Tag: 1976

Thursday 6pm ET: Classic Countdown Live with Ron Kovacs

We are pleased to be back with all new installments of the Classic Countdown.  This week we count down the Top 40 Hits from December 25, 1976.  Join Ron Kovacs Live on RadioMaxMusic.

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle (1976)

Fly Like an Eagle is the ninth studio album by American rock group Steve Miller Band. The album was released in May 1976 by Capitol Records in the United States, Canada and Japan and Mercury Records in Europe.

The album was a success, spawning three singles: the title track, “Take the Money and Run” and “Rock’n Me”, and eventually receiving quadruple platinum certification from the RIAA.

It was voted number 400 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In 2012, the album was ranked number 445 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 2006 the album was re-released to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The CD is digitally remastered and includes three bonus tracks and a bonus DVD features a concert performance at Mountain View, California’s Shoreline Amphitheater in 2005 with over two hours of music in 5.1 Surround Sound (Note this surround mix is not based on the QUAD mix as track 1 and 6 are not different from the standard releases). Guest musicians include George Thorogood and Joe Satriani. The DVD also features a lengthy interview with Steve Miller, archive footage, never-before-seen photographs, and early demo recordings.

1. “Space Intro” 1:15
2. “Fly Like An Eagle” 4:42
3. “Wild Mountain Honey” 4:51
4. “Serenade” 3:13
5. “Dance Dance Dance” 2:18
6. “Mercury Blues” 3:30
7. “Take the Money and Run” 2:50
8. “Rock’n Me” 3:05
9. “You Send Me” 2:42
10. “Blue Odyssey” 1:00
11. “Sweet Maree” 4:16
12. “The Window” 4:19
13. “Fly Like An Eagle ’73” 4:31
14. “Take The Joker And Run” 3:41
15. “Rock’n Me ’76 Slow” 4:22

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Black and Blue (1976)

Black and Blue is the 13th British and 15th American studio album by the band the Rolling Stones, released in 1976.

This album was the first recorded after former guitarist Mick Taylor had quit in December 1974. As he had done the previous time the Stones were between second guitarists in 1968, Keith Richards recorded the bulk of the guitar parts himself, though the album recording sessions also served as an audition for Taylor’s replacement. Richards said of the album that it was used for “rehearsing guitar players, that’s what that one was about.” Numerous guitarists showed up to auditions; those who appeared on the album were Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel, and Ronnie Wood. Wood had previously contributed to the title track from the It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll album, and would become a full-time member of the Stones in 1976. The Stones rhythm section of bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts appear on nearly all tracks, and frequent collaborators Nicky Hopkins and Billy Preston play keyboards on most of the album, with percussionist Ollie E. Brown also appearing on about half of the tracks. The album was the second to be self-produced, credited to “The Glimmer Twins”, a pseudonym used by Jagger and Richards for their roles as producers.

Black and Blue showed the band blending its traditional rock and roll style with heavy influences from reggae and funk music. Only one single from the album, “Fool to Cry”, had any significant chart success, and criticism of the album was mixed. The album received a few positive reviews at the time of release, though many reviewers found it mostly forgettable, and tended to rank it very low compared to prior Stones releases. Retrospective reviews from more recent publications such as AllMusic have been kinder to the album, with critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine stating that the album’s “being longer on grooves and jams than songs” ended up being “what’s good about it”.

1. “Hot Stuff” 5:20
2. “Hand of Fate” 4:28
3. “Cherry Oh Baby” 3:57
4. “Memory Motel” 7:07

1. “Hey Negrita” 4:59
2. “Melody” 5:47
3. “Fool to Cry” 5:03
4. “Crazy Mama” 4:34

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Wings Over America (1976)

Wings over America is a triple live album by the British–American rock band Wings, released in December 1976. The album was recorded during the American leg of the band’s 1975–76 Wings Over the World tour. It peaked at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart and reached number 1 on the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart.

