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First Choice ‎- Doctor Love (1977)

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In 1977, First Choice comprised constants Rochelle Fleming and Annette Guest, with Ursula Herring half way through her stint as their number three. But as is the norm with a Salsoul production, the success of ‘Doctor Love’ is about the bigger team. The opening track off their album Delusions was written by the Philly musicians Felder, Tyson and Harris; it was mixed by Tom Moulton; and it was arranged by Norman Harris. That is calibre; at about 3 mins, after the upbeat vocals, just listen to that choppy guitar, drum and orchestral workout. So we start and end the week with disco. Have a great weekend.

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Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (1977)

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Is this really the first song I’ve featured off the Fleetwood Mac’s off-the-chart success Rumours? Unsurprisingly, it is one of Stevie Nicks’ showpiece sounds ‘Dreams’. This time she takes aim at her strained relationship with Lindsey Buckingham; what they’d had and what they’d lost. Classic. The sound of 1977.

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Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives (1977)

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A last dip into 1977 before we get all contemporary again, Elvis Costello’s ‘Watching the Detectives’ was his first single that credited his backing band, The Attractions, and fair reward for the archetypal reggae beat that makes the track. Have a great weekend.

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Bob Marley – Jamming (1977)

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Let’s continue with 1977. This song should need no introduction. Recorded in London following an attempt on his life, the album Exodus features the one, the only ‘Jamming’. Hooj.

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Velvet Hammer – Happy (1977)

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In 1977, Andre Williams recorded a number of tracks in Chicago with a band Williamsput. The collaboration was called the Velvet Hammer and represented Williams’ foray into the world of disco. In truth, the music became more prevalent on the Northern Soul scene. ‘Happy’ was the B-side to ‘Party Hardy’. Pharrell Williams certainly flipped the disc over.

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Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (1977)

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From Talking Heads: 77, the quirky ‘Psycho Killer’ gave the band its first chart tremor. Bassist Tina Weymouth delivers a rubbery bass line to Byrne’s tales of serial killing.
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The Clash – Janie Jones (1977)

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of a number of mould-breaking punk albums. ‘Janie Jones’ opens one of the biggest, The Clash’s eponymous debut released in April 1977. Unadulterated, charged and revolutionary. “You lucky lady!” Have a great week.

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Cassiano ‎- Onda (1977)

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Heavily sampled on ‘Link Up’ by NxWorries, last year’s collaboration between Anderson.Paak and Knxlwledge, ‘Onda’ is a disco-infused track by Brazilian percussionist Sergio Cassiano. It features on his 1976 album Cuban Soul – 18 Kilates. Enjoy.

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Electric Light Orchestra – The Whale (1977)

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As we emerge from a wet weekend, I use the tenuous opportunity to segue the ‘The Whale’. Off the ELO’s unreal gatefold album Out Of The Blue, this ambient track feels forever current with its Tame Impala-style trippy disco, vocoder sounds and electronic funk. Jeff Lynne, you are an unlikely genius. Have a great week.

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Mink DeVille – Spanish Stroll (1977)

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‘Spanish Stroll’ was a single by Mink DeVille off their debut long player Cabretta. The similarities to some of Lou Reed’s work are evident, but there’s more than a touch of Van Morrison – and all to some punky riffs. Bassist Rubén Sigüenza’s “¡Hey Rosita!” is a nice touch too. Willy DeVille never saw much success in his lifetime but worked the circuit right up until his death in 2009.

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Eddie Parker – But If You Must Go (1977)

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Some more midweek soul. In the late 1960s, Detroit soul singer and songwriter Lorraine Chandler teamed together with songwriter and producer Jack Ashford, previously known for his work with the Funk Brothers. Together they penned songs for RCA and Ashford’s Pied Piper Productions. Their releases included the classic Northern Soul staples Smith Brothers’ ‘There Can Be A Better Way’ and Eddie Parker’s ‘Love You Baby’. But it’s one of their non releases I want to share today. Eddie Parker’s ‘But if You Must Go’ is the finest of soul. How did this one not get the audience it deserved?! We hear it today because Ashford relocated from the Motor City to La La Land, reviewed his back catalogue under the sun and released this gem on Beverly Hills label Miko Records in 1977.

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John Martyn – Certain Surprise (1977)

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Off his 1977 album One World, a rejuvenated John Martyn taps jazz and folk to deliver a ‘Certain Surprise’ and create something completely sublime.

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Television – Marquee Moon (1977)

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‘Marquee Moon’ – the title track off Television’s 1977 long player. I cannot believe I’ve waited this long. Have a great week.

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Wire – 1 2 X U (1977)

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Eclecticism warrants classical music followed by something far more immediate and edgy.  A seminal punk album, Wire’s debut Pink Flag features some favourites including “Mannequin”, “Three Girl Rhumba”, “Ex Lion Tamer”.  But the whirlwind that is “1 2 X U” ends an album of 21 tracks in just over half an hour. Before they created a New Wave sound that influenced a generation, Wire had their own blitzkrieg bop going on. Have a great weekend.

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Idris Muhammad ‎– Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (1977)

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Before Leo Morris became Idris Muhammad in the mid 1960s, he had already established himself as a sought-after jazz drummer… to Fats Domino in the 1950s, to Lou Donaldson in the 1960s. By 1977, he was venturing into the world of jazz fusion and R&B. While his album Turn This Mutha Out may have annoyed jazz fans, Muhammad had created a feelgood dancefloor classic. Have a great weekend.

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