Recorded in 1977, James Taylor's first album for Columbia Records made a huge impact on the hit charts. The album itself peaked at number 4 of the Billboard 200, and the singles "Handy Man" and "Your Smiling Face" hit high on the charts as well. Taylor mixed his patented acoustic guitar-based Folk sound with elements of Rock, Blues and Country to great effect.
Having assembled a new line-up, Byrds front man Roger McQuinn hit the bull's eye with Ballad Of Easy Rider in 1969. The album profited from its association with the highly successful movie Easy Rider.
Great tracks include "Jesus Is Just Alright", the funky "Fido" and "Oil In My Lamp". Ballad Of Easy Rider is simply a must have for Byrds and Classic Rock fans alike.
Just when America received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1973, they released their second album Homecoming to great critical and popular acclaim. The single "Ventura Highway" preceded the album and hit a Top Ten status.
Polishing their sound, they built further on the Folk Pop formula they invented on their debut America a year earlier. Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley delivered a compelling and top quality set of songs, by many regarded as their best work.
Otis' very first album Pain In My Heart (1964) contained his first hit from 1962, "These Arms Of Mine". Other highlights "The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke and "Lucille" by Little Richard adorn the album.
Backing him up are the rhythm section from Stax house band Booker T. & The MG's and the horn players from The Mar-Keys.
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The debut album from New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts Grim Reaper was originally released in Europe in 1983, with the rest of the world following a year later. Despite being a perfect example of Heavy Metal clichés, See You In Hell sold around a quarter of a million copies, reaching #73 on the US Billboard Top 200.
His fourth album Turnstiles (1976) marked Billy Joel's return to his hometown of New York. Listening to Turnstiles it is clear that Joel felt right at home in the Big Apple (with "New York State Of Mind") whilst closing the chapter on his California days ("Say Goodbye To Hollywood" ).
With solid back up from his tried and true touring band, Turnstiles is an all-killer-no-filler set of eight songs pop classics.