Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s (part 3)

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s (part 3)
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LOVE MAN
Otis Redding
ATCO Records SD 33-289 (1969)
the USA
6.59 “Good” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Look At That Girl” (7.9) • “Love Man” (7.8) • “I’ll Let Nothing Separate Us” (7.2)
TJR saysIt must have been a beautiful thing for Otis Redding fans in the years which followed his tragic plane crash death in De...more →

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WEST SIDE SOUL
Magic Sam Blues Band
Delmark Records DS-615 (1967)
the USA
6.59 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “That’s All I Need” (7.9) • “I Need You So Bad” (7.6) • “All Your Love” (6.9)
TJR saysThat’s All I Need” is a hot-starter, coming across as an edgier “Backfield In Motion”. It's one of four written by ...more →

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YELLOW SUBMARINE
The Beatles
Apple Records PCS-7070 (1969)
England
6.58 “Good” Film Score / Incidental; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “It’s All Too Much” (9.2) • “All You Need Is Love” (8.0) • “Yellow Submarine In Pepperland” (7.7)
TJR saysI dig this madness, occasionally genius, sometimes wacky, but rarely dull. I’m a Pepperland resident myself. I’ll give t...more →

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BABY IT’S YOU
The Shirelles
Scepter Records LP-504 (1962)
the USA
6.58 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Voice Of Experience” (8.4) • “Putty In Your Hands” (8.2) • “Soldier Boy” (7.3)
TJR saysLeads off with the smash-hit title-track which is perhaps a tad cheesy on the rhythm, but has terrific vocal harmonies a...more →

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MUDDY WATERS AT NEWPORT 1960
Muddy Waters
Chess LP-1449 (1960)
the USA
6.58 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man [live '60]” (7.5) • “Got My Mojo Working, part 2 [live '60]” (7.1) • “Got My Mojo Working [live '60]” (7.0)
TJR says“We’re the hoochie-coochie boys, the whole United States knows we’re here” proclaimed the bold Muddy within minutes ...more →

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SCOTT
Scott Walker
Philips SBL-7816 (1967)
the USA
6.57 “Good” Crooner / Cabaret; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Mathilde” (10) • “Amsterdam” (10) • “The Lady Came From Baltimore” (7.2)
TJR saysOccasionally stunning (“Mathilde” and “Amsterdam” are 2 of the most dramatic and powerful pieces of pop you coul...more →

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UNICORN
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Regal Zonophone SLRZ-1007 (1969)
England
6.57 “Good” Alternative Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “The Seal Of Seasons” (8.8) • “Chariots Of Silk” (7.6) • “She Was Born To Be My Unicorn” (7.5)
TJR saysThe third LP from the idiosyncratic duo arrived in May ’69. Performing duties on this one were assigned to: Marc Bolan (...more →

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OS MUTANTES
Os Mutantes
Polydor LPNG 44.018 (1968)
Brazil
6.57 “Good” Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “A Minha Menina” (8.5) • “Panis Et Circenses” (8.1) • “Baby” (6.9)
TJR saysIn the summer of ’68, South American hipsters in the know were groovin’ to Os Mutantes (The Mutants), an adventurous tri...more →

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ELECTRIC LADYLAND
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Track Record 613 008 (1968)
the USA
6.56 “Good” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “All Along The Watchtower” (9.8) • “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp” (8.7) • “Crosstown Traffic” (8.0)
TJR saysThe last of the three albums to be billed to the Jimi Hendrix Experience was a good ‘un, although it’s not without dull ...more →

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THE FOLK LORE OF JOHN LEE HOOKER
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1033 (1961)
the USA
6.54 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “I’m Mad Again” (8.6) • “Tupelo [live ’60]” (8.4) • “Hard Headed Woman” (7.0)
TJR saysOpens with a mesmerizing, low-key acoustic rendition of “Tupelo”, recorded live at Newport Festival in the summer of...more →

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SHAKIN’ UP A STORM
Gene Vincent and The Shouts
Columbia 33SX 1646 (1964)
the USA
6.54 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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

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LITTLE WHEEL SPIN AND SPIN
Buffy Saint-Marie
Vanguard VSD-79211 (1966)
Canada
6.53 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Sir Patrick Spens” (9.8) • “Lady Margaret” (8.0) • “Little Wheel Spin And Spin” (7.8)
TJR says8 Buffy originals and 4 traditionals make up her third LP, now with added electric guitar by Bruce Langhorne and string ...more →

