Songs from 1976

Queen were No.1 in both UK charts with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and A Night at the Opera on this day in 1976, the latter for two weeks and the former for four (go on, read that back and now try after a few alcoholic beverages).

Over in the US, Bob Dylan was at No.1 with his Desire album and ‘Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)’ by Diana Ross duly occupied the singles chart’s premier position.

That’s all pretty good, I trust you are thinking at this point. But it’s not. Look closer and you will find that 1976 was a truly awful year, littered with middle-of-the-road pap and far, far too many songs about dancing (‘Dancing Queen’, ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, ‘You Should Be Dancing’, but not ‘Maybe If We Spent More Time Practicing Song Writing and Less Time Dancing, This Tune Wouldn’t Be So Revolting’). Granted, the emergence of disco, funk, punk rock and New Wave injected some life, with varying degrees of interest and commercial success, although the latter two particularly would feature more strongly in 1977. That doesn’t help counter the claim that 1976 was, to that point, by far the worst year for music. Ever. Without question. No argument. Right?

Pink Floyd, of course, spent much of the year recording Animals and so are exempt from my criticism. Which is a relief, as David pays my wages.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some classic albums released this year: Hotel California (Eagles) and Songs in the Key of Life (Stevie Wonder) being the obvious two. Yet tellingly, of the UK’s ten biggest-selling long-play releases, six were compilations (ABBA, Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka, Eagles, Glen Campbell, Slim Whitman). Indeed, Perry Como’s offering of 40 Greatest Hits preceded Queen’s A Night at the Opera, and The Best of Roy Orbison swiftly replaced it, at the top of the album charts.

As for singles, here are the top ten in terms of UK sales. Lord no, I don’t expect you to play them; I may have asked you to embark on often impossible and rather unnecessary tasks resulting in the presentation of a short, ordered list of favourites extracted from a much longer lists of favourites, but I’m not sick in the head.

Brace yourselves.

01. Brotherhood of Man, ‘Save Your Kisses for Me’
02. Elton John & Kiki Dee, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’
03. Pussycat, ‘Mississippi’
04. ABBA, ‘Dancing Queen’
05. Dr Hook, ‘A Little Bit More’
06. Chicago, ‘If You Leave Me Now’
07. ABBA, ‘Fernando’
08. Tina Charles, ‘I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)’
09. Demis Roussos, ‘The Roussos Phenomenon EP’
10. The Four Seasons, ‘December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)’

Little wonder, then, that EMI decided that the expiration of contractual obligations was a good opportunity to reissue all 22 previously released Beatles singles, as well as ‘Yesterday’, and that all 23 impacted upon the charts – six years after the band had split. How we all longed for yesterday and a time when the charts and the radio airplay which reflected record-buying trends did not comprise in the main of bland, contented, lovey-dovey drivel.

Thank your holy deity of choice for the following tunes. If you can recall any other good ones from 1976, please share them as a matter of urgency. If the provisional list which I have drawn up here includes the very best the year produced and cannot be extended further (I could just about double it at a push, but then you’d struggle to add to it, I’m sure), I have no choice but to declare 1976 ‘Embarrassment to an Otherwise Sound Decade’. Even the aforementioned classic albums can’t save it, I’m afraid.

But then I did say that, on the whole, in my opinion, the Sixties were superior to the Seventies. I smugly stand by that unpopular assertion. I wonder if the 77 per cent loyal to the Seventies remain as confident about their vote when looking specifically at 1976. I imagine not?

– Blue Oyster Cult, ‘(Don’t Fear) the Reaper’
– Boston, ‘More Than a Feeling’
– Bryan Ferry, ‘Let’s Stick Together’
– Patti Smith Group, Pissing in a River’
– Thin Lizzy, ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’
– Wild Cherry, ‘Play That Funky Music’

I’d offer a link to lists of the year’s tracks to assist you, but as it will contain and therefore likely prompt songs such as ‘Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (Part One)’ by Tavares (who were perhaps trying to be funny with their follow-up single ‘Don’t Take Away the Music’, if they hadn’t already made us laugh hard enough by splitting ‘Heaven…’ into parts) and Real Thing’s ‘You to Me are Everything’ to play inside your head for what could possibly be prolonged periods, I just can’t bring myself to; I respect you too much. You’ll have to venture into potentially aurally- and mentally-hazardous territories of your own volition if you really want to stand up for 1976. I think it’s a hopeless cause, personally, but I’m open to suggestion.

