What are your favorite albums from 1976

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dr. Pepper, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. wdiv

    wdiv Forum Resident

    Rainbow - Rising
    Willie Nelson - the Troublemaker
    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
    Aerosmith - Rocks
    Led Zeppelin - Presence
    Max Romeo - War Ina Babylon
    Peter Tosh - Legalize It
    Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox
    Rush - 2112
    Patti Smith - Radio Ethiopia
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  2. bfackler

    bfackler Forum Resident

    North America
    The Pretender – Jackson Browne
    Desire – Bob Dylan
    Amigo – Arlo Guthrie
    Howlin’ Wind – Graham Parker and the Rumour
    Heat Treatment – Graham Parker and the Rumour
    Live Bullet – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
    Night Moves – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
    Warren Zevon
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  3. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    In this order:



    Hasten Down the Wind – Linda Ronstadt

    Love and Understanding – Kool and the Gang

    Are You Ready for the Country – Waylon Jennings

    Contradiction – Ohio Players

    No Reason to Cry – Eric Clapton

    Open Sesame – Kool and the Gang

    Waylon Live – Waylon Jennings

    Outlaws – Jennings, Nelson et al.

    High Voltage – ACDC

    Harvest for the World – Isley Brothers


    Runnin with the Pack – Bad Company

    Wired – Jeff Beck


    Water Babies – Miles Davis (from 67-68, not released until 76 for some reason)
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  4. Hadean75

    Hadean75 Forum Moonlighter

    Off the top of my head:
    • Poco--Rose of Cimarron
    • Steve Miller Band--Fly Like an Eagle
    • Boston--s/t
    • Bee Gees--Children of the World
    • Poco--Live
    and I'm sure I'm missing quite a few lol.
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  5. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Nothing beats the epic, cocaine-pumped decadence-mania of Bowie's Station to Station. Had I been around in '76, my year would have been effectively over upon first hearing the break into the glorious 'once there were mountains...' part of the title track. One of the best albums ever released!
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  6. Culpa

    Culpa Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but these would be in my top ten:

    Stones - Black and Blue
    Bowie - Station To Station
    Bowie - Changesone
    Lou Reed - Coney Island Baby
    Modern Lovers
    Wings Over America

    Maybe even Bill Wyman's Stone Alone. And I gotta say my Leftoverture CD sure sounds pretty good.
  7. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Wow, what a year! So many fab records. Here's the ones I give 5 stars to:

    KISS - Destroyer

    Frogmorton - At Last

    Billy Joel - Turnstiles

    Loggins & Messina - Native Sons

    The Outlaws - Ladies In Waiting

    Poco - Rose Of Cimmaron

    Styx - Crystal Ball

    Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

    Barclay James Harvest - Octoberon

    Gordon Lightfoot - Summertime Dream

    Kansas - Leftoverture

    REO Speedwagon - REO

    Beggar's Hill - S/T

    Lone Star S/T

    Pablo Cruise - Lifeline

    Firefall - S/T

    Camel - Moonmadness

    Cor, that's a lot more five star albums than any other year, for me. Who'd a thought it!
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  8. john fisher

    john fisher Well-Known Member

    Black and blue...stones
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  9. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    I've given Desire 4 stars.

    Haven't heard the other two.
  10. mdent

    mdent Forum Resident

    New England
    What a GREAT Year.

    AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    Aerosmith - Rocks
    Blue Öyster Cult - Agents of Fortune
    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves
    Boston - Boston
    Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees
    David Bowie - Station to Station
    Deep Purple - Made in Europe
    Eagles - Hotel California
    ELO - A New World Record
    Genesis- Wind And Wuthering
    Heart - Dreamboat Annie
    Jackson Browne - The Pretender
    Jeff Beck - Wired
    Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Ain't That a Bitch
    Kansas - Leftoverture
    Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same
    Little River Band - Diamantina Cocktail
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road
    Manfred Mann's Earth Band - The Roaring Silence
    Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive!
    Ramones- Ramones
    Robin Trower - Live!
    Rush - 2112
    Rush - All The World's A Stage
    Santana - Amigos
    Steely Dan - The Royal Scam
    Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
    The Rolling Stones - Black and Blue
    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
    Wings- Wings at the Speed of Sound
    Zappa - Zoot Allures
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  11. Geee!

    Geee! Forum Resident

    1. Steely Dan | The Royal Scam
    2. Ramones
    3. Guy Clark | Texas Cookin'
    4. Joni Mitchell | Hejira
    5. Bob Marley & The Wailers | Rastaman Vibration
    6. The J. Geils Band | Blow Your Face Out!
    7. Jackson Brown | The Pretender
    8. Led Zeppelin | Presence
    9. Warren Zevon
    10. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band | 'Live' Bullet
  12. 4011021

    4011021 Forum Resident

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  13. skydropco

    skydropco rock 'n roll nurse

    The Ramones - s/t
    The Modern Lovers - s/t
    The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
    Dr.Feelgood - Stupidity
    Eddie And The Hot Rods - Teenage Depression
    Kursaal Flyers - Golden Mile
    Dwight Twilley Band - Sincerely
    Maddy Prior And June Tabor - Silly Sisters
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  14. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    AC/DC - High Voltage
    Chicago - Chicago X
    David Bowie - Station To Station
    Queen - A Day At The Races
    The Rolling Stones - Black And Blue
    Wings - Wings At The Speed Of Sound
  15. misteranderson

    misteranderson Forum Resident

    englewood, nj
    Steely Dan | The Royal Scam
    Joni Mitchell | Hejira
    Led Zeppelin | Presence
    Bowie| Station to Station
    Rush | 2112
    Pat Metheny| Bright Size Life

    In real time, as a 13-year-old in '76, it was all about the fourth LZ album and Leftoverture. They were the very first albums I ever bought. I didn't know who Metheny was in '76.
  16. Terry

    Terry Forum Resident

    Terrific selections. Almost automatically reached out for my rolling papers.
  17. popscene

    popscene Forum Resident

    San Marcos, CA
    Hey, mind if I just borrow your list? :D

    I don't think I could have compiled anything much better than that, and I'll add Station To Station, Blondie, and Bay City Rollers' Dedication.

    Also, if we're throwing live albums out there, three of the finest were released in '76 by Seger, J. Geils, and Wings.
  18. nevergnu

    nevergnu Well-Known Member

    Most everything I enjoyed that year has been listed. One that I have not seen that kind of surprises me. "A Rock And Roll Alternative" by Atlanta Rhythm Section. I had it on 8-track, cassette, and vinyl but finally bought it on CD this year. Forgot how good it was. Had 3 big hits - So Into You, Georgian Rhythm and Neon Nights. I was never really a southern rock fan, but always enjoyed this.
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  19. mdent

    mdent Forum Resident

    New England

    Ah, very good! I missed that one. Bought the LP that year. Barry Bailey was an excellent guitarist and Ronnie Hammond a strong singer! "Sky High" and "Georgia Rhythm" are two of my favorites. I did like the solo on "So into You."
  20. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    Hotel California
    Station to Station
    Agents of Fortune
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    The Pretender
    Rainbow Rising
    Zoot Allures
  21. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    These were (and still are) my favorite albums from 1976:

    Presence | Led Zeppelin
    Free For All | Ted Nugent
    Rocks | Aerosmith
    Wired | Jeff Beck
    Spitfire | Jefferson Starship
    The Best Of The Doobie Brothers | The Doobie Brothers
    StationToStation | David Bowie
    Hotel California| (The) Eagles
    The Royal Scam | Steely Dan
    Night Moves | Bob Seger & His Silver Bullet Band
    Boston | Boston
    Black And Blue | The Rolling Stones
    Run With The Pack | Bad Company
    Alice Cooper Goes To Hell | Alice Cooper
    Destroyer | KISS
    Takin' It To The Streets | The Doobie Brothers
    Fly Like An Eagle | Steve Miller
    Silk Degrees | Boz Skaggs
    Songs In The Key Of Life | Stevie Wonder

    And what about all the great live albums?

    Frampton Comes Alive | Peter Frampton
    Robin Trower Live | Robin Trower
    You Can't Argue With A Sick Mind | Joe Walsh
    One More For/From The Road | Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Live Bullet | Bob Seger & His Silver Bullet Band
    Wings Over America | Paul McCartney & Wings

    Honorable Mention: Linda Ronstadt's Hasten Down The Wind just for her and her pokies on album cover :D

    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
  22. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    I have a few in my colRhythm n I consider essential.

