|Best Hard Rock/Metal albums of 1974|
Here Hard Rock starts to become a real force as new bands continue to appear. This year seems a little lacklustre as it seems to lack true genuine classic albums, though the five albums of the selection aged very well.
|1||Blue Oyster Cult|
Yes, this can be surprising but it's BOC members' favourite album. Listen to it and you will understand why. Everlasting classic : Astronomy.
Here's the Mark III. It has its flaws but the title track alone makes this album worth having.
Sheer Heart Attack
Queen finally managed to balance its pop and hard rock sensibilities. In the Hard Rock side, Stone Cold Crazy even forecast Thrash Metal.
Here's Led Zep's little brother, more radio-friendly but still enjoyable today.
In for the Kill!
Not that familiar with that band but 70s lovers take them in high esteem and this is may be their best offering.
Irish Tour '74
Penetrate the smoky atmosphere of Irish venues for this energic blues fest. Gallagher was not a shredder but he could play a mean hard blues.
A first installment quite far from their future progressive instalments but for the sabbathean song "Working Man" only it's worth lending a ear.
Not perfect to say the least but this progressive album has its good moments and it's Brian May's favourite Queen album.
Get Your Wings
Still not completely to the standard of future Aero's records but songs like Same old song and dance or Seasons of Wither are minor classics of the early US hard rock.
Here they are, not the best nor the most talented one but it's hard to resist that blunt discharge of hard rocking. The band will do better but there is enough here to make you happy.