Ted Coleman Band ‎– Taking Care of Business (1980)

Taking Care of Business is an album by American jazz-funk/soulsters the Ted Coleman Band, released in 1980 on JSR Records. “Due Consideration” is marked by rising/falling 3rds within a two-chord (G/Cm) verse sequence. An octave bassline/hi-hat slide accents the chordal arc (E♭/Dm/Gm) of the bridge. The verse theme is reimagined with an enveloped guitar solo, […]

Dewey Redman – Coincide (1975)

Coincide is the third headlining album by American free-jazz saxist Dewey Redman, released in 1975 on Impulse! The album was recorded on September 9–10, 1974, at N.Y.C.’s Generation Sound Studios. Violinist Leroy Jenkins and bassist Norris Jones (aka Sirone) were cohorts in the Revolutionary Ensemble. Trumpeter Ted Daniel and drummer Eddie Moore round out the combo. […]

Joe Henderson – Canyon Lady (1975)

Canyon Lady is a jazz-funk album by American saxist Joe Henderson, released in May 1975 on Milestone. Notable players on the album include keyboardist George Duke, trombonist Julian Priester, trumpeter Luis Gasca, and reedists Hadley Caliman and Ray Pizzi. The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Calif., on October 1–3, 1973. “Tres Palabras” […]

Charles Earland – Odyssey (1976)

Odyssey is a jazz-funk album by American keyboardist/composer Charles Earland, released in 1976 on Mercury. Notable players on the album include guitarist John Abercrombie, trumpeter Randy Brecker, drummer Norman Connors, and violinists Michał Urbaniak and John Blair. The album was the first of four on Mercury for Earland, who had just wrapped a six-year, 10-album stint […]

Average White Band ‎– Cut the Cake (1975)

Cut the Cake is the third album by Scottish soul-funk group the Average White Band, released in June 1975 on Atlantic. The album is their second for the label and the first to feature drummer Steve Ferrone, who stepped in following the death of founding member Robbie McIntosh. Bassist/singer Alan Gorrie and guitarist/singer Hamish Stuart […]

Futuro Antico ‎– Dai Primitivi All’Elettronica (1980)

Dai Primitivi All’Elettronica is an album by Italian avant-garde combo Futuro Antico, recorded in July 1980 and released a decade later on Casal Gajardo Records. The album crosses experimental drone music with electronic minimalism and percussive maximalism. It was recorded two months after their self-pressed eponymous cassette. “Piano Synt” starts with sparkling piano filigree on […]

Metro ‎– Metro (1976)

Metro is the debut album by the English art-pop trio of the same name, released in 1976 on Transatlantic Records. The album would be the sole release of the trio lineup fronted by singer/songwriter Duncan Browne, who resumed his solo career the following year. Tracklist: A1. Criminal World A2. Precious A3a. Overture To Flame A3b. […]

Debra Laws ‎– Very Special (1981)

Very Special is the first of two solo albums recorded to date by American session vocalist Debra Laws, released in 1981 on Elektra. The album features instrumental contributions from her brothers Hubert and Ronnie Laws, who served as co-producers. Sister Eloise Laws provides backing vocals on the track “Long as We’re Together.” Tracklist: A1. “On My […]

Tomorrow – Tomorrow (1968)

Tomorrow is the homonymous, lone longplayer by the English popsike quartet that featured vocalist Keith West and guitarist Steve Howe. Released in 1968 on Parlophone, the album contains the band’s two 1967 singles, minus the b-side “Claramount Lake.” Tracklist: A1. My White Bicycle A2. Colonel Brown A3. Real Life Permanent Dream A4. Shy Boy A5. […]

Procol Harum ‎– Grand Hotel (1973)

Grand Hotel is the sixth studio album by Procol Harum, released in 1973 on Chrysalis. This was their first studio album after the departure of Robin Trower, who is replaced here by ex-Cochise guitarist Mick Grabham. Tracklist: A1. “Grand Hotel” (6:10) A2. “Toujours L’Amour” (3:31) A3. “A Rum Tale” (3:20) A4. “T.V. Ceasar” (5:52) B1. […]

