Last week the industry and fans celebrated the life of a musical genius who turned 67 years old last week: Mr. Stevie Wonder, who holds 3 positions in the top ten this week. However, it is with regret that I have to say goodbye to another music legend from my generation: Chris Cornell, the pioneer of Grunge and lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave dies away at 52.
1. Stevie Wonder – Music Of My Mind: Released, March 3, 1972 on Motown and is Mr. Wonder’s fourteenth studio album. Music Of My Mind, had moderate success peaking at number 6 on Billboard R&B Albums and 21 on Billboard Pop Albums. This recording shows Wonder growing and developing as an artist. Recommended!!!
2. Stevie Wonder – Anthology, Looking Back: Released, November 30, 1977 on Motown is a 40 song retrospective that focus on Wonder’s early hits for the label. Looking Back peaked at number 15 on Billboard R&B Album and number 34 on Billboard Pop Album. Recommended!!!
3. Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold As Love: Released, December 1 1967 on Track and was Hendrix’s second studio album. Axis: Bold As Love is a mixture of Hard Rock, Jazz and R&B, peaking at number 1 in the UK. Highly Recommended!!!!!
4. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions: Released, August 3 1973 on Motown and was Mr. Wonder’s 16th studio album. Innervisions is considered a landmark session with music enthusiast. Mr. Wonder wrote all the song themes and played the majority of the instruments on Innervisions. In his Rock & Roll Review: A Guide to Good Rock (1991), Bill Shapiro wrote “This recording represents the pinnacle of a very important artist’s career, and of his physically blind, but nonetheless extraordinary humane vision. Highly Recommended!!!!!
5. David Bowie – Heroes: Released, October 14, 1977 on RCA and is twelfth studio album and his second album associated with Brian Eno and the Berlin sessions. Heroes charted better in the UK where the album reach number 3, however only peaking at 35 on Billboard Top 200 in the states. Highly Recommended!!!!
6. The B’52’s – Wild Planet: Released, August 27, 1980 on Island and it the second album by this zany 80’s group. Music enthusiast consider Wild Planet the bands best work from their early period. Wild Planet peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Top 200. Recommended!!!
7. Isaac Hayes – Shaft: Released, August 19, 1971 on Enterprise, is a double soundtrack vinyl that has Hayes’s instrumental as the funky backdrop to the film of the same name. The Shaft soundtrack was highly successful earning Isaac Hayes an Oscar for Best Song. Shaft peaked at number on 3 Billboard charts: Pop Album, R&B Album and Jazz Album.
8. (2nd Week) Dionne Warwick – Dionne (1979): Released, May 1979 on Arista and is also her debut for the label. The singles ” I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and Isaac Hayes penned “Deja Vu” restarted her career and earning two Grammys. Recommended!!!
9. (2nd Week) Nat King Cole – Love Is The Thing: Released, April 1957 on Capital and teamed with Gordon Jenkins. Notable single from this session was the beautiful “Stardust“. Love Is The Thing peaked at number 1 on Billboard Pop albums. Recommended!!!
10. Janet Jackson – Control: Released, February 4, 1986 on A&M and is Miss Jackson’s third studio album. Control became the breakthrough that Miss Jackson needed to make her a true player in the music industry. Control yielded seven singles and peaked at number 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top R&B Album. Highly Recommended!!!!!