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20 / 20
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records SKAO-133 (1969)
the USA
6.52 “Good” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Do It Again” (10) • “I Can Hear Music” (9.2) • “Cabinessence” (9.0)
TJR saysStarts magnificently with “Do It Again”, goes on to feature 2 splendid covers of The Ronettes “I Can Hear Music...more →

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LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9153 (1961)
the USA
6.52 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Let The Four Winds Blow” (8.4) • “Trouble Blues” (7.5) • “One Night” (7.3)
TJR saysFats tenth new music album was released in June 1961. He continues where he left off on his January LP by cutting down o...more →

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RÉCITAL 1961
Édith Piaf
Columbia FSX-133 (1961)
France
6.51 “Good” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien [live ’60]” (9.7) • “Les Blouses Blanches [live ’60]” (8.4) • “La Belle Histoire D’amour [live ’60]” (7.9)
TJR saysReleased in France in 1961, “Récital 1961” was recorded from a concert at L'Olympia on the 30th of December 1960. This w...more →

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FROM THE BEGINNING
Small Faces
Decca LK-4879 (1967)
England
6.51 “Good” Pop; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “All Or Nothing” (9.2) • “What’Cha Gonna Do About It?” (9.1) • “Plum Nellie” (8.2)
TJR saysBroke and feeling exploited by Don Arden and others at Decca Records, the Small Faces switched to the Immediate label he...more →

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CANNED HEAT [1967]
Canned Heat
Liberty LST-7526 (1967)
the USA
6.51 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Rich Woman” (7.6) • “Dust My Broom” (7.3) • “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” (7.0)
TJR saysDebut album from the Californian quintet formed in 1965 by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. Hite and Wil...more →

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N°5
Jacques Brel
Philips B 76.513 R (1961)
Belgium
6.51 “Good” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Le Moribond” (7.5) • “On N’Oublie Rien” (7.4) • “Marieke” (6.9)
TJR says“N°5” represents the end of chapter one for Brel – his fifth and final album of new music for Philips Records. It’s a so...more →

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THE BEATLES
The Beatles
Apple Records PCS-7067/8 (1968)
England
6.48 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Crooner / Cabaret; Psychedelia; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Revolution 1” (9.4) • “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill” (9.0) • “Dear Prudence” (8.6)
TJR saysClocking in at an unsexy NINETY FOUR minutes, the tenth Beatles LP could do with being severely trimmed. The first and l...more →

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NOW AND THEM
Them
Tower ST-5104 (1968)
Northern Ireland
6.47 “Decent enough” Pop; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Walking In The Queens Garden” (9.1) • “What’s The Matter Baby?” (7.2) • “I’m Your Witch Doctor” (6.9)
TJR saysSomewhat unexpectedly, a third fine album statement arrived from Them in January ‘68. With Van Morrison having quit back...more →

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I MISS YOU SO
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9138 (1961)
the USA
6.47 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “It Keeps Rainin’” (8.4) • “What A Price” (8.4) • “Fell In Love On Monday” (7.2)
TJR saysReleased January 1961. Unusually for Fats there are only 5 of his originals and 7 covers on this one. Many of the covers...more →

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THE DUBLINERS
The Dubliners with Luke Kelly
Transatlantic Records TRA-116 (1964)
Ireland
6.46 “Decent enough” Folk

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

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LADY SOUL
Aretha Franklin
Atlantic SD-8176 (1968)
the USA
6.46 “Decent enough” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “People Get Ready” (8.1) • “Money Won’t Change You” (7.3) • “Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)” (6.6)
TJR saysAnother big success for Aretha Franklin and Atlantic Records, a million selling album spawning three Top Ten hits in the...more →

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COME BY HERE
Inez and Charlie Foxx
Dynamo Records DM-7000 (1967)
the USA
6.45 “Decent enough” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Come By Here” (7.7) • “My Special Prayer” (7.0) • “Guilty” (7.0)
TJR saysSecond album proper from the sibling duo of 22-year-old Inez on lead vocals, and her big brother Charlie on backing voca...more →

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FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-4155 (1969)
the USA
6.44 “Decent enough” Soul

Jukebox picks: “In The Ghetto” (10) • “I’m Movin’ On” (8.3) • “Power Of My Love” (6.9)
TJR saysSome wonderfully soulful performances here, including the masterful “In The Ghetto”....more →

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A HARD DAY’S NIGHT: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK
The Beatles
United Artists UAL-3366 (1964)
England
6.44 “Decent enough” Pop

