Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s (part 2)

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s (part 2)
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FOR YOUR PLEASURE
Roxy Music
Island Records ILPS-9232 (1973)
England
7.35 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Do The Strand” (10) • “In Every Dream Home A Heartache” (8.3) • “For Your Pleasure” (7.8)
TJR saysThe second Roxy long player was every bit the equal of last years’ cracking debut, as they continue to push in new direc...more →

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MARQUEE MOON
Television
Elektra 7E-1098 (1977)
the USA
7.35 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Venus” (9.6) • “Marquee Moon” (8.2) • “See No Evil” (7.6)
TJR saysAt the time of release in February ’77 they were: Tom Verlaine (27, guitar, keyboards, vocals); Richard Lloyd (25, guita...more →

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ROXY MUSIC
Roxy Music
Island Records ILPS-9200 (1972)
England
7.34 “Really good” Cerebral Pop; New Wave; Prog

Jukebox picks: “Re-Make/Re-Model” (9.7) • “Ladytron” (8.8) • “Bitters End” (7.5)
TJR saysFrom out of nowhere in the summer of ’72 came the self-titled debut LP from Roxy Music – the new art-rock sound of now. ...more →

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LEGALIZE IT
Peter Tosh
Columbia PC-34253 (1976)
Jamaica
7.34 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Brand New Second Hand” (9.6) • “What’Cha Gonna Do?” (8.0) • “Burial” (7.8)
TJR saysAs a Wailer for all of his adult life until very recently, the 31-year-old Peter Tosh was a legendary figure by the time...more →

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THE CLASH
The Clash
CBS CBS-82000 (1977)
England
7.34 “Really good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Police And Thieves” (9.4) • “White Riot” (9.2) • “Career Opportunities” (8.2)
TJR saysThe Clash made their debut on 4th July 1976, supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield. By the turn of t...more →

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CASE HISTORY
Kevin Coyne
Dandelion Records 2310-228 (1972)
England
7.34 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Uggy's Song” (9.0) • “Sand All Yellow” (8.6) • “God Bless the Bride” (8.5)
TJR saysThe final LP to be released on John Peel’s Dandelion Records was a little beauty; all recorded in a single afternoon’s w...more →

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RADIO ETHIOPIA
Patti Smith Group
Arista AL-4097 (1976)
the USA
7.34 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Pissing In A River” (8.4) • “Ask The Angels” (8.3) • “Ain’t It Strange” (8.0)
TJR saysPatti Smith has now become the Patti Smith Group; in comparison to “Horses”, “Radio Ethiopia” side-steps from the punk f...more →

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BLACK AND WHITE
The Stranglers
United Artists Records UAG-30222 (1978)
England
7.33 “Really good” Punk; New Wave; Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Nice ’n’ Sleazy” (10) • “Tank” (8.4) • “Toiler On The Sea” (7.9)
TJR saysThe third Stranglers LP in just 13 months arrived in May ’78, with labels and sleeves distinctly coloured to reflect the...more →

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MARCUS GARVEY
Burning Spear
Island Records ILPS-9377 (1975)
Jamaica
7.33 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Slavery Days” (9.4) • “The Invasion” (7.9) • “Resting Place” (7.8)
TJR saysAfter two albums for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label, the vocal trio of Winston Rodney (30, lead vocals), Delroy Hines (...more →

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ALBUM II
Loudon Wainwright III
Atlantic SD-8291 (1971)
the USA
7.33 “Really good” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Old Paint” (9.2) • “I Know I’m Unhappy / Suicide Song / Glenville Reel” (8.7) • “Be Careful, There’s A Baby In The House” (8.0)
TJR saysThe second LP from the 24 year-old purveyor of humour-laden singer-songwriter gloom, sometimes devoid of humour, was rel...more →

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COLD FACT
Rodriguez
Sussex SXBS-7000 (1970)
the USA
7.33 “Really good” Folk Rock / Americana; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Like Janis” (8.8) • “Crucify Your Mind” (8.7) • “Sugar Man” (8.2)
TJR saysSixto Rodriguez was the sixth son of Mexican working-class parents. The Detroit-born lad was 27-year-old when he served ...more →

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NATTY REBEL
U-Roy
Virgin V-2059 (1976)
Jamaica
7.33 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Natty Rebel” (8.5) • “If You Should Leave Me” (8.3) • “Natty Kung Fu” (8.0)
TJR saysU-Roy was riding on the crest of a wave at this time; the world’s ears were open to Jamaica and he was well placed as an...more →

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KENYAFRICA! 1
Daniel Kamau
Playa Sound PS-33001 (1976)
Kenya
7.33 “Really good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Kiririkano Kia Zk” (8.5) • “Jane Macyline” (8.2) • “Ningwite Nawe pt.2” (8.0)
TJR saysA highly enjoyable LP from the 27-year-old singer-guitarist from Gatanga. I’m pretty sure it’s a compilation of 45s (the...more →

