In December 1973.

In December 1973, “Polydor” label released “The Payback”, the 40th James Brown studio album. It was recorded February – October 1973, and was produced by James Brown.

Personnel:

  • James Brown – lead vocals, electric piano
  • Clair Pinckney- tenor saxophone, flute
  • Maceo Parker- alto saxophone, flute
  • Darryl “Hasaan” Jamison, Jerone “Jasaan” Sanford, Isiah “Ike” Oakley – trumpet
  • Fred Wesley- trombone
  • Hearlon “Cheese” Martin – guitar
  • Jimmy Nolen- guitar
  • Fred Thomas – bass
  • John Starks – drums
  • John Morgan – percussion

Track listing.

All tracks by James Brown, Fred Wesley and Charles Bobbit; except where noted.

  1. The Payback – James Brown, Fred Wesley, John “Jabo” Starks
  2. Doing the Best I Can
  3. Take Some…Leave Some
  4. Shoot Your Shot – James Brown
  5. Forever Suffering
  6. Time Is Running out Fast
  7. Stone to the Bone – James Brown
  8. Mind Power
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In December 1973.

In December 1973, “Epic” label released “Essence to Essence”, the eleventh Donovan studio album. It was recorded September – October 1973, at “Morgan Studios”, and was produced by Donovan Leitch and Andrew Loog Oldham.

Personnel:

  • Donovan – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Henry McCullough, Danny Kortchmar, Doug Schlink, Neil Hubbard, Peter Frampton- electric guitar
  • Alan Spenner, Carl Radle, Leland Sklar, Paul Ossola – bass
  • Danny Thompson- double bass
  • Carole King, Craig Doerge, Jean Roussel, Nicky Hopkins- piano
  • Nicky Hopkins – electric piano
  • Bobby Whitlock- organ
  • Bruce Rowland, Denny Seiwell, Jim Gordon, Russell Kunkel- drums
  • Ray Cooper- percussion
  • Tom Scott- woodwind
  • Jack Emblow – accordion
  • Chris Nicholls – bass flute
  • Simon Jeffes- koto
  • The Scratch Band – background vocals
  • Andrew Powell, Del Newman, Nicky Harrison – strings

Track listing:

All tracks by Donovan Leitch.

  1. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
  2. Lazy Daze
  3. Life Goes On
  4. There is an Ocean
  5. Dignity of Man
  6. Yellow Star
  7. Divine Daze of Deathless Delight
  8. Boy for Every Girl
  9. Saint Valentine’s Angel
  10. Life is a Merry-Go-Round
  11. Sailing Homeward

In December 1973.

In December 1973, “A&M” label released the debut, self-titled The Ozark Mountain Daredevils album. It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Glyn Johns and David Anderle.

Personnel:

  • Steve Cash- harmonica, harpsichord, percussion, vocals
  • John Dillon – guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, autoharp, keyboards, percussion, vocals
  • Larry Lee – guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, vocals, saw
  • Randle Chowning- guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Michael Granda – bass, percussion, vocals
  • Buddy Brayfield – piano, keyboards
  • Jack Black, Elizabeth Anderson, Sidney Cash, Janet Lee, Donald Bromage – backing vocals
  • Glyn Johns – recording engineer
  • Mike Doud – art direction
  • Bill Higgins, Jeremy Parkin – photography
  • Mike Dempsey – linear notes

Track listing:

  1. Country Girl – Randle Chowning
  2. Spaceship Orion – Larry Lee
  3. If You Wanna Get to Heaven – Steve Cash, John Dillon
  4. Chicken Train – Steve Cash
  5. Colorado Song – Steve Cash, John Dillon
  6. Standin’ on the Rock – John Dillon
  7. Road to Glory – Randle Chowning
  8. Black Sky – Steve Cash
  9. Within Without – Larry Lee
  10. Beauty in the River – John Dillon

On December 13, 1971.

On December 13, 1971, “Apple” label released “Straight Up”, the third Badfinger album. It was recorded May – October 1971, at “Abbey Road Studios”, “AIR Studios” and “Command Studios” in London, and was produced by Todd Rundgren and George Harrison.

