Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s (part 6)

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s (part 6)
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THE LONDON CHUCK BERRY SESSIONS
Chuck Berry
Chess ‎CH-60020 (1972)
the USA
5.20 “Below average” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Reelin’ And Rockin’ [live]” (6.0) • “Johnny B. Goode [live]” (5.4) • “Mean Old World” (5.3)
TJR saysFollowing in the footsteps of Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Chuck headed for London to record with the...more →

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EARTHSPAN
The Incredible String Band
Island Records ILPS-9211 (1972)
Scotland
5.19 “Below average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Black Jack David” (6.5) • “Antoine” (5.5) • “Restless Night” (5.5)
TJR saysThe exoticism of previous works makes way for a more traditional brand of folk rock, with bluesy and jazzy touches here ...more →

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DESTRUCTION
Nkengas
Orbitone OTO-05LP (1973)
Nigeria
5.19 “Below average” Disco / Funk; Africana

Jukebox picks: “Nkenga Special” (6.2) • “Anyi Bundi Igbo” (5.7) • “Ube Frank Special” (5.5)
TJR saysSo, the story goes that Osita Osadebe was on a UK tour and financial hardship led to members of his Nigeria Sound Makers...more →

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THE BLACK-MAN’S BURDON
Eric Burdon and War
MGM Records SE-4710-2 (1970)
England
5.18 “Below average” Soul

Jukebox picks: “They Can’t Take Away Our Music” (7.3) • “Beautiful New Born Child” (6.8) • “Gun” (6.8)
TJR saysThe second of two 1970 albums by the group before Burdon left and the remaining band continued as War. The album’s title...more →

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HELEN OF TROY
John Cale
Island Records ILPS-9350 (1975)
Wales
5.16 “Below average” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Cable Hogue” (6.7) • “Pablo Picasso” (6.6) • “Engine” (5.9)
TJR saysOften sounding tired and stuck in that horrid early to mid-70s sludge-rock sound, “Helen Of Troy” only occasionally deli...more →

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EL VIOLENTO
Fruko y sus Tesos
Discos Fuentes 200868 (1973)
Colombia
5.16 “Below average” Latin

Jukebox picks: “Mosaico Matancero: Vamos Pa’l Campo; La Nochebuena; Rumba En Navidad” (6.0) • “Tronco Seco” (5.8) • “El Violento” (5.7)
TJR saysThis Colombian salsa group were led strictly by multi-instrumentalist Julio Ernesto Estrada, commonly known as Fruko. Hi...more →

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AMERICAN GOTHIC
David Ackles
Elektra EKS-75032 (1972)
the USA
5.14 “Below average” Crooner / Cabaret; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Midnight Carousel” (7.3) • “American Gothic” (6.6) • “Montana Song” (6.1)
TJR saysThird album from the 35-year-old singer-songwriter-pianist, at best an expressive Jacques Brel at worst a maudlin Randy ...more →

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RUTH IS STRANGER THAN RICHARD
Robert Wyatt
Virgin V-2034 (1975)
England
5.14 “Below average” Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Sonia” (6.0) • “Soup Song” (5.6) • “Team Spirit” (5.5)
TJR saysRobert plays keyboards and sings on this one, backed by a core group of Bill MacCormick (bass), Laurie Allan (drums), Ge...more →

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INDIANOLA MISSISSIPPI SEEDS
B.B. King
ABC Records ABCS-713 (1970)
the USA
5.12 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Hummingbird” (6.5) • “Chains And Things” (6.0) • “Go Underground” (5.7)
TJR saysI've always instinctively kept B.B. King at arms length, old chinese proverb say “never trust a man who wants to be th...more →

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MASTER OF REALITY
Black Sabbath
Vertigo 6360-050 (1971)
England
5.11 “Below average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Into The Void” (6.2) • “Sweet Leaf” (5.4) • “Lord Of This World” (5.4)
TJR saysThe 3rd Sabbath is mostly comprised of slower and heavier songs, interspersed with quieter acoustic songs written by Ton...more →

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STREET-LEGAL
Bob Dylan
Columbia JC-35453 (1978)
the USA
5.10 “Below average” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “No Time To Think” (6.6) • “Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)” (6.5) • “Baby, Stop Crying” (5.4)
TJR saysThe unpredictable Bob Dylan of the 1970s continues to disappoint me – after the culturally brilliant French/Mexican deto...more →

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THE MESSAGE DUBWISE
Prince Buster
Fab MS-7 (1972)
Jamaica
5.10 “Below average” Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Jet Black” (6.2) • “Sata A Masa Gana [dub version]” (5.8) • “Java Plus” (5.6)
TJR saysThe last record that Prince Buster would himself push out as a new release sees him pioneering a new dub vision - 10 new...more →

