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On January 24, 1972.

On January 24, 1972, “Columbia” label released the self-titled, second Paul Simon album. It was recorded January – March 1971, at “CBS Studios” in san Francisco, “CBS Studios” in Los Angeles, “CBS Studios” in New York City, “Western Recorders” in Los Angeles, “Dynamic Sound Studios”, “Kingston Studio CBE” in Paris, and was produced by Paul Simon and Roy Halee.


  • Paul Simon – vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion,  arranger
  • Stéphane Grappelli – violin
  • Lynford “Hux” Brown – lead guitar
  • David Spinozza – acoustic guitar
  • Wallace Wilson – rhythm guitar 
  • Stefan Grossman – bottleneck guitar 
  • Jerry Hahn – electric guitar
  • Neville Hinds – Hammond organ 
  • Larry Knechtel – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, harmonium, Hammond organ
  • Fred Lipsius – alto saxophone
  • John Schroer – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Steven Turre – trombone
  • Los Incas – flute, charango, percussion
  • Mike Mainieri – vibes 
  • Charlie McCoy – bass harmonica
  • Jackie Jackson – bass guitar
  • Joe Osborn – bass guitar
  • Ron Carter – double bass
  • Russell George – bass guitar
  • Hal Blaine – drums
  • Winston Grennan – drums
  • Denzil Laing – percussion
  • Victor Montanez – congas 
  • Airto Moreira – percussion
  • Cissy Houston, Von Eva Sims, Renelle Stafford and Deirdre Tuck – backing vocals
  • Roy Halee – engineer
  • Bernard Estardy – additional engineer
  • Phil Ramone – engineer
  • John Berg, Ron Coro – design
  • P.A. Harper – photography
  • Leslie Kong – contractor

Track listing:

All tracks by Paul Simon, except where noted. 

  1. Mother and Child Reunion
  2. Duncan
  3. Everything Put Together Falls Apart
  4. Run That Body Down
  5. Armistice Day
  6. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
  7. Peace Like a River
  8. Papa Hobo
  9. Hobo’s Blues – Paul Simon, Stéphane Grappelli
  10. Paranoia Blues
  11. Congratulations

In June 1977.

In June 1977, “Portrait” label released “Blowin’ Away”, the 19th Joan Baez album. It was recorded in 1977, and was produced by David Kershenbaum and Bernard Gelb.


  • Joan Baez – vocals, guitar
  • Dean Parks – guitars, bass
  • Elliot Randall, David Mansfield, Dean Parks – guitars
  • Donald “Duck” Dunn, Wilton Felder – bass
  • Jim Gordon, Mike Botts, Rick Shlosser- drums
  • Joe Sample, Larry Knechtel,Malcolm Cecil – keyboards
  • David Mansfield, Jeff Baxter – steel guitar
  • Larry Knechtel – piano
  • Mike Bots – percussion
  • Tom Scott – saxophone
  • David Mansfield – violin, mandolin
  • Arranged by – Dean Parks, Elliott Randall, Joe Sample, Larry Knechtel, Wilton Felder, Tom Scott
  • John Berg – design
  • Kin Schilling – photography
  • Michael Gershman – sleeve notes
  • Dee Robb, Mike Stavrou, George Tutko – engineer
  • Mastered by – Alex Kazanegras, Kirby Veach
  • Recorded by – Tom Vacari

Track listing:

All tracks by Joan Baez; except where noted

  1. Sailing – Gavin Sutherland
  2. Many a Mile to Freedom – Steve Winwood, Anna Capaldi
  3. Miracles
  4. Yellow Coat – Steve Goodman
  5. Time Rag
  6. A Heartfelt Line or Two
  7. I’m Blowin’ Away – Eric Kaz
  8. Luba the Baroness
  9. Altar Boy and the Thief
  10. Cry Me a River – Arthur Hamilton


In June 1971.

In June 1971, “Columbia” label released “New York City (You’re a Woman)”, the fourth Al Kooper album. It was recorded in 1971, and was produced by Al Kooper.


  • Al Kooper – piano, organ, guitars, mellotron, harmonium, vocals
  • Paul Humphries– drums
  • Bobbye Hall Porter– percussion
  • Lou Shelton– guitar
  • Terry Kath– guitar solo
  • Carol Kaye, Herbie Flowers– electric bass
  • Bobby West – acoustic andelectric bass
  • Roger Pope – drums
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow– pedal steel
  • Caleb Quaye– guitar
  • Rita Coolidge, Venetta Fields, Clydie King, Donna Weiss, Julia Tillman Waters, Edna Wright, Maxine Willard Waters, Lorna Willard, Edna Woods, Claudia Lennear, Dorothy Morrison, Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith, Robert John, Michael Gately and Jay Siegel – backing vocals
  • Doug Pomeroy, Frank Laico, Ken Scott, Mark Friedman, Sy Mitchell – engineers
  • Richard Avedon– cover photography
  • John Berg – design

Track listing:

  1. New York City (You’re a Woman) – Al Kooper
  2. John the Baptist (Holy John) – Al Kooper, Phyllis Major
  3. Can You Hear It Now (500 Miles) – traditional, arr. by Al Kooper
  4. The Ballad of the Hard Rock Kid – Al Kooper
  5. Going Quietly Mad – Al Kooper
  6. Medley
  • Oo Wee Baby, I Love You – Richard Parker
  • Love Is A Man’s Best Friend – Irwin Levine, Kooper
  1. Back on My Feet – Al Kooper
  2. Come Down in Time – Bernie Taupin, Elton John
  3. Dearest Darling – Bo Diddley
  4. Nightmare #5 – Al Kooper
  5. The Warning (Someone’s on the Cross Again) – Al Kooper, Phyllis Major

In June 1970.