Featuring the harmonies of Eagles Henley and Frey, here’s one of the year’s high spots: ‘The French Inhaler’ by Warren Zevon, taken from his eponymous second album, released in May 1976. He would have turned 64 yesterday.

This week’s chat, by the way, is tomorrow – that’s Wednesday. Doors open at 1pm (UK). I challenge all expectant chatters to come prepared, at least partially, with a 1976 playlist lasting two hours. And may your holy deity of choice have mercy on your ears as you listen to it.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

46 thoughts on “Songs from 1976”

  1. Oh my! What dross your memory has inflicted on you. Yes, those terrible disco songs burned for ever on our minds like the brown grass (turf) that summer ’76 provided for us. As I read the lists above I tried so hard not recall them but I failed, I must have been brain washed by Radio 1. John Peel and Bob Harris giving brief respite in the evening.

    Wasn’t that the year the Stone’s played Knebworth with Lynrd Skynrd, which I missed out on but most of my mates told me I had missed the best ever concert. My memory of Knebworth 2 years earlier and the “rest room facilities” still gave me cause to say never again.

    If you didn’t care what happened to me,
    And I didn’t care for you,
    We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
    Occasionally glancing up through the rain.
    Wondering which of the buggars to blame
    And watching for pigs on the wing.

    1. I was at that Knebworth, Graham. The Stones had (what I now know to be called) a thrust stage shaped and painted like their famous tongue. I loved it. The whole day was great.

      I went to four of those seventies Knebworths and yes, the facilities were dire. The queues even worse. At least blokes could go in the woods. :))

      ash

    2. Actually, my mind is playing tricks; it was the year before I went, 1975. Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Cpt Beefheart etc. Toilets were awful, missed the last train and hitched home to Barnet about 20 miles away, where I lived. We were given a lift part of the way by someone saying they were from the lighting crew but we took what he was telling with a pinch of salt, however were very grateful for the lift. We got home just as it was getting light and promptly grounded by my parents for weeks.

    3. You were there for the Spitfires! We should compare notes sometime. 😀

      There have been many reports of it being awful sound, I don’t know if we were lucky in our choice of position in the field, but we thought it was out of this world and the Spitfires were just incredible. The timing seemed to be bang on and we never heard them coming, it was a total shock when they turned up. We talked about it for years after, it was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. Can’t understand the people who have negative thoughts about it.

      We had a pal with a car and shared the costs. We hung around till the crowds cleared.

      I trained my parents quite well. 😛 I’d been going off places for a few years by this time with a group of people they’d realised were not as bad as they looked!!!

      ash

    4. Yes, was dumbfounded by the Spitfires, incredible and yes, timing was perfect.

      As for the sound, I didn’t really think it was awful, not until halfway through Echoes when it seemed to get much better, as if someone had turned the volume up. Only then did I feel something must have been wrong prior to that point.

      I also remember a long delay after the first number and Roger Waters trying to explain to the crowd. Tell me I did not imagine this bit.

    5. You did imagine it. 😛 That is, I don’t remember that at all. Maybe I was still reeling and or raving about the Spitfires.

