Best Music Movies of 1974
Phantom of the Paradise
Fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Winslow wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, the Paradise. After Swan has Winslow sent to prison for trespassing, Winslow endures a freak accident that leaves him disfigured, after which he seeks revenge on both Swan and the Paradise.
Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.
Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74
Irish Tour '74 is a film which captures the artist, his music, the period and the place with perfection. Filmed in January 1974 at Belfast Ulster Hall, Dublin Carlton Cinema and Cork City Hall.
Famed composer Gustav Mahler reflects on the tragedies of his life and failing marriage while traveling by train.
The Little Prince
Based on the story by Antoine deSaint-Exupery, this magical musical fable begins as a pilot (Richard Kiley) makes a forced landing on the barren Sahara Desert. He is befriended by a "little" prince from the planet Asteroid B-612. In the days that follow, the pilot learns of the small boy's history and planet-hopping journeys in which he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general. It isn't until he comes to Earth that the Little Prince learns the secrets of the importance of life from a Fox (Gene Wilder), a Snake (Bob Fosse), and the pilot.
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event
Charged with the electricity of a heavyweight prizefight, The Main Event was filmed live at Madison Square Garden, a venue usually reserved for sporting events and rock 'n' roll concerts.
Following the death of his father, an orphan is sent to live with his free-spirited aunt.
A Poem Is a Naked Person
Les Blank's first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell's Oklahoma recording studio during a three-year period (1972-1974).
Braverman's Condensed Cream of the Beatles
Photos, animation, and music illustrate the story of the Beatles.
Glenn Gould: The Alchemist
Filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon visits piano virtuoso Glenn Gould more than ten years after his self-imposed exile from the stage, which results in a mixture of interview and performance.
Alice Cooper: Good to See You Again
1. The Lady Is a Tramp (Studio segment) 2. Hello Hooray 3. Billion Dollar Babies 4. Elected 5. I'm Eighteen 6. Raped and Freezin' 7. No More Mr. Nice Guy 8. My Stars 9. Unfinished Sweet 10. Sick Things 11. Dead Babies 12. I Love the Dead 13. School's Out 14. Under My Wheels The original Rock'n' Roll spectacle. The groundbreaking tour. The five original members of Alice Cooper group captured live. The 1973 Billion Dollar Babies show was the first of its kind. No other band had ever brought a more expensive, elaborate theatrical production to the rock stage - and rarely has any since. Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper - the film made during the Billion Dollar Babies tour that combines stunning concert footage with an outrageous story and also features the band's acting debut.
The Trial of Billy Jack
After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The utopian existence of the school is characterized by everything ranging from "yoga sports" to muckracking journalism. The diverse student population airs scathing political exposes on their privately owned television station. The narrow-minded townspeople have different ideas about their brand of liberalism. Billy Jack is released and things heat up for the school. Students are threatened and abused and the Native Americans in the neighboring village are taunted and mistreated. After Billy Jack undergoes a vision quest, the governor and the police plot to permanently put an end to their liberal shenanigans, leaving it up to Billy Jack to save the day.
Lost in the Stars
A black South African minister searches the unfamiliar back alleys and shantytowns of Johannesburg for his son.
Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire
"Bird on a Wire" follows Leonard Cohen on his 1972 European tour.
Huckleberry Finn is a 15-year-old boy who has had a difficult relationship with his often violent father for a long time. When Dad tried to kidnap him, Huck decides to run away from home, and heads out of town on a raft. Huck is soon joined by Jim, a runaway slave who is no more eager to see his master than Huck is to see his father. As the two friends make their way down the Mississippi, they're faced with a variety of challenges and adventures.
Journey Back to Oz
Revisit the enchanting Land of Oz as Dorothy and Toto return to find the Scarecrow as ruler of the Emerald City. Unfortunately for the new mayor, the wicked Mombi is conspiring to take over the city for herself. With the help of the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion and other familiar friends, the brave lass from Kansas sets out to save Oz. This animated musical film features an impressive voice cast, including Liza Minnelli and Ethel Merman.
Catch My Soul
Screenwriter John Good's rock & roll adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello who is a wandering evangelist who happens onto Iago's remote commune. There he marries the lovely Desdemona much to the chagrin of Iago, who also loves her. The conniving commune leader then manages to quietly pressure Othello until murder and tragedy ensue. Songs include: "Othello", "Working on a Building," "Eat the Bread, Drink the Wine," "Book of Prophecy," "That's What God Said," "Chug a Lug," "Open Your Eyes," "Lust of the Blood," "Put Out the Light" and more.