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A NOD IS AS GOOD AS A WINK… TO A BLIND HORSE
Faces
Warner Bros. Records K-56006 (1971)
England
5.08 “Below average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “That's All You Need” (6.6) • “Stay With Me” (5.7) • “Love Lives Here” (5.5)
TJR saysThird album from the London five-piece who lined up: Rod Stewart (lead vocals, harmonica), Ronnie Lane (bass, acoustic g...more →

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DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP
AC/DC
Albert Productions APLP-020 (1976)
Australia
5.07 “Below average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Rocker” (7.1) • “Ride On” (6.8) • “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (6.2)
TJR saysPalatable, even for a non-rock-head like me, sometimes a bit bluesy, sometimes a bit punky, but very much in their own u...more →

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SWEET BABY JAMES
James Taylor
Warner Bros. Records WS-1843 (1970)
the USA
5.07 “Below average” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Steamroller Blues” (7.0) • “Oh Baby, Don’t You Loose Your Lip On Me” (6.4) • “Oh! Susanna” (6.0)
TJR saysThe second LP from the musically matured 21-year-old, if he's boring me with Americana motifs favoured by the Band, Cros...more →

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SWEET AMERICA
Buffy Saint-Marie
ABC Records ABCD-929 (1976)
Canada
5.07 “Below average” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Pop

Jukebox picks: “I Been Down” (6.9) • “Starwalker” (6.7) • “I Don’t Need No City Life” (6.4)
TJR saysThe album includes three covers within the first four tracks; “Sweet America” (Greenfield, 1971), “Wynken, Blynken...more →

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FUNKENTELECHY VS. THE PLACEBO SYNDROME
Parliament
Casablanca NBLP-7084 (1977)
the USA
5.05 “Below average” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Flash Light” (7.5) • “Funkentelechy” (6.5) • “Bop Gun (Endangered Species)” (5.9)
TJR saysMy uneasy relationship with Parliament continues on their sixth long-player, probably best illustrated via the great “...more →

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TAPESTRY
Carole King
Ode Records SP-77009 (1971)
the USA
5.04 “Below average” Pop; Pop Ballad; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Way Over Yonder” (7.2) • “You've Got a Friend” (6.2) • “I Feel the Earth Move” (6.0)
TJR saysThe second album from the newly turned 29-year-old singer-songwriter arrived in February, 1971. She's obviously an amazi...more →

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NEVER A DULL MOMENT
Rod Stewart
Mercury 6499 153 (1972)
England
5.04 “Below average” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Angel” (5.7) • “I’d Rather Go Blind” (5.7) • “You Wear It Well” (5.3)
TJR says“Never A Dull Moment” eh? He's living his best life, fair play to the man, but the 27-year-old's albums are already losi...more →

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TAPESTRY
Don McLean
Mediarts 41-4 (1970)
the USA
5.02 “Below average” Songwriter; Folk

Jukebox picks: “Orphans Of Wealth” (6.7) • “General Store” (6.6) • “Tapestry” (6.2)
TJR saysAfter a whole lot of label rejection (reportedly 72 times!), Don McLean's debut album was finally delivered in October, ...more →

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NKENGAS IN LONDON
The Nkengas
Orbitone OTO-06LP (1973)
Nigeria
5.02 “Below average” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Anaedo Special” (5.7) • “Unzulu Onye Ige’gpubi” (5.3) • “Asa Mpete Special” (5.2)
TJR saysThe on-tour Nkengas were unknown outside of their homeland when they were introduced to Clinton 'Sonny' Roberts, a Manch...more →

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IF SOMEBODY LOVES YOU
The Dave Clark Five
Columbia SX-6437 (1970)
England
5.01 “Below average” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “How Do You Get To Heaven” (8.3) • “I Am On My Own” (6.7) • “It Ain’t What You Do” (6.6)
TJR says“If Somebody Loves You” (EMI Columbia SCX 6437) was released in the UK in 1970 – for the first time it’s the second DC5 ...more →

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MANIFESTO
Roxy Music
EG 2310-651 (1979)
England
5.00 “Below average” Cerebral Pop; New Wave; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Angel Eyes” (6.7) • “Trash” (6.4) • “Manifesto” (6.3)
TJR saysThe sixth Roxy album was delivered in March, '79, almost 4 years on from “Siren”. The very fine start of “Manifesto...more →

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FROM HERE TO MAMA ROSA
Chris Farlowe with The Hill
Polydor 2425 029 (1970)
England
4.99 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Mama Rosa” (6.8) • “Black Sheep” (6.5) • “Are You Sleeping” (5.3)
TJR saysIt had been 4 years since the last Chris Farlowe album so he was probably quite pleased to be hired by The Hill as the l...more →

