Album Chart of 1976

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Album Chart of 1976

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SAVIOURS: JOHNNY • TOMMY • JOEY • DEE DEE

It's 1976 and the Ramones are GO on the albums front, generating steam heat, pulsating to the back beat. In Britain, the Sex Pistols have released their explosive debut single, declaring themselves to be the anti-christ, they are here to destroy Eagles and overthrow Queen. This is a two-pronged attack from both sides of the Atlantic. The explosion may only be underground, but this is THEE big bang. Scenes and ‘zines burst into life all over the western world; the D.I.Y. ethics of which will continue to reverberate into the next century. As well as Ramones, the New York scene is represented by fine long-players from the Patti Smith Group and Blondie. From Massachusetts, Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers deliver their long-awaited debut LP - it was a case of waiting four years and two coming along at once.

Elsewhere, Virgin execs are swanning around Jamaica with suitcases full of cash. As a result, Rasta roots music is bubbling hot in many corners of the world; there are an impressive 8 long-players in my Top 30 this year from Bob Marley and The Wailers, Prince Far I, Peter Tosh, U-Roy, The Upsetters, Justin Hines and The Dominoes, Augustus Pablo and The Mighty Diamonds.

In terms of rebel quality, there is no strength-in-depth to the music LPs of the western world in '76 but, thankfully, Antigua's King Short Shirt is on red hot form, Turkey's Selda Bağcan is intensely brilliant, and there are number of terrific African LPs from Mahlabathini, Kawere Boys Band, Daniel Kamau, Fela Kuti and Amagugu - to name just 5!

Whilst the feeling of 1976 is definitely forward march it's great to see Bob Dylan continue his magnificent mid-70s form.

A quick head-count reveals this to be a fifteen-nation Top 40 - long may this continue.

The Jukebox Rebel
30-Jul-2016

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THE MODERN LOVERS
The Modern Lovers
Home Of The Hits HH-1910
the USA
9.07 “A masterpiece” Proto-Punk

“Roadrunner [1972]” (10) • “She Cracked” (9.9) • “Pablo Picasso” (9.7)
TJR saysMy album of the year in ’76 was a mutation; aborted recordings from 1971-72 finally given their place as an album statem...more →

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RAMONES
Ramones
Sire SASD-7520
the USA
8.64 “A classic” Punk

“Blitzkreig Bop” (10) • “Beat On The Brat” (10) • “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” (9.4)
TJR saysStaring back at you from their iconic debut in April ’76 were: Johnny Ramone (27, guitar); Tommy Ramone (27, drums); Joe...more →

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GHETTO VIBES
King Short Shirt
Charlie's Records CR-103
Antigua and Barbuda
8.27 “Excellent” Caribbean

“Tourist Leggo” (9.3) • “Nobody Go Run Me” (9.1) • “When” (9.0)
TJR saysWhat a glorious offering from the 34-year-old McLean Emmanuel, surely one of the very finest Calypsonians ever to emerge...more →

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RASTAMAN VIBRATION
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9383
Jamaica
8.07 “Excellent” Reggae

“Who The Cap Fit” (10) • “Positive Vibration” (9.4) • “Crazy Baldhead” (9.3)
TJR saysThe Bob Marley story was moving along beautifully at this time. There had been no studio albums in ’75 but the live vers...more →

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DESIRE
Bob Dylan
Columbia PC-33893
the USA
7.83 “Brilliant” Folk Rock / Americana

“Romance In Durango” (9.2) • “Joey” (8.7) • “Black Diamond Bay” (8.3)
TJR saysBob Dylan’s career story to date has consisted of early-60s solo excellence, mid-60s intense group brilliance, and then ...more →

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MAHLABATHINI AND IZINTOMBI ZEPHEPHA BACKED BY THE NAUGHTY BOYS
Mahlabathini and Izintombi Zephepha backed by The Naughty Boys
Soweto ‎SWA-14019
South Africa
7.75 “Brilliant” Africana

“Ukuhamba Ukuboma” (9.5) • “Mathamyizimyaba” (9.0) • “Kubuhlunmgu” (8.5)
TJR saysNever judge an album by its cover is an adage which can be applied here – put the playboy out of your mind and dance wou...more →

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KENYAFRICA VOL. 5
Kawere Boys Band
Playa Sound PS-33005
Kenya
7.66 “Brilliant” Africana

