This week Erykah Badu is holding down the number 1 slot for the first time with Mama’s Gun, bumping Stevie Wonder out of the top slot. Mr. Wonder held the top three spots last week, however this week Wonder holds the number 2 slot with Music On My Mind, number 6 with Anthology – Looking Back and number 10 with Innervisions. David Bowie’s Heroes for it’s second week slips 4 notches to number 9 this week. Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix slips one notch down this week to number 4. New entries this week include The Doors self-titled debut album at number 3, Grace Jones; Nightclubbing at number 5, Miles Davis and Sketches Of Spain at number 7, and John Coltrane with My Favorite Thing coming in at number 8.
1. Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun: Released, November 21, 2000 on Motown and is Badu’s second studio album. Considered by most to be her most eclectic sounding record, Mama’s Gun peaked at number 3 on Billboard R&B Albums and number 11 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!
2. (2nd week) 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!!!
3. The Door – The Doors: Released, January 4, 1967 on Elektra is the groups debut album. The Doors contains two strong hits: “Break On Through” and “Light My Fire“. according to Acclaimed Music; “The Doors has since been frequently ranked by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time”. The Doors album peaked at number 2 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!!
4.(2nd Week) 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!!!!!
5. Grace Jones – Nightclubbing: Released, May 11, 1981 on Island and is Grace Jones’s sixth studio album. Notable rhythm section of Sly & Robbie created the unique sound and the fusion of genre which made Nightclubbing a classic for over 3 decades. Seven singles were released: “Demolition Man“, “Libertango (I’ve Seen That Face Before)”, “Pull Up To The Bumper“, “Use Me“, “Feel Up” and “Walking In The Rain“. Nightclubbing peaked at number 32 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!!
6. (2nd Week) 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!!!
7. Miles Davis – Sketches Of Spain: Recorded, November 20, 1959 and March 10, 1960. Released, July 18, 1960 on Columbia, pairs Miles Davis with arranger and conductor Gil Evan on a Third Stream masterpiece composed of Spanish Folk. There was 19 musicians who played on the session with Davis and Evans. In a contemporary review for Down Beat, Bill Mathieu hailed Sketches of Spain as one of the 20th century’s most important musical works so far and a highly intellectual yet passionate record. Highly Recommended!!!!!
8. John Coltrane – My Favorite Things: Recorded, October 21,24, & 26 1960 on Atlantic. Released, March 1961, My Favorite Things is John Coltrane’s seventh studio album and is the first album John Coltrane featured the soprano saxophone. The song “My Favorite Things” was a huge success on radio. Highly Recommended!!!!
9. (2ndWeek) 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!!!!
10. (2nd Week) 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!!!!!