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THE CLONES OF DR. FUNKENSTEIN
Parliament
Casablanca NBLP-7034 (1976)
the USA
4.98 “Poor” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Gamin’ On Ya!” (6.0) • “Do That Stuff” (5.8) • “Funkin’ For Fun” (5.7)
TJR saysAnother succesful US Top 20 album from the ever-ambitious larger-than-life wide-eyed funksters, trading at their commerc...more →

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STATION TO STATION
David Bowie
RCA Victor APL1-1327 (1976)
England
4.97 “Poor” Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Golden Years” (7.2) • “TVC 15” (5.2) • “Station To Station” (4.6)
TJR saysThe return of the Thin White Duke, Throwing darts in lovers' eyes” warns Bowie in the very opening barb of the ti...more →

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NEXT
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Vertigo 6360 103 (1973)
Scotland
4.97 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Next” (7.1) • “Swampsnake” (5.3) • “The Faith Healer” (5.0)
TJR saysThe sixth Alex Harvey album - the second as the Sensational Alex Harvey Band - arrived in November, 1973. Delivering the...more →

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SABOTAGE
Black Sabbath
NEMS 9119-001 (1975)
England
4.95 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Hole In The Sky” (7.1) • “Symptom Of The Universe” (6.4) • “Don’t Start (Too Late)” (5.4)
TJR saysStarts off strongly with the chunky “Hole In The Sky”, but deteriorates into theatrical territories best left to the...more →

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YOUNG AMERICANS
David Bowie
RCA Victor RS-1006 (1975)
England
4.95 “Poor” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Fame” (6.5) • “Across The Universe” (6.4) • “Young Americans” (6.3)
TJR saysPop's great chameleon re-invents once more, this time he's gonna be a soul man, transporting himself and his family unit...more →

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IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME
David Crosby
Atlantic SD-7203 (1971)
the USA
4.94 “Poor” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “What Are Their Names” (6.3) • “Laughing” (5.6) • “Music Is Love” (5.3)
TJR saysListed second on the Vatican's “Top 10 Pop Albums of All Time”. THIS REALLY HAPPENED. In 2010, the official newspaper of...more →

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BILLION DOLLAR BABIES
Alice Cooper
Warner Bros. Records BS-2685 (1973)
the USA
4.92 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Unfinished Sweet” (6.6) • “Elected” (6.2) • “Generation Landslide” (6.1)
TJR saysAn improvement on the last couple I've heard, but any good is still outweighed by the bad to my ears. Their brand of Ame...more →

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DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
Nash The Slash
Cut-Throat Records CUT-2 (1979)
Canada
4.90 “Poor” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Blind Windows / Countervail” (6.2) • “Moon Curse” (6.0) • “Islands” (5.4)
TJR saysDebut album from the 31-year-old Toronto musician, Jeff Plewman, introducing the rather off-putting surgical bandage loo...more →

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THE ALBUM
ABBA
Polar POLS-282 (1977)
Sweden
4.89 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “The Name Of The Game” (9.2) • “Take A Chance On Me” (8.4) • “I’m A Marionette” (6.0)
TJR saysSweden got the scoop just in time for Christmas '77, but the rest of the world had to wait patiently until the new year ...more →

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WHO’S NEXT
The Who
Track Record 2408 102 (1971)
England
4.89 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (6.5) • “Baba O'Riley” (6.5) • “Bargain” (5.4)
TJR saysPower Rock! Yeah! Not really. Some of this noodling and screaming does my nut in tbh. Popular opinion holds that The Who...more →

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FAVOURITE TV THEMES VOLUME TWO
Ray Martin and his Orchestra
Decca SPA-391 (1975)
Austria
4.88 “Poor” Film Score / Incidental

Jukebox picks: “Hawaii Five-O” (6.5) • “Ironside” (6.4) • “Mission Impossible” (6.0)
TJR saysFollowing on from the first volume in '73, it's the usual high quality instrumentation and arrangement from Ray, with at...more →

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RALF UND FLORIAN
Kraftwerk
Philips 6305-197 (1973)
Germany
4.88 “Poor” Electronica

Jukebox picks: “Elektrisches Roulette” (5.2) • “Tanzmusik” (5.2) • “Ananas Symphonie” (5.1)
TJR saysOnce again they record as a duo, and the suitably titled “Ralf und Florian” was issued in October '73 featuring: Ralf Hü...more →

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I WOULDN’T WANT YOU ANY OTHER WAY
Wanda Jackson
Capitol ST-11096 (1972)
the USA
4.86 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “The More You See Me Less” (8.2) • “Crazy” (6.8) • “I’ll Be Whatever You Say” (6.2)
TJR saysA mixed bag from Wanda, from the dire to the fantastic. Includes her two 45s from last year, “Back Then” and “I Al...more →