“Elizia Atieno” (8.4) • “Omolo Mzee” (8.1) • “Joseph Awiti” (8.0)
TJR saysKawere Boys Band were purveyors of benga music, which has its heartlands in Nairobi and is characterized by an extremely...more →

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PSALMS FOR I
Prince Far I
Carib Gems CGLP-1002
Jamaica
7.50 “Brilliant” Reggae

“Psalm 48” (9.0) • “Psalm 23” (8.9) • “Psalm 95” (8.6)
TJR saysAfter several years in the business the characterful and gruff chanter, now in his early 30s, was ready to unleash his f...more →

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VURULDUK EY HALKIM UNUTMA BIZI
Selda
Türküola (Turkey) LP-305
Turkey
7.44 “Really good” Folk; Middle Eastern

“Maden Dağı (Deloy, Deloy)” (9.4) • “Askerin Türküsü” (8.6) • “Acıyı Bal Eyledik” (8.4)
TJR saysBy now in her late 20s, the Turkish folk singer Selda Bağcan had crammed much into her first 5 years as a professional m...more →

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LEGALIZE IT
Peter Tosh
Columbia PC-34253
Jamaica
7.34 “Really good” Reggae

“Brand New Second Hand” (9.6) • “What’Cha Gonna Do?” (8.0) • “Burial” (7.8)
TJR saysAs a Wailer for all of his adult life until very recently, the 31-year-old Peter Tosh was a legendary figure by the time...more →

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RADIO ETHIOPIA
Patti Smith Group
Arista AL-4097
the USA
7.34 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

“Pissing In A River” (8.4) • “Ask The Angels” (8.3) • “Ain’t It Strange” (8.0)
TJR saysPatti Smith has now become the Patti Smith Group; in comparison to “Horses”, “Radio Ethiopia” side-steps from the punk f...more →

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NATTY REBEL
U-Roy
Virgin V-2059
Jamaica
7.33 “Really good” Reggae

“Natty Rebel” (8.5) • “If You Should Leave Me” (8.3) • “Natty Kung Fu” (8.0)
TJR saysU-Roy was riding on the crest of a wave at this time; the world’s ears were open to Jamaica and he was well placed as an...more →

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KENYAFRICA! 1
Daniel Kamau
Playa Sound PS-33001
Kenya
7.33 “Really good” Africana

“Kiririkano Kia Zk” (8.5) • “Jane Macyline” (8.2) • “Ningwite Nawe pt.2” (8.0)
TJR saysA highly enjoyable LP from the 27-year-old singer-guitarist from Gatanga. I’m pretty sure it’s a compilation of 45s (the...more →

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ZOMBIE
Fela and Afrika 70
Coconut PMLP-1003
Nigeria
7.20 “Really good” Disco / Funk; Dubbeat

“Zombie” (7.6) • “Mister Follow Follow” (6.8)
TJR saysThe 23rd new music album from the uber-prolific 37-year-old Afrobeat star proved to be a nightmare for him, despite bein...more →

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OXYGÈNE
Jean Michel Jarre
Les Disques Motors 2933-207
France
7.15 “Really good” Electronica

“Oxygène, part 2” (8.2) • “Oxygène, part 6” (7.9) • “Oxygène, part 5” (7.7)
TJR saysAfter quietly cultivating his craft over the course of several years, the 28-year-old painter from Lyon assembled his de...more →

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THE PRIDE OF AFRICA
Amagugu with The Intuthuko Brothers
Kaya Lami KYL-2003
South Africa
7.05 “Really good” Africana

“Isithabathaba Segoli” (8.5) • “Ukuhlupheka Kwami” (7.8) • “Wamuhle Thekwane” (7.7)
TJR saysAmagugu’s “Ubhek’uZulu” was well received by myself in my album chart of 1974. The second offering from the quintet, a r...more →

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JAMMY SMEARS
Ivor Cutler
Virgin V-2065
Scotland
7.04 “Really good” Avant-Garde; Poetry; Storytelling

“Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Ep. 11” (10) • “A Wooden Tree” (9.8) • “Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Ep. 6” (9.6)
TJR saysThe idiosyncratic wonder that is Ivor Cutler delivered his third and final album for Virgin in September ’76 and for the...more →

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BLONDIE
Blondie
Private Stock PS-2023
the USA
7.02 “Really good” New Wave

