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1977


Researched and written by Sharon Mawer

The peak year to date for the record companies marketing of Greatest Hits collections with over half the year, 27 weeks in total for such compilations to take their turn at the top of the charts. This seemingly never ending string of catalogue compilations included four more in EMIs specialist TV advertising division EMTV by The Shadows, The Beatles, Diana Ross & Supremes and Cliff Richard.


The Shadows 20 Golden Greats was their third no.1 album and their first since 1962 spending 6 weeks at the top in February and March and then a further seven weeks inside the top 3, ending 1977 as the second best seller overall. It included most of their 1960s hits from Apache to Maroc 7, the only top 10 single missing being Don't Make My Baby Blue but as this was a guitar instrumental album, this vocal track, their only one in the 1960s, did not fit.


Now with 12 number one albums, The Beatles spent just one week at the top with Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl in mid June. A live album recorded at two separate concerts at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 1964 and 1965, spreading the songs equally between the two shows, the earlier one recorded at the height of Beatlemania in America and therefore unfortunately the sound quality suffering as a result of a lot more screaming. However, the album features 13 tracks, five of which were singles and therefore number ones, the other eight tracks ranging between their recent album tracks Things We Said Today and All My Loving back to their early Rock n Roll material, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Roll Over Beethoven and Long Tall Sally.


Diana Ross & The Supremes had been the subject of one of the first chart topping greatest hits and this latest collection spent seven weeks at no.1 in September and October as the 3rd best selling album of 1977. Running chronologically through all of their 1960s hits from Where Did Our Love Go to Someday We'll Be Together, all 18 hits were joined by the US hit tracks My World Is Empty Without You and Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart.


With far too many hits to fit onto a single album, Cliff Richard was next in the series as EMI released 40 Golden Greats and topped the chart the first week of November. This was Cliff's fourth no.1 album and his first since the Summer Holiday soundtrack in 1963. This could even have been a triple album as Cliff had achieved 42 top 10 hits between Move It and Devil Woman of which only 34 were included, leaving out 8 big hit singles ranging from the no.1 I Love You and two early hits High Class Baby and Mean Streak to the late 1960s hit Big Ship. It also featured six singles that didn't quite reach the top 10, mainly from his most recent period of activity, the albums I'm Nearly Famous and Every Face Tells A Story and the tracks Miss You Nights, I Can't Ask For Anything More Than You and My Kinda Life. After last year's I'm Nearly Famous brought Cliff back into the top 10, Every Face Tells A Story repeated the feat and continued his renaissance during the mid 1970s. The choice of singles released, My Kinda Life, When Two Worlds Drift Apart and Hey Mr Dreammaker were not as big as the singles from I'm Nearly Famous, but the range of songs chosen for the new album were similar to last years' country ballads You Got Me Wondering and Try A Smile, funky disco tracks Give Me Love Your Way and It'll Be Me Babe and soothing love songs When Two Worlds Drift Apart and Up In The World and Every Face closes with Spiderman, a Devil Woman soundalike.


The seventh album in the EMTV series was by an artist also hoping for their fourth no.1 but it wasn't to be as The George Mitchell Minstrels 30 Golden Greats stopped well short at no.10. It had been a risk to release material from The Black And White Minstrels on such a successful series due to both the dated nature of the material and the fading appeal and protests against the weekly television program which would be axed only a few months later after 20 years on the air. Unlike their hit albums in the 1960s, this was not filled with medleys, with a couple of exceptions, but individual songs, albeit short excerpts of Baby Face, Aint She Sweet, Good Ole Mammy Song, The Old Fashioned Way, You Are My Sunshine and modern contemporary songs, for the Black & White Minstrels, Y Viva Espana, Consider Yourself, Paloma Blanca, Tijuana Taxi and the album ended with the most un-minstrel like We're Gonna Rock Around The Clock.


Johnny Mathis had first hit the charts in 1958 and for four weeks in July and August this year, he enjoyed his first chart topper with The Johnny Mathis Collection. Another successful singer from the late 1950s was Connie Francis who, on the album charts, had never been higher than no.12 until her 20 All Time Greats hit no.1 in August and September this year. Johnny Mathis had achieved 12 hit singles but only 6 of them were featured on this 40 track collection which concentrated more on his interpretation of MOR songs from the past 20 years from We've Only Just Begun and Everybody's Talkin to I'll Never Fall In Love Again and The Party's Over.


Connie Francis, born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero in New Jersey in 1938 and tasted fame for the first time aged just ten when she appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Startime TV show for child performers. She signed to MGM records in the mid 1950s and after a series of recordings failed to make the chart, she finally broke through to the charts with Who's Sorry Now, a hit ballad from 1923 suggested by her father and this began a string of 27 hits between 1958 and 1966 of which 19 were on her 20 All Time Greats plus her original version of Cliff Richard's hit When The Boy In Your Arms Is The Boy In Your Heart (with the gender in the title suitably changed).


With a much better pedigree on the album format, Frank Sinatra had his fourth no.1 in April with Portrait Of Sinatra. He had been no.1 on the first ever chart in 1956 and the double album collection Portrait was his 33rd top ten album, which like the Johnny Mathis album was not a Greatest hits at all, excluding most of his biggest successes on the singles chart. It did include Young At Heart, Strangers In The Night, Something Stupid and My Way but concentrated mainly on his album tracks from the Nelson Riddle produced LPs of the 1950s and recent MOR songs.


