40 years ago: Newt's top 30 rock albums of 1974

Last year I put together a list of my 30 fave albums from 1973, which was a particularly awesome year since it included the release of what I’ve always felt was the world’s greatest rock album, the Who’s Quadrophenia.

Now that you’ve all had a good chance to go out and purchase each and every one of those discs in whatever format you desire—including that fancy-ass boxed-set version of Quadro—it’s time again for me to head back four decades and reminisce about what was truly rockin’ in the Year of Our Lord, 1974.

Like last year, I’ve listed the LPs alphabetically by title, and included three choice tracks from each disc to help you remember how wicked they really were.

(By the way, it’s pretty shocking how many of these fine acts haven’t even been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet. Man does that place suck.)

Axe VictimBe Bop Deluxe (“Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape”, “No Trains to Heaven”, “Rocket Cathedrals”)

Bad CompanyBad Company (“Rock Steady”, “Ready For Love”, “Movin’ On”)

Bridge of SighsRobin Trower (“Day of the Eagle”, “The Fool and Me”, “Lady Love”)

BurnDeep Purple (“Burn”, “Might Just Take Your Life”, “You Fool No One”)

Diamond DogsDavid Bowie (“Diamond Dogs”, “Rebel Rebel”, “1984″)

EnergizedFoghat (“Honey Hush”, “Home in My Hand”, “Step Outside”)

Get Your Wings: Aerosmith (“Same Old Song and Dance”, “Seasons of Wither”, “Spaced”)

The HoopleMott the Hoople (“Born Late ’58″, “Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Roll Away the Stone”)

Irish Tour ’74Rory Gallagher (“Cradle Rock”, “A Million Miles Away”, “Tattoo’d Lady”)

KissKiss (“Strutter”, “Deuce”, “Black Diamond”)

The Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayGenesis (“In the Cage”, “The Carpet Crawlers”, “In the Rapids”)

Not FragileBachman Turner Overdrive (“Blue Moanin’”, “Roll On Down the Highway”, “Second Hand”)

Okie, J.J. Cale (“Cajun Moon”, “I’ll Be There If You Ever Want Me”, “Anyway the Wind Blows”)

On the BeachNeil Young (“Walk On”, “For the Turnstiles”, “Revolution Blues”)

On the BorderEagles (“Already Gone”, “James Dean”, “Good Day in Hell”)

Paper MoneyMontrose (“Underground”, “The Dreamer”, “I Got the Fire”)

PhenomenonUFO (“Doctor Doctor”, “Rock Bottom”, “Too Young to Know”)

Pretzel LogicSteely Dan (“Night By Night”, “Barrytown”, “Any Major Dude Will Tell You”)

Rock n Roll AnimalLou Reed (“White Light/White Heat”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Sweet Jane”)

RushRush (“Finding My Way”, “In the Mood”, “Working Man”).

Saints & SinnersJohnny Winter (“Stone County”, “Boney Moronie”, “Feedback on Highway 101″)

Second HelpingLynyrd Skynyrd (“Don’t Ask Me No Questions”, “The Needle and the Spoon”, “Call Me the Breeze”)

Secret TreatiesBlue Oyster Cult (“Career of Evil”, “ME262″, “Astronomy”)

SevenBob Seger (“Get Outta Denver”, “Long Song Comin’”, “Schoolteacher”)

Queen 2Queen (“White Queen [As It Began]”, “Ogre Battle”, “The March of the Black Queen”)

StormbringerDeep Purple (“”Lady Double Dealer”, “The Gypsy”, “Soldier of Fortune”)

There’s the RubWishbone Ash (“Persephone”, “Don’t Come Back”, “F.U.B.B.”)

Too Much Too SoonNew York Dolls (“Babylon”, “Who Are the Mystery Girls?”, “Human Being”)

Twin PeaksMountain (“Never in My Life”, “Nantucket Sleighride”, “Mississippi Queen”)

What Were Once Vices Are Now HabitsDoobie Brothers (“Black Water” “Eyes of Silver”, “Another Park, Another Sunday”)

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James Blatchford
Kudos for including Be-Bop Deluxe! Thoroughly under-appreciated band on this side of the pond.
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Steve Newton
Come on, Blatchie, can't you spare another kudo for including UFO?
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James Blatchford
Newt -- UFO was a good pick, but lets not get carried away....no Starless and Bible Black on your list...King Crimson will get you for that.
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Martin Dunphy
Well, Robert Fripp can do a slow boil, but Steve-o covered himself in the prog-rock area with Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: hugely influential, essentially Genesis's masterpiece, and Gabriel's swan song with that amazing band.
And I won't say anything bad about Phil Collins, because his drumming actually kicked ass on most of that double album.
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James Blatchford
No argument on Lamb..fine piece of work. Whether it 'covers' the whole progressive rock scene is another question. I'm sure Steve is already looking to compile that list for a future debate.
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