This week was full of surprises; Miles Davis and Kind of Blue was knocked from number 1 and out of the top ten this week. The Doors last week we seen them re-enter the top ten and landed at number 1 with their classic debut. Grace Jones with Nightclubbing and David Bowie with ChangesOne also saw their albums return back to the top ten; Nightclubbing this week at number 2 and Bowie at number 7. Entering the top ten at number ten this week we have Stanley Clarke & George Duke and their 1981 album The Clarke-Duke Project. The Police and their 1980 album Zenyatta Mondatta enters this week at number 6 while Sting’s debut The Dream Of The Blue Turtle lands at number 9. Spending a second week on the charts we have 2 slots taken by Prince with the 12″ Kiss at number 4 and the album 1999 at number 5 this week. The Neo-Soul classic Voodoo by D’Angelo is at number 3 this week.
1. (Re-Entry) 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!!!!
2. (Re-Entry) 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!!!!
3. (2nd Week) D’Angelo – Voodoo: Released, January 25, 2000 on Virgin, Voodoo is the second studio from D’Angelo that features a looser and funkier sound than the debut Brown Sugar from five years previous. Considered a masterpiece by his fan and music critic globally. Voodoo peaked at number 1 on both Billboard ‘s Top 200 & R&B Albums. Highly Recommended!!!!
4. (2nd Week) Prince and The Revolution – Kiss: Released, February 5, 1986 on Paisley Park, and is the first single released from the album Parade. “Kiss” became Prince’s third single in the U.S. and also charted well in the UK. The 12″ single of the song is an extension of the album track. The extended section is based on the funky guitar line and contains much fuller instrumentation than the main track, including bass guitar, organ and horns. Highly Recommended!!!!
5. (2nd Week) Prince – 1999: Released, October 27, 1982 on Warner Brothers and is the fifth studio album by Prince. Die-hard Prince fans will agree that 1999 was Prince’s breakthrough album setting his career I motion. Receiving widespread acclaim from critics and fans, 1999 generated 6 singles: “1999“, “Little Red Corvette“, “Delirious“, “DMSR“, “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” and “Automatic“. 1999 peaked at number 9 on Billboard Top 200 and number 3 on Billboard Top R&B Albums.
6. The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta: Released, October 3, 1980 on A&M is the third studio album from the band. It is rumored that the band finished the Zenyatta Mondatta at 4am and then started a tour the following day. Even though, Zenyatta Mondatta had two strong singles: “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”, the guys were unsatisfied with the their recorded work. Zenyatta Mondatta peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200.
7. (Re-Entry) David Bowie – ChangesOneBowie: Released, May 21st, 1976 is considered a widely popular compilation of Bowie’s songs from 1969 – 1976. Peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Top 200. It’s a safe buy if you never purchased Bowie before and want a decent overview of his early years.
8. (2nd Week) Maxwell – Urban Hang Suite: Released, April 2. 1996 on Columbia and is Maxwell’s debut album featuring smooth r&b grooves and romantic themes. Although Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite was not an immediate commercial success, it was helped by the release of its second single “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)“. Urban Hang Suite is regarded as a neo-soul classic. Highly Recommended!!!!
9. Sting – The Dream Of The Blue Turtle: Released, June 1, 1985 on A&M and is Sting’s debut solo album for the label. Sting’s debut sold better in the U.S. than in the UK. The Dream Of The Blue Turtle released 4 singles and peaking at number 2 on Billboard Top 200. Notable jazz musicians includes: Omar Hakim, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis and Darryl Jones.
10. Stanley Clarke & George Duke – Clarke/Duke Project: Released, 1981 on Epic and contains the hit single “Sweet Baby“.