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

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ANIMALISM
The Animals
MGM Records SE-4414 (1966)
England
6.44 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Hey Gyp” (7.3) • “The Other Side Of This Life” (7.2) • “Outcast” (7.0)
TJR saysThe fourth and final album by Animals mkI took their love of the blues and fused it with a harder-edged guitar sound, ad...more →

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THEM BELFAST GYPSIES
Belfast Gypsies
Grand Prix GP-9923 (1967)
Northern Ireland
6.43 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Gloria’s Dream” (8.2) • “Suicide Song” (7.3) • “People, Let’s Freak Out” (6.7)
TJR saysA fine splinter group from Them, so much so that many people who bought the record were fooled into thinking that it act...more →

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STAND!
Sly and The Family Stone
Epic BN-26456 (1969)
the USA
6.43 “Decent enough” Disco / Funk; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Everyday People” (8.0) • “Sex Machine” (7.1) • “I Want To Take You Higher” (6.8)
TJR saysRaising the bar again from last year's “Dance To The Music” with only the sickly pop-funk-rock chops of “Somebody’s Wa...more →

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TRIANGLE
The Beau Brummels
Warner Bros. Records WS-1692 (1967)
the USA
6.43 “Decent enough” Folk Rock / Americana; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Painter Of Women” (7.7) • “Magic Hollow” (7.5) • “The Wolf Of Velvet Fortune” (7.4)
TJR saysTheir 4th LP “Triangle” gave me my first collection of Beau Brummels songs since “Laugh, Laugh”, their poppy debut singl...more →

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FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2647 (1968)
the USA
6.41 “Decent enough” Country; Folk

Jukebox picks: “Cisco Clifton’s Filling Station” (9.4) • “The Walls Of A Prison” (8.4) • “The Masterpiece” (7.3)
TJR says1968 was a big year for Cash, both as a man and an artist. It started in January with “From Sea To Shining Sea”, once ag...more →

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THAT’S MY STORY
John Lee Hooker
Riverside Records RLP-12-321 (1960)
the USA
6.41 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Gonna Use My Rod” (7.8) • “Come On And See About Me” (7.0) • “One Of These Days” (6.7)
TJR saysA single-day session recorded on February 9, 1960 at Reeves Sound Studio in New York City. It’s a real intimate affair –...more →

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BROADSIDE BALLADS (LONDON: 1600 - 1700)
Ewan MacColl with accompaniments by Peggy Seeger, Alf Edwards and Alfie Kahn
Folkways Records FW-3043 (1962)
England
6.41 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “King Lear And His Three Daughters” (7.3) • “Room For Company” (7.0) • “Pity's Lamentation” (6.6)
TJR saysThe restless Ewan MacColl continues to explore folk music traditions, this time looking back to the broadside ballads of...more →

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GOSPEL TIME
Ruth Brown
Philips 200-055 (1962)
the USA
6.40 “Decent enough” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Satisfied” (8.7) • “Morning Train” (8.3) • “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” (7.1)
TJR saysRecorded in Nashville in June 1962, and first issued in September of that year. “Gospel Time” is really quite a remarkab...more →

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THE PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS
13th Floor Elevators
International Artists IA-LP-1 (1966)
the USA
6.40 “Decent enough” Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “You’re Gonna Miss Me” (8.7) • “Roller Coaster” (7.8) • “Reverberation (Doubt)” (7.6)
TJR saysWelcome to the garden of earthly delights; time to take a trip and elevate your mind! I’m not one for a lot of psychedel...more →

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BURNIN’
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1043 (1962)
the USA
6.40 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Boom Boom [1961 version]” (7.8) • “Drug Store Woman” (7.7) • “Process” (6.6)
TJR saysAnother solid set from the cool bluesman, this time backed all the way with a full complement of players: John Lee Hooke...more →

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TWISTIN THE STOMP
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9170 (1962)
the USA
6.39 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Wait And See” (8.1) • “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?” (7.2) • “Twistin’ The Stomp” (7.1)
TJR saysReleased in February, this was the first of two new Fats albums in 1962, and he’s not shy in becoming yet another to app...more →

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SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS
The Kinks
Pye Records NPL-18193 (1967)
England
6.38 “Decent enough” Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “David Watts” (9.2) • “Waterloo Sunset” (8.3) • “Tin Soldier Man” (7.4)
TJR saysA decent Kinks album with some very fine highs, all written by the Davies brothers themselves, including 3 by Dave. Both...more →

