Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

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THE BIG BANG, THE POWER SHIFT & THE NOBLE PUNKS

Betraying the counterculture spirit of '67, the first half of the seventies was found wanting when it came to measuring the strength-in-depth of the fresh, exciting and innovative music to challenge the mainstream. However, it was all-change further to Punk's big-bang of ’76; a gigantic power-shift was soon apparent musically and geographically as the inventive DIY spirit spread like wild-fire all over the British Isles where Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave lay at the heart of the musical revolution. The overall rise in quality was measurable in my ratings system in 1978; for the first-time ever, only a rating of “7” or more was good enough for a year-end Top 30 place.

The headline story in my Top 100 overview is the 56 point swing in rebel affections from the United States (down to 22% from 59%) to England (up to 34% from 15%) when comparing the 1970s with the 1960s. Interestingly, I note that 65% of the English albums in the Top 100 were crammed into the closing 3 years of the decade. Indeed, it took until 1977 (the 39th time of asking) for an English group - the Sex Pistols - to register an Album of the Year in my charts. Incredible. The small island of Jamaica punches well above her weight with 12 entries in the Top 100. Reggae, on the rise-and-rise since birth in '68, is their great gift to the world, and emerges as the single most prolific genre in my Top 100, with 14 of the album's being so tagged. For me, Bob Marley, Culture and Prince Far I fly the flag to best effect, with 9 Top 100 entries between them. It's also a great decade for Germany, with Can, Kraftwerk, Neu! and Nico presenting major works, innovative to the core one and all. The greatest secret of the 1970s is South Africa's glorious mbaqanga music, which spawns 6 Top 100 entries with me. The great Mahlathini takes it all the way with my runaway album of the year in 1974. Apartheid effectively dictates that the world is oblivious to this phenomenon.

Comparing the Top 100's key genres with the equivalent 60s chart, Psychedelia, Pop and Blues / Rhythm n Blues have all but disappeared, whilst the aforementioned Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave represent the new world order for your Jukebox Rebel. Leading lights Ramones, Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, The Fall, The Jam and The Stranglers account for 15% of the Top 100 between them. Withstanding this upheaval, the Folk and Songwriter genres prove to be durable, with Leonard Cohen, Kevin Coyne, Bob Dylan, Mr. Fox and The Dubliners providing highlights.

In the final analysis, the big bang saved the 70s, dragging the relatively poor album ratings of the mid-70s up by the scruff of the neck. Unbelievably, despite working to a 1001 point incremental scale (0.00 to 10.00), the Top 100 comparison between the 60s and 70s is a dead heat, each decade's Top 100 settling on averages of 8.00 out of 10 exactly.

Whilst Punk, the fashion statement, soon faded, the floating nebulae of the explosive victory has never stopped, and can be felt to this day in musical sub-genres, fashion and attitude not only in Britain, but in countless cutting-edge music-loving scenes the world over. The British kids of the ’70s – who were more than twice my age – are now retro-heroes to me. They were the ultimate Jukebox Rebels, and made things better for you and I today. Long live our noble Punks.

The Jukebox Rebel
28-Jul-2019

Top 100 overview
Countries England (34) the USA (22) Jamaica (12) Germany (8) South Africa (6) Canada (4) Ireland (2) Northern Ireland (2) Antigua and Barbuda (1) Australia (1) Burma (1) Cameroon (1) Congo-Brazzaville (1) Cuba (1) Kenya (1) Scotland (1) Turkey (1) Zimbabwe (1)
Genres Reggae (14); Folk (13); New Wave (13); Punk (13); Africana (10); Post-Punk (9); Blues Rock / Soul Rock (8); Songwriter (7); Folk Rock / Americana (5); Trance Rock (5); Disco / Funk (4); Electronica (4); Proto-Punk (4); Rock (4); Avant-Garde (3); Cerebral Pop (3); Soul Ballad (3); Alternative Folk (2); Rock n Roll / Rockabilly (2); Ska / Rocksteady (2); Soul (2); Blues / Rhythm n Blues (1); Caribbean (1); Crooner / Cabaret (1); Dubbeat (1); Hip Hop / Rap (1); Indie (1); Jazz (1); Middle Eastern (1); Poetry (1); Pop (1); Prog (1); Storytelling (1)
Artists Bob Marley (4); Ramones (4); Buzzcocks (3); Can (3); Culture (3); Leonard Cohen (3); Bob Dylan (2); Captain Beefheart (2); Elvis Costello (2); James Brown (2); Kevin Coyne (2); Kraftwerk (2); Led Zeppelin (2); Mr. Fox (2); Nico (2); Prince Far I (2); The Doors (2); The Dubliners (2); The Fall (2); The Jam (2); The Stranglers (2)
Average album rating (/10) 8.00

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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS HERE’S THE SEX PISTOLS
Sex Pistols
Virgin V-2086 (1977)
England
9.55 “An elite masterpiece” Punk

