Album Chart of 1977

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Album Chart of 1977

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DEATH TO THE SEX PISTOLS

More feared than Russian Communism”, Britain's Punk Rock movement – which essentially consisted of energetic adolescents with spiky hair and ripped jeans who were out for a laugh – were public enemy #1 in Britain ‘77.

Yeah, never mind the Racist police, the high unemployment, the three-day working weeks, the power cuts, the raging taxation, the food shortages and the endless strikes.

What Britain really needs, thought the “intelligentsia”, is to come down like a ton of bricks on Colin from Bedford for spitting on the pavement outside Woolworths last Tuesday. And that Sandra from Walsall, what with her scary eyeliner, she’s clearly high risk to old age pensioners with weak heart conditions. Punk filth and scum, read all about it!

As any free-thinker would surely surmise, the hysteria from Britain’s media, councillors, parents and grandparents was wildly inappropriate:

Most of these groups would be vastly improved by sudden death. The worst of the punk rock groups I suppose currently are the Sex Pistols. They are unbelievably nauseating. They are the antithesis of humankind. I would like to see somebody dig a very, very large, exceedingly deep hole and drop the whole bloody lot down it.” ~ Bernard Brook-Partridge, Conservative member of the Greater London Council, chairman of the Arts committee

On Christmas Day 1977, Bernard's “antithesis of humankind” performed a benefit matinee in Huddersfield for the children of striking firemen, laid-off workers and one-parent families (there was also an evening concert for the big kids!)

What did Brook-Partridge ever do for any of that lot? Naffin’. Hopelessly out-of-touch, that rancid old sausage was well past his sell-by date.

A few months earlier, almost unbelievably, the police had taken the word “bollocks” to court. Yes, that really happened in Britain in 1977. The three magistrates who heard the case in Nottingham were unanimous with their verdict:

Much as my colleagues and I wholeheartedly deplore the vulgar exploitation of the worst instincts of human nature for the purchases of commercial profits by both you and your company, we must reluctantly find you not guilty of each of the four charges.

Rarely, can the police of any state have made such a public exhibition of themselves; such foolishness, such incompetence, such a waste of resources.

The truth of the matter is that in mid-70s Britain, a huge number of teenagers were bored with the blandness of the music, were disillusioned with the state of the nation and had worries about their life prospects. Someone had to say bollocks to it, Punk had to happen.

And, boy oh boy, did it spill out. The Damned, The Jam and The Stranglers all had two new albums out this year, as did Ultravox!, David Bowie, Ramones and Iggy Pop (who had three).

The Jam are calling out the government as liars, you've got the Sex Pistols calling for destruction and The Clash are itching for a revolution.

It did become a battle, and all of a sudden, British white kids out for a laugh knew how it felt to be a persecuted minority. They were united, never divided, and history shows that they were victorious. Whilst Punk, the fashion statement, soon faded, the floating nebulae of the explosive victory has never stopped, and can felt to this day in musical sub-genres, fashion and attitude not only in Britain, but in countless cutting-edge music-loving scenes the world over.

The British kids of ’77 – who were more than twice my age – are now retro-heroes to me. They were the ultimate Jukebox Rebels, and made things better for you and I today.

Long live our noble Punks.

The Jukebox Rebel
25-Aug-2016

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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS HERE’S THE SEX PISTOLS
Sex Pistols
Virgin V-2086
England
9.55 “An elite masterpiece” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Anarchy In The UK” (10) • “Bodies” (10) • “E.M.I.” (10)
TJR saysA triumph for all concerned, despite the unbelievable chaos which existed in their world. At the time of release in Octo...more →

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TRANS EUROPA EXPRESS
Kraftwerk
Kling Klang 1C-064-82 306
Germany
9.20 “A masterpiece” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Europa Endlos” (10) • “Spiegelsaal” (10) • “Schaufensterpuppen” (9.7)
TJR saysDisclaimer: I’m a sucker for a deadpan delivery, appregio and melody. “Trans Europa Express” has all three and has got t...more →