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NEVER GROW OLD
The Maytals
Studio One JBL-1113 (1963)
Jamaica
6.37 “Decent enough” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “I’ll Never Grow Old” (9.0) • “My Destination” (7.3) • “Tell Me You Love Me” (7.2)
TJR saysThe first Maytals LP was released without their say so. Like so many Jamaican singers, the trio were seeing very little ...more →

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TEN YEARS AFTER
Ten Years After
Deram SML-1015 (1967)
England
6.37 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Losing The Dogs” (8.2) • “Spoonful” (6.6) • “Help Me” (6.6)
TJR saysDebut album from the Nottingham blues rockers who line up: Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals), Chick Churchill (organ), Leo Lyons (...more →

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SURFER GIRL
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-1981 (1963)
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Little Deuce Coupe” (9.7) • “South Bay Surfer (The Old Folks At Home)” (8.7) • “Our Car Club” (6.7)
TJR saysThe Beach Boys message continues loud and clear on their second LP of 1963… //“Catch a wave you’ll be sittin’ on top of ...more →

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GOODBYE AND HELLO
Tim Buckley
Elektra EKS-74028 (1967)
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Goodbye And Hello” (8.8) • “I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain” (7.8) • “Hallucinations” (6.8)
TJR saysThis was a dark and ambitious folk record for 1966 - that it was delivered by a 20-year-old was all the more remarkable....more →

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DR. FEELGOOD AND THE INTERNS
Dr. Feelgood and The Interns
Okeh OKM-12101 (1962)
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Mister Moonlight” (7.9) • “I’ll Be Home One Day” (7.3) • “I’ll Give Anything” (6.5)
TJR saysAfter playing for 25 years as Piano Red, the 50-year-old William Lee Perryman decided to try and give his career some fr...more →

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THERE’S A PARTY GOIN’ ON
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-1511 (1961)
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Hard Headed Woman” (7.8) • “Tongue Tied” (7.3) • “Man We Had A Party” (6.9)
TJR saysReleased in January 1961. Another straight ahead rockabilly set from Wanda, solid if unspectacular. The LP is dominated ...more →

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TROUT MASK REPLICA
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
Straight STS-1053 (1969)
the USA
6.35 “Decent enough” Avant-Garde; Alternative Rock; Prog

Jukebox picks: “The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)” (10) • “Steal Softly Thru Snow” (8.9) • “Bills Corpse” (8.8)
TJR saysThe line up at the time of release in June, 1968 was Don van Vliet (28, vocals, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass...more →

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S.F. SORROW
Pretty Things
Columbia SCX-6306 (1968)
England
6.35 “Decent enough” Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Private Sorrow” (8.7) • “S.F. Sorrow Is Born” (8.2) • “Balloon Burning” (7.2)
TJR saysReleased late in 1968, this concept album was based on a short story by singer Phil May, structured as a song cycle, tel...more →

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ILLUMINATIONS
Buffy Saint-Marie
Vanguard VSD-79300 (1969)
Canada
6.35 “Decent enough” Psychedelia; Folk

Jukebox picks: “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot” (7.9) • “Mary” (7.6) • “Better To Find Out Yourself” (7.0)
TJR saysA strong bounce-back from last years rather awkward “I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again”, which sees Buffy completely rei...more →

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HALLELUJAH
Canned Heat
Liberty LST-7618 (1969)
the USA
6.33 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Do Not Enter” (8.3) • “Big Fat (The Fat Man)” (7.6) • “Change My Ways” (6.9)
TJR saysAnother solid set from the boogie bluesmen with Al Wilson’s “Do Not Enter” and “Change My Ways” standing out - a...more →

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SKA WITH LAUREL
Laurel Aitken
Rio LR-1 (1965)
Cuba
6.33 “Decent enough” Ska / Rocksteady; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Street Of Glory” (7.7) • “Madame Sorosie” (7.2) • “Call The Doctor” (7.0)
TJR saysIt's hard to find out the background to this LP – sources seem divided between 1965 and 1966 as to the year of release. ...more →

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LIVING THE BLUES
Canned Heat
Liberty LST-27200 (1968)
the USA
6.32 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Going Up The Country” (10) • “Sandy’s Blues” (8.8) • “My Mistake” (6.9)
TJR saysThe second Canned Heat album of 1968 was a sprawling two-record set, with mixed results over the 90 minutes. Featuring g...more →

