Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s (part 6)

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s (part 6)
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HOLLIES SING HOLLIES
The Hollies
Parlophone PCS-7092 (1969)
England
4.32 “Lame” Cerebral Pop; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Soldiers Dilemma” (6.0) • “Goodbye Tomorrow” (5.1) • “A) Marigold, B) Gloria Swansong” (4.9)
TJR saysArriving in November was the second LP of the year from the latest Hollies 5-piece. By way of complete contrast to their...more →

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KICK OUT THE JAMS
MC5
Elektra EKS-74042 (1969)
the USA
4.31 “Lame” Proto-Punk; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Come Together [live '69]” (4.9) • “Kick Out The Jams [live '69]” (4.8) • “Ramblin’ Rose [live '69]” (4.7)
TJR saysFor their debut LP the Michigan 5-piece (MC5, see?) opted to document a live session recorded in their home state at the...more →

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LAST EXIT
Traffic
Island Records ILPS-9097 (1969)
England
4.29 “Lame” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Just For You” (7.2) • “Something's Got A Hold Of My Toe” (5.1) • “Shanghai Noodle Factory” (4.1)
TJR saysWith Stevie Winwood having left for Blind Faith in early '69, Traffic were thought to be over and Island Records cobbled...more →

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GROOVY KIND OF LOVE
The Mindbenders
Fontana MGF-27554 (1966)
England
4.29 “Lame” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Seventh Son” (5.9) • “The Way You Do The Things You Do” (5.7) • “You Don’t Know About Love” (5.1)
TJR saysLargely unaffecting pop fayre, with pass marks for two first-half covers, “The Way You Do The Things You Do” (The Te...more →

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THE STORY OF SIMON SIMOPATH
Nirvana
Island Records ILPS-9059 (1967)
England
4.25 “Lame” Pop; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Pentecost Hotel” (5.0) • “1999” (5.0) • “Satellite Jockey” (4.8)
TJR saysThe lightly psychedelic, lightly progressive debut from the ambitious Londoners doesn't grip me in the slightest. Wikipe...more →

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THE YOUNGBLOODS
The Youngbloods
RCA Victor LSP-3724 (1967)
the USA
4.24 “Lame” Folk Rock / Americana; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Get Together” (5.7) • “Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby” (5.1) • “Tears Are Falling” (4.6)
TJR saysTasteful but boring debut album from the New York folk-rockers who lined up: Jesse Colin Young (bass, lead vocals, rhyth...more →

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THE BAND
The Band
Capitol Records STAO-132 (1969)
Canada
4.23 “Lame” Folk Rock / Americana; Country

Jukebox picks: “Up On Cripple Creek” (5.8) • “Rockin’ Chair” (5.4) • “Rag Mama Rag” (5.2)
TJR saysSecond album from the Canadians, even more boring than the first. Known, unironically, as “The Brown Album”....more →

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BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
Burt Bacharach
A&M Records SP-4227 (1969)
the USA
4.23 “Lame” Orchestra Dance

Jukebox picks: “Not Goin’ Home Anymore” (5.0) • “South American Getaway” (4.9) • “The Sundance Kid” (4.8)
TJR saysIncludes 3 versions of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and a whole lot of M.O.R. dance orchestra filler. Not muc...more →

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TONE FLOAT
Organisation
RCA Victor SF-8111 (1969)
Germany
4.22 “Lame” Avant-Garde; Prog

Jukebox picks: “Tone Float” (5.7) • “Milk Rock” (5.1) • “Noitasinagro” (3.8)
TJR saysFlorian Schneider-Esleben and Ralf Hütter were both 22-years-old when they released their first LP into the world in the...more →

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HARD ’N’ HEAVY (WITH MARSHMALLOW)
Paul Revere and The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay
Columbia CS-9753 (1969)
the USA
4.22 “Lame” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Without You” (5.5) • “Ride On My Shoulder” (5.2) • “Where You Goin’ Girl” (4.7)
TJR saysThere was a new band line-up for their first release of 1969, with only Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay surviving as founde...more →

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THERE’S GONNA BE A SHOWDOWN
Archie Bell and The Drells
Atlantic SD-8226 (1969)
the USA
4.22 “Lame” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Here I Go Again” (5.2) • “Go For What You Know” (5.0) • “Mama Don’t Teach Me That Way” (4.7)
TJR saysAccording to the front cover image, Archie has 3 Drells to complete his vocal harmony group for this one. Their brand of...more →