“Rip Her To Shreds” (9.9) • “X Offender” (9.8) • “In The Flesh” (9.4)
TJR saysOut just in time for Christmas was the debut LP from the exciting quintet out of New York who lined up: Debbie Harry (31...more →

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SCRATCH THE SUPER APE
The Upsetters
Upsetter
Jamaica
6.92 “Good” Reggae

“Dub Along” (8.9) • “Zion Blood” (8.4) • “Three In One” (8.2)
TJR saysDubby, but rarely vacant, this is an enjoyable 40 minutes atmospheric trip, deep into the heart of Lee Perry’s Black Ark...more →

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STARS OF AFRICA
Intuthuko Brothers
Kaya Lami KYL-2002
South Africa
6.87 “Good” Africana

“Yasuka Yahlala” (8.5) • “Mahlabathini Special No.6” (7.9) • “Wedding Bells No.5” (7.7)
TJR saysA big improvement (for my tastes) on their more poppy offering from ’74, “Tomorrow’s Wedding”. On “Stars Of Africa”, the...more →

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JEZEBEL
Justin Hines and The Dominoes
Island Records ILPS-9416
Jamaica
6.78 “Good” Reggae

“Babylon Children” (7.9) • “Fire” (7.2) • “Dip And Fall Back” (7.0)
TJR saysWith the demise of his great supporter, Duke Reid, the Ska legend that was Justin Hinds was thought to be retired early ...more →

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AIRS AND GRACES
June Tabor
Topic Records 12TS-298
England
6.74 “Good” Folk

“The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” (10) • “The Merchant's Son” (7.3) • “Bonny May” (7.3)
TJR saysThe debut album from the 29-year-old Warwickshire lass features 8 traditionals and 2 contemporary covers. June shows her...more →

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GET UP OFFA THAT THING
James Brown
Polydor PD-6071
the USA
6.73 “Good” Disco / Funk

“Get Up Offa That Thing / Release The Pressure” (9.6) • “I Refuse To Lose” (7.7) • “Can't Take It With You” (6.8)
TJR saysGet Up Offa That Thing / Release the Pressure” lives here in all of its 9-minute glory, a behemoth of the funky-dis...more →

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ROCK AND ROLL HEART
Lou Reed
Arista AL-4100
the USA
6.49 “Decent enough” Songwriter; Cerebral Pop

“Temporary Thing” (8.9) • “Rock And Roll Heart” (7.4) • “Banging On My Drum” (7.0)
TJR saysWith his contract at RCA expired, Lou moved on to Arista for his next episode, “Rock and Roll Heart”, a decent set, even...more →

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T SHIRT
Loudon Wainwright III
Arista AL-4063
the USA
6.49 “Decent enough” Folk; Country

“Talking Big Apple ’75” (8.5) • “Wine With Dinner” (8.0) • “Wine With Dinner (Night Cap)” (7.8)
TJR saysBy and large a full-blown band supports Loudon on his sixth offering – I’m extremely wary. To be fair, he doesn’t let me...more →

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KING TUBBYS MEETS ROCKERS UPTOWN
Agustus Pablo
Yard Music
Jamaica
6.43 “Decent enough” Reggae

“Young Generation Dub” (7.7) • “Keep On” (7.4) • “Satta” (7.2)
TJR saysAs you’d expect with Tubby and Pablo at the desk, this is a primal dub affair with all shades of nice keys from the melo...more →

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WHEN THE RIGHT TIME COME I NEED A ROOF
The Mighty Diamonds
Well Charge JOE-JOE-101
Jamaica
6.41 “Decent enough” Reggae

“Them Never Love Poor Marcus” (8.5) • “Why Me Black Brother Why” (7.7) • “Have Mercy” (6.8)
TJR saysVirgin’s raid on Jamaica for talent led to the debut long player of the Mighty Diamonds vocal-trio – Donald Shaw, Fitzro...more →

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SMALL CHANGE
Tom Waits
Asylum Records 7E-1078
the USA
6.38 “Decent enough” Jazz; Crooner / Cabaret

“Step Right Up” (10) • “Pasties And A Gstring (At The Two O’Clock Club)” (6.8) • “Bad Liver And A Broken Heart (In Lowell)” (6.1)
TJR saysAnother smoky late-night jazz-rap session from the 26-year-old who seems to be going on for 57. His Louis Armstrong styl...more →

