Hello Music Lovers & Enthusiast
I don’t know about you all but the week went by extremely quick this week, Monday I was celebrating my 50th birthday and here it is Friday already. Despite the fast week, the top ten countdown continues as usual.
Enjoying their second week on the charts, Sister Sledge with their disco classic We Are Family still remaining at number 6 this week. Dire Straits commercial masterpiece, Brothers In Arms drops down two slots from number 5 to number 7 this week, while Rufus and Chaka Khan’s Masterjam take a large dip from number 4 to number 10.
There are two artists charting with a bullet this week; the Maestro Barry White with his debut I’ve Got So Much To Give debuting at number 5 and John Coltrane with Ole Coltrane debuting at number 3. Absent from last weeks top ten Chic makes a strong re-entry back into the charts landing the disco classic C’est Chic at number 2. Prince and The Revolution’s Around The World In A Day at number 8 and The Police’s Synchronicity at number 9 spend their first week in the top ten.
This week we have two artist that have tied with Phyllis Hyman’s Can’t We Fall In Love Again for the most weeks on the charts; Grover Washington with Mister Magic at number 1 for the third week and Art Blakey with Moanin also enjoying its third week at number 3.
1. (3rd 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. (Re-Entry) Chic – C’est Chic: Released, August 11, 1978 on Atlantic and is the groups second album. Chic’s blend of Disco, R&B and Funk touched a nerve with the audience because C’est Chic spawned 3 hit single; “Le Freak“, “I Want Your Love” and “Chic Cheer“. Notable musician on the date with the production team of Rodgers/Edwards are Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin on lead vocals, Tony Thompson on drums and special guest Luther Vandross also on backing vocals. C’est Chic peaked at number four on the Billboard Top 200 and number one on Billboard R&B Albums. Highly Recommended!!!
3. John Coltrane – Ole Coltrane: Recorded, May 25, 1961and released November, 1961 on Atlantic and is Coltrane’s ninth studio album and his final recording for Atlantic to Impulse. Notable musicians include: Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. Highly Recommended!!!
4. (3rd Week) Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Moanin: 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!!!!!
5. Barry White – I’ve Got So Much To Give: Released, March 27, 1973 on 20th Century is the debut studio album by Mr. White. I’ve Got So Much To Give had a strong impact on listeners that the album spawned two hit songs: “I’ve Got So Much To Give” and “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby”. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard R&B Albums and number 16 on Billboard Top 200. Recommended!!
6. (2nd Week) Sister Sledge – We 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. (2nd Week) Dire Straits – Brother 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
8. Prince And The Revolution – Around The World In A Day: Released, April 22, 1985 on Paisley Park and is Prince’s seventh studio album. Released to mixed review, Around The World In A Day debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200. Four singles were released: “Raspberry Beret“, “Paisley Park“, “Pop Life” and “America“. Recommended
9. The Police – Synchronicity: Released, June 17, 1983 on A&M is the groups’ fifth album and also their swansong album. Synchronicity is the Police’s most commercial album to date selling over 8 million in the U.S. alone. Four singles were released: “Every Breath You Take“, “Wrapped Around My Finger“, “Synchronicity II” and “King Of Pain“. Synchronicity peaked at number one on Billboard Top 200. Recommended!!!
10. (2nd Week) Rufus and Chaka Khan – Masterjam: 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