In June 1970, “Columbia” label released “Blood, Sweat & Tears 3”, the third Blood, Sweat & Tears album. It was recorded in 1970, and was produced by Bobby Colomby and Roy Halee.


  • David Clayton-Thomas- lead vocals
  • Fred Lipsius- alto saxophone, piano, backing vocals, electric piano, music box
  • Lew Soloff- trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Chuck Winfield- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jerry Hyman- trombone, bass trombone, recorder
  • Steve Katz- guitar, lead vocals, harmonica
  • Dick Halligan- organ, backing vocals, piano, electric piano, harpsichord, celeste, trombone, flute, alto flute, baritone horn
  • Jim Fielder- bass
  • Bobby Colomby- drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • Engineers: Roy Halee, Lou Waxman, Robert Honablue
  • Arrangers: David Clayton-Thomas, Bobby Colomby, Jim Fielder, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius
  • Design: John Berg
  • Photography: Lee Friedlander, Melissa Katz, Fred Lombardi

Track listing:

  1. Hi-De-Ho – Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  2. The Battle – Dick Halligan, Steve Katz
  3. Lucretia MacEvil – David Clayton-Thomas
  4. Lucretia’s Reprise – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  5. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
  6. Lonesome Suzie – Richard Manuel
  7. Symphony for the Devil – Dick Halligan / Sympathy for the Devil – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  8. He’s a Runner – Laura Nyro
  9. Somethin’ Comin’ On – Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton
  10. 40,000 Headmen – Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi

In May 1975.

In May 1975, “Columbia” label released “Tale Spinnin’”, the sixth Weather Report album. It was recorded February-April 1975, at “Wally Heider Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter.


  • Josef Zawinul- Rhodes piano, acoustic piano, melodica, TONTO synthesizer, ARP 2600 synthesizer, organ, steel drums, oud, mzuthra, West African talking drum, xylophone, cymbals, vocals
  • Wayne Shorter- Soprano and tenor saxophones
  • Alphonso Johnson- electric bass
  • Leon “Ndugu” Chancler- drums, tympani, marching cymbals
  • Alyrio Lima – percussion
  • Bruce Botnick- recording engineer, mixing
  • Wayne Shorter– mixing
  • Teresa Alfieri, John Berg – cover design

Track listing:

All tracks by Joe Zawinul except where noted.

  1. Man in the Green Shirt
  2. Lusitanos – Wayne Shorter
  3. Between the Thighs
  4. Badia
  5. Freezing Fire – Wayne Shorter
  6. Five Short Stories

In April 1981.

In April 1981, “Epic” label released “Bad for Good”, the first Jim Steinman album. It was recorded August 1980-March 1981, and was produced by John Jansen, Todd Rundgren, Jim Steinman and Jimmy Iovine.


  • Jim Steinman– lead vocals, keyboards, spoken word
  • Rory Dodd– lead vocals; backing vocals
  • Karla DeVito– lead vocals
  • Todd Rundgren– guitars, backing vocals
  • Davey Johnstone– guitars; mandolin
  • Kasim Sulton– bass; backing vocals
  • Steve Buslowe– bass
  • Neil Jason– bass
  • Roy Bittan– piano
  • Steven Margoshes– piano, conductor, string arrangement
  • Roger Powell– synthesizer
  • Larry “Synergy” Fast– synthesizer
  • Max Weinberg– drums
  • Allan Schwartzberg– drums
  • Joe Stefko– drums
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • Alan Rubin– trumpet
  • Tom Malone– horn arrangements, trombone
  • Lew Del Gatto– baritone sax
  • Lou Marini– tenor sax
  • Ellen Foley– backing vocals
  • Eric Troyer– backing vocals
  • Will Malone– string arrangement
  • Charles Calello– conductor
  • Tom Edmonds, John Jansen, Todd Rundgren, Gray Russell, Shelly Yakus – engineers
  • John Jansen – mixing
  • Greg Calbi, Ted Jensen, George Marino – mastering
  • Gray Russell – production coordination
  • Roy Bittan, Todd Rundgren, Jim Steinman – arrangers
  • John Berg – art direction
  • Jim Steinman – cover art concept
  • Richard Corben – cover art
  • Don Hunstein – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Jim Steinman.

