Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s (part 8)

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Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s (part 8)
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STOP
The Eric Burdon Band
Capitol Records SMAS-11426 (1975)
England
3.43 “Terrible” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock

Jukebox picks: “City Boy” (4.5) • “Rainbow” (4.5) • “The Man” (4.0)
TJR saysAnother AOR dander into Dullsville. With added cod-funk rock. Completely tedious…...more →

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DESTROYER
Kiss
Casablanca NBLP-7025 (1976)
the USA
3.42 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Beth” (4.6) • “Detroit Rock City” (4.5) • “Great Expectations” (4.5)
TJR saysFourth album from the glammed-up New York hard-rockers, partnering with producer Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked wi...more →

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FOXTROT
Genesis
Charisma CAS-1058 (1972)
England
3.42 “Terrible” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Watcher Of The Skies” (4.3) • “Canutility And The Coastliners” (4.1) • “Horizons” (3.4)
TJR saysThe fourth LP in as many years for the group, “as you were” from the last outing: Tony Banks (Hammond organ, Mellotron, ...more →

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LOVE IT TO DEATH
Alice Cooper
Warner Bros. Records WS-1883 (1971)
the USA
3.41 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Black Juju” (5.3) • “Sun Arise” (4.0) • “Second Coming” (3.9)
TJR saysThe third album of seven from Alice Cooper as a band sees them move away from psychedelic obscurity into the rock mainst...more →

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AMERICAN BEAUTY
Grateful Dead
Warner Bros. Records WS-1893 (1970)
the USA
3.41 “Terrible” Folk Rock / Americana; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Truckin'” (4.8) • “Brokedown Palace” (4.3) • “Friend of the Devil” (4.0)
TJR saysIn the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash this time. All the rage....more →

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SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND
Genesis
Charisma CAS-1074 (1973)
England
3.39 “Terrible” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Aisle Of Plenty” (5.2) • “The Battle Of Epping Forest” (4.5) • “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” (4.4)
TJR saysCan you tell me where my country lies?” sings Peter Gabriel a capella, setting the tone in the very opening gambit....more →

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STRANGER IN TOWN
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
Capitol Records SW-11698 (1978)
the USA
3.39 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Hollywood Nights” (5.0) • “We’ve Got Tonight” (4.2) • “Feel Like A Number” (3.8)
TJR saysThe tenth album in ten years from the Detroit-born singer-songwriter-guitarist, released the day before his 33rd birthda...more →

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ROCKS
Aerosmith
Columbia PC-34165 (1976)
the USA
3.39 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Nobody's Fault” (4.5) • “Sick As A Dog” (4.4) • “Rats In The Cellar” (4.2)
TJR saysOn their fourth LP in four years the 5-piece line up: Steven Tyler (lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Joe Perry (guita...more →

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A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR
Todd Rundgren
Bearsville BR-2133 (1973)
the USA
3.38 “Terrible” Cerebral Pop; Pop; Prog; Rock

Jukebox picks: “You Need Your Head” (6.1) • “Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off” (5.4) • “International Feel” (5.2)
TJR saysA slight improvement on last year's “Something / Anything?”, but that's not saying much. He starts off well enough with ...more →

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A MAN OF VALUE
Lou Rawls
MGM Records SE-4861 (1972)
the USA
3.37 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Politician” (5.7) • “Man Of Value” (5.1) • “Too Much Living To Do” (5.0)
TJR saysThe 19th album in 11 years from the 38-year-old cabaret soul man. Starts well enough with the autobiographical title-t...more →

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BAT OUT OF HELL
Meat Loaf
Epic PE-34974 (1977)
the USA
3.37 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Bat Out Of Hell” (5.7) • “Paradise By The Dashboard Light: I. Paradise; II. Let Me Sleep On It; III. Praying for the End of Time” (4.5) • “All Revved Up With No Place To Go” (3.6)
TJR saysUnashamedly bombastic rock opera from the soon-to-be 30-year-old actor-singer who can operate in a range of attractive o...more →

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HIGHWAY TO HELL
AC/DC
Albert Productions APLP-040 (1979)
Australia
3.37 “Terrible” Rock

Jukebox picks: “Beating Around The Bush” (4.6) • “Night Prowler” (4.6) • “Touch Too Much” (3.6)
TJR saysFor their sixth new music album in July, 1979, they line-up: Bon Scott (lead vocals), Angus Young (lead guitar), Malcolm...more →