Elvis Presley had also achieved a no.1 in 1956 and had his ninth chart topper this year in tragic circumstances. The Arcade records compilation 40 Greatest Hits had spent 15 weeks at no.1 in 1974 and 1975 in the separated mid price and TV advertised LP charts. When the rules were changed in July 1975 to allow its eligibility into the main album charts, it was well past it's peak and could only reach no.16 in January 1976. Elvis' death at the age of 42 this year propelled the album back into the charts, finally reaching no.1 for just one week on the 10th of September. On that week, Elvis had three albums in the top 10, the greatest hits at no.1, Moody Blue at no.4 and Welcome To My World at no.7 and on a wave of sympathy and mourning, no fewer than 10 albums inside that weeks' top 30. Moody Blue would rise one place two weeks later. The Greatest Hits featured 18 tracks that had reached no.1, including a couple of double A sided hits, 8 that peaked at no.2 and a further 7 top 10 hits. It concentrated on his Rock n Roll 1950s singles but strangely excluded The Wonder Of You, his most recent no.1 hit although ended with There Goes My Everything and Don't Cry Daddy, two of his lesser hits from the early 1970s. Moody Blue was the last album he recorded before his death which showed Elvis at his mid 1970s unadventurous stage. It seemed as if everyone had already covered Unchained Melody which started this album which went on to his versions of If You Love Me Let Me Know, Little Darlin, He'll Have To Go and Let Me Be There. The title track was a top 10 single but a potential minor hit, Way Down, suddenly turned into a number one single as soon as RCA could get enough copies into the shops. Welcome To My World was put together by RCA when they needed some new material as Elvis had not had put out a hit album since the early 1970s but this was culled from his country phase and was filled with unconvincing versions of classic country hits, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Release Me, For The Good Times, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Your Cheatin Heart and I Can't Stop Loving You. It wouldn't have got anywhere near the top 10 apart from in those weeks of early September, immediately following his death.


Bread spent two weeks at no.1 and six weeks at no.2 at the end of 1977 with The Sound Of Bread to become the seventh best seller overall. There were also top 10 albums by Gladys Knight & The Pips and Paul Simon peaking at no.3, Showaddywaddy and Glenn Miller at no.4, Smokie and The Mamas & Papas at no.6 and Chuck Berry and Frankie Laine both hitting no.7.


The influence of Bread was greater than would be indicated by their chart success, having only had five hit singles, only one of which reached the top 10, yet this was their third Greatest hits album and the most comprehensive to date as their previous Best Of Bread which reached no.7 in 1972 exluded their most recent hit at that time, Guitar Man and also a hit from Christmas last year, Lost Without Your Love.


The Best Of Gladys Knight on Buddah records had reached no.6 last June, but K Tel, the masters of TV advertising campaigns put together a double album, 30 Greatest Hits and took it to no.3 just 18 months later, the week before Christmas. A very similar album, but much more comprehensive compilation including her Motown songs I Heard It Through The Gravevine, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Neither One Of Us and Midnight Train To Georgia. Bringing the album right up to date, it also included her recent Buddah hits, The Way We Were Try To Remember, Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, So Sad The Song and Baby Don't Change Your Mind. On Christmas week, Paul Simon moved up to no.3 with his solo Greatest Hits Etc which featured all six of his British hits among the 14 tracks including the new single Slip Slidin Away and album tracks from the first three solo LPs.


Showaddywaddy had achieved nine hit singles to date, the most recent being the number one, Under The Moon Of Love and this collection hitting no.4 on the first chart of the year included all of them, the number one hit, two number two singles Hey Rock n Roll and Three Steps To Heaven and other minor hits including Heavenly, Trocadero and on an album for the first time Hey Mr Christmas.


Glenn Miller's peak years of activity had been 1939-1943, too early for UK chart success, although with 23 US number one singles between these years. Every album he had charted in the UK had been a compilation of these hits, some quite complete and others cherry picking the most famous of them. The Unforgettable Glenn Miller which peaked at no.4 in April this year, his best ever showing on the album charts in the UK was a 20 track compilation with seven of these US chart toppers along with two of the tracks from his revival hit single from last year Moonlight Serenade and Little Brown Jug.


Smokie, originally spelled Smokey were one of the hit making bands signed to Mickey Most's RAK label with Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman to write the songs. They were formed in Bradford by Chris Norman, Terry Utley and Alan Silson in the late 1960s as the bands The Elizabethans and Kindness before adding Pete Spencer on drums and changing their name to Smokey. Achieving a couple of hit singles, If You Think You Know How To Love Me and Don't Play Your Rock And Roll To Me in 1975, they changed the spelling of their name to Smokie and continued their success with singles, I'll Meet You At Midnight, Living Next Door To Alice and Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone, all of which were on the Greatest Hits which hit no.6 in May.


The Best Of The Mamas & Papas on Arcade records climbed one place higher than the almost identical album Hits Of Gold from 1969. All six of their UK hits were there, Monday Monday, Creeque Alley, Words Of Love, I Saw Her Again, California Dreamin and Dedicated To The One I Love.


Chuck Berry's Motovatin was a rock and roll compilation of his most famous songs, not necessarily his hit singles, so there was room for Maybelline, Johnny B Goode, Roll Over Beethoven and Rock & Roll Music, but not for his biggest hit single which was hardly Rock n Roll, My Ding A Ling. Frankie Laine who peaked at no.7 in October had only ever had one other charting album which also hit no.7, sixteen years ago. This 20 track compilation featured most of his bigger hits including the four number one singles I Believe, Hey Joe, Answer Me and Woman In Love.


The biggest selling album of 1977 however was not a compilation or hits collection but for the first time since 1973, a new studio album. Abba, who had had the best selling record of the previous year, returned in 1977 with Arrival and became the only artist, apart from The Beatles to repeat the feat in consecutive years. Arrival had just one week at the top in mid January but returned to the top in mid April for a further nine weeks. Abba's second number one album following their Greatest Hits could almost have been called Greatest Hits volume 2 as Dancing Queen and Knowing Me Knowing You hit the top of the singles chart and Money Money Money went close too. The album tracks range from the ballad My Love My Life to the bouncy When I Kissed The Teacher and That's Me. The boys take a turn in singing too on Why Did It Have To Be Me and the title track is an instrumental, not unlike the Springwater hit, I Will Return.


