Happy birthday to Canadian singer / songwriter Gordon Lightfoot (1938); and to actor Rock Hudson (1925)!
How should I approach entering my LP’s / 12” / 10” singles into my list? Shelving first or cartons? I ponder this as the CD list is now…done.
Back to the Time Machine! Set the controls for October, 1974 with Quoichiro Iwamoto and Strange Days magazine!
October 1974 releases: John Lennon “Walls and Bridges” (Apple UK LP PCTC 253) with a funny folding cover; The Rolling Stones “It’s Only Rock & Roll” (Rolling Stones UK LP COC 59103); David Bowie “David Live” (RCA UK 2LP APL2-0771); Rod Stewart “Smiler” (Mercury UK LP 9104 001); King Crimson “Red” (Island UK LP ILPS 9308); Jethro Tull “War Child” (Chrysalis UK LP CHR 1067); Leo Sayer “Just A Boy” (Chrysalis UK LP CHR 1068); The Sensational Alex Harvey Band “The Impossible Dream” (Vertigo UK LP 6360 112); If “Not Just Another Bunch Of Pretty Faces” (Gull UK LP GULP 1004); Montrose “Paper Money” (Warner Brothers US LP BS 2823); Bay City Rollers “Rollin’” (Bell UK LP BELLS 244); and Bob Marley & The Wailers “Natty Dread” (Island UK LP ILPS 9281).
Today, I am OK with 100% of these titles, even if I am totally unfamiliar with one of ‘em (The If album). Yes, I was aware of If, as they had been on Island UK during the golden period, where anything on Island UK was “of interest”: to my little first year of high school ears. In 1974, I was in a variety of record stores constantly, with open eyes.
The big hit here (for me) was obviously the King Crimson album; I awaited whatever it was that was forthcoming anxiously. No, I didn’t want an Atlantic US LP, I wanted an Island UK LP of it, thanks. And I got one – it’s still in the other room. Any questions?
Seemed to me that Lennon had gone flat by this time. Yes, I own it – but it’s far from my favorite JL piece. Can I name even 1 song off of The Rolling Stones LP other than the title track? No, I’d have to get a CD of it out and look. Not my favorite Rolling Stones LP – by any stretch of the imagination. One had to be aware of what the rock music aristocracy was up to, however. So, they were still all alive? My Bowie star burned bright – to the end of 1972. I didn’t buy the albums then, but I own ‘em all now and am OK with ‘em all. At some point, I duly got an original US 1LP of the first live album, and a re-mastered CD; I’d buy the DVD-A of it, if it presented itself and I had a large enough credit slip. I recently got a UK LP of “Smiler” by Rod Stewart, so fat & sassy on that one, go get ‘em, Rod. Jethro Tull was lost to the mists of time by now, along with Black Sabbath etc. – my late 60’s / early 70’s favorites were subject to a type of attrition at this time – out with the old, in with the new. I am not 100% certain that I have an LP of this Leo Sayer title, I may – but it’s in one of 60+ unsorted cartons of LP’s, He’s pretty good, even if it eventually all turned to “pop”. I have gone “on the record” for saying that if I had one wish, it would be to see The Sensational Alex Harvey Band play live on a stage at the peak of their powers. Ronnie Montrose had a variety of things going against him, competing for my spurious teenaged attention: He’s American, and signed to an American label – how can that possibly compete with being British or German and signed to a European-based label? And this LP had a stupid unimaginative cover design, too. With all this other stuff floating in the whirlpool – NEXT! (to paraphrase Jacques Brel and Alex Harvey). The Bay City Rollers weren’t the lowest form of music possible – even I knew that. They were…Scottish? Signed to a dubvious label that seemed to really crank out the ‘product’…with the sound of “Saturday Night” ringing in everyone’s ears. Not sure how large my soft spot is for the Rollers, but it did and does exist – even now. 1974 was not the time of redemption for our Scottish heroes. It was, however, the time of redemption for Bob Marley & The Wailers! What is this shit? Is he American? Or English? Natty who? So, your religion is based upon smoking so much dope that you can’t eat, Chris Blackwell thinks your rhythm will change / modify all of the other rhythms? What about all those Germans with sequencers, Bob? Wayne Perkins?
It sounds like ‘comedy”, but these records all flooded into record stores all over the USA, during October 1974. My flipping fingers couldn’t obviously make sense of much of it, but I tried. And I’m almost there. From October 1974 to July 1976 isn’t a really long time. By July, 1976 – I was “in”. Record Store job, ahoy!