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IZIBANI ZOMGQASHIYO
Mahotella Queens
Gumba Gumba BL-111
South Africa
8.93 “A classic” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Zibuyile Nonyaka” (10) • “Ziyatshitshimba Izintombi” (9.6) • “Uthuli Lwezichwe” (9.5)
TJR saysWe are the leading lights of mgqashiyo boasts the title, and there can be little argument after just one listen to t...more →

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EXODUS
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9498
Jamaica
8.80 “A classic” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “One Love / People Get Ready” (10) • “Exodus” (10) • “Jammin’” (10)
TJR saysFollowing the horrific assassination attempt on his life in December ‘76, Bob had wisely exiled himself from “heavy ma...more →

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ROCKET TO RUSSIA
Ramones
Sire SR-6042
the USA
8.63 “A classic” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Rockaway Beach” (10) • “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” (10) • “I Wanna Be Well” (9.7)
TJR says’77 was a big year for the Ramones hombres, with two LPs, “Leave Home” (January) and “Rocket To Russia” (November) cemen...more →

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SUICIDE
Suicide
Red Star Records RS-1
the USA
8.40 “Excellent” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Frankie Teardrop” (10) • “Cheree” (9.7) • “Ghost Rider” (8.7)
TJR saysAfter several years of underground activity, Suicide finally delivered the artistic statement that their small number of...more →

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LEAVE HOME
Ramones
Sire SA-7528
the USA
8.22 “Excellent” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Suzy Is A Headbanger” (9.8) • “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” (9.5) • “Pinhead” (9.2)
TJR saysWhilst albums by Chicago, Eagles and Peter Frampton continued to shift units by the UPS truckload, the second Ramones of...more →

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LUST FOR LIFE
Iggy Pop
RCA Victor AFL1-2488
the USA
8.06 “Excellent” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “The Passenger” (9.7) • “Fall In Love With Me” (9.4) • “Lust For Life” (9.3)
TJR saysJust five months after “The Idiot” the Iggy Pop / David Bowie partnership delivered a second ’77 LP with “Lust For Life”...more →

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STRANGLERS IV (RATTUS NORVEGICUS)
The Stranglers
United Artists Records UAG-30045
England
7.80 “Brilliant” New Wave; Punk

Jukebox picks: “Peaches” (10) • “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)” (9.6) • “Hanging Around” (8.7)
TJR saysAt the time of release in April ’77 The Stranglers were: Hugh Cornwell (27, guitar, vocals); Jean-Jacques Burnel (25, ba...more →

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NO MORE HEROES
The Stranglers
United Artists Records UAG-30200
England
7.65 “Brilliant” New Wave; Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “No More Heroes” (9.4) • “I Feel Like A Wog” (9.3) • “Something Better Change” (8.5)
TJR saysJust five months after April’s “Rattus”, “No More Heroes” was in the shops with no quality control issues whatsoever; it...more →

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RAVISSANTE BABY
Francis The Great
C-C Records CC.3.302
Cameroon
7.65 “Brilliant” Africana; Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Ravissante Baby (Négro Phasing)” (8.5) • “Look Up In The Sky (Négro Nature)” (6.8)
TJR saysRecorded in Paris, home of the Mbarga family in the mid-70s, where Father, Jean, ran his own record label (Cinafric Cont...more →

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MY AIM IS TRUE
Elvis Costello
Stiff Records SEEZ-3
England
7.50 “Brilliant” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Less Than Zero” (10) • “Welcome To The Working Week” (9.3) • “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” (8.7)
TJR saysThe 22-year-old had been writing and performing since 1970 with no recognition, latterly getting by as a data-entry cler...more →