      I seem to remember the sound being a bit wooshy during the day. We wondered if it was because the other bands were using Floyd PA and they’d set up the Azimuth coordinator? Oor that the wind was wooshing the sound round, not that I remember wind. Anyway, the sound seemed great when the Floyd came on. I’ve read since that the band only just got there in time (from abroad) so probably didn’t do a sound check so maybe sorting the sound is what you remember. Wonder what all the wooshing was. 8|

      Do you remember John Peel telling us several times during the day that Pink Floyd would be on stage at eight o’clock? I often wonder if it really was 8pm or if it was to coincide with the planes appearing. I mean, who takes a watch to a festival? And who looks at one when the band comes on anyway?!!

      ash

  2. 😐 Hang on, hang on Fed. Here’s a few gud uns I think you may agree, 1976 was a load of shit but a few good ones just 2 or 3.

    The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
    Elton John & KIKI Dee – Don’t Go Breaking my Heart
    Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
    Tina Charles – I Love to Love… Noooooooooooooooo, just kidding on this one. :))

  3. At the moment, the only 1976 releases I can recall are Genesis “A Trick of the Tail” and “Wind & Wuthering” and I like their nice Hipgnosis covers much more than their songs.

  4. Happy end of January FEd,

    Still feels like I’m digging out of serious snow every day here in Connecticut and it’s snowing yet again today – they say 3 more feet coming on Thursday! I picked quite a year to build a backyard skating rink for the kids to use – seems like I’m shoveling it all the time and it’s 20 x 30 meters (45′ x 65′) aka big! 8|

    Anyway… 1976, I was 7 and had just moved to the USA from Europe. I checked the Top 100 Songs of 1976 so I’m assuming they were released in 1976 – if not please forgive me, however there are a couple album standouts for me:

    Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive” album – I remember going to the library and taking out the LP for weeks at a time since I couldn’t afford a double album on my $0.25/week allowance LOL.

    Also, Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” album helps the cause as well.

    As for songs, here are some of my favorites to include from 1976:

    Night Moves & Main Street – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
    Detroit Rock City – Kiss
    Back in the Saddle – Aerosmith
    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC
    American Girl – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
    Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
    Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller Band
    Anarchy in the UK – Sex Pistols
    Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
    Do You Feel Like We Do & Show Me The Way – Peter Frampton

    Not a long list by any stretch so I agree with you that it was a poor year for music as a whole. 😛

    Hope everyone is doing well – cheers.

  5. A challenger appears!

    Four of my favorite albums came out in 1976 – you have already mentioned one of them, Hotel California, so to propose tracks from that album to add to your list of decent tracks from 1976 is slightly superfluous. But here goes… eight more tracks to add to your list.

    The Last Resort – Eagles (from Hotel California)
    Hotel California – Eagles (from Hotel California)
    Oxygene IV – Jean Michel Jarre (from Oxygene)
    A Trick of the Tail – Genesis (from Trick of the Tail)
    Ripples – Genesis (from Trick of the Tail)
    Somebody To Love – Queen (from A Day At The Races)
    Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy – Queen (from A Day At The Races)
    Tio Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) – Queen (from A Day At The Races)

    I would be interested to learn if anyone can provide good reason to count any of these as evidence that 1976 was a bad year for music. 😉

  6. 1976 should have been a key year in my musical education, as I was 12 and in theory my senses were awakening to the wonders of the World around me.

    Luckily I had happened upon “Deep Purple – Made in Japan” (1972) in my local music library (remember them?) and therefore spent the entire year blissfully ignoring anything else, swept on a tide of wholehearted heavy rock and blissfully executed guitar solos.

    Any silk purses I can dig out from 1976 will all therefore be with hindsight I’m afraid and include:-

    Eagles – “Hotel California” (as above)
    Rush -“2112” – to which I’m still rather partial (see also the “All the World’s a Stage” Live album)
    Deep Purple – “Made in Europe” (a bit of a cheat as this would really be from the much better 1975 … as testified by the not too bad
    Rainbow – “Rising”
    Led Zeppelin – “The song remains the same” (my partiality for Live albums again)
    Genesis – “A Trick of the Tail” and “Wind & Wuthering” are fine if you like that sort of thing
    Uriah Heap – “High & Mighty” (I don’t have this but seem to have enjoyed listening to it in my, or somebody else’s, bedroom)
    Queen – “A Day at the Races” (as with all Queen albums a curate’s egg but includes “Tie Your Mother Down” for the enduring benefit of Freudian analysis)

    Oh yes, and to my perpetual shame, I for one actually like “Dancing Queen” … it’s just one of those happy songs, so there.

