Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s (part 5)

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s (part 5)
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KAFUNTA
P.P. Arnold
Immediate IMSP-017 (1968)
the USA
5.30 “Below average” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Angel Of The Morning” (6.8) • “To Love Somebody” (6.5) • “God Only Knows” (6.0)
TJR saysThis is one of those albums which confuses the brain. Well, it confuses mine anyway. On one hand, there’s some fine dram...more →

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STAY WITH THE HOLLIES
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-1220 (1964)
England
5.25 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Whatcha Gonna Do ’Bout It” (7.3) • “You Better Move On” (6.9) • “Memphis” (5.8)
TJR saysOften perfunctory, this beat group do sparkle occasionally, and their debut offers tasteful covers of “You Better...more →

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PLEASE MR. POSTMAN
The Marvelettes
Tamla TM-228 (1961)
the USA
5.25 “Below average” Pop; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Please Mr. Postman” (6.5) • “So Long Baby” (6.2) • “Oh, I Apologize” (6.0)
TJR saysDebut LP from the Shirelles-inspired quintet, issued to capitalize on their fairy-tale debut single which was in the mid...more →

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MISS BUTTERS
Family Tree
RCA Victor LSP-3955 (1968)
the USA
5.23 “Below average” Psychedelia; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Melancholy Vaudeville Man” (6.6) • “Birthday/Dirgeday” (6.5) • “Any Other Baby” (6.3)
TJR saysSan Franciscan quintet led by Bob Segarini, completely inspired by the Englishness of “Sgt. Pepper”, with “Penny Lane” p...more →

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BLACK AND WHITE
Tony Joe White
Monument SLP-18114 (1969)
the USA
5.22 “Below average” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Don’t Steal My Love” (8.5) • “Polk Salad Annie” (6.3) • “Willie And Laura Mae Jones” (6.2)
TJR saysDebut album from the 25-year-old “Swamp Fox” recorded with Muscle Shoals/Nashville musicians David Briggs, Norbert Putna...more →

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HAVE A SMILE WITH ME
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-495 (1964)
the USA
5.22 “Below average” Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “The Man With The Weird Beard” (7.7) • “The Thing” (6.0) • “Smack Dab In The Middle” (5.9)
TJR saysReleased June, 1964. Having suffered through 5 of Ray’s 9 albums of new music in the 1960s so far, I am relieved to disc...more →

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BULL OF THE WOODS
13th Floor Elevators
International Artists IA-LP-9 (1969)
the USA
5.22 “Below average” Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Dear Dr. Doom” (6.7) • “Til Then” (5.8) • “Street Song” (5.4)
TJR saysThe 13th Floor Elevators were very much on the slide when this one arrived in March, 1969. Lead singer and songwriter Ro...more →

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SESSION WITH THE DAVE CLARK FIVE
The Dave Clark Five
Columbia 33SX 1598 (1964)
England
5.21 “Below average” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Rumble” (7.0) • “Funny” (6.5) • “She’s All Mine” (6.4)
TJR saysThe first album for the British market, released in April 1964. I can see the strategic point to it - all material was f...more →

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REACH OUT
Four Tops
Motown M-660 (1967)
the USA
5.20 “Below average” Soul; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Walk Away Renee” (7.3) • “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (6.0) • “Bernadette” (6.0)
TJR saysIssued in July 1967, and the final Four Tops LP to be produced by Motown’s main songwriting and production team, Holland...more →

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WANDA JACKSON SALUTES THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-2606 (1966)
the USA
5.20 “Below average” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Soldier’s Last Letter” (6.8) • “The Great Speckled Bird” (6.0) • “Blue Yodel no. 6” (5.8)
TJR saysDoes what is says on the tin, without exciting greatly. Wanda's celebrated dozen are: “Jambalaya” (Hank Williams wit...more →

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HOT RATS
Frank Zappa
Bizarre Records RS-6356 (1969)
the USA
5.20 “Below average” Prog; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Willie The Pimp” (6.5) • “Peaches En Regalia” (5.8) • “It Must Be A Camel” (5.5)
TJR saysA movie for your ears” says Frank in his liner notes. Turns out it's mostly a silent movie, with 5 of the 6 being i...more →

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FORBIDDEN FRUIT
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-419 (1960)
the USA
5.19 “Below average” Jazz; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Gin House Blues [1961 album version]” (8.7) • “Work Song [1961 album version]” (7.3) • “Rags And Old Iron” (5.8)
TJR says“Rags And Old Iron” makes for a soulful starter – lady got the love poverty blues, a double whammy. The melancholic and ...more →

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HEADQUARTERS
The Monkees
Colgems COS-103 (1967)
the USA
5.19 “Below average” Pop; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “You Just May Be The One” (8.0) • “Early Morning Blues And Greens” (7.1) • “Randy Scouse Git” (6.0)
TJR saysWhat with all that monkeying around, and the doubt as to whether they themselves were playing or not, it was difficult f...more →

