Album Chart of 1959

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Album Chart of 1959

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IVOR CUTLER - THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

Art Rupe squeezes out another Little Richard album set from the Specialty vaults – it’s effortlessly album of the year. I can’t help but wonder though – what would the King of Rock n Roll have delivered had he not prematurely abdicated his throne in 1957? The Howlin’ Wolf, a visceral force of nature, finally gets his name on an album as Chess slowly and surely continue to expand their long-play catalogue.

Sandwiched between these Top 2 heavyweights and Chuck Berry (no.4) is Ivor Cutler. The 36-year-old made his recording debut with a 7 song extended play which laid down as unique a marker as any mini or full length set has ever done, before or since. Goodness and oddness shines from the creative maverick from the word go – to get to know Ivor is to love him. He’s given me years of pleasure with his intellectual immaturity – and he stands as a great reminder that being grown up is over rated. The least I can do is give him a headline even if he’s only nearly number one. He would have preferred it that way I’m sure. In fact, he’d probably have preferred it if he was number 27, a much more interesting number as I’m sure we’d all agree.

Ivor Cutler, Y’Huponian, Harmonium Mock-Rock God, I salute you Sir.

The Jukebox Rebel
30-Oct-2015

revised 16-Feb-2016

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THE FABULOUS LITTLE RICHARD
Little Richard
Specialty LP-2104
the USA
8.42 “Excellent” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Shake A Hand” (10) • “She Knows How To Rock” (9.2) • “Early One Morning” (9.2)
TJR says“The Fabulous Little Richard” arrived in March – a full year and a half after the unpredictable star had retired from Ro...more →

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MOANIN’ IN THE MOONLIGHT
Howlin’ Wolf
Chess LP-1434
the USA
8.21 “Excellent” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “How Many More Years” (10) • “Smoke Stack Lightning” (9.7) • “Evil Is Goin’ On” (9.5)
TJR saysTwelve single sides (issued 1951-1959) are gathered to make up the powerful Howlin’ Wolf long-play debut. “Moanin’ At...more →

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IVOR CUTLER OF Y’HUPː OBLIQUE MUSICAL PHILOSOPHER
Ivor Cutler
Fontana TFE-17144
Scotland
7.66 “Brilliant” Avant-Garde

Jukebox picks: “Size 9½” (10) • “Here’s A Health To Simon” (8.8) • “Pickle Your Knees” (8.6)
TJR saysCracking debut EP from the 36 year old Glaswegian humourist, immediately revelling in his own brand of absurd surrealism...more →

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CHUCK BERRY IS ON TOP
Chuck Berry
Chess LP-1435
the USA
7.53 “Brilliant” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Maybellene” (9.6) • “Johnny B. Goode” (9.4) • “Roll Over Beethoven” (9.1)
TJR saysSurely a vital album for any self-respecting music fan in the 1950s, this was the quintessential Chuck Berry, all fired ...more →

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N°4
Jacques Brel
Philips B 76.483 R
Belgium
7.23 “Really good” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “La Valse À Mille Temps” (9.7) • “Ne Me Quitte Pas” (8.1) • “La Dame Patronnesse” (7.8)
TJR saysIn early 1959 Brel renewed his contract with Philips, and the fourth album was soon to follow. “N°4” was all recorded in...more →

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CHANTILLY LACE
The Big Bopper
Mercury MG-20402
the USA
7.21 “Really good” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “White Lightning” (9.6) • “Chantilly Lace” (9.2) • “Big Bopper’s Wedding” (8.4)
TJR saysAt the time of his death Big Bopper had quite a lot “in the can”, as demonstrated here on his one and only LP, issued by...more →

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I’M JOHN LEE HOOKER
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1007
the USA
6.73 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Boogie Chillun” (8.5) • “Crawlin’ King Snake [1959 version]” (7.3) • “I Love You Honey [1958 version]” (7.2)
TJR saysThe prolific John Lee Hooker entered the frame as an album artist in 1959 with two releases. First in his “A-list” was a...more →

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SONGS OF OUR SOIL
Johnny Cash
Columbia CS-8148
the USA
6.71 “Good” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Caretaker” (8.5) • “It Could Be You” (8.0) • “The Man On The Hill” (7.8)
TJR saysA more than decent set of American folk ballads notable for “The Caretaker”, “I Want To Go Home” (aka Sloop John...more →

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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
James Brown and his Famous Flames
King Records 610
the USA
6.63 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Please, Please, Please [1956 version]” (9.9) • “Try Me [1958 version]” (8.1) • “I Don’t Know” (7.4)
TJR saysBrown had secured an early prison release on June 14, 1952 after serving three years of his sentence for armed robbery. ...more →

