Album Chart of 1963

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Album Chart of 1963

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AN EARTHQUAKE IS ERUPTING

Just last year, American artists accounted for the entirety of my Top 30 “A-list” albums chart.

In 1963, from Kingston Jamaica to Liverpool England there were clear signs that, at last, there could well be a challenge to America’s musical dominance, in terms of all that was good and exciting in the world of music albums.

That said, it's Bob Dylan who reigns supreme, fulfilling all that potential from '62, this time with an album penned, typed and scored entirely by his own hands.

Prince Buster and The Maytals fly the flag of Jamaican independence, as the world starts to become aware of the super-exciting new sound of Ska.

Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash are on their A-game, and the unbelievably consistent Fats Domino registers an EIGHTH consecutive Top 10 entry in my year-end album chart.

The Beach Boys seem to be getting stronger, and The Beatles give hope that there might just be an English group capable of delivering decent albums, with two chart-topping sets released by the fourpiece in this year.

The Jukebox Rebel
15-Dec-2015

revised 17-Feb-2016

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THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN
Bob Dylan
Columbia CL-1986
the USA
9.01 “A masterpiece” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Masters Of War” (10) • “Bob Dylan’s Blues” (9.9) • “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (9.8)
TJR saysHe may have kept his cards close to his chest on last year’s debut album, but here he laid down his winning hand (12 of ...more →

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I FEEL THE SPIRIT
Prince Buster
Blue Beat BBLP-802
Jamaica
7.46 “Really good” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “Madness” (10) • “Black Head Chinaman” (9.2) • “Jealous” (8.3)
TJR saysFuelled with the independence spirit, and brimming with national pride, Jamaica’s music scene exploded in the early 60s ...more →

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NIGHT BEAT
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2709
the USA
7.43 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” (9.1) • “Mean Old World” (8.9) • “Little Red Rooster” (8.4)
TJR saysSam Cooke’s second LP of 1963, released in August. Boy oh boy, he’s cooking the gas right about now. Opens with the clas...more →

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IN DREAMS
Roy Orbison
Monument MLP-8003
the USA
7.39 “Really good” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “No One Will Ever Know” (10) • “In Dreams” (9.5) • “Shahdaroba” (7.8)
TJR saysThe world’s finest exponent of the soulful tremor returns with a stronger, more consistent set than last years “Crying”,...more →

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BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-1930
the USA
7.23 “Really good” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Legend Of John Henry’s Hammer [1963]” (9.5) • “Busted [1963]” (8.8) • “Another Man Done Gone” (7.4)
TJR saysThis is another in Johnny Cash’s string of terrific concept albums, digging deep into Appalachian and Negro folklore for...more →

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THE SOUND OF SIGHT
Ray Martin
Decca PFS-4043
Austria
7.22 “Really good” Film Score / Incidental

Jukebox picks: “Westorama” (8.8) • “Destination Space” (8.7) • “Introduction Leading Into Overture To End All Overtures” (8.0)
TJR saysThe U.S. got the scoop on this one, with London Records able to get their issue into the shops in time for the Christmas...more →

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WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9227
the USA
7.16 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Walking To New Orleans” (9.8) • “Oh Wee” (9.0) • “I Guess I’ll Be On My Way” (8.0)
TJR saysThis January 1963 release was an all–new album, although it was mostly culled from unreleased 50s recordings. Those who’...more →

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RING OF FIREː THE BEST OF JOHNNY CASH
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2053
the USA
6.82 “Good” Country

Jukebox picks: “Ring Of Fire [1963]” (9.2) • “Remember The Alamo” (7.7) • “The Big Battle” (7.5)
TJR saysFed up with Sun Records endless string of “greatest hits”, Columbia decided they’d release one of their own. And it was ...more →

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THE NEW BRITON GAZETTE VOLUME 2
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
Folkways Records FW-8734
England
6.82 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Ballad Of Jimmy Wilson” (8.6) • “The Big Hewer” (8.1) • “The Banks They Are Rosey” (7.8)
TJR saysAnother album of mainly topical lyrics, written in the last 2 or 3 years by both of the artists, often set to traditiona...more →

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SURFIN’ USA
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-1890
the USA
6.71 “Good” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Surfin’ USA” (9.5) • “Misirlou” (8.3) • “Surf Jam” (7.4)
TJR saysFive Surf instrumentals (including the WELL neat “Surfer Jam” and “Misirlou”), four Surf / Sea lyrics songs, one...more →