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ICE ON ICE
Jerry Butler
Mercury SR-61234 (1969)
the USA
4.21 “Lame” Soul; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Got To See If I Can’t Get Mommy (To Come Back Home)” (5.7) • “I Forgot To Remember” (5.1) • “Close To You Love” (4.8)
TJR saysAnother set of elegant soul-pop fayre from the same “Butler-Gamble-Huff” dream team as per “The Ice Man Cometh”. Elvis h...more →

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SOULIN’
Lou Rawls
Capitol Records T-2566 (1966)
the USA
4.21 “Lame” Jazz; Crooner / Cabaret; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Breaking My Back (Instead Of Using My Mind)” (5.4) • “So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry” (5.0) • “Memory Lane” (5.0)
TJR saysA bit of a soul-jazz chore for me; it's too little too late by the time of the Northern Soul stomper “Breaking My Back...more →

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HOW GREAT THOU ART
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-3758 (1966)
the USA
4.18 “Lame” Pop Ballad; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Where No One Stands Alone” (7.0) • “Where Could I Go But To The Lord” (5.8) • “Run On” (5.2)
TJR saysNot content with serving up inane plastic pop on his film soundtracks, Team Elvis now see fit to hit us with a slew of d...more →

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DEEP WATER
Grapefruit
RCA Victor LSP-4215 (1969)
England
4.17 “Lame” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Come Down To The Station” (5.5) • “Deep Water” (5.3) • “Blues In Your Head” (4.6)
TJR saysA whole 2 point fall-back from their debut; they seem to have went for a more Americanised sound this time around, mixin...more →

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CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Atlantic SD-8229 (1969)
the USA
4.15 “Lame” Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Guinnevere” (5.6) • “You Don’t Have To Cry” (5.0) • “Marrakesh Express” (4.9)
TJR saysDavid Crosby had departed the Byrds in 1967, Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield had split in 1968 and Graham Nash had l...more →

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CRY LIKE A BABY
The Box Tops
Bell Records BELL-6017 (1968)
the USA
4.12 “Lame” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Cry Like A Baby” (7.3) • “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (5.0) • “Deep In Kentucky” (4.9)
TJR saysOpens explosively with the soul stomper “Cry Like A Baby”, but then proceeds to deliver, by comparison, a tepid albu...more →

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MADE IN GERMANY
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records SMK-74 383 (1967)
the USA
4.05 “Lame” Country; Pop; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Der Mond Ist Der Freund Der Verliebten” (8.3) • “Santo Domingo [german version]” (5.6) • “Komm Heim, Mein Wandersmann” (5.4)
TJR saysIn early 1965, Jackson was invited by the German distribution partner of Capitol Records, Electrola, to record in German...more →

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IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
King Crimson
Island Records ILPS-9111 (1969)
England
4.04 “Lame” Prog

Jukebox picks: “21st Century Schizoid Man” (6.2) • “The Court Of The Crimson King” (4.7) • “Epitaph” (3.4)
TJR saysRevered debut album from the Prog-Rock quintet from London who lined up: Robert Fripp (electric and acoustic guitars), M...more →

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RUNNING DOWN THE ROAD
Arlo Guthrie
Reprise Records RS-6346 (1969)
the USA
4.02 “Lame” Country

Jukebox picks: “Coming Into Los Angeles” (5.6) • “My Front Pages” (5.5) • “Running Down The Road” (4.9)
TJR saysI hate to be harsh on the likeable Arlo, but this is nowhere near as enjoyable as his debut from a couple of years back,...more →

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BEACH SAMBA
Astrud Gilberto
Verve Records V6-8708 (1967)
Brazil
4.01 “Lame” Crooner / Cabaret; Jazz; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Stay” (6.4) • “Canoeiro” (6.3) • “A Banda (Parade)” (5.6)
TJR saysA generally lightweight offering from the Ipanema girl, but it has it's moments, with the moody groover “Stay” and t...more →

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MR. DREAM MERCHANT
Jerry Butler
Mercury SR-61146 (1968)
the USA
4.01 “Lame” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I Come To You” (5.7) • “Beside You” (5.2) • “When A Woman Loves A Man (When A Man Loves A Woman)” (5.0)
TJR saysJerry’s brand of adult-orientated smooth soul is just not for me, only rarely does this LP flicker into life. “I Come To...more →

