Album Chart of 1962

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Album Chart of 1962

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RESPECT

Hey hey Woody Guthrie I wrote you a song, ‘bout a funny old world that's a-coming along, seems sick and it's hungry, it's tired and it's torn, and it looks like it's a-dying and it's hardly been born

Hey Woody Guthrie but I know that you know, all the things that I'm a-saying and a many a-times more, I'm a-singing you this song but I can't sing enough, 'cause there's not many men have done the things that you've done

Here's to Cisco and Sonny and Lead Belly too, and to all the good people that travelled with you, here's to the hearts and the hands of the men, that come with the dust and are gone with the wind

Bob Dylan launched his recording career in 1962 by telling you where he was coming from, not where he was going to. He was a young man wise beyond his years. He took the punk baton from here - the left-of-centre world of music was in good hands.

Bob's set was almost my album of the year but, unfortunately for him, the Howlin’ Wolf was on his A-Game and who can compete with that?

The Jukebox Rebel
12-Dec-2015

revised 16-Feb-2016

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HOWLIN’ WOLF
Howlin’ Wolf
Chess LP-1469
the USA
8.40 “Excellent” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Goin’ Down Slow” (10) • “Down In The Bottom” (9.9) • “The Red Rooster” (9.4)
TJR saysHowlin’ Wolf is now in his early 50s, but he’s in his prime with this characterful offering. Rough, tough and sexy – thi...more →

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BOB DYLAN
Bob Dylan
Columbia CL-1779
the USA
8.32 “Excellent” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Song To Woody” (10) • “In My Time Of Dyin’” (9.6) • “Highway 51 Blues” (9.2)
TJR saysWoody Guthrie’s 20 year old disciple steps into the spotlight with a whole load of folk traditionals – and a new way of ...more →

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JUST JIMMY REED
Jimmy Reed
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1050
the USA
7.31 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Too Much” (8.9) • “Oh John” (7.8) • “I’ll Change My Style” (7.7)
TJR saysJimmy’s pal, ace guitarist Eddie Taylor, is absent on this set and, if truth be told, he’s not missed much – there’s ple...more →

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SURFERS CHOICE
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones
Deltone LPM-1001
the USA
6.94 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Misirlou Twist [live ’61]” (9.8) • “Surf Beat [live ’61]” (8.6) • “Shake ’n’ Stomp [live ’61]” (7.9)
TJR saysDick Dale’s debut was a bit of an unbefitting mutation, recorded live in 1961 at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach...more →

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CRYING
Roy Orbison
Monument M-4007
the USA
6.83 “Good” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Running Scared” (9.9) • “Wedding Day” (8.0) • “Crying” (7.8)
TJR saysThe big problem with producing magnificent works such as the preceding “Lonely and Blue” is that they need to be followe...more →

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GREEN ONIONS
Booker T. and The M.G.’s
Stax S-701
the USA
6.68 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Green Onions” (9.7) • “Mo’ Onions” (8.4) • “Behave Yourself” (7.2)
TJR saysThe Stax house band, led by the seventeen-year-old keyboardist Booker T. Jones, set their stall out nice and early with ...more →

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JUST DOMINO
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9208
the USA
6.66 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Nothing New (Same Old Thing)” (9.0) • “Goin’ Home [album version ’62]” (8.6) • “Stop The Clock” (7.5)
TJR saysReleased in September, this was his second album of new material in 1962, although 2 oldies from 1956 LPs are getting a ...more →

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A SAILOR’S GARLAND
Ewan MacColl and A. L. Lloyd
Prestige International INT-13043
England
6.64 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Leaving Of Liverpool” (9.4) • “Haul Away For Rosie” (7.8) • “Little Sally Racket” (7.5)
TJR saysAs they did back in 1957, Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd deliver another solid set of sea songs and shanties, Ewan taking l...more →

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SENTIMENTALLY YOURS
Patsy Cline
Decca DL-4282
the USA
6.63 “Good” Country; Pop

Jukebox picks: “She’s Got You” (9.7) • “Your Cheatin’ Heart” (7.7) • “Lonely Street” (7.0)
TJR saysPatsy’s third album was recorded in Nashville by producer Owen Bradley (for the third time in a row) between August 1961...more →

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BABY IT’S YOU
The Shirelles
Scepter Records LP-504
the USA
6.58 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Voice Of Experience” (8.4) • “Putty In Your Hands” (8.2) • “Soldier Boy” (7.3)
TJR saysLeads off with the smash-hit title-track which is perhaps a tad cheesy on the rhythm, but has terrific vocal harmonies a...more →