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EVOLUTION
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-7022 (1967)
England
5.18 “Below average” Cerebral Pop; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Have You Ever Loved Somebody?” (7.4) • “You Need Love” (6.5) • “Heading For A Fall” (5.4)
TJR saysOnce again all composed by the egalitarian trio of Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash, “Evolution” was an attempt ...more →

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STONED SOUL PICNIC
The 5th Dimension
Soul City SCS-92002 (1968)
the USA
5.18 “Below average” Soul; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Sweet Blindness” (6.4) • “Stoned Soul Picnic” (6.2) • “California Soul” (6.1)
TJR saysAn uplifting set of soul pop from the quintet best described as “the black Mamas and Papas”. It’s perhaps just a tad too...more →

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SPICKS AND SPECKS
Bee Gees
Spin EL-32031 (1966)
Australia
5.17 “Below average” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Big Chance” (6.5) • “Glass House” (6.4) • “I Don’t Know Why I Bother With Myself” (5.6)
TJR saysAnother album full of Bee Gees originals, mainly down to the amazingly prolific Barry Gibb. I’ll give them their due, th...more →

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DISRAELI GEARS
Cream
Reaction 593003 (1967)
England
5.16 “Below average” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Dance The Night Away” (6.8) • “Blue Condition” (6.6) • “Sunshine Of Your Love” (5.8)
TJR saysA decent first half opens with the two big hits, “Strange Brew” and “Sunshine Of Your Love”, and improves again ...more →

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LITTLE GAMES
The Yardbirds
Epic LN-26313 (1967)
England
5.16 “Below average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Little Soldier Boy” (6.6) • “Glimpses” (6.0) • “White Summer” (5.4)
TJR saysThe fourth and final Yardbirds long player made the least impact on me; their rock jams often bore. Jeff Beck and Paul S...more →

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INSTANT PARTY!
The Everly Brothers
Warner Bros. Records W-1430 (1962)
the USA
5.15 “Below average” Country; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Trouble In Mind” (7.8) • “Jezebel” (5.9) • “True Love” (5.5)
TJR saysUndaunted by the commercial failure of the preceding LP, the Everly Brothers pressed ahead with a repeat dose of pop sta...more →

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ERIC IS HERE
Eric Burdon and The Animals
MGM Records SE-4433 (1967)
England
5.15 “Below average” Cerebral Pop; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Wait Till Next Year” (6.6) • “Mama Told Me Not To Come” (6.5) • “In The Night” (5.8)
TJR saysI’m Eric Burdon and tonight Matthew, I’m going to be… Tom Jones… "Eric Is Here" featured Burdon and drummer Barry Je...more →

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5 BY 5 = GO! - 14 TITLES BY DAVE CLARK FIVE
The Dave Clark Five
Columbia SCX-6309 (1968)
England
5.15 “Below average” Pop Ballad; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “A Little Bit Now” (6.5) • “Return My Love” (6.5) • “Who Do You Think You’re Talking To” (6.1)
TJR saysNow finding themselves out of favour in the States, the UK would now be graced with the new Dave Clark Five LP, “5 By 5 ...more →

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I LIKE IT LIKE THAT
The Dave Clark Five
Epic LN-24178 (1965)
England
5.14 “Below average” Pop

Jukebox picks: “I Need Love” (7.1) • “I Am On My Own” (6.7) • “Pumping” (6.5)
TJR saysThe LP “I Like It Like That” (Epic LN 24178) was released in the USA in November 1965. If British fans wanted it they ha...more →

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EVERYBODY KNOWS [UK]
The Dave Clark Five
Columbia 33SX 6207 (1967)
England
5.13 “Below average” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “You Got What It Takes” (7.3) • “Inside And Out” (6.9) • “Tabatha Twitchit” (6.8)
TJR saysA typically unsatisfactory DC5 hodge-podge release for the second class citizens of Britain (EMI Columbia – SX 6207), re...more →

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BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD AGAIN
Buffalo Springfield
ATCO Records SD 33-226 (1967)
the USA
5.13 “Below average” Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Broken Arrow” (7.3) • “Mr. Soul” (6.9) • “Expecting To Fly” (6.3)
TJR saysTheir second album is a much more eclectic set, touching on Soul, Rock, Jazz, Country and Folk within its 34 minutes. Th...more →

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WEEKEND IN LONDON
The Dave Clark Five
Epic LN-24139 (1965)
England
5.13 “Below average” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Your Turn To Cry” (5.8) • “I’m Thinking” (5.5) • “Mighty Good Loving” (5.5)
TJR saysThe LP “Weekend In London” (Epic LN 24139) was released in the USA in April 1965. Second album of 1965, once again its “...more →