Racing Cars ‎– Weekend Rendezvous (1977)

Weekend Rendezvous is the second album by Welsh funk-rock band Racing Cars, released in 1977 on Chrysalis. Tracklist: A1. Swampy (Down By the River) A2. Ticking Over A3. Didn’t I Tell You A4. Clever Girl A5. Weekend Rendezvous B1. Take Me From the City B2. Standing In the Rain B3. Backwater Road B4. High and […]

Supertramp ‎– Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)

Crisis? What Crisis? is the fourth album by English symphonic-pop band Supertramp, released in 1975 on A&M. The release was the band’s second to feature the “classic” lineup that premiered on the prior year’s Crime of the Century LP. Tracklist: A1. Easy Does It A2. Sister Moonshine A3. Ain’t Nobody But Me A4. A Soapbox […]

Ian Anderson ‎– Walk into Light (1983)

Walk into Light is the first-ever solo album by veteran Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. Released in 1983 amidst his embrace of hi-tech electronics, the album is a collaborative effort between the singer/flutist and Tull’s then-keyboardist Peter-John Vettese. Serving as a stylistic midway between the synth-enmeshed rusticism of The Broadsword and the Beast and the […]

Airplay ‎– Airplay (1980)

Airplay is the sole album by the namesake project of producers/composers Jay Graydon and David Foster, recorded with assorted LA studio musicians. Released in 1980 on RCA, the album consists of 10 collaborative originals, two of which had recently been cut by associated acts Earth, Wind & Fire (“After the Love Is Gone”) and the […]

Argent ‎– Argent (1970)

Argent is the debut album by the namesake English art-rock/pop foursome, released in 1970 on Epic. Recorded a year after the band evolved from the ashes of The Zombies, the album bears some of that band’s hallmarks, as heard in the breathy, haunted vocals and smooth, frontal keyboards of “Schoolgirl” and “Dance in the Smoke.” […]

Rupert Holmes ‎– Rupert Holmes (1975)

Rupert Holmes is the second album by the namesake American composer, released in 1975 on Epic. Tracklist: A1. Too Scared To Sing A2. Brass Knuckles A3. You Burned Yourself Out A4. Deco Lady A5. I Don’t Want to Hold Your Hand B1. Rifles and Rum B2. Studio Musician B3. Everything Gets Better When You’re Drunk […]

Aviator ‎– Aviator (1979)

Aviator is the first of two albums by the namesake English supergroup, recorded in 1978 and released in 1979 on EMI’s Harvest imprint. Tracklist: A1. Your Loving Is My Home A2. Keep Your Heart Right A3. Evil Eye A4. Time Traveller A5. Silver Needles B1. Cleveland Ohio B2. Country Morning B3. Greed B4. Morning Journey […]

Robert Lamm ‎– Skinny Boy (1974)

Skinny Boy is the solo debut album from Chicago keyboardist/vocalist/composer Robert Lamm. Released in 1974, it would be his only solo effort for another 19 years. Tracklist: A1. Temporary Jones A2. Love Song A3. Crazy Way to Spend a Year A4. Until The Time Runs Out A5. Skinny Boy B1. One Step Forward Two Steps […]

Panthéon ‎– Orion (1972)

Orion is the singular album by Dutch jazz-rock quartet Panthéon, released in 1972 as part of Vertigo’s famed “swirl” series. Tracklist: A1. “Daybreak” (2:30) A2. “Anaïs” (5:00) A3. “Apocalyps” (10:52) A4. “The Madman” (1:20) B. “Orion” (9:27) Credits: Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Albert Veldkamp Drums, Percussion – Rob Verhoeven Flute, Alto Saxophone, […]

Flora Purim ‎– Stories to Tell (1974)

Stories to Tell is a 1974 album by Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim. The release is her third as a solo performer and the second after a two-album stint with Chick Corea’s Return to Forever. Tracklist: A1. Stories to Tell A2. Search for Peace A3. Casa Forte A4. Insensatez A5. Mountain Train B1. To Say Goodbye […]