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BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
Simon and Garfunkel
Columbia KCS-9914 (1970)
the USA
7.31 “Really good” Folk Rock / Americana; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Keep The Customer Satisfied” (9.7) • “Cecilia” (9.2) • “The Boxer” (9.0)
TJR saysThe fifth and final serving from the duo arrived in January ’70 and proved to be hugely entertaining; packed with vitali...more →

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Germs
Slash SR-103 (1979)
the USA
7.31 “Really good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Lexicon Devil” (9.4) • “Shut Down (Annihilation Man)” (8.8) • “We Must Bleed” (8.3)
TJR saysWith so many albums in my collection it’s nearly impossible to remember where they all came from, but you always remembe...more →

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NOMA UNGAYAPHI BAKHALA NGATHI
Usizwe Namatshitshi
CBS LAB-4022 (1971)
South Africa
7.31 “Really good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Uyangizungeza Lombemu” (8.9) • “Madoda Sesikhathele” (8.2) • “Emakhuzeni” (8.0)
TJR saysBy the dawn of the seventies, there was more to the vibrant South African music scene than just Gallo Music. The popular...more →

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CATCH A FIRE
The Wailers
Island Records ILPS 9241 (1973)
Jamaica
7.31 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Stir It Up” (9.2) • “Stop That Train” (8.0) • “400 Years [1973 version]” (7.9)
TJR saysFollowing their two LPs with Lee Perry, The Wailers delivered the first of their album’s conceived for the worldwide mar...more →

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ARMED FORCES
Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Radar Records RAD-14 (1979)
England
7.30 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Oliver’s Army” (10) • “Green Shirt” (8.0) • “Busy Bodies” (8.0)
TJR saysCostello and his band continue to shine brightly on “Armed Forces”, his one-and-only U.S. Top 10 album. “Emotional fasci...more →

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THE B-52’S
The B-52s
Warner Bros. Records BSK-3355 (1979)
the USA
7.28 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Rock Lobster” (9.5) • “Planet Claire” (9.0) • “6060-842” (8.2)
TJR saysFuelled by the underground success of their “Rock Lobster” single from last year, the Athens, Georgia-based quintet were...more →

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AN AMERICAN PRAYERː JIM MORRISON
The Doors
Elektra 5E-502 (1978)
the USA
7.28 “Really good” Poetry; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Angels And Sailors” (9.4) • “Newborn Awakening” (9.0) • “The Hitchhiker” (8.8)
TJR saysJim Morrison recorded quite a few sessions in 1969 and 1970 where he laid down some poetry and stories, with the intent ...more →

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FORCES OF VICTORY
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Island Records ILPS-9566 (1979)
Jamaica
7.28 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)” (9.1) • “Fite Dem Back” (7.9) • “Want Fi Goh Rave” (7.2)
TJR saysArriving in May ’79 was the second long-player from the hard-hitting 27-year-old Brixton-poet, the first to bear his own...more →

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INDODA MAHLATINI NA MADODANA
Indoda Mahlatini Na Madodana
Goli GOL (E) 307 (1979)
South Africa
7.27 “Really good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Akekho” (9.7) • “Sidedeleni Sigiye” (8.9) • “Isidwaba” (8.6)
TJR saysAt first I was thinking Madodana might be some sort of co-credited backing group, but I'm more inclined to guess the rea...more →

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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
John Prine
Atlantic SD-7240 (1972)
the USA
7.27 “Really good” Folk; Country

Jukebox picks: “The Great Compromise” (8.9) • “Souvenirs [original album version]” (8.3) • “Diamonds In The Rough” (8.0)
TJR saysStripped-back with a distinctive sense of ye-olde-tymey, John channels Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family and Luke the Dr...more →

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GET ON THE GOOD FOOT
James Brown
Polydor PD-2-3004 (1972)
the USA
7.25 “Really good” Disco / Funk; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Nothing Beats A Try But A Fail” (9.4) • “Funky Side Of Town” (9.4) • “Please, Please, Please [1972 version]” (8.9)
TJR says3 back-album tracks get a reworking – “Cold Sweat” (Cold Sweat, 1967), “Please Please Please” (Please Please Ple...more →

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CUMBOLO
Culture
Front Line FL-1040 (1979)
Jamaica
7.25 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “They Never Love In This Time” (9.3) • “Poor Jah People” (8.7) • “Innocent Blood” (8.0)
TJR saysCulture have been terrifically consistent from the start, and “Cumbolo” leaves their 70s report card in rude health. Tha...more →