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SUMMER HOLIDAY
Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Columbia 33SX-1472 (1963)
England
3.99 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Pop; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Bachelor Boy” (5.8) • “Seven Days To A Holiday” (5.5) • “Jugoslav Wedding” (5.5)
TJR saysWey-hey! Britain’s chief Elvis wannabe follows the man all the way into the cheese-fest world of the teen idol movie sou...more →

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EDWARDS HAND
Edwards Hand
GRT GRT-10005 (1969)
England
3.99 “Terrible” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Orange Peel” (4.7) • “Episodes, Being The First Part” (4.6) • “Characters Number One” (4.6)
TJR saysAfter one album as Picadilly Line, Rod Edwards (keyboards and vocals) and Roger Hand (acoustic guitar and vocals) imagin...more →

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EVERY MOTHER’S SON’S BACK
Every Mother’s Son
MGM Records SE-4504 (1967)
the USA
3.97 “Terrible” Cerebral Pop; Pop

Jukebox picks: “I’d Rather Be Right Than Wrong” (5.3) • “I May Be Right” (4.7) • “Only Child” (4.6)
TJR says10 originals and 1 cover on this set, as the group trace their recent roots by tackling “I May Be Right” a folk-rock...more →

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DOUBLE TROUBLE
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-3787 (1967)
the USA
3.96 “Terrible” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “City By Night” (6.4) • “Blue River” (5.2) • “There Is So Much World To See” (5.0)
TJR saysReleased on the same day as Sgt.Peppers - a bit of a mis-match it has to be said. I like “City By Night”, a snazzy j...more →

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MY CHERIE AMOUR
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TS-296 (1969)
the USA
3.95 “Terrible” Pop; Soul; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares” (6.2) • “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday” (5.6) • “Light My Fire” (4.5)
TJR saysI just can't take to Stevie Wonder the album artist, but he has his odd moments. Kudos for having the taste to have a go...more →

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CAETANO VELOSO [1968]
Caetano Veloso
Philips R 765.026L (1968)
Brazil
3.94 “Terrible” Pop; Latin

Jukebox picks: “Tropicália” (6.4) • “Eles” (6.3) • “Clara” (4.6)
TJR saysUnique album from the 25-year-old Brazilian, where traditional bossa-novans meet psychedelic rockers in the classical up...more →

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GREEN RIVER
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fantasy 8393 (1969)
the USA
3.91 “Terrible” Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “The Night Time Is The Right Time” (5.1) • “Lodi” (4.6) • “Bad Moon Rising” (4.3)
TJR saysThe second of three albums in '69 for the hard-working, big-selling quartet, a decidedly jaunty rock affair leaning a li...more →

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BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK
The Incredible Jimmy Smith
Blue Note BLP-4117 (1963)
the USA
3.88 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Back At The Chicken Shack” (6.5) • “When I Grow Too Old To Dream” (3.5) • “Minor Chant” (3.3)
TJR saysRecorded April 25, 1960 and issued in February, 1963. Features Jimmy Smith (organ), Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone)...more →

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YESTERDAYS DREAMS
Four Tops
Motown MS-669 (1968)
the USA
3.86 “Terrible” Soul; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Yesterday’s Dreams” (5.1) • “I’m In A Different World” (5.0) • “Remember When” (4.5)
TJR saysWith Holland-Dozier-Holland having recently left the company in a royalties dispute, the new Four Tops LP included just ...more →

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THE INTIMATE JIM REEVES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2216 (1960)
the USA
3.85 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Country

Jukebox picks: “You’re The Only Good Thing (That’s Happened To Me)” (4.3) • “Dark Moon” (4.3) • “Almost” (4.2)
TJR saysLush string arrangements accompany the velvet tones of the ever-reliable croonster, backed by gentle doops, oohs and aah...more →

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ALIAS PINK PUZZ
Paul Revere and The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay
Columbia CS-9905 (1969)
the USA
3.82 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Down In Amsterdam” (6.0) • “The Original Handy Man” (4.8) • “Let Me!” (4.4)
TJR saysThe second LP of 1969 from the new Paul Revere and The Raiders line-up. The title says a lot about the band's position a...more →

