It was fifty years ago today … he put a quarter in the Wurlitzer
It is no surprise that this album is number 28 on the list of 100 Greatest Albums of All Time, so quite why it only lasted 18 weeks in the UK chart at the time makes it probably the definitive ‘slow burner’. I have seen it described as many things over the years, from a break-up album to the story of an adventure trip. Joni herself said it was “like the cellophane on a packet of cigarettes”, but I think my favourite was by a famous writer who likened their first listening to being akin to receiving a first kiss.
Artist: Joni Mitchell
Released: 22nd June 1971
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 18
Highest Chart Position: 3
It was fifty years ago today … it’s late September and I really should be back at school
Every Picture Tells a Story was Rod’s third solo album, and undoubtably his best. The list of participants reads like a who’s who of British folk-rock at the time, which is probably why it features in many ‘all-time’ lists, including topping one list of The Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Records of All Time.
Album: Every Picture Tells a Story
Artist: Rod Stewart
Released: 28th May 1971
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 81
Number of Weeks at No.1: 6
It was twenty years ago today … past Pier 39 early pm
Another ‘difficult third album’ that proved to be anything but. Not greatly received by critics, it had a prolonged commercial success re-entering the charts several times over four years, including going straight to number one after release, and then returning to the top slot nearly a year later.
Album: Just Enough Education to Perform
Released: 11th April 2001
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 104
Number of Weeks at No.1: 5
It was thirty years ago today … in a body without a heart
Blue Lines was Massive Attack’s debut album, although they had been around the Bristol sound system scene for years. Featuring tracks like ‘Unfinished Sympathy’, it is now seen as the album that launched Trip-Hop, and has received wide acclaim over the years, including being voted by Q Magazine readers as the ninth Best British Album of all time.
Album: Blue Lines
Artist: Massive Attack
Released: 8th April 1991
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 130
Highest Chart Position: 13
It was fifty years ago today … watching as the frilly panties run
Aqualung was Jethro Tull’s best selling album, and featured some more acoustic tracks – a departure from previous releases that were heavier. It features in many ‘all-time’ lists, including the 100 Greatest Prog Albums.
Artist: Jethro Tull
Released: 19th March 1971
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 24
Highest Chart Position: 4