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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

White Summer

White Summer were a Chicago-area rock trio that was active during the mid-1970s. Members: Jimmy Watkins (lead vocals, guitar, drums, percussion), Rick Lowe (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals), David Wheeler (bass, backing vocals) In 1976, the band self-released a homonymous longplayer. Recorded on a shoestring at Uncle Dirty’s Sound Machine Studio in Kalamazoo, Mich., […]

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,” […]

Wiggy Bits

Wiggy Bits were an American rock quintet active during the mid-1970s. Comprised of alumni from psych-rockers The Illusion and ex-Blues Magoos/Barnaby Bye vocalist Peppy Castro, Wiggy Bits released a self-titled album on Polydor in 1976. Members: Peppy Castro [aka Emil Thielheim] (vocals), Richie Cerniglia (guitar), Mike Ricciardella (drums), Dennis Santiago (bass) Mike Maniscalco (keyboards) Harnessing […]

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. […]

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (1976)

The Roaring Silence is the seventh album by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, released in 1976. Consolidating their stateside breakthrough with a lavish, theatrical cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light” — the band’s prior album contained a hard rock rendition of the Jersey performer’s “Spirit in the Night” — the album refines their scaly, […]

James Vincent ‎– Space Traveler (1976)

Space Traveler is the sophomoric solo release by guitarist James Vincent, issued in 1976 on James William Guercio’s Caribou Records label. The album features backing vocals by Vincent’s former-Exception bandmate Peter Cetera. Tracklist: A1. The Garden A2. Mankind A3. Drifting Into Love A4. Alone A5. Space Traveler A6. Firefly B1. Song for Jayme B2. How […]

Gene Harris ‎– In a Special Way (1976)

In a Special Way is the fifth solo album by American pianist Gene Harris, released in 1976. Tracklist: A1. Theme for Relana A2. Rebop A3. Zulu A4. Always in My Mind B1. Love for Sale B2. It’s Your Love B3. Soft Cycles B4. Five/Four B5. Naima Credits: Gene Harris – piano Jerry Peters – Rhodes, […]

Gato Barbieri ‎– Caliente! (1976)

Caliente! is a 1976 album by Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri. Issued by A&M Records, the recording was guided by label-head Herb Alpert. The nine tracks display the saxist’s smooth tones over a range of lush, samba-fied, variably paced backdrops. Tracklist: A1. Fireflies A2. Fiesta A3. Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile) A4. Don’t Cry Rochelle A5. […]

Bobby Stern & Head, Heart and Hands ‎– Libra (1976)

Libra is a 1976 collaboration album between American saxophonist Bobby Stern and German instrumental ensemble Head, Heart and Hands. Tracklist: A1. Holiday A2. Libra A3. Light B1. Curacao B2. Of Venus B3. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better) Credits: Bobby Stern – saxophone Tom van der Geld – vibraphone Larry Porter – piano, […]

Manfredo Fest ‎– Brazilian Dorian Dream (1976)

Brazilian Dorian Dream is the third solo album by Brazilian keyboardist Manfredo Fest, released in 1976 on T&M. Most of the songs feature Rhodes arpeggios woven around the windy vocals of Roberta Davis. Tracklist: A1. Brazilian Dorian Dream A2. Facing East A3. Jungle Cat A4. That’s What She Says B1. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue B2. […]

Band X ‎– The Best of Band X (1976)

The Best of Band X is the 1976 lone release by American instrumental ensemble Band X. Despite its title, the album is a proper release of contemporary recordings and not a compilation. Led by Boston-area vibist Craig Peyton, the music meshes harmonic interplay with otherworldly sounds — the latter made possible by the band’s preview-access […]

LaMont Johnson ‎– NINE…. A Mystical, Musical Allegory (1976)

NINE…. A Mystical, Musical Allegory is the second album from pianist/composer LaMont Johnson, released in 1976 on the artist’s own Masterscores label. Musically, the album encompasses mid-paced syncopation and glissando-laden serenity. The latter approach is embodied in the soft, ivory filigree of the two finest cuts, “The Cat and Nine Tomorrows” and “No, I Never […]