In addition to including several of McCartney’s hits with Wings, the album features performances of five Beatles songs: “Yesterday”, “Lady Madonna”, “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, “Blackbird” and “The Long and Winding Road”. The album cover was designed by Hipgnosis – who were nominated in 1978, together with McCartney’s production company MPL, for a Grammy Award for Best Album Package for this album – and depicts an airliner about to open its cabin door. Wings over America was remastered and reissued in May 2013.

1. “Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet” 9:56
2. “Let Me Roll It” 3:51
3. “Spirits of Ancient Egypt” 4:04
4. “Medicine Jar” 4:02

1. “Maybe I’m Amazed” 5:10
2. “Call Me Back Again” 5:04
3. “Lady Madonna” 2:19
4. “The Long and Winding Road” 4:13
5. “Live and Let Die” 3:07

1. “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)” 1:55
2. “Richard Cory” 2:50
3. “Bluebird” 3:37
4. “I’ve Just Seen a Face” 1:49
5. “Blackbird” 2:23
6. “Yesterday” 1:43

1. “You Gave Me the Answer” 1:47
2. “Magneto and Titanium Man” 3:11
3. “Go Now” 3:27
4. “My Love” 4:07
5. “Listen to What the Man Said” 3:18

1. “Let ’Em In” 4:02
2. “Time to Hide” 4:46
3. “Silly Love Songs” 5:46
4. “Beware My Love” 4:49

1. “Letting Go” 4:25
2. “Band on the Run” 5:03
3. “Hi, Hi, Hi” 2:57
4. “Soily” 5:10

1. “Let Me Roll It” 4:19
2. “Maybe I’m Amazed” 5:27
3. “Lady Madonna” 3:22
4. “Live and Let Die” 3:38
5. “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)” 2:14
6. “Bluebird” 4:28
7. “Blackbird” 2:38
8. “Yesterday” 1:57

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Jackson Browne – The Pretender (1976)

The Pretender is the fourth album by the American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1976. It peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s album chart. The singles from the album were “Here Come Those Tears Again”, which reached No. 23, and “The Pretender”, which peaked at No. 58.

“The Fuse” – 5:50
“Your Bright Baby Blues” – 6:05
“Linda Paloma” – 4:06
“Here Come Those Tears Again” – 3:37
“The Only Child” – 3:43
“Daddy’s Tune” – 3:35
“Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate” – 2:37
“The Pretender” – 5:53

Wednesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life

Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth album by American recording artist Stevie Wonder, released on September 28, 1976, by Motown Records, through its division Tamla Records. It was the culmination of his “classic period” albums. The album was recorded primarily at Crystal Sound studio in Hollywood, with some sessions recorded at the Record Plant in Hollywood, the Record Plant in Sausalito, and The Hit Factory in New York City. Final mixing was performed at Crystal Sound.

An ambitious double LP with a four-song bonus EP, Songs in the Key of Life became the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of Wonder’s career. In 2003, it was ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2005, it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

1. “Love’s in Need of Love Today” 7:06
2. “Have a Talk with God” 2:42
3. “Village Ghetto Land” 3:25
4. “Contusion” 3:46
5. “Sir Duke” 3:54
6. “I Wish” 4:12
7. “Knocks Me Off My Feet” 3:36
8. “Pastime Paradise” 3:28
9. “Summer Soft” 4:14
10. “Ordinary Pain” 6:23
11. “Isn’t She Lovely” 6:34
12. “Joy Inside My Tears” 6:30
13. “Black Man” 8:30
14. “Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing” 3:49
15. “If It’s Magic” 3:12
16. “As” 7:08
17. “Another Star” 8:28
18. “Saturn” 4:54
19. “Ebony Eyes” 4:09
20. “All Day Sucker” 5:06
21. “Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call)” 3:57

Saturday 3pm: Max 20th Century: Top 50 Hits of 1976 (Part VI)

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