Top Ten Catalog Albums ( July 14, 2017 )

Hello Music Enthusiasts
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Coming in at number 10 this week we are happy to present Barry White with his fourth studio album Just Another Way To Say I Love You. Moving up one notch from 10 to number 9 is The Beatles and their compilation album The Blue Album.  Enjoying his first week on the chart s, Saxophonist Hank Mobley saddles the number 8 position with the classic album Roll Call, while Grover Washington’s last Creed Taylor session Live At The Bijou enters at number 7.  Sister Sledge’s classic disco masterpiece We Are Family enters the charts at number 6. This week appears to really focus on commercially success albums because coming it at number 5 is the multi-platinum album Brothers In Arm by the British Rock band Dire Straits. Masterjam by Rufus and Chaka Khan hovers over the number 4 slot.
The top three slots this week are dominated by classic  jazz albums: at number 3 we have the collaboration between Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, while Art Blakey’s Moanin enjoys a second week on the charts at number 2.  Grover Washington Jr celebrates his second week at number one with his classic Mister Magic.
1. (2nd Week) Grover Washington Jr. – Mister Magic: Released, February 7, 1975 on Kudu and is Mr. Washington’s fourth studio album. Mister Magic is Grover Washington’s most commercial record to date: due partly to the his top ten hit single “Mister Magic”.   Mister Magic the album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Top 200 and number one on both the Billboard R&B and Jazz Albums. Notable musicians on deck were Bob James on electric piano, Eric Gale on guitar, Harvey Mason on drums and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. Scott Yanow stated in an review for Allmusic that it is “one of Grover Washington Jr.’s best-loved recordings and considered a classic of r&bish jazz.”  Recommended!!!
2. (2nd Week) Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersMoanin: Recorded, October 30, 1958 and released January, 1959 on Blue Note and is Art Blakey’s debut for the label. Jazz is a genre that doesn’t focus on hit singles, however, if one come along they don’t run from it: as in the case with the Bobby Timmons penned  classic “Moanin“.  Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, the Moanin album stands out as an important  prototype for Hard Bop music to follow.  Notable musicians include: Lee Morgan on trumpet, Benny Golson on tenor saxophone and  Bobby Timmons on piano. Highly Recommended!!!!!



3. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Self Titled; Recorded, September 26, 1962 and released, February, 1963 on Impulse. During the time of this session, both musicians were are the peaks of their careers: Duke Ellington collaborating with Count Basie, Charles Mingus and Louis Armstrong on landmark 60’s sessions, while John Coltrane was being embraced by mainstream for his classic rendition of “My Favorite Thing” and worshipped by jazz fans for his earthy tones and spiritual music journeys. Highly Recommended!!!!



4. Rufus and Chaka KhanMasterjam: Released, November, 1979 on MCA and is the bands debut album for the label, however it is the band’s eighth studio album altogether. Fans and critics both agree that Masterjam is Rufus & Chaka Khan’s most commercial album to date due to the hit single “Do You Love What You Feel” and the production of Mr. Quincy Jones. Masterjam peaked at number 14 on Billboard Top 200 and number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums. Recommended



5. Dire StraitsBrother In Arms: Released, May 13, 1985 on Warner Brothers and is the band’s fifth album. Brothers In Arms was a commercial success for the British band who by 1985 had mastered the art of crafty and catchy songs.  Notable musicians on board included: Omar Hakim and Sting. Recommended 



6. Sister SledgeWe Are Family: Released, January 22, 1979 on Cotillion and is the third studio album by the ladies. Produced by the production team of Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, We Are Family became a break away hit album consisting of four single: the number one “He’s The Greatest Dancer“, “Lost In Music“, “Thinking Of You” and the group’s second number one, the anthem “We Are Family“. We are Family peaked at number one on Billboard Top R&B Albums and number three on Billboard Top 200.  Recommended



7. Grover Washington JrLive At The Bijou: Released, December 1977 on Kudu and is a double lp. Grover Washington’s Live At The Bijou would do well on the charts: hitting number one on Billboard Top Jazz Album and number four on Billboard Top R&B Albums, however, Live At The Bijou, would be his last record for legendary producer Creed Taylor. Recommended



8. Hank MobleyRoll Call: Recorded, November 13, 1960 and released July, 1961 on Blue Note and considered Mr. Mobley at his peak. Notable musicians include: Wynton Kelly on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Paul Chambers and Art Blakey on drums. Highly Recommended



9. (2nd Week) The BeatlesThe Blue Album 1967 – 1970: Released, April 2, 1973 on Apple and is an compilation album that peaked at number one on Billboard Top 200.  Recommended



10. Barry WhiteJust Another Way To Say I Love You: Released, March 25, 1975 on 20th Century and is Mr. White’s fourth studio album. Just Another Way To Love You was his follow-up to the platinum album Can’t Get Enough and Mr. White wasted to time delivering two more hit singles; “What Am I Gonna Do With You” and “I’ll Do For You Anything You Want Me To“; continue his successful run on the charts. Just Another Way To Say I Love You peaked at number one on Billboard R&B Albums and number seventeen on Billboard Top 200. Recommended







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