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2370 (1961)
the USA
5.11 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Give Me The Right” (6.6) • “Sentimental Me” (6.4) • “I’m Coming Home” (5.6)
TJR saysFar too tame, far too often is the story on the latest Elvis album, only occasionally saved by some decent R n B offerin...more →

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DAVID BOWIE [1967]
David Bowie
Deram SML-1007 (1967)
England
5.09 “Below average” Pop; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Rubber Band” (7.0) • “Please Mr. Gravedigger” (6.7) • “Join The Gang” (6.5)
TJR saysReleased on 1st June 1967 - the same day as The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Both had an R n B bypass...more →

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IN THE HOLLIES STYLE
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-1235 (1964)
England
5.09 “Below average” Pop; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Come On Home” (6.6) • “Please Don’t Feel Too Bad” (5.5) • “Set Me Free” (5.3)
TJR saysReleased in November, “In The Hollies Style” was the second album for The Hollies in 1964. The R n B covers are a little...more →

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DR. BYRDS AND MR. HYDE
The Byrds
Columbia CS-9755 (1969)
the USA
5.09 “Below average” Country; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Child Of The Universe” (6.0) • “Nashville West” (5.8) • “This Wheel’s On Fire” (5.6)
TJR saysWith Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman having left to form Flying Burrito Brothers, it’s an all new Byrds line-up for this ...more →

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TRUTH
Jeff Beck
Columbia SX-6293 (1968)
England
5.08 “Below average” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Ol’ Man River” (7.1) • “You Shook Me” (5.8) • “I Ain’t Superstitious” (5.5)
TJR saysDebut album from the 24-year-old ex-Yardbird with a little help from his friends, Rod Stewart (vocals), Ronnie Wood (bas...more →

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GENESIS
Wendy and Bonnie
Skye Records SK-1006D (1969)
the USA
5.04 “Below average” Cerebral Pop; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Five O’Clock In The Morning” (6.8) • “By The Sea” (6.4) • “I Realized You” (5.4)
TJR saysThe sole album from the San-Fran-based harmonizing teenage siblings. The liner notes gave some background:...more →

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NASHVILLE SKYLINE
Bob Dylan
Columbia KCS-9825 (1969)
the USA
5.03 “Below average” Country

Jukebox picks: “Lay Lady Lay” (6.5) • “I Threw It All Away” (5.4) • “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” (5.4)
TJR saysIf “John Wesley Harding” was a backwards step then “Nashville Skyline” saw Bob in uncontrollable freefall. Ouch! What a ...more →

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HOLLIES [1965]
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-1261 (1965)
England
5.03 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “That’s My Desire” (6.2) • “Put Yourself In My Place” (5.6) • “When I Come Home To You” (5.5)
TJR saysKeen fans of The Hollies would be disappointed to note that the majority of their 3rd LP was made up of cover versions; ...more →

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HAPPINESS IS YOU
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2537 (1966)
the USA
5.02 “Below average” Country

Jukebox picks: “No One Will Ever Know” (7.0) • “Happy To Be With You” (6.4) • “Ancient History” (5.4)
TJR saysThe second of two JC albums in 1966 - not his most memorable year it has to be said. The out and out country cover of th...more →

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ELECTRIC MUSIC FOR THE MIND AND BODY
Country Joe and The Fish
Vanguard VSD-79244 (1967)
the USA
5.02 “Below average” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Section 43” (6.8) • “Happiness Is A Porpoise Mouth” (6.4) • “The Masked Marauder” (5.5)
TJR saysA highly rated psychedelic affair from the Californian five-piece, which pretty much did what it said on the tin. They l...more →

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LISTEN TO THE WARM
Rod McKuen
RCA Victor ‎LSP-3863 (1967)
the USA
5.02 “Below average” Storytelling; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Midnight Walk” (6.5) • “Round, Round, Round” (6.3) • “It’s Raining” (6.1)
TJR saysAn interesting album from the 34-year-old Californian, released in tandem with his book of poetry, also called “Listen T...more →

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THE FEEL OF NEIL DIAMOND
Neil Diamond
Bang Records BLP-214 (1966)
the USA
4.98 “Poor” Pop; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “I’ll Come Running” (7.9) • “Solitary Man” (6.2) • “Do It” (5.4)
TJR saysIn early 1966 Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich discovered a talented young singer-songwriter named Neil Diamond and brough...more →

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MOBY GRAPE [1967]
Moby Grape
Columbia CS-9498 (1967)
the USA
4.98 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Sitting By The Window” (7.0) • “Omaha” (6.7) • “Hey Grandma” (6.2)
TJR saysPatchy debut album from the San Franciscan 5-piece who line up: Peter Lewis (rhythm guitar, vocals), Jerry Miller (lead ...more →

