Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark was released 40 years ago, in January 1974.
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January 1974. The speed limit on the nation's highways was lowered to 55 MPH and Daylight Saving Time started four months early, in response to an ongoing energy crisis. The Senate Watergate Committee was sparring with President Nixon over his refusal to release tape recordings the committee had subpoenaed. And somebody finally snapped a photo of the Loch Ness monster.
That was the backdrop for the rock music that was released 40 years ago in January. The list included one popular artist's first solo album, and another one's 14th. There was a release from a band who had turned from acoustic to hard rock, and there was a soundtrack for a movie that was never made.