Album Chart of 1961

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Album Chart of 1961

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WORLD ACCLAIM FOR THE BIG O

The seismic musical shift from the 1950s to the 1960s was never more perfectly encapsulated than with the work of Roy Orbison, as those wide-eyed 12 bar shooby-doo-wops gave way to something altogether more elegiac, melodramatic and sophisticated. Pop music was growing up right before your eyes. Producers everywhere were experimenting with new techniques and ideas – the close-mike vocals and the lush pop strings of the “Nashville Sound”, showcased this year in the albums of both Roy Orbison and Patsty Cline, was one shining example of innovative studios at work.

Scepter maintain their winning formula with the Shirelles sound, whilst Berry Gordy’s Tamla label responds with their Marvelettes.

Immune to such fashionable trends is Ivor Cutler who launches his debut full-length, keeping things wonderfully surreal.

Top blues LPs appear from Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker, and the ever-reliable Fats Domino places two sets in my Top 15 of the year.

The bonnie partnership of folk-revivalists Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger is fruitful this year with two LPs in my Top 10.

There are new albums from Jacques Brel and Édith Piaf, who deliver chansons of fine quality, keeping the mix interesting for those with a cosmopolitan outlook.

The Jukebox Rebel
09-Dec-2015

revised 22-Mar-2019

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LONELY AND BLUE
Roy Orbison
Monument SM-14002
the USA
8.54 “A classic” Pop; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “(I’d Be) A Legend In My Time” (10) • “Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel” (10) • “Blue Angel” (9.8)
TJR saysThe awesome “Up Town” single had promised much in the way of a possible new direction and with this lush, stereophonic e...more →

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WHO TORE YOUR TROUSERS?
Ivor Cutler
Decca LK-4405
Scotland
7.71 “Brilliant” Avant-Garde; Storytelling

Jukebox picks: “A Red Flower” (10) • “Are You Alright Jack” (9.4) • “Steady Job” (9.2)
TJR saysFollowing his brilliant EP of 1959, “Ivor Cutler Of Y’Hup”, Ivor cut a deal with Decca Records for a full length LP, and...more →

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JIMMY REED AT CARNEGIE HALL
Jimmy Reed
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1035
the USA
7.65 “Brilliant” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Bright Lights, Big City [1961 version]” (9.5) • “Blue Carnegie” (8.7) • “Kind Of Lonesome” (8.6)
TJR saysTHIS IS NOT A LIVE ALBUM, despite Vee-Jay’s curveball title. It’s a double studio album, with the 11 tracks on the first...more →

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JERRY LEE’S GREATEST
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sun Record Company LP-1265
the USA
7.14 “Really good” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Great Balls Of Fire” (9.2) • “Hello, Hello Baby” (9.0) • “Cold Cold Heart” (8.7)
TJR says1961 goes down as one of the better years for Jerry Lee. Having been followed by a cloud of doubt since 1958, there were...more →

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THE SHIRELLES SING TO TRUMPETS AND STRINGS
The Shirelles
Scepter Records LP-502
the USA
6.99 “Good” Pop

Jukebox picks: “What A Sweet Thing That Was” (9.8) • “I Saw A Tear” (9.2) • “Mama Said” (7.6)
TJR says“The Shirelles Sing To Trumpets and Strings” arrived in March, although there weren’t too many trumpets and strings were...more →

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SONGS OF TWO REBELLIONS - THE JACOBITE WARS OF 1715 AND 1745 IN SCOTLAND
Ewan MacColl with accompaniments by Peggy Seeger
Folkways Records FW-8756
England
6.90 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation” (8.9) • “Donald MacGillavry” (8.4) • “Ye Jacobites By Name” (8.0)
TJR saysHis best to date, delivered with respect for the subject matter and sung with gusto. As the man himself said: “What so...more →

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SHOWCASE
Patsy Cline with The Jordanaires
Decca ‎DL-4202
the USA
6.74 “Good” Country

Jukebox picks: “I Fall To Pieces” (10) • “Crazy” (8.1) • “A Poor Man’s Roses (Or A Rich Man’s Gold)” (7.5)
TJR saysIt was the strangest darn thing that Patsy Cline had released almost 20 singles between 1955 and 1960 but had only ever ...more →