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
A project assembled to musically support William Plomer's (1903-73) book of poems called 'The Butterfly Ball and Grasshoppers Feast'; in which Alan Aldridge had provided the illustrations. British Lion had secured the rights, and commissioned Glover, through Tony Edwards (the Deep Purple manager), to add the musical dimension that it required if it were to be made into a 26-part animated cartoon series, suitable for TV. (Discogs) This is the music video for the song Love Is All, performed by Ronnie James Dio.
The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
The "ceilidh play", as writer John McGrath styled it, is presented in the BBC's 1974 "Play for Today" production to a live audience intercut with filmed reconstructions of the Highland Clearances and the Victorian obsession with hunting stags. Restored in high definition from the original film masters held in the BBC Archives.
TV special, adapted from Raquel Welch's live 1973 dinner club production, featuring Welch and puppets from the World of Sid & Marty Krofft.
One Hand Clapping
A rarely seen "rockumentary" made by Paul McCartney and his then band, Wings, at Abbey Road studios in London, in August 1974. The film features the band playing live and also voice overs with each member talking about their musical experiences up to that point. Songs featured include Maybe I'm Amazed, Jet and Live and Let Die.
Eurovision Song Contest 1974
The Eurovision Song Contest 1974 was the 19th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in the english seaside resort Brighton, United Kingdom and was organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who agreed to host the event after Luxembourg, having won in both 1972 and 1973, declined to host it for a second successive year on the grounds of expense. The contest was held at the Brighton Dome on Saturday 6 April 1974 and was hosted by Katie Boyle for the fourth and final time (having hosted the 1960, 1963 and 1968 editions).
Son of Dracula
Due to be crowned King of the Netherworld by his mentor Merlin the Magician, Count Downe–the son of Count Dracula–falls in love with the beautiful but human Amber and finds himself in conflict with Baron Frankenstein, who is vying for the same honorary title.
Mitzi... A Tribute to the American Housewife
Mitzi Gaynor and guests Ted Knight (Mary Tyler Moore Show), Jerry Orbach (Chicago), Suzanne Pleshette (Bob Newhart Show) and Jane Withers in music, dance and comedy vignettes celebrating housewives. Songs include "Married," "I Can Cook, Too," and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." The cast also attend a party performing "The Little Things We Do Together" from Stephen Sondheim's Company.
The Legend of Hillbilly John
A roaming hillbilly, on a quest to defy the Devil, encounters several supernatural characters and does battle with his silver-stringed guitar.
Procol Harum - Live Beat Club & MusikLaden
Led by pianist / singer Gary Brooker, this 1971 Beat Club Workshop showcases the band at the height of their career. The show features BJ Wilson on drums, Chris Chopping on organ, Dave Ball on guitar, Allan Cartwright on bass, and Gary Brooker on piano and vocals. Superb musicianship and artistry come blazing through in these rare and exciting performances of artists and groups of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. These are the international stars that were part of the televised monthly music show Beat Club and MusikLaden. Filmed in Germany at the television studios of Radio Bremen, MusikLaden (originally known as Beat Club) became a TV classic not only for the fans, but also for the artists who took part. There was no time limitation on song length so artists were able to perform live concert versions of their most popular hit songs.
Columbo: Swan Song
A gospel singer kills his evangelist wife when she denies him more money and threatens blackmail.
Carpenters: Live at Budokan
In 1974, The Carpenters, American brother and sister duo, traveled to Japan for a series of concerts which were part of their World Tour. It shows footage of their airplane arrival, a press conference with Karen and Richard, backstage preparations, short interviews with fans, and finally, their sold out concert.
Beethoven Piano Concertos 1-5
These recordings, filmed in March and April 1974 for the BBC, occurred at the tail end of the old performance era and the very start of the new. Vladimir Ashkenazy was a graduate of the same Soviet school of piano playing that produced Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Lazar Berman and a host of others of that era. There are simularities that unite them, including a broad romanticism, a degree of Lisztian showmanship coupled with periods of introspection, powerful technique that occasionally borders on pounding and an intellectual streak that produces some deeply insightful playing. Ashkenazy was younger than the others, more modern in his playing.
Ivan Lins: MPB Especial
Ivan Lins performing at TV Cultura in 1974.
