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In March 1970.

In March 1970, “Columbia” label released “Oneness: Silver Dreams – Golden Reality”, the third Carlos Santana album.  It was recorded December 1977 – January at “Osaka Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan” in Osaka (live recordings), and at “The Automatt” in San Francisco, and was produced by Carlos Santana.

Personnel:

  • Carlos Santana – vocals, electric guitar
  • Greg Walker – vocals
  • Deborah Santana – vocals
  • Saunders King – vocals, guitar
  • Chris Solberg – guitar, Hammond organ
  • Tom Coster – vocals, keyboards
  • Narada Michael Walden – piano, Hammond organ
  • Chris Rhyne – keyboards 
  • Bob Levy – strings, synthesizer
  • Clare Fischer – piano, string arrangements, conductor
  • David Margen – bass guitar
  • Graham Lear – drums
  • Armando Peraza – vocals, percussion
  • Pete Escovedo – timbales

Track listing:

All tracks by Carlos Santana, except where noted.

  1. The Chosen Hour
  2. Arise Awake
  3. Light Versus Darkness
  4. Jim Jeannie – Chico Hamilton
  5. Transformation Day – Alan Hovhaness, Carlos Santana
  6. Victory
  7. Silver Dreams Golden Smiles – Tom Coster, Carlos Santana, Greg Walker
  8. Cry of the Wikderness
  9. Guru’s Song – Sri Chinmoy
  10. Oneness
  11. Life Is Just a Passing Parade
  12. Golden Dawn
  13. Free As the Morning Sun
  14. I Am Free – Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana
  15. Song for Devadip – Narada Michael Walden

In December 1977.

In December 1977, “Columbia” label released “Menagerie”, the sixth Bill Withers studio album. It was recorded in 1977, at “The Record Plant” in Los Angeles, “A&R Recording” in New York City, and was produced by Bill Withers, Keni Burke, Clarence McDonald and Clifford Coulter.

Personnel:

  • Bill Withers – lead and backing vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Ray Parker Jr. – guitar
  • Clarence McDonald – keyboards, string arrangements, horn arrangements, arrangements
  • Dean Gant – keyboards
  • Clifford Coulter – keyboards, synthesizer solo
  • Mike Jones – synthesizers
  • Jerry Knight – bass
  • Keni Burke – bass
  • Russ Kunkel – drums, shaker
  • Alvin Taylor – drums
  • Ralph MacDonald – percussion
  • Paul Riser – horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Charles Veal – concertmaster
  • Pat Hodges – backing vocals
  • Denita James – backing vocals
  • Jessica Smith – backing vocals
  • Phil Jantaas – assistant engineer
  • Roger Carpenter – design
  • Lou Beach – illustration
  • Elliot Gilbert – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Bill Withers, except where noted.

  1. Lovely Day – Bill Withers, Skip Scarborough
  2. I Want to Spend the Night
  3. Lovely Night for Dancing
  4. Then You Smile at Me – Bill Withers, Clarence McDonald
  5. She Wants To (Get on Down) – Bill Withers, Larry Nash
  6. It Ain’t because of Me Baby – Bill Withers, Michael Jones
  7. Tender Things
  8. Wintertime – Cliff Coulter
  9. Let Me Be the One You Need – Bill Withers, Skip Scarborough

On November 30, 1978.

On November 30, 1978, “Ralph” label released “Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen” (later renamed as Duck Stab), the fifth Residents (The) album. It was recorded October 1977 – August 1978, and was produced by The Residents.

Personnel:

  • The Residents – arranger
  • Snakefinger – vocals, guitar
  • Ruby – vocals
  • Pore No Graphics – cover art
  • G. Whifler – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by The Residents, except where noted.

  1. Constantinople
  2. Sinister Exaggerator – The Residents, Snakefinger
  3. The Booker Tease
  4. Blue Rosebuds
  5. Laughing Song
  6. Bach is Dead
  7. Elvis and His Boss
  8. Lizard Lady
  9. Semolina
  10. Birthday Boy
  11. Weight-Lifting Lulu
  12. Krafty Cheese
  13. Hello Skinny
  14. The Electrocutioner

On November 18, 1977.