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THE FABULOUS WAILERS
The Wailers
Golden Crest CR-3075
the USA
6.38 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Dirty Robber” (8.5) • “High Wall” (7.9) • “Beat Guitar” (7.4)
TJR saysArriving at the very tail end of ’59 was “The Fabulous Wailers”, quite possibly the first artists’ album to grunge thing...more →

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LET’S PLAY FATS DOMINO
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9065
the USA
6.31 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Pop

Jukebox picks: “I Want To Walk You Home” (9.1) • “Hands Across The Table” (6.8) • “Ain’t It Good” (6.7)
TJR saysReleased September 1959 (Imperial LP-9065). All new material on this one, with 9 originals and 3 covers. The album gets ...more →

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THE COUNTRY BLUES OF JOHN LEE HOOKER
John Lee Hooker
Riverside Records RLP-12-838
the USA
6.30 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Tupelo Blues” (8.9) • “Water Boy” (7.1) • “I’m Prison Bound” (6.7)
TJR saysEver the journeyman, John Lee stepped aside from his commitment to VeeJay with this set for Riverside Records, recorded ...more →

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EVERYBODYS ROCKIN’
The Champs
Challenge CHL-605
the USA
6.04 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Subway” (8.0) • “Mau Mau Stomp” (7.5) • “Everybody’s Rockin’” (6.3)
TJR saysThe irreverent Californians return for a second album for Challenge (CHL-605) and continue much where they left off on l...more →

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HIT KIT
Sam Cooke
Keen 8-6101
the USA
6.03 “Decent enough” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Win Your Love (For Me)” (7.8) • “You Send Me” (6.9) • “Little Things You Do” (6.6)
TJR saysThe second Sam Cooke album of 1959 rounds up 11 single sides from 1957-1959, with a reworked version of “Lonely Island...more →

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TIME OUT
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Columbia CL-1397
the USA
5.57 “Average” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Take Five” (7.8) • “Blue Rondo A La Turk” (7.1) • “Pick Up Sticks” (5.7)
TJR saysInteresting set from the innovative cool-jazz pianist and his band, beloved of the ad agencies for their brand of sophis...more →

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SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS
Ewan MacColl
Folkways Records FW-8758
England
5.51 “Average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Tibbie Dunbar” (6.9) • “A Braw Wooer” (6.5) • “Wha'll Mow Me Now?” (6.1)
TJR saysIn true Scots tongue, Ewan turns his hand to the works associated with Scotland's national bard, and does a fine job, eq...more →

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GREATEST!
Johnny Cash
Sun Record Company LP-1240
the USA
5.50 “Average” Country; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Get Rhythm [1956]” (7.5) • “Thanks A Lot” (6.7) • “Goodbye Little Darlin’ Goodbye [1956]” (6.0)
TJR saysReleased in January, and the first of 3 new Johnny Cash albums in 1959. All tracks were recorded for Sun Records between...more →

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THE GENIUS OF RAY CHARLES
Ray Charles
Atlantic 1312
the USA
5.28 “Below average” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “Let The Good Times Roll” (9.3) • “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (6.5) • “It Had To Be You” (6.0)
TJR saysAtlantic 1312. Released October, 1959. All new, although 1 track is reworked from the back-album catalogue – “Deed I D...more →

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FLAMINGO SERENADE
The Flamingos
End LP-304
the USA
5.07 “Below average” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I Only Have Eyes For You” (8.1) • “Music, Maestro, Please!” (6.4) • “I’m In The Mood For Love” (5.9)
TJR saysThe swellegant doo woppers from Chicago had a noticeable change of direction when they started recording for George Gold...more →

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NINA SIMONE AT TOWN HALL
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-409
the USA
5.00 “Below average” Jazz; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Exactly Like You” (5.7) • “Cotton Eyed Joe” (5.7) • “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair [live ny ’59]” (5.4)
TJR saysRecorded live at The Town Hall New York City on September 15, 1959 with the exception of “Cotton Eye Joe”, which had to ...more →

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HYMNS BY JOHNNY CASH
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-1284
the USA
4.95 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Lead Me Gently Home” (8.2) • “Are All The Children In” (6.0) • “Snow In His Hair” (5.9)
TJR saysCash’s second LP for Columbia, released in March 1959. He had left Sun Records because Sam Phillips wouldn’t let him rec...more →