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

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UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Joy Division
Factory FACT-10 (1979)
England
9.50 “An elite masterpiece” Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Disorder” (10) • “She’s Lost Control” (10) • “Day Of The Lords” (10)
TJR saysArriving in the summertime of ’79 was the debut full-length from the Salfordian new sensations who lined up: Ian Curtis ...more →

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SPECIALS
The Specials
Two-Tone Records CDL-TT-5001 (1979)
England
9.48 “A masterpiece” Ska / Rocksteady; Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Doesn’t Make It Alright” (10) • “Too Hot” (10) • “Stupid Marriage” (10)
TJR saysVery rarely does a group arrive so fully formed; so perfect with their sound, their message and their image. Taking no s...more →

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DIE MENSCH-MASCHINE
Kraftwerk
Kling Klang 1 C 058-32 843 (1978)
Germany
9.27 “A masterpiece” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Das Modell” (9.6) • “Spacelab” (9.5) • “Neonlicht” (9.4)
TJR saysReleased in May ’78, the seventh Kraftwerk LP was the group’s poppiest offering to date, yet still retained an allure fo...more →

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TRANS EUROPA EXPRESS
Kraftwerk
Kling Klang 1C-064-82 306 (1977)
Germany
9.20 “A masterpiece” Electronica

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

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NGIBUZINDLELA
Indoda Mahlathini
Soweto SWA-14007 (1974)
South Africa
9.18 “A masterpiece” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Baba-Ye” (10) • “Ilele Insizwa” (10) • “Kwasa Singalele” (9.8)
TJR saysArriving at the very tail-end of 1974 was this stunning long-player from the recently turned 36-year-old Simon ‘Mahlathi...more →

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HORSES
Patti Smith
Arista AL-4066 (1975)
the USA
9.18 “A masterpiece” Proto-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Land: Horses / Land Of A Thousand Dances / La Mer(de)” (10) • “Kimberly” (10) • “Redondo Beach” (9.8)
TJR saysThe debut album from the 28-year-old arrived at the very tail end of ‘75. ‘Til recently, Patti’s work had been played ou...more →

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L.A. WOMAN
The Doors
Elektra EKS-75011 (1971)
the USA
9.17 “A masterpiece” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “L’America” (10) • “Love Her Madly” (10) • “The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)” (9.8)
TJR says“L.A. Woman” is a true masterpiece; a fierce celebration of the group’s punk-blues sensibilities. Mr Mojo Risin and his ...more →

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THE MODERN LOVERS
The Modern Lovers
Home Of The Hits HH-1910 (1976)
the USA
9.07 “A masterpiece” Proto-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Roadrunner [1972]” (10) • “She Cracked” (9.9) • “Pablo Picasso” (9.7)
TJR saysMy album of the year in ’76 was a mutation; aborted recordings from 1971-72 finally given their place as an album statem...more →

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IZIBANI ZOMGQASHIYO
Mahotella Queens
Gumba Gumba BL-111 (1977)
South Africa
8.93 “A classic” Africana

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

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EXODUS
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9498 (1977)
Jamaica
8.80 “A classic” Reggae

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

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ONE STEP BEYOND
Madness
Stiff Records SEEZ-17 (1979)
England
8.80 “A classic” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “My Girl” (10) • “One Step Beyond” (10) • “Night Boat To Cairo” (9.7)
TJR saysThe rockingest rocksteady beat of Madness ruled my junior world and, as far as I was concerned at that stage, Lord Suggs...more →

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DESERTSHORE
Nico
Reprise Records RS-6424 (1970)
Germany
8.73 “A classic” Alternative Folk

Jukebox picks: “All That Is My Own” (10) • “Mütterlein” (9.8) • “Janitor Of Lunacy” (9.6)
TJR saysHigh art prevails on the fourth LP to bear Nico’s name, the second of her neo-classical trilogy. Having plundered Wordsw...more →

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SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE
Leonard Cohen
Columbia C-30103 (1971)
Canada
8.70 “A classic” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Diamonds In The Mine” (10) • “Avalanche” (9.8) • “Dress Rehearsal Rag” (9.4)
TJR says“Well I stepped into an avalanche, it covered up my soul” said the grotesque hunchback in a resigned, world-weary mo...more →

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LIVE AT THE WITCH TRIALS
The Fall
Step-Forward Records SFLP-1 (1979)
England
8.68 “A classic” Post-Punk; Trance Rock

Jukebox picks: “Futures And Pasts” (9.5) • “Industrial Estate” (9.5) • “Frightened” (9.4)
TJR saysLive At The Witch Trials? Whut? Pffft, it’s not even live. Who are these chancers? At the time of their debut full-l...more →

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ANOTHER MUSIC IN A DIFFERENT KITCHEN
Buzzcocks
United Artists Records UAG-30159 (1978)
England
8.67 “A classic” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Sixteen” (9.9) • “You Tear Me Up” (9.4) • “Fast Cars” (9.2)
TJR saysFollowing the seminal “Spiral Scratch” EP and two cracking non-album singles – “Orgasm Addict” and “What Do I Get” – the...more →

