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Queen - Queen II (1974) {1986, EU Press}

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Queen - Queen II (1974) {1986, EU Press}

Queen - Queen II (1974) {1986, EU Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 249 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 114 Mb
Full Scans | 00:40:37 | RAR 5% Recovery
Glam Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock | EMI Records #CDP 7 46205 2 / UK-CD-FA 3099 | Holland

In one regard, Queen II does indeed provide more of the same thing as on the band's debut. Certainly, of all the other albums in Queen's catalog it bears the closest resemblance to its immediate predecessor, particularly in its lean, hard attack and in how it has only one song that is well-known to listeners outside of their hardcore cult: in this case, it's "Seven Seas of Rhye," which is itself more elliptical than "Keep Yourself Alive," the big song from the debut. But these similarities are superficial and Queen II is a very different beast than its predecessor, an album that is richer, darker, and weirder, an album that finds Queen growing as a band by leaps and bounds.

Robert Wyatt & Friends - Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974 (2008)

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Robert Wyatt & Friends - Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974 (2008)

Robert Wyatt & Friends - Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974 (2008)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 444 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 179 MB | Covers - 10 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Domino Recording (REWIGCD48)

Recorded on September 8, 1974, this set features Robert Wyatt (post-accident) with a slew of mates, including Ivor Cutler! Introduced by John Peel and recorded by the BBC - only a little over half the concert survives - this is a wild, freewheeling document featuring Wyatt, Cutler, and Julie Tippetts on vocals; Dave Stewart and Tippetts on keyboards; alternate drummers Nick Mason and Laurie Allan; Hugh Hopper on bass; Fred Frith on guitar, violin, and viola; the late Mongezi Feza on trumpet; the late great Gary Windo on reeds; and guitarist Mike Oldfield. It's quite a lineup and an awesomely inspiring performance. Wyatt is in excellent form here, and the bandmembers, who are a bit ragged in places, are nonetheless tight and full of fire…

Marc Bolan & T.Rex - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow: A Creamed Cage In August (1974) {1987, Japan 1st Press}

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Marc Bolan & T.Rex - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow: A Creamed Cage In August (1974) {1987, Japan 1st Press}

Marc Bolan & T.Rex - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow: A Creamed Cage In August (1974) {1987, Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 396 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 144 Mb
Scans Included | 00:58:29 | RAR 5% Recovery
Glam Rock | SMS Records #MP32-5036

By late 1973, Marc Bolan's star was waning fast. No longer gunning out those effortless classics which established him as the most important figure of the decade so far, he embarked instead on a voyage of musical discovery, which cast him so far adrift from the commercial pop mainstream that when his critics said he'd blown it, he didn't even bother answering them back. Or that's the way it appeared at the time, and today, too, it must be acknowledged that 1974's Zinc Alloy & the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow is not classic Bolan, even if one overlooks the transparency of its title.

Atlantis Philharmonic - Atlantis Philharmonic (1974) [Reissue 1990]

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Atlantis Philharmonic - Atlantis Philharmonic (1974) [Reissue 1990]

Atlantis Philharmonic - Atlantis Philharmonic (1974) [Reissue 1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 213 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 83 MB | Covers - 129 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: The Laser's Edge (LE 1005)

This USA duo formed in Cleveland during the early/mid 70's by Royce Gibson on drums and the multi instrumentalist Joe DiFazio on everything else. Their style is mostly the blending of Symphonic influences like Camel, ELP, etc with some Fusion and a bit of the sound of the Moody Blues and Hard Rock by moments.
Some places consider them Symphonic, others Psyche or even Jazz oriented, but the important thing is that they recorded an excellent album.

Fantasy - Beyond The Beyond (1974) {1992, Reissue}

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Fantasy - Beyond The Beyond (1974) {1992, Reissue}

Fantasy - Beyond The Beyond (1974) {1992, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 257 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 107 Mb
Full Scans | 00:39:20 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Audio Archives #AACD 001

The British band Fantasy released two albums in the early '70s of predominantly pastoral progressive rock. Originally called FireQueen, the group was comprised of Paul Lawrence (vocals, guitar), David Metcalfe (keyboards), and Dave Read (bass). Their first album was Paint a Picture (1973), a mellow and imaginative collection of song-based material that featured a heavy use of acoustic guitars, Hammond organs, and pianos. In 1974, the band recorded Beyond the Beyond, which was not released until 1992. The album saw the group expanding their sound into more quintessential progressive material while remaining true to the pastoral sound of their debut.