Also enjoying their second no.1 albums this year were Queen, Yes and Slim Whitman. The follow up to Queen's 1975 album A Night At The Opera had been eagerly anticipated and A Day At The Races, also named after a Marx Brothers film, entered the chart on Christmas week 1976, moving up to no.1 for just one week on the first new chart this year. By the end of the year, another new album, News Of The World hit no.4. A Day At The Races had the same artwork on the cover as the previous album and had the same varied mix of tracks, the three singles released being the music hall style Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, the hard rock Tie Your Mother Down and Somebody To Love, attempting to recreate Bohemian Rhapsody. The influences range from The Byrds on Long Away to Led Zeppelin on White Man, there are several part harmonies and a Freddie Mercury lead falsetto in the ballad You Take My Breathe Away and they throw everything into The Millionaire Waltz opening with a simple piano playing a waltz and then breaking into heavy rock. They even sing in Japanese on the final track Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together). News Of The World begins with two stadium anthems, We Will Rock You And We Are The Champions and then goes onto Sheer Heart Attack which was not on the album of that name moves along so fast, it's as much a punk track as anything Queen ever did. It then goes onto the ballads All Dead All Dead and My Melancholy Blues, Funk on Get Down Make Love and Fight From The Inside and even Reggae on Who Needs You.


Yes had been very quiet for three years, not hitting the top 10 since Christmas 1974 album Relayer. They returned to no.1 in August this year with Going For The One. Rick Wakeman returned to the fold and Yes did the unthinkable and released a single, Wonderous Stories, seeing it go top 10 as well. On the rest of the album, Wakeman is welcomed back with the band giving his keyboards a prominent sound on the other four tracks especially when a church organ begins the track Parallels and a Yes album wouldn't be complete without mystical Jon Anderson lyrics and a 15 minute track Awaken that ends Going For The One.


Slim Whitman's singles chart career had been concentrated in the brief period 1955-1957 with a solitary comeback hit in 1974. He was the subject of one of the successful TV advertising campaigns last year as his Very Best Of Slim Whitman spent six weeks at the top. Even more surprising was his follow up album, Red River Valley this year, also rose to the very top for four weeks. Unlike the Very Best Of, Red River Valley did not have any of his hits on it, but covers of Rhinestone Cowboy, Too Young, Somewhere My Love, Una Paloma Blanca, Cara Mia, Now Is The Hour and the Disneyland theme park song It's A Small World. In October, yet another album, Home On The Range peaked at no.2 behind the Diana Ross & Supremes compilation. Home On The Range is the state song of Kansas and this album featured When You And I Were Young Maggie, Top Of The World, Paper Roses, Diane and I'll Be Home.


The Barbra Streisand led soundtrack to the film A Star Is Born hit no.1 at the beginning of July and was the only soundtrack to hit the top 10 during 1977. As well as its two week run at no.1, it also stayed at.2 for five weeks. A studio cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's show Evita hit no.4, helped greatly by the chart topping single Don't Cry For Me Argentina. Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in the remake of A Star Is Born, the story of the rising fame of one half of a couple while the same stardom wanes for the other half. The two very different styles worked in the film's favour as Kristofferson's gruff rock country vocals on Watch Closely Now, Hellacious Acres and Crippled Crow died as Streisand's pitch perfect ballads The Man In The Moon, Everything and Evergreen rose.


Evita was the semi fictional biographical story of the life of Eva Peron, with a cast featuring Julie Covington as Eva, singing the most famous track Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Colm Wilkinson as Che Guevara and Paul Jones as Juan Peron. The show begins with Eva's death in 1952 at the age of 33 and continues with flashbacks of her life as she rose from the slums of Argentina to become the wife of the president. The London Philharmonic Orchestra provide the music which would be richer and deeper than any subsequent stage version and the story was told completely in song and apart from Julie Covington's no.1, also spun off a further three hit singles, Another Suitcase In Another Hall, Oh What A Circus and I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You.


Two very different act had their first chart hits this year and their first and only no.1s. The Muppets hit no.1 the last week of June and in mid November, The Sex Pistols reached the top with Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols.


Initially appearing in a guest slot on the children's TV show Sesame Street, The Muppets went on to star in their own show and at the height of the programmes success in 1977, even achieved a number one album. Created by Jim Henson and voiced by him, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt and Dave Goelz, The Muppet characters became household names, Kermit The Frog, the producer always trying to hold the show together, Miss Piggy, the prettiest and most glamourous pig in the world, but the most demanding of divas, Fozzie The Bear, the rather bad comedian and a whole series of supporting Muppets, Scooter The Gopher, The Great Gonzo, The Swedish Cher, Dr Bunsen Honeydew, Rowlf The Dog, Sam The American Bald Eagle, Animal the Muppet band's drummer and Statler and Waldorf the two hecklers in the box. Running like a old music hall show, each TV show and also on the album, The Muppets performed straight numbers, songs that attempted to be serious with interruptions from the other characters throughout, comedy routines and songs that would have been serious, had they not been sung by strange looking puppets. There were two hit singles, Kermit's nephew Robin singing Halfway Down The Stairs and the song that recurred throughout the show, Ma Nah Ma Nah and other highlights included Kermit himself singing Being Green, Gonzo's Flight Of The Bumblebee and Fozzie Bear's Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear.


For about 18 months, since the Spring of 1976, the music industry had been aware of a new phenomenom named punk, an offshoot of rock, returning to a very basic three chord progression, loud and aggressive playing and singing short songs, even if not in tune and an attitude that all of society was corrupt and bloated and should be swept away. The music press was full of new bands and their followers who dressed in do it yourself outrageous clothing held together by safety pins, new dances, multi coloured hair styles but an anti-establishment attitude that derided chart and commercial success. Musically their roots lay in the US garage rock bands of the late 1960s, MC5 and Velvet Underground and later The Stooges and New York Dolls, none of which had had any chart success. On both sides of the Atlantic, British bands such as The Sex Pistols, Clash and The Damned and Americans The Ramones, Television and Talking Heads were all at the forefront of this new movement, and all of these emulated their predecessors by garnering a lot of publicity with hardly any record sales. Then on the chart of the 12th of March this year The Damned finally broke through and charted Damned Damned Damned at no.42, eventually rising to no.34. On the final chart in April both The Clash and The Stranglers charted their first albums and in May they were joined in the lower regions by The Jam. But apart from a couple of compilations, New Wave and Roxy London WC2 and possibly albums by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Elvis Costello & The Attractions and The Boomtown Rats in the charts lower positions, that was it for punk as far as the album charts were concerned until The Sex Pistols crashed in at the very top in November.