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GUILTY!
Eric Burdon and Jimmy Witherspoon
MGM Records SE-4791 (1971)
England
4.86 “Poor” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “I’ve Been Driftin’ / Once Upon A Time” (5.3) • “Have Mercy Judge” (5.3) • “Steamroller” (5.1)
TJR saysIn September 1970, Jimi Hendrix died after a jam session with Eric Burdon & War at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. T...more →

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ALL DIRECTIONS
The Temptations
Gordy GS-962L (1972)
the USA
4.85 “Poor” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” (9.5) • “Run Charlie Run” (6.1) • “I Ain’t Got Nothing” (4.5)
TJR saysThe singing quintet - now without David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks - released “All Directions” in July, 1972, and it did...more →

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BONGO ROCK
The Incredible Bongo Band
Pride PRD-0028 (1973)
the USA
4.85 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Let There Be Drums” (7.3) • “Apache” (5.5) • “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (5.2)
TJR saysThe story goes that Michael Viner, head of the short-lived MGM subsidiary label Pride, was commissioned to produce chase...more →

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THE TRAIN I’M ON
Tony Joe White
Warner Bros. Records BS-2580 (1972)
the USA
4.84 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Sidewalk Hobo” (7.6) • “Beouf River Road” (6.2) • “As The Crow Flies” (5.9)
TJR saysNot that I was ever a committed fan, but Tony Joe's soulful pop rock groove schtick is wearing thinner than ever before,...more →

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FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO SOUTH CAROLINA
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Arista AL-4044 (1976)
the USA
4.84 “Poor” R n B

Jukebox picks: “Johannesburg” (6.2) • “Beginnings (The First Minutes Of A New Day)” (5.5) • “The Summer Of ’42” (5.0)
TJR saysNow firmly settled in to their new home at Arista, this set gains a whole point on its predecesor, “The First Minute Of ...more →

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CLOSE TO THE EDGE
Yes
Atlantic K-50012 (1972)
England
4.83 “Poor” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Close To The Edge: The Solid Time Of Change / Total Mass Retain / I Get Up, I Get Down / Seasons Of Man” (5.1) • “And You And I: Cord Of Life / Eclipse / The Preacher, The Teacher / The Apocalypse” (4.9) • “Siberian Khatru” (4.5)
TJR saysThe band's greatest commercial success, reaching #3 in the US and #4 in the UK. They lined up: Jon Anderson (lead vocals...more →

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SLOW DAZZLE
John Cale
Island Records ILPS-9317 (1975)
Wales
4.82 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “The Jeweler” (8.0) • “Guts” (6.8) • “Heartbreak Hotel” (6.5)
TJR saysTo my sensitive ears, “Slow Dazzle” is mostly an album of session muso sludge that Jools Holland would be proud of. Amaz...more →

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BLUEJEANS AND MOONBEAMS
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
Mercury SRM 1-1018 (1974)
the USA
4.82 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Party Of Special Things To Do” (6.8) • “Pompadour Swamp” (5.9) • “Observatory Crest” (5.7)
TJR saysImmediately after the recording of the preceding “Unconditionally Guaranteed” early in '74, the Magic Band, to a man, de...more →

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JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE
Traffic
Island Records ILPS-9116 (1970)
England
4.82 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “John Barleycorn (Must Die)” (6.4) • “Glad” (6.2) • “Freedom Rider” (5.1)
TJR saysHaving sown his wild oats with Blind Faith, Steve Winwood reconciled with his old mates from Traffic and “John Barleycor...more →

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COMIN’ THRU
Quicksilver
Capitol Records SMAS-11002 (1972)
the USA
4.82 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Doin’ Time In The U.S.A.” (6.4) • “Chicken” (4.8) • “Forty Days” (4.6)
TJR saysFor their 7th LP in 5 busy years, classically trained keyboardist Mark Naftalin is replaced by funster Chuck Steaks, as ...more →

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WE’RE ALMOST HOME
Solomon Burke
MGM Records SE-4830 (1972)
the USA
4.81 “Poor” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Drown In My Own Tears” (6.2) • “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (5.3) • “The Things Love Will Make You Do” (5.0)
TJR saysThe 3rd and final LP for MGM. 1 back album track repeats - “We’re Almost Home” (Cool Breeze, 1972). Nothing interest...more →

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I’VE GOTTA SING
Wanda Jackson
Capitol ST-669 (1971)
the USA
4.81 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Those Were The Days” (6.5) • “Love Of The Common People” (6.3) • “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (5.9)
TJR saysThe latest from the 33-year-old country star arrived in February, 1971, and was “packed with power-sales power” acco...more →

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TRES HOMBRES
ZZ Top
London Records XPS-631 (1973)
the USA
4.81 “Poor” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (6.0) • “La Grange” (5.8) • “Have You Heard?” (5.4)
TJR saysThe breakthrough album from the Texan trio was delivered in July, 1973, placing them as a Top 10 album act. Considering ...more →

