Tag: 76

Quiet Sun – Mainstream

Quiet Sun – Mainstream       Ted Mills: ‘ Phil Manzanera’s pre-Roxy Music group never got to release their first attempt at an album, but in a break from Roxy in 1974, Manzanera regrouped the band and put out this effort: Quiet Sun – Mainstream, recorded at the same time as his solo extravaganza, […]

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Chick Corea – My Spanish Heart

Chick Corea – My Spanish Heart       Thom Jurek: ‘This 1976 release features Chick Corea in what was then, and remains, a unique musical setting. While it is truly an electric jazz fusion record, it is also the only solo recording of Corea’s on which he attempted to truly explore the Latin side […]

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Stephen Bishop – Careless

      Lindsay Planer ‘Even before Stephen Bishop (guitar, trombone, vocals) issued his debut long-player, Careless, in 1978, he’d already become a music industry insider. Bishop was discovered by Art Garfunkel in the 1970s as a publisher, where he penned songs for a diversity of artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to the Four Tops. […]

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Genesis – Wind & Wuthering

Genesis – Wind & Wuthering Stephen Thomas Erlewine ‘Wind & Wuthering followed quickly on the heels of A Trick of the Tail and they’re very much cut from the same cloth, working the same English eccentric ground that was the group’s stock in trade since Trespass. But if A Trick of the Tail played like […]

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The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers is the first album recorded by the Boston-based band the Modern Lovers. It was released on Beserkley Records in 1976, although the original nine tracks had been recorded in 1972. Six of the original tracks were produced by John Cale. In 2003, the album was […]

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Van Der Graaf Generator – Still Life

Van Der Graaf Generator – Still Life Still Life is an album by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator, originally released in 1976. It was their second album since reforming in 1975, the first being Godbluff. Geoff Barton of Sounds wrote: “Where “Still Life” scores over past LPs is in its precise and accurate […]

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kiss – destroyer

kiss – destroyer Destroyer is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on March 15, 1976 in the US.  Kiss began to expand their fan base by shedding a bit of their edge, taking on a more melodic sound and a less menacing image. The Peter Criss ballad “Beth,” written for his wife, […]

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Rainbow – Rising

Rainbow – Rising AMG Review: On their second release, Rainbow not only avoid the sophomore jinx; they hit a home run. After replacing the entire band (except Ronnie James Dio) immediately following the recording of the first album, Ritchie Blackmore and the Rising lineup (Blackmore; Dio; Tony Carey, keys; Jimmy Bain, bass; and the late, […]

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Ashra – New Age Of Earth

Ashra – New Age Of Earth AMG Review: The title was more prophetic than most — though Earth thankfully isn’t quite so bathetic as any number of releases on Windham Hill, by this point Gottsching was well into his electronic phase, the jam freakouts of the earliest albums replaced by a clean, crisp electronic bed. Unlike […]

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J.J. Cale – Troubadour

J.J. Cale – Troubadour Eric Clapton covered “Cocaine” on his 1977 album Slowhand, turning it into one of his biggest hits. He later covered “Travelin’ Light” on his 2001 album Reptile. “Travelin’ Light” was also recorded by Widespread Panic for their 1988 album Space Wrangler. AMG Review: Producer Audie Ashworth introduced some different instruments, notably […]

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Stomu Yamashta – Go

Stomu Yamashta – Go Amazon: In the 1970’s, Famed Japanese Percussionist/Composer Stomu Yamashta Recorded a Series of Legendary (And Long Out-of-print) Albums with his Go Ensemble that have Been a Holy Grail Among Aficionados of Jazz Fusion/Space Rock. Raven Has Combined all Three Go Albums for “The Complete Go Sessions”: Featuring Three Complete Albums: “Stomu […]

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Led Zeppelin – Presence

Led Zeppelin – Presence Wikipedia: Led Zeppelin – Presence is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on 31 March 1976. It was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band’s history, as singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained […]

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Michael Franks – The Art Of Tea

Michael Franks – The Art Of Tea AMG Review: After his debut on the tiny Brut Records (a short-lived record label of the famous cologne company), Michael Franks established both his unique sound and a recording process he has continued throughout his career. Primarily a jazz artist, Franks crossed over to pop and rock fans through […]

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Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle

Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle is the ninth studio album by American rock group Steve Miller Band. The album was released in May 1976 (see 1976 in music) by Capitol Records in North America and Mercury Records in Europe. The album was a success, […]

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Al Stewart – Year of the Cat

Al Stewart – Year of the Cat AMG Review: Al Stewart had found his voice on Past, Present & Future and found his sound on Modern Times. He then perfected it all on 1976’s Al Stewart – Year of the Cat, arguably his masterpiece. There is no overarching theme here, as there was on its […]

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Jon Anderson – Olias Of Sunhillow

Jon Anderson – Olias Of Sunhillow Olias of Sunhillow is the debut solo album by Yes lead singer Jon Anderson, released in 1976. It was one of the most successful of Yes band member debut solo efforts to that date, reaching No. 8 in the UK charts and breaking into the US Top 50. Olias Of […]

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Eloy – Dawn

Eloy – Dawn Eloy – Dawn  was the fifth album by the German progressive rock band Eloy. It was released in 1976 Progarchives: Eloy – Dawn is one of  Their  strongest albums. It shows that they have improved their skills in songwriting as well as their mastery in their instruments. Also, the sound quality is better […]

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Pulsar – The strands of the future

Pulsar – The strands of the future Progarchives: Pulsar’s second album, ‘The Strands of the Future’, is one of the definite and undisputable masterpieces of French prog, and together with their next recording ‘Halloween’, incarnates the band’s peak in terms of inspired writing and skillful performing. Their style keeps on being somewhat inspired in 73-75 […]

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Boston – Boston (1976 LP)

Boston – Boston (1976 LP) Boston is the debut album by American rock band Boston, released in August 1976 on Epic Records. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified as selling 17x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2003. The album is the second best-selling debut album […]

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Vangelis – Albedo 0.39

      Mike DeGagne: ‘ Vangelis – Albedo 0.39 represents some of Vangelis’ most fascinating material from the early portion of his career. Using transforming tonal washes and lengthy runs of calm but effective synthesizer passages, Vangelis tackles the wonder and allure of the galaxy and its planetary bodies, making for an entertaining display of […]

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