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TRIBUTE TO UNCLE RAY
Little Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-232 (1962)
the USA
3.81 “Terrible” Soul Ballad; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Don’t You Know” (5.4) • “Come Back Baby” (5.2) • “Sunset” (4.5)
TJR saysAlthough issued as the second Stevie Wonder album in October 1962, this was the first to be recorded – when the kid was ...more →

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OUT OF DIFFERENT BAGS
Marlena Shaw
Cadet Records LPS-803 (1967)
the USA
3.78 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Nothing But Tears” (5.5) • “Ahmad’s Blues” (5.1) • “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” (4.5)
TJR saysDebut album from the 24-year-old New Yorker, recently spotted playing the Chicago Jazz clubs by Chess Records A&R men, t...more →

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SWEET AND SOUR TEARS
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-480 (1964)
the USA
3.76 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “A Tear Fell” (5.8) • “Don’t Cry Baby” (4.5) • “Cry” (4.4)
TJR saysReleased January, 1964. The latest in a long line of Ray’s concept albums, this time featuring 12 cover songs (I wonder ...more →

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GENIUS+SOUL=JAZZ
Ray Charles
Impulse! A-2 (1961)
the USA
3.76 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Moanin’” (5.1) • “I’ve Got News For You” (4.8) • “I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town” (4.3)
TJR saysReleased February, 1961. A side track jazz album, tending towards the instrumental, recorded with several members of the...more →

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ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART
Gene Pitney
Musicor MM-2003 (1962)
the USA
3.75 “Terrible” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (5.5) • “If I Didn’t Have A Dime (To Play The Jukebox)” (5.5) • “I Should Try To Forget (But I Keep Forgetting To Try)” (5.2)
TJR saysA shed-load of Bacharach & David schmaltz, with only occasional smatterings of cool to relieve the boredom. Best track f...more →

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THE GENIUS HITS THE ROAD
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount ABC-335 (1960)
the USA
3.73 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “New York’s My Home” (5.5) • “Carry Me Back To Old Virginny” (5.2) • “Georgia On My Mind” (4.7)
TJR saysReleased July 1960. Ray’s first post-Atlantic LP, and ABC continue with the genius tag, just in case you were having any...more →

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FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TS-291 (1968)
the USA
3.73 “Terrible” Soul; Pop

Jukebox picks: “For Once In My Life” (4.8) • “I Don’t Know Why” (4.5) • “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” (4.1)
TJR saysAn improvement on the awful “Eivets Rednow” LP from earlier in the year, but that's not saying much. There's not a singl...more →

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GOIN’ TO MEMPHIS
Paul Revere and The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay
Columbia CS-9605 (1968)
the USA
3.71 “Terrible” Soul

Jukebox picks: “No Sad Songs” (5.5) • “I’m A Loser Too” (4.8) • “Soul Man” (4.4)
TJR saysFor me, very much a brand name on the slide at this stage. It's Mark Lindsay who's taken over, and this LP sees him expl...more →

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NEW IMAGE
Jackie DeShannon
Imperial LP-9344 (1967)
the USA
3.71 “Terrible” Pop; Jazz; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “That’s The Name Of The Game” (5.0) • “A Proper Girl” (4.5) • “Where Does The Sun Go?” (4.4)
TJR saysCheesy set from the Kentucky singer-songstress, although she only sings 2 of her own on this one (which, incidentally, a...more →

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THE JAZZ SOUL OF LITTLE STEVIE
Little Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-233 (1962)
the USA
3.70 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Wondering” (5.9) • “Manhattan At Six” (4.3) • “Fingertips” (4.0)
TJR saysDespite the almost unimaginable awfulness of being blind from birth, the young Stevland began to learn the piano at the ...more →

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LIVE / DEAD
Grateful Dead
Warner Bros. Records WS-1830 (1969)
the USA
3.70 “Terrible” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Prog

Jukebox picks: “Feedback [live '69]” (4.7) • “And We Bid You Goodnight [live '69]” (4.5) • “Death Don’t Have No Mercy [live '69]” (4.1)
TJR saysA much celebrated double album from “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world”, compiled from 3 concerts in t...more →