The Buggles ‎– The Age of Plastic (1980)

The Age of Plastic is the first of two albums by The Buggles, the studio project of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes. Released in January 1980 on Island Records, the release was preceded by the duo’s version of “Video Killed the Radio Star” — co-written with departed third-wheel Bruce Woolley, who concurrently recorded the song […]

Chute Libre ‎– Ali Baba (1978)

Ali Baba is the second of two albums by French jazz-rock ensemble Chute Libre, released in 1978 on EMI. Tracklist: A1. “Ali Baba” (5:10) A2. “Trop Tard” (4:45) A3. “Paysages D’Ur” (4:15) A4. “Octopus” (2:48) B1. “Cello” (4:48) B2. “E 330” (5:00) B3. “Flipper Nana” (4:36) B4. “Canaan Part 1” (4:20) B5. “Canaan Part 2” […]

Freddie Hubbard ‎– The Black Angel (1970)

The Black Angel is a jazz-funk album by American trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, released on Atlantic in 1970. It was recorded on May 16, 1969, at NYC’s Regency Sound Studios with keyboards by Kenny Barron. “Coral Keys” Two-note bass figure by Reggie workman, modulates to trumpet theme… hazy, mellow vibe reminiscent of the late 1950s.. full-on […]

Men Without Hats ‎– Rhythm of Youth (1982)

Rhythm of Youth is the debut full-length studio album by Quebecois New Wave/synthpop trio Men Without Hats, released in 1982 on Statik/MCA. Tracklist: A1. “Ban the Game” (0:48) A2. “Living in China” (3:04)* A3. “The Great Ones Remember” (4:41) A4. “I Got The Message” (4:44) A5. “Cocoricci (Le Tango Des Voleurs)” (3:24) B1. “The Safety […]

Group 87 ‎– Group 87 (1980)

Group 87 is the first of two albums by the namesake American studio-based supergroup. Released in 1980, the album finds the studio trio augmented by drumming virtuoso Terry Bozzio and Austrian producer/musician Peter Wolf.   Tracklist: A1. Future of the City A2. Magnificent Clockworks A3. Frontiers 1856 A4. Sublime Feline B1. The Bedouin B2. While […]

Iggy and the Stooges ‎– Raw Power (1973)

Raw Power is a 1973 album by The Stooges, credited here with frontman Iggy Pop before the band name. Produced by David Bowie, the release marked the band’s only studio recording to feature guitarist James Williamson. While the album’s mid-tempo blues rock and sludgy vibe was in step with the era’s hard rock trends, the […]

Pete Brown & Piblokto! ‎– Things May Come and Things May Go, but the Art School Dance Goes on Forever (1970)

Things May Come and Things May Go, but the Art School Dance Goes on Forever is the first of two albums — both released in 1970 — by English quintet Pete Brown & Piblokto! Issued on EMI’s Harvest imprint, the title-track sets a lightning pace with blazoning fuzz-tones and soaring harmonium amidst cyclonic percussive assaults […]

Simply Red ‎– Picture Book (1985)

Picture Book is the 1985 debut album by Mancunian sextet Simply Red. Arresting listeners with the shivery strings and haunting introspection of “Holding Back the Years,” the album reveals a band broadly adept with the 20th century musical lexicon — from the ritzy trumpet-romp “Look at You Now” to the lonely late-night bass-walk “Sad Old […]

Ambrosia – Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled (1976)

Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled is the second album by American symphonic/art-rock band Ambrosia, produced by Alan Parsons and released in 1976 on 20th Century Records. A gala of sound and spectacle, the album spins with the xylophone gusts that course through “The Brunt” and the spiraling ivory of “Danse With Me George.” Earlier on, “Cowboy […]

Boz Scaggs ‎– Slow Dancer (1974)

