Friday, October 22, 2021

SXM's "40 Cassettes Turning 40" - Part Two



So the Classic Rewind (Ch 25) channel on SiriusXM recently ran a listener's poll to determine the best album rock album releases of 1981. Poll results were played in a countdown around Labor Day weekend. I'm not saying their list is wrong, but here's what I would have broadcast if they'd bothered to ask me. Included below is the album's peak position on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
40
XWild Gift
-
"White Girl"
39
Blue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
6
"Burnin' for You"
38
Jefferson Starship Modern Times
3
"Find Your Way Back"
37
38 Special Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
8
"Hold On Loosely"
36
Def Leppard High 'n' Dry
18
"Bringin' on the Heartache"
35
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna
3
"Edge of Seventeen"
34
Duran Duran Duran Duran
-
"Girls on Film"
33
Adam and The Ants Prince Charming
-
"Stand and Deliver"
32
Loverboy Get Lucky
3
"Working for the Weekend"
31
Sammy Hagar Standing Hampton
1
"There's Only One Way to Rock"


Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
30
AC/DC For Those About to Rock...
3
"For Those About to Rock..."
29
Tom Petty Hard Promises
1
"The Waiting"
28
Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk
-
"Pretty in Pink"
27
Pretenders Pretenders II
11
"Message of Love"
26
U2 October
28
"Gloria"
25
Electric Light Orchestra Time
10
"Hold On Tight"
24
Todd Rundgren Healing
15
"Compassion"
23
Joan Jett I Love Rock 'n Roll
2
"I Love Rock 'n Roll"
22
Rush Moving Pictures
4
"Tom Sawyer"
21
Split Enz Waiata
33
"One Step Ahead"


Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
20
The Moody Blues Long Distance Voyager
1
"Gemini Dream"
19
Phil Collins Face Value
2
"In the Air Tonight"
18
Rick Springfield Working Class Dog
16
"Love is Alright Tonight"
17
Billy Squier Don't Say No
3
"In the Dark"
16
Genesis Abacab
1
"No Reply at All"
15
Elvis Costello Trust
16
"From a Whisper to a Scream"
14
Van Halen Fair Warning
2
"Unchained"
13
Journey Escape
1
"Stone in Love"
12
The Tubes The Completion Backward Principle
11
"Talk to Ya Later"
11
Kim Wilde Kim Wilde
44
"Kids in America"


Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
10
Styx Paradise Theatre
1
"Rockin' the Paradise"
9
The Who Face Dances
1
"Don't Let Go the Coat"
8
Daryl Hall & John Oates Private Eyes
19
"Private Eyes"
7
The J. Geils Band Freeze-Frame
1
"Centerfold"
6
Squeeze East Side Story
10
"Tempted"
5
The Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat
10
"Our Lips are Sealed"
4
The Rolling Stones Tattoo You
1
"Start Me Up" &
"Waiting on a Friend"
3
The Cars Shake It Up
2
"Since You're Gone" &
"Shake It Up"
2
Foreigner 4
1
"Juke Box Hero" &
"Urgent"
1
The Police Ghost in the Machine
2
"Spirits in the Material World" &
"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"


Monday, October 18, 2021

SXM's "40 Cassettes Turning 40" - Part One


So the Classic Rewind (Ch 25) channel on SiriusXM recently ran a listener's poll to determine the best rock album releases of 1981. Poll results were played in a countdown around Labor Day weekend. Here are the results and yes I have beef. Included below is the album's peak position on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
Notes
40
The Kinks Give the People What They Want
5
"Destroyer"
39
Triumph Allied Forces
5
"Fight the Good Fight"
38
The Who Face Dances
1
"You Better You Bet"
37
Santana Zebop!
3
"Winning"
36
Eric Clapton Another Ticket
1
"I Can't Stand It"
35
Pretenders Pretenders II
11
"Talk of the Town"
34
Sammy Hagar Standing Hampton
1
"There's Only One Way to Rock"
33
The Moody Blues Long Distance Voyager
1
"The Voice"
32
Joe Walsh There Goes the Neighborhood
2
"A Life of Illusion"
31
Rush Exit...Stage Left
13
"Closer to the Heart" live album, band also placed at #3


Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
Notes
30
Blondie Best of Blondie
-
"Dreaming" greatest hits
29
Blue Oyster Cult Fire of Unknown Origin
6
"Burnin' for You"
28
ZZ Top El Loco
6
"Pearl Necklace"
27
U2 October
28
"Gloria"
26
Billy Squier Don't Say No
3
"My Kinda Lover"
25
Journey Captured
5
"Just the Same Way" live album, band also placed at #1
24
Billy Joel Songs in the Attic
15
"Ballad of Billy the Kid" live album
23
Pat Benatar Precious Time
2
"Promises in the Dark"
22
Bob Seger Nine Tonight
4
"Hollywood Nights" live album
21
Men at Work Business as Usual
2
"Down Under" released in US in 1982


Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
Notes
20
Tom Petty Hard Promises
1
"Woman in Love (It's Not Me)"
19
38 Special Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
8
"Hold On Loosely"
18
Def Leppard High 'n' Dry
18
"Bringin' on the Heartache"
17
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna
3
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
16
Ozzy Osborne Diary of a Madman
8
"Over the Mountain"
15
Phil Collins Face Value
2
"I Missed Again" Genesis at #9
14
Van Halen Fair Warning
2
"Mean Street"
13
J. Geils Band Freeze-Frame
1
"Centerfold"
12
Loverboy Get Lucky
3
"When It's Over"
11
The Police Ghost in the Machine
2
"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"


Rank
Artist
Album
Chart
Song Played
Notes
10
Joan Jett I Love Rock 'n Roll
2
"Crimson and Clover"
9
Genesis Abacab
1
"No Reply at All"Phil Collins at #15
8
The Rolling Stones Tattoo You
1
"Hang Fire"
7
Styx Paradise Theatre
1
"Rockin' the Paradise"
6
Queen Greatest Hits
11
"Don't Stop Me Now" greatest hits, track not on US release
5
AC/DC For Those About to Rock...
3
"Let's Get It Up"
4
The Cars Shake It Up
2
"Shake It Up" &
"Since You're Gone"

3
Rush Moving Pictures
4
"Limelight" & "YYZ" band also placed at #31
2
Foreigner 4
1
"Juke Box Hero" &
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"

1
Journey Escape
1
"Don't Stop Believin'" &
"Who's Cryin' Now"
band also placed at #25



So what would the countdown look like if I was in charge? Well, as much as I like Songs in the Attic, I don't think live albums should be on such a chart. And even though I absolutely adore Queen's Greatest Hits album, I don't believe 'best of' compilations have any place here, either. Tune in later this week for my version of the list. 



Saturday, October 9, 2021

Promo posters as seen on "WKRP in Cincinnati" #67


Albums: Del Shannon - Drop Down And Get Me (1981, Elektra), Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Reactor (1981, Reprise)
Episode:  Season 4, Episode 14, "Jennifer and Johnny's Charity"
Original air date: Wednesday, February 3, 1982

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Top 25 Jazz Albums Released in 1983


I wanted to check out the best-selling albums released in 1983 that charted on Billboard's Jazz Album Chart. Unfortunately, the magazine's year-end charts were no help as the 1983 year-end chart contained many albums from 1982. So since I had time to burn and I'm more than a little compulsive about such things (I created this jazz chart book, for example), I decided to create my own list of jazz albums that were actually released in 1983. I crunched some numbers and used a formula that took into account both chart peak positions as well as length on the chart. According to Billboard's Jazz Album Chart, here are the top 25 best-selling jazz albums released in the calendar year 1983:



The Genie: Themes & Variations From The TV Series "Taxi"
Bob James



On the Line
Lee Ritenour



Passion, Grace & Fire
John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucía



Mirage À Trois
Yellowjackets



Scenario
Al Di Meola



Procession
Weather Report



Third Generation
Hiroshima



Bodies and Souls
The Manhattan Transfer



Star People
Miles Davis



Foxie
Bob James



The Hunter
Joe Sample



Friends
Larry Carlton



Imagine This
Pieces of a Dream



Shadowdance
Shadowfax



City Kids
Spyro Gyra



Individual Choice
Jean-Luc Ponty



Passionfruit
Michael Franks



What's New
Linda Ronstadt



Travels
Pat Metheny



In Your Eyes
George Benson



Low Ride
Earl Klugh



Future Shock
Herbie Hancock


Jarreau
Al Jarreau


Backstreet
David Sanborn



Think of One
Wynton Marsalis