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AUTOBAHN
Kraftwerk
Philips 6305-231 (1974)
Germany
7.24 “Really good” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Autobahn” (10) • “Morgenspaziergang” (8.3) • “Kometenmelodie 2” (7.8)
TJR saysHello world, Düsseldorf calling again. After 4 years of dicking around inconsequentially, and perhaps spurred on by the ...more →

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THE QUEENS
The Queens
Yashingoma YGA-301 (1977)
South Africa
7.24 “Really good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Keba Bone” (9.1) • “Sukuma Ndoda” (8.4) • “Ikhubalo” (8.1)
TJR saysFollowing a slew of singles for Cambridge Matiwane at Satbel in the preceding few years, Mahlathini and The Queens were ...more →

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SAINT DOMINIC’S PREVIEW
Van Morrison
Warner Bros. Records BS-2633 (1972)
Northern Ireland
7.24 “Really good” Folk Rock / Americana; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Saint Dominic’s Preview” (8.7) • “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)” (8.5) • “Almost Independence Day” (7.7)
TJR saysBright and breezy, Van’s 6th release was a bounce-back after the disappointing “Tupelo Honey” from last year, and fuses ...more →

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EASTER
The Patti Smith Group
Arista AB-4171 (1978)
the USA
7.24 “Really good” Rock

Jukebox picks: “High On Rebellion” (8.7) • “25th Floor” (8.0) • “We Three” (7.8)
TJR saysAfter breaking several neck vertebrae as a result of her horrendous fall from stage at the beginning of last year, Patti...more →

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DOUBLE DUBLINERS
The Dubliners
Columbia SCX-6513 (1972)
Ireland
7.23 “Really good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Gentleman Soldier [album version ‘72]” (9.2) • “The Springhill Disaster” (8.6) • “Smith Of Bristol” (7.9)
TJR saysRecorded at Trend Studios, Dublin and Spot Studios, London. Produced by Phil Coulter. First issued in 1972 as “Double Du...more →

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THE MODERN DANCE
Pere Ubu
Blank Records 001 (1978)
the USA
7.23 “Really good” Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Life Stinks” (8.8) • “Real World” (8.0) • “Non-Alignment Pact” (7.9)
TJR saysServing bona-fide modernity as opposed to Kraftwerk's unrealistic variant, this peculiar quintet from Cleveland were jus...more →

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THE IMAGE HAS CRACKED
Alternative TV
Deptford Fun City Records DLP-01 (1978)
England
7.22 “Really good” Post-Punk; Punk

Jukebox picks: “Viva La Rock N’ Roll” (9.1) • “Still-Life [live ’78]” (8.6) • “Why Don’t You Do Me Right?” (7.9)
TJR says4 live tracks (recorded at the 100 Club in London on 7 February 1978) and 5 in the studio make up the strange but compel...more →

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STREET HASSLE
Lou Reed
Arista AB-4169 (1978)
the USA
7.21 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Street Hassle” (10) • “Gimmie Some Good Times [live]” (7.7) • “Dirt [live]” (7.4)
TJR saysLou’s eighth album of new music in seven years was the best of his solo career since the high-watermark of 1972s “Transf...more →

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ROAST FISH COLLIE WEED AND CORN BREAD
Lee Perry The Upsetter
Upsetter LPIR-0000 (1978)
Jamaica
7.20 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Roast Fish And Cornbread” (9.2) • “Throw Some Water In” (9.0) • “Favourite Dish” (8.0)
TJR saysIncredibly, this was the 20th new music LP from the prolific producer, and the first which fully featured him on lead vo...more →

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ZOMBIE
Fela and Afrika 70
Coconut PMLP-1003 (1976)
Nigeria
7.20 “Really good” Disco / Funk; Dubbeat

Jukebox picks: “Zombie” (7.6) • “Mister Follow Follow” (6.8)
TJR saysThe 23rd new music album from the uber-prolific 37-year-old Afrobeat star proved to be a nightmare for him, despite bein...more →

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A TONIC FOR THE TROOPS
The Boomtown Rats
Ensign ENVY-3 (1978)
Ireland
7.19 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Rat Trap” (9.6) • “Like Clockwork” (9.3) • “She’s So Modern” (9.0)
TJR saysA massive improvement on last years’ self-titled debut, “A Tonic For The Troops” found the Rats playing to their own str...more →

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CROSSING THE RED SEA WITH THE ADVERTS
The Adverts
Bright Records BRL-201 (1978)
England
7.19 “Really good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “One Chord Wonders” (8.7) • “On Wheels” (8.2) • “Great British Mistake” (7.8)
TJR saysI keep reading stories about how these misfits couldn’t play to save themselves – a tale backed-up by themselves on thei...more →