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BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
Buffalo Springfield
ATCO Records SD 33-200 (1966)
the USA
4.98 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Flying On The Ground Is Wrong” (6.6) • “Sit Down I Think I Love You” (5.9) • “Go And Say Goodbye” (5.3)
TJR saysDebut album from the Los Angeles folk-rockers, released by Atlantic’s subsidiary Atco in December 1966. It’s a rather or...more →

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SWEET THINGS
Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames
Columbia SX-6043 (1966)
England
4.96 “Poor” Pop; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Last Night” (7.5) • “The Whole World’s Shaking” (6.5) • “Funny How Time Slips Away” (5.2)
TJR saysThe white boys and girls of Britain seemed to dig it just fine and, generally speaking, this is a respectable enough set...more →

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THE PINK PANTHER (MUSIC FROM THE FILM SCORE)
Henry Mancini
RCA Victor LPM-2795 (1963)
the USA
4.95 “Poor” Orchestra Dance; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “The Pink Panther Theme” (9.8) • “It Had Better Be Tonight [instrumental version]” (8.6) • “It Had Better Be Tonight [vocal version]” (7.0)
TJR saysEvery so often when I feel the need to check the well-being of my neurotransmitters I stick “The Pink Panther Theme...more →

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MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-410 (1962)
the USA
4.94 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (8.9) • “Worried Mind” (6.0) • “Half As Much” (5.6)
TJR saysReleased in April, 1962 and widely regarded as a landmark release in Ray’s story. Here are the highlights from Wikipedia...more →

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THE BEE GEES SING AND PLAY 14 BARRY GIBB SONGS
Barry Gibb and The Bee Gees
Leedon LL-31 (1965)
Australia
4.94 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “And The Children Laughing” (7.6) • “I Was A Lover, A Leader Of Men” (5.7) • “To Be Or Not To Be” (5.6)
TJR saysThese smilers with insanely white teeth are chameleon’s extraordinaire on their debut album. They’re Bobby Vee. They’re ...more →

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THE BEACH BOYS’ CHRISTMAS ALBUM
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records T-2164 (1964)
the USA
4.93 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Little Saint Nick” (7.7) • “Merry Christmas, Baby” (6.4) • “Blue Christmas” (5.7)
TJR saysContaining five original songs and seven standards, this is an album which has proved to be a perennial favourite in the...more →

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SHADY GROVE
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Capitol Records SKAO-391 (1969)
the USA
4.93 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Prog

Jukebox picks: “Flute Song” (6.3) • “Too Far” (5.5) • “Shady Grove” (5.4)
TJR saysGuitarist Gary Duncan had taken a leave of absence from the group, whilst Nicky 'session man' Hopkins was drafted in, gi...more →

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TIME OUT! TIME IN FOR THEM
Them
Tower ST-5116 (1968)
Northern Ireland
4.93 “Poor” Psychedelia; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Just On Conception” (6.2) • “Black Widow Spider” (5.8) • “Time Out For Time In” (5.4)
TJR saysA very ordinary sidestep into psychedelia from Them as they slip further down the ladder of relevance....more →

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THE SOUL GOES ON
Jerry Butler
Mercury SR-61171 (1968)
the USA
4.92 “Poor” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “These Arms Of Mine” (6.7) • “A Change Is Gonna Come” (6.0) • “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” (5.9)
TJR saysGets off to a bad start by repeating “Never Give You Up” from the last album. What the hell’s the matter with these ...more →

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ELI AND THE THIRTEENTH CONFESSION
Laura Nyro
Columbia CS-9626 (1968)
the USA
4.91 “Poor” Soul; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Luckie” (6.7) • “Poverty Train” (6.2) • “Lonely Women” (5.9)
TJR saysAcclaimed second album from the classy 20-year-old soul-pop artist. How classy? It even came with a perfumed lyric sheet...more →

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I’M GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL AGAIN
Buffy Saint-Marie
Vanguard VSD-79280 (1968)
Canada
4.88 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Tall Trees In Georgia” (8.2) • “Now That The Buffalo's Gone [album version '68]” (6.1) • “They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Around” (5.9)
TJR saysIncludes 3 reworkings from the back-albums: “Sometimes When I Get To Thinkin'” (Little Wheel Spin And Spin, 1966), “...more →

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YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE MY LOVE
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-2812 (1967)
the USA
4.88 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “My Days Are Darker Than Your Nights” (6.3) • “The Half That’s Mine” (6.1) • “I’m The Queen Of My Lonely Little World” (5.6)
TJR saysHer second A-list album of 1967; with a few exceptions it's suffering from the laws of diminishing returns....more →

