Album Chart of 1964

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DYLAN & THOMAS RESIST THE ENGLISH INVASION

At long last there was a credible alternative force in the album’s world, as the young English beat groups, teenage fans themselves several years earlier, paid homage to the American Rock n Roll scene.

From a previously negligible presence, all of a sudden England had one third representation in my album chart of the year. Groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five were having their new albums released first in the States; such was the hunger and the demand of American audiences to get hip to this new kind of jive.

Despite all of this, it’s Bob Dylan and Irma Thomas who reign supreme as King and Queen of this new world order, and American acts still account for 5 of my Top 6.

There are notable debuts from Simon and Garfunkel, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Kinks, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding and The Dubliners.

There was a final posthumously released LP from Patsy Cline whose 30 year old life had tragically been lost in an airplane crash in March 1963, and there was also one final album from Sam Cooke, cut down in his prime in December 1964 at the age of just 33.

Fats Domino, an ever-present in the Top 10 of my album charts from 1956 to 1963, would never again be seen in my Top 20.

The competition was getting hotter by the year…

The Jukebox Rebel
21-Dec-2015

revised 27-Nov-2018

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ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN
Bob Dylan
Columbia CL-2193
the USA
9.24 “A masterpiece” Folk

Jukebox picks: “I Shall Be Free No. 10” (10) • “Chimes Of Freedom” (10) • “To Ramona” (10)
TJR saysIn the good old fashioned tradition of the rough and ready folk singer, the second Dylan LP of 1964 was recorded in a si...more →

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WISH SOMEONE WOULD CARE
Irma Thomas
Imperial LP-9266
the USA
8.42 “Excellent” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Without Love (There Is Nothing)” (9.5) • “Straight From The Heart” (9.2) • “I’ve Been There” (9.2)
TJR saysAfter a string of great singles in the last few years, Irma’s talent was recognised in 1964 when she gained a promotion ...more →

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BEATLES FOR SALE
The Beatles
Parlophone PMC-1240
England
7.84 “Brilliant” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Folk Rock / Americana; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Mr. Moonlight” (10) • “No Reply” (10) • “Baby’s In Black” (9.5)
TJR says“This happened once before when I came to your door, no reply. They said it wasn't you, but I saw you peep through your ...more →

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ST. LOUIS TO LIVERPOOL
Chuck Berry
Chess LPS-1488
the USA
7.64 “Brilliant” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Promised Land” (9.2) • “You Never Can Tell” (9.1) • “No Particular Place To Go” (8.8)
TJR saysHaving been released from prison in October ’63, Chuck got straight back to work as he sought to retain his place as one...more →

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WEDNESDAY MORNING, 3 A.M.
Simon and Garfunkel
Columbia CL-2249
the USA
7.62 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Sounds Of Silence” (10) • “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream” (8.9) • “He Was My Brother” (8.6)
TJR saysTom Wilson, producer at Columbia, had a busy old time of it in 1964, producing two Bob Dylan albums as well as the debut...more →

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BITTER TEARSː BALLADS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2248
the USA
7.59 “Brilliant” Country

Jukebox picks: “Apache Tears” (8.6) • “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” (8.4) • “The Talking Leaves” (8.1)
TJR saysThe egalitarian Johnny Cash exerts his democratic right to protest, as he stands here with his good friend Peter La Farg...more →

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IT’S MY WAY
Buffy Saint-Marie
Vanguard ‎VSD-79142
Canada
7.58 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Babe In Arms” (8.8) • “The Old Man's Lament” (8.4) • “Ananias” (8.3)
TJR saysBuffy Saint-Marie was still in her early 20s when her debut LP was released in February, 1964. From the off, she's world...more →

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KINKS
The Kinks
Pye Records NPL-18096
England
7.44 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Pop

Jukebox picks: “You Really Got Me” (9.8) • “So Mystifying” (9.4) • “I Took My Baby Home” (7.8)
TJR says“Kinks” is the sound of young London getting in on the R n B beat action. At the time of its release they were: Ray Davi...more →

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PRESENTING THE FABULOUS RONETTES
The Ronettes
Philles Records PHLP-4006
the USA
7.42 “Really good” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Be My Baby” (10) • “(The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up” (9.9) • “Baby, I Love You” (9.7)
TJR saysA hugely enjoyable album – irresistible even – and packed full of timeless classics that will still sound huge in 2064. ...more →