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CLEAR SPOT
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
Reprise Records MS-2115 (1972)
the USA
8.65 “A classic” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Proto-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Sun Zoom Spark” (10) • “Big Eyed Beans From Venus” (10) • “Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man” (10)
TJR saysBEEFHEART IN BRASS SECTION, FEMALE BACKING SINGERS AND SOULFUL GROOVES SHOCKER! Purists who paid attention to such thing...more →

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RAMONES
Ramones
Sire SASD-7520 (1976)
the USA
8.64 “A classic” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Blitzkreig Bop” (10) • “Beat On The Brat” (10) • “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” (9.4)
TJR saysStaring back at you from their iconic debut in April ’76 were: Johnny Ramone (27, guitar); Tommy Ramone (27, drums); Joe...more →

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ROCKET TO RUSSIA
Ramones
Sire SR-6042 (1977)
the USA
8.63 “A classic” Punk

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

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CUT
The Slits
Island Records ‎ILPS-9573 (1979)
England
8.61 “A classic” Post-Punk; Dubbeat

Jukebox picks: “Adventures Close To Home” (9.5) • “Instant Hit” (9.2) • “Love Und Romance” (9.1)
TJR saysStaring back at you from the striking cover of their debut LP were (L to R): Ari Up (17, vocals); Viv Albertine (24, gui...more →

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NEW SKIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY
Leonard Cohen
Columbia C-33167 (1974)
Canada
8.45 “Excellent” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Who By Fire” (10) • “Lover Lover Lover” (9.7) • “A Singer Must Die” (9.6)
TJR saysArriving in August ’74 was the 4th album from the 39-year-old, a set which continues his impeccable 7-year-run of sheer ...more →

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ALL MOD CONS
The Jam
Polydor 2442-155 (1978)
England
8.40 “Excellent” New Wave; Punk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” (10) • “’A’ Bomb In Wardour Street” (9.8) • “English Rose” (9.7)
TJR saysWhat an absolute gem this is; they released two good albums last year, but ‘78s “All Mod Cons” is on a different level a...more →

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SUICIDE
Suicide
Red Star Records RS-1 (1977)
the USA
8.40 “Excellent” Electronica

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

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TRANSFORMER
Lou Reed
RCA Victor LSP-4807 (1972)
the USA
8.35 “Excellent” Crooner / Cabaret; Proto-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Perfect Day” (10) • “Walk On The Wild Side” (10) • “Vicious” (10)
TJR saysBy the standards he’d set with the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed’s self-titled debut LP in April ’72 was, as good as it w...more →

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DRAGNET
The Fall
Step-Forward Records SFLP-4 (1979)
England
8.35 “Excellent” Trance Rock; Post-Punk; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Dice Man” (9.7) • “A Figure Walks” (9.3) • “Flat Of Angles” (9.3)
TJR saysContinuing a late 70s trend, The Fall were the latest of the new breed to deliver two albums in the same year, with Octo...more →

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DIRK WEARS WHITE SOX
Adam and The Ants
Do It Records RIDE-3 (1979)
England
8.27 “Excellent” Post-Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Cartrouble, parts 1 and 2” (9.6) • “Day I Met God” (9.5) • “Cleopatra” (9.5)
TJR saysMy love for this band will always be true; they were the first band I ever spent my own money on – how could it not? I s...more →

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GHETTO VIBES
King Short Shirt
Charlie's Records CR-103 (1976)
Antigua and Barbuda
8.27 “Excellent” Caribbean

Jukebox picks: “Tourist Leggo” (9.3) • “Nobody Go Run Me” (9.1) • “When” (9.0)
TJR saysWhat a glorious offering from the 34-year-old McLean Emmanuel, surely one of the very finest Calypsonians ever to emerge...more →

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MORRISON HOTEL
The Doors
Elektra EKS-75007 (1970)
the USA
8.25 “Excellent” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Peace Frog” (10) • “Roadhouse Blues” (10) • “Waiting For The Sun” (8.9)
TJR saysThe ever-brilliant quartet opened the 70s with “Morrison Hotel”, their most muscular set to date. The album is divided i...more →

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THIS YEAR’S MODEL
Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Radar Records RAD-3 (1978)
England
8.23 “Excellent” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Night Rally” (10) • “Pump It Up” (9.8) • “(I Don’t Want To) Go To Chelsea” (9.5)
TJR saysFollowing the success of “My Aim Is True”, Costello wasted no time in forming his own permanent backing band, and The At...more →

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ETERNALLY YOURS
The Saints
Harvest SHSP-4078 (1978)
Australia
8.23 “Excellent” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “No, Your Product” (9.8) • “Private Affair” (9.3) • “This Perfect Day” (9.2)
TJR saysEschewing the raw and gritty Stooges-inspired sound of their debut, the Saints opted for a generally brighter, breezier ...more →

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LEAVE HOME
Ramones
Sire SA-7528 (1977)
the USA
8.22 “Excellent” Punk

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

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DREAD IN A BABYLON
U-Roy
TR International TR-73457 (1975)
Jamaica
8.17 “Excellent” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Dreadlocks Dread” (9.6) • “Natty Don’t Fear” (9.1) • “Listen To The Teacher” (8.9)
TJR saysRoots rocking is the play on U-Roys second long-player, largely down to the terrific engineering skills of Errol Thompso...more →

