Sunday, June 12, 2011

Acclaimed Music Top 20 Albums of 1963

Singin' at the Apollo (not Creed)

This is a kind of "history of music" project, based on aggregated charts found on Acclaimed Music. It features Top 20 playlists for decades 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and yearly Top 20 playlists (both songs and albums) for each year from 1960 to 2010. It should be a weekly project (though I'm not very good in being consistent with weekly projects). To keep track of it, I made the Acclaimed History of Music page.

1963 is the year when rock albums started to roar. The problem is that they were made by The Beatles and Bob Dylan, two of the most important artists whose recorded catalogues are not available on Spotify, yet (actually I found a Freewheelin' version, but I don't think it's really available). Anyway, jazz remained the strongest genre, with four albums by John Coltrane and many from Blue Note Records/Rudy Van Gelder Editions. Two brazilian titles make these playlists even more spicy. But the #1 is the sex machine. Enjoy!

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Source: Acclaimed Music
Missing from Spotify: 4 albums
(legenda: the number preceding the artist name is the ranking in Acclaimed Music Top 3000 chart)

1 (40) James Brown - 'Live' at the Apollo
2 (177) Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
* (286) The Beatles - With the Beatles/Meet the Beatles!
3 (418) Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
4 (485) Various Artists - A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records/Phil Spector
* (489) The Beatles - Please Please Me/Introducing...The Beatles
5 (1038) Sam Cooke - Night Beat
6 (1198) Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris
7 (1289) John Coltrane - John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
8 (1405) Duke Ellington and John Coltrane - Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
9 (1669) Jorge Ben - Samba Esquema Novo
10 (1771) John Coltrane - Ballads
11 (1881) Oscar Peterson - Night Train
** (1959) Cecil Taylor - Live at the Cafe Montmartre/Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come
12 (1976) Barbra Streisand - The Barbra Streisand Album
13 (2191) Jimmy Giuffre - Free Fall
14 (2270) Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Composer of Desafinado, Plays
15 (2362) Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue
16 (2496) Joe Henderson - Page One
17 (2516) Jackie McLean - One Step Beyond
18 (2603) John Coltrane - Impressions
** (2691) The Impressions - The Impressions
19 (2810) The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
20 (****) Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0701)
Lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0702)

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