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#1 Billboard Albums of 1969

#1 Billboard Albums of 1969

Authored By John Nicholson

As the 60’s closed there were some huge-selling albums which sat atop the Billboard 200 for many weeks, none more so than Hair which spent an impressive 13 weeks on top of the pile selling three million copies in 1969 alone.  Easy to forget just what a cultural revolution Hair represented, albeit merely a respectable stage embodiment of the counterculture forment that was boiling away in youth culture. But beyond that, there were some beautiful songs on it, many of which got covered by others, especially Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In and Good Morning Starshine, both of which I loved as...

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Billboard #1 Albums of 1973 in USA

Billboard #1 Albums of 1973 in USA

Authored By John Nicholson

While it was only at #1 for two weeks, War's The World Is A Ghetto was actually America's best-selling album of 1973, which, given the likes of Carly Simon, George Harrison and the Allman Brothers Band were all at the top for five weeks and Elton for eight, is quite an achievement and an unexpected one. It's quite a statistical quirk because although it went gold (500,000) in '73, it kind of dropped off the sales radar subsequently, whereas Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy has so far sold over 11 million, Elton's Goodbye Yellow Brick road, 8 million and Pink...

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Billboard's USA #1 Albums of 1974

Billboard's USA #1 Albums of 1974

Authored By John Nicholson

The Singles: 1969–1973 - The Carpenters A&M You Don't Mess Around with Jim - Jim Croce ABC Planet Waves - Bob Dylan With The Band Asylum The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand Columbia John Denver's Greatest Hits - John Denver RCA Victor Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Apple John Denver's Greatest Hits - John Denver RCA Victor Chicago VII - Chicago Columbia The Sting - Marvin Hamlisch / Soundtrack MCA Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Apple Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot Reprise Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Apple...

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UK & USA ALBUM CHARTS. December 1970

UK & USA ALBUM CHARTS. December 1970

Authored By John Nicholson

This is the NME album charts for the first week in December 1970. It's worth taking a look at both UK and USA listings simply to reflect on how pretty much every single album, compilations aside, has subsequently become a classic album of the genre. Quite astonishing really.  The only albums I don't have are the Bobby Sherman record,  Elvis' Christmas album, Shirley Bassey's Something - though I'd like that, love a bit of Shirl - and the Tom Jones' album. Nice to see Arlo Guthrie's Washington County in at #29 on the USA listing and the first Steve Still...

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Zig Zag Magazine Readers Poll for Most Played Album 1974

Zig Zag Magazine Readers Poll for Most Played Album 1974

Authored By John Nicholson

This was done in mid-1974. I guess Zig Zag’s audience was 16-25 long-hairs, rockers and freaks, possibly mostly in college, even so, it’s surprising to see three Beefheart albums in this top 10, especially Trout Mask Replica which can easily be filed under ‘Difficult Music.’ Another thing that stands out is how old these records already were. Nothing in the top 10 was released after 1970, when you think of the epoch making records that were released from 1970 - 1974, that’s quite amazing. No room for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc. I was only 13 at the time so...

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NME Writers Albums of 1976

NME Writers Albums of 1976

Authored By John Nicholson

The year before punk rock became a big thing in the UK was perhaps one of the greatest ever for classic rock, as the NME writers best albums of the year suggest. Desire is one of Dylan’s best albums of the 1970s, Station To Station is mind blowing and so different to anything else. Dr. Feelgood is hardcore R & B. Fantastic records from Steve Miller, Todd, Jackson Browne, Nils, Steely Dan, BOC, Emmylou and Thin Lizzy.  What strikes me powerfully here is how varied the records were. Everything from proto-metal of Blue Oyster Cult to straight out country, raggae...

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1974

NME Pop Poll Results For 1974

Authored By John Nicholson

Every year I filled in the coupon and sent in my vote. And every year, the results issue was always waited for with baited breath. I’m surprised Rod’s Smiler album won this year’s vote, as it’s not his best work. But he always did manage to straddle both a pop and rock audience.  Carl Palmer won three best drummer awards consecutively, and Clapton three running as best guitarist. The next two years would be won by Jimmy Page. Harsh on Steve Harley in this. He did have an unusual persona in Cockney Rebel but I always loved them.  Hard to...