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TWO SEVENS CLASH
Culture
Joe Gibbs Record Globe
Jamaica
7.48 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Pirate Days” (8.4) • “Black Starliner Must Come” (8.3) • “Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion” (7.8)
TJR saysHaving auditioned successfully for the “Mighty Two” (producer Joe Gibbs and engineer Errol Thompson) in 1976, the (soon ...more →

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MARQUEE MOON
Television
Elektra 7E-1098
the USA
7.35 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Venus” (9.6) • “Marquee Moon” (8.2) • “See No Evil” (7.6)
TJR saysAt the time of release in February ’77 they were: Tom Verlaine (27, guitar, keyboards, vocals); Richard Lloyd (25, guita...more →

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THE CLASH
The Clash
CBS CBS-82000
England
7.34 “Really good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Police And Thieves” (9.4) • “White Riot” (9.2) • “Career Opportunities” (8.2)
TJR saysThe Clash made their debut on 4th July 1976, supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield. By the turn of t...more →

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THE QUEENS
The Queens
Yashingoma YGA-301
South Africa
7.24 “Really good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Keba Bone” (9.1) • “Sukuma Ndoda” (8.4) • “Ikhubalo” (8.1)
TJR saysFollowing a slew of singles for Cambridge Matiwane at Satbel in the preceding few years, Mahlathini and The Queens were ...more →

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EQUAL RIGHTS
Peter Tosh
Columbia PC-34670
Jamaica
7.06 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Get Up, Stand Up” (8.9) • “Downpressor Man” (8.2) • “Stepping Razor” (7.3)
TJR saysPeter Tosh the stoner of ’76 turns into Peter Tosh the hardliner of ’77 – equal rights then we’ll talk peace. “Get Up,...more →

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IN THE CITY
The Jam
Polydor 2383-447
England
6.95 “Good” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “In The City” (10) • “Away From The Numbers” (8.7) • “Slow Down” (7.5)
TJR saysOn this debut set in May ’77, the suited and booted trio from Woking were: Paul Weller (18, vocals, guitar), Bruce Foxto...more →

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HA!-HA!-HA!
Ultravox!
Island Records ILPS-9505
England
6.93 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Distant Smile” (7.9) • “Hiroshima Mon Amour” (7.3) • “Artificial Life” (7.2)
TJR saysUltravox! were yet another of the hard-working groups of ’77 to release two album in the same year, with October’s “Ha!-...more →

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UNDER HEAVY MANNERS
Prince Far I
Joe Gibbs Music JGML-0023
Jamaica
6.92 “Good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Big Fight” (8.7) • “Rain A Fall” (7.5) • “Boz Rock” (7.0)
TJR saysFor the second time since gaining independence in ’62, Jamaica declared itself to be in a state of emergency in June ’76...more →

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(I’M) STRANDED
The Saints
EMI EMC-2570
Australia
6.88 “Good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Erotic Neurotic” (8.0) • “(I’m) Stranded” (7.9) • “Messin' With The Kid” (7.7)
TJR saysLong before DIY culture had become a buzz-phrase in the Punk scene, this quartet from Brisbane had been getting on with ...more →

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“HEROES”
David Bowie
RCA Victor PL-12522
England
6.84 “Good” New Wave; Electronica

Jukebox picks: “"Heroes"” (9.9) • “V2 Schneider” (8.4) • “Sense Of Doubt” (7.4)
TJR saysIn ’77 the ultimate fashion chameleon seems content to ignore punk and hang his hat on the New Wave scene, a scene which...more →

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LOW
David Bowie
RCA Victor PL-12030
England
6.77 “Good” New Wave; Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Sound And Vision” (9.7) • “Be My Wife” (7.7) • “Warszawa” (7.3)
TJR saysWith “Low”, David Bowie continues with his seemingly relentless quest to reinvent himself with every new album, opting h...more →

