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  • 1976 - An AWESOME year, if you ask me!

    While not 1971, which IMO is the best year ever (YMMV), 1976 was no slouch. In fact, and in terms of my collection, it is a real winner. Until I started posting these year-by-year threads, I never realised how solid of a year it was. I haven't peaked at future years, but I hope to find a few more like this. We'll see.

    http://www.besteveralbums.com/yearst...ir=desc&page=1

    Three of my absolute favorites of that year are:
    Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
    Genesis - A Trick of the Tail
    The Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination

    My pick though for 1976 Album of the year is: Harmonium - l'heptade

    My collection:
    Top10 - 8
    Top 25 - 19
    Top 50 - 35

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  • #2
    '76 was an amazing year I listen to A LOT of those records, many of them are seminal and became instant classics.
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    "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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    • #3
      That's the year my wife graduated from college in Philly. Lot's of disco - KC an the Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry, Ohio Players, Earth, Wind and Fire, BeeGees, Hall and Oates and more.

      For me, I recall Frampton Comes Alive, Silk Degrees, the Who, Thin Lizzy, Elton John, Elvin Bishop, ELO, Wings, Led Zep, Queen, Boston, Gary Wright, Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. The end of classic rock was not the best - I much prefer some earlier years.
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      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        Yes '76 was the year I graduated from college too. Though I still have that weird nightmare every so often that I get a call from the bursar's dept. that I didn't earn enough credits for graduation and won't be graduating.

    • #4
      Disco didn't really rev up until after Saturday night fevor which was released in late '77
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      • Johnny Vinyl
        Johnny Vinyl commented
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        I'd agree with that. Prior to it was mostly club music....SNF blew the genre open!

      • mkuller
        mkuller commented
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        Not according to my dancing wife. Billboard Hot 100 from 1976: http://www.billboard.com/archive/charts/1976/hot-100

      • JCOConnell
        JCOConnell commented
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        disco didn't peak until '78-'79 just look at the hot 100 for those years. Yeah disco started around '75 but it started slow and didn't bust out mainstream until the outstanding blockbuster Saturday Night Fever of Dec '77.

    • #5
      I was still in high school and what I remember about '76 was Boston, Frampton Comes Alive, and Hotel California.
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      • #6
        Popular Culture 1976

        • The Damned release New Rose - the first ever single released / marketed as "punk rock".


        Popular Films
        • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
        • All the President's Men
        • The Omen
        • Taxi Driver
        • The Outlaw Josey Wales
        • Rocky


        Popular Musicians and songs
        • Bay City Rollers
        • Barry Manilow
        • Diana Ross
        • Paul Simon
        • The Four Seasons
        • Paul McCartney and Wings
        • Elton John
        • Rod Stewart
        • Queen
        • ABBA

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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          wasn't into ANY of those musicians. more like eagles, boston, Frampton, springsteen, zeppelin, Floyd, heart, zappa, zz top, aerosmith, etc,

        • cpp
          cpp commented
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          Me either. Its what was listed as the most popular from the ' People History site.

          Me its was Thin Lizzy, Beach Boys, Eagles, Steve Miller, ELO, 38 Special, 'The Bands' last record, Bob Seger 'Night Moves'.

      • #7
        By 1976 I had pretty much lost interest in new mainstream pop/rock and was avidly enjoying and learning more about some other musical genres; jazz, classical and bluegrass primarily. I didn't pay much attention to pop and rock again until the mid to late '80's, and found I hadn't missed much
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        • #8
          What is interesting to look at are the albums from 10-100. There are definitely some albums that didn't weren't best sellers (in fact all years) that have with time become recognized. Take the JJ Cale album Troubador from '76.
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          • #9
            sheesh, no love for 1976? i was 11 years old then. the majority of you guys must be 60+ going on 70
            TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | B.M.C. | Boulder | Magico

            "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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            • JCOConnell
              JCOConnell commented
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              I remember the bicentennial fireworks display on ft Lauderdale beach in '76 ( launched from offshore barges ) on july 4. Best fireworks I have ever seen to this day. The thunder bombs had great bass. :0

            • cpp
              cpp commented
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              I remember in 1976

              Average Cost of new house $43,400.00.
              Average Income per year $16,000.00.
              Average Monthly Rent $220.00.
              Cost of a gallon of Gas 59 cents.

            • MylesBAstor
              MylesBAstor commented
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              Yes and I graduated college that year too!
              Went to my first world series. Game four Yanks vs. defending champs Big Red machine. Had bleacher seats and Bench hit a HR (one of two actually that game) just a couple of seats away.
              And of course, 1976 was the year that Son of Sam terrorized New York.

          • #10
            Woohoo! I just learned that my fave album that year (Harmonium - l'heptade) is being reissued, remastered & remixed by Serge Fiori, and will be available this coming November.
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            • JCOConnell
              JCOConnell commented
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              well, if its being remixed, then its not really a reissue, its more like a whole new release isn't it?

            • Johnny Vinyl
              Johnny Vinyl commented
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              I was using their wording, not mine. Hopefully he doesn't mess with it too much.
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