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LAUREL AITKEN SAYS FIRE
Laurel Aitken
Doctor Bird DLM-5012 (1969)
Cuba
6.32 “Decent enough” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Fire (In Your Wire)” (8.4) • “Worried Over Me” (7.1) • “Quando Quando Quando” (6.9)
TJR says“Laurel Aitken Says Fire” embraces the new reggae style. Of the 8 originals “Fire (In Your Wire)” is a real keeper. ...more →

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CALL OF THE VALLEY
Shivkumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brijbhushan Kabra
His Master's Voice ‎ECLP-2382 (1968)
India
6.32 “Decent enough” Desi

Jukebox picks: “Bhoop” (7.1) • “Ahir Bhairav” (6.6) • “Rag Piloo” (6.5)
TJR saysThis all-instrumental classical Indian affair is a concept album which follows a day in the life of an Indian shepherd f...more →

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TALKIN’ TO YOUR HEART
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2339 (1961)
the USA
6.31 “Decent enough” Country

Jukebox picks: “Old Tige” (9.4) • “Men With Broken Hearts” (7.7) • “(Far Away Feeling) The Spell Of The Yukon” (7.6)
TJR saysJim Reeves unleashes his inner Luke The Drifter on this fine LP of recitations. On “The Gun” he catches up with the ...more →

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FIVE LIVE YARDBIRDS
The Yardbirds
Columbia 33SX 1677 (1964)
England
6.31 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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

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EVERY ONE OF US
Eric Burdon and The Animals
MGM Records SE-4553 (1968)
England
6.31 “Decent enough” Rock

Jukebox picks: “The Immigrant Lad” (7.5) • “Year Of The Guru” (7.4) • “New York 1963 - America 1968” (7.2)
TJR says1968 was a very busy year for The Animals, “Every One Of Us” was the second of three albums to be released in the year, ...more →

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ELECTRIC COMIC BOOK
Blues Magoos
Mercury SR-61104 (1967)
the USA
6.31 “Decent enough” Psychedelia; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Rush Hour” (7.2) • “There’s A Chance We Can Make It” (6.9) • “Life Is Just A Cher O’Bowlies” (6.7)
TJR saysA bright follow up to “Psychedelic Lollipop”, laced with more of that swirling organ, and coated with an endearing sense...more →

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FOR YOUR LOVE
The Yardbirds
Epic LN-24167 (1965)
England
6.30 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “I Ain’t Done Wrong” (8.4) • “For Your Love” (7.9) • “Putty (In Your Hands)” (7.4)
TJR saysThe second Yardbirds album was compiled by Giorgio Gomelsky, the group’s impresario, for Epic in the United States. It w...more →

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THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY
The Kinks
Pye Records NPL-18233 (1968)
England
6.30 “Decent enough” Cerebral Pop; Pop; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “The Village Green Preservation Society [original mono album version]” (7.8) • “Big Sky [original mono album version]” (7.4) • “Starstruck [original mono album version]” (7.3)
TJR saysThis famously English affair, all written by Ray Davies, had more in common with the worlds of folk and music hall than ...more →

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WEE TAM AND THE BIG HUGE
The Incredible String Band
Elektra EKL-4036/37 (1968)
Scotland
6.29 “Decent enough” Folk; Alternative Folk

Jukebox picks: “Log Cabin Home In The Sky” (9.0) • “Douglas Traherne Harding” (7.8) • “Ducks On A Pond” (7.6)
TJR saysWee Tam is you or I; we're looking at the Big Huge star-filled universe above, around and beyond us. There are four play...more →

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I GOT THE FEELIN’
James Brown
King Records KS-1031 (1968)
the USA
6.29 “Decent enough” Soul; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “You’ve Got The Power [1968 version]” (8.7) • “Shhhhhhh (For A Little While)” (7.3) • “Stone Fox [1968 version]” (7.2)
TJR saysNot too shabby, dragged down a little by some late night instrumental meandering fillers, but pulled up by some top notc...more →

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ON CAMPUS
John Lee Hooker
Vee Jay Records VJLP-1066 (1963)
the USA
6.29 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Birmingham Blues” (7.6) • “I Want To Ramble” (7.0) • “One Way Ticket” (6.9)
TJR saysArriving in September, this set was following on from “The Big Soul of John Lee Hooker”, and continued in a not too dis-...more →

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A PORTRAIT OF PATSY CLINE
Patsy Cline
Decca DL-4508 (1964)
the USA
6.28 “Decent enough” Country

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

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CONTINUED
Tony Joe White
Monument SLP-18133 (1969)
the USA
6.28 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Elements And Things” (8.2) • “I Want You” (8.0) • “I Thought I Knew You Well” (7.0)
TJR saysThe second long-player from the 26-year-old blues-rocker outta Louisiana was tellingly recorded in both Nashville and Me...more →