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THE WALL
Pink Floyd
Harvest SHDW-411 (1979)
England
4.80 “Poor” Rock; Prog; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “The Trial” (7.2) • “Mother” (6.7) • “Another Brick In The Wall [album version, part II]” (6.2)
TJR saysFollowing on from “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973), “Wish You Were Here” (1975) and “Animals” (1977), the eleventh Pin...more →

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THE END OF AN EAR
Robert Wyatt
CBS 64189 (1970)
England
4.80 “Poor” Avant-Garde

Jukebox picks: “To Caravan And Brother Jim” (6.1) • “Las Vegas Tango part 1” (6.0) • “To Nick Everyone” (5.1)
TJR saysTaking a beak from his busy schedule with Soft Machine, the 25-year-old Robert Wyatt delivered his first solo album at t...more →

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DÉJÀ VU
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Atlantic SD-7200 (1970)
the USA
4.79 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana; Rock

Jukebox picks: “4 + 20” (6.4) • “Helpless” (5.7) • “Déjà Vu” (5.2)
TJR saysSecond album from the popular combo, slightly more enjoyable than the first, and now including Neil Young as a fourth qu...more →

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THE BOOMTOWN RATS
The Boomtown Rats
Ensign ENVY-1 (1977)
Ireland
4.78 “Poor” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “Lookin’ After Number 1” (6.5) • “Joey’s On The Street Again” (5.9) • “(She’s Gonna) Do You In” (5.3)
TJR saysThe debut long-player from the County Dublin sextet, now based in London, arrived in September, 1977. They lined up: Bob...more →

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AMERICAN PIE
Don McLean
United Artists Records UAS-5535 (1971)
the USA
4.78 “Poor” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Till Tomorrow” (6.4) • “The Grave” (6.1) • “Babylon” (5.5)
TJR saysDon McLean's luck was in when Mediarts was taken over by United Artists Records; the “promotion” was just the shot-in-th...more →

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MACHINE HEAD
Deep Purple
Purple Records TPSA-7504 (1972)
England
4.77 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Smoke On The Water” (6.6) • “Space Truckin'” (6.1) • “Lazy” (4.9)
TJR saysThe hard-rocking first album on their own Purple Records label did a roaring trade, hitting #1 in the UK and #7 in the S...more →

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HARD ROPE AND SILKEN TWINE
The Incredible String Band
Island Records ILPS-9270 (1974)
Scotland
4.77 “Poor” Folk; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Dreams Of No Return” (5.5) • “Cold February [live]” (5.1) • “Ithkos” (4.9)
TJR saysThree of the four remained from last years “No Ruinous Feud”, Gerard Dott not being involved this time around. Three new...more →

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FRAGILE
Yes
Atlantic 2401019 (1971)
England
4.76 “Poor” Prog

Jukebox picks: “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” (7.2) • “Mood for a Day” (6.5) • “Heart of the Sunrise” (6.3)
TJR saysArriving in November, 1971, was the second album of the year from the ambitious and hard-working Yes. Spurred on by the ...more →

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C’EST CHIC
Chic
Atlantic SD-19209 (1978)
the USA
4.76 “Poor” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “I Want Your Love” (7.1) • “Le Freak [12" version]” (6.6) • “(Funny) Bone” (6.3)
TJR saysThe big production on their second long-player gave the stylish New Yorkers their biggest album success, hitting #4 in t...more →

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THE CARS
The Cars
Elektra 6E-135 (1978)
the USA
4.74 “Poor” New Wave

Jukebox picks: “My Best Friend’s Girl” (7.2) • “Just What I Needed” (5.9) • “I’m In Touch With Your World” (4.7)
TJR saysThe debut album from the Boston 5-piece arrived in June '78, trading in that quintessentially Amercian brand of new wave...more →

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DYLAN
Bob Dylan
Columbia PC-32747 (1973)
the USA
4.74 “Poor” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” (7.1) • “Big Yellow Taxi” (5.9) • “Lily Of The West” (5.4)
TJR saysFollowing mutual dis-satisfaction, Bob Dylan split from Columbia Records, his lifelong label to this point. Before he co...more →

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COAT OF MANY COLORS
Dolly Parton
RCA Victor LSP-4603 (1971)
the USA
4.74 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “My Blue Tears” (6.9) • “Here I Am” (5.9) • “She Never Met A Man (She Didn't Like)” (5.1)
TJR saysDolly's status and reputation was undoubtedly boosted by this key release, all originals, including the hit singles “M...more →

