AC/DC “High Voltage” (1976)

     Another of the most formative bands in my life makes their debut in the blog today, with the first internationally released album from AC/DC, “High Voltage”.  At the heart of this band were the Young brothers, with Angus on lead guitar, and Malcolm on the equally essential rhythm guitar, and their own outrageous leadContinue reading “AC/DC “High Voltage” (1976)”

The Rolling Stones “Black and Blue” (1976)

     As the winds of change were blowing across the world of rock music in 1976, the Rolling Stones were dealing with multiple evolutionary components themselves.  This marked the release of “Black and Blue” to mixed results.  Notably, this was the first album without Mick Taylor in the band, and although Ronnie Wood did makeContinue reading “The Rolling Stones “Black and Blue” (1976)”

Rush “2112” (1976)

     Today is an extension of the progressive sounds from yesterday’s album, “Presence” by Led Zeppelin, with the corresponding release of “2112” by Rush.  There are definitely some similarities between “Achilles Last Stand” and the “2112 Overture”.  In both cases, the instrumental performances are phenomenal, particularly the drumming, and the fantasy-based themes are also similar,Continue reading “Rush “2112” (1976)”

Led Zeppelin “Presence” (1976)

     I have a lot to say about today’s album, “Presence” by Led Zeppelin.  Most of you know I am a die-hard Led Zeppelin fan, and for most of their first seven years, there was very little they could do wrong.  However, misfortune, questionable choices, and wear and tear began to take their toll onContinue reading “Led Zeppelin “Presence” (1976)”

The Doobie Brothers “Takin’ It to the Streets” (1976)

     A significant milestone is reached today with the Doobie Brothers and their album “Takin’ It to the Streets”.  Why you ask, is this significant?  It was the first album vocalist and keyboardist Michael McDonald joined the band on, after helping to fill in for the ailing Tom Johnston on a previous tour.  For mostContinue reading “The Doobie Brothers “Takin’ It to the Streets” (1976)”

David Bowie “Station to Station” (1976)

     Today brings another highly acclaimed David Bowie album, with the release of “Station to Station”.  This album is an interesting mix of songs, and is rated fairly high, at #52 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  I don’t think I see it quite as favorably, although there are some highContinue reading “David Bowie “Station to Station” (1976)”

Peter Frampton “Frampton Comes Alive!” (1976)

    As we leap forward into 1976, America’s Bicentennial, the best-selling album of the year is the first one we encounter, released in early January of 1976.  The live double-album smash sensation that is and was “Frampton Comes Alive”, by guitarist and vocalist Peter Frampton, is today’s discovery, before his ill-fated “Sgt. Pepper” movie withContinue reading “Peter Frampton “Frampton Comes Alive!” (1976)”

Burning Spear “Marcus Garvey” (1975)

    Today we take on a highly acclaimed and controversial album in the world of reggae, with the artist Burning Spear and his album “Marcus Garvey”, a tribute to the Jamaican black separatist Marcus Garvey.  To this day, I still recall the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center at my alma mater in Colorado, and admire hisContinue reading “Burning Spear “Marcus Garvey” (1975)”

Parliament “Mothership Connection” (1975)

    From solo jazz piano to a heavy dose of funk, it is rarely a dull day on this continuous journey of musical exploration.  Today we have the next offering from George Clinton and Parliament, “Mothership Connection”.  This album is rated #4 on’s Top 10 Funk Albums of All Time.      Simply put, thisContinue reading “Parliament “Mothership Connection” (1975)”