I’m a fool when love’s at stake: Best of 1976

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Garrulous, as intimate as a letter written on hotel stationary, Hejira is inexhaustible, often my favorite Joni Mitchell album. Garrulous, as intimate as a room full of revelers blowing smoke in your face, Songs in the Key of Life is my least favorite major phase Stevie Wonder. I skip around a lot. But facts are facts: it has a lot of songs, several of which would be anyone else’s diamonds and a couple of which are on the extra 45 RPM EP mixed as a 33 1/3 called A Something’s Extra (if you dislike “All Day Sucker” there’s the door). When I found my parents’ copy in 1996, the EP was pristine. It hadn’t been played once.

Joni Mitchell – Hejira
Aerosmith – Rocks
David Bowie – Station to Station
Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees
Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
Rolling Stones – Black and Blue
ABBA – Arrival
Miles Davis – Pangaea
Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
Led Zeppelin – Presence
Richard & Linda Thompson – Pour Down Like Silver
George Jones – Alone Again
Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby
Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading
Marvin Gaye – I Want You
Steely Dan – The Royal Scam
Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band
Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
The Ramones – The Ramones
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Donna Summer – A Love Trilogy

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2 Responses to I’m a fool when love’s at stake: Best of 1976

  1. Pablo says:

    Hejira is always my default. Such a nice balance of what was and what was to come from her.

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