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JONATHAN RICHMAN AND THE MODERN LOVERS
Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
Beserkley BZ-0048
the USA
6.32 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

“Lonely Financial Zone” (8.4) • “Rockin' Shopping Center” (8.0) • “Abominable Snowman In The Market” (7.7)
TJR saysThe debut album statement from the 25-year-old Jonathan Richman finally arrived in the summer of ’76, six years after he...more →

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MUSIC FROM THE PENGUIN CAFÉ
Members of the Penguin Café Orchestra
Obscure obscure no. 7
England
6.29 “Decent enough” Alternative Folk; Contemporary Classical

“Giles Farnaby's Dream” (8.2) • “Penguin Cafe Single” (7.2) • “From The Colonies (For N.R.)” (6.7)
TJR saysThe Penguin Café Orchestra, founded by classically trained English guitarist, composer and arranger Simon Jeffes and cel...more →

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FUTURISTIC DRAGON
T. Rex
T. REX BLN-5004
England
5.96 “Average” Pop; Rock

“New York City” (8.5) • “Jupiter Liar” (7.4) • “All Alone” (7.2)
TJR saysThe shifting line-ups continued on album #11 with only Marc Bolan (vocals, guitars, moog), Gloria Jones (backing vocals,...more →

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ASWAD
Aswad
Island Records ILPS-9399
England
5.94 “Average” Reggae

“Back To Africa” (7.1) • “Concrete Slaveship” (6.6) • “I A Rebel Soul” (6.4)
TJR saysFine debut from the London roots-rockers, very much in the vein of The Wailers. The core line up was: Brinsley 'Chaka B'...more →

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ALL I HAVE IS LOVE
Gregory Isaacs
Micron Music Limited
Jamaica
5.87 “Average” Reggae

“Help Us Get Over” (8.6) • “All I Have Is Love [single version '75]” (6.3) • “Sinner Man” (6.2)
TJR saysI’ve witnessed first hand the adoration for the cool ruler in his homeland and it’s not difficult to understand just why...more →

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JOAN ARMATRADING
Joan Armatrading
A&M Records SP-4588
Saint Kitts and Nevis
5.67 “Average” Cerebral Pop; Pop

“Love And Affection” (9.2) • “Down To Zero” (7.4) • “Somebody Who Loves You” (5.5)
TJR saysBreakthrough LP from the 25-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist, with experienced producer Glyn Johns (Steve Miller, Th...more →

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ARRIVAL
ABBA
Polar POLS-272
Sweden
5.39 “Below average” Pop

“Knowing Me, Knowing You” (7.0) • “Why Did It Have To Be Me?” (6.8) • “Dancing Queen” (6.7)
TJR saysConfounding those who predicted that they'd fade as quickly as their firework exploded, ABBA went from strength to stren...more →

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THE HAPLESS CHILD AND OTHER INSCRUTABLE STORIES
Michael Mantler with Robert Wyatt, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Jack DeJohnette and Terje Rypdal
WATT Works ‎WATT-4
Austria
5.32 “Below average” Prog

“The Hapless Child” (6.5) • “The Remembered Visit” (6.4) • “The Doubtful Guest” (5.4)
TJR saysAn ambitious project co-ordinated by the Austrian Jazz trumpeter and bandleader, Michael Mantler, who pays tribute to th...more →

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HEJIRA
Joni Mitchell
Asylum Records 7E-1087
Canada
5.23 “Below average” Jazz

“Blue Motel Room” (6.4) • “Coyote” (6.1) • “Amelia” (5.5)
TJR saysThe 8th album from the newly turned 33-year-old, considered by critics and fans as one of her very best. The album's nam...more →

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TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Shelter Records SRL-52006
the USA
5.22 “Below average” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

“Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll” (6.9) • “Mystery Man” (5.9) • “American Girl” (5.7)
TJR saysFollowing the break-up of his previous group, Mudcrutch, in late 1975, Tom Petty dusted himself down and, at the record ...more →

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DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP
AC/DC
Albert Productions APLP-020
Australia
5.07 “Below average” Rock

“Rocker” (7.1) • “Ride On” (6.8) • “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (6.2)
TJR saysPalatable, even for a non-rock-head like me, sometimes a bit bluesy, sometimes a bit punky, but very much in their own u...more →