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IT’S BURKES LAW
Prince Buster All Stars
Blue Beat BBLP-806 (1965)
Jamaica
6.27 “Decent enough” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “Al Capone” (9.0) • “She Pon Top” (8.8) • “Burke’s Law” (7.2)
TJR saysHis second new set of the year for Blue Beat, moving away from the Jamaican traditionals in favour of the Ska. Opens up ...more →

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BALLAD OF EASY RIDER
The Byrds
Columbia CS-9942 (1969)
the USA
6.27 “Decent enough” Country; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (8.9) • “Fido” (8.1) • “Ballad Of Easy Rider” (7.7)
TJR saysRoger McGuinn had been commisioned to write the theme to the high profile 1969 film “Easy Rider” and it’s this track whi...more →

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MY KIND OF BLUES
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2392 (1961)
the USA
6.27 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Since I Met You Baby” (8.9) • “You’re Always On My Mind” (7.4) • “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (6.7)
TJR saysSam’s 4th LP for RCA, released in October 1961. This is much more palatable for me. He continues to mine the American So...more →

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AXISː BOLD AS LOVE
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Track Record 612 003 (1967)
the USA
6.27 “Decent enough” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Spanish Castle Magic” (8.3) • “If 6 Was 9” (7.5) • “Wait Until Tomorrow” (6.7)
TJR saysGood though some of this stuff is, you can’t help but get the feeling that this set is the left overs from the the “Are ...more →

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TWO SIDES OF WANDA
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-2030 (1964)
the USA
6.27 “Decent enough” Country; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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

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THE BLUES NEVER DIE!
Otis Spann
Prestige PR-7391 (1965)
the USA
6.26 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Dust My Broom” (8.0) • “Lightnin’” (6.7) • “Straighten Up, Baby” (6.6)
TJR saysRecorded in Chicago, Illinois on November 21st, 1964. 2 tracks gets a reworking – “I Got A Feeling” (The Blues Of Ot...more →

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IF IT’S ONLY FOR TONIGHT
O.V. Wright
Back Beat BLP-61 (1965)
the USA
6.26 “Decent enough” Soul Ballad; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Motherless Child” (7.2) • “You’re Gonna Make Me Cry” (7.0) • “Can’t Find True Love” (6.6)
TJR saysBeset by legal wrangles, O.V. switched from Goldwax to the Peacock Records imprint Back Beat where he'd settle for sever...more →

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KING OF THE SURF GUITAR
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones
Capitol Records T-1930 (1963)
the USA
6.25 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Hava Nagila” (8.4) • “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” (7.5) • “King Of The Surf Guitar” (7.3)
TJR saysAs far as I’m concerned yer man was underachieving on his first two LP’s. Too much goofing around on the vocals here and...more →

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ANIMALISMS
The Animals
Decca LK-4797 (1966)
England
6.25 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Outcast” (8.4) • “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” (7.4) • “What Am I Living For” (7.2)
TJR saysThe first Animals album to feature any originals and there’s three of them, with new organ player Dave Rowberry being cr...more →

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WHAT A PARTY
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9164 (1961)
the USA
6.23 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Trouble In Mind [album version ’61]” (8.5) • “Bad Luck And Trouble” (7.6) • “Before I Grow Too Old” (7.0)
TJR saysReleased October 1961 (Imperial LP-9164). Fats 3rd LP of the year sees him reverse the trend for covers, with 9 of his o...more →

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ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2309 (1965)
the USA
6.23 “Decent enough” Country; Folk

Jukebox picks: “Orange Blossom Special [1964]” (8.2) • “The Wall [1964]” (7.3) • “It Ain’t Me Babe” (6.7)
TJR saysWhilst it can’t live with the exhilarating brilliance of the preceding “Bitter Tears” LP, “Orange Blossom Special” conti...more →

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MIDNIGHT RIDE
Paul Revere and The Raiders
Columbia CL-2508 (1966)
the USA
6.23 “Decent enough” Cerebral Pop; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Get It On” (7.8) • “Kicks” (7.4) • “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” (7.2)
TJR saysThe first of two ’66 LPs from the quintet arrived in May. The set was notable for including songs written by all group m...more →

