Friday, August 11, 2017

The Year 1979 Albums Calendar and Rankings

1979, I guess the late 70's I don't think of for being as fruitful for my taste overall, but at the same time, some of the other years around 1979 seem to have a bit more depth.

1979 now researching it, was quite thin, especially with favorites from Artists.

So, Led Zeppelin's In Through the Out Door, while not loved by many fans, I do consider on par with their other classic albums, even as different as it is. However, I guess I don't think of it as an Album of the Year kind of record exactly. Maybe a Top 10 I guess.

And some of the others I ranked below from 1979, are good, or spotty, but not amazing really. The Wall, I put 2nd, but good lord, I find it maybe 1 of the most overrated albums of all-time, let alone just in the Floyd catalog. It has some wonderful music on it, but at least 1/3 of it is not stuff I revisit, nor is the whole story/concept all that much.

But I guess compared to everything else I know from this year, by default, it finishes 2nd.

Supertramp I guess I can say, may have made their best record with Breakfast in America, which if I actually knew it and spent more time with the whole thing, I would have no problem putting it higher.

But of course I haven't.

And of course like most years from more distant past, there's a handful I know or have read enough about, my opinion and ranking them would happen. But, I haven't. What I guess is in there, is a lot of Jazz/Jazz-rock and Pop, and Power-Pop. This band/artist Bram Tchaikovsky kind of was random, but per the way this Calendar was shaping out to be, I figure why not.

1979: maybe the most thin year since the mid 60's. Thankfully, I don't think too many others that came after were.

What I was a little surprised to not find (on the rym Chart) is a bit more notable Metal/New Wave of British Heavy Metal. But Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, etc are absent from this year. I guess a lot of that stuff didn't start showing up for another year or 2.

1. Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
2, Pink Floyd - The Wall
3. U.K. - Danger Money
4. Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
5. Supertramp - Breakfast in America
6. The Police - Regatta de Blanc
7. Bruford - One of a Kind
8. Various Artists - Music from the Soundtrack of the Film Quadrophenia
9. XTC - Drums and Wires
10. Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings
11. Van Halen - Van Halen II
12. Renaissance - Azure d'Or
13. Jethro Tull - Stormwatch

Scorpions - Lovedrive
rel January 15, 1979

George Harrison - George Harrison
rel February 20, 1979

Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!
rel March 5, 1979

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Van Halen - Van Halen II
rel March 23, 1979

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Supertramp - Breakfast in America
rel March 29, 1979

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Bram Tchaikovsky - Strange Man, Changed Man
rel March 1979

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Dixie Dregs - Night of the Living Dregs
rel March 1979

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Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven
rel March 1979

U.K. - Danger Money
rel March 1979

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Pat Metheny - New Chautauqua/
April 1979

Anthony Phillips - Sides
rel April 1979

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Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces
rel May 5, 1979

David Bowie - Lodger
rel May 18, 1979

Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery
rel May 31, 1979

Bruford - One of a Kind
rel May 1979

Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings
rel May 1979

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Kansas - Monolith
rel May 1979

Michael Nesmith - Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma
rel May 1979

The Who - The Kids Are Alright
rel June 8, 1979

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The Cars - Candy-O
rel June 13, 1979

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Dire Straits - Communique
rel June 15, 1979

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Queen - Live Killers
rel June 22, 1979

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Robert Fripp - Exposure
rel June 1979

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Robert Palmer - Secrets
rel June 1979

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps
rel July 2, 1979

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AC/DC - Highway to Hell
rel July 27, 1979

Chic - Risque
rel July 30, 1979

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Talking Heads - Fear of Music
rel August 3, 1979

A smiling adult African American male (Michael Jackson) with a black afro, wearing a black tuxedo, white shirt, and a black bow tie. Both of his thumbs are hooked into his pants pockets with his palms and fingers facing forward and splayed out. The sides of his jacket are tucked behind his hands as he leans back slightly, giving a playful, casual touch to his formal look. Behind him there is a brown brick wall and to the side of his head are "MICHAEL JACKSON" in yellow chalk writing and "OFF THE WALL" in white chalk writing. "JACKSON" and "WALL" are separately underlined.
Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
rel August 10, 1979

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Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
rel August 15, 1979

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XTC - Drums and Wires
rel August 17, 1979

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Kool and the Gang - Ladies Night
rel September 6, 1979

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Brand X - Product
rel September 14, 1979

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Jethro Tull - Stormwatch
rel September 14, 1979

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Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage (Act 1)
rel September 17, 1979

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Cheapo Trick - Dream Police
rel September 21, 1979

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The Eagles - The Long Run
rel September 24, 1979

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U.K. - Night After Night
rel September 1979

The Police - Regatta de Blanc
rel October 2, 1979
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Various Artists - Music from the Soundtrack of the Film Quadrophenia
rel October 5, 1979

Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling
rel October 8, 1979

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Styx - Cornerstone
rel October 19, 1979

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes
rel October 19, 1979

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Prince - Prince
rel October 19, 1979

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Motorhead - Bomber
rel October 27, 1979

Stevie Wonder - Stevie Wonder's Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants"
rel October 30, 1979

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Toto - Hydra
rel October 1979

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Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage (Act II and III)
rel November 19, 1979

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Mike Oldfield - Platinum
rel November 23, 1979

An image of a plain white brick wall.
Pink Floyd - The Wall
rel November 30, 1979

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Godley and Creme - Freeze Frame
rel November 1979

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Steve Howe - The Steve Howe Album
rel November 1979

The Clash - London Calling
rel December 14, 1979

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Christipher Cross - Christopher Cross
rel December 1979

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Bruford - The Bruford Tapes
rel 1979

Cafe Jacques - International
rel 1979

Larry Coryell - Tributaries
rel 1979

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Bela Fleck - Crossing the Tracks
rel 1979

Stephane Grappelli - Young Django
rel 1979

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John McLaughlin with the One Truth Band - Electric Dreams
rel 1979

The Perfect Release
Annette Peacock - The Perfect Release
rel 1979

Renaissance - Azure d'Or
rel 1979

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The Rubinoos - Back to the Drawing Board!
rel 1979