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BAYOU COUNTRY
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fantasy 8387 (1969)
the USA
4.88 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Graveyard Train” (5.8) • “Keep On Chooglin’” (5.5) • “Born On The Bayou” (5.4)
TJR saysSecond album from the Californian quartet, played in the popular Southern Rock style. They lined up: John Fogerty (lead ...more →

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WILD HONEY
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records ST-2859 (1967)
the USA
4.87 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “How She Boogalooed It” (6.1) • “Darlin’” (6.0) • “I’d Love Just Once To See You” (5.8)
TJR saysBeach Boys 1967 is now a whole new ball game. They’re now at the forefront of a new movement. A horrible movement. It wi...more →

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FRIDAY ON MY MIND
The Easybeats
United Artists Records ULP-1167 (1967)
Australia
4.86 “Poor” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Friday On My Mind” (7.1) • “River Deep, Mountain High” (5.9) • “Happy Is The Man” (5.1)
TJR saysIn a break with Easybeats tradition there are two covers on this one. The album opens with some serious ambition – tackl...more →

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RELEASE OF AN OATH
The Electric Prunes
Reprise Records RS-6316 (1968)
the USA
4.86 “Poor” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Kol Nidre” (5.8) • “Individual Confessional” (5.6) • “The Adoration” (5.2)
TJR saysSecond religious rock album of 1968 in the name of Electric Prunes but not featuring any real Electric Prunes. Dear oh d...more →

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MASS IN F MINOR
The Electric Prunes
Reprise Records RS-6275 (1968)
the USA
4.85 “Poor” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Agnus Dei” (5.6) • “Kyrie Eleison” (5.2) • “Credo” (5.2)
TJR saysThere had already been hints of the exotic / bizarre on the Electric Prunes debut album but it’s highly unlikely that fa...more →

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SOUL THE HITS
The Ikettes
Modern Records MST-102 (1966)
the USA
4.84 “Poor” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Da Do Ron Ron” (7.6) • “(He’s Gonna Be) Fine, Fine Fine” (5.6) • “Camel Walk” (5.1)
TJR saysThe sole Ikettes album featuring 10 single sides, 1964-1966, and two previously unrleased cuts, “Can’t Sit Down ‘Cos I...more →

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BLUES BREAKERS
John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Decca LK-4804 (1966)
England
4.83 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “It Ain't Right” (6.1) • “Ramblin' On My Mind” (5.9) • “Parchman Farm” (5.7)
TJR saysAfter plans for a live album were scrapped due to technical difficulties this studio recording was made in March 1966, t...more →

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RÉCITAL À BOBINO
Édith Piaf / Théo Sarapo
Columbia ‎FSX-144 (1963)
France
4.83 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “C’Était Pas Moi [live ’63]” (5.9) • “Tiens V’La Un Matin [live ’63]” (5.8) • “Monsieur Incognito [live ’63] ” (5.6)
TJR saysRecorded in Paris, at the 163 year old Bobino Music Hall on 21st February 1963, with a small orchestra under the directi...more →

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QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Capitol Records ST-2904 (1968)
the USA
4.83 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “The Fool” (5.2) • “Dino’s Song” (5.1) • “It’s Been Too Long” (5.0)
TJR saysUnaffecting debut album from the San Franciscan psyche-blues rock-jam merchants who line up: John Cipollina (lead guitar...more →

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HARRY
Nilsson
RCA Victor LSP-4197 (1969)
the USA
4.76 “Poor” Jazz; Songwriter; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City” (7.0) • “Mournin’ Glory Story” (6.7) • “Fairfax Rag” (5.5)
TJR saysFifth album from the 28-year-old craftsman, devoid of thrills until you flip over for the the orchestral pop spleandour ...more →

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HIDE AND SEEKERS
The Seekers
W & G WG-B-2362 (1964)
Australia
4.75 “Poor” Folk; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “The Eriskay Love Lilt” (8.7) • “We’re Moving On” (5.5) • “Ox Driving Song” (5.5)
TJR saysThe Seekers are usually too middle-of-the-road for my tastes but I don't deny for a minute they have decent folkie crede...more →

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A SONG WILL RISE
Peter, Paul and Mary
Warner Bros. Records WS-1589 (1965)
the USA
4.75 “Poor” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Gilgarra Mountain” (7.2) • “Ballad Of Spring Hill (Spring Hill Disaster)” (6.1) • “Wasn’t That A Time” (5.7)
TJR saysSo sweetly nice are Peter, Paul and Mary that I'm always amazed when they deliver any songs which I actually quite like....more →

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CROWN OF CREATION
Jefferson Airplane
RCA Victor LSP-4058 (1968)
the USA
4.75 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “The House At Pooneil Corners” (7.1) • “Lather” (6.5) • “Crown Of Creation” (5.0)
TJR saysAlthough these late 60s rock bands were largely tiresome to me, there's always something appealing on Jefferson Airp...more →