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NEON PHILHARMONIC
The Neon Philharmonic
Warner Bros. Records WS-1804 (1969)
the USA
3.65 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “The Mordor National Anthem” (4.8) • “F. Scott Fitzgerald And William Shakespeare” (4.0) • “Are You Old Enough To Remember Dresden?” (3.8)
TJR saysThe second and final album of sunshine pop with classical overtones from the group led by songwriter/conductor Tupper Sa...more →

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RAINBOW RIDE
Andy Kim
Steed Records ‎ST-37002 (1969)
Canada
3.65 “Terrible” Pop; Rock

Jukebox picks: “I Want You” (4.6) • “Nobody’s Ever Going Anywhere” (4.3) • “Baby While You’re Young” (4.3)
TJR saysNothing doing on the second long-player from the Neil-Diamond-esque 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Montreal. Too swe...more →

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JAZZ SAMBA
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd
Verve Records V6-8432 (1962)
the USA
3.63 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Baia” (4.3) • “Samba De Uma Nota Só” (3.9) • “Samba Dees Days” (3.9)
TJR saysEasy listening Jazz with a light mambo sway. What’s to like?...more →

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RUTH BROWN ’65
Ruth Brown
Mainstream Records S-6034 (1965)
the USA
3.62 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “He’s A Real Gone Guy” (5.9) • “Help A Good Girl Go Bad” (5.6) • “Hurry On Down” (5.5)
TJR saysThe former R n B Queen turned accomplished gospel singer now turns to the American songbook as she channels her inner Di...more →

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THE HOLY LAND
Johnny Cash
Columbia KCS-9726 (1968)
the USA
3.57 “Terrible” Speech / Chat; Country

Jukebox picks: “In Bethlehem” (5.7) • “Mother’s Love” (5.0) • “My Wife June At The Sea Of Galilee” (5.0)
TJR saysWell, heart on the sleeve time for Johnny Cash as he shares his pilgrimage to Israel with the world on record. It’s cert...more →

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BLUE HAWAII
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2426 (1961)
the USA
3.51 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Rock-A-Hula Baby [movie version]” (7.9) • “Beach Boy Blues” (5.2) • “Blue Hawaii” (4.8)
TJR saysThe tenth Elvis Presley new music album cannot be saved from a lowly Rebel rating, despite the greatness of “Rock-a-Hu...more →

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DIZZY
Tommy Roe
ABC Records ABCS-683 (1969)
the USA
3.45 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Dizzy” (6.6) • “A Dollar’s Worth Of Pennies” (4.0) • “Look Out Girl” (3.8)
TJR saysThe sixth album from the 27-year-old pop-rocker from Atlanta, basking in the glory of his transatlantic chart-topper, “...more →

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HIS HAND IN MINE
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2328 (1960)
the USA
3.45 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “His Hand In Mine” (4.5) • “Milky White Way” (4.4) • “Working On The Building” (4.3)
TJR saysElvis fully projects his Christian beliefs on an LP for the first time. Unfortunately, he takes the drippy, conservative...more →

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A LOVE SUPREME
John Coltrane
Impulse! A-77 (1965)
the USA
3.43 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Psalm” (4.8) • “Acknowledgement” (4.5) • “Pursuance” (2.3)
TJR saysWidely regarded as the tenor saxophonist's masterpiece, “A Love Supreme” is a suite with four parts: “Acknowledgement...more →

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THE COWSILLS
The Cowsills
MGM Records ‎SE-4498 (1967)
the USA
3.41 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “How Can I Make You See” (4.8) • “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” (4.6) • “(Come Round Here) I’m The One You Need” (4.5)
TJR saysA tame set of proto Partridge Family bubblegum/folk pop from the family band outta Newport, Rhode Island. Some neat harm...more →

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SHAMUS O’SEAN THE LEPRECHAUN
Rolf Harris
Music For Pleasure ‎MFP-1433 (1966)
Australia
3.38 “Terrible” Novelty

Jukebox picks: “Football Crazy [live]” (6.4) • “Maximillian Mouse [live]” (4.8) • “A Smugglers Life” (4.5)
TJR saysSide one is made up of live recordings, whilst side two compiles the EP “Rolf Harris and Shamus O'Sean the Leprechaun” (...more →

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TWELVE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2758 (1963)
the USA
3.34 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Blue Christmas” (5.1) • “Señor Santa Claus” (4.8) • “An Old Christmas Card” (4.3)
TJR saysA warm and genuine Christmas album… if you like that kind of thing....more →