  7. Led Zeppelin’s “Presence” and the Stones’ “Black and Blue” were both released in that year. Yawn.

    Yes released solo albums that year, the best of them being Jon Anderson’s “Olias of Sunhillow.” The cumulative statement of those albums is that the whole were ABSOLUTELY better than the sum of the parts.

    Genesis put out one of its better post-Gabriel albums, “Trick of the Tail.” For you folkies out there, Kate and Anna McGarrigle released their first album that year. It was a good first record.

    Wings (with Paul McCartney) did both “Wings at the speed of sound” and the live “Wings over America,” both which I liked — but of course I was ten. And Rush put itself on the map with “2112.”

    Al Stewart’s crowning achievement “Year of the cat” was that year.

    Thus, in a year that was generally anethema to good music, there were some good things going on.

  8. Heading to see Thin Lizzy, or Tin Lizzy as they say Dublin, in Belfast next month… good line up they have but just not the same without Phil sadly. :v

  9. What worries me most about that top ten list is that I actually know the lyrics (or at least the chorus) to them all and a dance to at least one of them.

    All in all I think I’d rather have been at this concert.

  10. Hi FEd, long time no blog as i have been so busy. Finally things are slowing down.

    1976 was an OK year I think. Not great but OK. Here are some of the songs I liked:

    Take It To The Limit – The Eagles
    Slow Ride – Foghat
    The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
    Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
    50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
    Golden Years – David Bowie
    Show Me The Way – Peter Frampton
    Dream On – Areosmith

    These are the albums I played to death that year:

    Wired – Jeff Beck
    Agents Of Fortune – Blue Oyster Cult
    Live Bullet – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
    Comes Alive! – Peter Frampton
    Hotel California – The Eagles

    Hope everyone is doing well,
    Hoss

  11. Well, from a preliminary look I would say album wise you may be correct about the horrid year of 1976 but there were albums with at least a couple of decent cuts; examples:

    Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive!
    Genesis – A Trick of the Tail (an underrated effort in my opinion)
    Heart – Dreamboat Annie
    Bad Company – Run with the Pack
    Rush – 2112 (I don’t like Rush, but I know that album is paramount in their catalogue)
    AC/DC – High Voltage (When everybody other than Australia got introduced to Angus and Bon)
    Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle (although, yes apparently he too had the “dance” disease)
    Boston – Boston (no allusions to dancing whatsoever, unless you count “Rock & Roll Band”)
    AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (for everyone but us people in the States)
    Eagles – Hotel California

    …and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band gave us their version of “Blinded by the Light”.

    Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
    Electric Light Orchestra -“Do Ya”
    Bob Seger – “Night Moves”
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Breakdown”
    Queen – “Somebody to Love”
    Genesis – “Afterglow” and “Eleventh Earl of Mar”

    …and yes, I still think the 70s was the best decade for music, ever. “I consider it a challenge before the human race, and I ain’t going to lose.”

  12. “1976 was a truly awful year”? Oh but there is more to life than music… 1976 was a very good year for Bordeaux wines, for example. 😉

    The Cure first formed in 1976, so it can’t be such a bad year…

    Now, I may sound stupid, but I have no idea what ‘French inhaler’ means and reading the lyrics of the song didn’t help me. 😕

    I discovered ‘Desire’ thanks to the blog a few years ago, I often listen to it, not for the lyrics but just for the music, especially ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’, ‘Oh, Sister’ and ‘Sara’. Love the harmonica, the gypsy violin and also Emmylou Harris’ vocals.

    Some songs from 1976 that I like a lot:

    – ‘Fool To Cry’, The Rolling Stones
    – ‘Year Of The Cat’, Al Stuart
    ‘More Than A Feeling’, Boston
    – ‘Oxygène’ (the album), Jean Michel Jarre – Here, ‘Oxygène 4’, performed in Paris, on Bastille Day, 1990.