Slow Dancer is the sixth solo studio album by American vocalist/guitarist Boz Scaggs, released in 1974 on Columbia Records. The lavish sweep of “You Make It so Hard (To Say No)” and the watery glimmer of “Take It for Granted” exhibit a newfound elegance and chivalry from the crooner. Elsewhere, the cutting thrust of “Angel […]

Arti & Mestieri ‎– Tilt – Immagini Per Un Orecchio (1974)

Tilt – Immagini Per Un Orecchio is the 1974 debut album by Italian sextet Arti & Mestieri. From the synth-walled/violin-strewn metric shuffles of “Gravità 9,81” to the guitar/vibraphone filigree of the exceedingly brisk “Positivo/Negativo,” Furio Chirico bombards the proceedings with tome/snare spray of unparalleled speed. Across the epic proportions of “Articolazioni,” the frenzied approach alternates […]

Byzantium – Byzantium (1972)

Byzantium is the debut album by the namesake English quartet, released in 1972 on A&M. Across the album’s eight tracks — mostly written by manager Jamie Rubinstein — the young members prove competent on a range of sundry instruments. The scratching licks and fold-out vocal refrain of “What Is Happening” segues into the standstill strum and […]

Frob – Frob (1976)

Frob is the sole album by German instrumental four-piece Frob, released in 1976. Coursing throughout this release are the searing scales of guitarist Philippe Caillat and the machine-gun fills of drummer Peter Meuffels. “Flash” kicks off with a four-note bass gallop in D that is swiftly joined by snare-hyper drums, icy organ keys and the […]

Peter Gabriel ‎– Peter Gabriel (1980)

Peter Gabriel — aka the “melting face” album — is the third consecutive self-titled solo album from Peter Gabriel. The album was issued in 1980 by Geffen after having been rejected by the artist’s longtime label Atlantic. Stylistically, the songs experiment with the buzzy, trebly sonorities of the day. Percussive ethno sounds course through “No […]

The Associates ‎– The Affectionate Punch (1980)

The Affectionate Punch is a 1980 album by Scottish duo The Associates. Joining the team of Billy Mackenzie and Alan Rankine for this debut offering is Cure frontman Robert Smith, who sings backup vocals on the chordally scrambled title-track. Sporting a clean, refined, and vocally suave sound reflective of the duo’s image, the album is […]

Roxy Music ‎– Siren (1975)

Siren is the fifth album by Euro-style English sextet Roxy Music. Released in 1975, the album — which completes the Jobson trilogy that also includes Stranded (1973) and Country Life (1974) — would be the band’s last before their initial split. Continuing the trilogy’s romanticism of decadence and dissonance, the album is highlighted by the […]

Roxy Music ‎– Country Life (1974)

Country Life is the fourth album by Euro-styled English sextet Roxy Music. Released in 1974 at the height of the band’s popularity, the album refines the newfound classicism of its predecessor. With a mood that veers between opulent and ominous, the album is highlighted by the windy vortex of “Out of the Blue,” the searing […]

Roxy Music ‎– Stranded (1973)

Stranded is the third album by Roxy Music. Released in November 1973, the album is the first in a trilogy to feature violinist/keyboardist Eddie Jobson, whose lavish classicism refined the band’s sound. The flamboyant exuberance that emblazons “Street Life” is swiftly betrayed by a darker vibe best embodied by the melancholic melodrama of “A Song […]

Roxy Music ‎– For Your Pleasure (1973)

For Your Pleasure is the sophomore full-length from English sextet Roxy Music. Released in March 1973, the album is their last to feature synthist Brian Eno, who would launch his solo career that same year. Thematically, the album contrasts romanticism and decadence with material that ranges from flamboyant (“Do the Strand”) to fractious (“Editions of […]

Roxy Music ‎– Roxy Music (1972)

Roxy Music is the debut album by the namesake English art-rock band, released in 1972 on Island Records. Despite its muddy production, the album pioneers sonic territory with the effects-laden, expressionistic contributions of the three main soloists. Evoking a mix of film noir and futurism, the music alternates fractured epics (“Remake/Re-model”, “Sea Breezes”) with simmering […]