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INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-465 (1963)
the USA
4.75 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Busted” (6.6) • “Over The Rainbow” (6.6) • “That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Aound Heaven)” (5.4)
TJR saysReleased in August, 1963. The artist formerly known as a soulful blues dude continues along his croon-some way with 10 s...more →

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BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Columbia CS-9720 (1968)
the USA
4.74 “Poor” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Spinning Wheel” (6.5) • “More And More” (5.2) • “Smiling Phases” (5.0)
TJR says1968 was a big year for this progressive New York based group, bookended by their first two long players. Now an ambitio...more →

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POT LUCK
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2523 (1962)
the USA
4.73 “Poor” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Suspicion” (6.8) • “Steppin’ Out Of Line” (6.7) • “Gonna Get Back Home Somehow” (6.4)
TJR saysIf any rockers were still hanging in with Elvis in 1962 they would undoubtedly be approaching each new LP with a sense o...more →

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HOLLIES SING DYLAN
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-7078 (1969)
England
4.73 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana; Country

Jukebox picks: “Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)” (6.2) • “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (5.5) • “My Back Pages” (5.5)
TJR saysCiting artistic differences, Graham Nash departed the Hollies in December, 1968, to join into a partnership with David C...more →

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ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN
The Youngbloods
RCA Victor LSP-4150 (1969)
the USA
4.71 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Trillium” (6.8) • “Ride The Wind” (6.6) • “Quicksand” (6.2)
TJR saysWith the departure of co-founder Jerry Corbitt, the core three were now: Jesse Colin Young (bass, lead vocals), Lowell L...more →

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MANN MADE
Manfred Mann
His Master's Voice CLP-1911 (1965)
England
4.70 “Poor” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “L.S.D.” (6.1) • “You’re For Me” (5.9) • “The Abominable Snowman” (5.5)
TJR saysThe last Mann album to feature original members Mike Vickers and Paul Jones. It's a strange affair, a bit Ray-Charles-es...more →

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MUSIC FROM BIG PINK
The Band
Capitol Records SKAO-2955 (1968)
Canada
4.66 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “The Weight” (6.9) • “Chest Fever” (5.5) • “This Wheel’s On Fire” (5.4)
TJR saysNamed after the practice house where it was largely conceived, the debut album from Bob Dylan's backing band was release...more →

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THE FABULOUS WAILERS AT THE CASTLE
The Wailers
Etiquette Records ETALB-1 (1962)
the USA
4.66 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Dirty Robber [live ’61]” (6.0) • “All I Could Do Was Cry [live ’61]” (5.6) • “Shivers [live ’61]” (5.2)
TJR saysRecorded in the fall of 1961 at Spanish Castle Ballroom, located midway between Seattle and Tacoma on old Highway 99. It...more →

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THE HAPPY SIDE OF WANDA
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-238 (1969)
the USA
4.64 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Less Of Me” (5.6) • “This Land Is Your Land” (5.5) • “You’ll Always Have My Love” (5.1)
TJR saysReleased in July 1969. 1 track repeats from the back-catalogue - “You'll Always Have My Love” (You'll Always Have My...more →

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NINA SIMONE AT CARNEGIE HALL
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-455 (1963)
the USA
4.63 “Poor” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Theme from "Sayonara", instrumental [live ny ’63]” (6.6) • “Black Swan” (5.1) • “Theme from "Samson and Delilah" [live ny ’63]” (5.0)
TJR saysI class this as a new album since only 1 track – the medley “The Other Woman / Cotton Eyed Joe” – had appeared befor...more →

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VINCEBUS ERUPTUM
Blue Cheer
Philips PHS 600-264 (1968)
the USA
4.63 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Rock Me Baby” (5.6) • “Summertime Blues” (5.6) • “Second Time Around” (4.5)
TJR saysDebut album from the San Franciscan stone-rock trio of Dickie Peterson (vocals, bass), Leigh Stephens (guitar) and Paul ...more →

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THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2117 (1963)
the USA
4.62 “Poor” Pop Ballad; Folk

Jukebox picks: “Ballad Of The Harp Weaver [1963]” (7.0) • “The Christmas Spirit” (5.4) • “Here Was A Man” (5.3)
TJR saysThere’s absolutely no doubting Johnny Cash’s spiritual sincerity. Not for him, a tinsel-laden, jingle-jangle cliché. He ...more →

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I’VE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL
Buck Owens and his Buckaroos
Capitol Records ST-2283 (1965)
the USA
4.62 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Let The Sad Times Roll On” (5.8) • “The Band Keeps Playin' On” (5.7) • “Memphis” (5.4)
TJR saysBuck Owens was hugely successful at this time, racking up a string of country #1 hits. His delivery on this critically a...more →