    1. Michèle,

      I must say that since you are not a recording artist, then Jean Michel Jarre hands down is my favorite French musician. I’m not sure which of his recordings is my favorite but I think I have listened to Zoolook the most.

      Don’t you think it would be rather interesting for Jean Michel Jarre and David Gilmour to work on a project together? I think it would be magnifique.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    2. Do you know that some tracks of ‘Zoolook’ come from his ‘Musique pour supermarché’ album? The only existing copy of ‘Music for Supermarkets’ LP was auctioned for charity at Hotel Drouot in Paris in 1983 and then the master tapes were destroyed. He made this album expressly to voice his distaste and disregard for the music business.

      Here, more details if you are interested.

    3. Michèle,

      Yes I did know that. Do I get a star?

      And that after the auction, ‘Musique pour supermarché’ was broadcast in its entirety without interruption on a French radio station. (In today’s dollars, it also didn’t seem like he raised that much for the charity with the auction.)

      Interesting as well is that his father was a very famous musician as well and wrote many music scores for films. I believe one of them was for the movie “Ghost.” But apparently he and his father did not see eye-to-eye and barely spoke to each other.

      And having nothing to do with music, he was apparently married 3 times but none of the wives were named Michele.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  13. Ah, 1976. It wasn’t that bad a year FEd.

    It was the year I married my nearest and dearest, whilst I was still serving in the Royal Navy.

    Rod Stewart’s “Sailing” was ‘our tune’ at the time and has very poignant memories, although it was actually originally released in ’75.

    It was also used in this year as the theme tune for a BBC series called “Sailor” about life onboard HMS Ark Royal. I can recall one particular episode featured ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ – this – whilst Phantom and Bucaneer aircraft were performing various aerial activities.

    Continuing with the marital theme, my son Ben, is getting wed on Easter Saturday and has selected ‘Where We Start’ for the last dance at his reception. If David is free that day would he like to come and perform it live in Somerset… 😉 (It would be some useful rehearsal time for him prior to his forthcoming Comfortably Numb performance with Roger.) 😛

  14. I’ve tried to come up with another A2Z, but could only manage these, I’m afraid:

    Arms Of Mary – Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
    Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
    Couldn’t Get It Right – Climax Blues Band
    Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Julie Covington
    Evil Woman – Electric Light Orchestra
    Fool to Cry – The Rolling Stones
    Girls Girls Girls – Sailor
    Heart On My Sleeve – Gallagher and Lyle
    I’m Mandy Fly Me – 10cc
    Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy
    Kerb Crawler – Hawkwind (re-mixed by one D.Gilmour, apparently)
    Love and Affection – Joan Armatrading
    Music – John Miles
    New Rose – The Damned
    (Oh What a Night) December ’63 – Four Seasons
    Pinball Wizard – Elton John
    Q – ???????
    Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
    Somebody to Love – Queen
    Take It To The Limit – Eagles
    U – ???????
    V – ???????
    Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
    X – ???????
    Year of the Cat – Al Stewart
    Z – ???????

    1. KenF,

      here’s the best that I can do to help out…

      Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage – Pete Allen
      Under the Moon of Love – Showaddywaddy
      Venus (Disco version re-release) – Frankie Avalon
      X Offender – Blondie
      Z-??? StargaZer – Rainbow

      That last one will be hard to find – I even checked the country charts. 8|

  15. What are you on about? Why, there was:

    Sky High by Jigsaw, Howzat by Sherbert, Brand New Combine Harvester by the Wurzels, If You Leave Me Now by Chicago, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer… need I go on?