The Sex Pistols were Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock who met at a boutique owned by Malcolm McLaren in London. They invited another regular to join the band, John Lydon, otherwise known as Johnny Rotten and together they formed the most controversial of groups that for a while, appeared to threaten the fabric of society and the government itself. Singing, well perhaps not most tunefully about the decay and deprevations in the country at the time and offering violent anarchy as a solution, they summed up the punk attitude of doing it yourself and never mind what anybody else thinks. Around this time, they also courted publicity on Thames TV prime time early evening magazine show where the presenter Bill Grundy goaded them into swearing on television. They didn't need a second invitation. It may have been a do it yourself independent record deal, except they were signed by EMI who fired the band after just one single, Anarchy In The UK not knowing how to handle the controversy and the adverse publicity that was constantly generated. Eventually signing to Virgin Records after a very brief stint at A&M where again they were quickly fired, and preparing to release the next single God Save The Queen to coincide with the silver jubilee celebrations. Matlock was the ousted from the band and quickly replaced by Sid Vicious who looked the part but couldn't play the guitar at all. God Save The Queen very nearly topped the chart in jubilee week but owing to a number of factors, one of the major ones being the number of record shops refusing to stock the single, it just fell short. Two further singles were released, one of their tracks from their early days, Pretty Vacant and the other another controversial track Holidays In The Sun which began with what sounded like marching feet and mentioned Belsen concentration camp and then the publicity went into overdrive with the release of the album, Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. Many shops again refused to stock the album, some mainly the chain stores, in disgust at the title but may others fearful of whether the title was actually obscene. A court in Nottingham found that the word was a legitimate Old English term originally used to refer to a priest, and also referred to something being nonsense, therefore finding one record store owner and Virgin Records not guilty of obsenity. Despite these controversies, or perhaps because of them, the album entered the charts at no.1. It wasn't only the singles that courted controversery, Bodies featured swearing throughout, EMI was a tirade against both their former record companies and every track had the same anger that came to epiomise punk rock.


The Stranglers were originally called The Guildford Stranglers, formed as a pub rock band by Hugh Cornwall, Jean Jacques Burnel, Jet Black (Brian Duffy) but the songs were dominated by the organ playing of Dave Greenfield once he had replaced the original keyboard player Hans Warmling. They began as the support band for The Ramones and Patti Smith which along with their attitude rather than their music which was much more reminiscent of The Doors, placed the band as one of the members of the punk rock genre. This persona was helped by their 1977 tour that attracted a violent element and a series of songs on their debut album, confusingly titled Stranglers IV Rattus Norvegicus, that concentrated on the darker aspects of life, Down In The Sewer, Ugly, London Lady and Get A Grip On Yourself and songs with some of the most sexist and mysogenistic lyrics heard on a mainstream album, Ugly, Princess Of The Streets, Sometimes and a top 10 hit Peaches which was not banned by radio, but lyrically altered to be more acceptable. And unlike many of their peers, they were actually quite accomplished in playing their instruments, JJ Burnel having come from a classical background, Hugh Cornwall played for a while with Richard Thompson in the folk band Emil & The Detectives and Jet Black had played for many years on the jazz scene. No More Heroes was mostly recorded at the same time and peaked at no.2 in mid October. It contained many of the tracks that didn't make it onto Rattus Norvegicus. Apart from two more top 10 singles, the call to arms Something Better Change and the title track which name checks such unlikely figures on a pop song, Leon Trotski, Sancho Panza, Lenny Bruce and Elmry De Hory, there were the usual sexist and violent lyrics on Bring On The Nubiles, English Towns, Burning Up Time, I Feel Like A Wog and School Mam.


One set of artists that punk was supposed to blow away and consign to history were the prog rock champions who delighted in twenty minute songs and complex concept albums but although on the news and particularly in the music press, punk bands were everywhere, on the album chart, their penetration was minimal and the dinosaur prog rock bands continued their success. Yes, as previously mentioned hit no.1 with Going For The One, Pink Floyd's latest album Animals spent three weeks at.2 in February and March, Emerson Lake & Palmer took their album Works to no.9, Genesis were in the top 10 with both Wind And Wuthering and Seconds Out and their former member Peter Gabriel hit no.7 with his debut self titled solo album.


A Roger Waters dominated album in its conception even if David Gilmour's guitar playing is to the fore, Animals is three long tracks, Dogs, Pigs and Sheep with two parts of Pigs On The Wing opening and closing the album. This was a comment on the current state of the capitalist society, based loosely on George Orwell's Animal Farm, as much in anger as any of the punk bands. The Dogs are the greedy, profit dominated business leaders, the Pigs are the Politicians and society figures, guardians of the nation's morals, inflicting their own beliefs on the masses, with particular reference to Mary Whitehouse, the moral crusader and President of The National Viewers And Listeners Association who once had spoken out against Pink Floyd and their negative moral values and the Sheep were those masses that blindly followed whoever spoke the most persuasively.


Emerson Lake & Palmer's Works showcased the band members individual skills and musical direction separately rather than as a group. A double album with each of the first three sides dedicated to solo work with only the band only coming together on the fourth side. Keith Emerson plays a complete Piano Concerto in three movements on side 1, side 2 is dedicated to the acoustic ballads of Greg Lake including the songs Cest La Vie, Hallowed Be Thy Name and Closer To Believing. The Carl Palmer side alternates between adaptations of classical pieces The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits by Prokofiev and Two Part Invention by JS Bach to the hard rocking LA Nights and Tank, a remake of the track from their debut album. The final side brings the trio together for just two songs, Pirates at 13 minutes long and a 9 minute updated version of Aaron Copland's Fanfare For The Common Man which in it's shortened form became their only hit single.