Gato Barbieri - Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (1974) [Reissue 2009]

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Gato Barbieri - Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (1974) [Reissue 2009]

Gato Barbieri - Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (1974) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 266 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers - 111 MB
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (602517966338)

The second entry in Gato Barbieri's series of Impulse albums dealing with Latin America picks up where the first one left off, and in its way, follows its format closely yet not without some key differences. Based on the critical reviews of Chapter One: Latin America, he was emboldened to take some new chances on this, Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (which translates to "As to Always"). The album was recorded between Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles with the set's final cut recorded in Buenos Aires, Barbieri's homeland.
The set kicks off with parts one and three of "Econtrol," a raucous, festive jam that marks the album's only real concession to American music because of an electric bassline by Los Angeles sessionman Jim Hughart…

Tom Waits - The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974) [Non-remastered]

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Tom Waits - The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974) [Non-remastered]

Tom Waits - The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974) [Non-remastered]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 214 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Folk, Blues, Jazz, Singer-Songwriter | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Asylum (1015-2)

If Closing Time, Tom Waits' debut album, consisted of love songs set in a late-night world of bars and neon signs, its follow-up, The Heart of Saturday Night, largely dispenses with the romance in favor of poetic depictions of the same setting. On "Diamonds on My Windshield" and "The Ghosts of Saturday Night," Waits doesn't even sing, instead reciting his verse rhythmically against bass and drums like a Beat hipster. Musically, the album contains the same mixture of folk, blues, and jazz as its predecessor, with producer Bones Howe occasionally bringing in an orchestra to underscore the loping melodies. Waits' songs are sometimes sketchier in addition to being more impersonal, but "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night" and "Semi Suite" are the equal of anything on Closing Time…

Orange Wedge - No One Left But Me (1974) [Reissue 2008]

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Orange Wedge - No One Left But Me (1974) [Reissue 2008]

Orange Wedge - No One Left But Me (1974) [Reissue 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 317 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 37 MB
Genre: Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Long Hair (LHC00068)

Second album from 1974 is more of the same but slightly more aggressive vocally, particularly on title track 'No One Left But Me' and with more guitar exhibitionism on 'Hungary Man'. 'Dream' is a pleasant instrumental. 'The Gate' provides a 10-minute stunning finale much in the West Coast-style. Excellent guitar-driven sound all over the album with a melodic psych/prog/rock feel. Occasional use of piano and acoustic guitars make for a varied sound. Lots of loud guitars with great solos. Comprehensive booklet with unseen photos. Digitally remastered.

Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado (1974) {2006, Japanese Limited Edition, Remastered}

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Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado (1974) {2006, Japanese Limited Edition, Remastered}

Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado (1974) {2006, Japanese Limited Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 345 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 141 Mb
Full Scans | 00:48:00 | RAR 5% Recovery
Symphonic Rock / Classic Rock / Art Rock / Progressive Rock
Epic / Jet Records / Sony Music Direct (Japan) Inc. #MHCP 1095

This is the album where Jeff Lynne finally found the sound he'd wanted since co-founding Electric Light Orchestra three years earlier. Up to this point, most of the group's music had been self-contained – Lynne, Richard Tandy, et al., providing whatever was needed, vocally or instrumentally, even if it meant overdubbing their work layer upon layer. Lynne saw the limitations of this process, however, and opted for the presence of an orchestra – it was only 30 pieces, but the result was a much richer musical palette than the group had ever had to work with, and their most ambitious and successful record up to that time.

Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits: First Impressions (1974) [1998, Digitally Remastered]

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Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits: First Impressions (1974) [1998, Digitally Remastered]

Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits: First Impressions (1974) [1998, Digitally Remastered]
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Country | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 38:43 | 419,61 Mb
Label: Festival Records Pty Ltd. (AU) | Cat.# D35375 (D21048) | Released: 1998-10-05 (1974)

"Great Hits: First Impressions" is the 1st greatest hits album by Olivia Newton-John. It was released in 1974 by Festival Records/Interfusion. Compilation featuring 12 of her early '70s hits, including'If Not for You', 'Let Me Be There', 'I Honestly Love You' &'If You Love Me Let Me Know'.

