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1976 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Aug 2, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run won 1975. Let's see who wins 1976. The year punk was born.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1976:
    Chicago - IX (cont. from '75)
    Earth, Wind and Fire - Gratitude
    Bob Dylan - Desire
    Eagles - Greatest Hits
    Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive!
    Wings - At the Speed of Sound
    Led Zeppelin - Presence
    The Rolling Stones - Black and Blue
    George Benson - Breezing
    Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1976:
    Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night
    CW McCall - Convoy
    Barry Manilow - I Write the Songs
    Diana Ross - Do You Know Where You're Going To
    Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster
    Paul Simon - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
    Rhythm Heritage - Theme From SWAT
    The Miracles - Love Machine
    The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
    Johnnie Taylor - Disco Lady
    The Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow
    John Sebastian - Welcome Back
    The Sylvers - Boogie Fever
    Wings - Silly Love Songs
    Diana Ross - Love Hangover
    Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight
    The Manhattans - Kiss and Say Goodnight
    Elton John - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
    Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
    KC and the Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
    Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
    Walter Murphy - A Fifth of Beethoven
    Rick Dees - Disco Duck
    Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
    Steve Miller Band - Rock'n Me
    Rod Stewart - Tonight's the Night

    What are your top three albums for 1976? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. David Bowie - Station to Station (favorite album ever)
    2. Ramones - Ramones
    3. Eagles - Hotel California

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

  2. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    insane year

    rest of the top 10:
    4. Boston - Boston
    5. Willie Nelson - The Troublemaker
    6. Bob Dylan - Desire
    7. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    8. Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
    9. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
    10. Joni Mitchell - Hejira

    other honorable mentions:
    ac/dc - dirty deeds done dirt cheap
    ac/dc - high voltage
    aerosmith - rocks
    al stewart - year of the cat
    blondie - blondie
    blue oyster cult - agents of fortune
    bob seger - night moves
    emmylou harris - luxury liner
    the flaming groovies - shake some action
    frank zappa - zoot allures
    harry nilsson - sandman
    jackson browne - the pretender
    judas priest - sad wings of destiny
    kiss - destroyer
    klaatu - 3:47 EST
    led zeppelin - presence
    lynyrd skynyrd - gimme back my bullets
    marvin gaye - i want you
    merle haggard - the roots of my raising
    the outlaws - wanted! the outlaws
    queen - a day at the races
    rainbow - rising
    the runaways - the runaways
    rush - 2112
    sparks - big beat
    steely dan - the royal scam
    t rex - futuristic dragon
    thin lizzy - johnny the fox
    warren zevon - warren zevon
    waylon jennings - are you ready for the country
    willie nelson - the sound in your mind

    stuff to check out:
    billy joel - turnstiles
    bob marley - rastaman vibration
    the doobie brothers - taking it to the streets
    george jones and tammy wynette - golden ring
    genesis - a trick of the tail
    genesis - wind and wuthering
    gordon lightfoot - summertime dream
    the isley brothers - harvest for the world
    lou reed - coney island baby
    peter frampton - frampton comes alive!
    rory gallagher - calling card
    stevie wonder - songs in the key of life
  3. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    gonna predict my three albums will finish the ranking in reverse order, which will make me sad
  4. cshadows2887 Aug 2, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 7, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon
    2. Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees
    3. Billy Joel - Turnstiles

    Excruciating cuts:
    Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
    Aerosmith - Rocks
    Boston - Boston
    Bob Dylan - Desire
    England Dan and John Ford Coley - Nights Are Forever
    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves
    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
    Stephen Bishop - Careless

    Others I love:
    Leon Ware - Musical Massage
    Jorge Ben - Africa Brasil
    Earth, Wind, and Fire - Spirit
    Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
    Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
    ABBA - Arrival
    Jackson Browne - The Pretender
    Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
    Rush - 2112
    Eagles - Hotel California
    Rainbow - Rising
    Marvin Gaye - I Want You
    Tom Waits - Small Change
    Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive!
    Dirk Hamilton - You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right
    Kiss - Destroyer

    Good ones:
    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band - Live Bullet
    Willie Nelson - The Troublemaker
    Mike Pinder - The Promise
    AC/DC - High Voltage
    Artful Dodger - Honor Among Thieves
    David Bowie - Station to Station
    Gordon Lightfoot - Summertime Dream
    Dwight Twilley Band - Sincerely
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    Outlaws - Lady in Waiting
    George Benson - Breezin'
    The Wild Tchoupitoulas - The Wild Tchoupitoulas
    Will Ackerman - In Search of the Turtle's Navel
    Ramones - Ramones
    Pousette-Dart Band - Pousette-Dart Band
    Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind
    Heart - Dreamboat Annie
    Elton John - Blue Moves
    Commodores - Hot on the Tracks
    Queen - A Day at the Races
    The Doobie Brothers - Takin' It to the Streets
    Peter Tosh - Legalize It
    Spinners - Happiness Is Being with The Spinners
    Jefferson Starship - Spitfire
    Joe Cocker - Stingray
    Rod Stewart - A Night on the Town
    Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - I Want to Go Home
    Wings - Wings at the Speed of Sound
    Barry White - Let the Music Play
    Kansas - Leftoverture
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
    Genesis - A Trick of the Tail
    Atlanta Rhythm Section - A Rock and Roll Alternative
    Guy Clark - Texas Cookin'
    The Staples - Pass It On
    Firefall - Firefall
    Hank Crawford - I Hear a Symphony

    Targets for listening:
    Herbie Hancock - Secrets
    Ohio Players - Contradiction
    Joan Armatrading - Joan Armatrading

    Jean Michael Jarre - Oxygene
    Fela Kuti and Africa 70 - Zombie
    Joni Mitchell - Hejira
    The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
    Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Music from the Penguin Cafe
    The Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
    AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    Bad Company - Run with the Pack
    Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune
    Climax Blues Band - Gold Plated
    The J. Geils Band - Blow Your Face Out
    Led Zeppelin - Presence
    Manfred Mann's Earth Band - The Roaring Silence
    Orleans - Waking and Dreaming
    The Rolling Stones - Black and Blue
    Chicago - Chicago X
    Mort Garson - Mother Earth's Plantasia
    Barry Manilow - This One's for You
    Seals and Crofts - Get Closer
    Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise
    Max Romeo and The Upsetters - War Inna Babylon
    Kiss - Rock and Roll Over
    Stills-Young Band - Long May You Run
    The Manhattans - The Manhattans
    Dorothy Moore - Misty Blue
    Lou Rawls - All Things in Time
    Tavares - Sky High
    Brothers Johnson - Look out for #1
    Glenn Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
    Bellamy Brothers - Featuring "Let Your Love Flow"
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  5. phaynes12

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    i love Zevon but i’m truly indescribably shocked at that album getting a first place vote in this year
  6. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Subbing so I remember to do this later.
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  7. George Aug 2, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 2, 2021)

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    1. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
    2. David Bowie - Station to Station
    3. Jorge Ben - Africa Brasil

    Songs in the Key of Life is Stevie's sprawling, ambitious double album, the sort of album that every great artist tries at least once. Stevie manages it better than most though, with wonderful tracks like "As" & "Isn't She Lovely" & "Sir Duke". The album is 100+ minutes, so I don't often get through it all in one sitting, but every time I do, it feels fresh and like I'm hearing it for the first time.

    Bowie's Station to Station is one of my favourite Bowie albums, and in Golden Years might have (maybe...) my favourite Bowie song. It has Bowie in transition, between the soulful funkier stuff he'd been doing the last few records, and heralding the start the newer, more abstract directions he'd really run with on the Berlin trilogy of records. A really fascinating record.

