Album Chart Of The Decade: 1950s (part 2)

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s (part 2)
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WHEN TRAGEDY STRUCK
Hank Snow
RCA Victor LPM-1861 (1959)
Canada
4.88 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Letter Edged In Black” (7.0) • “The Prisoners Prayer” (5.7) • “Old Shep” (5.6)
TJR saysThe Canadian’s brand of country pop is not too shabby – and occasionally strikes a really positive chord with Rebel sens...more →

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SATAN IS REAL
The Louvin Brothers
Capitol Records T-1277 (1959)
the USA
4.87 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “He Can Be Found” (6.7) • “The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea” (6.0) • “The Drunkard's Doom” (5.9)
TJR saysHighly-acclaimed album from Ira and Charlie, who decided upon a country-gospel theme for this one. Check that cover! Des...more →

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KENYA
Machito and his Orchestra
Roulette R-52006 (1957)
Cuba
4.86 “Poor” Latin; Orchestra Dance

Jukebox picks: “Wild Jungle” (5.9) • “Frenzy” (5.8) • “Kenya” (5.5)
TJR saysMambo mania! Or not, as the case may be. Machito’s gang deliver a brassy brand of Latin Orchestra dance where big band s...more →

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SINGING DOWN THE LANE
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-1256 (1956)
the USA
4.79 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Highway To Nowhere” (5.7) • “Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt” (5.6) • “Waltzing On Top Of The World” (5.4)
TJR saysGentleman Jim settled into his new home at RCA with a typically dependable set for which he would become famous over the...more →

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DANCE MANIA
Tito Puente and his Orchestra
RCA Victor ‎LPM-1692 (1958)
the USA
4.74 “Poor” Latin

Jukebox picks: “Hong Kong Mambo” (6.5) • “El Cayuco” (6.2) • “Mambo Gozon” (5.2)
TJR saysI’m not Latin. Nor am I dancer. I dislike the vast majority of Jazz records I’ve ever heard. But even I can dig a tune o...more →

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THE DAY THE RAINS CAME
Jane Morgan
Kapp Records KL-1105 (1958)
the USA
4.73 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “The Day The Rains Came” (10) • “Le Jour Ou La Pluie Viendra (The Day The Rains Came)” (10) • “Almost In Your Arms (Love Theme From "Houseboat")” (6.3)
TJR saysFifth album from the classy, multi-lingual chanteuse. Having been thoroughly and forever enchanted by sheer sexiness of ...more →

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THE MORSE CODE
Ella Mae Morse with Orchestra conducted by Billy May
Capitol Records ‎T-898 (1957)
the USA
4.68 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” (6.4) • “My Funny Valentine” (5.9) • “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” (5.4)
TJR says“The Morse Code” came entirely from Ella Mae’s final recording sessions in June 1957. Producer Lee Gillette allowed her ...more →

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ÉDITH PIAF SINGS AGAIN
Édith Piaf
Columbia FL-9520 (1951)
France
4.65 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Le Chevalier De Paris” (6.2) • “C’est D’la Faute” (5.2) • “Tous Les Amoureux Chantent” (4.8)
TJR saysThe first of three new Édith Piaf LPs to be issued in 1951, and the first which could perhaps be deemed as a true new mu...more →

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SONGS TO WARM THE HEART
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2001 (1959)
the USA
4.53 “Poor” Pop Ballad; Country

Jukebox picks: “How’s The World Treating You” (8.3) • “Am I Losing You?” (6.6) • “Satan Can’t Hold Me” (5.2)
TJR saysJeezo, even Jim Reeves was banging on about Satan in 1959. What the hell was happening back then? Right c’mon everybody,...more →

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THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-407 (1959)
the USA
4.48 “Lame” Big Band / Jive / Swing; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Jazz; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Chilly Winds Don’t Blow [1959 album version]” (9.4) • “Children Go Where I Send You [1959 album version]” (7.2) • “Blue Prelude” (4.2)
TJR saysA move up the coast, from Atlantic City to New York, and a change of label culminated in “The Amazing Nina Simone”, the ...more →

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TRIBUTE TO THE LADY - BILLIE HOLIDAY
Sam Cooke
Keen A-2004 (1959)
the USA
4.43 “Lame” Jazz; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Comes Love” (6.6) • “T Aint Nobody’s Bizness (If I Do)” (5.5) • “I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues” (4.7)
TJR saysSam’s third album for Keen Records, issued in April 1959. The concept looks good on paper; one soulful African American ...more →