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PINK FLAG
Wire
Harvest SHSP-4076
England
6.70 “Good” Punk; Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Pink Flag” (8.3) • “Lowdown” (8.1) • “Three Girl Rhumba” (7.9)
TJR saysArriving in December ’77 was the debut set from the London quartet consisting of Colin Newman (23, vocals, guitar); Grah...more →

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LATE CELESTINE UKWU SPECIAL
Ikenga Super Stars of Africa
RAS ASALPS-12
Nigeria
6.70 “Good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Ego Di Nogwu” (6.9) • “Late Celestine Ukwu Special” (6.5)
TJR saysEven by their standards, two eighteen-plus minutes tracks was an epic offering, but they go through so many twists and t...more →

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DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED
The Damned
Stiff Records SEEZ-1
England
6.59 “Good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “New Rose” (8.9) • “1 of the 2” (7.2) • “Born To Kill” (7.1)
TJR saysThe excellent “New Rose” had whipped up a storm as the first British punk single in October ’76, and took pride of p...more →

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A RODA
A Roda
Movieplay 17.1258/8
Spain
6.55 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Pousa, Pousa” (9.8) • “Cantiga De Montefurado” (8.0) • “Cantinela Do Piepe” (7.8)
TJR saysAfter playing as friends informally in the taverns, the Galician folk ensemble A Roda was formed in 1976 in Vigo. Eleven...more →

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THE IDIOT
Iggy Pop
RCA Victor PL-12275
the USA
6.54 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “China Girl” (8.7) • “Nightclubbing” (8.5) • “Sister Midnight” (6.6)
TJR saysThree years after the break-up of The Stooges, Iggy Pop was back on the scene, with a whole batch of new songs mainly co...more →

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THIS IS THE MODERN WORLD
The Jam
Polydor 2383-475
England
6.54 “Good” New Wave; Punk

Jukebox picks: “The Modern World” (8.5) • “Life From A Window” (7.7) • “The Combine” (7.4)
TJR saysHot on the heels of “In The City” came album no.2 from The Jam, with much more of the same, although the songs weren’t /...more →

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TALKING HEADSː 77
Talking Heads
Sire SR-6036
the USA
6.39 “Decent enough” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Psycho Killer” (9.4) • “Pulled Up” (8.5) • “Tentative Decisions” (6.8)
TJR saysAt the time of release in September ’77 the New Yorkian quartet were: David Byrne (25, guitar, vocals); Chris Frantz (26...more →

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SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE BULL & MOUTH
Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl
Blackthorne Records BR-1055
England
6.31 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Ballad Of Sharpeville [live '77]” (7.1) • “Up In Wisconsin [live '77]” (7.0) • “The Blakleg Miner [live '77]” (6.9)
TJR saysThis live album was recorded at the Bull & Mouth pub in London, England, in April and May, 1977. 2 tracks from the back ...more →

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SNEAKIN’ SUSPICION
Dr. Feelgood
United Artists UAS-30075
England
6.25 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Paradise” (9.3) • “You'll Be Mine” (6.6) • “Walking on the Edge” (6.5)
TJR saysMy favourite of the three Dr. Feelgood albums that I own, largely down to the exceptional “Paradise”, their finest h...more →

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SONIA
Orchestre Le Peuple and Trio Ce.Pa.Kos
Pathé ‎2C064-15952
Congo-Brazzaville
6.25 “Decent enough” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Malata” (7.4) • “Tango Ya La Vie” (6.3) • “Sonia” (6.2)
TJR saysAfter the dissolution in 1972 of Les Bantous De La Capitale, the band which he founded in 1959, Celestin Kouka wasted li...more →

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BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE
Brian Eno
Polydor 2302-071
England
6.24 “Decent enough” New Wave; Moodcore

Jukebox picks: “By This River” (7.9) • “No One Receiving” (7.1) • “Energy Fools the Magician” (6.8)
TJR saysHe’s made it there or thereabouts into my Top 30 album chart 3 out of the last 4 years, so he must be doing something ri...more →