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BUTTERFLY
The Hollies
Parlophone PMC-7039 (1967)
England
4.61 “Poor” Pop; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Dear Eloise” (6.7) • “Step Inside” (5.3) • “Maker” (5.0)
TJR saysRegarded by some as more of a Graham Nash-led project, the second Hollies album of 1967 struggles to win my affection, t...more →

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OAR
Alexander Spence
Columbia CS-9831 (1969)
Canada
4.60 “Poor” Alternative Country; Alternative Folk

Jukebox picks: “Weighted Down (The Prison Song)” (8.2) • “Lawrence Of Euphoria” (6.7) • “Books Of Moses” (5.8)
TJR saysThe wiki tells us: Alexander Lee “Skip” Spence (April 18, 1946 – April 16, 1999) was a Canadian-born American musicia...more →

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GI BLUES
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2256 (1960)
the USA
4.56 “Poor” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Blue Suede Shoes [gi blues version]” (7.0) • “Doin’ The Best I Can [alternate take 9]” (6.4) • “Didja’ Ever” (6.2)
TJR saysWhen the best track on an album is a reworking from a previous set then the chances are there’s trouble in store. Such i...more →

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UP-TIGHT
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-268 (1965)
the USA
4.55 “Poor” Soul; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (6.2) • “I Want My Baby Back” (5.1) • “Blowin’ In The Wind” (5.0)
TJR saysFor me, a surefire improvement on the preceding boyish efforts where he couldn't seem to make up his mind whether he wan...more →

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EASY
The Easybeats
Parlophone PMCO-7527 (1965)
Australia
4.53 “Poor” Pop; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “You Got It Off Me” (7.4) • “You’ll Come Back Again” (5.4) • “Ya Can’t Do That” (5.0)
TJR saysHaving absorbed “Beatlemania” from a distance, the Easybeats created their own Australian version, dubbed “Easyfever”. T...more →

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I’M A LONESOME FUGITIVE
Merle Haggard and The Strangers
Capitol Records ST-2702 (1967)
the USA
4.53 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Whatever Happened To Me” (5.6) • “The Fugitive” (5.5) • “House Of Memories” (5.4)
TJR saysBasking in the glory of his recent #1 country hit, “The Fugitive”, the album, titled “I'm A Lonesome Fugitive”, was ...more →

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JEFFERSON AIRPLANE TAKES OFF
Jefferson Airplane
RCA Victor LPM-3584 (1965)
the USA
4.52 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “And I Like It” (6.3) • “Chauffeur Blues” (5.6) • “Blues From An Airplane” (5.4)
TJR saysThe debut LP from the pre-Grace-Slick version of Jefferson Airplane starts and ends reasonably well, but bores me greatl...more →

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NINA SIMONE SINGS ELLINGTON
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-425 (1962)
the USA
4.48 “Lame” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “I Like The Sunrise” (7.2) • “The Gal From Joe’s [1962 album version]” (6.4) • “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (5.4)
TJR saysEleven songs, all originally composed and recorded by Duke Ellington, undoubtedly a pleasing prospect for all of Nina’s ...more →

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LAST TIME AROUND
Buffalo Springfield
ATCO Records SD 33-256 (1968)
the USA
4.47 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Country

Jukebox picks: “In The Hour Of Not Quite Rain” (6.5) • “On The Way Home” (5.1) • “I Am A Child” (4.7)
TJR saysPlagued by infighting and drug-related arrests, Buffalo Springfield had split in April 1968, 2 months before the final a...more →

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TRAFFIC
Traffic
Island Records ILPS-9081T (1968)
England
4.46 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Vagabond Virgin” (6.6) • “(Roamin’ Thru The Gloamin’ With) 40,000 Headmen” (6.0) • “Feelin’ Alright?” (5.0)
TJR saysSecond album from the Birmingham 4-piece who're already on the slide for me, althought the opening to side two spikes th...more →

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ODESSA
Bee Gees
Polydor 583049/050 (1969)
Australia
4.46 “Lame” Pop; Pop Ballad; Film Score / Incidental

Jukebox picks: “Whisper Whisper” (6.5) • “Edison” (6.3) • “Marley Purt Drive” (6.0)
TJR saysAs Wikipedia tells, this was an ambitious project, originally intended as a concept album on the loss of a fictional shi...more →

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EVERY MOTHER’S SON
Every Mother’s Son
MGM Records SE-4471 (1967)
the USA
4.45 “Lame” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Come On Down To My Boat” (6.3) • “Allison Dozer” (5.9) • “I Believe In You” (5.0)
TJR saysStarts off well with a cover - “Come On Down To My Boat” (originally done as "Come And Take A Ride In My Boat" by Th...more →