    1.ELVIS The Sun Sessions(the orig 10 sides E cut at Sun compiled on a LP for the very first time.)
    2.Fairport Convention Fairport Chronicles is a 2LP document of the first 5 LPs with a few rarities thrown in.Exellent anotation&compilation.
    3.ZZTOP Tejas is my fav Top LP and their most diverse.Frank Rube Beard steals the show IMO.The original tri-fold cover was/is beyond cool.
    4.The Impressions The Vintage Years is a 2LP compilation of the group through Curtis Mayfield "Super Fly" soundtrack years.
    5.Warren Zevon his major debut where junkies,outlaws,dope dealers,S&M,suicidal thoughts,guns etc are the norm.Blew all the other East Coast rockers off the map IMO.Heavy stuff in the era of Eagles,F.Mac&Jackson Browne.
    6&7.Graham Parker Howlin Wind & Heat Treatment a magnificent return to the hard soul of Van Morrison's best work.3 five star albums in 4 years. He could have been a major player in the game.Sadly he would decline after 1979s LP Squeezing Out Sparks.Major loss.
    8.Ike Turner&Kings of Rhythm "I'm Tore Up" a flat out smoking compilation of Ike's best 1950s RocknRoll sides.This album cooks!You need this!
    9.Blondie the debut album proves that not only did Debbie Harry ooze sex she could sing as well but to add fuel to the fire the band could rock just as well as her.Nice 60s flavor.
    10.Of course no 1976 list would be complete without the monster debut of Boston.I don't give a damn if it is pure AOR its still a damn fine LP&More Than A Feeling is one of rocks greatest singles.Incapsulates a era in time perfectly.Frankly on a whole I like Don't Look Back even more.
    11.Robin Trower Live and the title says it all.The guitarist in his element live and well ripping into his major 70s hits.

    Well those are my picks for the best of 1976.

    Honorable mention:UFO No Heavy Petting just because I can.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
  23. Audioresearch

    Audioresearch Forum Resident

    01 David Bowie Station To Station

    02 The Eagles Hotel California

    03 The Rolling Stones Black And Blue

    04 Steely Dan -The Royal Scam

    05 Led Zeppelin Presence

    06 Jackson Browne- The Pretender

    07. Joni Mitchell- Hejira.

    08 Queen -A Day At The Races

    09 Tom Waits - Small Change

    10 Lou Reed- Coney Island Baby’s
  24. Yam Graham

    Yam Graham Forum Resident

    West Midlands,UK.
    Sweet - Give Us A Wink
    Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
    Slade - Nobody's Fool
    Rainbow - Rainbow Rising
    The Rolling Stones -Black And Blue
    Thin Lizzy - Johnny The Fox
    Queen - A Day At The Race's
    Abba -Arrival
  25. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland

    Apologies for the giant size; I did this up for the back cover of a program for a show set in 1976, which I was putting on back in 2012; It's a bunch of albums came out that year; I had taken photos of the spines but I cannot find them. I just ransacked my shelves and this is what I went with. These were laid out on a table and I loomed over them trying to get a horizontal shot; I was fairly happy with it though I think the Hall & Oates and Steely Dan in the bottom left kinds bleed into each other a bit, you'd miss one or the other.
    The albums are;

    Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life
    Elton John Blue Moves
    Wings At The Speed Of Sound
    Billy Joel Turnstiles
    Todd Rundgren
    Genesis A Trick Of The Tail
    Jackson Browne The Pretender
    Rush 2112
    David Bowie Station To Station
    Eagles Hotel California
    Queen A Day At The Races
    Joni Mitchell Hejira
    Warren Zevon
    Peter Frampton
    Frampton Comes Alive!
    Abba Arrival
    James Taylor Greatest Hits
    Led Zeppelin Presence
    Al Stewart Year Of The Cat
    Kiss Destroyer
    Linda Ronstadt Hasten Down The Wind
    Tom Waits Small Change
    Bugsy Malone Film Soundtrack
    Dreamboat Annie
    Steely Dan The Royal Scam
    Hall & Oates Bigger Than Both Of Us

    Four more which are primarily covered up are
    Sparks Big Beat
    Carole King
    Andrew Gold What's Wrong With This Picture?

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