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NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!!
Ian Dury
Stiff Records SEEZ-4
England
6.17 “Decent enough” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “My Old Man” (7.3) • “Plaistow Patricia” (7.0) • “Blackmail Man” (6.8)
TJR saysChock-full of character, the debut solo album from the 35-year-old rock poet arrived in September, 1977, immediately car...more →

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PURE MANIA
The Vibrators
Epic EPC-82097
England
6.14 “Decent enough” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Baby Baby” (8.0) • “Whips & Furs” (6.9) • “I Need A Slave” (6.6)
TJR saysRock n roller lovers turned punks, London's Vibrators came into this one in good heart, having built great momentum in t...more →

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BLACK UNITY
Bobby Ellis and The Professionals meet The Revolutionaries
Third World TWS-921
Jamaica
6.11 “Decent enough” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Skanking Rockers” (8.2) • “Rocking Jamboree” (6.4) • “Hot Lava” (6.4)
TJR saysStudio One horn arranger and ace trumpeter Bobby Ellis is paired with legendary saxophonist Tommy McCook for the third t...more →

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BUMPS AND BRUISES
Joe Tex
Epic PE-34666
the USA
6.09 “Decent enough” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” (9.4) • “We Held On” (8.5) • “Jump Bad” (6.8)
TJR saysI’ve been a fan of Joe’s for a long, long time and some of the man’s 60s cuts are indelibly inked into my psyche; “I Bel...more →

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ONE WORLD
John Martyn
Island Records ILPS-9492
England
6.03 “Decent enough” Dubbeat; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Couldn't Love You More” (8.2) • “Dancing” (7.8) • “Certain Surprise” (6.2)
TJR saysWith his ninth long-player the 29-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist underlined that affecting music wasn’t to be the ...more →

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Tom Waits
Asylum Records 7E-1117
the USA
5.92 “Average” Jazz; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Potter’s Field” (8.3) • “Barber Shop” (6.9) • “A Sight For Sore Eyes” (6.2)
TJR saysThe fifth album in five years from the bad-ass Frank Sinatra arrived in September, 1977, nicely produced and engineered ...more →

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NEW SONGS FROM THE BRIARPATCH
Tom Paxton
Vanguard
the USA
5.87 “Average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Mister Blue / White Bones Of Allende [live]” (8.4) • “Bring Back The Chair [live]” (7.5) • “Born On The Fourth Of July [live]” (7.3)
TJR saysVery much a homecoming album for the 39-year-old globe-trotting wanderer who had spent three or four years mainly based ...more →

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MOTÖRHEAD
Motörhead
Chiswick Records WIK-2
England
5.76 “Average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Motörhead” (7.5) • “Train Kept A Rollin’” (7.1) • “Lost Johnny” (6.6)
TJR saysFollowing an aborted attempt a couple of years earlier, Motörhead finally emerged with a debut album right in the middle...more →

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DANDY IN THE UNDERWORLD
T. Rex
T. REX BLN-5005
England
5.64 “Average” Pop; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Jason B. Sad” (6.7) • “Soul Of My Suit” (6.5) • “Hang Ups” (6.2)
TJR saysThe twelfth, and final, LP from T. Rex arrived in March, 1977, and, with it, Bolan kept his decent record intact, never ...more →

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MBAANA
Ouza et Les 4 Femmes Dans Le Vent
Disques Griot GR-7605
Senegal
5.63 “Average” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Duuga” (6.7) • “Pompiéé” (6.2) • “Mbaana” (5.9)
TJR saysAt this time, the Dakar-born multi-instrumentalist Ousmane Diallo is around 30-years-old. Newly formed by the bandleader...more →

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IN YOUR MIND
Bryan Ferry
Polydor 2302-055
England
5.59 “Average” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Tokyo Joe” (6.8) • “This Is Tomorrow” (6.7) • “In Your Mind” (5.8)
TJR saysBy this stage, Roxy Music were two years into their post-Siren hiatus, and Bryan Ferry pressed on with his busy solo car...more →

