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Paul Kantner Grace Slick – Sunfighter

freebie Recorded at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco and distributed by RCA ‘Sunfighter’ was the second album released on Jefferson Airplane’s own vanity label Grunt . ‘Bark’ being the first release in September followed by ‘Sunfighter’ in November and … Continue reading

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Helen Reddy – Long Hard Climb

  Released by Capitol in 1973 ‘Long Hard Climb’ stayed on the charts for fourty-three weeks and peaked at number eight. Two singles were released ‘Delta Dawn’ which reached number one and ‘Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)’ which peaked … Continue reading

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Grand Funk – We’re An American Band

Released in 1973 ‘We’re An American Band’ was Grand Funk’s seventh studio album and the first produced by Todd Rundgren. The LP was certified gold a little over a month after release and contained two hit singles ‘We’re An American … Continue reading

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Carpenters – Close To You

Carpenters second studio album ‘Close To You’ was released in 1970 on A&M records. The LP peaked at #2 on Billboard’s album chart. Their breakthrough hit ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, … Continue reading

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Jimmy Witherspoon – Love Is a Five Letter Word

That’s funny…  I thought love was just a four letter word…   Jimmy Witherspoon’s career spanned six decades from the 1940’s through the 1990’s. His style of blues was known then as ‘blues shouter’. His first big hit was ‘Ain’t … Continue reading

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Shirley Bassey – Never, Never, Never

  Released in 1973 during her career revival ‘Never, Never, Never’ was Shirley Bassey’s 18th album. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard top 200 and earned a silver disc. The single ‘Never, Never, Never’ placed on three US charts … Continue reading

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Helen Reddy – I Am Woman

Released in 1972 ‘I Am Woman’ is the third album from Australian pop singer Helen Reddy. It reached #14 on Billboard’s Top LP and tapes chart, spending 62 weeks there. The song ‘I Am Woman’ went to #1, earned a … Continue reading

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Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry Sessions

  Released in October of 1972 unbelievably this is the only Chuck Berry album certified gold by the RIAA. The song ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ was edited for single release and is the only Berry tune to achieve number one status in … Continue reading

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Grand Funk – Shinin’ On

  Released in 1974 this was the eighth album from Grand Funk. Shinin’ On was their second LP produced by Todd Rundgren and reached the number five position on Billboard’s 200. The cover of Little Eva’s dance song “The Loco-Motion” … Continue reading

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Al Hirt – The Best of Al Hirt

  This title was the 21st LP from Al Hirt originally released on stereo in 1965. I recall ‘Java’ playing on the radio very frequent during my youth. Back then AM radio did not pigeon hole everything into some demographic … Continue reading

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