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THE BIG SOUL OF JOHN LEE HOOKER
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1058
the USA
6.64 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Take A Look At Yourself” (8.8) • “Big Soul” (8.0) • “Send Me Your Pillow [1962 version]” (7.4)
TJR saysJohn Lee continues to experiment with his blues music, this time opting for a real soulful brand of the genre. The set i...more →

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NEVER GROW OLD
The Maytals
Studio One JBL-1113
Jamaica
6.37 “Decent enough” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “I’ll Never Grow Old” (9.0) • “My Destination” (7.3) • “Tell Me You Love Me” (7.2)
TJR saysThe first Maytals LP was released without their say so. Like so many Jamaican singers, the trio were seeing very little ...more →

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SURFER GIRL
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-1981
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Little Deuce Coupe” (9.7) • “South Bay Surfer (The Old Folks At Home)” (8.7) • “Our Car Club” (6.7)
TJR saysThe Beach Boys message continues loud and clear on their second LP of 1963… //“Catch a wave you’ll be sittin’ on top of ...more →

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ON CAMPUS
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1066
the USA
6.29 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Birmingham Blues” (7.6) • “I Want To Ramble” (7.0) • “One Way Ticket” (6.9)
TJR saysArriving in September, this set was following on from “The Big Soul of John Lee Hooker”, and continued in a not too dis-...more →

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KING OF THE SURF GUITAR
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones
Capitol Records T-1930
the USA
6.25 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Hava Nagila” (8.4) • “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” (7.5) • “King Of The Surf Guitar” (7.3)
TJR saysAs far as I’m concerned yer man was underachieving on his first two LP’s. Too much goofing around on the vocals here and...more →

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MR. SOUL
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2673
the USA
6.21 “Decent enough” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Nothing Can Change This Love I Have For You” (8.8) • “Chains Of Love” (7.4) • “These Foolish Things” (6.8)
TJR saysSam’s 6th album for RCA and it seems, at last, like he has found a style which can appease his own desire to croon with ...more →

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PLEASE PLEASE ME
The Beatles
Parlophone PMC-1202
England
6.16 “Decent enough” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Twist And Shout” (9.3) • “Anna (Go To Him)” (7.0) • “Please Please Me” (6.9)
TJR says8 originals and 6 covers were presented on The Beatles debut record, showcasing the group’s ability to put a pop spin on...more →

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HERE COMES… FATS DOMINO
Fats Domino
ABC-Paramount ABC-455
the USA
6.03 “Decent enough” Pop; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Can’t Go On Without You” (7.8) • “Red Sails In The Sunset” (7.5) • “Just A Lonely Man” (7.3)
TJR saysHis first non–Imperial album and doesn’t it show – with none of the notorious Imperial vault–digging, it’s an all-new, s...more →

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GOOD N COUNTRY
Jim Reeves
RCA Camden CAS-784
the USA
5.92 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “Bottle, Take Effect” (8.9) • “Lonely Music” (7.8) • “Little Ole Dime” (7.0)
TJR saysAnother semi-decent set from the unlikeliest character ever to find his way into Rebel affections. When he steps away fr...more →

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WITH THE BEATLES
The Beatles
Parlophone PMC-1206
England
5.89 “Average” Pop; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “You Really Got A Hold On Me” (8.1) • “All My Loving” (7.9) • “Money (That’s What I Want)” (6.6)
TJR saysCalculatingly released in late November to coincide with the declining sales of “Please Please Me”, which was duly and p...more →

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THE CRAZY BEAT OF GENE VINCENT
Gene Vincent
Capitol Records T-20453
the USA
5.88 “Average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Crazy Beat” (7.4) • “Rip It Up” (6.7) • “I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat” (6.6)
TJR saysSince the Blue Caps disbanded in a blaze of acrimony, Gene had spent much of his time in Europe, especially the UK where...more →

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NIGHT LIFE
Ray Price
Columbia CS-8771
the USA
5.83 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “A Girl In The Night” (7.2) • “If She Could See Me Now” (7.1) • “Lonely Street” (6.7)
TJR saysRay and his Cherokee Cowboys are knockin' on your record player once more as the man himself tells in his spoken word in...more →

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LOVE ME FOREVER
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-1911
the USA
5.74 “Average” Country; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “What Am I Living For” (8.5) • “Since I Met You Baby” (8.4) • “Little Things Mean A Lot” (7.0)
TJR saysFor this LP, Wanda turned her hand to a full set devoted to cover versions of love ballads. Not the most appealing prosp...more →

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THE BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNER LADY
Mingus
Impulse! A-35
the USA
5.70 “Average” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Track A – Solo Dancer” (6.3) • “Track B – Duet Solo Dancers” (6.0) • “Track D – Trio And Group Dancers” (5.8)
TJR says“One of the greatest achievements in orchestration by any composer in jazz history” said Steve Huey at All Music. Th...more →