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ELECTRIC WARRIOR
T. Rex
Fly Records HIFLY-6 (1971)
England
7.18 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Mambo Sun” (9.2) • “Lean Woman Blues” (8.6) • “Get It On” (7.5)
TJR saysStraight from the off on “Mambo Sun” Dr. Strange has me howling like a loon beneath the bebop moon. His new group ar...more →

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HERE COME THE WARM JETS
Eno
Island Records ILPS-9268 (1974)
England
7.17 “Really good” New Wave; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Here Come The Warm Jets” (8.4) • “Blank Frank” (8.2) • “Baby's On Fire” (8.0)
TJR saysIn his mid-20s, Brian Eno wasn’t messing about. Now that he had committed himself to a career in music, he wasn’t about ...more →

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OXYGÈNE
Jean Michel Jarre
Les Disques Motors 2933-207 (1976)
France
7.15 “Really good” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Oxygène, part 2” (8.2) • “Oxygène, part 6” (7.9) • “Oxygène, part 5” (7.7)
TJR saysAfter quietly cultivating his craft over the course of several years, the 28-year-old painter from Lyon assembled his de...more →

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NATTY DREAD
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9281 (1974)
Jamaica
7.12 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Talkin’ Blues” (9.0) • “Bend Down Low [1974 version]” (8.0) • “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)” (7.8)
TJR saysAs is often the case with we humans, success breeds pressures and jealousies, and The Wailers were not immune. Sadly, th...more →

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BORN TO RUN
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia PC-33795 (1975)
the USA
7.11 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Born To Run” (9.4) • “Thunder Road” (7.9) • “Backstreets” (7.3)
TJR saysThe 25-year-old was out to colour-in the mid-70s grey of the AOR market and this was certainly achieved on a set which o...more →

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JOHN PRINE
John Prine
Atlantic SD-8296 (1971)
the USA
7.11 “Really good” Country; Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Pretty Good” (9.1) • “Sam Stone [original album version]” (8.0) • “Far From Me [original abum version]” (7.8)
TJR saysA product of Chicago’s country-folk revival of the late 60s, Prine was offered a recording contract by Jerry Wexler of A...more →

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THE UNDERTONES
The Undertones
Sire ‎SRK-6071 (1979)
Northern Ireland
7.09 “Really good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Here Comes The Summer [album version, issue #1]” (9.3) • “Jimmy Jimmy” (8.9) • “Male Model” (7.9)
TJR saysThere was only one thing more ridiculous than band’s from Dunfermline and Coventry making it big in ’79 – a band from De...more →

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TEENAGE WARNING
Angelic Upstarts
Warner Bros. Records K-56717 (1979)
England
7.08 “Really good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Teenage Warning” (9.4) • “The Murder Of Liddle Towers” (8.6) • “I’m An Upstart” (8.6)
TJR saysTeenage Warning” and “I’m An Upstart” on coloured vinyl were two of my very earliest 7” single purchases, altho...more →

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THE SPOTLIGHT KID
Captain Beefheart
Reprise Records MS-2050 (1972)
the USA
7.07 “Really good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Grows Fins” (10) • “There Ain’t No Santa Claus On The Evenin’ Stage” (9.5) • “When It Blows Its Stacks” (9.3)
TJR saysStraight away with “The Spotlight Kid” something different was going on. Check that front cover! Rhinstone crooner alert...more →

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SCARED TO DANCE
Skids
Virgin V-2116 (1979)
Scotland
7.07 “Really good” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Into The Valley” (9.8) • “Charles” (8.8) • “Of One Skin” (8.7)
TJR saysAnythin’ Faye Fyffe can dae, these four fae Fife can dae better, ken? The fab-four on a quest to further Dunfermline’s b...more →

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EQUAL RIGHTS
Peter Tosh
Columbia PC-34670 (1977)
Jamaica
7.06 “Really good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Get Up, Stand Up” (8.9) • “Downpressor Man” (8.2) • “Stepping Razor” (7.3)
TJR saysPeter Tosh the stoner of ’76 turns into Peter Tosh the hardliner of ’77 – equal rights then we’ll talk peace. “Get Up,...more →

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EVEN SERPENTS SHINE
The Only Ones
CBS CBS-83451 (1979)
England
7.06 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “You’ve Got To Pay” (8.8) • “From Here To Eternity” (8.4) • “Someone Who Cares” (7.7)
TJR saysOne year on and the quality remains high on the second LP from the cracking London 4-piece, augmented by some cool assis...more →

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BERLIN
Lou Reed
RCA Victor APL1-0207 (1973)
the USA
7.05 “Really good” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Sad Song” (8.8) • “Caroline Says (II)” (8.3) • “Men Of Good Fortune” (7.9)
TJR saysAfter his commercial breakthrough with “Transformer”, the purse strings were loosened at RCA and Lou got to work on an a...more →