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BROADSIDE BALLADS (LONDON: 1600 - 1700)
Ewan MacColl with accompaniments by Peggy Seeger, Alf Edwards and Alfie Kahn
Folkways Records FW-3043
England
6.41 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “King Lear And His Three Daughters” (7.3) • “Room For Company” (7.0) • “Pity's Lamentation” (6.6)
TJR saysThe restless Ewan MacColl continues to explore folk music traditions, this time looking back to the broadside ballads of...more →

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GOSPEL TIME
Ruth Brown
Philips 200-055
the USA
6.40 “Decent enough” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Satisfied” (8.7) • “Morning Train” (8.3) • “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” (7.1)
TJR saysRecorded in Nashville in June 1962, and first issued in September of that year. “Gospel Time” is really quite a remarkab...more →

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BURNIN’
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1043
the USA
6.40 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Boom Boom [1961 version]” (7.8) • “Drug Store Woman” (7.7) • “Process” (6.6)
TJR saysAnother solid set from the cool bluesman, this time backed all the way with a full complement of players: John Lee Hooke...more →

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TWISTIN THE STOMP
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9170
the USA
6.39 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Wait And See” (8.1) • “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?” (7.2) • “Twistin’ The Stomp” (7.1)
TJR saysReleased in February, this was the first of two new Fats albums in 1962, and he’s not shy in becoming yet another to app...more →

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DR. FEELGOOD AND THE INTERNS
Dr. Feelgood and The Interns
Okeh OKM-12101
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Mister Moonlight” (7.9) • “I’ll Be Home One Day” (7.3) • “I’ll Give Anything” (6.5)
TJR saysAfter playing for 25 years as Piano Red, the 50-year-old William Lee Perryman decided to try and give his career some fr...more →

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BROADSIDE BALLADS (LONDON: 1600 - 1700) VOLUME TWO - FEMALE FROLLICKS AND POLITICKE
Ewan MacColl with accompaniments by Peggy Seeger, Alf Edwards and Alfie Kahn
Folkways Records FW-3044
England
6.23 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “A King And No King” (6.8) • “The Female Frolic” (6.5) • “Give Me My Yellow Hose” (5.9)
TJR saysA companion set to Volume 1, Ewan continues to explore the broadsi...more →

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MUSICAL SCORE FROM THE FILM: WHALER OUT OF NEW BEDFORD
Ewan MacColl
Folkways Records FS-3850
England
6.22 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Mary Ann” (7.3) • “The Bark Gay Head” (6.8) • “Desolation” (6.5)
TJR saysAnother interesting project for the in-demand Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, the fifth “A-list” album of 1962 for Ewan....more →

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SURFIN’ SAFARI
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-1808
the USA
6.05 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Moon Dawg” (7.4) • “Surfin’ Safari” (7.2) • “409” (7.0)
TJR saysMurry Wilson was father to Dennis (17, drums, backing vocals), Carl (15, lead guitar, vocals), Brian (20, bass, organ, v...more →

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THE SOUND OF JOHNNY CASH
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-1802
the USA
5.97 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “Lost On The Desert” (7.9) • “Let Me Down Easy” (6.4) • “I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now [1962]” (6.3)
TJR saysThings look promising from the off; Johnny’s looking kinda mean, all in black, on the front cover. Opening salvo “A bu...more →

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SOLOMON BURKE’S GREATEST HITS
Solomon Burke
Atlantic 8067
the USA
5.60 “Average” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Cry To Me” (7.5) • “I’m Hanging Up My Heart For You” (7.0) • “Looking For My Baby” (6.2)
TJR saysAtlantic quickly “counter-attacked” the preceding, opportunistic Apollo compilation LP release, by labelling Solomon’s d...more →

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THE SHIRELLES AND KING CURTIS GIVE A TWIST PARTY
The Shirelles and King Curtis
Scepter Records LP-505
the USA
5.51 “Average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Welcome Home Baby” (6.8) • “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” (6.1) • “New Orleans” (5.6)
TJR saysShirelles in R n B roots territory with the ace saxophonist of “Yakety Yak” fame and occasional singer; it’s a brassy an...more →

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WONDERFUL WANDA
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-1776
the USA
5.46 “Below average” Country; Pop

Jukebox picks: “You Don’t Know Baby” (8.6) • “Is It Wrong” (7.3) • “I Don’t Wanta Go” (7.1)
TJR saysFollowing on from the success of her “Right or Wrong” single from last year, Wanda’s inclination was back towards the co...more →