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WHEN TRAGEDY STRUCK
Hank Snow
RCA Victor LPM-1861
Canada
4.88 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Letter Edged In Black” (7.0) • “The Prisoners Prayer” (5.7) • “Old Shep” (5.6)
TJR saysThe Canadian’s brand of country pop is not too shabby – and occasionally strikes a really positive chord with Rebel sens...more →

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SATAN IS REAL
The Louvin Brothers
Capitol Records T-1277
the USA
4.87 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “He Can Be Found” (6.7) • “The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea” (6.0) • “The Drunkard's Doom” (5.9)
TJR saysHighly-acclaimed album from Ira and Charlie, who decided upon a country-gospel theme for this one. Check that cover! Des...more →

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SONGS TO WARM THE HEART
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2001
the USA
4.53 “Poor” Pop Ballad; Country

Jukebox picks: “How’s The World Treating You” (8.3) • “Am I Losing You?” (6.6) • “Satan Can’t Hold Me” (5.2)
TJR saysJeezo, even Jim Reeves was banging on about Satan in 1959. What the hell was happening back then? Right c’mon everybody,...more →

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THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-407
the USA
4.48 “Lame” Big Band / Jive / Swing; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Jazz; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Chilly Winds Don’t Blow [1959 album version]” (9.4) • “Children Go Where I Send You [1959 album version]” (7.2) • “Blue Prelude” (4.2)
TJR saysA move up the coast, from Atlantic City to New York, and a change of label culminated in “The Amazing Nina Simone”, the ...more →

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TRIBUTE TO THE LADY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
Sam Cooke
Keen A-2004
the USA
4.43 “Lame” Jazz; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Comes Love” (6.6) • “T Aint Nobody’s Bizness (If I Do)” (5.5) • “I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues” (4.7)
TJR saysSam’s third album for Keen Records, issued in April 1959. The concept looks good on paper; one soulful African American ...more →

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GUNFIGHTER BALLADS AND TRAIL SONGS
Marty Robbins
Columbia CL-1349
the USA
3.98 “Terrible” Country

Jukebox picks: “Big Iron” (6.0) • “Utah Carol” (5.9) • “Billy The Kid” (5.2)
TJR saysRecorded in a single day, “Gunfighter Ballads” was a homage to the Wild West, smoothly sung with a pop-leaning croon. A ...more →

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SINGS THE GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN SONG BOOK
Ella Fitzgerald
Verve Records ‎MGV-4024-8
the USA
3.97 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “The Half Of It, Dearie, Blues” (7.4) • “Boy! What Love Has Done To Me!” (6.2) • “Slap That Bass” (6.1)
TJR saysA hugely ambitious 5 disc project from the 41 year old jazz singer, arranged and directed by Nelson Riddle. Even by the ...more →

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JANE IN SPAIN
Jane Morgan with orchestra conducted by Frank Hunter
Kapp Records KL-1129
the USA
3.87 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Perfidia” (6.7) • “Be Mine Tonight (Noche De Ronda)” (5.7) • “I Get Ideas (Adios Muchachos)” (5.5)
TJR saysThe impressive multi-linguist tackles original Spanish lyrics as well as English translations in this Latin flavoured se...more →

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KIND OF BLUE
Miles Davis
Columbia CS-8163
the USA
3.78 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “So What” (5.1) • “All Blues” (4.0) • “Freddie Freeloader” (3.6)
TJR saysAn enormously influential set from the trumpeter, bandleader and composer. Miles Davis is widely considered one of the m...more →

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GOD BE WITH YOU
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-1950
the USA
3.55 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Country

Jukebox picks: “The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees” (4.4) • “How Long Has It Been” (3.9) • “Padre Of Old San Antone” (3.9)
TJR saysA bit of a nightmare for atheist punkers it has to be said. ...more →

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MORE MUSIC FROM PETER GUNN
Henry Mancini
RCA Victor LPM-2040
the USA
3.06 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Spook!” (7.3) • “Walkin’ Bass” (4.3) • “Timothy” (3.6)
TJR saysAs with the preceding “Peter Gunn” album, this jazzy oasis of nothingness cannot be saved by one especially good piece a...more →

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NO ONE CARES
Frank Sinatra
Capitol Records W-1221
the USA
2.50 “Dire” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “I Can’t Get Started” (4.6) • “Stormy Weather” (4.0) • “A Cottage For Sale” (3.1)
TJR saysSinatra described this as his "suicide album" adding that it should be sold with a hand gun. Altogether now… “The f...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1959



Album Charts by year

“A-list”

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“B-list”

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Album Charts by decade

“A-list”

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“B-list”

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