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THE MUSIC FROM PETER GUNN
Henry Mancini
RCA Victor LPM-1956 (1958)
the USA
4.33 “Lame” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Peter Gunn” (9.4) • “Dreamsville” (5.0) • “Brief And Breezy” (4.9)
TJR saysHighly regarded by jazz enthusiasts, and a huge commercial success, hitting No.1 in the Billboard album charts – a notab...more →

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GIRLS I HAVE KNOWN
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-1685 (1958)
the USA
4.33 “Lame” Pop Ballad; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Goodnight Irene” (6.6) • “Anna Marie” (6.2) • “Marie” (6.0)
TJR saysI’ve always had a little soft spot for the richly baritoned one, a regular on my Nanna’s booming old gramophone player, ...more →

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LADY IN SATIN
Billie Holiday
Columbia CL-1157 (1958)
the USA
4.32 “Lame” Crooner / Cabaret; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “I'm A Fool To Want You” (6.0) • “You Don't Know What Love Is” (5.6) • “You've Changed” (4.5)
TJR saysThere's a morbid fascination in delving into the last Billie Holiday album released in her lifetime, her well-documented...more →

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HITS FROM “LA P’TITE LILI”
Édith Piaf
Columbia FL-9535 (1951)
France
4.04 “Lame” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Demain” (5.4) • “La Valse De L’Amour” (5.3) • “Rien De Rien” (5.2)
TJR saysAll recorded and released in 1951 – how refreshing. “La P’tite Lili” (The Maid Lili) was a short film directed by French...more →

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GUNFIGHTER BALLADS AND TRAIL SONGS
Marty Robbins
Columbia CL-1349 (1959)
the USA
3.98 “Terrible” Country

Jukebox picks: “Big Iron” (6.0) • “Utah Carol” (5.9) • “Billy The Kid” (5.2)
TJR saysRecorded in a single day, “Gunfighter Ballads” was a homage to the Wild West, smoothly sung with a pop-leaning croon. A ...more →

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SINGS THE GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN SONG BOOK
Ella Fitzgerald
Verve Records ‎MGV-4024-8 (1959)
the USA
3.97 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “The Half Of It, Dearie, Blues” (7.4) • “Boy! What Love Has Done To Me!” (6.2) • “Slap That Bass” (6.1)
TJR saysA hugely ambitious 5 disc project from the 41 year old jazz singer, arranged and directed by Nelson Riddle. Even by the ...more →

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SINGS
Jim Reeves
Abbott 5001 (1955)
the USA
3.87 “Terrible” Country

Jukebox picks: “Mother Went A Walkin’” (5.5) • “Where Does A Broken Heart Go” (4.7) • “I’ll Follow You” (4.5)
TJR saysHaving lost his star performer to RCA earlier in the year, Fabor Robison decided upon one last hurrah, rounding up Jim’s...more →

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JANE IN SPAIN
Jane Morgan with orchestra conducted by Frank Hunter
Kapp Records KL-1129 (1959)
the USA
3.87 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Perfidia” (6.7) • “Be Mine Tonight (Noche De Ronda)” (5.7) • “I Get Ideas (Adios Muchachos)” (5.5)
TJR saysThe impressive multi-linguist tackles original Spanish lyrics as well as English translations in this Latin flavoured se...more →

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JIM REEVES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-1576 (1957)
the USA
3.83 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Teardrops In My Heart” (6.5) • “I Get The Blues When It Rains” (5.1) • “Need Me” (4.4)
TJR saysNothing doing on the third Jim Reeves album – he’s become as ovaltiney as Pat Boone....more →

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KIND OF BLUE
Miles Davis
Columbia CS-8163 (1959)
the USA
3.78 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “So What” (5.1) • “All Blues” (4.0) • “Freddie Freeloader” (3.6)
TJR saysAn enormously influential set from the trumpeter, bandleader and composer. Miles Davis is widely considered one of the m...more →