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SLEEPING ON THE JOB
Fats Domino
Antagon Musikgesellschaft ALP-3215 (1978)
the USA
3.31 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “After Hours / When I Lost My Baby” (5.7) • “Something About You Baby” (4.1) • “I Just Can’t Get (New Orleans Off My Mind)” (4.0)
TJR saysFirst new Fats Domino LP in 7 years. Dear oh dear, he’s gone all cod-funk in a Dr. Hook style. Only, my pants don’t wann...more →

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SILK DEGREES
Boz Scaggs
Columbia PC-33920 (1976)
the USA
3.29 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Lido Shuffle” (5.7) • “Love Me Tomorrow” (4.3) • “What Can I Say” (3.9)
TJR saysOn his seventh long player, the big horns and strings enhanced production pays dividends, and the 31-year-old singer-son...more →

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MUSIC OF MY MIND
Stevie Wonder
Tamla ‎T-314L (1972)
the USA
3.24 “Terrible” R n B

Jukebox picks: “Evil” (4.4) • “Love Having You Around” (4.2) • “Sweet Little Girl” (3.7)
TJR saysWonder embraces the moog as we enter '72; “the synthesizer has allowed me to do a lot of things I've wanted to do for...more →

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COMME UNE SYMPHONIE D’AMOUR
Myriam Makeba
Disques Espérance ‎ESP-7501 (1979)
South Africa
3.20 “Terrible” Disco / Funk; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Murtala” (4.3) • “African Convention” (4.0) • “Ndibanga Hamba” (3.8)
TJR saysA new album although there are 2 reworkings from the back catalogue; “Malaisha (Bring The Axe)” (Live In Tokyo, 1968...more →

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CAN’T BUY A THRILL
Steely Dan
ABC Records ABCX-758 (1972)
the USA
3.18 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Fire In The Hole” (4.5) • “Reelin’ In The Years” (4.4) • “Do It Again” (4.1)
TJR saysNEW YORK SEXTET NAMED AFTER A DILDO IN BURROUGH'S “NAKED LUNCH” CAN'T BUY A THRILL! The decidedly unsexy progressive pop...more →

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TRAFALGAR
Bee Gees
Polydor 2383 052 (1971)
Australia
3.15 “Terrible” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “When Do I” (5.8) • “Somebody Stop The Music” (4.3) • “Israel” (3.7)
TJR saysTheir 60s output wasn't too objectionable to me; I actually liked a good few of their tunes even though I knew they were...more →

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SHOOT OUT AT THE FANTASY FACTORY
Traffic
Island Records ILPS-9224 (1973)
England
3.14 “Terrible” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Roll Right Stones” (4.8) • “Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory” (3.9) • “Tragic Magic” (3.5)
TJR saysTraffic failed to deliver an album in the calendar year of '72 - a first since their formation in '67. Since last time o...more →

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JOSEF SHAFTEL’S PRODUCTION OF ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Josef Shaftel
Warner Bros. Records BS-2671 (1972)
the USA
3.12 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Film Score / Incidental

Jukebox picks: “The Lobster Quadrille” (5.0) • “The Me I Never Knew” (4.0) • “You’ve Got To Know When To Stop” (3.7)
TJR saysAs the Wiki tells, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a 1972 British musical film based on the Lewis Carroll novel of t...more →

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YOU AND ME
Jerry Butler
Mercury ‎SR-61269 (1970)
the USA
3.12 “Terrible” Soul

Jukebox picks: “I Could Write A Book” (3.8) • “A One Woman Man” (3.8) • “Something” (3.6)
TJR saysAnother tedious album of soul for the middle classes. Comes complete with a handy Beatles cover to help retailers shift ...more →

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THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
Genesis
Charisma CGS-101 (1974)
England
3.11 “Terrible” Prog; Rock

Jukebox picks: “It” (4.6) • “The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging” (4.5) • “Cuckoo Cocoon” (4.3)
TJR saysJust one look at the costumed Peter Gabriel in “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” tour pretty much tells you all you need ...more →

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BUGALOOS
The Bugaloos
Capitol Records SW-621 (1970)
the USA
3.06 “Terrible” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Fly Away With Us” (5.0) • “If You Become A Bugaloo” (4.8) • “The Senses Of Our World” (4.1)
TJR saysChildrens TV show soundtrack which strangely delivers on Carpenters / schlager type big pop productions, complete with s...more →

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METAL MACHINE MUSIC
Lou Reed
RCA Victor CPL2-1101 (1975)
the USA
3.00 “Terrible” Avant-Garde

Jukebox picks: “Metal Machine Music, part 1” (3.0) • “Metal Machine Music, part 2” (3.0) • “Metal Machine Music, part 3” (3.0)
TJR saysIn 2011, Lou Reed stated that Metallica fans had threatened to shoot him due to the collaboration on “Lulu”. In response...more →

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LONDON TOWN
Wings
MPL PAS-10012 (1978)
England
2.99 “Dire” Pop; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Famous Groupies” (4.5) • “Morse Moose And The Grey Goose” (4.5) • “I’m Carrying” (4.0)
TJR saysSame quintet for the third album in a row, namely Paul McCartney (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, vi...more →

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HERE, MY DEAR
Marvin Gaye
Tamla T-364LP2 (1978)
the USA
2.96 “Dire” Soul; Disco / Funk; R n B; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “A Funky Space Reincarnation” (5.3) • “Anger” (4.6) • “You Can Leave, But It’s Going To Cost You” (4.0)
TJR saysWhile I was listening to this over again for the review I was so appalled by what I was hearing that I started to doubt ...more →

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COUNTDOWN TO ECSTASY
Steely Dan
ABC Records ABCX-779 (1973)
the USA
2.96 “Dire” Folk Rock / Americana; Pop; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Bodhisattva” (4.2) • “The Boston Rag” (3.7) • “Show Biz Kids” (3.4)
TJR saysNow down to a quintet with the departure of backing vocalist David Palmer, they line up: Donald Fagen (acoustic and elec...more →

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PROMISED LAND
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-0873 (1975)
the USA
2.90 “Dire” Country

Jukebox picks: “There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)” (3.7) • “If You Talk In Your Sleep” (3.4) • “Promised Land” (3.2)
TJR saysFollowing on from the inappropriately titled “Good Times” 10 months earlier, this was the second album assembled from hi...more →

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HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Eagles
Asylum Records 7E-1084 (1976)
the USA
2.87 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Hotel California” (5.1) • “Wasted Time (Reprise)” (4.0) • “Wasted Time” (3.0)
TJR saysOne of the biggest selling albums of all-time, and their second successive #1 in the Billboard 200. It's a bit of a conc...more →

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BLACK MOSES
Isaac Hayes
Enterprise ENS-2-5003 (1971)
the USA
2.82 “Dire” Soul Ballad; Pop Ballad; R n B

Jukebox picks: “Medley: Ike’s Rap II / Help Me Love” (4.4) • “Going In Circles” (4.2) • “Good Love” (4.2)
TJR saysI'm completely disgusted with much of this hellish double album set - the former funk dude has become a middle-of-the-ro...more →

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AJA
Steely Dan
ABC Records AB-1006 (1977)
the USA
2.79 “Dire” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Peg” (3.8) • “Josie” (3.7) • “Deacon Blues” (3.0)
TJR saysAnti-rock snoozefest from the Donald Fagen / Walter Becker duo, aided by a mind-boggling number of session players. Givi...more →

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TRESPASS
Genesis
Charisma CAS-1020 (1970)
England
2.78 “Dire” Prog

Jukebox picks: “The Knife” (4.6) • “Looking For Someone” (3.2) • “White Mountain” (2.9)
TJR saysDrummer John Silver left the band in the late summer of '69, and was replaced by John Mayhew. They were now free of thei...more →

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BEYOND YOUR HEAD
Boffalongo
United Artists Records UAS-6770 (1970)
the USA
2.78 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Dancing In The Moonlight” (4.5) • “Sleepy Time Guy” (4.3) • “Pioneer Song” (3.8)
TJR saysA lightweight country-rock affair, most noticeable for housing the original “Dancing In The Moonlight” which would p...more →

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2112
Rush
Mercury SRM-1-1079 (1976)
Canada
2.78 “Dire” Prog; Rock

Jukebox picks: “The Twilight Zone” (4.0) • “Something For Nothing” (3.2) • “Lessons” (2.6)
TJR saysFourth album from the Toronto prog-rock trio who line up: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass guitar), Alex Lifeson (electric and ac...more →

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CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP
Middle Of The Road
RCA Camden CDS-1141 (1971)
Scotland
2.77 “Dire” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Fate Strange Fate” (5.0) • “Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum” (3.6) • “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (3.3)
TJR saysThe proto-Abba pop quartet from Glasgow were: Sally Carr (lead vocals), Ian McCredie (guitar), Eric McCredie (bass) and ...more →

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BJÖRK
Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Fálkinn FA-006 (1977)
Iceland
2.74 “Dire” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Bænin (Christopher Robin)” (5.5) • “Alta Mira” (3.6) • “Búkolla (Your Kiss Is Sweet)” (3.0)
TJR saysBjörk, like many great artists down through the centuries, has a work of juvenilia within her catalogue. Recorded when s...more →

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RUMOURS
Fleetwood Mac
Warner Bros. Records K-56344 (1977)
England
2.74 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Second Hand News” (5.0) • “Don’t Stop” (4.8) • “Never Going Back Again” (3.8)
TJR saysGrammy-award winning, radio-friendly middle-of-the-road fare from the five-piece, all of whom were in the slipstream of ...more →

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TODAY
Elvis
RCA Victor APL1-1039 (1975)
the USA
2.73 “Dire” Country

Jukebox picks: “I Can Help” (5.1) • “Shake A Hand” (4.1) • “Woman Without Love” (3.4)
TJR saysCod Rock n Roll, bland country rock and Perry-Como-esque levels of schmaltz balladeering make up most of “Today”, an alb...more →

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SOMETHING / ANYTHING?
Todd Rundgren
Bearsville 2BX-2066 (1972)
the USA
2.71 “Dire” Pop; Rock; Cerebral Pop; Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Songwriter

Jukebox picks: “I Went To The Mirror” (5.7) • “The Night The Carousel Burnt Down” (4.8) • “Little Red Lights” (4.4)
TJR saysThird album from the 23-year-old New York based pop-rocker, largely recorded in L.A., and the first to use his own name ...more →

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SINGS ASSORTED SOUNDS
Jerry Butler
Mercury SR-61320 (1971)
the USA
2.70 “Dire” Soul; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “How Did We Lose It” (4.4) • “Strong Enough To Take It” (3.7) • “Going Back To My Baby’s Love” (3.6)
TJR saysThere’s just a flicker of hope in the choppy funk opener, “How Did We Lose It”, however, it’s immediately betrayed b...more →

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CLOSE TO YOU
Carpenters
A&M Records SP-4271 (1970)
the USA
2.61 “Dire” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Crescent Noon” (4.8) • “Mr. Guder” (4.3) • “Help” (4.2)
TJR saysSecond album from the California-based siblings, Richard (24) and Karen (20), featuring their massive breakthrough hit “...more →

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THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD
Earth, Wind and Fire
Columbia PC-33280 (1975)
the USA
2.55 “Dire” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Africano” (4.5) • “Shining Star” (4.4) • “Yearnin' Learnin'” (2.7)
TJR saysA huge #1 hit album stateside, highly acclaimed by the critics, and regarded by many as their crowning glory. The album ...more →

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HEAVY WEATHER
Weather Report
Columbia PC-34418 (1977)
the USA
2.54 “Dire” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Rumba Mamá [live]” (4.4) • “Birdland” (4.0) • “The Juggler” (3.5)
TJR saysSeventh album from the New-York-based jazz-fusion outfit co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul and the...more →

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FULFILLINGNESS’ FIRST FINALE
Stevie Wonder
Tamla T6-332S1 (1974)
the USA
2.48 “Dire” R n B

Jukebox picks: “Boogie On Reggae Woman” (4.5) • “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (4.0) • “Bird Of Beauty” (2.8)
TJR saysSuper tame servings in this new fangled R n B style, almost as if recoiling from the semi-bravery of the preceding “Inne...more →

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DISTANT LIGHT
The Hollies
Parlophone PAS-10005 (1971)
England
2.48 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Pull Down The Blind” (3.6) • “What A Life I’ve Led” (3.3) • “Hold On” (3.0)
TJR saysA poor man's Creedence Clearwater Revival, who're a horrible proposition in the first place. In 1971, The Hollies are in...more →

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OFF THE WALL
Michael Jackson
Epic FE-35745 (1979)
the USA
2.45 “Dire” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (5.4) • “Working Day And Night” (4.0) • “Rock With You” (3.8)
TJR saysAmazingly, the fifth solo album from the 20-year-old singer arrived 4 years after the preceding “Forever, Michael”. By n...more →

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ADRIENNE JOHNSTON OF THE JOHNSTONS
Adrienne Johnston
RCA Victor SF-8416 (1975)
Ireland
2.44 “Dire” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Long Ride In The Morning” (5.0) • “So Long To Dublin” (3.7) • “So Many Country Songs” (3.4)
TJR saysThis lass was, for me, immortalized by her ethereal reading of “The Lambs On The Green Hills” in 1968. Having made her m...more →

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STREET LIFE
Crusaders
MCA Records MCA-3094 (1979)
the USA
2.43 “Dire” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Street Life” (4.3) • “My Lady” (3.6) • “Rodeo Drive (High Steppin')” (2.5)
TJR saysBendy bass alert! The 28th album from the 19-year-old group gave them their greatest commercial success, propelled by th...more →

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FROM ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-1506 (1976)
the USA
2.40 “Dire” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” (4.4) • “Hurt” (3.8) • “Never Again” (3.7)
TJR saysA live-in-the-studio affair, recorded at his Graceland home in February '76 and released a few months later in May. His ...more →

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GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Elton John
DJM Records DJLPD-1001 (1973)
England
2.37 “Dire” Songwriter; Pop Ballad; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Candle In The Wind” (5.1) • “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” (3.8) • “Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ’n’ Roll)” (3.6)
TJR saysThe eighth Elton John album arrived in October '73 which, to be fair, is some going for a 23-year-old. It was his second...more →

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HE TOUCHED ME
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LSP-4690 (1972)
the USA
2.34 “Dire” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I, John” (5.2) • “Reach Out To Jesus” (2.7) • “He Touched Me” (2.5)
TJR saysThe 37-year-old's second LP of 1972, and his third and final gospel album following on from “His Hand In Mine” (1960) an...more →

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BOSTON
Boston
Epic JE-34188 (1976)
the USA
2.24 “Dire” Rock

Jukebox picks: “More Than A Feeling” (6.5) • “Smokin’” (3.1) • “Peace Of Mind” (3.0)
TJR saysThe debut album from the Boston group masterminded by Tom Scholz was assembled and well-produced on a hard-rock meets po...more →

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ELVIS NOW
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LSP-4671 (1972)
the USA
2.23 “Dire” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago” (4.5) • “Hey Jude” (3.6) • “Early Mornin Rain” (2.6)
TJR saysDespite the title, “Elvis Now” was a bit of a hodge-podge release, assembled from various sessions between 1969 and 1971...more →

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DON’T SHOOT ME, I’M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER
Elton John
DJM Records DJLPH-427 (1973)
England
2.21 “Dire” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Elderberry Wine” (3.8) • “Have Mercy On The Criminal” (3.2) • “Crocodile Rock” (2.7)
TJR says“Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player” pleads the 22-year-old; did he think we wouldn't notice that he sung and wrot...more →

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REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE
The Wombles
CBS 80191 (1974)
England
2.12 “Dire” Novelty; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Wimbledon Sunset” (4.1) • “Remember You’re A Womble” (3.6) • “Minuetto Allegretto” (3.0)
TJR saysFollowing last year's scene-setting album of character songs, this was the first proper Wombles LP according to group le...more →

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EAGLES
Eagles
Asylum Records SD-5054 (1972)
the USA
2.11 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Earlybird” (3.6) • “Witchy Woman” (3.1) • “Take It Easy” (2.8)
TJR saysDebut album from the Los Angeles soft-rock quartet, all recorded in London, with hand-picked producer Glyn Johns who had...more →

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GOOD TIMES
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-0475 (1974)
the USA
2.10 “Dire” Country

Jukebox picks: “I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby” (3.0) • “My Boy” (2.9) • “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” (2.6)
TJR saysElvis' appalling 1970s form continues in this Sydney Devine inspired affair....more →

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THE SAGITTARIUS MOVEMENT
Jerry Butler
Mercury SR-61347 (1971)
the USA
2.08 “Dire” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “The Girl In His Mind” (5.1) • “Sail Away” (3.1) • “Windy City Soul” (2.6)
TJR saysNotable for housing Jerry’s last million seller, the pathetic warbling warblers ballad “Ain’t Understanding Mellow”,...more →

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ROMANY
The Hollies
Polydor 2383 144 (1972)
England
2.02 “Dire” Soft Rock / A.O.R.; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Blue In The Morning” (3.1) • “Slow Down — Go Down” (2.5) • “Delaware Taggett And The Outlaw Boys” (2.2)
TJR saysTheir 70s decline reaches a new low on this limp affair, their first without lead singer Allan Clarke who was off in pur...more →

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ELVIS SINGS THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHRISTMAS
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LSP-4579 (1971)
the USA
1.96 “An embarrassment” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Merry Christmas Baby” (3.9) • “Winter Wonderland” (3.0) • “On Snowy Christmas Night” (2.4)
TJR saysElvis delves headlong into Max Bygraves / Val Doonican territory - a devastating new low. Beloved by many, but easily hi...more →

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THE LOVE WE HAVE, THE LOVE WE HAD
Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager
Mercury SRM-1-660 (1973)
the USA
1.86 “An embarrassment” Pop Ballad; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)” (4.3) • “Lean On Me” (3.7) • “I Like Your Lovin’” (3.0)
TJR saysBland sessioneering, warbling vocal aerobics, syrupy strings, rubbish songs. Come back Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, al...more →

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A TRICK OF THE TAIL
Genesis
Charisma CDS-4001 (1976)
England
1.85 “An embarrassment” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Dance On A Volcano” (3.0) • “Mad Man Moon” (2.4) • “Robbery, Assault And Battery” (2.4)
TJR saysFollowing the departure of founding member, main lyricist and lead vocalist, Peter Gabriel, the remaining four, after so...more →

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THE SPICE OF LIFE
Jerry Butler
Mercury SRM-2-7502 (1972)
the USA
1.84 “An embarrassment” Soul; Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “You Can’t Always Tell” (4.6) • “A Prayer” (3.1) • “Stop Steppin’ On My Dreams” (2.6)
TJR saysA monster double LP set to revel in. Hurrah! To boot, Brenda Lee Eager’s invited back for a couple of duets. “Oh good” I...more →

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MUSE
Grace Jones
Island Records ILPS-9538 (1979)
Jamaica
1.83 “An embarrassment” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Atlantic City Gambler” (3.0) • “Don’t Mess With The Messer” (2.4) • “Saved” (1.9)
TJR saysThe character of her voice which suggests something different to the disco funk style starts to appear, albeit very slig...more →

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ONCE UPON A STAR
Bay City Rollers
Bell Records SYBEL-8001 (1975)
Scotland
1.81 “An embarrassment” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Bye Bye Baby” (4.0) • “Keep On Dancing ’75” (3.8) • “Angel Baby” (3.7)
TJR saysThe second scream-a-long-a-Rollers was delivered in May '75 and gave them their second #1 in the British album charts, w...more →

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PORTFOLIO
Grace Jones
Island Records ‎ILPS-9470 (1977)
Jamaica
1.80 “An embarrassment” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “La Vie En Rose” (4.4) • “Send In The Clowns” (2.3) • “Sorry” (1.7)
TJR saysIdeal. If you’re into a camp Shirley Bassey funk crossover style. Showtime!...more →

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ONE OF THESE NIGHTS
Eagles
Asylum Records 7E-1039 (1975)
the USA
1.77 “An embarrassment” Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Journey Of The Sorcerer” (3.1) • “Take It To The Limit” (2.6) • “Hollywood Waltz” (2.4)
TJR saysHuge breakthrough album for the L.A. group, giving them their first #1 hit in the US and their first Top 10 in the UK. T...more →

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RAISED ON ROCK / FOR OL’ TIMES SAKE
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor APL1-0388 (1973)
the USA
1.73 “An embarrassment” Blues Rock / Soul Rock; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Find Out What’s Happening” (2.8) • “If You Don’t Come Back” (2.3) • “Just A Little Bit” (2.3)
TJR saysAlbum #37 from the 38-year-old was delivered in October, 1973, all brand new recordings from Stax Studios in Memphis, Te...more →

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THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG
Sha Na Na
Kama Sutra KSBS-2050 (1972)
the USA
1.72 “An embarrassment” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “In The Still Of The Night” (4.0) • “The Vote Song” (3.7) • “It Ain’t Love” (2.6)
TJR saysProto-Showaddywaddy visionaries....more →

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POWER OF LOVE
Jerry Butler
Mercury SRM-1-689 (1973)
the USA
1.60 “An embarrassment” Soul; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Power Of Love” (3.4) • “Memories Don’t Leave Like People Do” (2.8) • “What Do You Do On A Sunday Afternoon” (1.9)
TJR saysThe cheezmeister is now into full-blown “heartfelt” territory as the schmaltz-o-meter gets turned up to the max....more →

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EVERY NIGHT IS HOGMANAY
Majella and The Royal Tartan Highlanders
Marble Arch Records MALS-1367 (1970)
Scotland
1.58 “An embarrassment” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Stop Yer Tickling Jock [live]” (3.4) • “I Belong To Glasgow [live]” (2.9) • “The Scottish Soldier [live]” (2.4)
TJR saysMajella's no' a bad chanter to be fair, but this naff band o' plastic folkies are the pits. I doubt very much it's as au...more →

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12 TOPS VOLUME 4
Damil Records House Band
Stereo Gold Award ‎MER-100 (1972)
the USA
1.51 “An embarrassment” Rock; Soul

Jukebox picks: “Seaside Shuffle” (3.0) • “Conquistador” (2.5) • “Popcorn” (2.0)
TJR saysThe “Damil Records House Band” (as I call them) made albums which contained anonymous cover versions of recent and curre...more →

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STARDUST
Willie Nelson
Columbia JC-35305 (1978)
the USA
1.45 “An embarrassment” Pop Ballad; Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Blue Skies” (2.8) • “Stardust” (2.6) • “Moonlight In Vermont” (2.0)
TJR saysThe whole concept and execution of his “Red Headed Stranger” LP of a few years earlier delivered some decent results for...more →

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WRITE ON
The Hollies
Polydor 2383 421 (1976)
England
1.38 “An embarrassment” Pop; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Star” (2.7) • “Crocodile Woman (She Bites)” (1.8) • “Write On” (1.7)
TJR saysJust when I think they can't get any lower, back they come with this excruciating half-hour endurance test, coming acros...more →

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CHARTBUSTING MOTORTOWN HITS
Hits Machine Unlimited
Chevron CHVL-017 (1979)
England
1.37 “An embarrassment” Soul

Jukebox picks: “I’ll Pick A Rose For My Rose” (2.2) • “Walk Away Rene” (2.0) • “Stop Her On Sight” (1.8)
TJR saysCopycat bobbins on the budget label, Chevron, exclusively licensed to Woolworths chain store....more →

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TOP OF THE POPS VOLUME 26
Hallmark Records House Band
Hallmark Records SHM-800 (1972)
England
1.32 “An embarrassment” Pop; Rock

Jukebox picks: “Standing In The Road” (3.0) • “Children Of The Revolution” (2.2) • “Virginia Plain” (2.0)
TJR saysThe sleeve notes of this September '72 issue read: “Well, here we are again, exploding on the pop scene for the twenty...more →

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12 TOPS VOLUME 10
Damil Records House Band
Stereo Gold Award ‎MER-106 (1973)
the USA
1.28 “An embarrassment” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Why Can’t We Live Together” (2.7) • “Drive-In Saturday” (2.3) • “Sweet Dreams” (2.1)
TJR saysThe “Damil Records House Band” (as I call them) made albums which contained anonymous cover versions of recent and curre...more →

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SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN
Bee Gees
RSO 2394 216 (1979)
Australia
1.26 “An embarrassment” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Tragedy” (5.5) • “I’m Satisfied” (1.4) • “Stop (Think Again)” (1.3)
TJR saysFollowing on from the monster success of the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack in which they were heavily involved, the ...more →

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AND THEN THERE WERE THREE
Genesis
Charisma CDS-4010 (1978)
England
1.20 “An embarrassment” Prog; Soft Rock / A.O.R.