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INSTANT PARTY!
The Everly Brothers
Warner Bros. Records W-1430
the USA
5.15 “Below average” Country; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Trouble In Mind” (7.8) • “Jezebel” (5.9) • “True Love” (5.5)
TJR saysUndaunted by the commercial failure of the preceding LP, the Everly Brothers pressed ahead with a repeat dose of pop sta...more →

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MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-410
the USA
4.94 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (8.9) • “Worried Mind” (6.0) • “Half As Much” (5.6)
TJR saysReleased in April, 1962 and widely regarded as a landmark release in Ray’s story. Here are the highlights from Wikipedia...more →

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POT LUCK
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2523
the USA
4.73 “Poor” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Suspicion” (6.8) • “Steppin’ Out Of Line” (6.7) • “Gonna Get Back Home Somehow” (6.4)
TJR saysIf any rockers were still hanging in with Elvis in 1962 they would undoubtedly be approaching each new LP with a sense o...more →

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THE FABULOUS WAILERS AT THE CASTLE
The Wailers
Etiquette Records ETALB-1
the USA
4.66 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Dirty Robber [live ’61]” (6.0) • “All I Could Do Was Cry [live ’61]” (5.6) • “Shivers [live ’61]” (5.2)
TJR saysRecorded in the fall of 1961 at Spanish Castle Ballroom, located midway between Seattle and Tacoma on old Highway 99. It...more →

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NINA SIMONE SINGS ELLINGTON
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-425
the USA
4.48 “Lame” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “I Like The Sunrise” (7.2) • “The Gal From Joe’s [1962 album version]” (6.4) • “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (5.4)
TJR saysEleven songs, all originally composed and recorded by Duke Ellington, undoubtedly a pleasing prospect for all of Nina’s ...more →

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HYMNS FROM THE HEART
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-1722
the USA
4.45 “Lame” Country

Jukebox picks: “When I’ve Learned Enough To Die” (5.2) • “Taller Than Trees” (5.1) • “I Got Shoes” (5.0)
TJR saysA second album of “pop gospel” from Johnny Cash, which is all very tame and comes complete with those ridiculous “Ovalti...more →

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NINA AT THE VILLAGE GATE
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-421
the USA
4.43 “Lame” Jazz; Moodcore; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Zungo [live ny ’61]” (6.7) • “House of the Rising Sun [live ny ’61]” (5.4) • “Just in Time [live ny ’61]” (5.0)
TJR saysRecorded live in April 1961 at the Village Gate, New York. As Nina warms up in the opening bars of “Just in Time”, i...more →

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TRIBUTE TO UNCLE RAY
Little Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-232
the USA
3.81 “Terrible” Soul Ballad; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Don’t You Know” (5.4) • “Come Back Baby” (5.2) • “Sunset” (4.5)
TJR saysAlthough issued as the second Stevie Wonder album in October 1962, this was the first to be recorded – when the kid was ...more →

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ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART
Gene Pitney
Musicor MM-2003
the USA
3.75 “Terrible” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (5.5) • “If I Didn’t Have A Dime (To Play The Jukebox)” (5.5) • “I Should Try To Forget (But I Keep Forgetting To Try)” (5.2)
TJR saysA shed-load of Bacharach & David schmaltz, with only occasional smatterings of cool to relieve the boredom. Best track f...more →

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THE JAZZ SOUL OF LITTLE STEVIE
Little Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-233
the USA
3.70 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Wondering” (5.9) • “Manhattan At Six” (4.3) • “Fingertips” (4.0)
TJR saysDespite the almost unimaginable awfulness of being blind from birth, the young Stevland began to learn the piano at the ...more →

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JAZZ SAMBA
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd
Verve Records V6-8432
the USA
3.63 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Baia” (4.3) • “Samba De Uma Nota Só” (3.9) • “Samba Dees Days” (3.9)
TJR saysEasy listening Jazz with a light mambo sway. What’s to like?...more →

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2621
the USA
3.33 “Terrible” Pop; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Return To Sender” (6.3) • “I Don’t Wanna Be Tied” (4.4) • “Thanks To The Rolling Sea” (4.0)
TJR saysThe second of three films Presley shot on location in Hawaii, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” was a bit of a light-hearted musica...more →

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STORMY MONDAY
Lou Rawls with Les McCann Ltd.
Capitol Records T-1714
the USA
2.63 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “See See Rider” (3.4) • “(They Call It) Stormy Monday” (3.2) • “I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water” (3.2)
TJR saysThe coming together of these articulate Hollywood hipsters was much anticipated by fellow scenesters. Lou’s soulful croo...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1962



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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