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BROADSIDE BALLADS (LONDON: 1600 - 1700) VOLUME TWO - FEMALE FROLLICKS AND POLITICKE
Ewan MacColl with accompaniments by Peggy Seeger, Alf Edwards and Alfie Kahn
Folkways Records FW-3044 (1962)
England
6.23 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “A King And No King” (6.8) • “The Female Frolic” (6.5) • “Give Me My Yellow Hose” (5.9)
TJR saysA companion set to Volume 1, Ewan continues to explore the broadsi...more →

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BLUE JEANS A’ SWINGING
Swinging Blue Jeans
His Master's Voice CLP-1802 (1964)
England
6.22 “Decent enough” Pop; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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

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MUSICAL SCORE FROM THE FILM: WHALER OUT OF NEW BEDFORD
Ewan MacColl
Folkways Records FS-3850 (1962)
England
6.22 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Mary Ann” (7.3) • “The Bark Gay Head” (6.8) • “Desolation” (6.5)
TJR saysAnother interesting project for the in-demand Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, the fifth “A-list” album of 1962 for Ewan....more →

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MR. SOUL
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2673 (1963)
the USA
6.21 “Decent enough” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Nothing Can Change This Love I Have For You” (8.8) • “Chains Of Love” (7.4) • “These Foolish Things” (6.8)
TJR saysSam’s 6th album for RCA and it seems, at last, like he has found a style which can appease his own desire to croon with ...more →

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MIXED BAG
Richie Havens
Verve Forecast FTS-3006 (1967)
the USA
6.21 “Decent enough” Songwriter; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Follow” (7.9) • “Handsome Johnny” (7.7) • “Morning, Morning” (7.2)
TJR saysArriving in February, 1967, was the debut LP from this soulful Folkie, landing somewhere between Bob Dylan and Tim Buckl...more →

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SWEENEY’S MEN
Sweeney’s Men
Transatlantic Records TRA-170 (1968)
Ireland
6.21 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Handsome Cabin Boy” (7.4) • “Dicey Riley” (7.3) • “Reynard The Fox” (6.8)
TJR saysThis fine debut album - a mix of Irish and American folk traditionals - was issued in July, 1968. With hindsight a super...more →

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SPICE OF LIFE
Marlena Shaw
Cadet Records LPS-833 (1969)
the USA
6.20 “Decent enough” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Woman Of The Ghetto” (9.5) • “Liberation Conversation” (8.0) • “I’m Satisfied” (7.8)
TJR saysThe second album from the 27-year-old New Yorker was, for my tastes, a class apart from her jazzy debut set from 2 years...more →

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LINK WRAY AND THE WRAYMEN
Link Wray and The Wraymen
Epic LN-3661 (1960)
the USA
6.20 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Raw-Hide” (7.5) • “Ramble” (7.4) • “Right Turn” (6.6)
TJR saysAlas, the high watermark of 1958s “Rumble” was not maintained when the time came for the debut Link Wray LP. Having been...more →

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EASTER EVERYWHERE
13th Floor Elevators
International Artists IA-LP-5 (1967)
the USA
6.19 “Decent enough” Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Slip Inside This House” (7.4) • “(I’ve Got) Levitation” (6.5) • “Slide Machine” (6.4)
TJR saysThe second album from the Austin, Texas five-piece arrived in November, 1967, and grew to be acclaimed as one of the gre...more →

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OUT OF SIGHT
James Brown
Smash SRS-67058 (1964)
the USA
6.18 “Decent enough” Crooner / Cabaret

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

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IN STYLE WITH THE CRICKETS
The Crickets
Coral CRL-57320 (1960)
the USA
6.18 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “When You Ask About Love” (8.0) • “I Fought The Law” (7.2) • “Love’s Made A Fool Of You” (7.2)
TJR saysWith Buddy Holly on solo tour in late 1959, bassist Joe Mauldin, drummer Jerry Allison and guitarist Sonny Curtis (a fri...more →

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NEW JUKE-BOX HITS
Chuck Berry
Chess LP-1456 (1961)
the USA
6.17 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Run Around” (8.2) • “Don’t You Lie To Me” (6.8) • “Route 66” (6.8)
TJR says“New Juke-Box Hits” would be the last new-material Chuck Berry LP for quite some time, as he’d be locked up for an 18 mo...more →

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NEIL YOUNG
Neil Young
Reprise Records RS-6317 (1968)
Canada
6.17 “Decent enough” Folk Rock / Americana; Rock; Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “The Last Trip To Tulsa” (7.4) • “The Loner” (6.6) • “I’ve Loved Her So Long” (6.6)
TJR saysNeil Young had too much songwriting in him to be fulfilled in Buffalo Springfield's busy creative hub and his progressio...more →

