Album Chart of 1960

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Album Chart of 1960

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ELMORE JAMES IMMORTALIZED ON LP

I believe my time ain’t long” sang Elmore James on “Dust My Blues”, the top track from my album of the year. From his mid 20s he had known that he had a serious heart condition. Thankfully, the Bihari brothers with their Crown label had the good sense to make sure that there was at least one LP issued in the man’s lifetime, issued this year when he was 42; he would die young from a heart attack just 3 years later. It’s a real classic set, comprised of single sides from 5 years earlier.

Strangely, my Number 2 LP of the year is also “out of date”, a shelved Woody Guthrie album from 1947 finally getting the release that it so richly deserved.

There are terrific debut sets from Etta James and The Shirelles, and Elvis is back in the studio after his army stint – his 3 new albums of 1960 delivering mixed results.

There was a riot at the Newport Jazz festival – those who missed out live had to make do with album documents from Muddy Waters and Nina Simone. Brilliantly, Miriam Makeba puts South Africa firmly on the international album’s map, giving hope for the decade to come in so many ways.

The Jukebox Rebel
03-Dec-2015

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BLUES AFTER HOURS
Elmore James and The Broom Dusters
Crown Records CLP-5168
the USA
8.64 “A classic” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Dust My Blues” (9.9) • “Goodbye Baby” (9.6) • “Blues Before Sunrise” (9.2)
TJR saysElmore James was to the blues what Little Richard was to Rock n Roll – raucous, threatening and sexy. That said, the mat...more →

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BALLADS OF SACCO AND VANZETTI
Woody Guthrie
Folkways Records FH-5485
the USA
7.75 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Two Good Men” (9.0) • “Vanzetti’s Letter” (8.9) • “Sacco’s Letter To His Son” (8.3)
TJR saysAt about three o'clock in the afternoon of April 15, 1920, Frederick Parmenter, a paymaster, and Alessandro Berardelli, ...more →

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AT LAST!
Etta James
Argo LP-4003
the USA
7.73 “Brilliant” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I Just Want To Make Love To You” (9.8) • “At Last” (9.3) • “My Dearest Darling” (9.1)
TJR saysThe 22 year old Etta James really makes her mark with this exhilarating debut – she brings a vitality to each of the son...more →

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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT
The Shirelles
Scepter Records LP-501
the USA
7.44 “Really good” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Tonight’s The Night” (10) • “Dedicated To The One I Love” (10) • “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (10)
TJR saysArriving at the very tail end of the year was the debut LP from the completely fabulous Shirelles. With nearly 3 years o...more →

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ELVIS IS BACK!
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2231
the USA
7.30 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Reconsider Baby” (10) • “The Girl Of My Best Friend” (8.4) • “It Feels So Right” (7.5)
TJR saysElvis arrived back from his Army stint in Germany on March 2, 1960, and was honourably discharged with the rank of serge...more →

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RIDE THIS TRAIN
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-1464
the USA
7.29 “Really good” Country

Jukebox picks: “Loading Coal” (8.7) • “Old Doc Brown” (7.7) • “Going To Memphis” (7.5)
TJR says“A stirring travelogue of Americana in song and story” is how the front cover sums up this release – dubiously described...more →

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NOW, THERE WAS A SONG!
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-1463
the USA
7.17 “Really good” Country

Jukebox picks: “Just One More” (9.7) • “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (8.3) • “Time Changes Everything” (8.1)
TJR saysJohnny Cash takes his country ’n’ roll home boys Luther Perkins (lead guitar) and Marshall Grant (bass) on a pure Nashvi...more →

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A LOT OF DOMINOS!
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9127
the USA
7.06 “Really good” Crooner / Cabaret; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Walking To New Orleans” (9.8) • “Three Nights A Week” (9.3) • “Natural Born Lover” (7.5)
TJR saysReleased October 1960. Fats indulges his penchant for a good croon on this set, aided by an almost constant string secti...more →

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TRAVELIN’
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1023
the USA
7.03 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Sunnyland” (8.3) • “No Shoes” (8.0) • “Whiskey And Wimmen [1960 version]” (7.9)
TJR saysThis is a really great listen from start to finish – unlike many of John Lee’s foot stomping one-man holler-a-thons it t...more →