    Jorge Ben's Africa Brasil is a brilliant collection of Ben's blend of samba, with more traditional African and Afro-Brazilian rhythms. A life affirming and joyful record that never fails to get me grooving in some form.

    Honourable mentions;

    The Ramones - Ramones; I'm not a huge fan of The Ramones overall, but their debut album basically functions as a greatest hits. Incredibly simple music (in a good way), and massively influential on all the upcoming punk bands.

    Blondie - Blondie: There's better Blondie albums to come, but this is a great debut, full of attitude, while still writing perfect power pop songs.

    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak: Much better than I originally gave them credit for, this is a great blues-rock album that sounds far closer to Van Morrison than I expected it to.

    Marvin Gaye - I Want You: A soulful and funky Marvin Gaye record, and a bit more disco-ish than he'd previously been. Lots of synths, and reminds me a lot of the sort of music that became popular again with the "neo-soul" revival in the 90s/00s.

    Tom Waits - Small Change: Another of Waits distinctive blend of jazz and blues, with his gravelly and raspy voice, and instantly recognisable storytelling style of lyricism.
  8. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    It’s required that every record store has a used copy of Stevie Wonders Songs in the Key of Life available for purchase.
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  9. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter


    It’s a masterpiece of legit literary proportions. I once wrote like 3k words on it for Made of Chalk. From a storytelling/lyrical perspective, “The French Inhaler” and “Desperadoes Under the Eaves” are two of the greatest songs ever written.
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  10. phaynes12

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    it’s good. probably not a top 5 Zevon album for me.
  11. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I feel that way about Station to Station. Takes all kinds to make the record go round, my friend.
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  12. phaynes12

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    station to station not being in someone's top 5 bowie makes sense, but it speaks to the quality of his discography

    it's also so obviously his best
  13. cshadows2887 Aug 2, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 2, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I was planning to skip Blondie’s debut because I’ve never heard much about it, but you’ve sold me. I’ll try to get it in this week

    Also incredibly happy to see not only Jorge Ben there, but also that our Thin Lizzy week clearly had an impact.
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  14. marsvoltamcr


    1. Rush - 2112
    2. Aerosmith - Rocks
    3. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny

    Not particularly exciting choices, but what can I say? Hard Rock was awesome in the mid-70s.
  15. Blainer93

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    Stevie Wonder- Songs in the Key of Life
    Rush- 2112
    Genesis- Trick of the Tail
  16. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
    2. Rush - 2112
    3. David Bowie - Station to Station

    So many good to great albums this year, but picking a top 3 was tough.
  17. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    Ramones S/T still great.
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  19. Gianni28


    How many of us grew up in the 90s and just always wrote-off Aerosmith because of their corny hits from that decade? I consider myself one of those people. But listening to their 70s albums, I would say I am slowly becoming a fan. Rocks is absolutely stellar front to back.
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  20. phaynes12

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    their first five albums are very good
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  21. marsvoltamcr


    I think Aerosmith is solid all around. The 70s stuff is awesome. The early 80s stuff is underrated. Their ballads and pop hits from the late 80s and 90s are about as good as any other band who was doing the same thing. And whether or not you like I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, it's impressive for any band to score a number 1 single 25 years into their career.
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  22. Gianni28


    Solid points too - I definitely have warmed up to even what I referred to as the "corny 90s output" now that I'm not an angsty alt kid anymore. Just kinda funny that it took until well into my 30s to feel that way.
  23. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Aerosmith definitely got cheesy after Perry came back. But they also made great pop singles while being cheesy
  24. George

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    Yeah this was me, 100%. Couldn’t stand what I knew of them until @cshadows2887 recommended their 70s stuff, which I liked a lot more.

    I still think their later stuff is dreadful ha, but they certainly were a lot better than I gave them credit for before that.
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  25. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    I'll post my stuff tomorrow but Stevie is far and away the winner this year