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SWEET AMERICA
Buffy Saint-Marie
ABC Records ABCD-929
Canada
5.07 “Below average” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Pop

“I Been Down” (6.9) • “Starwalker” (6.7) • “I Don’t Need No City Life” (6.4)
TJR saysThe album includes three covers within the first four tracks; “Sweet America” (Greenfield, 1971), “Wynken, Blynken...more →

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THE CLONES OF DR. FUNKENSTEIN
Parliament
Casablanca NBLP-7034
the USA
4.98 “Poor” Disco / Funk

“Gamin’ On Ya!” (6.0) • “Do That Stuff” (5.8) • “Funkin’ For Fun” (5.7)
TJR saysAnother succesful US Top 20 album from the ever-ambitious larger-than-life wide-eyed funksters, trading at their commerc...more →

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STATION TO STATION
David Bowie
RCA Victor APL1-1327
England
4.97 “Poor” Cerebral Pop

“Golden Years” (7.2) • “TVC 15” (5.2) • “Station To Station” (4.6)
TJR saysThe return of the Thin White Duke, Throwing darts in lovers' eyes” warns Bowie in the very opening barb of the ti...more →

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FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO SOUTH CAROLINA
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Arista AL-4044
the USA
4.84 “Poor” R n B

“Johannesburg” (6.2) • “Beginnings (The First Minutes Of A New Day)” (5.5) • “The Summer Of ’42” (5.0)
TJR saysNow firmly settled in to their new home at Arista, this set gains a whole point on its predecesor, “The First Minute Of ...more →

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SUGAR BABE
Ruth Brown
President Records ‎PTLS-1067B
the USA
4.27 “Lame” Soul

“Stop Knocking” (6.5) • “Lots More Of Me Leaving (Less Of Me Coming Home)” (5.5) • “Ain’t No Piece Of Cake” (4.6)
TJR saysRuth Brown’s 1976 LP finds her in the house of Jerry “Swamp Dogg” Williams. You’d have thought such a pairing up would b...more →

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LAFFIN ROOM ONLY
Hector Nicol
Newkey Records ‎NKR-900
Scotland
4.13 “Lame” Comedy

“Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl [live]” (5.0) • “If I Had My Way [live]” (4.0) • “Big Gertie Gordon [live]” (3.8)
TJR saysRecorded live at The Greenfield Social Club, Burnbank, Lanarkshire in 1976. Funny at times, but the old-skool nonsense l...more →

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FLY LIKE AN EAGLE
Steve Miller Band
Capitol Records ST-11497
the USA
3.99 “Terrible” Psychedelia; Rock

“Rock ’n’ Me” (7.7) • “Sweet Maree” (5.2) • “Dance, Dance, Dance” (4.4)
TJR saysNinth album from the San-Francisco-based rocker, his new core group recreated as a trio since 1973's “The Joker”. They l...more →

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SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE
Stevie Wonder
Tamla T13-340C2
the USA
3.60 “Terrible” Disco / Funk

“Sir Duke” (6.8) • “Pastime Paradise” (6.4) • “Village Ghetto Land” (5.4)
TJR saysOn the ratings front, I include the 17 LP tracks, but exclude the bonus 4 track single that came with the album. The 2LP...more →

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YEAR OF THE CAT
Al Stewart
RCA Victor RCA LP-3015
Scotland
3.58 “Terrible” Songwriter

“Sand In Your Shoes” (4.9) • “One Stage Before” (4.2) • “Broadway Hotel” (3.7)
TJR saysSeventh album from the 30-year-old Glaswegian singer-songwriter recorded at Abbey Road, and notable for the lush orchest...more →

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HOW DARE YOU
10cc
Mercury 9102-501
England
3.56 “Terrible” Prog

“I Wanna Rule The World” (6.2) • “How Dare You” (3.5) • “Art For Arts Sake” (3.5)
TJR saysFourth album from the Stockport four recorded, as usual, at their own hometown Strawberry Studios. Once again, all playe...more →

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TECHNICAL ECSTASY
Black Sabbath
Vertigo 9102-750
England
3.49 “Terrible” Rock

“You Won’t Change Me” (4.8) • “Back Street Kids” (4.3) • “Dirty Women” (4.0)
TJR saysThe core four-piece are augmented by Gerald Woodruffe on keyboards. I’m really not digging their new “theatre rock opera...more →