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MUDDY WATERS SINGS ‘BIG BILL’
Muddy Waters
Chess LP-1444
the USA
6.97 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “When I Get To Thinking” (8.0) • “Double Trouble” (7.7) • “Southbound Train” (7.4)
TJR saysWilliam Broonzy had died in August 1958 after suffering from the effects of throat cancer. Just a year or so later, Mudd...more →

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JOAN BAEZ
Joan Baez
Vanguard VSD-2077
the USA
6.91 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “El Preso Número Nueve” (9.7) • “Donna Donna” (8.0) • “All My Trials” (7.5)
TJR saysSimple and effective, 13 old folk songs, one singer, one guitar. Joan’s intense reading of Roberto Cantoral’s “Ninth P...more →

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A DATE WITH THE EVERLY BROTHERS
The Everly Brothers
Warner Bros. Records W-1395
the USA
6.84 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Cathy’s Clown” (9.4) • “Made To Love” (8.5) • “Donna, Donna” (8.0)
TJR saysThe album gets off to a flyer with a sole Phil Everly rhythmic strummer, “Made To Love” – he’s Hank Marvin and Eddie...more →

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THE NEW BRITON GAZETTE
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
Folkways Records FW-8732
England
6.79 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Crooked Cross” (8.6) • “When I Was A Young Lad” (8.5) • “The Lifeboat Mona” (7.9)
TJR saysA welcome turn to the contemporary from Ewan, bolstered throughout by prominent co-vocal harmonizing from Peggy. “The...more →

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THINK!
James Brown and The Famous Flames
King Records 683
the USA
6.78 “Good” Soul Ballad; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Think [1960 version]” (8.1) • “I’ll Go Crazy [1960 version]” (7.8) • “You’ve Got The Power [1960 version]” (7.4)
TJR saysAnother quality LP from JB and his crew, rounding up 12 of the latest sides for Federal, and it’s more widely distribute...more →

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ROCKIN’ AT THE HOPS
Chuck Berry
Chess LP-1448
the USA
6.73 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Worried Life Blues” (9.0) • “Bye Bye Johnny” (8.1) • “Down The Road A Piece” (8.0)
TJR saysChuck’s golden period at Chess continues in fine style into 1960 with the latest 8 sides from 1959, together with first-...more →

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MUDDY WATERS AT NEWPORT 1960
Muddy Waters
Chess LP-1449
the USA
6.58 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man [live '60]” (7.5) • “Got My Mojo Working, part 2 [live '60]” (7.1) • “Got My Mojo Working [live '60]” (7.0)
TJR says“We’re the hoochie-coochie boys, the whole United States knows we’re here” proclaimed the bold Muddy within minutes ...more →

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THAT’S MY STORY
John Lee Hooker
Riverside Records RLP-12-321
the USA
6.41 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Gonna Use My Rod” (7.8) • “Come On And See About Me” (7.0) • “One Of These Days” (6.7)
TJR saysA single-day session recorded on February 9, 1960 at Reeves Sound Studio in New York City. It’s a real intimate affair –...more →

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LINK WRAY AND THE WRAYMEN
Link Wray and The Wraymen
Epic LN-3661
the USA
6.20 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Raw-Hide” (7.5) • “Ramble” (7.4) • “Right Turn” (6.6)
TJR saysAlas, the high watermark of 1958s “Rumble” was not maintained when the time came for the debut Link Wray LP. Having been...more →

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IN STYLE WITH THE CRICKETS
The Crickets
Coral CRL-57320
the USA
6.18 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “When You Ask About Love” (8.0) • “I Fought The Law” (7.2) • “Love’s Made A Fool Of You” (7.2)
TJR saysWith Buddy Holly on solo tour in late 1959, bassist Joe Mauldin, drummer Jerry Allison and guitarist Sonny Curtis (a fri...more →