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PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE
Dennis Wilson
Caribou Records PZ-34354
the USA
5.56 “Average” Pop Ballad; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Farewell My Friend” (8.7) • “Thoughts Of You” (7.9) • “Time” (6.7)
TJR saysThere’s some lame to average soft rockers on Dennis’ acclaimed solo LP, but so too there are some shimmering nuggets lur...more →

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DEATH OF A LADIES MAN
Leonard Cohen
Warner Bros. Records BS-3125
Canada
5.53 “Average” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “I Left A Woman Waiting” (8.0) • “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On” (7.0) • “True Love Leaves No Traces” (6.8)
TJR saysAnd so it came to pass that, in 1977, the magical spell of non-stop Leonard Cohen excellence was finally broken. In a mo...more →

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GINA
Webert Sicot et son Ensemble
Mini Records MRS-1058
Haiti
5.23 “Below average” Caribbean

Jukebox picks: “Caponage” (6.8) • “Gina” (6.5) • “Gladys” (6.2)
TJR saysCadence, Compas, Meringue, Zouk, call it what you want, it all sounds the same to me to be honest. Suffice to say these ...more →

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BRIDGES
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Arista AB-4147
the USA
5.20 “Below average” R n B; Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “We Almost Lost Detroit” (6.7) • “Racetrack In France” (5.7) • “Vildgolia (Deaf, Dumb And Blind)” (5.5)
TJR saysFor my tastes, the subtle change from the jazzy to the funky since signing to Arista has been very welcome, and the rela...more →

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FUNKENTELECHY VS. THE PLACEBO SYNDROME
Parliament
Casablanca NBLP-7084
the USA
5.05 “Below average” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Flash Light” (7.5) • “Funkentelechy” (6.5) • “Bop Gun (Endangered Species)” (5.9)
TJR saysMy uneasy relationship with Parliament continues on their sixth long-player, probably best illustrated via the great “...more →

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THE ALBUM
ABBA
Polar POLS-282
Sweden
4.89 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “The Name Of The Game” (9.2) • “Take A Chance On Me” (8.4) • “I’m A Marionette” (6.0)
TJR saysSweden got the scoop just in time for Christmas '77, but the rest of the world had to wait patiently until the new year ...more →

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THE BOOMTOWN RATS
The Boomtown Rats
Ensign ENVY-1
Ireland
4.78 “Poor” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Lookin’ After Number 1” (6.5) • “Joey’s On The Street Again” (5.9) • “(She’s Gonna) Do You In” (5.3)
TJR saysThe debut long-player from the County Dublin sextet, now based in London, arrived in September, 1977. They lined up: Bob...more →

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OUT OF THE BLUE
Electric Light Orchestra
Jet Records UAS-1100
England
4.59 “Poor” Pop; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Mr. Blue Sky” (7.0) • “It's Over” (5.8) • “Believe Me Now” (5.7)
TJR saysThe ambitious seventh long-player from the orchestral arena-rockers arrived in October '77 as a two-disc 70 minute set, ...more →

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THE BATTLE OF DISCO
Bra Sello
Soweto SWA-14018
South Africa
4.50 “Poor” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Washa” (4.6) • “Call And Go” (4.4)
TJR saysJust as he did on 1975's “Butterfly”, brother Sello Mmutung leads his saxophone on two side-long funky jams, technically...more →

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BEFORE WE WERE SO RUDELY INTERRUPTED
The Original Animals
Barn Records Ltd 2314-104
England
4.49 “Lame” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (5.2) • “Lonely Avenue” (5.1) • “As The Crow Flies” (5.0)
TJR saysThe original 1964-1965 Animals line-up of Burdon, Price, Valentine, Chandler, and Steel had reunited for a benefit conce...more →