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2621 (1962)
the USA
3.33 “Terrible” Pop; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Return To Sender” (6.3) • “I Don’t Wanna Be Tied” (4.4) • “Thanks To The Rolling Sea” (4.0)
TJR saysThe second of three films Presley shot on location in Hawaii, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” was a bit of a light-hearted musica...more →

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ROUSTABOUT
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-2999 (1964)
the USA
3.31 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Hard Knocks” (5.5) • “Wheels On My Heels” (5.2) • “Roustabout” (3.7)
TJR saysRoustabout is a 1964 American musical feature film starring Elvis Presley as a singer who takes a job working with a str...more →

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SOUL ARTISTRY
Jerry Butler
Mercury SR-61105 (1967)
the USA
3.26 “Terrible” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Good Good Lovin’” (4.4) • “You Don’t Know What You Got Until You Lose It” (4.0) • “Some Kind Of Magic” (3.7)
TJR saysOr, as I like to call it, "The Soul Artistry Of Jerry Butler As Designed For The Burgeoning Bourgeoisie". Or how about "...more →

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GENTLEMAN JIM
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2605 (1963)
the USA
3.25 “Terrible” Country

Jukebox picks: “I Love You Because” (5.0) • “Waltzing On Top Of The World ’63” (4.5) • “I Never Pass There Anymore” (3.8)
TJR says1963 was a busy year for “gentleman Jim”, this being the first of 4 new LPs that he'd release this year. The best track ...more →

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YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE
Al Kooper
Columbia CS-9855 (1969)
the USA
3.19 “Terrible” Cerebral Pop; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Mourning Glory Story” (4.7) • “Blues, Part IV” (4.2) • “Magic In My Socks” (3.9)
TJR saysDoesn't impact on me as much as “I Stand Alone” did. There's no doubting his talents as songwriter and multi-instrumenta...more →

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MAKE MINE COUNTRY
Charley Pride
RCA Victor LSP-3952 (1968)
the USA
3.07 “Terrible” Country

Jukebox picks: “A Girl I Used To Know” (4.8) • “Baby Is Gone” (4.5) • “Now I Can Live Again” (3.9)
TJR says“//Buy this album friends, and I guarantee you'll take home a little of the soul of country music. Ol' Faron wouldn't pu...more →

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THE INTERNATIONAL JIM REEVES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2704 (1963)
the USA
3.05 “Terrible” Country; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Guilty” (5.5) • “Blue Canadian Rockies” (4.1) • “I’m Crying Again” (4.0)
TJR saysThe second of four new music LPs released by Reeves in 1963. He re-recorded portions of four songs that he had earlier c...more →

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HITS OF THE FIFTIES
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor LPM-2236 (1960)
the USA
3.02 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Too Young” (4.0) • “The Great Pretender” (4.0) • “Hey There” (3.5)
TJR saysSam’s second LP for RCA, released in August 1960. One look at the front cover almost tells you all you need to know… “He...more →

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THE ELEGANT SOUND OF THE ROYALETTES
The Royalettes
MGM Records E-4366 (1966)
the USA
2.96 “Dire” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “It’s Better Not To Know” (5.1) • “Forever More” (4.4) • “Baby Are You Putting Me On” (4.0)
TJR saysThere's no doubting the elegance of their orchestrated “Saturday night variety” balladeering, but it's just too nice and...more →

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THE ICE MAN COMETH
Jerry Butler
Mercury SR-61198 (1968)
the USA
2.95 “Dire” Soul; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Can’t Forget About You, Baby” (5.6) • “Lost” (4.3) • “Only The Strong Survive” (4.1)
TJR saysWith the Kenneth Gamble / Leon Huff production team now firmly at the helm, Jerry dives ever deeper into the world of or...more →

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SOMETHING HAPPENING
Paul Revere and The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay
Columbia CS-9665 (1968)
the USA
2.91 “Dire” Pop; Psychedelia

Jukebox picks: “Free” (4.1) • “Don’t Take It So Hard” (3.8) • “The Good Times” (3.8)
TJR saysThe downward slide continues on “Something Happening” as Mark Lindsay steers the group away from the Memphis Soul sound ...more →