Personnel:

  • Pete Ham– lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, piano, organ, harmonica
  • Tom Evans– lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, twelve string guitar
  • Joey Molland– lead and backing vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
  • Mike Gibbins– drums, percussion
  • George Harrison– slide guitar, guitar
  • Leon Russell– piano, guitar
  • Bobby Diebold – bass guitar
  • Klaus Voormann– electric piano
  • Bill Collins – accordion
  • Gene Mahon – design
  • Richard DiLello– design, photography
  • Peter Mew, Mike Jarratt – engineer
  • Marcia McGovern – pre-production director
  • Roberta Ballard – production manager

Track listing:

  1. Take It All – Pete Ham
  2. Baby Blue – Pete Ham
  3. Money – Tom Evans
  4. Flying – Tom Evans, Joey Molland
  5. I’d Die Babe – Joey Molland
  6. Name of the Game – Pete Ham
  7. Suitcase – Joey Molland
  8. Sweet Tuesday Morning – Jeoy Molland
  9. Day After Day – Pete Ham
  10. Sometimes – Joey Molland
  11. Perfection – Pete Ham
  12. It’s Over – Tom Evans

In December 1973.

In December 1973, “Vertigo” label released “Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh”, the third Magma studio album. It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Giorgio Gomelsky. The French edition of “Rolling Stone” magazine named the album the 33rd greatest French rock album.  In 2015, the same magazine ranked the album at number 24 on its list of the “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time.

Personnel:

  • Klaus Blasquiz– vocals, percussion
  • Stella Vander– vocals
  • Muriel Streisfield– vocals
  • Evelyne Razymovski– vocals
  • Michele Saulnier– vocals
  • Doris Reinhardt– vocals
  • René Garber– bass clarinet, vocals
  • Teddy Lasry– brass, flute
  • Jean-Luc Manderlier– piano, organ
  • Benoit Widemann– keyboards
  • Claude Olmos– guitar
  • Jannick Top– bass
  • Christian Vander– drums, vocals, organ, percussion
  • Eddie Sprigg, Gilbert, Gilles Sallé, Simon Heyworth, Steve Michell, Tom Rabstener– engineer
  • Loulou Sarkissian– stage manager

Track listing:

All tracks by Christian Vander.

  1. Hortz Fur Dëhn Štekëhn Ẁešt
  2. mah Sürï Dondaï
  3. Kobaïa Ïss Dëh Hündïn
  4. Da Zeuhl Ẁortz Mëkanïk
  5. Nëbëhr Gudahtt
  6. Mëkanïk Kömmandöh
  7. Kreühn Köhrmahn Ïss Dëh Hündin

In December 1973.

In December 1973, “Mercury” label released “Bachman–Turner Overdrive II”, the second Bachman–Turner Overdrive studio album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Kaye-Smith Studios” in Seattle, Washington, and was produced by Randy Bachman.

Personnel:

  • Randy Bachman- lead guitar, lead and backing vocals
  • Tim Bachman- second lead guitar,  lead and backing vocals
  • Fred Turner- bass, lead and backing vocals
  • Robbie Bachman- drums, percussion
  • Norman Durkee- piano
  • Buzz Richmond – engineer
  • Mark Sterling – assistant engineer
  • Tom “Curly” Ruff – mastering
  • John Youssi – design
  • Jim Ladwig – art direction
  • Dave Roels – photography

Track listing:

  1. Blown – Randy Bachman, Tim Bachman
  2. Welcome Home – Randy Bachman
  3. Stonegates – Fred Turner
  4. Let It Ride – Randy Bachman, Fred Turner
  5. Give It Time – Fred Turner
  6. Tramp – Randy Bachman, Robbie Bachman
  7. I Don’t Have to Hide – Tim Bachman
  8. Takin’ Care of Business – Randy Bachman

In December 1973.

In December 1973, “Pablo” label released “Virtuoso”, the twenty-eight Joe Pass album. It was recorded on August 28, 1973, at “MGM Recording Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Norman Granz.

Personnel:

  • Joe Pass – guitar

Track listing:

  1. Night and Day – Cole Porter
  2. Stella by Starlight – Ned Washington, Victor Young
  3. Here’s That Rainy Day – Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
  4. My Old Flame – Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston
  5. How High the Moon – Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis
  6. Cherokee – Ray Noble
  7. Sweet Lorraine – Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish
  8. Have You Met Miss Jones? – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
  9. Round Midnight – Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams
  10. All the Things You Are – Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern
  11. Blues for Alican – Joe Pass
  12. The Song Is You – Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern
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