Now that Peter Gabriel had left to go solo, what sort of band would Genesis become. The answer with both A Trick Of The Tail and the new album Wind And Wuthering appeared to be a prog rock band with Phil Collins at the front. Wind And Wuthering hit no.7 the last week of January and was titled after a song written by Steve Hackett, The House of The Four Winds which eventually became Eleventh Earl Of Mar and the tracks Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers and In That Quiet Earth which form part of the final sentence of Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights. Although some of the tracks are around three minutes including the instrumentals Unquiet Sleepers and Wot Gorilla, Genesis filled the album with long form developing songs, One For The Vine, All In A Mouse's Night and Blood On The Rooftops. They followed this with their second top 10 album in 1977, Seconds Out which hit no.4 the first week of November, released to support the tour without Peter Gabriel. This was their second live album following Genesis Live, the breakthrough top 10 from 1973. Seconds Out was intended to show that Phil Collins could manage the depth of emotion as a frontman achieved during the Peter Gabriel years. Side one contained four tracks from the last two albums Trick Of The Tail and Wind And Wuthering and just The Carpet Crawlers from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, side two was all from the Peter Gabriel era, Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down and Nursery Crime, side three was the complete Supper's Ready from Foxtrot and the album finished with The Cinema Show from Selling England and two more tracks from Trick Of The Tail, Dance On A Volcano and Los Endos.


It was inevitable that quite a few of the Genesis fans would continue to follow the solo career of Peter Gabriel and he did not disappoint them with his debut eponymously titled album which opened with the suitably obscure Moribund The Burgermeister which wove into a typical Genesis track with lyrics about castles, monsters and drowning in torrents of blood. Just as Genesis were also moving into more commercial territory, so then Peter Gabriel the album continued with Solsbury Hill which like the singles that Genesis had released before it, just missed the top 10. The album never fails to surprise however as the track Modern Love, a rock song for the late 1970s is followed by barbershop harmony singing and burlesque rhythms on Excuse Me.


Also reaching the top 10 for the first time were the Electric Light Orchestra with both A New World Record and the double album Out Of The Blue. Jean Michel Jarre arrived with Oxygene, a synthesizer based instrumental album in six parts, a world away from punk rock and spent five weeks at no.2 in September and October as runner up to various TV advertised albums.


The Electric Light Orchestra, often shortening their name to simply ELO were formed in Birmingham, after the breakup of The Move by Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, Rick Price and Bev Bevan. With several changes in personnel, including the departure of vocalist Roy Wood when he left to form Wizzard, they added several classically trained musicians and created a full orchestral sound to back new vocalist Jeff Lynne. Both their first two albums, Electric Light Orchestra and Electric Light Orchestra 2 charted in the 30s but the next three, On The Third Day, Eldorado and Face The Music failed to make any impression despite the band becoming more and more sophisticated, reaching its height on the two albums A New World Record and Out Of The Blue. A New World Record first charted in December 1976, finally reaching its peak of no.6 on the last week of June this year. It contained three top 10 singles, Telephone Line, Rockaria and Livin Thing but whether they were ballads like Mission A New World Record, Shangri La, Rock n Roll on Do Ya or blues on Above The Clouds, all the tracks were backed by what seemed like a full orchestra, particularly heavy on the strings. The follow up released in 1977, Out Of The Blue, reached its peak of no.4 considerably quicker at the end of November and continued Lynne's fascination with spaceships, even including a full diagram of one on the gatefold sleeve of the double album. There were yet another three top 10 singles, Sweet Talkin Woman, Wild West Hero and Mr Blue Sky which ended the extended suite of songs, Concerto For A Rainy Day on side 3. The other highlights include Turn To Stone, the ballads Believe Me Now, Steppin Out, the rock tracks Night In The City, Sweet Is The Night and the other tracks from the Rainy Day suite, Standin In The Rain, Big Wheels and Summer And Lightning.


Jean Michel Jarre, the son of the film score composer Maurice Jarre was born in Lyon in 1948 and studied classics and jazz piano as a child. More interested in rock music however, he formed a band named Mystere IV before branching out as a solo musician in the early 1970s. Initially attempting to follow his father into film music, he developed a style of electronic music, not dissimilar to the German bands Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream but always wanted to create a more melodic sound. Finally in 1977, the international breakthrough came with the album Oxygene with its swirling sound and electronic effects, a completely instrumental album in six parts, one of the parts being the hit single and the other five being melodic ambient relaxing music.


With all the activity on artist albums being TV advertised, there was a lack of true compilations charting during 1977 and only K Tel appeared interested in the genre as they took Heartbreakers to no.2, Feelings to no.3, Dance To The Music to no.5 and they ended the year at no.1 with Disco Fever.


Both Heartbreakers and Feelings were compilations of love songs including Solitaire, Your Song, Feelings, Mandy and Don't Give Up On Us. Dance To The Music was an album in the K Tel tradition of Superbad, Soul Motion and Souled Out. The 20 tracks included The Ritchie Family-Best Disco In Town, Wild Cherry-Play That Funky Music, Silver Convention-Fly Robin Fly, Disco Tex-I Wanna Dance Wit Choo all on side one, but side two was less dance oriented with Elton John-Bennie And The Jets, David Essex-Hold Me Close, Johnny Nash-Tears On My Pillow and The Drifters-There Goes My First Love. The most successful album to date to use the word Disco in the title was K Tel's Disco Fever which spent six weeks at no.1 from mid December through until the end of January 1978. Yet again, as with most of the mainstream TV advertised compilations, this was not strictly a disco album with novelty hits Telephone Man, Naughty Naughty Naughty and Float On, pop hits Yes Sir I Can Boogie, So You Win Again, Magic Fly, Angelo, Silver Lady, Isn't She Lovely and It's Your Life, even the rock n roll revival track You Got What I Takes and the punk rock Looking After Number One with the only really disco oriented tracks being Too Hot To Handle, Red Light Spells Danger and Do What You Wanna Do


Several live albums reached the top 10 this year including the previously mentioned Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, Neil Diamond Love At The Greek, Hollies Live Hits, The Rolling Stones Love You Live, Wings Over America, Rainbow On Stage, Bing Crosby Live At The London Palladium, and Status Quo Live.


Neil Diamond's previous live album Hot August Night had not broken into the top 20, but Love At The Greek, recorded live at The Greek Theatre, peaked at no.3 in August this year and was updated to include recent hits Beautiful Noise, If You Know What I Mean and a 15 minute sequence of tracks from Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The Hollies Live was recorded during their tour of New Zealand during 1976. It included hits from their 1960s era I Can't Let Go, Just One Look, Bus Stop, Stop Stop Stop and Carrie Anne and also tracks from their recent past, Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top and The Air That I Breathe.