Cornel Dupree - Teasin' (1974) [2014, Japan]

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Cornel Dupree - Teasin' (1974) [2014, Japan]

Cornel Dupree - Teasin' (1974) [2014, Japan]
Jazz, Funk, Blues, Fusion, Electric Blues | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 39:32 | 248,37 Mb
Label: Atlantic/Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-28055 | Released: 2014-07-23 (1974-12-15)

Though he had been a key session player for Atlantic since the late 1960s, guitarist Cornell Dupree was finally given the opportunity to record his own date for the label in 1974. Teasin' was co-produced by Mark Meyerson and Michael Cuscuna. Dupree's band for the date was made up of ace session players including drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, bassist Chuck Rainey, percussionist Ralph MacDonald, his fellow Stuff co-founder Richard Tee on keyboards, and saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman. Other horn players on various tracks include Joe Farrell, Ernie Royal, Jon Faddis, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Seldon Powell, and Garnett Brown.

Chicago - Chicago VII (1974) {1992, Reissue}

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Chicago - Chicago VII (1974) {1992, Reissue}

Chicago - Chicago VII (1974) {1992, Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 450 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 195 Mb
Full Scans | 01:12:26 | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Jazz Rock, Fusion | Columbia #982731 2

This incredibly diverse collection was Chicago’s sixth studio album and their final studio-recorded double album to date. Cited for its jazz excursions, Chicago VII reached No. 1 in the US and included three stand-out hits including Searchin’ So Long, Wishing You Were Here and the first single penned by trumpeter Lee Loughnane Call on Me, which reached No. 6 in the US.

Bee Gees - Living Eyes (1981) {2022, Japanese Reissue}

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Bee Gees - Living Eyes (1981) {2022, Japanese Reissue}

Bee Gees - Living Eyes (1981) {2022, Japanese Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 286 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 111 Mb
Full Scans ~ 119 Mb | 00:45:58 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, Soft Rock | Capitol Records / Universal Music #UICY-16116

In terms of hit singles and precise musical vision, it would have been difficult for anyone to have to follow-up the brilliant Spirits Having Flown album, but these industry veterans created a real gem in Living Eyes which seems to have gotten lost in the maze that is their deep catalog. The title track is almost up there with "Spirits Having Flown," which is significant praise, and the song "Paradise" follows suit, pretty and passionate. "Don't Fall in Love With Me" has all three Bee Gees brothers contributing to this ballad with their trademark highly creative hooks. The one downer, unbelievable as it seems, is the hit single "He's a Liar." It just doesn't make it – odd vocals on a theme which goes nowhere. Nicking the Top 30 in October of 1981, well after "Love You Inside Out," their final (and questionable) number one hit, the tune disrupts their staggering array of wonderful singles.

Bee Gees - Mr. Natural (1974) {2022, Japanese Reissue}

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Bee Gees - Mr. Natural (1974) {2022, Japanese Reissue}

Bee Gees - Mr. Natural (1974) {2022, Japanese Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 332 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 184 Mb
Full Scans | 00:45:28 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, Soft Rock | Capitol Records / Universal Music #UICY-16112

Their previous album having scarcely made a ripple and, now, hitless for two years, the Bee Gees went for a new sound in the hands of producer Arif Mardin. The result was Mr. Natural, the sultriest and most soulful record they had ever delivered up to that time. Shedding their pop sensibilities here and singing in a freer, more soulful idiom (with a strong Philadelphia soul influence) on songs such as "Throw a Penny," and with a funky beat backing them up on a lot of this record, the group is scarcely recognizable in relation to their previous work. Mr. Natural was the liveliest, most invigorating body of music to come from the group since their debut, but it also had moments of extraordinary sensuality, most notably "Charade" and "Had a Lot of Love Last Night."

String Driven Thing - Please Mind Your Head (1974) {2010, Japanese Limited Edition, Remastered}

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String Driven Thing - Please Mind Your Head (1974) {2010, Japanese Limited Edition, Remastered}

String Driven Thing - Please Mind Your Head (1974) {2010, Japanese Limited Edition, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 392 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 179 Mb
Full Scans | 00:56:41 | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock | Air Mail Archive #AIRAC-1575

String Driven Thing may have disintegrated when Chris and Pauline Adams departed, but Graham Smith didn't let that deter him. He rebuilt the band from the foundation up and shifted the focus from progressive folk to a more straight-ahead rock & roll format, a sonic sensibility helped along by vocalist Kim Beacon, whose Rod Stewart-styled vocals provided a front to the heavy-hooked guitar-driven songs. The new format didn't win many points with the band's old fans, but String Driven Thing's more pop-oriented sound fit perfectly with the mainstream marketplace's own drift away from the prog-tinged seas that the band once sailed so masterfully.