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EIVETS REDNOW
Eivets Rednow
Gordy GS-932 (1968)
the USA
2.88 “Dire” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Grazing In The Grass” (3.8) • “Alfie” (3.3) • “More Than A Dream” (3.2)
TJR saysNot wishing to confuse mainstream fans, this all-instrumental affair was released under Stevie Wonder's backwardly spell...more →

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FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA AND ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM
Frank Sinatra with Antonio Carlos Jobim
Reprise Records F-1021 (1967)
the USA
2.85 “Dire” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “The Girl From Ipanema” (4.9) • “How Insensitive (Insensatez)” (4.1) • “Baubles, Bangles And Beads” (3.3)
TJR saysReleased in March, 1967. 2 tracks get a reworking - “I Concentrate On You” (Songs By Sinatra, 1947) and “Baubles...more →

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WITH A SONG IN MY HEART
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TM-250 (1963)
the USA
2.74 “Dire” Jazz; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “With A Song In My Heart” (3.9) • “Smile” (3.4) • “Make Someone Happy” (3.0)
TJR says“Little Stevie Wonder” is now plain “Stevie Wonder”; now that he's all grown up he delves head-first into the great Amer...more →

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A WEE DRAM O’ SCOTCH (SUNG IN THE PARTY SPIRIT!)
Stuart McDonald with The Laurie McCahill Band
Allegro Records ALL-872 (1967)
Scotland
2.73 “Dire” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Campbeltown Loch” (4.0) • “I Belong To Glasgow” (3.9) • “The Atholl Gathering (Reel)” (3.5)
TJR saysThese “Hallmark” type party albums crack me up. A “posse” gets into the studio and makes out like they’re having the bes...more →

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SUNDAY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
Bill Evans Trio featuring Scott La Faro
Riverside Records RLP-376 (1961)
the USA
2.68 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Jade Visions (Take 2) [live ny '61]” (5.6) • “Gloria's Step (Take 2) [live ny '61]” (2.7) • “My Man's Gone Now [live ny '61]” (2.6)
TJR saysThe album was recorded during a gig-a-thon on June 25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard in New York City which saw the trio ...more →

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STORMY MONDAY
Lou Rawls with Les McCann Ltd.
Capitol Records T-1714 (1962)
the USA
2.63 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “See See Rider” (3.4) • “(They Call It) Stormy Monday” (3.2) • “I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water” (3.2)
TJR saysThe coming together of these articulate Hollywood hipsters was much anticipated by fellow scenesters. Lou’s soulful croo...more →

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DARLING, YOU KNOW I WOULDN’T LIE
Conway Twitty
Decca DL-75105 (1969)
the USA
2.62 “Dire” Country

Jukebox picks: “Bad Man” (3.8) • “Table In The Corner” (3.4) • “Kawliga” (3.2)
TJR saysConway tries his hand at quite a few tough cowboy numbers, but he'd be more at home holding a seven iron than a colt 45 ...more →

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GETZ / GILBERTO
Stan Getz and João Gilberto featuring Antônio Carlos Jobim
Verve Records V6-8545 (1964)
the USA
2.49 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “The Girl From Ipanema” (7.4) • “Doralice” (2.7) • “Desafinado” (2.2)
TJR saysA somewhat dire jazzy bossa nova snoozefest, the rather lovely “The Girl From Ipanema” notwithstanding. The collabor...more →

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MOONLIGHT AND ROSES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2854 (1964)
the USA
2.30 “Dire” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Oh! What It Seemed To Be” (3.7) • “Rosa Rio” (3.0) • “Mexicali Rose” (2.9)
TJR saysNot one glimmer of a decent track on this one; Jim's in full-on Perry Como mode, and it's a rather grim experience for a...more →

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FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION
Genesis
Decca SKL-4990 (1969)
England
2.27 “Dire” Cerebral Pop; Prog

Jukebox picks: “In The Wilderness” (4.2) • “In The Beginning” (3.2) • “The Serpent” (3.0)
TJR saysDebut album from Johnathan King's teenage posh-boy-band who lined up: Peter Gabriel (19, lead vocals, flute), Tony Banks...more →

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NOBODY’S CHILD
The Alexander Brothers
Pye Golden Guinea Records ‎GGL-0359 (1966)
Scotland
2.14 “Dire” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Carnival Is Over” (3.0) • “I Really Don’t Want To Know” (2.8) • “Forty Shades Of Green” (2.8)
TJR saysLooking at the tracklisting you might well think to yourself, “The Alexander Brothers doing country sounds like a te...more →