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MIRIAM MAKEBA
Miriam Makeba
RCA Victor LSP-2267
South Africa
5.99 “Average” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Iya Guduza” (8.5) • “Mbube” (7.5) • “The Retreat Song” (7.2)
TJR saysDebut album from the 28-year-old Johannesburg lass who, somehow, had the guile and the talent to break free, go see the ...more →

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ROCKIN’ WITH WANDA
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records T-1384
the USA
5.78 “Average” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “I Gotta Know” (7.1) • “Mean Mean Man” (6.8) • “Fujiyama Mama” (6.6)
TJR says“Well I've been to Nagasaki, Hiroshima too, the thing I did to them, baby, I can do to you”. Lord have mercy! “Fujiy...more →

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NINA SIMONE AT NEWPORT
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-412
the USA
5.73 “Average” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Trouble in Mind [live newport ’60]” (8.2) • “Flo Me La [live newport ’60]” (6.9) • “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To [live newport ’60]” (6.2)
TJR saysThe 5-day 7th annual Jazz festival at the millionaires playground spawned quite a few LPs – it’s quite noticeable that a...more →

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FORBIDDEN FRUIT
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-419
the USA
5.19 “Below average” Jazz; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Gin House Blues [1961 album version]” (8.7) • “Work Song [1961 album version]” (7.3) • “Rags And Old Iron” (5.8)
TJR says“Rags And Old Iron” makes for a soulful starter – lady got the love poverty blues, a double whammy. The melancholic and ...more →

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GI BLUES
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2256
the USA
4.56 “Poor” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Blue Suede Shoes [gi blues version]” (7.0) • “Doin’ The Best I Can [alternate take 9]” (6.4) • “Didja’ Ever” (6.2)
TJR saysWhen the best track on an album is a reworking from a previous set then the chances are there’s trouble in store. Such i...more →

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STEP WE GAILY
Jimmy Shand and his Band
Parlophone PMC-1122
Scotland
4.40 “Lame” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Reel: Mairi’s Wedding / Peat Fire Flame / I Wish I Were Married / Happy We’ve Been A’Together” (5.4) • “Strathspey: Jenny’s Bawbee / Sidlaw Hills / Gallant Fireman / Lad Wi’ The Plaidie” (5.2) • “Jig: Machine Without Horses / My Wife’s A Wanton Wee Thing / Glendaurel Highlanders” (4.5)
TJR saysAs any mobile DJ in Scotland will tell you, a Jimmy Shand LP is almost an essential part of the armoury. By 1960, the 42...more →

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THE INTIMATE JIM REEVES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2216
the USA
3.85 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Country

Jukebox picks: “You’re The Only Good Thing (That’s Happened To Me)” (4.3) • “Dark Moon” (4.3) • “Almost” (4.2)
TJR saysLush string arrangements accompany the velvet tones of the ever-reliable croonster, backed by gentle doops, oohs and aah...more →

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THE GENIUS HITS THE ROAD
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-335
the USA
3.73 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “New York’s My Home” (5.5) • “Carry Me Back To Old Virginny” (5.2) • “Georgia On My Mind” (4.7)
TJR saysReleased July 1960. Ray’s first post-Atlantic LP, and ABC continue with the genius tag, just in case you were having any...more →

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HIS HAND IN MINE
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2328
the USA
3.45 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “His Hand In Mine” (4.5) • “Milky White Way” (4.4) • “Working On The Building” (4.3)
TJR saysElvis fully projects his Christian beliefs on an LP for the first time. Unfortunately, he takes the drippy, conservative...more →

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HITS OF THE FIFTIES
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2236
the USA
3.02 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Too Young” (4.0) • “The Great Pretender” (4.0) • “Hey There” (3.5)
TJR saysSam’s second LP for RCA, released in August 1960. One look at the front cover almost tells you all you need to know… “He...more →

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THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW
The George Mitchell Minstrels
His Master's Voice CLP-1399
Scotland
0.44 “Pathetically abysmal” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “A Tribute To Al Jolson (Medley)” (1.1) • “Meet The Minstrels (Medley)” (0.6) • “Grand Finale (Medley)” (0.5)
TJR saysI genuinely have no recollection as to how this LP came to be in my collection, but it stands as sure-fire proof that I ...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1960



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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