Not only has the weather been hot here in California, my Instagram followers are hot also, because every week they vote on vinyl that I post that determines each weeks top ten.
Entering at number 10 this week is French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg with his opus Histoire de Melody Nelson. Prince at number 5 and D’Angelo at number 3 are both enjoying their third week on the charts with no chart movement from previous week. The Jacksons classic 80’s Triumph album re-entered the top 10 at number 2 after a two week absence. Maintaining their positions in the top 10 for a second week, The Police with Zenyatta Mondatta still at number 6, David Bowie with ChangesOne still at number 7 and Sting with The Dream Of The Blue Turtle still at number 9. The Eurhythmics’ third album Touch debuts at number 8 this week while Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen debut Nightfly album enters the chart at number 4.
Holding the number one position with a bullet is John Coltrane’s masterpiece A Love Supreme.
1. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Recorded, December 9, 1964 on Impulse. A Love Supreme was released, January 1965, A Love Supreme became Coltrane’s biggest selling jazz album. The quartet include: John Coltrane on tenor & soprano saxophone and vocals, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Coltrane, intended A Love Supreme to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses the artist’s deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power. Highly Recommended!!!!!
2. (Re-Entry) The Jacksons – Triumph: Released, September 26, 1980 on Epic and is the fifteenth studio album from the brothers from Gary, Indiana. With Michael supplying the bulk of the songs and lead vocal, Triumph went to number 1, sold three million copies and generated three classic singles; a first for the Jacksons after exiting Motown. Highly Recommended !!!
3. (3rd 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. Donald Fagen – The Nightfly: Released, October 1, 1982 on Warner Brothers, it is Donald Fagen’s debut studio album. The Nightfly was well-received, both critically and commercially and was certified platinum in the US, and generated two popular singles with “I.G.Y.” and “New Frontier“. Nightfly peaked at number 24 on Billboard R&B Albums and number 25 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!
5. (3rd 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. (2nd Week) 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. (2nd Week) 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. Recommended!!!!
8. Eurythmics – Touch: Released, November 14, 1983 on RCA and is the bands third studio album. Touch was a commercial success in the U.S. and the UK. Touch spawned three hit singles: “Who’s That Girl“, “Right By Your Side” and “Here Comes The Rain Again“. Touch peaked at number 7 on Billboard Top 200 and number 35 on Billboard R&B Albums. Recommended!!!!
9. (2nd Week) 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. Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson: Released, March, 1971 on Philips and is an concept album. Upon its release, Histoire de Melody Nelson received critical acclaim and praise, and considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg’s most influential and accomplished work, as well as one of the greatest French-language albums of all times.