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SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS!
Frank Sinatra
Capitol Records W-653 (1956)
the USA
3.70 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “I've Got You Under My Skin [1956 version]” (5.1) • “Makin' Whoopee” (4.8) • “You Make Me Feel So Young” (4.7)
TJR saysThe tenth “A-lister” from the recently turned 40 year-old arrived in March 1956 and was an altogether snazzier, more up-...more →

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IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS
Frank Sinatra
Capitol Records ‎W-581 (1955)
the USA
3.61 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning [1955 version]” (5.8) • “Mood Indigo” (5.2) • “Glad To Be Unhappy” (4.8)
TJR saysHis lonely and blue concept album, with a mood and performance drawn from a deep pool of his own messy relationship expe...more →

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CLASSICS IN JAZZ
Miles Davis
Capitol Records H-459 (1954)
the USA
3.58 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Moon Dreams” (5.5) • “Jeru” (4.2) • “Venus De Milo” (3.5)
TJR saysFor the last release in Capitol’s “Classics in Jazz” 10” LP series, Miles Davis was the featured artist and tunes from h...more →

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GOD BE WITH YOU
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-1950 (1959)
the USA
3.55 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Country

Jukebox picks: “The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees” (4.4) • “How Long Has It Been” (3.9) • “Padre Of Old San Antone” (3.9)
TJR saysA bit of a nightmare for atheist punkers it has to be said. ...more →

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BRILLIANT CORNERS
Thelonious Monk
Riverside Records RLP 12-226 (1957)
the USA
3.30 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Brilliant Corners” (4.5) • “Bemsha Swing” (4.2) • “Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are” (3.3)
TJR saysOff-kilter prog-jazz from the revered pianist which does nothing for me. According to Down Beat magazine, Brilliant Corn...more →

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SONGS TO GROW ON FOR MOTHER AND CHILD
Woody Guthrie
Folkways Records FC-7015 (1953)
the USA
3.22 “Terrible” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Grass-y, Grass, Grass” (4.5) • “Swim-y, Swim, Swim” (4.0) • “Write A Word” (4.0)
TJR saysThis compilation was first issued in 1953 according to both “Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1948-1991” by...more →

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MORE MUSIC FROM PETER GUNN
Henry Mancini
RCA Victor LPM-2040 (1959)
the USA
3.06 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Spook!” (7.3) • “Walkin’ Bass” (4.3) • “Timothy” (3.6)
TJR saysAs with the preceding “Peter Gunn” album, this jazzy oasis of nothingness cannot be saved by one especially good piece a...more →

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LET’S DANCE TO THE HITS OF THE ’30S AND ’40S
The New World Theatre Orchestra
Trans-World TW-3100 (1957)
the USA
3.03 “Terrible” Orchestra Dance

Jukebox picks: “Cheek To Cheek” (3.9) • “Dancing In The Dark” (3.7) • “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” (3.4)
TJR saysThe New World Orchestra were one of the fabricated “in-house” monikers used by Trans-World, a part of Miller Internation...more →

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NO ONE CARES
Frank Sinatra
Capitol Records W-1221 (1959)
the USA
2.50 “Dire” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “I Can’t Get Started” (4.6) • “Stormy Weather” (4.0) • “A Cottage For Sale” (3.1)
TJR saysSinatra described this as his "suicide album" adding that it should be sold with a hand gun. Altogether now… “The f...more →

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OSCAR MOORE [1954]
Oscar Moore
Skylark SKLP-19 (1954)
the USA
2.30 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Blues In B Flat” (3.7) • “Roulette” (2.9) • “The Nearness Of You” (2.2)
TJR saysA joyless 21 minutes, during which the outstanding technical proficiency of the jazz guitar wizard leaves me stone-cold ...more →

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OSCAR MOORE [1955]
Oscar Moore
Tampa LP-10 (1955)
the USA
1.76 “An embarrassment” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Warm Up” (3.0) • “Up Tempo” (2.8) • “Samson And Delilah Theme” (2.0)
TJR saysProto-George-Benson fretwork frolics from the critically acclaimed jazz guitarist. Some added character comes from the b...more →

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RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC
Rodgers and Hammerstein
RCA Victor LSO-1032 (1958)
the USA
1.56 “An embarrassment” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” (5.2) • “Happy Talk” (4.0) • “South Pacific Overture” (3.2)
TJR saysThe stylish “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” is superior to anything else on this cheese-fest, and “Happy T...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s



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