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SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS
Stevie Wonder
Tamla TS-281 (1967)
the USA
2.10 “Dire” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Silver Bells” (3.9) • “The Little Drummer Boy” (3.5) • “Ave Maria” (3.2)
TJR saysNausea is an uneasiness of the stomach that often comes before vomiting. Vomiting is the forcible voluntary or involunta...more →

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FOLLOW! FOLLOW!
Blue Boys Of Ibrox
Hallmark Records HM-555 (1968)
Scotland
2.02 “Dire” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Medley : A) She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain, B) We Shall Not Be Moved, C) Glory, Glory” (4.5) • “The Famous Glasgow Rangers” (3.4) • “The Blue Flag” (3.0)
TJR saysMainly “pro Rangers football-only”, however “The Sash”, “Billy Boys” and “No Surrender” are all here albeit ...more →

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KIMBERLEY JIM
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-2780 (1964)
the USA
1.98 “An embarrassment” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Roving Gambler” (3.2) • “Kimberley Jim” (2.9) • “Born To Be Lucky” (2.7)
TJR saysReeves goes Elvis… sort of. This was the soundtrack to the first and only movie that he made, interesting if a bit cor...more →

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TODAY
Bobby Goldsboro
United Artists Records UAS-6704 (1969)
the USA
1.92 “An embarrassment” Pop Ballad; Songwriter; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Hoboes And Kings” (4.6) • “Ain’t That Livin’” (3.1) • “I’m A Drifter” (2.7)
TJR saysHorribly gentile stuff from the 28-year-old purveyor of adult-orientated-pop-schmaltz....more →

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HONEY
Bobby Goldsboro
United Artists Records UAS-6642 (1968)
the USA
1.76 “An embarrassment” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Honey” (3.4) • “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” (3.4) • “With Pen In Hand” (3.3)
TJR saysHis worldwide death-ballad smash “Honey” is at least tolerable as is his reading of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix...more →

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DAVID JONES
David Jones
Pye Records NPL-18178 (1965)
England
1.33 “An embarrassment” Pop; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Put Me Amongst The Girls” (2.5) • “Any Old Iron” (2.4) • “Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner” (2.2)
TJR saysThis pre-Monkees release was a dire affair; he was lucky to find a place with the troop after this....more →

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THE SASH MY FATHER WORE
Willie Baxter and his Orange Friends
Fontana SFL-13100 (1969)
Northern Ireland
1.15 “An embarrassment” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Orange And The Green” (4.5) • “The Lily O” (1.8) • “Here! Here! The Blues Are Here” (1.2)
TJR saysDated via educated guess with the catalogue number compared to other Fontana releases....more →

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MY OWN NURSERY RHYME RECORD
Cythia Glover, John Lawrenson and The Children’s Choir
Music For Pleasure ‎MFP-1192 (1967)
England
0.90 “Pathetically abysmal” Operatic / Choral

Jukebox picks: “Medley : A) Oh, What Have You Got For Dinner, Mrs Bond?, B) Simple Simon , C) Baa Baa Black Sheep , D) Mary Mary Quite Contrary , E) Ride A Cock Horse” (3.0) • “Medley : A) Girls And Boys , B) Sing A Song O’ Sixpence , C) Wee Willie Winkle , D) Twinkle Twinkle Little Star , E) Tom, Tom The Piper’s Son” (0.6) • “Medley : A) Oranges And Lemons, B) Pussy Cat Pussy Cat , C) London Bridge Is Falling Down , D) There Was A Crooked Man , E) Pop Goes The Weasel” (0.6)
TJR says8 medleys of nursery rhymes with 5 songs in each sung by tenor John Lawrenson, soprano Cynthia Glover and a Childrens’ C...more →

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THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW
The George Mitchell Minstrels
His Master's Voice CLP-1399 (1960)
Scotland
0.44 “Pathetically abysmal” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “A Tribute To Al Jolson (Medley)” (1.1) • “Meet The Minstrels (Medley)” (0.6) • “Grand Finale (Medley)” (0.5)
TJR saysI genuinely have no recollection as to how this LP came to be in my collection, but it stands as sure-fire proof that I ...more →

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



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