    If you needed to I suppose you could add: Golden Years – Bowie, Detroit Rock City – Kiss (co written by Bob Ezrin, BTW), against my better judgement I’ll add Let ’em In – Wings, Europa – Santana, Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones, Side 2 of Here and There – Elton John, Positive Vibration – Marley, TNT – AC/DC, Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller, Kid Charlemagne – Steely Dan, New York State of Mind – Billy Joel, Blue Wind – Jeff Beck, More Than a Feeling – Boston, Carry On the Wayward Son – Kansas, God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols, Long May You Run – Stills & Young, among others.

  16. Good morning FEd!

    Applause Applause Applause

    Did you know, that The Muppet Show started in 1976? In the studios of ITV in the UK. Oh yes, I miss the Muppets…

    So not only from the musical point of view this year is one to think about. I remember (with the help of the internet):

    John Miles – Music
    Sailor – Glas of Champaigne (there’s a story behind Sailor, but I don’t remember what)
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
    Manfed Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded by the light

    …and some more. Maybe 1976 was not as awful as you wrote.

    CU
    Herbert

  17. The so called ‘Smart’ playlist that I have just set up is 1.9 hours long!

    Currently playing: Achilles Last Stand from Led Zeppelin’s Presence. 🙂

    A whole load of Creedence Clearwater Revival has appeared but that’s from the compilation Chronicle: Volume One that I downloaded from that place where you can get music that offers 50 free downloads and it was struggle to find enough tracks I wanted.

  18. Didn’t Warren Zevon do a song about wolves? That was a jaunty tune, if I remember.

    Hotel California is the first song I put on the jukebox on the weekend at the local. For me, the greatest song ever created. Apart from Echoes and Comfortably Numb of course!

  19. Hi FEd,

    I don’t remember 1976 as a great year for music and for my choice at Rome University…

    Just three jewels:

    PRESENCE – LED ZEPPELIN
    HOTEL CALIFORNIA – EAGLES
    GOLDEN YEAR – BOWIE

    …do you know something about an exhibition of “iuvenilia” (art in young days) of Syd Barrett in London in April? …THX.

    A hug from Italy
    diana

  20. 1976 was not a good year for Bordeaux. Most of the wines were stewed.

    I too have to admit to being fond of Dancing Queen as a teenager at the time, it had some sort of strange appeal.

    So did Still Life.

  21. Well the fact is that the 70s were a great decade for music, it is just that the good stuff in the middle was buried by the disco invasion. And it eventually lead to the punk/new wave cycle.

    I do have to say the Frank Zappa “Zoot Allures” album is certainly an excellent musical release for 1976. And it pokes fun at disco with the song Disco Boy – “My shirt is open to show you my chain and the spoon for up my nose.” Give it a listen.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  22. How about…

    Fly Like an Eagle and Take the Money and Run by Steve Miller Band.

    Lots of stuff by Thin Lizzy that year.

    – Cry Tough by Nils Lofgren
    – Love And Affection by Joan Armatrading
    – Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    – Disco Boy by Frank Zappa

    I had a few others on my list but other people have mentioned them already. 🙂

    ash

    1. – Cry Tough by Nils Lofgren

      YES!!!! Now there is a prime example of a very underrated musician and guitarist. I was very upset when he decided to join Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band.

      I love the guitar solos in the title track (surprisingly I even learned to play a little of it). There is also a cover of the Yard Birds song “For Your Love.”

      After you listen to “Cry Tough,” then get yourself his live release “Night After Night” which came out a few years later. I’m not sure if this is available on CD but it was a double-LP.

      For those that don’t know, Nils also played early in his career with Neil Young and was part of the band for the “After the Gold Rush” recording.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  23. 1976… it wasn’t that bad for me, moved from pop to some great music then.

    status quo – blue for you, the tour that produced a brilliant live album recorded at the famous glasgow apollo (didn’t make that show but i was there at the next one).

    thin lizzy – bad reputation, the album that led to live and dangerous, another in the collection of live doubles that came out in the 70s.

    ahhh the old days of flares and patcholli oil, and hanging around record shops in glasgow (i’m sure ian will remember listen records).

    aw the best from west coast usa.

