30 Years of Albums in My Wheelhouse: 1974

1974 was my fifth grade year in school and represented the only year that I had Dad as my principal. Having a parent that’s a teacher has an extra pressure on you as a student not be a screwup. The pressure gets worse when your parent is a teacher in your building. Fortunately, I never had a parent in my building, but my older son had both of his parents in the middle school building during his eighth grade year. Basically, he ignored me unless he needed money. But, when your dad is the principal of your school, that’s not always the coolest. Now, my boys had their grandfather as their principal, but that’s different. Essentially, they loved having Grandpa as their principal. But, your dad is a whole other level.

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

I remember early on in fifth grade, I got sent out in the hall because I was not paying attention to a math lesson. How I rolled in school was to pay attention long enough to get the gist of the lesson, do the homework and either read, or if my ADHD was kicked in full force, begin entertaining the class with stupid comments. So, I was standing in the hall when lo and behold the new principal of our school, known to everyone as Mr. Keller better known as Dad to me, walked up to me and asked what I was doing out in the hall? Since I thought I was talking to Dad and not Mr. Keller, I smartly replied, “I have no idea.”

Linda Ronstadt, my first celebrity crush

Well, that answer did not fly. Immediately, Mr. Keller pointed in the direction of his office. So, I knew immediately that this was not going to go well. I made that long walk of shame to his office as we silently strolled to his office. As we walked in the office, his secretary Mrs. Hanna greeted me friendly with as “Hi Scott!” Unfortunately, her smile quickly faded as Mr. Keller led me into his office, offered me a chair, told me to “sit down,” closed the door to his office (always a bad sign), and took his seat behind his desk.

Then, he opened, “Scott, what are you thinking?”

“Well, Dad, I was just…”

“No! You listen. You cannot behave this way. I know that you are in an unfair situation, but you have to keep yourself uncontrol. I do not need you and your brother in this office because you cannot use self-control.” I really don’t remember much else he said, but I thought the point had been made, but he continued for a good five minutes since I kept glancing at the clock on his desk.

Bob Marley & the Wailers

Finally, I heard that words, “I want you to go back to class and apologize to the teacher. Then, I do not want to walk by your classroom and see you in the hallway. Understand?”

“Yes sir,” head down dejected.

“Now, go on. But, remember, your father will want to talk to you when he gets home.”

I wanted to point out that Americans could not be subjected to double jeopardy in this country, but I knew not to push it. That’s what made being a teacher’s kid so bad since you constantly got in trouble twice a day for one infraction.


Fortunately, I did discover that a local radio station did play American Top 40 every Sunday at 10 AM. I made that discovery during the summer of 1974 during another one of my escapades. But, it was a life-altering find nonetheless. Now, I was gathering information about music history from AT40, American Bandstand and Soul Train each and every weekend.

The J. Geils Band

Now, my popular music knowledge was increasing on a weekly basis thanks to Casey Kasem, Dick Clark and Don Cornelius. Yet, I was still about six months from discovering rock magazines and books which would be the final frontier. Since I had no older siblings to help me learn this stuff, I was on my own, which may account for my appreciation of artists whom my peers might view as cheesy. I make no apologies for liking what I like.

So, let’s take a look at my favorite albums of 1974.

50. Bad Company – Bad Company

49. Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard

48. Richard & Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

47. Brian Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

46. Frank Zappa – Apostrophe (‘)

45. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Winter in America

44. John Lennon – Walls & Bridges

43. Commodores – Machine Gun

42. Neil Young – On the Beach

41. Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece

40. Ohio Players – Skin Tight

39. Little Feat – Feats Don’t Fail Me Now

38. Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel

37. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

36. Queen – Queen II

35. The Doobie Brothers – What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

34. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic

33. The Meters – Rejuvenation

32. B.T. Express – Do It Til You’re Satisfied

31. Funkadelic – Standing on the Verge of Getting Down

30. Supertramp – Crime of the Century

29. Ohio Players – Fire

28. Aerosmith – Get Your Wings

27. Sparks – Kimono My House

26. Kraftwerk – Autobahn

25. Elton John – Caribou

24. Parliament – Up for the Down Stroke

23. Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Fragile

22. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread

21. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Rufusized

20. Jackson Browne – Late for the Sky

19. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping

18. Kiss – Kiss

17. The J. Geils Band – Nightmares…and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle

16. Labelle – Nightbirds

15. Barry White – Can’t Get Enough

14. Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark

13. The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock and Roll

12. Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information

11. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Rags to Rufus

10. Raspberries – Starting Over

9. Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like a Wheel

8. Bob Dylan/The Band – Before the Flood

7. Randy Newman – Good Old Boys

6. Roxy Music – Country Life

5. Electric Light Orchestra – Eldorado

4. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack

3. Van Morrison – It’s Too Late to Stop Now

2. Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale

1. Big Star – Radio City

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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