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THE PRIDE OF AFRICA
Amagugu with The Intuthuko Brothers
Kaya Lami KYL-2003 (1976)
South Africa
7.05 “Really good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Isithabathaba Segoli” (8.5) • “Ukuhlupheka Kwami” (7.8) • “Wamuhle Thekwane” (7.7)
TJR saysAmagugu’s “Ubhek’uZulu” was well received by myself in my album chart of 1974. The second offering from the quintet, a r...more →

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JAMMY SMEARS
Ivor Cutler
Virgin V-2065 (1976)
Scotland
7.04 “Really good” Avant-Garde; Poetry; Storytelling

Jukebox picks: “Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Ep. 11” (10) • “A Wooden Tree” (9.8) • “Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Ep. 6” (9.6)
TJR saysThe idiosyncratic wonder that is Ivor Cutler delivered his third and final album for Virgin in September ’76 and for the...more →

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LIFE IN A DAY
Simple Minds
Zoom Records ZULP-1 (1979)
Scotland
7.04 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Chelsea Girl” (9.4) • “Life In A Day” (7.8) • “Wasteland” (7.6)
TJR saysAt last, a decent band from Glasgow, hallelujah. After 18 months of building momentum, the first-ever Simple Minds relea...more →

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GIVE ’EM ENOUGH ROPE
The Clash
CBS S-CBS-82431 (1978)
England
7.03 “Really good” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Tommy Gun” (9.9) • “Safe European Home” (8.8) • “English Civil War” (7.2)
TJR saysMuch against the prevailing punk trend, The Clash took their time with the second album – it arrived fully 18 months aft...more →

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CURTIS
Curtis Mayfield
Curtom CRS-8005 (1970)
the USA
7.03 “Really good” Soul

Jukebox picks: “(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go” (9.4) • “Move On Up” (8.5) • “The Other Side Of Town” (8.2)
TJR saysThe Impressions front-man stepped aside for this solo effort which arrived in September, 1970. It gave him the chance to...more →

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UJABULISA ABANTU
Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje
Masterpiece Records LMS-535 (1978)
South Africa
7.03 “Really good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Ujabulisa Abantu” (9.2) • “Ekhaya Kulezontaba” (8.4) • “Izindlela Ziyahlangana” (8.1)
TJR saysAs clearly marked on the label itself, this is an album of two distinct halves, with side 1 being described as the “soul...more →

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BLONDIE
Blondie
Private Stock PS-2023 (1976)
the USA
7.02 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Rip Her To Shreds” (9.9) • “X Offender” (9.8) • “In The Flesh” (9.4)
TJR saysOut just in time for Christmas was the debut LP from the exciting quintet out of New York who lined up: Debbie Harry (31...more →

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PARALLEL LINES
Blondie
Chrysalis CHR-1166 (1978)
the USA
7.01 “Really good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Picture This” (9.7) • “Sunday Girl” (8.9) • “Heart Of Glass” (8.5)
TJR saysThe album blasts in with a killer version of The Nerves’ 1976 single, “Hanging On The Telephone”, and Blondie boss t...more →

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YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT
Desmond Dekker
Trojan Records TBL-146 (1970)
Jamaica
7.00 “Really good” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “Pickney Gal” (8.8) • “You Can Get It If You Really Want” (8.5) • “Peace Of Mind” (7.5)
TJR saysWith Desmond Dekker having taken up permanent residence in England in 1969, it was no great surprise when his third LP w...more →

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TAGO MAGO
Can
United Artists Records UAS 29 211/12 X (1971)
Germany
6.99 “Good” Trance Rock

Jukebox picks: “Halleluhwah” (9.2) • “Oh Yeah” (7.9) • “Aumgn” (7.3)
TJR saysArriving in February 1971 was this boundary-pushing double-album set from Köln’s repetitive groove monsters. With Japane...more →

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PARCEL OF ROGUES
Steeleye Span
Chrysalis CHR-1046 (1973)
England
6.98 “Good” Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Cam Ye O'er Frae France” (9.4) • “Rogues In A Nation” (9.2) • “One Misty Moisty Morning” (7.2)
TJR saysIn 1972, Steeleye Span had provided the soundtrack for a stage adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Kidnapped” at the L...more →

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SCHOOL DAYS
Scotty
Crystal Records 1006 (1971)
Jamaica
6.97 “Good” Reggae; Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “Draw Your Brakes” (9.8) • “Sing Along” (8.7) • “Jam Rock Style” (8.0)
TJR saysAlready 4 years in the business, the debut LP from the 20-year-old showman arrived mid-way through 1971, produced by Der...more →

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GERM FREE ADOLESCENTS
X-Ray Spex
EMI INS-3023 (1978)
England
6.96 “Good” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Obsessed With You” (8.0) • “Germ Free Adolescents” (7.9) • “Plastic Bag” (7.7)
TJR saysHaving given up on her fledgling career as Britain's answer to Susan Cadogan, 19-year-old Marian Elliott (soon to be re-...more →