  1. Bad for Good
  2. Lost Boys and Golden Girls
  3. Love and Death and an American Guitar
  4. Stark Raving Love
  5. Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire)
  6. Surf’s Up
  7. Dance in My Pants
  8. Left in the Dark

In March 1975.

In March 1975, “Columbia” label released “Between the Lines” the seventh Janis Ian studio album. It was recorded in 1974, at “914 Sound Studios” in Blauvelt, New York, and was produced by Brooks Arthur.


  • Al Gorgoni, Janis Ian, Sal DiTroia, Dave Snider, Dickie Frank – guitar
  • Don Payne, Richard Davis, George Duvivier – bass
  • Barry Lazarowitz – drums, percussion
  • Larry Alexander – percussion
  • Kenny Kosek, Russell George – fiddle
  • Violins: Arianna Bronne, Lewis Cley, Peter Dimitriades, Marie Hence, Max Hollander, Kathryn Kienke, Ezra Kliger, Harold Kohon, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Sackson, Julius Schachter, Ora Shiran, Harry Urbont, Masako Yanagita
  • Violas: Seymour Berman, George Brown, Eugenie Dengel, Patty Kopec, Richard Maximoff, David Sackson, Emanuel Vardi
  • Celli: Seymour Barab, Gloria Lanzarone, Beverly Lauridsen, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, George Ricci
  • Trumpets: Ray Crisara, Burt Collins, Jimmy Sedlar, Joe Shepley
  • Trombones: Eddie Bert, Mickey Gravine, Alan Raph, Bill Watrous
  • French Horn: Jim Buffington
  • Flutes: Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner
  • Flugelhorn: Burt Collins
  • Tenor saxophone: Joe Grimm, Seldon Powell
  • String and horn arrangements: Ron Frangipane
  • Orchestral Contractor: Artie Kaplan
  • Engineered by Brooks Arthur, Larry Alexander, Russ Payne
  • Art Direction and Design: John Berg, Paul Perlow
  • Photography: Peter Cunningham
  • Production Coordinator: Herb Gart

Track listing:

All tracks by Janis Ian.

  1. When the Party’s Over
  2. At Seventeen
  3. From Me to You
  4. Bright Lights and Promises
  5. In the Winter
  6. Water Colors
  7. Between the Lines
  8. The Come On
  9. Light a Light
  10. Tea and Sympathy
  11. Lover’s Lullaby

In March 1973.

In March 1973, “Columbia” label released “Still Alive and Well” the fifth Johnny Winter album. It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Rick Derringer.


  • Johnny Winter– guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Randy Jo Hobbs– bass
  • Richard Hughes – drums
  • Rick Derringer– slide guitar on “Silver Train”, pedal steel guitar, click and electric guitar
  • Jeremy Steig– flute
  • Todd Rundgren– Mellotron
  • Mark Klingman– piano
  • Cover Design: John Berg, Ed Lee

Track listing:

  1. Rock Me Baby – Big Bill Broonzy, Arthur Crudup
  2. Can’t You Feel It – Dan Hartman
  3. Cheap Tequila – Rick Derringer
  4. All Tore Down – Joe Crane
  5. Rock & Roll – Johnny Winter
  6. Silver Train – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  7. Ain’t Nothing to Me – Eric Dunbar
  8. Still Alive & Well – Rick Derringer
  9. Too Much Seconal – Johnny Winter
  10. Let It Bleed – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards


In February 1972.


In February 1972, “Columbia” label released “Blue River”, the ninth Eric Andersen album. It was recorded in 1971, in Nashville, and was produced by Norbert Putnam. “Blue River” is regarded  as a landmark recording for the singer-songwriter and folk rock genres.


  • Eric Andersen- acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals
  • David Bromberg- dobro, acoustic guitar
  • Andy Johnson- electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vibraphone, background vocals
  • David Briggs- organ, keyboards, celeste
  • Weldon Myrick- steel guitar
  • Norbert Putnam- bass
  • Glen Spreen- organ, harpsichord, keyboards, woodwinds
  • Eddie Hinton- acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Grady Martin- gut string guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Kevin Kelly- accordion
  • Mark Sporer- bass
  • Kenneth Buttrey- drums, percussion, tambourine
  • Jim McKevitt- drums
  • Rick Shlosser- drums
  • Deborah Andersen- piano, background vocals
  • Joni Mitchell- vocals, background vocals
  • Farrell Morris- vibraphone, background vocals
  • Jerry Carrigan- percussion
  • Millie Kirkham- background vocals
  • Sonja Montgomery- background vocals
  • Laverna Moore- background vocals
  • Florence Warner- background vocals
  • Temple Riser- background vocals
  • The Jordanaires- background vocals
  • The Holidays- background vocals
  • Recording Engineer: Stan Hutto, Glen Kolotkin, Stan Tonkel
  • Production Manager: Jessica Sowin
  • Art Direction: John Berg
  • Liner Notes: Anthony DeCurtis
  • Photography: Urve Kuusik, Sandy Speiser, Don Nelson

Track listing:

  1. Is It Really Love at All – Eric Andersen
  2. