debut LP on Island did nothing for me at the time. It just looked like major label excess. James Taylor in 1974? Are you kidding? Bob Dylan & The Band double live LP didn’t get my goat (or cash) in ’74, but I am OK with it in 2014. Grateful Dead didn’t interest me then or now – somebody else’s troubles…