Love You Live is a double live album which starts with fast rock tracks Honky Tony Woman, Happy, Hot Stuff and Star Star and doesn't slow down until Tumbling Dice when it moves into old blues territory for a while on Fingerprint File, You Gotta Move, Mannish Boy through to Little Red Rooster and then speeds up again for the finale of Around And Around, Brown Sugar and Jumpin Jack Flash.


So much material they couldn't even fit it onto a double album, so Wings Over America came out as a triple disc set which peaked at no.8 in February. Among the 28 tracks were hits from Paul McCartney's Beatles days, Lady Madonna, The Long And Winding Road, Bluebird and Yesterday but the majority concentrated on the Band On The Run/Venus And Mars/Wings At The Speed Of Sound era of the mid 1970s.


Rainbow was formed when the Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore departed the band citing the disillusion in the direction that Deep Purple were heading in the mid 1970s and got together with Ronnie James Dio. Originally calling the band Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow to establish some sort of continuity and naming the debut album by this title as well. Recruiting Jimmy Bain, Tony Carey and Cozy Powell, the band went on the road and during the tour, they recorded their third album, On Stage which was a double LP and their first top 10 hit. Opening with a strange intro to Over The Rainbow from The Wizard Of Oz, it quickly moves into more familiar hard rock territory on the song Kill The King and then an eleven minute version of Man On The Silver Mountain from the debut album. Track three is an even longer Catch The Rainbow also from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, coming in on this live version at over fifteen minutes. There were only six tracks on the double album, side three taken up by a cover of Blackmore's own Deep Purple track Mistreated from the album Burn.


Recorded at the London Palladium in 1976, Bing Crosby Live was issued as a double album by K Tel and hit the charts just three weeks after his death. It includes some guest appearances and duets with Rosemary Clooney on A Slow Boat To China, Be Yourself and Tenderly and Joe Bushkin on Gone Fishin and Now You Has Jazz. The tracks go all the way back to Crosby's Paul Whiteman days with the hit from 1929 Great Day up to covers of Send In The Clowns and Paul Simon's 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.


Is there anybody out there who wants to rock, is there anybody out there who wants to roll, is there anybody out there who wants to boogie? And so begins a double album, Status Quo Live, capturing the excitement of a Status Quo gig in the mid 1970s with the track Roadhouse Blues clocking in at over 14 minutes while Forty Five Hundred Times is nearly 17 minutes long. The set includes their hit singles Rain, Roll Over Lay Down and Caroline but whether the tracks were singles or not was not relevant to the fanbase who knew every track from Junior's Wailing to Bye Bye Johnny that closed the album. At the end of the year they returned with the new studio album, Rockin All Over The World with the title track, one of their most famous songs, a cover of a little heard John Fogerty song. Apart from the obvious hit however, this album was the one that began to alienate a lot of their hard rock fans as it was a much more pop oriented album with the guitars squeezed to a secondary role to vocal harmonies and a general bland musical beat.


Thin Lizzy hit no.4 with Bad Reputation which unlike their previous top 10 album Jailbreak that took 22 weeks to reach its high point and spent 50 weeks inside the complete chart, Bad Reputation reached no.4 in its second week and totally disappeared after nine weeks. This album features a photo of three of the members of Thin Lizzy with guitarist Brian Robertson missing from most of the recording session as he had been from the previous year's tour due to injury. The result was an even harder and more brooding sound than on the previous albums Johnny The Fox and Jailbreak with Scott Gorham and Phil Lynott guitars to the fore. The charismatic lead singer almost spat out with anger on the tracks Soldier Of Fortune, Killer Without A Cause and Opium Trail but there are softer more mellow tracks including the hit single Dancing In The Moonlight, Downtown Sundown, That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart. Dr Feelgood's Sneakin Suspicion, the studio follow up to their live no.1 album Stupidity from last year, only spent one week at no.10. With punk rock all over the news but not much in the charts, it was left to Dr Feelgood to fly the flag for short, fast three chord guitar based tracks on their second top 10 album.


Punk rock was also supposed to bring about the demise of any artist who could be described as soft rock or who had been having hits since the early 1970s or before. However two of the biggest selling albums during 1977 were Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and Hotel California by The Eagles. Rod Stewart hit no.3 with Foot Loose And Fancy Free as did 10cc with Deceptive Bends and David Bowie with Heroes. Bowie also peaked at no.2 the first week of February with Low.


The fourth best selling album of the year was Fleetwood Mac's Rumours which peaked at no.3 in September but would go on to top the chart at the end of January the following year. They had previously appeared in the top 10 at the end of the 1960s with Then Play On but apart from the name, this was a very different group featuring John and Christine McVie, Lindsay Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and still the ever present Mick Fleetwood. No blues or hard rock rock tracks on Rumours but soft commercial pop songs, Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop, Dreams and You Make Loving Fun all of which were released as singles but none making the top 20. Rumours as an album unit however did appeal to the mainstream masses with all the group members contributing their parts, Buckingham with Second Hand News and Never Going Back Again, Christine McVie with Songbird and The Chain and Nicks with I Don't Want To Know and Gold Dust Woman.


Hotel California spent 5 weeks as runner up in May And June behind Arrival and was the sixth best seller of the year. In a way, The Eagles Hotel California is a similar album to Rumours and was another example of West Coast soft rock crossing over into the mainstream even in Britain during the punk summer of 1977. Moving away from the country flavoured rock that filled their previous albums, Hotel California was led by the rock guitar playing of Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Glenn Frey. The title track has become an all time classic, but also on this album were the tracks New Kid In Town, Life In The Fast Lane and Victim Of Love and the ballads Wasted Time and The Last Resort.


Rod Stewart's Foot Loose And Fancy Free opened with one his most rockin tracks since The Faces Stay With Me, Hot Legs and the less intense rocker You're Insane. Unlike the previous couple of albums where he had a fast side and a slow side, on Foot Loose, he alternates the ballads and rock tracks You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) with its simple violin backing, Born Loose, a dramatic version of You Keep Me Hangin On and a soulful If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right. The other side of the double A sided single with Hot Legs, the acoustic I Was Only Joking closes the album.


Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman kept the 10cc name alive after the departure of Godley & Crème and released the album Deceptive Bends which opened with the two hit singles Good Morning Judge and The Things We Do For Love and featured the same witty, clever type of tracks when all four of 10cc were together including Marriage Bureau Rendezvous, People In Love, Honeymoon With B Troop and Don't Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste. At the end of the album is the eleven minute track Feel The Benefit with many different styles in one song, which at this length was inevitable. They certainly didn't need their former band mates, especially when they were off releasing the triple album Consequences, exploring their newly invented musical instrument the Gizmo which did not perform well at all, peaking at a miserable no.52.


A big influence on the Low album was Brian Eno with several synthesized instrumentals, Speed Of Life, Warszawa, Art Decade, Weeping Wall and Subterraneans. Always Crashing in the Same Car is almost spoken in a whisper and the best known track was the hit single Sound And Vision where the 90 second intro sets the scene for the song and is probably more important than the song itself. Heroes was the next in the series of albums recorded by Bowie while in Berlin and the German influences of his surroundings came through on most of the tracks. The title tracks stands out as a dark brooding song with no chrous and a few of the other vocal tracks on Heroes are hard going and inaccessible, Sons Of The Silent Age, Blackout and even the single Beauty And The Beast. Like Low, Heroes second side consisted of instrumentals V-2 Schneider, Moss Garden, Neuköln Sense Of Doubt which gloomily thumped on the lower keys on the piano although the album closes with possibly the most commercial song apart from Heroes, The Secret Life Of Arabia.


Bryan Ferry enjoyed his third top 10 album with In Your Mind. Taking a break from Roxy Music after the Siren album, this solo album could easily have been a Roxy recording with prominent saxophone and rock arrangements rather than the easy going laid back style Ferry had been doing up until now. All the tracks were Ferry originals opening with the hit single This Is Tomorrow and it also includes Tokyo Joe, a lesser hit, but many of the tracks would equally have sufficed as singles including All Night Operator, Love Me Madly Again, Party Doll and the brooding title track.


Leo Sayer had his fourth top 10 album Endless Flight in February and in November, Thunder In My Heart became his fifth. Endless Flight contained two major hit singles, When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Like Dancing as well as How Much Love and a cover of The Supremes Reflections. By the time of Thunder In My Heart however, the hit singles had temporarily dried up and even the title track could not reach the top 20.


After a gap of four years, Santana returned to the top 10 with Moonflower which was a partial live album and partial studio recordings one of which was one of their rare hit singles, a cover of The Zombies She's Not There. Live tracks included Black Magic Woman, I'll Be Waiting, Dance Sister Dance but Moonflower mainly reverted back to Carlos Santana's instrumental work on the tracks Dawn/Go Within, Jugando, Zulu, Bahia, Europa, Flor D'Luna, El Morocco, and two longform tracks Soul Sacrifice and Savor.


Jack Jones also hit no.10 the first week of June with All To Yourself, the first time he had reached the charts for over three years. Subtitled 20 Golden Greats despite Jones never having had a hit single, the album featured tracks from his early 1970s albums A Song For You, Bread Winners and Together. Acker Bilk had had to wait since 1962 and his Stranger On The Shore album until the next top 10, Sheer Magic, a compliation on Warwick Records which opened with his biggest and most famous hit Stranger On The Shore and ended side one with his comeback single from 1976, Aria but apart from these two hits, it was an album with clarinet versions of other people's recent hits, She, Amazing Grace. Without You, If, Feelings, Send In The Clowns, Misty, Close To You and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.


Another genre that had underperformed in the chart considering it's coverage in the news was disco. Apart from various artists compilations, rarely had an album reached the upper regions of the chart. Donna Summer was one of the stars on the singles chart and finally hit the top 10 at no.3 at the end of July with I Remember Yesterday. Donna Summer was born LaDonna Gaines in 1948 in Boston. She auditioned and won a part in Hair and when the show travelled to Europe, she followed, eventually settling in Germany where she met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Recording a soulful single and album entitled Love To Love You Baby complete with orgasmic breathing which did not find itself banned from radio play and became a big hit in both the UK and US. The album version lasted nearly 17 minutes but was mostly extra instrumentation, it appeared that even Donna Summer couldn't keep an orgasm going for that long. The albums Love Trilogy and Four Seasons Of Love followed, each exploring aspects of love against the background of string arrangements in the style of the Philly sound that had dominated soul throughout the the mid 1970s. In the middle of 1977, she released the album I Remember Yesterday, a concept album of music from the past through to the present and her speculation on music of the future all with a disco beat. The track I Remember Yesterday from the 1920s, Love's Unkind from the 1950s, Back In Love Again from the 1960s. It then moved into a couple of ballads, Take Me and Can't We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over that presumably represented the present, but it was in the future section with the track that closed the album that Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder really got it right. I Feel Love, a number one single with its pounding synth beat and insistent drum and bass was the sound that would live on for decades to come.


The biggest selling single in 1977 was by David Soul and he charted with two albums this year, David Soul which hit no.2 in February and Playing To An Audience Of One, no.8 in September. Other newcomers included Steely Dan with Aja - had to wait until their 5th chart album for this top 10, Bob Marley & Wailers with Exodus, his 4th chart album, Be Bop Deluxe on their 3rd chart album and only top 10, Live In The Air Age. Little Feat and Joan Armatrading were both on their 2nd albums when they hit no.8, Little Feat with Time Loves A Hero and Joan Armatrading with Show Some Emotion.


Despite having two number one singles and two top 10 albums in 1977, David Soul is best remembered as an actor in one specific part, that of Ken Hutchinson in the buddy cop TV series Starsky & Hutch. Born David Richard Solberg in Chicago in 1943, he was a folk singer opening for The Byrds and Lovin Spoonful on their tours before the TV show made him a star. Returning to his first love which was singing, only this time with a ready made fanbase, he recorded the album David Soul which produced the number one single Don't Give Up On Us, another top 10 hit Let's Have A Quiet Night In and country folk tracks Bird On A Wire, Ex Lover, Topanga and Black Bean Soup. Only a star of David Soul's magnitude in 1977 could have got away with ending the album with Kristofer David, a cute children's number. By September, the second album, Playing To An Audience Of One was already ready and although the initial furore had already died away, it still reached no.8 and included his second no.1 single Silver Lady as well as Going In With My Eyes Open, It Sure Brings Out The Love In Your Eyes and more country tracks Tattler, I Wish I Was, Rider and Nobody But A Fool Or A Preacher.