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia ‎– Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (1974)

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia is a 1974 album by Rundgren’s revolving-door studio ensemble, which had come together during sessions for his recent A Wizzard, a True Star and Todd LPs. Expanding on the musical directions of that latter release, the four tracks on this album weave contrapuntal interplay with intergalactic sonics. The 30-minute suite that occupies […]

Heatwave – Too Hot to Handle (1976)

Too Hot to Handle is the 1976 debut album from U.K.-based American soul-funk sextet Heatwave. The rubbery strobe-light snap of “Boogie Nights” has become a dance-floor classic, while the evergreen bliss of “Always and Forever” rings eternal as a candlelight slow jam. Other highlights include the maj7 harmonized sweetness of “All You Do is Dial,” […]

Duran Duran ‎– Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983)

Seven and the Ragged Tiger is the third album by English pop sensation Duran Duran. Released in late-1983 at the apex of the band’s global dominance, the album spawned a worldwide stadium tour documented on the following year’s Arena album and concert video. Three of the album’s songs — the debonair “New Moon on Monday,” […]

The Kinks – Something Else by The Kinks (1967)

Something Else by The Kinks is the fifth proper studio album by The Kinks, released in 1967 on Pye (UK) and Reprise (US). Recorded during the band’s four-year exile from stateside touring, the album reflects a more idiosyncratically English sensibility than prior efforts. The album covers a range of styles, including harpsichord-laden narratives (“Two Sisters”), […]

Utopia – POV (1985)

POV is a 1985 album by Utopia. The release would mark the eighth and final studio outing of the classic lineup of Rundgren, Sulton, Powell, and Wilcox. Musically, the album advances the hi-tech approach of Oblivion. Highlights include the neon-powered “Zen Machine” and “More Light,” the vibe-toned Fairlight mid-pacer “Mimi Gets Mad,” and the anthemic […]

Todd Rundgren ‎– Nearly Human (1989)

Nearly Human is a 1989 album by Todd Rundgren. The album marked his first release of new material in four years, during which time he’d been engrossed in production work. In contrast to his mostly self-contained post-Runt solo recordings, he assembled a full studio ensemble for this album. Included in the lineup are keyboardist Brent […]

Todd Rundgren – Healing (1981)

Healing is a 1981 album by Todd Rundgren, issued on Bearsville as a single LP with a bonus 7″. The material ranges from blue-eyed soul reminiscent of associates Hall & Oates (“Compassion”) to vocal/xylo jigsaw pieces in the vein of Gentle Giant (“Pulse”). Side two consists of a three-part electro-meditation suite. The Magritte-themed video for […]

Todd Rundgren – The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982)

The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect is a 1982 album by Todd Rundgren. The album continues the modernized, synth-laden approach of its predecessor, replete with lyrics that further probe the human psyche on several numbers. The angular, neon-toned “Influenza” and the self-harmonized, humorously worded “Don’t Hurt Yourself” are among the highlights. Tracklist: A1. Hideaway A2. […]

Utopia – Oblivion (1983)

Oblivion is a 1983 album by American foursome Utopia. The music refines the player’s recent embrace of hi-tech electronic equipment — a trend previewed on the earlier Swing to the Right LP, as well as on Todd Rundgren’s two most recent solo albums, Healing and The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect. In contrast to the […]

The Twilights – Once Upon a Twilight (1968)

Once Upon a Twilight is a 1968 concept album by Australian beat combo The Twilights. The album culminated from months of painstaking work by the band’s mastermind Terry Britten. The band split soon afterwards when the guitarist/writer scored a gig with Cliff Richard, who covered the track “Take Action” on his 1969 Sincerely LP. Tracklist: […]

Nirvana – The Story of Simon Simopath (1967)

The Story of Simon Simopath is a 1967 concept album by English symphonic/psych ensemble Nirvana. Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, the album’s songs are tied together by a plot line, making this possibly the world’s first full-length rock opera, predating similar concept works by The Pretty Things, Small Faces, and The Who. Tracklist: […]