On November 18, 1977, “Stiff Records” label released “Music for Pleasure”, the second Damned (The) studio album. It was recorded in August 1977, at “Britannia Row Studios” in London, and was produced by Nick Mason.

Personnel:

  • Dave Vanian – vocals
  • Brian James – lead and slide guitar, backing vocals
  • Lu Edmunds – rhythm guitar
  • Captain Sensible – bass, backing vocals,
  • Rat Scabies – drums
  • Lol Coxhill – saxophone
  • Nick Griffiths – engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Brian James, except as noted.

  1. Problem Child – Brian James, Rat Scabies
  2. Don’t Cry Wolf
  3. One Way Love
  4. Politics
  5. Stretcher Case – Brian James, Rat Scabies
  6. Idiot Box – Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies
  7. You Take My Money
  8. Alone
  9. Your Eyes – Brian James, Dave Vanian
  10. Creep (You Can’t Fool Me)
  11. You Know

In July 1977.

In July 1977, “Trafalgar” label released “Radios Appear”, the debut Radio Birdman album. It was recorded 1976 – 1977, at “Trafalgar Studios” in Sydney, and was produced by John Sayers and Charles Fisher. “Radios Appear” was ranked the third best Australian album of all time in a 2008 list compiled by Melbourne newspaper “The Age”. In October 2010, it was ranked No. 13 in the book “100 Best Australian Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Rob Younger – lead vocals
  • Deniz Tek – guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Masuak – guitar; piano, backing vocals
  • Warwick Gilbert – bass
  • Ron Keeley – drums
  • Pip Hoyle – organ, piano

Track listing:

All tracks by Deniz Tek, except where noted.

  1. TV Eye – Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop
  2. Murder City Nights
  3. Anglo Girl Desire
  4. Man with Golden Helmet
  5. Descent into the Maelstrom
  6. Monday Morning Gunk
  7. Do the Pop
  8. Love Kills
  9. Hand of Law
  10. New Race

On June 15, 1978.

On June 15, 1978, “Columbia” label released “Sunlight”, the 19th Herbie Hancock album. It was recorded in 1977, and was produced by David Rubinson and Herbie Hancock.

Personnel:

  • Herbie Hancock – lead and background vocals (vocoder), keyboards, synthesizers, string, brass and woodwind arrangements
  • Patrick Gleeson – additional synthesizers
  • Bennie Maupin – soprano saxophone solo
  • Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker, Jr. – guitar
  • Byron Miller, Paul Jackson, Jaco Pastorius – electric bass
  • Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, James Levi, Harvey Mason, Sr., Tony Williams – drums
  • Raul Rekow, Bill Summers – percussion
  • Baba Duru – table
  • Bobby Shew, Maurice Spears, Robert O’Bryant, Garnett Brown – brass
  • Ernest J. Watts, Fred Jackson, Jr., Jack Nimitz, David Willard Riddles – woodwind
  • Terry Adams, Roy Malan, Nathan Rubin, Linda Wood, Emily VanValkenburgh – strings
  • David Rubinson, Fred Catero, Chris Minto, Cheryl Ward – engineers
  • Steve Mantoani – engineer
  • Terry Becker – assistant engineer
  • Phill Brown – mastering

Track listing:

All tracks composed by Herbie Hancock, except where noted.

  1. I Thought It Was You – Herbie Hancock, Melvin Ragin, Jeffrey Cohen
  2. Come Running to Me – lyrics by Allee Willis
  3. Sunlight
  4. No Means Yes
  5. Good Question

On June 15, 1977.

On June 15, 1977, “Chrysalis” label released “In City Dreams”, the fifth Robin Trower studio album. It was recorded in “Criteria Studios” in Miami, Florida, and was produced by Don Davis.

Personnel:

  • James Dewar – vocals
  • Robin Trower – guitar
  • Rustee Allen – bass
  • Bill Lordan – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Robin Trower and James Dewar, except where noted.