Jukebox picks: “Follow You, Follow Me” (3.9) • “Down And Out” (1.8) • “Scenes From A Night’s Dream” (1.4)
TJR saysDisillusioned guitarist Steve Hackett had jumped ship, leaving Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion), Tony Banks (key...more →

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WIND AND WUTHERING
Genesis
Charisma CDS-4005 (1976)
England
1.19 “An embarrassment” Prog

Jukebox picks: “Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers…” (2.0) • “Eleventh Earl Of Mar” (1.7) • “Wot Gorilla?” (1.6)
TJR saysFollowing on from February's “A Trick Of The Tail”, the new Phil-Collins-fronted incarnation of Genesis delivered a seco...more →

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TOP OF THE POPS VOLUME 38
Hallmark Records House Band
Hallmark Records SHM-865 (1974)
England
1.13 “An embarrassment” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” (3.6) • “Sugar Baby Love” (2.0) • “Waterloo” (1.8)
TJR saysThe sleeve notes of this June '74 issue read: “Well, Kids, Teenagers, Wombles, Mums and Dads we’ve cracked it - we hop...more →

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DEDICATION
Bay City Rollers
Bell Records SYBEL-8005 (1976)
Scotland
1.10 “An embarrassment” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Dedication” (3.4) • “Yesterday’s Hero” (2.1) • “Don’t Worry Baby” (1.7)
TJR saysFollowing on from consecutive #1 hit singles in '75 with “Bye, Bye, Baby” and “Give A Little Love”, the heat of the supe...more →

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TOP OF THE POPS VOLUME 23
Hallmark Records House Band
Hallmark Records SHM-785 (1972)
England
1.08 “An embarrassment” Pop; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Meet Me On The Corner” (2.5) • “Sweet Talking Guy” (2.4) • “Hold Your Head Up” (2.0)
TJR saysThe sleeve notes of this April '72 release read: “People, it is said, can become cynical, blasé, bored, even resentful...more →

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FAME
Grace Jones
Island Records ILPS-9525 (1978)
Jamaica
1.00 “An embarrassment” Disco / Funk

Jukebox picks: “Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)” (2.0) • “Do Or Die” (1.4) • “All On A Summers Night” (0.9)
TJR saysApalling stuff. No character to this cabaret disco tripe. Even worse than her debut of last year and that’s saying somet...more →

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SON OF THE HOMELAND
Peter Morrison
Lismor Recordings LIDL-6003 (1979)
Scotland
0.93 “Pathetically abysmal” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Muckin’ O’ Geordie’s Byre” (4.0) • “The Soor Milk Cairt” (1.6) • “Roses Of Prince Charlie” (1.3)
TJR saysAn Arts & Law graduate of Glasgow University, his career-path changed forever after becoming a regular on “Songs of Scot...more →

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SYDNEY DEVINE SINGS YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY SONGS
Sydney Devine
Emerald Gem GES-1048 (1970)
Scotland
0.82 “Pathetically abysmal” Country

Jukebox picks: “Do What You Do Well” (1.5) • “This Song Is Just For You” (1.5) • “The Wild Side Of Life” (1.1)
TJR saysYou’ve got to laugh. He’s a character, I’ll give him that; the Glesga Yodeller! He churns ‘em out ten-a-penny and often ...more →

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SINGALONGACHRISTMAS
Max Bygraves
Hallmark Records ‎HMA-265 (1974)
England
0.48 “Pathetically abysmal” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Medley : A) Little Drummer Boy, B) Winter Wonderland, C) White Christmas” (0.9) • “Medley : A) Away In A Manger, B) Silent Night, C) The 23rd Psalm” (0.8) • “Medley : A) We Wish You A Merry Christmas, B) O Come All Ye Faithful, C) Once In Royal David’s City, D) While Shepherds Watched, E) The First Noel, F) Good King Wencelas, G) Hark The Herald Angels Sing” (0.6)
TJR saysI know it’s cliched to be cynical at Xmas, but this is pooh of the strongest odour....more →

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CARELESS
Stephen Bishop
ABC Records ABCD-954 (1976)
the USA
0.07 “Pathetically abysmal” Songwriter; Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Little Italy” (0.3) • “Madge” (0.2) • “Guitar Interlude” (0.1)
TJR saysDebut album from the 24-year-old singer-songwriter who makes Elton John seem like Sid Vicious. The drummer seems terrifi...more →

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



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