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DESTROYER
Kiss
Casablanca NBLP-7025
the USA
3.42 “Terrible” Rock

“Beth” (4.6) • “Detroit Rock City” (4.5) • “Great Expectations” (4.5)
TJR saysFourth album from the glammed-up New York hard-rockers, partnering with producer Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked wi...more →

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ROCKS
Aerosmith
Columbia PC-34165
the USA
3.39 “Terrible” Rock

“Nobody's Fault” (4.5) • “Sick As A Dog” (4.4) • “Rats In The Cellar” (4.2)
TJR saysOn their fourth LP in four years the 5-piece line up: Steven Tyler (lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Joe Perry (guita...more →

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SILK DEGREES
Boz Scaggs
Columbia PC-33920
the USA
3.29 “Terrible” Pop

“Lido Shuffle” (5.7) • “Love Me Tomorrow” (4.3) • “What Can I Say” (3.9)
TJR saysOn his seventh long player, the big horns and strings enhanced production pays dividends, and the 31-year-old singer-son...more →

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HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Eagles
Asylum Records 7E-1084
the USA
2.87 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

“Hotel California” (5.1) • “Wasted Time (Reprise)” (4.0) • “Wasted Time” (3.0)
TJR saysOne of the biggest selling albums of all-time, and their second successive #1 in the Billboard 200. It's a bit of a conc...more →

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2112
Rush
Mercury SRM-1-1079
Canada
2.78 “Dire” Prog; Rock

“The Twilight Zone” (4.0) • “Something For Nothing” (3.2) • “Lessons” (2.6)
TJR saysFourth album from the Toronto prog-rock trio who line up: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass guitar), Alex Lifeson (electric and ac...more →

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FROM ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-1506
the USA
2.40 “Dire” Crooner / Cabaret

“Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” (4.4) • “Hurt” (3.8) • “Never Again” (3.7)
TJR saysA live-in-the-studio affair, recorded at his Graceland home in February '76 and released a few months later in May. His ...more →

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BOSTON
Boston
Epic JE-34188
the USA
2.24 “Dire” Rock

“More Than A Feeling” (6.5) • “Smokin’” (3.1) • “Peace Of Mind” (3.0)
TJR saysThe debut album from the Boston group masterminded by Tom Scholz was assembled and well-produced on a hard-rock meets po...more →

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A TRICK OF THE TAIL
Genesis
Charisma CDS-4001
England
1.85 “An embarrassment” Prog

“Dance On A Volcano” (3.0) • “Mad Man Moon” (2.4) • “Robbery, Assault And Battery” (2.4)
TJR saysFollowing the departure of founding member, main lyricist and lead vocalist, Peter Gabriel, the remaining four, after so...more →

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WRITE ON
The Hollies
Polydor 2383 421
England
1.38 “An embarrassment” Pop; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

“Star” (2.7) • “Crocodile Woman (She Bites)” (1.8) • “Write On” (1.7)
TJR saysJust when I think they can't get any lower, back they come with this excruciating half-hour endurance test, coming acros...more →

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WIND AND WUTHERING
Genesis
Charisma CDS-4005
England
1.19 “An embarrassment” Prog

“Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers…” (2.0) • “Eleventh Earl Of Mar” (1.7) • “Wot Gorilla?” (1.6)
TJR saysFollowing on from February's “A Trick Of The Tail”, the new Phil-Collins-fronted incarnation of Genesis delivered a seco...more →

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DEDICATION
Bay City Rollers
Bell Records SYBEL-8005
Scotland
1.10 “An embarrassment” Pop; Pop Ballad

“Dedication” (3.4) • “Yesterday’s Hero” (2.1) • “Don’t Worry Baby” (1.7)
TJR saysFollowing on from consecutive #1 hit singles in '75 with “Bye, Bye, Baby” and “Give A Little Love”, the heat of the supe...more →

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CARELESS
Stephen Bishop
ABC Records ABCD-954
the USA
0.07 “Pathetically abysmal” Songwriter; Pop Ballad; Pop

“Little Italy” (0.3) • “Madge” (0.2) • “Guitar Interlude” (0.1)
TJR saysDebut album from the 24-year-old singer-songwriter who makes Elton John seem like Sid Vicious. The drummer seems terrifi...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1976



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