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NME Pop Poll Results For 1972

NME Pop Poll Results For 1972

Authored By John Nicholson

What I love about these readers polls is how they indicate rising and falling popularities. This one shows what an impact Alice Cooper’s #1 hit with Schools Out and the subsequent UK tour. The Schools Out record notoriously came wrapped in a pair of knickers in a variety of shades - blue was the rarest pink the most common. You’d get put in jail if you did such a thing today! Focus were also just coming to prominence having had a #2 album in 1971 and Focus 3 making #6 in 1972. Rod Stewart was selling a lot of records...

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Zig Zag Magazine Album of the Century  Jul/Aug 1975

Zig Zag Magazine Album of the Century Jul/Aug 1975

Authored By John Nicholson

The magazine did regular Reader's Polls and they make interesting reading as a snap shot of the time and what was and wasn't popular.  The majority of the top 10 are 1960s albums with only the Eagles being a relatively recent release.  Funny that a poll for 'album of the century' includes nothing pre-1967! Almost very album in the 50 is a classic, interesting to see Mike Nesmith in at 23. Love being #1 is amazing really and shows how well regarded that album was even seven years after its release. It's gone on to be recognised as something of a...

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CREEM MAGAZINE 1974 READERS POLL RESULTS

CREEM MAGAZINE 1974 READERS POLL RESULTS

Authored By John Nicholson

Creem was a superb magazine but being an American publication was quite hard to get in UK if you didn’t live in a major city, so when we did pick it up, it felt like we were accessing a distant land of exotic full colour rock n roll. Every year they had a reader’s poll and they make fascinating reading, largely because almost every single album is a classic of the era and 1974 is no exception. Rolling Stones- It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) David Bowie- Diamond Dogs Bad Company- Bad Co. David Bowie- David Live...

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NME Reader's Poll Results 1973

NME Reader's Poll Results 1973

Authored By John Nicholson

If you recall, at the end of every year there was a reader’s vote in the New Musical Express. You had to fill out the coupon and send it in the post. Ah, the glory days of analogue communication! When the results were published we all poured over them and in the timeless fashion, said as one, ‘who voted for them/that?’ However, in 1973, the readership pretty much got everything spot on. I voted for John McLaughlin as best guitarist because I was in the first throes of falling in love with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. I also voted for Chris...

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Village Voice Critics Best Albums of 1971

Village Voice Critics Best Albums of 1971

Authored By John Nicholson

The paper's "Pazz & Jop" music poll, started by Robert Christgau in 1971, was released annually and, especially in the 1970s and early 80s, was an influential survey of the nation's music critics. https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/12/26/1971-pazz-jop-what-does-it-all-mean/ The Village Voice was launched by Ed Fancher, Dan Wolf, and Norman Mailer on October 26, 1955, from a two-bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village; that was its initial coverage area, which expanded to other parts of the city by the 1960s. In 1960, it moved from 22 Greenwich Avenue to 61 Christopher Street in a landmark triangular corner building adjoining Sheridan Square, and a few feet...

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Zig Zag Magazine Best Album Ever Vote 1971

Zig Zag Magazine Best Album Ever Vote 1971

Authored By John Nicholson

ZigZag was a British rock music magazine started by Pete Frame and the first edition was published on 16 April 1969. The magazine was noted for its interviews, articles, innovative "rock family trees" by Pete whih went on to be books in their own right and be included in album releases. It lasted in various forms through 1986. Their Reader's poll in issue 23; Nov/Dec 1971 makes interesting reading 49 years later. What strikes me is how these were regarded a wonderful works of art in '71 and they still are all these years later. Time has not dimmed their brilliance....

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NME CHART 22nd MARCH 1975

NME CHART 22nd MARCH 1975

Authored By John Nicholson

Got any Quo?

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NME BEST ALBUMS OF 1975

NME BEST ALBUMS OF 1975

Authored By John Nicholson

Their end of year lists always make for interesting reading. We were certainly blessed with a lot of great records in 1975. I own all of these bar Bootsy and Max Romeo.  1. Desire - Bob Dylan 2. Station To Station - David Bowie 3. Stupidity - Dr. Feelgood 4. Heat Treatment - Graham Parker 5. The Ramones - The Ramones 6. Agents Of Fortune - Blue Oyster Cult 7. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kate & Anna McGarrigle 8. The Pretender - Jackson Browne 9. Joan Armatrading - Joan Armatrading 10. Cry Tough - Nils Lofgren 11. Elite Hotel - Emmylou Harris 12. Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy 13. The Royal Scam...

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