  1. Somebody Calling
  2. Sweet Wine of Love
  3. Bluebird
  4. Falling Star
  5. Farther On Up the Road – Don Robey, Joe Veasey
  6. Smile
  7. Little Girl
  8. Love’s Gonna Bring You Round
  9. In City Dreams

On June 4, 1977.

In June 1977, “Gryphone Records” label released “Tormé: A New Album”, the 15th Mel Tormé album. It was recorded in June 1977, in London.

Personnel:

  • Mel Tormé – vocals, arranger
  • Phil Woods – alto saxophone
  • Gordon Beck – keyboards
  • Barry Miles – piano
  • Vic Juris – guitar
  • Brian Hodges – electric bass
  • Terry Silverlight – drums
  • Christopher Gunning – arranger, conductor

Track listing:

  1. All in Love Is Fair – Stevie Wonder
  2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Ewan MacColl
  3. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
  4. Stars – Janis Ian
  5. Send in the Clowns – Stephen Sondheim
  6. Ordinary Fool – Paul Williams
  7. Medley
  8. (Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young -M. Philippe Gerard, Angela Vannier, Johnny Mercer
  9. Yesterday When I was Young – Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer
  10. Bye Bye Blackbird – Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson

On June 1, 1977.

On June 1, 1977, “Arista” label released “I Robot”, the second Alan Parsons Project (The), studio album. It was recorded December 1976 – March 1977, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Alan Parsons. The album cover photo features Storm Thorgerson’s assistants in the escalator tubes of the circular Terminal 1 building of the “Charles de Gaulle Airport” outside of Paris

Personnel:

  • Alan Parsons – keyboards, vocoder, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, engineer
  • Ian Bairnson – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
  • B.J. Cole – steel guitar
  • Eric Woolfson – keyboards, vocoder, backing vocals
  • Duncan Mackay – keyboards
  • John Leach – cimbalom, kantele
  • David Paton – bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Stuart Tosh – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Lenny Zakatek, Allan Clarke, Steve Harley, Jack Harris, Peter Straker, Jaki Whitren, Dave Townsend, the English Chorale, the New Philharmonia Chorus – vocals
  • Hilary Western – backing vocals
  • Smokey Parsons – backing vocals
  • Tony Rivers, John Perry and Stu Calver – backing vocals
  • Andrew Powell – choir and orchestra arrangements
  • Eric Woolfson – executive producer

Track listing:

All tracks by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, except where noted.

  1. I Robot
  2. I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You
  3. Some Other Time
  4. Breakdown
  5. Don’t Let it Snow
  6. The Voice
  7. Nucleus
  8. Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
  9. Total Eclipse – Andrew Powell
  10. Genesis Ch. 1V. 32

In May 1977.

In May 1977, “Columbia” label released “Function at the Junction”, the fourth B.T. Express album. It was recorded in 1977, at “Ultra-Sonic Recording Studios” in Hempstead, New York, and was produced by Jeff Lane.

Personnel:

  • Richard Thompson – vocals, guitar
  • Michael Jones – vocals, keyboards
  • Carlos Ward – flute, piccolo flute, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, clarinet
  • Bill Risbrook – flute, soprano and tenor saxophone
  • Jamal Rasool – vocals, bass
  • Dennis Rowe – bongos, congas, timbales, percussion
  • Leslie Ming – vocals, drums, percussion
  • Irving Spice – strings

Track listing:

  1. Funky Music – Bill Risbrook
  2. Expose Yourself – Emanuel Johnson, Michael Stokes, Tash Howard
  3. Scratch My Itch – Sam Taylor, Tash Howard
  4. Eyes – Carlos Ward
  5. We Got It Together – Carlos Ward
  6. Sunshine – Michael Jones
  7. The Door to My Mind – Gloria Risbrook, Louis Risbrook
  8. Star Gazer – Ken Williams, Rudy Clark
  9. How Big Can You Dream – Bill Risbrook