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A LEGEND IN HER OWN TIME
Doris Duke
Mankind 200 (1971)
the USA
4.74 “Poor” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “If She’s Your Wife (Who Am I)” (5.3) • “It Sure Was Fun” (5.1) • “He’s Everything I Need” (5.0)
TJR saysBy the fall of 1970 independent producer Jerry Williams had moved from the Capricorn Studios team to Quin Ivy’s Quinvy S...more →

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WHAT ABOUT ME?
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Capitol Records SMAS-630 (1970)
the USA
4.70 “Poor” Cerebral Pop; Country; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Baby Baby” (6.9) • “What About Me” (5.5) • “Local Color” (5.4)
TJR saysFounding member Dino Valenti had returned to the band after a stint in prison on drug charges and wasted no time in gett...more →

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HANDFUL
Betty
Thin Man Records AFP 703 1-2 (1971)
the USA
4.70 “Poor” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Learn How To Boogie” (6.8) • “Just For Fun” (6.2) • “Harley Perdoo” (5.9)
TJR saysBetty were blues rockers from Los Angeles who made 200 copies of “Handful” just for a lark! Got to love that. They’re no...more →

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PIECES OF THE SKY
Emmylou Harris
Reprise Records MS 2213 (1975)
the USA
4.70 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Too Far Gone” (6.3) • “Bluebird Wine” (5.7) • “Queen of the Silver Dollar” (5.0)
TJR saysThe second LP from the 27-year-old arrived in February '75, underlining her folk-singer-turned-country-gal position, fiv...more →

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HEAD HUNTERS
Herbie Hancock
Columbia KC-32731 (1973)
the USA
4.70 “Poor” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Vein Melter” (5.7) • “Sly” (4.6) • “Watermelon Man” (4.4)
TJR saysRecorded September 1973. Released on October 26, 1973. Includes 1 reworking - “Watermelon Man” (Takin' Off, 1962) but I'...more →

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SIEMBRA
Willie Colón and Rubén Blades
Fania Records JM-537 (1978)
the USA
4.70 “Poor” Latin

Jukebox picks: “Ojos” (5.2) • “Dime” (5.0) • “Plástico” (4.8)
TJR saysRegarded as an essential classic by salsa and latin aficionados, and one of the greatest selling LPs of all-time in thos...more →

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SELF PORTRAIT
Bob Dylan
Columbia C2X 30050 (1970)
the USA
4.69 “Poor” Folk Rock / Americana; Songwriter; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Country; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Copper Kettle” (7.3) • “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) [live ’69]” (6.9) • “Woogie Boogie” (6.1)
TJR saysDylan takes the namby-pamby tone of “Nashville Skyline” and manages to lower it further still with such embarrassments a...more →

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VOULEZ VOUS
ABBA
Polar POLS-292 (1979)
Sweden
4.68 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Does Your Mother Know” (7.1) • “Voulez-Vous” (6.4) • “Chiquitita” (6.0)
TJR saysA flirtation with disco informs the April '79 long-player from the Swedish quartet, where, true to form, the good qualit...more →

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HOBO’S LULLABY
Arlo Guthrie
Reprise Records MS-2060 (1972)
the USA
4.67 “Poor” Country; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “1913 Massacre” (7.4) • “Hobo's Lullaby” (6.5) • “Lightning Bar Blues” (4.8)
TJR saysI struggle to enjoy this one quite so much - it's just a bit too safe sounding for me. His cover of “City Of New Orlea...more →

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TOYS IN THE ATTIC
Aerosmith
Columbia PC-33479 (1975)
the USA
4.67 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Round And Round” (5.9) • “Uncle Salty” (5.5) • “Walk This Way” (5.2)
TJR saysWith their third album in three years the Boston rockers made a breakthrough in Canada (#7) as well as heightening their...more →

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THE GRAND TOUR
George Jones
Epic KE-33083 (1974)
the USA
4.66 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Grand Tour” (7.2) • “Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)” (5.9) • “She'll Love the One She's With” (5.0)
TJR saysStep right up, come on in, If you'd like to take the grand tour, Of a lonely house that once was home sweet home”. ...more →

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ALL THINGS MUST PASS
George Harrison
Apple Records STCH-639 (1970)
England
4.66 “Poor” Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Folk Rock / Americana; Rock; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “Wah-Wah” (6.9) • “What Is Life” (6.5) • “Isn't It A Pity (Version One)” (6.4)
TJR saysThe third album from the 27-year-old was released in November, 1970, his first to be released after the Beatles split wa...more →

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OTHER VOICES
The Doors
Elektra EKS-75017 (1971)
the USA
4.66 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Tightrope Ride” (6.5) • “Down On The Farm” (5.1) • “In The Eye Of The Sun” (5.0)
TJR saysJust 3 months after Jim Morrison’s death from a heart attack in Paris, the trio of Ray Manzarek (vocals, keyboards), Rob...more →