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LET’S DANCE WITH DOMINO
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9239
the USA
5.59 “Average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Ain’t That A Shame [album version ’63]” (8.6) • “Don’t You Know I Love You” (7.7) • “Oh Ba-a-by ["let’s dance" album version ’63]” (6.9)
TJR saysReleased in May 1963. Qualifies as a new album, although it is a bit of a hodge-podge release from Imperial Records. Cha...more →

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THE PINK PANTHER (MUSIC FROM THE FILM SCORE)
Henry Mancini
RCA Victor LPM-2795
the USA
4.95 “Poor” Orchestra Dance; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “The Pink Panther Theme” (9.8) • “It Had Better Be Tonight [instrumental version]” (8.6) • “It Had Better Be Tonight [vocal version]” (7.0)
TJR saysEvery so often when I feel the need to check the well-being of my neurotransmitters I stick “The Pink Panther Theme...more →

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RÉCITAL À BOBINO
Édith Piaf / Théo Sarapo
Columbia ‎FSX-144
France
4.83 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “C’Était Pas Moi [live ’63]” (5.9) • “Tiens V’La Un Matin [live ’63]” (5.8) • “Monsieur Incognito [live ’63] ” (5.6)
TJR saysRecorded in Paris, at the 163 year old Bobino Music Hall on 21st February 1963, with a small orchestra under the directi...more →

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INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-465
the USA
4.75 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Busted” (6.6) • “Over The Rainbow” (6.6) • “That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Aound Heaven)” (5.4)
TJR saysReleased in August, 1963. The artist formerly known as a soulful blues dude continues along his croon-some way with 10 s...more →

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NINA SIMONE AT CARNEGIE HALL
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-455
the USA
4.63 “Poor” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Theme from "Sayonara", instrumental [live ny ’63]” (6.6) • “Black Swan” (5.1) • “Theme from "Samson and Delilah" [live ny ’63]” (5.0)
TJR saysI class this as a new album since only 1 track – the medley “The Other Woman / Cotton Eyed Joe” – had appeared befor...more →

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THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2117
the USA
4.62 “Poor” Pop Ballad; Folk

Jukebox picks: “Ballad Of The Harp Weaver [1963]” (7.0) • “The Christmas Spirit” (5.4) • “Here Was A Man” (5.3)
TJR saysThere’s absolutely no doubting Johnny Cash’s spiritual sincerity. Not for him, a tinsel-laden, jingle-jangle cliché. He ...more →

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SUMMER HOLIDAY
Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Columbia 33SX-1472
England
3.99 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Pop; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Bachelor Boy” (5.8) • “Seven Days To A Holiday” (5.5) • “Jugoslav Wedding” (5.5)
TJR saysWey-hey! Britain’s chief Elvis wannabe follows the man all the way into the cheese-fest world of the teen idol movie sou...more →

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BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK
The Incredible Jimmy Smith
Blue Note BLP-4117
the USA
3.88 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Back At The Chicken Shack” (6.5) • “When I Grow Too Old To Dream” (3.5) • “Minor Chant” (3.3)
TJR saysRecorded April 25, 1960 and issued in February, 1963. Features Jimmy Smith (organ), Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone)...more →

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TWELVE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2758
the USA
3.34 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Blue Christmas” (5.1) • “Señor Santa Claus” (4.8) • “An Old Christmas Card” (4.3)
TJR saysA warm and genuine Christmas album… if you like that kind of thing....more →

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GENTLEMAN JIM
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2605
the USA
3.25 “Terrible” Country

Jukebox picks: “I Love You Because” (5.0) • “Waltzing On Top Of The World ’63” (4.5) • “I Never Pass There Anymore” (3.8)
TJR says1963 was a busy year for “gentleman Jim”, this being the first of 4 new LPs that he'd release this year. The best track ...more →

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THE INTERNATIONAL JIM REEVES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2704
the USA
3.05 “Terrible” Country; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Guilty” (5.5) • “Blue Canadian Rockies” (4.1) • “I’m Crying Again” (4.0)
TJR saysThe second of four new music LPs released by Reeves in 1963. He re-recorded portions of four songs that he had earlier c...more →

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WITH A SONG IN MY HEART
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-250
the USA
2.74 “Dire” Jazz; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “With A Song In My Heart” (3.9) • “Smile” (3.4) • “Make Someone Happy” (3.0)
TJR says“Little Stevie Wonder” is now plain “Stevie Wonder”; now that he's all grown up he delves head-first into the great Amer...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1963



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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