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TWO-WAY TRIP
Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl
Folkways Records FW-8755
England
6.72 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Matty Groves” (9.8) • “The Devil's Nine Questions (Riddles Wisely Expounded)” (8.4) • “The Two Brothers” (7.7)
TJR says“Two-Way Trip” features a mix of British and American folk songs, hence the title. It's a new set, although it does in...more →

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THE FOLK LORE OF JOHN LEE HOOKER
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1033
the USA
6.54 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “I’m Mad Again” (8.6) • “Tupelo [live ’60]” (8.4) • “Hard Headed Woman” (7.0)
TJR saysOpens with a mesmerizing, low-key acoustic rendition of “Tupelo”, recorded live at Newport Festival in the summer of...more →

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LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9153
the USA
6.52 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Let The Four Winds Blow” (8.4) • “Trouble Blues” (7.5) • “One Night” (7.3)
TJR saysFats tenth new music album was released in June 1961. He continues where he left off on his January LP by cutting down o...more →

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N°5
Jacques Brel
Philips B 76.513 R
Belgium
6.51 “Good” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Le Moribond” (7.5) • “On N’Oublie Rien” (7.4) • “Marieke” (6.9)
TJR says“N°5” represents the end of chapter one for Brel – his fifth and final album of new music for Philips Records. It’s a so...more →

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RÉCITAL 1961
Édith Piaf
Columbia FSX-133
France
6.51 “Good” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien [live ’60]” (9.7) • “Les Blouses Blanches [live ’60]” (8.4) • “La Belle Histoire D’amour [live ’60]” (7.9)
TJR saysReleased in France in 1961, “Récital 1961” was recorded from a concert at L'Olympia on the 30th of December 1960. This w...more →

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I MISS YOU SO
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9138
the USA
6.47 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “It Keeps Rainin’” (8.4) • “What A Price” (8.4) • “Fell In Love On Monday” (7.2)
TJR saysReleased January 1961. Unusually for Fats there are only 5 of his originals and 7 covers on this one. Many of the covers...more →

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THERE’S A PARTY GOIN’ ON
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-1511
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Hard Headed Woman” (7.8) • “Tongue Tied” (7.3) • “Man We Had A Party” (6.9)
TJR saysReleased in January 1961. Another straight ahead rockabilly set from Wanda, solid if unspectacular. The LP is dominated ...more →

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TALKIN’ TO YOUR HEART
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2339
the USA
6.31 “Decent enough” Country

Jukebox picks: “Old Tige” (9.4) • “Men With Broken Hearts” (7.7) • “(Far Away Feeling) The Spell Of The Yukon” (7.6)
TJR saysJim Reeves unleashes his inner Luke The Drifter on this fine LP of recitations. On “The Gun” he catches up with the ...more →

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MY KIND OF BLUES
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2392
the USA
6.27 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Since I Met You Baby” (8.9) • “You’re Always On My Mind” (7.4) • “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (6.7)
TJR saysSam’s 4th LP for RCA, released in October 1961. This is much more palatable for me. He continues to mine the American So...more →

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WHAT A PARTY
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9164
the USA
6.23 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Trouble In Mind [album version ’61]” (8.5) • “Bad Luck And Trouble” (7.6) • “Before I Grow Too Old” (7.0)
TJR saysReleased October 1961 (Imperial LP-9164). Fats 3rd LP of the year sees him reverse the trend for covers, with 9 of his o...more →

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NEW JUKE-BOX HITS
Chuck Berry
Chess LP-1456
the USA
6.17 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Run Around” (8.2) • “Don’t You Lie To Me” (6.8) • “Route 66” (6.8)
TJR says“New Juke-Box Hits” would be the last new-material Chuck Berry LP for quite some time, as he’d be locked up for an 18 mo...more →

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RIGHT OR WRONG [1961]
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-1596
the USA
6.14 “Decent enough” Country; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Slippin’ And Slidin’” (7.6) • “The Window Up Above” (6.8) • “Why I’m Walkin’” (6.8)
TJR saysLeads off with the title track, an original country-tinged Rock n Roll ballad which had given Wanda her second hit singl...more →

