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Spooky Tooth - 1974 The Mirror
'The Mirror' was the second album to feature future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones and here he comes into his own sharing production chores with Wright and Eddie Kramer delivering a none too shabby rock album that would turn out to be Spooky Tooth's swan song.

Springfield, Rick - 1974 Mission: Magic!
As a typical kid in the early 70's, I was a big fan of Saturday morning cartoons and vaguely remember 'Mission: Magic!' a show that lasted just one season on American television. Something about a talking Owl and a Witch and well, I can't recall much else, but imagine my surprise many years later when I found the cartoon included the voice and music of AOR/power pop god Rick Springfield in the lead role!

Squeezer - 1974 Joy Jell Fantasies
For connoisseurs of '70s pop Squeezer hit all the right buttons. Very much in the Wings/10cc School of innovative commercial pop; 'Joy Jell Fantasies' is a consistently good album that demands repeated plays.

Stardrive - 1974 Stardrive
It's been described as one of the greatest synthesizer albums of the 70's, and I'd be the last person to disagree, being a keyboard tech-head myself.

Stark And McBrien - 1974 Big Star
For those who like their music laid back, filled with aural images of dusty roads, blowing winds across the prairie and the love left behind, this series of heartfelt vignettes is a crowd pleaser. Beautiful west coast with a light folk and country flavor.

Steppenwolf - 1974 Slow Flux
Moderately influential hard rock born in the psychedelic era, Steppenwolf had exhausted themselves by 1972 and folded for a time. By 1974 a resurrected Steppenwolf appeared with a new line-up, but did the music scene really need it?

Stepson - 1974 Stepson
Stepson run the gamut of fuzz-based hard rock, and spent all of their time down in Los Angeles during the early 70's.

Stonewall - 1974 Stoner
This is a hard album to pin down. A crushing set of 70's hard rock, the album reportedly was recorded in early 1974 according to the album sleeve, but this sounds more like the product of 1971 or 72 for my ears.

Trapeze - 1974 Hot Wire
From my way of thinking, this is a great set of tunes. If you like the early versions of Bad Company and to a lesser degree Whitesnake, then 'Hot Wire' should appeal greatly.

Tremeloes, The - 1974 Shiner
Any album that references Sweet's 'Desolation Boulevard' and Eric Carmen in its back sleeve liner notes is sure to get my attention and as such The Tremeloes 'Shiner' was an automatic purchase unheard when I spotted the record at a collector's show a few years back.

Trower, Robin - 1974 Bridge Of Sighs
These days I come back to Robin Trower, often older, wiser and far more appreciative of his music than an excuse to annoy the neighbors and you can't go wrong with any of his early albums..

UFO - 1974 Phenomenon
Some good songs here, with the earlier meandering style now mixed with the lead guitar wizardry of Schenker, readying UFO for what was to come in the immediate years ahead.

Uriah Heep - 1974 Wonderworld
Despite being fraught with acrimony, the album still sold well, but critics seemed unimpressed of course. but the music was still of a high quality. It might not have the profile of this lineup's three previous albums, but it's still a perfect statement of what Heep represented during their heyday.

Utopia - 1974 Todd Rundgren's Utopia
As a debut, there's no doubting that this LP was challenging and confronting to the existing Rundgren fanbase. Certainly a unique album for its time, though probably not the best Utopia album in the back-catalogue. Still worthwhile giving this one a write-up regardless.

Vigrass And Osborne - 1974 Steppin' Out
'Steppin' Out' is fairly typical early 70's pop rock sprinkled with stunningly gorgeous orchestrations from producer Jeff Wayne.

Wally - 1974 Wally
Simply put, this is one of the more beautiful and sublime prog rock albums I have come across. Produced by both Harris and the venerable Rick Wakeman, the music of Wally is never bombastic. Like Starcastle, Wally borrowed from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young for an interesting mixture of both English and American styles.

Zipper - 1974 Zipper
Zipper's music retains much of Cole's obtuse sixties and psychedelic leanings, crossed with the hard rock vigour of Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk and The Rolling Stones. Vocally, this is about as oddball as you can get.
 
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Journey - 1976 Look Into The Future, Kingdragon - 2008 Fire In The Sky, Derringer - 1977 Sweet Evil, Little River Band (LRB) - 2013 Cuts Like A Diamond, Zebra - 1983 Zebra, Heaven And Earth - 2000 Windows To The World, Fusician - 1981 Half Off [EP], Osbourne, Ozzy - 1981 Diary Of A Madman, Skull - 1991 No Bones About It, Pink Floyd - 1994 The Division Bell, Frazier, Rob - 1984 Cut It Away, Bad Radiator - 2015 Demons, Jan Akkerman And Kaz Lux - 1976 Eli, Differences - 1985 The Voyage, Incura - 2014 Incura
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