Steely Dan were formed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen after the two musicians met in college in New York, originally working as songwriters but eventually forming a band at the suggestion of producer Gary Katz when virtually nobody else wanted to record their rather intricate songs. Releasing several albums during the 1970s, Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Ecstasy and Pretzel Logic, none of which reached the higher positions in the album charts but provided a string of classic tracks, Do It Again, Reeling In The Years, Dirty Work and Rikki Don't Lose That Number. If the type of music that reached the album charts in the mid 1970s did not suit the jazz style of Steely Dan, it was even less so in the singles charts where Do It Again was their only minor hit through until 1976. They supported each album with a tour but realising the future of the band lay in the studio rather than out on the road, they retreated away from touring for the next two albums Katy Lied and Royal Scam and hired some sessions musicians including Wilton Felder, Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton which resulted in an even tighter feel to their music. Both Katy Lied and Royal Scam just missed the top 10 and their sixth album, Aja was also the same easy listening, jazz influenced style and finally broke them into the upper regions of the chart, hitting no.5 in mid October as their highest charting album which featured seven tracks all with suave harmonies and intricate song structures, far too sophisticated for daytime radio at the time.


Bob Marley was the first and the biggest reggae superstar to break into the international markets and sell records outside of the Caribbean. He was born Robert Nesta Marley in 1945 in Jamaica of mixed race parents and left home at 14 to pursue a singing career in the island's capital Kingston. He formed the band The Teenagers with his ex schoolfriends Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston (Wailer), Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso and Cherry Smith, later changing their name to The Wailing Rudeboys and then shortening it to The Wailers, becoming successful locally and signed for Chris Blackwell's Island records in the early 1970s. Having already seen one split in the band leaving just the trio of Marley, Tosh and Livingston to record the first Island records album Catch A Fire, both his friends deserted to attempt a solo career before the second album Burnin was released. Marley brought in his wife Rita along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt to record The Wailers third album Natty Dread which included his first UK hit single No Woman No Cry. The album did not perform well, only reaching a high chart position of no.43. Two further albums followed, Live recorded at the Lyceum in London and Rastaman Vibration before another album, Exodus, recorded in London finally hit the top 10. He had settled in London following an assassination attempt in Jamaica. Exodus included three hit singles, the title track, Jamming and Waiting In Vain and also a couple of tracks that would go on to become hits later in his career, Three Little Birds and One Love/People Get Ready.


Be Bop Deluxe were two separate bands led by Bill Nelson, originally formed in 1972 but when the first album Axe Victim failed to sell, he sacked the entire band and created a new line up with Charles Tumahai and Simon Fox. The second album, Futurama also failed but this time Nelson just added Andrew Clark on keyboards and the subsequent albums, Sunburst Finish and Modern Music which finally did chart in 1976, nearly reaching the top 10. It was Life In The Air Age, the live album that finally saw them hit no.10 the first week of August, but it was to be their only appearance.


Little Feat were formed out of friendship between Lowell George and Roy Estrada while playing together in Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention but by the time of Time Loves A Hero, their sixth album, George was the only original member remaining, now with Paul Barrere, Bill Payne and Ken Gradney. There were tensions in the group on this release too, despite Lowell George's many faceted musical past, he did not agree with the southern boogie rock style that the band was heading in, nor the jazz fusion as in the six minute jam on the instrumental Day At The Dog Races. He felt sidelined by the rest of the band members and to an extent that was was true as George only contribution was the track Rocket In My Pocket while Paul Barrere wrote six of the other eight tracks including High Roller, Old Folks Boogie, Keepin Up With The Jones's and Missin You.


Joan Armatrading was born on the Caribbean island of St Kitts in 1950 but emigrated to the UK in 1958. Touring with a company producing a version of the stage show Hair, she teamed up with Pam Nestor who collaborated on most of the early material on her first two albums. It was on her third album, the self titled Joan Armatrading that she took over the writing of all of the songs and achieved a hit for the first time, reaching no.12. The follow up, Show Some Emotion did not feature any hit singles but was filled with jazz influenced tracks, again all written by her including Woncha Come On Home, Opportunity, Mama Mercy and Kissin and A Huggin.


The US no.1 albums that were not quite so successful in the UK included Linda Ronstadt-Simple Dreams which peaked at no.15 and Barry Manilow Live which did not chart at all. Other US top 3 albums included Peter Frampton-I'm In You, the John Williams composed Soundtrack to Star Wars, Crosby Stills & Nash-CSN, Steve Miller Band-Book Of Dreams, Boston by Boston, Barbra Streisand-Streisand Superman and The Commodores Live all of which hit the lower positions in the UK charts during 1977 and Marvin Gaye Live At The London Palladium and self titled albums by The Commodores and Shaun Cassidy, none of which reached the UK charts at all.


As for the artists with UK number one singles during 1977, on the album charts, Manhattan Transfer peaked at no.12, Kenny Rogers at no.14, The Floaters at no.17, Baccara at no. 26, Deniece Williams at no.31 and The Jacksons at no.45, but there were no 1977 entries at all for Brotherhood Of Man or Hot Chocolate.


NUMBER OF TOP 10 ALBUMS - 83
NUMBER OF #1 ALBUMS - 18


Top albums of 1977
1 Abba - Arrival
2 Shadows - 20 Golden Greats
3 Diana Ross & Supremes - 20 Golden Greats
4 Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
5 Soundtrack - A Star Is Born
6 Eagles - Hotel California
7 Bread - Sound Of Bread
8 Johnny Mathis - Johnny Mathis Collection
9 Abba - Greatest Hits
10 Pink Floyd - Animals



(c) 2007 Text: Sharon Mawer / Contact: Sharon Mawer
(c) 2007 All chart information: The Official UK Charts Company

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