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INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL
Stiff Little Fingers
Rough Trade ROUGH-1 (1979)
Northern Ireland
8.15 “Excellent” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Alternative Ulster” (10) • “Wasted Life” (10) • “Suspect Device” (9.5)
TJR saysBelfast’s raging in the 1970s and Stiff Little Fingers are screaming all about it. More explosive than a Molotov cocktai...more →

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PUBLIC IMAGE (FIRST ISSUE)
Public Image Ltd.
Virgin ‎V-2114 (1978)
England
8.15 “Excellent” Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Public Image” (9.3) • “Low Life” (9.0) • “Religion I” (8.3)
TJR saysJohnny Rotten had started the year on stage in America with the imploding Sex Pistols, infamously sneering “this is no...more →

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KAYA
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9517 (1978)
Jamaica
8.12 “Excellent” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Time Will Tell” (10) • “Is This Love” (9.7) • “Easy Skanking” (9.5)
TJR saysCleverly annexed from the “Exodus” sessions, “Kaya” stands cohesively as an album of peace, love and marijuana. Once I g...more →

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THE GIPSY
Mr. Fox
Transatlantic Records TRA-236 (1971)
England
8.11 “Excellent” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Gipsy” (8.9) • “House Carpenter” (8.4) • “Mendle” (8.3)
TJR saysHaving lost the strings and wind of Andrew Massey and John Myatt (on financial rather than artistic grounds) it might ha...more →

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RASTAMAN VIBRATION
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9383 (1976)
Jamaica
8.07 “Excellent” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Who The Cap Fit” (10) • “Positive Vibration” (9.4) • “Crazy Baldhead” (9.3)
TJR saysThe Bob Marley story was moving along beautifully at this time. There had been no studio albums in ’75 but the live vers...more →

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NEU! ’75
Neu!
Brain brain-1062 (1975)
Germany
8.07 “Excellent” Trance Rock

Jukebox picks: “After Eight” (9.2) • “Hero” (8.7) • “Isi” (7.8)
TJR saysBrilliantly, Neu! reconvened in winter ’74-’75 for one last hurrah and this time the inconsistency which plagued previou...more →

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LUST FOR LIFE
Iggy Pop
RCA Victor AFL1-2488 (1977)
the USA
8.06 “Excellent” New Wave

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

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INKUNZI EMNYAMA
Moses Mchunu
Motella BL-57 (1975)
South Africa
8.05 “Excellent” Africana

Jukebox picks: “lnkunzi Emnyama” (9.4) • “Ngizula Nomhlaba” (8.8) • “Emzini Bakhala Ngawe” (8.4)
TJR saysExcellence abounds on the debut set from the 26-year-old, native to the rural village of Nkandla in the East, but now se...more →

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RECENT SONGS
Leonard Cohen
Columbia JC-36264 (1979)
Canada
8.01 “Excellent” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “The Lost Canadian (Un Canadien Errant)” (10) • “The Window” (9.7) • “The Guests” (9.1)
TJR saysAfter his blindingly brilliant stretch from ’67 to ’74, the charismatic Canadian took a miss-step in ’77 with the, large...more →

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THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
David Bowie
RCA Victor LSP-4702 (1972)
England
8.00 “Excellent” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Starman” (10) • “Suffragette City” (9.7) • “Ziggy Stardust” (9.6)
TJR says“Hunky Dory” had given David Bowie a wide-eyed fan-base, dead-keen on the next episode – the hazy cosmic jive of “Ziggy ...more →

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LONG LIFE
Prince Far I
Front Line FL-1021 (1978)
Jamaica
7.98 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Daughters Of Zion” (9.2) • “In Your Walking Remember Jah Jah” (9.1) • “So Long” (8.4)
TJR saysFar I’s second album for Virgin this year was undoubtedly the stronger, even if it is preachy, harking back to “Psal...more →

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PEARL
Janis Joplin
CBS S-64188 (1971)
the USA
7.98 “Brilliant” Soul Ballad; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Cry Baby” (9.2) • “Mercedes Benz” (9.0) • “Move Over” (8.8)
TJR saysDespite the trials and tribulations of her personal life, Janis Joplin was at the peak of her powers at the turn of the ...more →

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BURNIN’
The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9256 (1973)
Jamaica
7.96 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Get Up, Stand Up” (10) • “Small Axe [1973 version]” (8.8) • “One Foundation” (8.4)
TJR says“Burnin’” arrived in October ’73, just six months on from “Catch A Fire” – by this stage these guys seemed like they wer...more →

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BELOW THE SALT
Steeleye Span
Chrysalis CHR-1008 (1972)
England
7.84 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “King Henry” (8.9) • “Gaudete” (8.8) • “Royal Forester” (8.7)
TJR saysAt the medieval food table, salt (an expensive and rare commodity of the time) was placed at the centre of the table. Ab...more →