Quantum Jump – Barracuda (1977)

Barracuda is the second of two albums by experimental funk-rock combo Quantum Jump, released in 1977 by the Electric Record Company. The album alternates rhythmically convoluted passages with tempered numbers reflective of mastermind Rupert Hine‘s concurrent production work for Scottish trio Café Jacques. Tracklist: A1. Don’t Look Now A2. The Seance (Too Spooky) A3. Barracuda […]

Genesis ‎– From Genesis to Revelation (1969)

From Genesis to Revelation is the 1969 debut album from English quintet Genesis. Recorded in 1968 while the teenage members were still enrolled at Charterhouse boarding school, the album was produced by eccentric pop maestro Jonathan King. Mood-wise, the album ranges from orchestral melodrama (“In the Wilderness”) and lithe romanticism (“One Day”) to haunting suspense […]

Happy the Man ‎– Happy the Man (1977)

Happy the Man is the 1977 debut album by the American quintet of the same name. A primarily instrumental affair, the music ranges from lucid and pastoral to punctual and frenzied. Tracklist: A1. Starborne A2. Stumpy Meets the Firecracker in Stencil Forest A3. Upon the Rainbow (Befrost) A4. Mr. Mirror’s Reflection on Dreams A5. Carousel […]

Camel – I Can See Your House From Here (1979)

I Can See Your House From Here is a 1979 album by English band Camel. The album was produced by ex-Quantum Jump keyboardist/vocalist Rupert Hine, who was just emerging as one of the industry’s most prolific and innovative studio hands (Café Jacques, Anthony Phillips). The band were joined on these sessions by erstwhile Happy the […]

Café Jacques ‎– International (1978)

International is the second of two albums by Scottish art-pop/soul trio Café Jacques, released in 1978 on Epic/Columbia and produced by Rupert Hine. The album features nine collectively-penned originals in addition to a cover of the 1933 Harry Warren/Al Dubin chestnut “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” The original European release closes with the lengthy “Medley” while […]

Café Jacques ‎– Round the Back (1977)

Round the Back is the first of two albums by Scottish art pop/soul trio Café Jacques, released in 1977 on Epic/Columbia and produced by then-Quantum Jump keyboardist Rupert Hine. Genesis/Brand X drummer Phil Collins guests on four cuts. The album consists of nine originals plus a cover of “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of […]

Japan ‎– Adolescent Sex (1978)

Adolescent Sex is the debut album by English funk-rock/art-rock quintet Japan. Released on Ariola in April 1978, the album fuses the subterranean buzz of London’s underground haunts with the rhythmic chic of New York’s strobe-laden nightclubs. The songs Wedding the sonics of Eno and concurrent Ultravox to the precision of Kool & the Gang and […]

10cc ‎– How Dare You! (1976)

How Dare You! is the fourth album by English quartet 10cc. Released in 1976, the album sees the four members divide into the exclusive songwriting partnerships of Gouldman/Stewart and Godley/Creme. The latter pair would leave the band soon after the release of this album. Most of the album’s songs are written in through-composed form.  A1. […]

Frigidaire Tango ‎– The Cock (1982)

The Cock is the singular full-length studio album by the original formation of Italian New Wavers Frigidaire Tango, released in 1982 on Young Records. Recorded in 1981, the album highlights the band’s staccato sound. Tracklist: A1. “Dangerous Echo” A2. “Any Time You Dress So Fine” A3. “Blue & Pink” A4. “Push” A5. “Frigidaire Tango” B1. […]

Patrice Sciortino ‎– Gymnorythmies 1 (1976)

Gymnorythmies 1 is a 1976 album by French experimental musician/composer Patrice Sciortino. With most of the pieces clocking in at under two minutes, sides one and two — “Exercices Avec Cerceaux” and “Exercices Avec Massues” — respectively consist of 12 and 11 numbers. Vibraphones and winding clocks enswirl the organ-steamed, toy-shop sounds of the music […]