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IN THE CITY
The Jam
Polydor 2383-447 (1977)
England
6.95 “Good” Punk; New Wave

Jukebox picks: “In The City” (10) • “Away From The Numbers” (8.7) • “Slow Down” (7.5)
TJR saysOn this debut set in May ’77, the suited and booted trio from Woking were: Paul Weller (18, vocals, guitar), Bruce Foxto...more →

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T. REX
T. Rex
Fly Records HIFLY-2 (1970)
England
6.93 “Good” New Wave; Alternative Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Wizard [album version ’70]” (8.8) • “One Inch Rock [album version ’70]” (7.7) • “Seagull Woman” (7.6)
TJR saysArriving at the very end of 1970 was the 5th LP from the group which now lined up: Marc Bolan (23, vocals, guitar, bass,...more →

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HA!-HA!-HA!
Ultravox!
Island Records ILPS-9505 (1977)
England
6.93 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Distant Smile” (7.9) • “Hiroshima Mon Amour” (7.3) • “Artificial Life” (7.2)
TJR saysUltravox! were yet another of the hard-working groups of ’77 to release two album in the same year, with October’s “Ha!-...more →

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JOIN HANDS
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Polydor ‎POLD-5024 (1979)
England
6.92 “Good” Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Playground Twist” (9.5) • “Poppy Day” (7.2) • “The Lord’s Prayer” (7.2)
TJR says“Join Hands” was knocked for the bleakness by some critics but, hey, c’mon, some of us quite like a bit of bleakness in ...more →

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SCRATCH THE SUPER APE
The Upsetters
Upsetter (1976)
Jamaica
6.92 “Good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Dub Along” (8.9) • “Zion Blood” (8.4) • “Three In One” (8.2)
TJR saysDubby, but rarely vacant, this is an enjoyable 40 minutes atmospheric trip, deep into the heart of Lee Perry’s Black Ark...more →

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UNDER HEAVY MANNERS
Prince Far I
Joe Gibbs Music JGML-0023 (1977)
Jamaica
6.92 “Good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Big Fight” (8.7) • “Rain A Fall” (7.5) • “Boz Rock” (7.0)
TJR saysFor the second time since gaining independence in ’62, Jamaica declared itself to be in a state of emergency in June ’76...more →

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STARSAILOR
Tim Buckley
Straight STS-1064 (1970)
the USA
6.91 “Good” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Song To The Siren” (10) • “Come Here Woman” (8.2) • “Moulin Rouge” (7.2)
TJR saysThings get proper weird on the formless “Starsailor”. A freeform rampage ranging from the beatless to the 17 to the 13 w...more →

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FEAR OF MUSIC
Talking Heads
Sire SRK-6076 (1979)
the USA
6.90 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Memories Can’t Wait” (8.7) • “Air” (7.6) • “Electric Guitar” (7.2)
TJR saysThe third album from the New York based quartet arrived in August ’79, with Brian Eno on production duties for the secon...more →

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DOOR DOOR
The Boys Next Door
Mushroom L-36931 (1979)
Australia
6.89 “Good” New Wave; Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Shivers” (9.0) • “The Nightwatchman” (7.8) • “Dive Position” (7.5)
TJR saysOn the Boys Next Door debut Nick Cave comments: “It was a complete wet dream that record. I hate it. It wreaks of a ba...more →

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FAUST IV
Faust
Virgin V-2004 (1973)
Germany
6.89 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “It's A Bit Of A Pain” (8.1) • “Giggy Smile” (7.5) • “Just A Second / Picnic On A Frozen River, Deuxieme Tableau” (7.0)
TJR saysThe 5th album from these modern industrial urbanites was delivered in September 1973, and easily nestled into the affect...more →

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PLASTIC LETTERS
Blondie
Chrysalis CHR-1166 (1978)
the USA
6.88 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “(I’m Always) Touched By Your Presence Dear” (10) • “Denis” (9.5) • “I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No” (9.2)
TJR saysThere’s plenty of high-class action on the first side of “Plastic Letters” with the two glorious singles, “Denis” (t...more →

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SOON OVER BABALUMA
Can
United Artists Records UAS 29 673 I (1974)
Germany
6.88 “Good” Dubbeat

Jukebox picks: “Dizzy Dizzy” (8.3) • “Come Sta, La Luna” (7.7) • “Chain Reaction” (7.4)
TJR saysFollowing “Future Days”, the unpredictable Damo Suzuki got married to a Jehovah's Witness and left the group, once again...more →

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(I’M) STRANDED
The Saints
EMI EMC-2570 (1977)
Australia
6.88 “Good” Punk

Jukebox picks: “Erotic Neurotic” (8.0) • “(I’m) Stranded” (7.9) • “Messin' With The Kid” (7.7)
TJR saysLong before DIY culture had become a buzz-phrase in the Punk scene, this quartet from Brisbane had been getting on with ...more →

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LOLA VERSUS POWERMAN AND THE MONEYGOROUND, PART 1
The Kinks
Pye Records NSPL-18359 (1970)
England
6.87 “Good” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Apeman” (9.7) • “Top Of The Pops” (8.2) • “Lola” (7.8)
TJR saysHaving been reduced to a quartet in the springtime of ’69 when founding member Pete Quaife had left to pursue his own pr...more →

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PARIS 1919
John Cale
Reprise Records MS-2131 (1973)
Wales
6.87 “Good” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Half Past France” (9.3) • “The Endless Plain Of Fortune” (8.8) • “Paris 1919” (7.2)
TJR saysAt the Paris Peace Conference, 1919, the humiliated German aggressors were put in their place by the UK, the US, France,...more →

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STARS OF AFRICA
Intuthuko Brothers
Kaya Lami KYL-2002 (1976)
South Africa
6.87 “Good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Yasuka Yahlala” (8.5) • “Mahlabathini Special No.6” (7.9) • “Wedding Bells No.5” (7.7)
TJR saysA big improvement (for my tastes) on their more poppy offering from ’74, “Tomorrow’s Wedding”. On “Stars Of Africa”, the...more →

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FUN HOUSE
The Stooges
Elektra EKS-74071 (1970)
the USA
6.86 “Good” Proto-Punk

Jukebox picks: “1970” (8.3) • “T.V. Eye” (7.9) • “Dirt” (6.8)
TJR saysNo John Cale around for their second LP, this time produced in L.A. by former Kingsmen keyboardist, Don Gallucci. Iggy S...more →

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LIVE AND COOKIN’ (AT ALICE’S REVISITED)
Howlin’ Wolf
Chess CH-50015 (1972)
the USA
6.86 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Call Me The Wolf [live '72]” (8.0) • “Mean Mistreater [live '72]” (7.9) • “When I Laid I Was Troubled [live '72]” (6.9)
TJR saysThe 62-year-old Howlin’ Wolf was on great form for what was, surprisingly, his first live LP. The set, mostly featuring ...more →

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Qː ARE WE NOT MEN? Aː WE ARE DEVO!
Devo
Warner Bros. Records BSK-3239 (1978)
the USA
6.86 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Space Junk” (8.0) • “Come Back Jonee” (7.5) • “Gut Feeling / Slap Your Mammy” (7.4)
TJR saysDe-evolution = the theory that we're de-evolving as a species was initially a bit of a joke, but who's to say we aren't ...more →

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REGGATTA DE BLANC
The Police
A&M Records AMLH-64792 (1979)
England
6.85 “Good” New Wave; Dubbeat

Jukebox picks: “The Bed’s Too Big Without You” (9.4) • “Message In A Bottle” (9.2) • “Walking On The Moon” (9.0)
TJR saysSpurred on by the success of their reissued “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You” singles from earlier in the year, the...more →

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THE LAST POETS
The Last Poets
Douglas 3 (1970)
the USA
6.85 “Good” Hip Hop / Rap

Jukebox picks: “When The Revolution Comes” (8.7) • “New York, New York” (8.1) • “Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution” (7.6)
TJR saysMartin Luther King and Martin X were dead, black anger was rising. The time was right for The Last Poets who were at the...more →

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IKENGA GO MARRY ME
Ikenga Super Stars of Africa
RAS ASALPS-2 (1975)
Nigeria
6.85 “Good” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Ikenga In Africa” (7.7) • “Ikenga Go Marry Me” (6.0)
TJR saysNigeria’s Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, led by Vincent Okoroego, broke through all over the continent with this release,...more →

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“HEROES”
David Bowie
RCA Victor PL-12522 (1977)
England
6.84 “Good” New Wave; Electronica

Jukebox picks: “"Heroes"” (9.9) • “V2 Schneider” (8.4) • “Sense Of Doubt” (7.4)
TJR saysIn ’77 the ultimate fashion chameleon seems content to ignore punk and hang his hat on the New Wave scene, a scene which...more →

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SURVIVAL
Bob Marley and The Wailers
Island Records ILPS-9542 (1979)
Jamaica
6.82 “Good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “So Much Trouble In The World” (8.1) • “Ambush In The Night” (8.0) • “Survival” (7.8)
TJR saysThe seeds of “Survival” were sown in '78 when Marley had spent some time in Shashamani, a Rastafarian settlement in Ethi...more →

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SCREAMING TARGET
Big Youth
Gussie GLP-001 (1972)
Jamaica
6.79 “Good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “The Killer” (7.9) • “Solomon a Gunday” (7.7) • “Screaming Target” (7.4)
TJR saysThe debut album from the 23-year-old was the crowning glory in his breakthrough wonder-year. Last year, the toaster rose...more →

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TOTAL DESTRUCTION TO YOUR MIND
Swamp Dogg
Canyon Records LP-7706 (1970)
the USA
6.78 “Good” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I Was Born Blue” (9.2) • “The World Beyond” (7.9) • “Redneck” (7.7)
TJR saysCareer turn for the 28-year-old producer/songwriter/performer Jerry Williams, dropping his birth name, adopting the Swam...more →

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METAL BOX
Public Image Ltd.
Virgin METAL-1 (1979)
England
6.78 “Good” Post-Punk

Jukebox picks: “Poptones” (8.6) • “The Suit” (8.0) • “Chant” (7.5)
TJR saysCanadian student Jim Walker had departed the group early in the year, dis-satisfied with the new direction they were tak...more →

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COUNTRY LIFE
Roxy Music
Island Records ILPS-9303 (1974)
England
6.78 “Good” Cerebral Pop; New Wave; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Bitter-Sweet” (8.5) • “If It Takes All Night” (7.7) • “All I Want Is You” (7.2)
TJR saysThe first post-Eno Roxy Music set was stylish, peppy and imaginative, if not quite as off-the-wall as previous efforts. ...more →

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SONGS FOR THE GENTLE MAN
Bridget St. John
Dandelion Records DAN-8007 (1971)
England
6.78 “Good” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Back To Stay” (8.3) • “Seagull-Sunday” (7.9) • “The Lady And The Gentle Man” (7.2)
TJR saysBridget St. John only ever sings songs that she can relate to; songs that mean something to her; songs that come from he...more →

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JEZEBEL
Justin Hines and The Dominoes
Island Records ILPS-9416 (1976)
Jamaica
6.78 “Good” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Babylon Children” (7.9) • “Fire” (7.2) • “Dip And Fall Back” (7.0)
TJR saysWith the demise of his great supporter, Duke Reid, the Ska legend that was Justin Hinds was thought to be retired early ...more →

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DANDRUFF
Ivor Cutler
Virgin V-2021 (1974)
Scotland
6.77 “Good” Poetry; Avant-Garde; Storytelling

Jukebox picks: “Dad’s Lapse” (10) • “Fremsley” (10) • “Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Vol. 2, Ep. 1” (9.2)
TJR saysTaking their left-field roster further left than ever before, Virgin Records signed up Ivor Cutler for a 3-album deal in...more →

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REPLICAS
Tubeway Army
Beggars Banquet BEGA-7 (1979)
England
6.77 “Good” New Wave; Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” (10) • “Replicas” (7.5) • “Me! I Disconnect From You” (7.4)
TJR saysArriving in April, 1979, just five months after their debut, was the second long player from the London trio fronted by ...more →

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LOW
David Bowie
RCA Victor PL-12030 (1977)
England
6.77 “Good” New Wave; Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Sound And Vision” (9.7) • “Be My Wife” (7.7) • “Warszawa” (7.3)
TJR saysWith “Low”, David Bowie continues with his seemingly relentless quest to reinvent himself with every new album, opting h...more →

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VERSION GALORE
U-Roy
Treasure Isle TIS-079 (1970)
Jamaica
6.75 “Good” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “Wear You To The Ball” (8.4) • “The Tide Is High” (8.0) • “Your Ace From Space” (7.7)
TJR says12 versions from creation. For your musical education. “Your Ace From Space” (version of “Broken Hearted” by Ken Par...more →

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AIRS AND GRACES
June Tabor
Topic Records 12TS-298 (1976)
England
6.74 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” (10) • “The Merchant's Son” (7.3) • “Bonny May” (7.3)
TJR saysThe debut album from the 29-year-old Warwickshire lass features 8 traditionals and 2 contemporary covers. June shows her...more →

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CONEY ISLAND BABY
Lou Reed
RCA Victor APL1-0915 (1975)
the USA
6.74 “Good” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Coney Island Baby” (9.3) • “Kicks” (7.1) • “Ooohhh Baby” (6.9)
TJR saysHad I been around back in December’ 75, I’d have been pretty pissed off with Lou Reed by now. After his seminal works wi...more →

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DISGUISE IN LOVE
John Cooper Clarke
CBS CBS-83132 (1978)
England
6.74 “Good” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Readers Wives” (8.2) • “(I Married A) Monster From Outer Space” (8.1) • “Health Fanatic” (7.2)
TJR saysMajor label mania strikes - Cooper Clarke hits Epic! The first of three Cooper Clarke albums to officially feature The I...more →

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



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