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THE STRANGER
Billy Joel
Columbia JC-34987
the USA
4.48 “Lame” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Only The Good Die Young” (7.4) • “She’s Always A Woman” (6.4) • “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” (4.5)
TJR saysThe critically acclaimed fifth album from the 28-year-old piano man was delivered in September, 1977. It was a big comme...more →

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FOOT LOOSE AND FANCY FREE
Rod Stewart
Riva Records RVLP-5
England
4.30 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Pop Ballad; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Hot Legs” (6.7) • “You Got A Nerve” (5.3) • “You’re In My Heart” (4.3)
TJR saysI used to think “Hot Legs” was the epitome of cool music when I was 8. I still think it's pretty cool as a 41-year-o...more →

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PETER GABRIEL [1977]
Peter Gabriel
Charisma CDS-4006
England
4.26 “Lame” Prog; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Solsbury Hill” (7.8) • “Down The Dolce Vita” (4.8) • “Moribund The Burgermeister” (4.7)
TJR saysHaving left Genesis in the summer of '75 due to disillusionment with the business itself, the Genesis machine and a desi...more →

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CSN
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Atlantic SD-19104
the USA
3.73 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Cathedral” (5.9) • “Fair Game” (4.8) • “Cold Rain” (4.7)
TJR saysMy first Crosby album in six years is, unsurprisingly, a new low in my esteem, gliding ever-further away from the Byrds,...more →

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SLEEPWALKER
The Kinks
Arista SPARTY-1002
England
3.44 “Terrible” Rock; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Life Goes On” (5.0) • “Brother” (4.7) • “Sleepwalker” (4.6)
TJR saysLast time I checked (“Muswell Hillbillies” in '71) they were on fine form, but the three whole points downturn since the...more →

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BAT OUT OF HELL
Meat Loaf
Epic PE-34974
the USA
3.37 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Bat Out Of Hell” (5.7) • “Paradise By The Dashboard Light: I. Paradise; II. Let Me Sleep On It; III. Praying For The End Of Time” (4.5) • “All Revved Up With No Place To Go” (3.6)
TJR saysUnashamedly bombastic rock opera from the soon-to-be 30-year-old actor-singer who can operate in a range of attractive o...more →

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AJA
Steely Dan
ABC Records AB-1006
the USA
2.79 “Dire” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Peg” (3.8) • “Josie” (3.7) • “Deacon Blues” (3.0)
TJR saysAnti-rock snoozefest from the Donald Fagen / Walter Becker duo, aided by a mind-boggling number of session players. Givi...more →

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BJÖRK
Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Fálkinn FA-006
Iceland
2.74 “Dire” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Bænin (Christopher Robin)” (5.5) • “Alta Mira” (3.6) • “Búkolla (Your Kiss Is Sweet)” (3.0)
TJR saysBjörk, like many great artists down through the centuries, has a work of juvenilia within her catalogue. Recorded when s...more →

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RUMOURS
Fleetwood Mac
Warner Bros. Records K-56344
England
2.74 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Second Hand News” (5.0) • “Don’t Stop” (4.8) • “Never Going Back Again” (3.8)
TJR saysGrammy-award winning, radio-friendly middle-of-the-road fare from the five-piece, all of whom were in the slipstream of ...more →

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HEAVY WEATHER
Weather Report
Columbia PC-34418
the USA
2.54 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Rumba Mamá [live]” (4.4) • “Birdland” (4.0) • “The Juggler” (3.5)
TJR saysSeventh album from the New-York-based jazz-fusion outfit co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul and the...more →

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PORTFOLIO
Grace Jones
Island Records ‎ILPS-9470
Jamaica
1.80 “An embarrassment” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “La Vie En Rose” (4.4) • “Send In The Clowns” (2.3) • “Sorry” (1.7)
TJR saysIdeal. If you’re into a camp Shirley Bassey funk crossover style. Showtime!...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1977



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