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THE ROLLING STONES
The Rolling Stones
Decca LK-4605
England
7.34 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “I’m A King Bee” (9.1) • “Honest I Do” (8.6) • “You Can Make It If You Try” (8.6)
TJR saysIn keeping with the frantic, fast-paced nature of the era, the London five-piece laid down their opening album set over ...more →

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THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
Bob Dylan
Columbia CL-2105
the USA
7.30 “Really good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll” (9.0) • “With God On Our Side” (8.9) • “Only A Pawn In Their Game” (8.1)
TJR saysThe first of two Dylan albums in 1964 and, in many ways, it’s quite a brave release. There are no frills on-board whatso...more →

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12 X 5
The Rolling Stones
London Records LL-3402
England
7.07 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Time Is On My Side” (8.9) • “It’s All Over Now” (7.9) • “If You Need Me” (7.8)
TJR says12 new recordings by 5 group members, see? Where would we be without those clever American marketeers? It was quite ...more →

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AIN’T THAT GOOD NEWS
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2899
the USA
7.06 “Really good” Soul; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Another Saturday Night” (9.9) • “A Change Is Gonna Come” (9.5) • “Good Times” (9.2)
TJR saysThere’s an underlying world weary tone to Sam Cooke’s final LP, released for RCA in March 1964. It was the first LP that...more →

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PAIN IN MY HEART
Otis Redding
ATCO Records 33-161
the USA
7.03 “Really good” Soul

Jukebox picks: “These Arms Of Mine” (10) • “Pain In My Heart” (8.7) • “That’s What My Heart Needs” (7.4)
TJR saysSoul of the deeply southern variety; shouts from the heart with a great set of musicians who feel it with the singer. Ke...more →

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VENTURES IN SPACE
The Ventures
Dolton BST-8027
the USA
6.97 “Good” Film Score / Incidental; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “The Bat” (9.4) • “Penetration” (8.0) • “Fear (Main Title From One Step Beyond)” (7.7)
TJR saysIncredibly, this is the 14th album already from the stylish and hard-working Tacoma, Washington quintet. As ever, it’s a...more →

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ALL SUMMER LONG
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-2110
the USA
6.93 “Good” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Little Honda” (10) • “Don’t Back Down” (8.8) • “I Get Around” (8.0)
TJR saysThe quintessential early Beach Boys album, all surf, girls and cars, topped off with their own unique and complex brand ...more →

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THE ANIMALS
The Animals
MGM Records E-4264
England
6.79 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “The House Of The Rising Sun [edited single version]” (9.0) • “I’m Mad Again” (8.8) • “The Right Time” (7.3)
TJR saysThe American version of The Animals debut was first to market and led-off with “The House Of The Rising Sun”, albeit...more →

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STAR TIME
Dark City Sisters
His Master's Voice ‎JCLP-46
South Africa
6.71 “Good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Inice Time Change Jive” (8.7) • “Uma Bhalane” (8.5) • “Langa More” (8.2)
TJR saysDebut album from the popular Johannesburg ensemble who formed in 1958 at the behest of talent scout and producer Rupert ...more →

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GLAD ALL OVER
The Dave Clark Five
Epic LN-24093
England
6.69 “Good” Pop; Proto-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Glad All Over” (10) • “Bits And Pieces” (9.9) • “I Know You” (8.0)
TJR saysIn Britain, in November 1963, The Dave Clark Five released “Glad All Over”, their 6th single, and finally they had t...more →

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TRADITIONAL SONGS AND BALLADS
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
Folkways Records FW-8760
England
6.66 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “As I Came In By Fisherrow” (8.3) • “The Spinning Wheel” (8.0) • “Fare Ye Weel My Auld Wife” (7.0)
TJR saysThis bonnie couple were always good together and “Traditional Songs And Ballads” was another fine set concentrating, not...more →

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SHAKIN’ UP A STORM
Gene Vincent and The Shouts
Columbia 33SX 1646
the USA
6.54 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Baby Blue” (8.4) • “Shimmy Shammy Shingle” (8.2) • “Slippin’ And Slidin’” (7.6)
TJR saysWhilst America was dealing with the English invasion, the bold Gene was reversing the trend with a one-man American inva...more →

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THE DUBLINERS
The Dubliners with Luke Kelly
Transatlantic Records TRA-116
Ireland
6.46 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Tramps And Hawkers [live ’63]” (8.3) • “Love Is Pleasing [live ’63]” (7.0) • “The Wild Rover [live ’63]” (6.9)
TJR saysAway back at the start of the century, scholar Cecil Sharp had warned that the old folk forms were in grave danger of dy...more →

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A HARD DAY’S NIGHT: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK
The Beatles
United Artists UAL-3366
England
6.44 “Decent enough” Pop

Jukebox picks: “I Should Have Known Better” (9.7) • “A Hard Day’s Night” (8.3) • “Can’t Buy Me Love” (8.3)
TJR saysThe third Beatles “A-list” LP arrive in the summer of ’64 and, in America at least, served as a full-on soundtrack to th...more →

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FIVE LIVE YARDBIRDS
The Yardbirds
Columbia 33SX 1677
England
6.31 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Respectable [live ’64]” (7.7) • “Smokestack Lightning [live ’64]” (7.3) • “I’m A Man [live ’64]” (6.7)
TJR saysA highly spirited debut from the south-west London blues rockers, where sheer energy trumps finesse. I should point out ...more →

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A PORTRAIT OF PATSY CLINE
Patsy Cline
Decca DL-4508
the USA
6.28 “Decent enough” Country

Jukebox picks: “When I Get Thru With You” (8.6) • “Your Kinda Love” (8.4) • “When You Need A Laugh” (7.1)
TJR saysPatsy Cline’s 4th and final LP of new music was recorded at various times between February 1962 and February 1963 in Nas...more →

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TWO SIDES OF WANDA
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-2030
the USA
6.27 “Decent enough” Country; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Making Believe [album version ’64]” (7.6) • “The Keeper Of The Key” (6.9) • “Cold, Cold Heart” (6.7)
TJR saysHaving been heavily identified with the rockabilly scene in the preceding years, “Two Sides of Wanda” would prove to be ...more →

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BLUE JEANS A’ SWINGING
Swinging Blue Jeans
His Master's Voice CLP-1802
England
6.22 “Decent enough” Pop; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Save The Last Dance For Me” (8.8) • “That’s The Way It Goes” (7.7) • “Around And Around” (7.6)
TJR saysAn entertaining set from the Liverpudlian quartet, now firmly entrenched in the new beat-group genre, with clear Rock n ...more →

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OUT OF SIGHT
James Brown
Smash SRS-67058
the USA
6.18 “Decent enough” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Maybe The Last Time” (8.3) • “I Got You” (7.7) • “Come Rain Or Come Shine” (7.4)
TJR saysIn 1964, figuring his deal with King was at an end, Brown and fellow Famous Flame Bobby Byrd formed the production compa...more →

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JUST DAVE VAN RONK
Dave Van Ronk
Mercury SR-60908
the USA
6.14 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Pastures Of Plenty” (7.3) • “Wanderin’” (7.0) • “Bad Dream Blues” (6.5)
TJR saysA most efficient conduit of the folk music story, Dave van Ronk was an interesting and entertaining interpreter and crea...more →

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A GIRL CALLED DUSTY
Dusty Springfield
Philips BL-7594
England
6.06 “Decent enough” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa” (8.5) • “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” (7.2) • “Mockingbird” (7.0)
TJR saysWith this LP, Dusty broke free of the shackles that came with being a singer with the Springfields; her solo debut was b...more →

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SHUT DOWN VOLUME 2
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-2027
the USA
5.92 “Average” Pop; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Don’t Worry Baby” (9.2) • “Fun, Fun, Fun” (8.5) • “Louie, Louie” (6.5)
TJR saysSo named as a follow-up to Capitol’s 1963 Hot Rod compilation, “Shut Down”, which included “409” and “Shut Down” but was...more →

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FOLKSY NINA
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-465
the USA
5.84 “Average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Young Knight [live ny ’63]” (8.8) • “Erets Zavat Chalav [live ny ’63]” (6.6) • “When I Was A Young Girl [live ny ’63]” (6.3)
TJR saysNina’s final LP for Colpix Records was, for me, her best yet. For the fifth time, her latest offering was recorded all-l...more →

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BROADWAY-BLUES-BALLADS
Nina Simone
Philips PHM 200-148
the USA
5.80 “Average” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Don’t Take All Night” (8.3) • “Our Love (Will See Us Through)” (7.2) • “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (6.9)
TJR saysShe could deliver something approaching album-of-the-year if only she'd focus on the blues and drop the broadway ballads...more →

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AMERICAN TOUR
The Dave Clark Five
Epic LN-24117
England
5.35 “Below average” Pop; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Ol’ Sol” (6.7) • “Come On Over” (6.4) • “I Want You Still” (6.1)
TJR says“American Tour” (Epic LN 24117) was released in the USA in July 1964. They’re catching up with themselves now, with 12 b...more →

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STAY WITH THE HOLLIES
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-1220
England
5.25 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Whatcha Gonna Do ’Bout It” (7.3) • “You Better Move On” (6.9) • “Memphis” (5.8)
TJR saysOften perfunctory, this beat group do sparkle occasionally, and their debut offers tasteful covers of “You Better ...more →

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HAVE A SMILE WITH ME
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-495
the USA
5.22 “Below average” Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “The Man With The Weird Beard” (7.7) • “The Thing” (6.0) • “Smack Dab In The Middle” (5.9)
TJR saysABC/Paramount 495. Released June, 1964. Having suffered through 5 of Ray’s 9 albums of new music in the 1960s so far, I ...more →

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SESSION WITH THE DAVE CLARK FIVE
The Dave Clark Five
Columbia 33SX 1598
England
5.21 “Below average” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Rumble” (7.0) • “Funny” (6.5) • “She’s All Mine” (6.4)
TJR saysThe first album for the British market, released in April 1964. I can see the strategic point to it - all material was f...more →

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IN THE HOLLIES STYLE
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-1235
England
5.09 “Below average” Pop; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Come On Home” (6.6) • “Please Don’t Feel Too Bad” (5.5) • “Set Me Free” (5.3)
TJR saysReleased in November, “In The Hollies Style” was the second album for The Hollies in 1964. The R n B covers are a little...more →

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THE BEACH BOYS’ CHRISTMAS ALBUM
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-2164
the USA
4.93 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Little Saint Nick” (7.7) • “Merry Christmas, Baby” (6.4) • “Blue Christmas” (5.7)
TJR saysContaining five original songs and seven standards, this is an album which has proved to be a perennial favourite in the...more →

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HIDE AND SEEKERS
The Seekers
W & G WG-B-2362
Australia
4.75 “Poor” Folk; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “The Eriskay Love Lilt” (8.7) • “We’re Moving On” (5.5) • “Ox Driving Song” (5.5)
TJR saysThe Seekers are usually too middle-of-the-road for my tastes but I don't deny for a minute they have decent folkie crede...more →

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GRITS AND SOUL
James Brown
Smash SRS-67057
the USA
4.40 “Lame” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Grits ” (5.7) • “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf” (5.2) • “Infatuation” (4.7)
TJR saysSix originals and a cover of Jimmy Smith’s “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf” make up this low-key mid 1964 release, hi...more →

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SWEET AND SOUR TEARS
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-480
the USA
3.76 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “A Tear Fell” (5.8) • “Don’t Cry Baby” (4.5) • “Cry” (4.4)
TJR saysABC/Paramount 480. Released January, 1964. The latest in a long line of Ray’s concept albums, this time featuring 12 cov...more →

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ROUSTABOUT
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2999
the USA
3.31 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Hard Knocks” (5.5) • “Wheels On My Heels” (5.2) • “Roustabout” (3.7)
TJR saysRoustabout is a 1964 American musical feature film starring Elvis Presley as a singer who takes a job working with a str...more →

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GETZ / GILBERTO
Stan Getz and João Gilberto featuring Antônio Carlos Jobim
Verve Records V6-8545
the USA
2.49 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “The Girl From Ipanema” (7.4) • “Doralice” (2.7) • “Desafinado” (2.2)
TJR saysA somewhat dire jazzy bossa nova snoozefest, the rather lovely “The Girl From Ipanema” notwithstanding. The collabor...more →

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MOONLIGHT AND ROSES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2854
the USA
2.30 “Dire” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Oh! What It Seemed To Be” (3.7) • “Rosa Rio” (3.0) • “Mexicali Rose” (2.9)
TJR saysNot one glimmer of a decent track on this one; Jim's in full-on Perry Como mode, and it's a rather grim experience for a...more →

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KIMBERLEY JIM
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2780
the USA
1.98 “An embarrassment” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Roving Gambler” (3.2) • “Kimberley Jim” (2.9) • “Born To Be Lucky” (2.7)
TJR saysReeves goes Elvis… sort of. This was the soundtrack to the first and only movie that he made, interesting if a bit cor...more →




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