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HAPPY TRAILS
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Capitol Records ST-120 (1969)
the USA
4.45 “Lame” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Calvary [live ’68]” (6.3) • “Who Do You Love, Pt. 1 [live ’68]” (5.0) • “Mona [live ’68]” (5.0)
TJR saysSecond album from the much-loved acid-rockers, all recorded live at Fillmore East (New York) and Fillmore West (San Fran...more →

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HYMNS FROM THE HEART
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-1722 (1962)
the USA
4.45 “Lame” Country

Jukebox picks: “When I’ve Learned Enough To Die” (5.2) • “Taller Than Trees” (5.1) • “I Got Shoes” (5.0)
TJR saysA second album of “pop gospel” from Johnny Cash, which is all very tame and comes complete with those ridiculous “Ovalti...more →

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NINA AT THE VILLAGE GATE
Nina Simone
Colpix Records CP-421 (1962)
the USA
4.43 “Lame” Jazz; Moodcore; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Zungo [live ny ’61]” (6.7) • “House of the Rising Sun [live ny ’61]” (5.4) • “Just in Time [live ny ’61]” (5.0)
TJR saysRecorded live in April 1961 at the Village Gate, New York. As Nina warms up in the opening bars of “Just in Time”, i...more →

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GRITS AND SOUL
James Brown
Smash SRS-67057 (1964)
the USA
4.40 “Lame” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Grits” (5.7) • “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf” (5.2) • “Infatuation” (4.7)
TJR saysSix originals and a cover of Jimmy Smith’s “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf” make up this low-key mid 1964 release, hi...more →

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I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TS-279 (1967)
the USA
4.40 “Lame” Soul

Jukebox picks: “A Fool For You” (5.6) • “I Was Made To Love Her” (5.0) • “I Pity The Fool” (5.0)
TJR saysThe seventh A-list album already for the seventeen-year-old, quite incredible really. As always, I struggle to get much ...more →

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STEP WE GAILY
Jimmy Shand and his Band
Parlophone PMC-1122 (1960)
Scotland
4.40 “Lame” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Reel: Mairi’s Wedding / Peat Fire Flame / I Wish I Were Married / Happy We’ve Been A’Together” (5.4) • “Strathspey: Jenny’s Bawbee / Sidlaw Hills / Gallant Fireman / Lad Wi’ The Plaidie” (5.2) • “Jig: Machine Without Horses / My Wife’s A Wanton Wee Thing / Glendaurel Highlanders” (4.5)
TJR saysAs any mobile DJ in Scotland will tell you, a Jimmy Shand LP is almost an essential part of the armoury. By 1960, the 42...more →

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DOWN TO EARTH
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-272 (1966)
the USA
4.38 “Lame” Soul; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Mr. Tambourine Man” (6.3) • “Bang Bang” (5.7) • “Be Cool, Be Calm (And Keep Yourself Together)” (5.4)
TJR saysNow a mature 16-year-old, this is a more palatable Stevie Wonder, his voice having now broken. His cover of “Bang Bang...more →

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BACHARACH BAROQUE
18th Century Corporation
United Artists Records UAS-6697 (1969)
Germany
4.38 “Lame” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Promises, Promises” (5.7) • “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” (5.3) • “I Say A Little Prayer” (5.2)
TJR saysMaverick project, made in Germany. Bohemian target audience or just budget easy listening? Well, a bit of both probably....more →

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IT’S SMOKE TIME
The Smoke
Metronome MLP 15-279 (1967)
England
4.35 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Pop; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “My Friend Jack” (6.8) • “High In A Room” (6.0) • “We Can Take It” (5.0)
TJR says“It's smoke time” eh? Wink wink. The one and only album from the York 4-piece housed a couple of decent psychedelic pop ...more →

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TIJUANA CHRISTMAS
Torero Band
Music For Pleasure MFP-1266 (1968)
England
4.35 “Lame” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “The Holly And The Ivy” (5.5) • “Silent Night” (5.3) • “Good King Wenceslas” (5.0)
TJR saysA zippy, brassy, affair; not to be taken too seriously and worth having for the odd festive mixtape drop. The sleeve not...more →

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CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Chicago Transit Authority
Columbia GP-8 (1969)
the USA
4.34 “Lame” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “I’m A Man” (6.5) • “Free Form Guitar” (6.3) • “Listen” (5.2)
TJR saysDebut album from the Chicagoan septet, released in April, 1969. They lined up: Terry Kath (guitar, backing and lead voca...more →

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SANTA MONICA PIER
Noel Harrison
Reprise Records RS-6295 (1968)
England
4.33 “Lame” Crooner / Cabaret; Folk

Jukebox picks: “Dress Rehearsal Rag” (6.6) • “So Long Marianne” (5.6) • “Highway In The Wind” (4.7)
TJR saysFair play to Noel Harrison for delivering an album which is hard to categorize - he's like some sort of bohemian variety...more →

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



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