(B-list) Album Chart of 1968

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(B-list) Album Chart of 1968
see also: the main (A-list) Album Chart of 1968
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TUTTI FRUTTI
Prince Buster
Fab ‎MS-6
Jamaica
8.50 “A classic” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “Madness” (10) • “Burning Creation” (9.7) • “Enjoy It” (9.5)
TJR saysA wop baba loo bop a wop bam boom - you can feel the excitement as you pick up the cover. They try to pass this off as t...more →

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THE BEAT OF SMANJE MANJE
Various Artists
Smanje Manje LSJM-1001
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8.22 “Excellent” Africana

Jukebox picks: “Makgona Tsohle Band - Big Bag No. 1” (9.8) • “Mahlathini and The Queens - Uyagiyaumahlathini” (9.7) • “Makgona Tsohle Band - Izulu Liya Duduma No. 2” (9.2)
TJR saysA truly excellent compilation, as tough as old boots, rounding up 12 Smanje Manje single sides from 1967 and 1968. Check...more →

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WRECK-A-PUM-PUM
Prince Buster
Blue Beat BBLP-821
Jamaica
7.73 “Brilliant” Ska / Rocksteady; Reggae

Jukebox picks: “Rough Rider [album vesion]” (9.8) • “Wine Or Grind” (9.2) • “Wreck A Body” (9.1)
TJR saysBlue Beat 821 was almost another new album but gets the 'b-list' tag as 3 of the 12 tracks had appeared on previous stud...more →

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THIS IS SOUL
Various Artists
Atlantic 643301
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7.70 “Brilliant” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” (10) • “Otis Redding - Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)” (9.6) • “Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music” (9.1)
TJR saysAtlantic putting out a best of soul compilation in 1968? It could hardly fail and doesn't....more →

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THE DOCK OF THE BAY
Otis Redding
Volt VOLT-S419
the USA
7.14 “Really good” Soul

Jukebox picks: “Tramp” (9.3) • “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” (9.1) • “Ole Man Trouble” (7.9)
TJR says3 of the 11 tracks had appeared on the previous studio albums, so not considered a regular new music album, even though ...more →

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ACTION!
Desmond Dekker and The Aces
Beverley's Records LP-003
Jamaica
7.04 “Really good” Ska / Rocksteady

Jukebox picks: “007 (Shanty Town)” (8.5) • “Unity” (8.4) • “Mother Long Tongue” (7.8)
TJR saysDekker’s first Jamaican LP, issued on Beverleys LP003. Seven of the twelve tracks appeared on last years UK debut LP, he...more →

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RARE DOMINOS
Fats Domino
Liberty 83174
the USA
6.91 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “How Long” (7.7) • “Careless Love” (7.5) • “Rose Mary” (7.4)
TJR saysLiberty 83174. 18 early period recordings released as sides between 1949 and 1953, with 2 tracks previously unreleased –...more →

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STACK-O-TRACKS
The Beach Boys
Capitol Records DKAO-2893
the USA
6.85 “Good” Pop; Cerebral Pop

Jukebox picks: “Sloop John B [instrumental version]” (9.8) • “Do It Again [instrumental version]” (8.9) • “God Only Knows [instrumental version]” (8.7)
TJR saysAuthentic Beach Boys karaoke. That Capitol Records didn’t miss a trick eh? This “budget-price issue” was “a gift t...more →

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AT FOLSOM PRISON
Johnny Cash
Columbia CL-2839
the USA
6.73 “Good” Country

Jukebox picks: “25 Minutes To Go [live at folsom prison]” (9.1) • “Orange Blossom Special [live at folsom prison]” (8.4) • “Folsom Prison Blues [live at folsom prison]” (8.3)
TJR saysEver since releasing “Folsom Prison Blues” as his 2nd single away back in 1955, prisoners had been writing to Cash, ...more →

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ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK [1968]
Bill Haley and his Comets
Hallmark Records ‎SHM-668
the USA
6.54 “Good” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Shake, Rattle And Roll” (7.9) • “Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie” (7.6) • “Rock Around The Clock” (7.5)
TJR saysNo surprises, just some good time Rock n Roll....more →

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THE KINGSMEN’S GREATEST HITS
The Kingsmen
Marble Arch Records MAL-829
the USA
6.46 “Decent enough” Proto-Punk; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Louie Louie [alt take]” (9.5) • “Killer Joe” (7.3) • “Long Green” (7.1)
TJR saysBudget label compile with a mix of studio and live recordings....more →

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LIVE AT THE APOLLO VOLUME II
James Brown
King Records 1022
the USA
6.37 “Decent enough” Soul; Soul Ballad; Disco / Funk; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “There Was A Time [live apollo ’67]” (8.8) • “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World [live apollo ’67]” (8.7) • “That’s Life [live apollo ’67]” (8.0)
TJR saysRecorded over two nights on June 24th-25th, 1967 in Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. It was the second album in JB’s Apollo Quad...more →

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NBC TV SPECIAL
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-4088
the USA
6.29 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Lawdy Miss Clawdy [live unplugged]” (9.8) • “One Night [live unplugged]” (9.3) • “Blue Christmas [live unplugged]” (9.0)
TJR saysSo good to see and hear Elvis has still got a genuine feeling for the blues and for Rock n Roll in him. A much-need re-a...more →

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OLD GOLDEN THROAT
Johnny Cash
CBS 63316
the USA
5.83 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “The Matador” (8.9) • “The Sons Of Katie Elder” (7.2) • “Dark As A Dungeon [1964]” (6.7)
TJR saysA bit of a vaults clear out from Columbia, with tracks recorded between 1961 and 1969. Only 2 tracks have appeared on pr...more →

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PLEASE HELP ME I’M FALLING
Wanda Jackson
Hilltop JS-6058
the USA
5.79 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “Slippin’” (8.4) • “Please Help Me I’m Falling” (6.7) • “Let Me Go, Lover” (6.5)
TJR saysAnother fair Wanda compile in '68 featuring the fantastic “Slippin’”....more →

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THE BEST OF WANDA JACKSON
Wanda Jackson
Capitol Records ST-2883
the USA
5.70 “Average” Country

Jukebox picks: “Let’s Have A Party” (7.2) • “The Box It Came In” (7.0) • “Kickin’ Our Hearts Around” (6.7)
TJR saysWell received compile released in February '68, making the Country Top 30 of the year....more →

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NUFF SAID
Nina Simone
RCA Victor LSP-4065
the USA
5.62 “Average” Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Ain’t Got No (I Got Life) [1968 album version]” (7.4) • “Do What You Gotta Do” (6.4) • “Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead) [live westbury ’68]” (6.2)
TJR saysNina Simone performing at Westbury Music Fair on the evening following the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. The album w...more →

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THE MIGHTY QUINN
Manfred Mann
Mercury SR-61168
England
5.42 “Below average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop

Jukebox picks: “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)” (9.2) • “Ha Ha Said The Clown” (7.5) • “Every Day Another Hair Turns Grey” (6.1)
TJR saysAn especially constructed LP by Mercury for the American market, reimagining the Mighty Garvey UK LP, removing and addin...more →

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EVERYBODY KNOWS [USA]
The Dave Clark Five
Epic LN-24354
England
5.37 “Below average” Pop

Jukebox picks: “Inside And Out” (6.9) • “Concentration Baby” (6.8) • “Hold On Tight” (6.7)
TJR saysThe American version of “Everybody Knows” (Epic LN 24354) was released in the USA in January 1968, a month after the Bri...more →

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MUSIQUE DU BURUNDI
Various Artists
Ocora ‎OCR-40
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4.93 “Poor” Africana; Avant-Garde

Jukebox picks: “Tambourinaires de Bukirasazi - Ensemble De Tambours” (7.5) • “Deux Jeunes Filles - Akazéhé Par Deux Jeunes Filles” (6.2) • “Le Chœur Buyenzi - Chant De Femmes” (6.1)
TJR saysThe Ocora label – the recording arm of Radio France – was big on ethnographic long-players, and this set was one of the ...more →

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IMPACT - THE BREAKTHROUGH TO THE EXCITING WORLD OF STEREO SOUND
Various Artists
Columbia STWO-2
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4.83 “Poor” Orchestra Dance; Film Score / Incidental

Jukebox picks: “Jack Emblow - Ritual Fire Dance” (7.4) • “David Rose and his Orchestra - The Stripper” (6.4) • “Joe Loss and his Orchestra - Wheels - Cha Cha” (6.2)
TJR saysAs the liner notes tell it: “A further selection of tracks from the spectacular and exciting Studio Two catalogue… e...more →

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THE ORIGINAL SOUL CHRISTMAS
Various Artists
ATCO Records ‎SD 33-269
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4.23 “Lame” Soul; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Joe Tex - I’ll Make Everyday Christmas (For My Woman)” (7.5) • “Otis Redding - White Christmas” (6.2) • “Solomon Burke - Presents For Christmas” (5.9)
TJR saysPatchy compile, a bit naff in places, but not without one or two cherry pickers....more →

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THE WORLD OF THE BACHELORS
The Bachelors
Decca SPA-2
Ireland
1.49 “An embarrassment” Pop

Jukebox picks: “The Sound Of Silence” (3.5) • “My Foolish Heart” (2.1) • “No Arms Can Ever Hold You” (1.9)
TJR saysGreatest hits set. Apparently....more →



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