Hello Music Lovers and Enthusiasts,
I’m always excited when it’s time to calculate for you the winners of this weeks top ten list.
This week has Sade still dominating the list with their 80’s classic Stronger Than Pride; enjoying its third week on the top ten, however, losing the number one position but still holding strong at number 2. Quincy Jones two seventies recordings Walking In Space and Gula Matari take a slight dip in his second week in the top ten, nesting at number 5 and 6. The First Lady Of Song, Ella Fitzgerald falls three positions ending her second week at number 7. Last but not least, The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin drops from 9 to number 10 in its second week.
Jazz legend Thelonious Monk makes his debut at number 3 this week with his 1964 album entitled Monk. Two ladies and a funkster from the eighties, Janet Jackson, Tracy Chapman and Rick James also make their debuts this week with: James at number 4 with Street Songs, Jackson at 8 with Rhythm Nation 1814 and Chapman at number 9 with Tracy Chapman.
Sade remains at number 1 this week, however it is for a different album: Sade: The Best Of makes it debuts at the top position.
1. Sade – The Best Of: Released, October 31, 1994 on Epic and is the bands first best of compilation. The Best Of chronicles Sade’s first four albums; Diamond Life, Promise, Stronger Than Pride, Love Deluxe. However, the Best Of also includes non-single songs “Jezebel“, “Like a Tattoo“, “Pearls” and “Please Send Me Someone To Love“. Highly Recommended!!!!
2. (3rd Week) Sade – Stronger Than Pride: Released, April 5, 1988 on Portrait and is the third studio album by the band. Released to critical acclaim by jazz, r&b, and pop fans and music critic, Stronger Than Pride is considered the bands most commercial release of the their eighties input. Stronger Than Pride finds the band peaking musically and lyrically and also associating with additional talented musicians such as; Leroy Osbourne on vocals, Martin Ditcham on drums and percussion and Nick Ingman whose string arrangements can be heard on “Haunt Me” and “I Never Thought I’d See The Day “. U.S. singles released include; “Paradise” and “Nothing Can Come Between Us“. Stronger Than Pride peaked at number three on Billboard R&B Albums and number 7 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!
3. Thelonious Monk – Monk: Released in 1964 on Columbia an is Monk’s seventh album for the label. the album Monk is a great example of Thelonious’s brilliance in the early 60’s. Notable musicians on this hard bop date include; Larry Gales on bass, Ben Riley on drums and Charlie Rouse on tenor sax. Highly Recommended!!!
4. Rick James – Street Songs: Released, April 7, 1981 on Gordy and is James’s fifth album. Street Songs was an immediate success when it was released spawning three single, while two of those singles went on to become funk classics; Give It To Me Baby, & Super Freak. Street Song peaked at number 3 on Billboard Top 200 and number 1 on Billboard R&B Albums. Highly Recommended
5. (2nd Week) Quincy Jones – Walking In Space: Recorded, June 18 -19 and released in later 1969 on A&M. Walking In Space is Jones’s first studio album for the label and finds the arranger in peak form. Key songs include; “Walking In Space“. “Dead End” and “Killer Joe“. Notable musicians included; Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jay Jay Johnson & Kai Winding on trombones, Roland Kirk & Hubert Laws on reeds, Ray Brown on bass, Chuck Rainey on bass, Bob James on electric piano, Bernard Purdie on drums and Valerie Simpson on vocals. Walking In Space peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Jazz, number 6 on Billboard R&B Albums and number 56 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!
6. (2nd Week) Quincy Jones – Gula Matari: Recorded, March 25-26 and May 12, 1970 and released later in the 1970on A&M and was also Quincy Jones’s second studio album for the label. Gula Matari continues the success of Walking In Space and peaks at number 2 on Billboard Jazz, number 16 on Billboard R&B Albums and number 63 on Billboard Top 200. Recommended
7. (2nd Week) Ella Fitzgerald – Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers: Recorded, November 24, 1958 & July 11, 1959 and released in the latter part of 1959 on Verve. Ella Fitzgerald, who by 1959 was at the peak of her vocal prowess; teams up with arranger Frank DeVol for an light swing album of standards; one might say this project was a slight departure from her typical songbook recordings during this time. Recommended!!!
8. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814: Released, September 19, 1989 on A&M and is Jackson’s fourth studio album. Rhythm Nation was released to mixed feelings from music credits not really understanding Jackson’s political stances on this release. However, the fans received the album with open arms, and Rhythm Nation became Jackson’s second consecutive platinum album in a row. Rhythm Nation peaked at number 1 on both Billboard Top 200 and R&B Albums. Recommended!!
9. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman: Released, April 5, 1988 on Elektra and is Chapman’s debut album. Known as a singer – songwriter Chapman’s debuts is an acoustic masterpiece with writings that focus on the political and social climate of the 80’s. Even though, Chapman released three single “Fast Cars” is the most recognized. Tracy Chapman peaked at number 1 on Billboard Top 200.
10. (2nd Week) Aretha Franklin – Sweet Passion: Released, May 19, 1977 on Atlantic, and is Franklin’s twenty-sixth studio album. Sweet Passion scored Aretha’s last number one r&b hit at Atlantic; with the lead single “Break it To Me Gently“.