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THE HIGH PRIEST OF REGGAE
Laurel Aitken
Pama Records PSP-1012 (1970)
Cuba
7.83 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Landlords And Tenants” (9.9) • “Hailes Selaise” (9.5) • “Suffering Still” (9.5)
TJR saysThe High Priest Of Reggae? Around about this time it was no idle boast. 1969’s “Scandal In A Brixton Market” was a storm...more →

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DESIRE
Bob Dylan
Columbia PC-33893 (1976)
the USA
7.83 “Brilliant” Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Romance In Durango” (9.2) • “Joey” (8.7) • “Black Diamond Bay” (8.3)
TJR saysBob Dylan’s career story to date has consisted of early-60s solo excellence, mid-60s intense group brilliance, and then ...more →

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STRANGLERS IV (RATTUS NORVEGICUS)
The Stranglers
United Artists Records UAG-30045 (1977)
England
7.80 “Brilliant” New Wave; Punk

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

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YITHI SIFIKILE
Usizwe Namatshitshi
CBS LAB-4029 (1971)
South Africa
7.79 “Brilliant” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Siyobohla Manyosi” (9.2) • “Ungamthembi Umuntu” (8.8) • “Sithunyiwe Bakithi” (8.5)
TJR saysIn South Africa ’71, Rupert Bopape’s Mavuthela Music had some serious album market competition from Hamilton Nzimande’s ...more →

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MAHLABATHINI AND IZINTOMBI ZEPHEPHA BACKED BY THE NAUGHTY BOYS
Mahlabathini and Izintombi Zephepha backed by The Naughty Boys
Soweto ‎SWA-14019 (1976)
South Africa
7.75 “Brilliant” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Ukuhamba Ukuboma” (9.5) • “Mathamyizimyaba” (9.0) • “Kubuhlunmgu” (8.5)
TJR saysNever judge an album by its cover is an adage which can be applied here – put the playboy out of your mind and dance wou...more →

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SETTING SONS
The Jam
Polydor POLD-5028 (1979)
England
7.73 “Brilliant” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Smithers-Jones” (9.7) • “The Eton Rifles” (9.5) • “Little Boy Soldiers” (9.1)
TJR saysThe Jam’s brilliant form continues on the 4th long player, ending the decade on a major high. The set was released in No...more →

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ROCK BOTTOM
Robert Wyatt
Virgin V-2017 (1974)
England
7.72 “Brilliant” Avant-Garde; Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road” (8.4) • “Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road” (8.2) • “Alife” (8.1)
TJR saysThe 29-year-old released his second LP in July ’74 – just one year after the terrible accident where a fall from a balco...more →

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CAN SOUNDTRACKS
The Can
Liberty LBS 83 437 I (1970)
Germany
7.71 “Brilliant” Trance Rock

Jukebox picks: “Mother Sky” (9.9) • “Don't Turn the Light on, Leave Me Alone” (9.2) • “Tango Whiskyman” (8.1)
TJR saysTheir second album of new music but not an album statement as such, being that it’s a compilation of tracks that they we...more →

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MR. FOX
Mr. Fox
Transatlantic Records TRA-226 (1970)
England
7.71 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Gay Goshawk” (9.0) • “Mr. Fox” (8.9) • “Join Us In Our Game” (8.6)
TJR saysEssentially the group was the husband and wife duo of Bob and Carole Pegg, borne of the Yorkshire Dales, and enticed dow...more →

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LED ZEPPELIN III
Led Zeppelin
Atlantic 2401002 (1970)
England
7.69 “Brilliant” Folk Rock / Americana; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Friends” (9.8) • “Hats Off To (Roy) Harper” (9.5) • “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” (9.1)
TJR saysFollowing two neat albums in ’69, the third Led Zeppelin long player raised the game, and had some wholly terrific bount...more →

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
Loudon Wainwright III
Atlantic SD-8260 (1970)
the USA
7.68 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Black Uncle Remus” (10) • “School Days” (8.8) • “Ode To A Pittsburgh” (8.4)
TJR saysThe debut album from the newly-turned 24-year-old arrived in the fall of 1970 and straight away he’s reminiscing about t...more →

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HUSTLERS CONVENTION
Lightnin’ Rod
United Artists Records UA-LA156-F (1973)
the USA
7.66 “Brilliant” Hip Hop / Rap; Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “The Shit Hits The Fan Again” (8.7) • “Hamhock’s Hall Was Big (And There Was A Whole Lot To Dig!)” (8.6) • “Brother Hominy Grit” (8.4)
TJR saysSuperfly 30 years before gangster rap got naff, this terrific LP was conceived and executed by Jalal Mansur Nuriddin who...more →

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KENYAFRICA VOL. 5
Kawere Boys Band
Playa Sound PS-33005 (1976)
Kenya
7.66 “Brilliant” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Elizia Atieno” (8.4) • “Omolo Mzee” (8.1) • “Joseph Awiti” (8.0)
TJR saysKawere Boys Band were purveyors of benga music, which has its heartlands in Nairobi and is characterized by an extremely...more →