  24. Hello FEd,

    Joni Mitchell’s album Hejira is studded with musical jewels, pronounced by her as Jew-els (LOL) – I think she deserves a mention in this year. I think ‘Song for Sharon’ stands out as special. It is both lyrically and melodically mesmerising. She is tapped into something special and could make a conversation on a bus sound amazing… to prove this have a look at her here. If I was 10% as good, I would die happy… and goes without saying: Eagles – Hotel California!

    Lisa

  25. 1976 was a worthwhile year for music just because of Jackson Browne’s ‘The Pretender’ album alone. And it just so happens that he is coming to my town in April, and I got tickets today.

    I’m just as excited about this concert as I was about seeing David and band for the ‘On An Island’ show… and for me, that says a lot!

  26. I looked at the list for albums of 1976 and it’s far from bad.

    Frampton Comes Alive! – Peter Frampton
    Station to Station – David Bowie
    Trick of the Tail / Wind and Wuthering – Genesis
    Destroyer – Kiss
    I Want You – Marvin Gaye
    Wings at the Speed of Sound / Wings Over America – McCartney & Wings
    Jailbreak / Johnny The Fox – Thin Lizzy
    2112 / All the World’s A Stage – Rush
    Moonmadness – Camel
    Here and There – Elton John
    Rastaman Vibration – Bob Marley
    High Voltage / Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC
    Agents of Fortune – Blue Oyster Cult
    Tales of Mystery and Imagination – The Alan Parsons Project
    Wired – Jeff Beck
    Summertime Dream – Gordon Lightfoot
    Olias of Sunhillow – Jon Anderson
    Boston – Boston
    Year of the Cat – Al Stewart
    The Roaring Silence – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
    No Reason To Cry – Eric Clapton
    One More from the Road – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Song Remains The Same / Presence – Led Zeppelin
    Children of the World – Bee Gees
    Arrival – ABBA
    A New World Record – ELO
    Thirty Three and 1/3 – George Harrison
    Hotel California – The Eagles
    A Day at the Races – Queen
    Blondie – Blondie

    And the Bee Gees and ABBA are awesome by the way. 8)

    “That doesn’t help counter the claim that 1976 was, to that point, by far the worst year for music. Ever. Without question. No argument. Right?”

    Guess I’m not going to change your mind.

  27. … let me see, 1976: I was ten, so I definitely discovered this years music quite later. Looking into my records collection, I found rather many albums:

    AC/DC – DDDDC and High Voltage
    AL Stewart – Year Of The Cat
    Blue Öyster Cult – “I need more cowbell!”
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Jon Lord – Sarabande (what a great album it is)
    Led Zeppelin – Presence
    Motörhead – On Parole
    Rory Gallagher – Calling Card
    Scorpions – Virgin Killer
    The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next (love “Faith Healer”)
    Steve Miller – Fly Like An Eagle

    Ignoring the usual top ten stuff (which would make every year a worse on), I’d say 1976 wasn’t that bad…

    Best regards,

    Taki

  28. Happy to have just stumbled upon this blog. Can’t resist an observation albeit a bit late – 1976 might not have rated highly for most but did give us:

    Alan Parsons Project – Tales of Mystery & Imagination 🙂
    Heart – Dreamboat Annie
    Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny (what’s not to love?)
    Bad Company – Run with the Pack
    Joan Armatrading’s self-titled album
    JJ Cale – Troubador
    Kansas – Leftoverture
    Previously mentioned Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak

    … and (insert drum roll)

    Roy Buchanan’s A Street Called Straight, with the gut-wrenching track The Messiah will Come Again.

    Add that to everything else, I’d say it wasn’t all that shabby.

  29. hi, just found this website, had to comment about knebworth 75.

    don’t remember much about the day until the spitfires, then floyd. absolutely, totally mind blowing! went to all the festivals and concerts in the 70s but nothing came close. still gives me goosebumps when i listen to dark side and wish you were here. don’t get the negative comments. were these people at a different concert??

    ah, the good old days.

    love your site, will be back.

    thanks,
    debbie

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