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BOTH SIDES OF AN EVENING
The Everly Brothers
Warner Bros. Records W-1418
the USA
5.84 “Average” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Chloe” (6.8) • “Love Is Where You Find It” (6.7) • “The Wayward Wind” (6.5)
TJR saysThe murky old world of the music biz ensured that, due to a fall out with Wesley Rose, their manager and publisher, the ...more →

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HARLEM STREET SINGER
Blind Gary Davis
Prestige Bluesville BVLP-1015
the USA
5.82 “Average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Pure Religion” (6.4) • “Goin’ To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River” (6.2) • “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (6.0)
TJR saysThe full session for this album was recorded on August 24th, 1960, with the blind Reverend taking just three hours to la...more →

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HIGHLAND FLING
The Alexander Brothers
Pye Golden Guinea Records ‎GGL-0093
Scotland
5.71 “Average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “A Scottish Soldier” (9.2) • “Scotland The Brave” (9.2) • “Bonnie Wee Jeannie McCall” (7.0)
TJR saysTom and Jack offer the auld scotch sangs with an authentic delivery and I approve. Given their “shortbread tin” image I’...more →

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A SPONTANEOUS PERFORMANCE RECORDING!
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
Columbia CL-1648
Ireland
5.65 “Average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Brennan On The Moor [live with studio audience]” (7.9) • “Haul Away Joe [live with studio audience]” (7.0) • “The Old Orange Flute [live with studio audience]” (6.9)
TJR saysNot as earthy as my beloved Dubliners, but The Clancy Brothers have their moments – “Brennan On The Moor” and “Hau...more →

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TALL TALES AND SHORT TEMPERS
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2284
the USA
5.61 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Streets Of Laredo” (9.8) • “It’s Nothin’ To Me” (6.6) • “Rodger Young” (6.5)
TJR saysI don’t know what got into Jim in 1961 but both of his LPs from this year took an amazing turn for the better; sweetly s...more →

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A LITTLE MORE FAITH
Reverend Gary Davis
Prestige Bluesville BVLP-1032
the USA
5.38 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “You Got To Move [1961 recording]” (6.4) • “There’s A Bright Side Somewhere” (5.8) • “Crucifixion [album version ’61]” (5.7)
TJR saysHis second LP for Prestige Blueville in 1961. “You Got To Move” and “Motherless Children” had been done on his d...more →

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PLEASE MR. POSTMAN
The Marvelettes
Tamla TM-228
the USA
5.25 “Below average” Pop; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Please Mr. Postman” (6.5) • “So Long Baby” (6.2) • “Oh, I Apologize” (6.0)
TJR saysDebut LP from the Shirelles-inspired quintet, issued to capitalize on their fairy-tale debut single which was in the mid...more →

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2370
the USA
5.11 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Give Me The Right” (6.6) • “Sentimental Me” (6.4) • “I’m Coming Home” (5.6)
TJR saysFar too tame, far too often is the story on the latest Elvis album, only occasionally saved by some decent R n B offerin...more →

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GENIUS+SOUL=JAZZ
Ray Charles
Impulse! A-2
the USA
3.76 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Moanin’” (5.1) • “I’ve Got News For You” (4.8) • “I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town” (4.3)
TJR saysReleased February, 1961. A side track jazz album, tending towards the instrumental, recorded with several members of the...more →

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BLUE HAWAII
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2426
the USA
3.51 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Rock-A-Hula Baby [movie version]” (7.9) • “Beach Boy Blues” (5.2) • “Blue Hawaii” (4.8)
TJR saysThe tenth Elvis Presley new music album cannot be saved from a lowly Rebel rating, despite the greatness of “Rock-a-Hu...more →

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SUNDAY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
Bill Evans Trio featuring Scott La Faro
Riverside Records RLP-376
the USA
2.68 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Jade Visions (Take 2) [live ny '61]” (5.6) • “Gloria's Step (Take 2) [live ny '61]” (2.7) • “My Man's Gone Now [live ny '61]” (2.6)
TJR saysThe album was recorded during a gig-a-thon on June 25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard in New York City which saw the trio ...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1961



Album Charts by year

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