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MOONDANCE
Van Morrison
Warner Bros. Records WS-1835 (1970)
Northern Ireland
7.65 “Brilliant” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Pop; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Into The Mystic” (9.9) • “And It Stoned Me” (9.1) • “Everyone” (7.8)
TJR saysVan’s third LP arrived in January 1970; Eschewing the freeform, often long-drawn nature of the songs on the preceding “A...more →

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NO MORE HEROES
The Stranglers
United Artists Records UAG-30200 (1977)
England
7.65 “Brilliant” New Wave; Post-Punk

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

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RAVISSANTE BABY
Francis The Great
C-C Records CC.3.302 (1977)
Cameroon
7.65 “Brilliant” Africana; Disco / Funk

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

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THE PAYBACK
James Brown
Polydor PD-3007 (1973)
the USA
7.64 “Brilliant” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “The Payback” (9.5) • “Stone To The Bone” (8.7) • “Mind Power” (8.3)
TJR saysThis was the third brand new 1973 album from the highly prolific James Brown stable – and the finest LP that he ever mad...more →

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SIYA EMSHADWENI
Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje
CBS ‎LAB-4042 (1973)
South Africa
7.63 “Brilliant” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Siya Emshadweni” (9.7) • “Ziyathuthuka Izintombi” (8.4) • “Udumbe Dumbe” (8.1)
TJR saysJust as they did in 1968, Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje (The Now Now Girls) effortlessly breeze into my Top 10 albums of th...more →

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PLAIN AND SIMPLE
The Dubliners
RAM Records RMLP-5002 (1973)
Ireland
7.61 “Brilliant” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Rebellion - Wrap the Green Flag 'Round Me Boys / The West's Awake / A Nation Once Again” (9.7) • “Skibbereen” (9.1) • “Fiddler's Green” (8.8)
TJR saysWhat were the odds that five of the greatest Dubliners ever to live would all find themselves in the same folk group? Th...more →

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JULIE
Le Grande Lolo Lolitta
Société Ivoirienne Du Disque SID-LPS-014 (1979)
Congo-Brazzaville
7.60 “Brilliant” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Koum Koum” (9.5) • “C’est Trop Tard” (7.2) • “Oh Ma Julie” (6.9)
TJR saysLolita Babindamana, a Brazzavillian wanderer, is best described as a bit of an all-rounder with an interest in singing, ...more →

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THE END
Nico
Island Records ILPS-9311 (1974)
Germany
7.59 “Brilliant” Avant-Garde; Alternative Folk

Jukebox picks: “The End” (9.5) • “Secret Side” (9.2) • “You Forget To Answer” (8.7)
TJR saysThe final chapter in her brilliant neo-classical trilogy that began in 1969 with “The Marble Index” and continued in 197...more →

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SHINY BEAST (BAT CHAIN PULLER)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
Warner Bros. Records BSK-3256 (1978)
the USA
7.58 “Brilliant” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Candle Mambo” (10) • “Tropical Hot Dog Night” (9.4) • “When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy” (8.3)
TJR saysAn album called “Bat Chain Puller” had been recorded in ’76 for DiscReet in 1976, but label co-owner Frank Zappa withhel...more →

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HARDER THAN THE REST
Culture
Front Line FL-1016 (1978)
Jamaica
7.58 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Behold” (9.6) • “Work On Natty” (8.6) • “Iron Sharpening Iron” (8.2)
TJR saysFollowing royalty disputes with Joe Gibbs, Culture had been “looking around” for a new production partner and had record...more →

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LED ZEPPELIN IV
Led Zeppelin
Atlantic 2401012 (1971)
England
7.58 “Brilliant” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Going To California” (8.7) • “The Battle Of Evermore” (8.6) • “When The Levee Breaks” (8.1)
TJR saysSo you get a folk group and a rock group on the same top value package? And they’re brilliant in both genres? Yes please...more →

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DYNAMITE DAZE
Kevin Coyne
Virgin V-2096 (1978)
England
7.57 “Brilliant” Songwriter; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Brothers Of Mine” (10) • “Dynamite Daze” (9.5) • “Juliet And Mark” (9.2)
TJR saysCo-produced by Kevin Coyne and Bob Ward, who also plays on the album. The contributors are: Kevin Coyne (vocal, guitar);...more →

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ROAD TO RUIN
Ramones
Sire SRK-6063 (1978)
the USA
7.56 “Brilliant” Punk

Jukebox picks: “I Wanna Be Sedated” (10) • “Questioningly” (8.0) • “Bad Brain” (7.8)
TJR saysThe fourth Ramones already? They didn’t hang about in any way whatsoever, that’s for sure. “Road To Ruin” isn’t as stron...more →

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THERE IT IS
James Brown
Polydor PD-5028 (1972)
the USA
7.56 “Brilliant” Disco / Funk; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “King Heroin” (9.3) • “Never Can Say Goodbye” (8.7) • “I’m A Greedy Man [1971 version, parts 1 & 2]” (8.3)
TJR saysI guess this is why they call him the godfather? This is a screamer from start to finish with an irresistible groove at ...more →

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BRYTER LAYTER
Nick Drake
Island Records ILPS-9134 (1970)
Burma
7.55 “Brilliant” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Hazey Jane II” (9.6) • “Hazey Jane I” (9.2) • “One Of These Things First” (8.6)
TJR saysThe tone of the second Nick Drake LP is tangibly more hopeful than the preceding “Five Leaves Left” and is a beautifully...more →

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IN BETWEEN TEARS
Irma Thomas
Fungus FB-25150 (1973)
the USA
7.54 “Brilliant” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Medley : Coming From Behind (Monologue), Wish Someone Would Care” (9.0) • “Turn My World Around” (8.4) • “She’ll Never Be Your Wife” (8.1)
TJR saysThe coming together of Irma Thomas with Swamp Dogg was a mouth-watering proposition on paper – and the results were an a...more →

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DREAD BEAT AN’ BLOOD
Poet and The Roots
Front Line FL-1017 (1978)
Jamaica
7.53 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Five Nights Of Bleeding” (9.0) • “Dread Beat An’ Blood” (8.8) • “Man Free” (8.3)
TJR saysFurther to the publication of his 1975 book of poetry, “Dread Beat and Blood”, Linton Kwesi Johnson became a revered nam...more →

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HOKOYO!
Thomas Mapfumo and The Acid Band
Chimurenga ASLP-5000 (1978)
Zimbabwe
7.51 “Brilliant” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Matiregerera Mambo” (8.4) • “Murandu” (8.2) • “Hwa-Hwa [1978 song]” (8.1)
TJR saysSince the 1960s, Thomas Mapfumo had been playing western rock music with his band, The Springfields, in the pubs and clu...more →

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MY AIM IS TRUE
Elvis Costello
Stiff Records SEEZ-3 (1977)
England
7.50 “Brilliant” New Wave

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

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RETURN OF THE SUPER APE
The Upsetters
Lion Of Judah LPIR-0001 (1978)
Jamaica
7.50 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Dyon-Anasaw” (9.8) • “The Lion” (9.0) • “Psyche And Trim” (8.2)
TJR saysFollowing “Scratch The Super Ape” and “Roast Fish Collie Weed And Corn Bread”, Lee Perry continued his fine form with “R...more →

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PSALMS FOR I
Prince Far I
Carib Gems CGLP-1002 (1976)
Jamaica
7.50 “Brilliant” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Psalm 48” (9.0) • “Psalm 23” (8.9) • “Psalm 95” (8.6)
TJR saysAfter several years in the business the characterful and gruff chanter, now in his early 30s, was ready to unleash his f...more →

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BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
Bob Dylan
Columbia PC-33235 (1975)
the USA
7.49 “Really good” Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts” (9.8) • “Idiot Wind” (9.3) • “Buckets Of Rain” (7.8)
TJR saysWell, his spell at Asylum Records didn’t last too long – he was straight back to Columbia after just 1 year away, and “B...more →

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REVOLUTION
The Dubliners
Tribune ‎TRLP-1015 (1970)
Ireland
7.49 “Really good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Button Pusher” (9.7) • “The Bonny Boy” (8.6) • “Sé Fáth Mo Bhuartha” (8.3)
TJR saysThe Dubliners second LP for EMI-Columbia, this time solely produced by Phil Coulter who actually plays some piano on the...more →

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TWO SEVENS CLASH
Culture
Joe Gibbs Record Globe (1977)
Jamaica
7.48 “Really good” Reggae

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

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THE RAINCOATS
The Raincoats
Rough Trade ROUGH-3 (1979)
England
7.47 “Really good” Post-Punk; Indie

Jukebox picks: “Adventures Close To Home” (9.4) • “No Side To Fall In” (8.7) • “In Love” (8.0)
TJR saysMore non-typical girls. Yay! No lead singer, no guitar solos, no songs about smashing things up. The Raincoats have got ...more →

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF TENSION
Buzzcocks
United Artists Records UAG-30260 (1979)
England
7.46 “Really good” New Wave; Punk

Jukebox picks: “A Different Kind Of Tension” (9.7) • “Sitting Around At Home” (8.8) • “You Say You Don’t Love Me” (8.2)
TJR saysBuzzcocks swansong LP (as was thought at the time) saw them bow out on a high, with a completely unblemished report card...more →

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BALDHEAD BRIDGE
Culture
Joe Gibbs Record Globe (1978)
Jamaica
7.45 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Behold I Come” (9.5) • “So Long Babylon A Fool I (And I)” (9.4) • “Love Shines Brighter” (7.7)
TJR saysCulture’s second and final LP for Joe Gibbs was, once again, brilliantly recorded with “The Professionals” studio band, ...more →

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LOVE BITES
Buzzcocks
United Artists Records UAG-30197 (1978)
England
7.45 “Really good” New Wave; Punk

Jukebox picks: “Ever Fallen In Love” (8.8) • “Late For The Train” (8.4) • “Love Is Lies” (8.1)
TJR says“Love Bites” arrived just six months after the debut and, already, there’s a remarkable difference in the band’s sound, ...more →

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MARJORY RAZORBLADE
Kevin Coyne
Virgin VD-2501 (1973)
England
7.44 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Songwriter; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Good Boy” (9.6) • “Eastbourne Ladies” (9.4) • “Marlene” (8.7)
TJR saysThe demise of John Peel’s Dandelion Records label wasn’t all bad news for Kevin Coyne. His 1972 debut LP had come to the...more →

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VURULDUK EY HALKIM UNUTMA BIZI
Selda
Türküola (Turkey) LP-305 (1976)
Turkey
7.44 “Really good” Folk; Middle Eastern

Jukebox picks: “Maden Dağı (Deloy, Deloy)” (9.4) • “Askerin Türküsü” (8.6) • “Acıyı Bal Eyledik” (8.4)
TJR saysBy now in her late 20s, the Turkish folk singer Selda Bağcan had crammed much into her first 5 years as a professional m...more →

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THE SCREAM
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Polydor ‎POLD-5009 (1978)
England
7.43 “Really good” Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Mirage” (9.6) • “Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)” (8.8) • “Overground” (8.5)
TJR saysWith the confrontational explosion of British Punk anything now seemed possible, and the Banshees, commanded by Siouxsie...more →

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STRANDED
Roxy Music
Island Records ILPS-9252 (1973)
England
7.42 “Really good” Cerebral Pop; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Psalm” (9.4) • “Street Life” (9.3) • “A Song For Europe” (7.6)
TJR says“Stranded” arrived in November ’73 – just 8 months after “For Your Pleasure”. Since then, Roxy had lost the synth wizard...more →

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I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT
Richard and Linda Thompson
Island Records ILPS-9266 (1974)
England
7.40 “Really good” Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Down Where The Drunkards Roll” (9.3) • “Withered And Died” (8.8) • “The Great Valerio” (8.5)
TJR saysSince leaving Fairport Convention on a hunch that he could forge a solo career as a songwriter and performer, Richard ha...more →

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EGE BAMYASI
Can
United Artists Records UAS 29 414 I (1972)
Germany
7.40 “Really good” Trance Rock

Jukebox picks: “Vitamin C” (8.6) • “Spoon” (7.9) • “Pinch” (7.6)
TJR saysAt the end of 1971, Can relocated their studio to a nearby village, renting an old cinema which was now out-of-use. This...more →

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FOLKWAYS RECORD OF CONTEMPORARY SONGS
Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl
Folkways Records FW-8736 (1973)
the USAEngland
7.39 “Really good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Darling Annie” (9.3) • “The Campaneros” (8.5) • “Bufallo Holler” (8.3)
TJR saysPhilisophical album opener “The Ballad Of Accounting” reminds us there's more to life than working; don't forgot to ...more →

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RUST NEVER SLEEPS
Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Reprise Records HS-2295 (1979)
Canada
7.39 “Really good” Folk Rock / Americana; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Powderfinger [live '78]” (9.3) • “Thrasher [live '78]” (8.3) • “My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) [live '78]” (8.2)
TJR saysBack in ’65 Bob Dylan had released “Bringing It All Back Home”, a half-acoustic / half-electric set, almost as if wary o...more →

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LONDON CALLING
The Clash
CBS CBS-CLASH-3 (1979)
England
7.38 “Really good” New Wave; Punk

Jukebox picks: “The Guns Of Brixton” (9.8) • “Clampdown” (9.5) • “London Calling” (9.2)
TJR saysThe third Clash album was out just in time for Christmas 1979. Although it was a double album, the group insisted that C...more →

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FUTURE DAYS
Can
United Artists Records UAS 29 505 I (1973)
Germany
7.38 “Really good” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Future Days” (7.9) • “Bel Air” (7.7) • “Moonshake” (7.0)
TJR saysMellow vibes abound on the 5th LP from the egalitarian quintet; a series of electric symphonies big on atmospheric beaut...more →

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EXILE ON MAIN ST.
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones Records COC-69100 (1972)
England
7.37 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Rocks Off” (10) • “Sweet Virginia” (9.5) • “Tumbling Dice” (8.8)
TJR saysThe second LP on their own label was a gem – perhaps against all the odds, what with the chaotic background of being exi...more →

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TELL THE TRUTH
Otis Redding
ATCO Records SD 33-333 (1970)
the USA
7.37 “Really good” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Wholesale Love” (9.0) • “I Got The Will” (8.8) • “Swingin’ On A String” (8.5)
TJR saysThere’s something quite beautiful about the fact that Otis continues to party on into the 1970s with a great new album. ...more →

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VELVET DONKEY
Ivor Cutler
Virgin V-2037 (1975)
Scotland
7.35 “Really good” Avant-Garde; Poetry; Storytelling

Jukebox picks: “Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Ep. 2” (10) • “The Stranger” (9.8) • “The Dirty Dinner” (9.6)
TJR saysIvor’s second of three mid 70’s LP’s for Virgin Records, featuring 12 songs, 11 poems and 8 stories. Once again, the set...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of the 1970s



Album Charts by year

“A-list”

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“B-list”

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Album Charts by decade

“A-list”

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“B-list”

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