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PLEASE PLEASE ME
The Beatles
Parlophone PMC-1202 (1963)
England
6.16 “Decent enough” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Twist And Shout” (9.3) • “Anna (Go To Him)” (7.0) • “Please Please Me” (6.9)
TJR says8 originals and 6 covers were presented on The Beatles debut record, showcasing the group’s ability to put a pop spin on...more →

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THE NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS
The Byrds
Columbia CS-9575 (1968)
the USA
6.16 “Decent enough” Folk Rock / Americana; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Goin’ Back” (7.5) • “Old John Robertson” (7.3) • “Space Odyssey” (7.2)
TJR saysAn album which floats along on a real magic carpet ride where moog synthesizers sit aside steel guitars whilst hosts phi...more →

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YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
The Dave Clark Five
Epic LN-24312 (1967)
England
6.15 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Doctor Rhythm” (8.5) • “Thinking Of You Baby” (7.8) • “You Got What It Takes” (7.3)
TJR saysAll new material on “You Got What It Takes” (Epic LN 24312), released in the USA in July 1967. The opening title track...more →

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THE WHO SELL OUT
The Who
Track Record 612 002 (1967)
England
6.15 “Decent enough” Pop; Cerebral Pop; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Armenia City In The Sky” (8.4) • “I Can See For Miles” (7.6) • “Odorono” (6.9)
TJR saysConceptualized as a broadcast by pirate station Radio London, “The Who Sell Out” came complete with in-between jingles, ...more →

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THE TOYS SING “A LOVER’S CONCERTO” AND “ATTACK!”
The Toys
Dynovoice Records DVM-9002 (1966)
the USA
6.14 “Decent enough” Pop

Jukebox picks: “A Lover’s Concerto” (9.7) • “This Night” (7.8) • “Baby’s Gone” (6.6)
TJR saysIssued in January ’66 following the release of their two latest singles, “A Lover’s Concerto” (August ’65) and “Attack...more →

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LED ZEPPELIN II
Led Zeppelin
Atlantic 588198 (1969)
England
6.14 “Decent enough” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Whole Lotta Love” (9.0) • “Ramble On” (6.8) • “Bring It On Home” (6.5)
TJR saysIt's just over a year since The Yardbirds were dissolved and already this is the second long player from the newly emerg...more →

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AROUND GRAPEFRUIT
Grapefruit
ABC-Dunhill Records DS-50050 (1968)
England
6.14 “Decent enough” Psychedelia; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Yes” (7.8) • “C’mon Marianne” (6.8) • “Elevator” (6.7)
TJR saysOn their debut album the very capable London 4-piece lined up: George Alexander (bass guitar), John Perry (lead guitar),...more →

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RIGHT OR WRONG [1961]
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-1596 (1961)
the USA
6.14 “Decent enough” Country; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Slippin’ And Slidin’” (7.6) • “The Window Up Above” (6.8) • “Why I’m Walkin’” (6.8)
TJR saysLeads off with the title track, an original country-tinged Rock n Roll ballad which had given Wanda her second hit singl...more →

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JUST DAVE VAN RONK
Dave Van Ronk
Mercury SR-60908 (1964)
the USA
6.14 “Decent enough” Folk

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

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WOULD YOU BELIEVE?
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-7008 (1966)
England
6.13 “Decent enough” Cerebral Pop; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “That’s How Strong My Love Is [mono version]” (8.4) • “I Am A Rock [mono version]” (7.6) • “I’ve Got A Way Of My Own [mono version]” (7.0)
TJR saysThey were never the greatest band for a left-field music lover like myself, but they had their moments here and there wi...more →

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THE ELECTRIC PRUNES
The Electric Prunes
Reprise Records RS-6248 (1967)
the USA
6.13 “Decent enough” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” (8.4) • “The King Is In The Counting House” (7.0) • “Sold To The Highest Bidder” (6.9)
TJR saysThese Garage Rockers out of L.A. were introduced to producer Dave Hassinger who believed they had talent, but lacked abi...more →

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A MAN NEEDS A WOMAN
James Carr
Goldwax Records GW-3002 (1968)
the USA
6.13 “Decent enough” Soul Ballad; Soul

Jukebox picks: “You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up” (7.3) • “A Man Needs A Woman” (6.7) • “I’m A Fool For You” (6.7)
TJR saysHangs on to “new album” status although 2 tracks are repeated from last years debut LP (hence the part “comp” tag), “The...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s



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