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WISH YOU WERE HERE
Pink Floyd
Harvest SHVL-814 (1975)
England
4.66 “Poor” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Wish You Were Here” (6.1) • “Welcome To The Machine” (5.6) • “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)” (4.8)
TJR says30 months on from “Dark Side Of The Moon”, the quartet's highly-anticipated follow up finally arrived in September '75. ...more →

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BITCHES BREW
Miles Davis
Columbia GP-26 (1970)
the USA
4.65 “Poor” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Bitches Brew” (7.0) • “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” (5.7) • “Spanish Key” (4.7)
TJR saysA sensory challenge over the course of 4 sides and 95 minutes, with an expanded rhythm section being a key feature. Mile...more →

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PLANET WAVES
Bob Dylan
Asylum Records 7E-1003 (1974)
the USA
4.64 “Poor” Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “On A Night Like This” (6.0) • “Wedding Song” (5.9) • “Dirge” (5.8)
TJR saysAfter 12 years and 13 albums with Columbia Records this was Bob Dylan’s first venture on a different label, L.A. based A...more →

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#1 RECORD
Big Star
Ardent Records ADS-2803 (1972)
the USA
4.62 “Poor” Songwriter; Rock

Jukebox picks: “In The Street” (6.1) • “Thirteen” (5.9) • “The Ballad Of El Goodo” (5.6)
TJR saysMuch revered album from the Memphis quartet, digging on the Beatles, the Byrds and the Stones, whilst introducing strang...more →

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HEAVEN TONIGHT
Cheap Trick
Epic JE-35312 (1978)
the USA
4.62 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Surrender” (5.9) • “Heaven Tonight” (5.8) • “Auf Wiedersehen” (5.5)
TJR saysReleased in May 1978, this was the third album from the power-pop quartet outta Illinois, beloved of Joey Ramone. I coul...more →

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RING RING
Björn Benny and Agnetha Frida
Polar ‎POLS-242 (1973)
Sweden
4.61 “Poor” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Ring Ring [engelsk version]” (9.4) • “Ring Ring [bara du slog en signal]” (8.5) • “He Is Your Brother” (6.8)
TJR saysStaring back at you from the cover (l to r) were engaged couple Benny Andersson (26, piano, keyboards, mellotron, vocals...more →

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CATCH THE WIND
We Five
Vault SLP-136 (1970)
the USA
4.61 “Poor” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Milkcow Blues” (6.1) • “Catch The Wind” (5.9) • “Come And Sit Down Beside Me” (5.8)
TJR saysSome good source material for this covers album, but you’ve got to ask - what’s the point?...more →

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JUST FOR LOVE
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Capitol Records SMAS-498 (1970)
the USA
4.61 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Folk; Folk Rock / Americana

Jukebox picks: “Just For Love, Pt. 2” (5.3) • “Wolf Run, Pt. 1” (5.0) • “Cobra” (5.0)
TJR saysAs the wiki informs, founding member Dino Valenti returned to the band after a stint in prison on drug charges, and was ...more →

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GOOD OLD BOYS
Randy Newman
Reprise Records MS-2193 (1974)
the USA
4.60 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Naked Man” (5.5) • “Guilty” (5.5) • “Marie” (5.2)
TJR saysBreakthrough album for the 30-year-old, cracking the Billboard Top 40 after several years of trying. His musical beds ar...more →

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HOME IS WHERE THE MUSIC IS
Hugh Masekela
Blue Thumb Records BTS-6003 (1972)
South Africa
4.59 “Poor” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Uhome” (7.1) • “Ingoo Pow-Pow (Children's Song)” (6.0) • “Maesha” (5.7)
TJR saysAcclaimed double album set from the 32-year-old brass player, largely entrenched in the realms of soul-jazz. There are t...more →

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OUT OF THE BLUE
Electric Light Orchestra
Jet Records UAS-1100 (1977)
England
4.59 “Poor” Pop; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Mr. Blue Sky” (7.0) • “It's Over” (5.8) • “Believe Me Now” (5.7)
TJR saysThe ambitious seventh long-player from the orchestral arena-rockers arrived in October '77 as a two-disc 70 minute set, ...more →

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HIGH TIME
MC5
Atlantic SD-8285 (1971)
the USA
4.59 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Skunk (Sonicly Speaking)” (6.2) • “Gotta Keep Movin'” (5.5) • “Baby Won't Ya” (5.2)
TJR saysAny promise that was shown on the preceding “Back In The USA” is all but gone here on this wholly RAWK affair; their rev...more →

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BLACK SABBATH, VOL. 4
Black Sabbath
Vertigo 6360-071 (1972)
England
4.58 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “St. Vitus’ Dance” (5.4) • “Laguna Sunrise” (5.1) • “Cornucopia” (5.0)
TJR saysRecorded over 3 months at a studio in Los Angeles - what a difference from the “all in a days work” approach of the debu...more →