The Adventures of a Man in Search of a Heart
A short animated PSA, starring Tin Woodman from the land of Oz. The Tin Man tells his story of looking for a heart and tells the viewer how to have a healthy heart.
The Perry Como Christmas Show
The first of Perry Como's Christmas specials includes appearances by Rich Little and figure skater Peggy Fleming as well as performances by the Carpenters and by Perry Como himself. Also featured a reenactment of the Birth of Jesus Christ.
Dave Mason: In Concert
Recorded at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1974 for PBS Soundstage, English guitarist/songwriter Dave Mason shows why he's considered to be a true master of his craft. A founding member of Traffic and a collaborator with Jimi Hendrix and others, Dave Mason's music has entertained audiences worldwide for over 50 years. Highlights: "Takin' the Time to Find," "Let It Go, Let It Flow," "All Along the Watchtower," "Feelin' Alright" and more.
Last Free Ride
The story of Sausalito's houseboat war and the struggle of the people to survive an onslaught by cops, lawyers and courts all stacked against them. Joe Tate and the Redlegs star as the ragtag leaders of the resistance.
The story of this model work unfolds during the Anti-Japanese War and takes place in the market town of Shajiabang (???), by Lake Yangcheng in Jiangsu Province. Shajiabang has become a center of guerrilla warfare against the Japanese after its liberation by the New Fourth Army. The company political instructor Guo Jianguang and seventeen other sick and wounded soldiers are recuperating in the town from their wounds. The Japanese troops, however, are bent on exterminating all New Fourth Army personnel from the area. Guo and his men have taken refuge in the nearby marshes.
The Sweet: All That Glitters
In 1973, Sweet were the subject of a documentary All That Glitters for BBC Schools series Scene. Being intended for “educational purposes,” the program had to pose a relevant topic for debate among its teenage audience—in this case, “Is the music business really that glamorous?” Over a period of two to three days, Scene followed the band members Brian Connolly (vocals), Steve Priest (bass/coals), Andy Scott (guitar) and Mick Tucker (drums) as they rehearsed for a Top of the Pops appearance (which led to an outcry over Priest’s Nazi outfit) and their (now hailed as “legendary”) Christmas show at London’s Rainbow Theater.
Deep Purple - California Jam 1974
Deep Purple Mark III recorded and aired live by ABC-TV on 6 April 1974 at the Ontario Speedway near Los Angeles, California USA. TRACKS: 01. Burn 02. Might Just Take Your Life 03. Lay Down, Stay Down 04. Mistreated 05. Smoke on the Water 06. You Fool No One / The Mule 07. Space Truckin' /// David Coverdale - vocals / Ritchie Blackmore - guitar / Glenn Hughes - bass and vocals / Jon Lord - organ / Ian Paice - drums
10 CC In Concert - London – BBC 1974
Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure. In 1974, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley of 10cc invented a nifty little musical device that should have revolutionized the guitar world. The Gizmotron® was an attachable device that had the ability to create “authentic sounds of such stringed instruments as violins, violas and cellos,” and maintain “infinite sustain.” It was a remarkable invention by any standards and should have achieved what it said on the can and made much moolah for its inventors. Sadly, it hasn’t yet. However, it was (unfortunately) part of the reason why 10cc split-up in 1976. 01 - Silly Love 02 - Wall Street Shuffle 03 - Baron Samedi 04 - Old Wild Men 05 - Oh Effendi 06 - Fresh Air For My Mama 07 - Rubber Bullets
Stevie Wonder Live Musikladen 1974
Stevie Wonder 1974 concert on German TV show Musikladen/Beat Club. 1. Jam 2. Contusion 3. Higher Ground 4. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 5. I Can See The Sun In Late December 6. He's Misstra Know-It-All 7. Living For The City 8. Superstition /// Stevie Wonder vocals, keyboards / Reggie McBride bass / Mike Sembello lead guitar, keyboards / Ollie E. Brown drums / Marlo Henderson rhythm guitar / Denice Williams, Shirley Brewer & Lani Groves background vocals
Ella Fitzgerald: Live in Cologne
The First Lady of Jazz performing live in Cologne, Germany in 1974. Backed by a quartet led by Tommy Flanagan.
Freddie King - Live in Europe
Montreux Jazz Festival (1973), Fun House (1974), Opopoppa (1973)
Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells ?– Messin' With The Blues
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues