Album Chart of 1973

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Album Chart of 1973

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THE RISE AND RISE OF JA MUSIC

Pictured at the BBC in May ’73 are (L to R): Earl Lindo, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Carlton Barrett (hidden), Bunny Wailer and Aston Barrett. The Jamaican recording industry had come a long way since it all started barely 20 years before, however, many of the key artists were still battling to break down that final barrier; namely to win recognition and gain credibility for Reggae as a serious art form in the World’s consciousness. Neither Mento, Ska, Rocksteady nor, thus far, Reggae had managed to break through amongst the taste-making critics, and thus the album markets, of the western world. Some insular Jamaicans would rather it stayed that way too – but not your Jimmy Cliffs, your Toots Hibberts, your Ken Boothes or your Bob Marleys. They were out to push Jamaican music on to the next level, and were looking to win over those chin-stroking journalists that were oh so influential in the UK and the USA. The Wailers were at the forefront of the offensive from the island, and both of their 1973 long-players were available on an international basis, in a professionally co-ordinated fashion. They toured incessantly at this time and in ’73, they played in New York alongside Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and opened for Sly and the Family Stone in Las Vegas. Nyabinghi drums and chants echoed around college campuses on both sides of the Atlantic. With the Wailers on their very doorstep, the critics sat up and took notice – the rock world could no longer ignore this irresistible force.

Elsewhere, the hardest working man in showbiz is living up to his moniker – there were 3 new-music albums from James Brown, as well as one from The J.B.’s. The new rap spiel pioneered by the Last Poets in the last few years is furthered by a solo release from Lightnin’ Rod – his “Hustler’s Convention” LP is unmissable.

After seven years absence on the album’s front, Irma Thomas re-surfaces with a third brilliant entry for her catalogue but, alas, it struggles to be heard via the platform of a tiny indie label.

Both The Dubliners and Steeleye Span touch on centuries-old Celtic grievances and emerge, once again, as leaders in the folk world, whilst Can, Faust and Neu! continue to push an all-new German sound, big on groove, repetition and experimentation. The latter sabotage what would have been a sure-fire Top 5 album on this chart by including a lot of nonsense filler, namely by repeating 33 RPM album cuts at 16 / 78 RPM speeds.

The incomparable Kevin Coyne secures a Top 10 slot with me for the second-year-in-row – his “Marjory Razorblade” astonishes and delights in equal measure.

Bryan Ferry gives James Brown a run for his money in the hard-working stakes – not only are their two fine Roxy Music albums, he also takes time-out in-between to deliver his solo-debut set.

Likewise, David Bowie serves a double helping, albeit one is an all-covers affair. Bowie mania sweeps the UK and 4 of his albums feature in Britain’s year-end Top 20 best-sellers list.

In February, John Cale pipes up with the stately “Paris 1919” and in July, his former VU colleague, Lou Reed, delivers his ‘personal Macbeth’ via “Berlin”. A capital co-incidence, surely?

The Jukebox Rebel
13-May-2016

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BURNIN’
The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9256
Jamaica
7.96 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Get Up, Stand Up” (10) • “Small Axe [1973 version]” (8.8) • “One Foundation” (8.4)
TJR says“Burnin’” arrived in October ’73, just six months on from “Catch A Fire” – by this stage these guys seemed like they wer...more →

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HUSTLERS CONVENTION
Lightnin’ Rod
United Artists Records UA-LA156-F
the USA
7.66 “Brilliant” Hip Hop / Rap; Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “The Shit Hits The Fan Again” (8.7) • “Hamhock’s Hall Was Big (And There Was A Whole Lot To Dig!)” (8.6) • “Brother Hominy Grit” (8.4)
TJR saysSuperfly 30 years before gangster rap got naff, this terrific LP was conceived and executed by Jalal Mansur Nuriddin who...more →

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THE PAYBACK
James Brown
Polydor PD-3007
the USA
7.64 “Brilliant” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “The Payback” (9.5) • “Stone To The Bone” (8.7) • “Mind Power” (8.3)
TJR saysThis was the third brand new 1973 album from the highly prolific James Brown stable – and the finest LP that he ever mad...more →

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SIYA EMSHADWENI
Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje
CBS ‎LAB-4042
South Africa
7.63 “Brilliant” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Siya Emshadweni” (9.7) • “Ziyathuthuka Izintombi” (8.4) • “Udumbe Dumbe” (8.1)
TJR saysJust as they did in 1968, Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje (The Now Now Girls) effortlessly breeze into my Top 10 albums of th...more →

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PLAIN AND SIMPLE
The Dubliners
RAM Records RMLP-5002
Ireland
7.61 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Rebellion - Wrap The Green Flag 'Round Me Boys / The West's Awake / A Nation Once Again” (9.7) • “Skibbereen” (9.1) • “Fiddler's Green” (8.8)
TJR saysWhat were the odds that five of the greatest Dubliners ever to live would all find themselves in the same folk group? Th...more →

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IN BETWEEN TEARS
Irma Thomas
Fungus FB-25150
the USA
7.54 “Brilliant” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Medley : Coming From Behind (Monologue), Wish Someone Would Care” (9.0) • “Turn My World Around” (8.4) • “She’ll Never Be Your Wife” (8.1)
TJR saysThe coming together of Irma Thomas with Swamp Dogg was a mouth-watering proposition on paper – and the results were an a...more →

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MARJORY RAZORBLADE
Kevin Coyne
Virgin VD-2501
England
7.44 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Songwriter; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Good Boy” (9.6) • “Eastbourne Ladies” (9.4) • “Marlene” (8.7)
TJR saysThe demise of John Peel’s Dandelion Records label wasn’t all bad news for Kevin Coyne. His 1972 debut LP had come to the...more →

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STRANDED
Roxy Music
Island Records ILPS-9252
England
7.42 “Really good” Cerebral Pop; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Psalm” (9.4) • “Street Life” (9.3) • “A Song For Europe” (7.6)
TJR says“Stranded” arrived in November ’73 – just 8 months after “For Your Pleasure”. Since then, Roxy had lost the synth wizard...more →

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FOLKWAYS RECORD OF CONTEMPORARY SONGS
Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl
Folkways Records FW-8736
England
7.39 “Really good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Darling Annie” (9.3) • “The Campaneros” (8.5) • “Bufallo Holler” (8.3)
TJR saysPhilisophical album opener “The Ballad Of Accounting” reminds us there's more to life than working; don't forgot to ...more →

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FUTURE DAYS
Can
United Artists Records UAS 29 505 I
Germany
7.38 “Really good” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Future Days” (7.9) • “Bel Air” (7.7) • “Moonshake” (7.0)
TJR saysMellow vibes abound on the 5th LP from the egalitarian quintet; a series of electric symphonies big on atmospheric beaut...more →

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FOR YOUR PLEASURE
Roxy Music
Island Records ILPS-9232
England
7.35 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Do The Strand” (10) • “In Every Dream Home A Heartache” (8.3) • “For Your Pleasure” (7.8)
TJR saysThe second Roxy long player was every bit the equal of last years’ cracking debut, as they continue to push in new direc...more →

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CATCH A FIRE
The Wailers
Island Records ILPS 9241
Jamaica
7.31 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Stir It Up” (9.2) • “Stop That Train” (8.0) • “400 Years [1973 version]” (7.9)
TJR saysFollowing their two LPs with Lee Perry, The Wailers delivered the first of their album’s conceived for the worldwide mar...more →

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BERLIN
Lou Reed
RCA Victor APL1-0207
the USA
7.05 “Really good” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Sad Song” (8.8) • “Caroline Says (II)” (8.3) • “Men Of Good Fortune” (7.9)
TJR saysAfter his commercial breakthrough with “Transformer”, the purse strings were loosened at RCA and Lou got to work on an a...more →

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PARCEL OF ROGUES
Steeleye Span
Chrysalis CHR-1046
England
6.98 “Good” Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Cam Ye O'er Frae France” (9.4) • “Rogues In A Nation” (9.2) • “One Misty Moisty Morning” (7.2)
TJR saysIn 1972, Steeleye Span had provided the soundtrack for a stage adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Kidnapped” at the L...more →

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FAUST IV
Faust
Virgin V-2004
Germany
6.89 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “It's A Bit Of A Pain” (8.1) • “Giggy Smile” (7.5) • “Just A Second / Picnic On A Frozen River, Deuxieme Tableau” (7.0)
TJR saysThe 5th album from these modern industrial urbanites was delivered in September 1973, and easily nestled into the affect...more →

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PARIS 1919
John Cale
Reprise Records MS-2131
Wales
6.87 “Good” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Half Past France” (9.3) • “The Endless Plain Of Fortune” (8.8) • “Paris 1919” (7.2)
TJR saysAt the Paris Peace Conference, 1919, the humiliated German aggressors were put in their place by the UK, the US, France,...more →

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RAW POWER
Iggy and The Stooges
Columbia KC-32111
the USA
6.68 “Good” Rock; Proto-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Search And Destroy” (8.3) • “Penetration” (7.2) • “Gimme Danger” (7.0)
TJR saysWith the Stooges having officially broken up, Iggy was on the march for a new solo pathway – he thought he might find it...more →

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BORN IN MISSISSIPPI, RAISED UP IN TENNESSEE
John Lee Hooker
ABC Records ABCX-768
the USA
6.67 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Going Down” (7.6) • “Younger Stud” (7.1) • “Born In Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee” (6.6)
TJR saysIf there’s such a thing as stoner-blues then I think this might be it. The action is largely slow-chugging, but rich and...more →

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TUBULAR BELLS
Mike Oldfield
Virgin V-2001
England
6.65 “Good” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Tubular Bells, Part One” (7.3) • “Tubular Bells, Part Two” (6.0)
TJR saysWho could fail to be impressed by the scope and breadth of this work – the work of a teenager? Since 13, he had been a f...more →

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ALADDIN SANE
David Bowie
RCA Victor LSP-4852
England
6.64 “Good” Rock

Jukebox picks: “The Jean Genie” (9.8) • “Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)” (8.2) • “Panic In Detroit” (7.0)
TJR saysAlthough nowhere near as essential as “Ziggy Stardust”, “Aladdin Sane” maintains the good early 70s form of the restless...more →

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THE BACK DOOR WOLF
Howlin’ Wolf
Chess CH-50045
the USA
6.48 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Speak Now Woman” (6.9) • “The Back Door Wolf” (6.9) • “Coon On The Moon” (6.8)
TJR saysRecorded in August ’73, the final album from the urban blues veteran was in the shops by November. Now at 63-year-old, t...more →

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PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID
Bob Dylan
Columbia KC-32460
the USA
6.41 “Decent enough” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Billy 1” (8.6) • “Billy 4” (7.8) • “Main Title Theme (Billy)” (7.6)
TJR saysDylan’s first album in three years was his first film soundtrack LP. He also had an acting part in the movie. There’s a ...more →

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BETTY DAVIS
Betty Davis
Just Sunshine Records JSS-5
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” (8.0) • “In The Meantime” (6.7) • “Walkin’ Up The Road” (6.6)
TJR saysBored with her modelling career, the 28-year-old Betty Davis decided it was time to focus in on her literate musical her...more →

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NEW YORK DOLLS
New York Dolls
Mercury SRM-1-675
the USA
6.32 “Decent enough” Proto-Punk; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Trash” (8.2) • “Personality Crisis” (7.6) • “Pills” (6.5)
TJR saysAt the time of release in July 1973 they were: David Johansen (23, gong, harmonica, vocals); Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane (24, b...more →

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GP
Gram Parsons
Reprise Records MS-2123
the USA
6.16 “Decent enough” Country

Jukebox picks: “That’s All It Took” (9.0) • “Streets Of Baltimore” (6.5) • “We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning” (6.4)
TJR saysThe debut solo LP from the 26-year-old finally arrived in January ’73 after a lot of stop-start stalling since 1970. The...more →

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THESE FOOLISH THINGS
Bryan Ferry
Island Records ILPS-9249
England
6.13 “Decent enough” Pop

Jukebox picks: “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (10) • “These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)” (7.9) • “Don’t Worry Baby” (7.2)
TJR saysIn 1973, Bryan Ferry was giving James Brown a run for his money for the title of “the hardest working man in show-busi...more →

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SOLID AIR
John Martyn
Island Records ILPS-9226
England
6.13 “Decent enough” Jazz; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Over The Hill” (7.7) • “Go Down Easy” (7.4) • “Solid Air” (6.4)
TJR saysArriving in February ’73 was “Solid Air”, already the sixth new-music album from the classy 24-year-old songwriter. By a...more →

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MEMPHIS UNLIMITED
O.V. Wright
Back Beat BLP-72
the USA
6.03 “Decent enough” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Ghetto Child” (6.9) • “Lost In The Shuffle” (6.8) • “He’s My Son (Just The Same)” (6.7)
TJR saysAnother thoroughly decent set from the 33-year-old soul singer, just that little bit rougher and tougher – therefore bet...more →

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DOING IT TO DEATH
The J.B.’s
People Records PE-5603
the USA
5.99 “Average” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Doing It To Death Parts 1 & 2” (9.4) • “You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll Be Straight [album full length version]” (7.2) • “More Peas” (7.1)
TJR saysFor the second J.B.’s album the twelve funkateers extraordinaire were: James Brown (lead vocal); Darryl ‘Hasaan’ Jamison...more →

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PIN UPS
David Bowie
RCA Victor RS-1003
England
5.96 “Average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Shapes Of Things” (7.2) • “See Emily Play” (6.8) • “Rosalyn” (6.7)
TJR saysArriving in October ’73, just six months after “Aladdin Sane”, was “Pin Ups”, David Bowie’s cover-versions album. Ever s...more →

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GAG A MAGGOT
Swamp Dogg
Stone Dogg SD-3001
the USA
5.94 “Average” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Please Let Me Kiss You Goodbye” (7.8) • “Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill” (7.1) • “Plastered To The Wall (Higher Than The Ceiling)” (6.9)
TJR says“Gag A Maggot” is the fourth album in four years from the prolific soul maverick, now on his own label, Stone Dogg Recor...more →

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BLACK CAESAR
James Brown
Polydor PD-6014
the USA
5.89 “Average” Disco / Funk; Film Score / Incidental

Jukebox picks: “Mama Feelgood” (7.5) • “Down And Out In New York City” (7.4) • “The Boss” (6.7)
TJR saysHaving witnessed some of the success achieved by the likes of Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Womack, Team JB div...more →

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SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
Black Sabbath
WWA Records WWA-005
England
5.75 “Average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” (7.0) • “A National Acrobat” (6.2) • “Fluff” (6.0)
TJR saysThe album kicks off with “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and I’m immediately pleased about the return of the great, heavy riffs...more →

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OOH LA LA
Faces
Warner Bros. Records K-56011
England
5.68 “Average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Cindy Incidentally” (8.3) • “My Fault” (7.0) • “Ooh La La” (6.1)
TJR saysThe final Faces album was released in the springtime of 1973 to a backdrop of group tensions – it’s reported that Rod St...more →

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ARROW STRIKES AGAIN
Arrow
Arrow Records LPS-007
Montserrat
5.65 “Average” Caribbean

Jukebox picks: “Please Mr. Police” (6.3) • “Enjoy Yourself” (6.0) • “The Caribbean And The World” (5.9)
TJR saysEnjoyable enough second album from the 23-year-old Calypsonian, Alphonsus Cassell, who come to be known as the first sup...more →

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SLAUGHTER’S BIG RIP-OFF
James Brown
Polydor PD-6015
the USA
5.62 “Average” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Slaughter Theme” (6.9) • “Brother Rap” (6.6) • “Sexy, Sexy, Sexy” (6.5)
TJR saysJames Brown’s second Blaxploitation film soundtrack - and both in 1973. His was a busy crew. Bandleader Fred Wesley crea...more →

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WE HAVE MET TOGETHER
Mick Moloney
Transatlantic Records TRA-263
Ireland
5.62 “Average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Belfast Town (Medley)” (9.2) • “Vi Skei Ikkje Sova Burt Sumar Natta” (6.8) • “Farewell To The Rhondda” (6.6)
TJR saysFormer Johnstones player with his solo debut....more →

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TANX
T. Rex
T. REX BLN-5002
England
5.56 “Average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Left Hand Luke And The Beggar Boys” (6.9) • “Electric Slim And The Factory Hen” (6.2) • “Mad Donna” (6.0)
TJR saysMuch of the idiosyncratic T. Rex magic is diluted on “Tanx” as Bolan embraces a bit of American rock, soul and funk in s...more →

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ATEM
Tangerine Dream
Ohr OMM-556-031
Germany
5.53 “Average” Ambient

Jukebox picks: “Wahn” (6.2) • “Atem” (6.1) • “Circulation Of Events” (5.0)
TJR saysFourth album from the West Berlin electronic trio who lined-up: Edgar Froese (mellotron, organ, guitar, voice), Peter Ba...more →

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MOTT
Mott The Hoople
CBS S-69038
England
5.48 “Below average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “I Wish I Was Your Mother” (7.7) • “All The Way From Memphis” (6.0) • “Drivin’ Sister” (5.9)
TJR saysSixth album from the Hertfordhsire glam-rockers, one of the best of the dubious genre, even if they do ham it up a bit t...more →

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BIO
Chuck Berry
Chess CH-50043
the USA
5.46 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Bio” (7.0) • “Talkin’ About My Buddy” (6.4) • “Aimlessly Driftin’” (5.6)
TJR saysBacked by Stan Bronstein and Rick Frank’s band “Elephant’s Memory” (who had famously served as Lennon/Ono’s “Plastic” ba...more →

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UNLIMITED
Jimmy Cliff
Reprise Records MS-2147
Jamaica
5.45 “Below average” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Poor Slave” (7.0) • “Fundamental Reggae” (7.0) • “Under The Sun, Moon And Stars” (6.9)
TJR saysFully self-written fifth album from the Jamaican, recorded at Dynamic Sounds in Kingston. Blows hot and cold, despite fe...more →

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NO RUINOUS FEUD
The Incredible String Band
Island Records ILPS-9229
Scotland
5.39 “Below average” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “My Blue Tears” (7.1) • “Second Fiddle” (6.7) • “Explorer” (6.2)
TJR saysStaring back at you from the cover of their eleventh LP (clockwise from top left) were: Gerard Dott, Mike Heron, Malcolm...more →

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ATTEMPTED MUSTACHE
Loudon Wainwright III
Columbia KC-32710
the USA
5.32 “Below average” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry” (7.7) • “I Am The Way (New York Town) [live]” (6.4) • “Dilated To Meet You” (6.0)
TJR saysLoudon's fourth was recorded with Nashville session men and largely fails to catch-a-fire with me, although his semi-rem...more →

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HOLLAND
The Beach Boys
Reprise Records MS-2118
the USA
5.31 “Below average” Cerebral Pop; Folk Rock / Americana; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “California Saga: California” (7.4) • “California Saga: The Beaks Of Eagles” (6.9) • “Steamboat” (6.6)
TJR saysRated as one of their best by many fans, their latest Randy-Newman-inspired sound is a bit of a hit-or-a-miss for me, bu...more →

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COUNTRY KEEPSAKES
Wanda Jackson
Capitol ST-11161
the USA
5.25 “Below average” Country

Jukebox picks: “Tennesee Women’s Prison” (7.3) • “I Don’t Believe I’ll Fall In Love Today” (7.2) • “I Don’t Know How To Tell Him” (7.1)
TJR saysOnly in March, and already Wanda has her second LP of '73 in the shops. The prolific and hard-working artist has had a n...more →

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NEU! 2
Neu!
Brain brain-1028
Germany
5.23 “Below average” Avant-Garde; Trance Rock

Jukebox picks: “Lila Engel” (9.5) • “Neuschnee” (9.2) • “Für Immer” (9.0)
TJR saysThe seemingly language-less “Lila Engel” (“Lilac Angel”) was typical of Neu!, Klaus Dinger style – ugly, aggressive ...more →

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INNERVISIONS
Stevie Wonder
Tamla ‎T-326L
the USA
5.23 “Below average” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Higher Ground” (6.7) • “Living For The City” (6.4) • “He’s Misstra Know It All” (6.2)
TJR saysA Stevie Wonder that gets my full-on thumbs up seems pretty much an impossibility, but “Innervisions” comes closest of a...more →

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QUADROPHENIA
The Who
Track Record 2657 013
England
5.20 “Below average” Rock; Prog

Jukebox picks: “Doctor Jimmy” (6.7) • “I’ve Had Enough” (6.2) • “The Dirty Jobs” (5.9)
TJR saysGreat film, shame about the soundtrack. Since when did the Mods dig bombastic Prog and Rock? Someone will need to explai...more →

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DESTRUCTION
Nkengas
Orbitone OTO-05LP
Nigeria
5.19 “Below average” Disco / Funk; Africana

Jukebox picks: “Nkenga Special” (6.2) • “Anyi Bundi Igbo” (5.7) • “Ube Frank Special” (5.5)
TJR saysSo, the story goes that Osita Osadebe was on a UK tour and financial hardship led to members of his Nigeria Sound Makers...more →

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EL VIOLENTO
Fruko y sus Tesos
Discos Fuentes 200868
Colombia
5.16 “Below average” Latin

Jukebox picks: “Mosaico Matancero: Vamos Pa’l Campo; La Nochebuena; Rumba En Navidad” (6.0) • “Tronco Seco” (5.8) • “El Violento” (5.7)
TJR saysThis Colombian salsa group were led strictly by multi-instrumentalist Julio Ernesto Estrada, commonly known as Fruko. Hi...more →

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NKENGAS IN LONDON
The Nkengas
Orbitone OTO-06LP
Nigeria
5.02 “Below average” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Anaedo Special” (5.7) • “Unzulu Onye Ige’gpubi” (5.3) • “Asa Mpete Special” (5.2)
TJR saysThe on-tour Nkengas were unknown outside of their homeland when they were introduced to Clinton 'Sonny' Roberts, a Manch...more →

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NEXT
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Vertigo 6360 103
Scotland
4.97 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Next” (7.1) • “Swampsnake” (5.3) • “The Faith Healer” (5.0)
TJR saysThe sixth Alex Harvey album - the second as the Sensational Alex Harvey Band - arrived in November, 1973. Delivering the...more →

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BILLION DOLLAR BABIES
Alice Cooper
Warner Bros. Records BS-2685
the USA
4.92 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Unfinished Sweet” (6.6) • “Elected” (6.2) • “Generation Landslide” (6.1)
TJR saysAn improvement on the last couple I've heard, but any good is still outweighed by the bad to my ears. Their brand of Ame...more →

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RALF UND FLORIAN
Kraftwerk
Philips 6305-197
Germany
4.88 “Poor” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Elektrisches Roulette” (5.2) • “Tanzmusik” (5.2) • “Ananas Symphonie” (5.1)
TJR saysOnce again they record as a duo, and the suitably titled “Ralf und Florian” was issued in October '73 featuring: Ralf Hü...more →

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BONGO ROCK
The Incredible Bongo Band
Pride PRD-0028
the USA
4.85 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Let There Be Drums” (7.3) • “Apache” (5.5) • “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (5.2)
TJR saysThe story goes that Michael Viner, head of the short-lived MGM subsidiary label Pride, was commissioned to produce chase...more →

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TRES HOMBRES
ZZ Top
London Records XPS-631
the USA
4.81 “Poor” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (6.0) • “La Grange” (5.8) • “Have You Heard?” (5.4)
TJR saysThe breakthrough album from the Texan trio was delivered in July, 1973, placing them as a Top 10 album act. Considering ...more →

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DYLAN
Bob Dylan
Columbia PC-32747
the USA
4.74 “Poor” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” (7.1) • “Big Yellow Taxi” (5.9) • “Lily Of The West” (5.4)
TJR saysFollowing mutual dis-satisfaction, Bob Dylan split from Columbia Records, his lifelong label to this point. Before he co...more →

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HEAD HUNTERS
Herbie Hancock
Columbia KC-32731
the USA
4.70 “Poor” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Vein Melter” (5.7) • “Sly” (4.6) • “Watermelon Man” (4.4)
TJR saysRecorded September 1973. Released on October 26, 1973. Includes 1 reworking - “Watermelon Man” (Takin' Off, 1962) but I'...more →

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RING RING
Björn Benny and Agnetha Frida
Polar ‎POLS-242
Sweden
4.61 “Poor” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Ring Ring [engelsk version]” (9.4) • “Ring Ring [bara du slog en signal]” (8.5) • “He Is Your Brother” (6.8)
TJR saysStaring back at you from the cover (l to r) were engaged couple Benny Andersson (26, piano, keyboards, mellotron, vocals...more →

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HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
Tony Joe White
Warner Bros. Records BS-2708
the USA
4.54 “Poor” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Backwoods Preacher Man” (5.7) • “Saturday Night In Oak Grove, Louisiana” (5.4) • “Lazy” (5.2)
TJR saysThis is where I get off the Tony Joe express; what excited me with his “Continued” LP of '69 has slowly been eroding awa...more →

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FAVOURITE TV THEMES
Ray Martin and his Orchestra
Decca SPA-333
Austria
4.43 “Lame” Film Score / Incidental

Jukebox picks: “News At Ten (The Awakening)” (6.3) • “Wheelbase” (6.0) • “Nationwide (The Good Word)” (5.2)
TJR saysDoes what it says on the tin. As you'd expect from Ray Martin the orchestration is top-notch, but it still feels a littl...more →

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PRONOUNCED ’LĔH-’NÉRD ’SKIN-’NÉRD
Lynyrd Skynyrd
MCA Records MCA-363
the USA
4.36 “Lame” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Mississippi Kid” (6.3) • “Tuesday's Gone” (5.1) • “Free Bird” (5.0)
TJR saysMillion-selling debut album from Florida's concise Southern Rock septet, produced by Al Kooper for his Sounds of the Sou...more →

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LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC
King Crimson
Island Records ILPS-9230
England
4.17 “Lame” Prog

Jukebox picks: “The Talking Drum” (6.8) • “Easy Money” (4.8) • “Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two” (4.6)
TJR saysGroup leader Robert Fripp had a major culling in '72; all four of his new recruits make their King Crimson LP debuts rig...more →

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THE NEW AGE
Canned Heat
United Artists Records UA-LA049-F
the USA
4.06 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Lookin’ For My Rainbow” (5.3) • “Framed” (5.2) • “Election Blues” (5.0)
TJR saysUrgh, the sound of blues rock 1973. Boredum-de-dum. Influential Rock Critic Lester Bangs was fired from Rolling Stone fo...more →

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MIND GAMES
John Lennon
Apple Records PCS-7165
England
4.03 “Lame” Pop; Pop Ballad; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)” (7.0) • “Mind Games” (5.7) • “Out The Blue” (4.6)
TJR saysAnother largely namby-pamby effort from an ex-Beatle; why do they all revel in conservative safe beat music? That said,...more →

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THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Pink Floyd
Harvest SHVL-804
England
4.03 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Brain Damage” (5.8) • “Money” (5.0) • “On The Run” (4.7)
TJR saysTirelessly touted as one of the greatest albums of all-time, the 7th Pink Floyd LP was a markedly different beast to the...more →

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CLOSING TIME
Tom Waits
Asylum Records SD-5061
the USA
4.02 “Lame” Jazz; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Closing Time [instrumental]” (5.6) • “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” (5.0) • “Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)” (5.0)
TJR saysThere's nothing special to report on the debut from the 23-year-old singer-songwriter-musician, featuring himself promin...more →

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BAND ON THE RUN
Paul McCartney and Wings
Apple Records PAS-10007
England
3.93 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Jet” (5.7) • “Band On The Run” (4.5) • “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five” (4.2)
TJR saysThe second album billed to Paul McCartney and Wings - largely recorded in an ill-advised sojourn to Nigeria - was releas...more →

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A CALL FROM THE NORTH
The Wick Scottish Dance Band
Talisman STAL-5029
Scotland
3.86 “Terrible” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Canadian Reel : Bowing The Strings” (5.0) • “The Morpeth Rant : Harrys Trip / You Need Na’ Run / Dancing At The Ceildh” (4.8) • “Gaelic Waltz : Move Over And Give Me Your Hand / Will You Go With Me Mary?” (4.4)
TJR saysAt the core of the band in '73 were fiddler Addie Harper and accordionist Eann Nicolson, both of whom had been there sin...more →

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ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS
Canned Heat
Atlantic SD-7289
the USA
3.77 “Terrible” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “You Am What You Am” (4.6) • “Shake, Rattle And Roll” (4.5) • “L.A. Town” (4.4)
TJR saysOver US$30,000 in debt, manager Skip Taylor advised the band to sign away their future royalties to their previous Liber...more →

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HONKY TONK HEROES
Waylon Jennings
RCA Victor APL1-0240
the USA
3.72 “Terrible” Country

Jukebox picks: “Ride Me Down Easy” (5.2) • “Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me” (4.8) • “You Asked Me To” (4.0)
TJR saysThe 36-year-old Texan country singer had wrestled with RCA to gain full creative control over his output and “Honky Tonk...more →

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3 + 3
The Isley Brothers
T-Neck KZ-32453
the USA
3.69 “Terrible” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Summer Breeze” (5.4) • “Sunshine (Go Away Today)” (5.2) • “You Walk Your Way” (4.2)
TJR saysThe long-standing vocal trio of Isley brothers O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald officially expanded their family affair to si...more →

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LEAD KINDLY LIGHT
King’s Messengers Quartet
Skyline SK-80159
South Africa
3.58 “Terrible” Operatic / Choral

Jukebox picks: “Live In Humble” (5.5) • “Watchman On The Walls Of Zion” (4.7) • “Near To The Heart Of God” (4.1)
TJR saysIdeal for all your manly bass hum needs! This acapella quartet was founded by Billy Mahlalela at the Bethel College in 1...more →

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LET’S GET IT ON
Marvin Gaye
Tamla T-329V1
the USA
3.54 “Terrible” R n B; Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Let’s Get It On” (6.6) • “Keep Gettin' It On” (5.8) • “Please Stay (Once You Go Away)” (3.2)
TJR saysA new direction for the 34-year-old smooth soul man, three years in the making, shaded with a light touch of funk, essen...more →

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OL’ BLUE EYES IS BACK
Frank Sinatra
Reprise Records FS-2155
the USA
3.52 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Nobody Wins” (5.4) • “There Used To Be A Ballpark” (4.3) • “Noah” (4.0)
TJR saysThought to be retired since mid-71, the 57-year-old crooner returned in the fall of '73 reinvigorated, and the absence h...more →

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ELVIS [1973]
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-0283
the USA
3.48 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Where Do I Go From Here?” (5.5) • “It’s Still Here” (4.2) • “I Will Be True” (4.0)
TJR saysA whole one point raise on the thoroughly dire “Elvis Now” and “He Touched Me” albums of last year, but sitting through ...more →

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SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND
Genesis
Charisma CAS-1074
England
3.39 “Terrible” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Aisle Of Plenty” (5.2) • “The Battle Of Epping Forest” (4.5) • “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” (4.4)
TJR saysCan you tell me where my country lies?” sings Peter Gabriel a capella, setting the tone in the very opening gambit....more →

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A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR
Todd Rundgren
Bearsville BR-2133
the USA
3.38 “Terrible” Cerebral Pop; Pop; Prog; Rock

Jukebox picks: “You Need Your Head” (6.1) • “Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off” (5.4) • “International Feel” (5.2)
TJR saysA slight improvement on last year's “Something / Anything?”, but that's not saying much. He starts off well enough with ...more →

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SHOOT OUT AT THE FANTASY FACTORY
Traffic
Island Records ILPS-9224
England
3.14 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Roll Right Stones” (4.8) • “Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory” (3.9) • “Tragic Magic” (3.5)
TJR saysTraffic failed to deliver an album in the calendar year of '72 - a first since their formation in '67. Since last time o...more →

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COUNTDOWN TO ECSTASY
Steely Dan
ABC Records ABCX-779
the USA
2.96 “Dire” Folk Rock / Americana; Pop; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Bodhisattva” (4.2) • “The Boston Rag” (3.7) • “Show Biz Kids” (3.4)
TJR saysNow down to a quintet with the departure of backing vocalist David Palmer, they line up: Donald Fagen (acoustic and elec...more →

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GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Elton John
DJM Records DJLPD-1001
England
2.37 “Dire” Songwriter; Pop Ballad; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Candle In The Wind” (5.1) • “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” (3.8) • “Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ’n’ Roll)” (3.6)
TJR saysThe eighth Elton John album arrived in October '73 which, to be fair, is some going for a 23-year-old. It was his second...more →

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DON’T SHOOT ME, I’M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER
Elton John
DJM Records DJLPH-427
England
2.21 “Dire” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Elderberry Wine” (3.8) • “Have Mercy On The Criminal” (3.2) • “Crocodile Rock” (2.7)
TJR says“Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player” pleads the 22-year-old; did he think we wouldn't notice that he sung and wrot...more →

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THE LOVE WE HAVE, THE LOVE WE HAD
Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager
Mercury SRM-1-660
the USA
1.86 “An embarrassment” Pop Ballad; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)” (4.3) • “Lean On Me” (3.7) • “I Like Your Lovin’” (3.0)
TJR saysBland sessioneering, warbling vocal aerobics, syrupy strings, rubbish songs. Come back Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, al...more →

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RAISED ON ROCK / FOR OL’ TIMES SAKE
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-0388
the USA
1.73 “An embarrassment” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Find Out What’s Happening” (2.8) • “If You Don’t Come Back” (2.3) • “Just A Little Bit” (2.3)
TJR saysAlbum #37 from the 38-year-old was delivered in October, 1973, all brand new recordings from Stax Studios in Memphis, Te...more →

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POWER OF LOVE
Jerry Butler
Mercury SRM-1-689
the USA
1.60 “An embarrassment” Soul; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Power Of Love” (3.4) • “Memories Don’t Leave Like People Do” (2.8) • “What Do You Do On A Sunday Afternoon” (1.9)
TJR saysThe cheezmeister is now into full-blown “heartfelt” territory as the schmaltz-o-meter gets turned up to the max....more →

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12 TOPS VOLUME 10
Damil Records House Band
Stereo Gold Award ‎MER-106
the USA
1.28 “An embarrassment” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Why Can’t We Live Together” (2.7) • “Drive-In Saturday” (2.3) • “Sweet Dreams” (2.1)
TJR saysThe “Damil Records House Band” (as I call them) made albums which contained anonymous cover versions of recent and curre...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1973



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