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TARKUS
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Island Records ILPS-9155 (1971)
England
4.56 “Poor” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Bitches Crystal” (7.5) • “Infinite Space (Conclusion)” (7.3) • “Jeremy Bender” (4.1)
TJR saysJohn Peel once famously described them as “a waste of electricity” which was probably true more often than not. Howe...more →

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SLOW TRAIN COMING
Bob Dylan
Columbia FC-36120 (1979)
the USA
4.56 “Poor” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Man Gave Names To All The Animals” (5.8) • “When He Returns” (5.6) • “Gotta Serve Somebody” (5.0)
TJR saysBob Dylan’s final LP of the 1970s was his first since becoming a born-again Christian, and all of the songs either expre...more →

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HISTORICAL FIGURES AND ANCIENT HEADS
Canned Heat
United Artists Records UAS-5557 (1971)
the USA
4.55 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Rockin’ With The King” (5.8) • “Long Way From L.A.” (4.7) • “Cherokee Dance” (4.6)
TJR saysThe first Canned Heat record without Al Wilson and, boy oh boy, the formulaic boogie blues here is sure missing his char...more →

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I HAVE A DREAM
Solomon Burke
ABC/Dunhill Records DSX 50161 (1974)
the USA
4.54 “Poor” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I Ain’t Gonna Give Up (Till I Find A Way)” (8.4) • “Looking For A Sign” (5.4) • “Now Is The Time” (5.0)
TJR saysHe left MGM for ABC-Dunhill Records in 1974, recording the one-off album, "I Have a Dream", a rather schmaltzy tribute t...more →

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RISQUÉ
Chic
Atlantic SD-16003 (1979)
the USA
4.54 “Poor” Disco / Funk; R n B

Jukebox picks: “Good Times” (7.9) • “My Forbidden Lover” (6.5) • “My Feet Keep Dancing” (4.9)
TJR saysThird album three years from le groupe très chic, including three singles; “Good Times” (US #1), “My Forbidden Lov...more →

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HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
Tony Joe White
Warner Bros. Records BS-2708 (1973)
the USA
4.54 “Poor” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Backwoods Preacher Man” (5.7) • “Saturday Night In Oak Grove, Louisiana” (5.4) • “Lazy” (5.2)
TJR saysThis is where I get off the Tony Joe express; what excited me with his “Continued” LP of '69 has slowly been eroding awa...more →

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SCHOOL’S OUT
Alice Cooper
Warner Bros. Records BS-2623 (1972)
the USA
4.54 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Gutter Cat vs. The Jets” (5.5) • “Blue Turk” (5.4) • “School's Out” (5.1)
TJR saysFifth album from the Phoenix, Arizona shock-rockers who line up: Alice Cooper (vocals), Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Micha...more →

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ALARM CLOCK
Richie Havens
Stormy Forest Records SFS-6005 (1970)
the USA
4.54 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “End Of The Seasons” (5.3) • “Here Comes The Sun” (5.0) • “Girls Don’t Run Away” (5.0)
TJR saysAnother soul rocker on the slide, at least as far as my sensibilites are concerned. It's the bending of the strings all ...more →

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DAVE CLARK AND FRIENDS
Dave Clark and friends
Columbia SCX-6494 (1972)
England
4.52 “Poor” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “If You’ve Got A Little Love To Give” (8.1) • “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” (6.5) • “Paradise (Is Half As Nice)” (6.0)
TJR saysWith economics dictating to group leader and paymaster Dave Clark, The DC5 were officially disbanded in 1970, with guita...more →

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STEPHEN STILLS
Stephen Stills
Atlantic SD-7202 (1970)
the USA
4.51 “Poor” Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “Love The One You're With” (6.9) • “Black Queen” (5.2) • “Cherokee” (5.1)
TJR saysThe 4th album bearing the name of the 25-year-old singer-songwriter and the first to be solely billed to him alone, alth...more →

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UP FOR THE DOWN STROKE
Parliament
Casablanca NBLP-7002 (1974)
the USA
4.51 “Poor” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Up For The Down Stroke” (6.2) • “The Goose” (5.9) • “I Can Move You (If You Let Me)” (5.0)
TJR saysIt took 4 years for George Clinton's Parliament to follow up their “Osmium” LP of 1970, the main man having been more co...more →

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SUN SECRETS
The Eric Burdon Band
Capitol Records ST-11359 (1974)
England
4.51 “Poor” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Ring Of Fire [1974 album version]” (5.5) • “Letter From The County Farm” (5.5) • “It’s My Life” (5.2)
TJR saysCovers a few Animals originals. As far as the Burdon solo catalogue goes, only “Ring Of Fire” (Love Is, 1968) is a r...more →

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



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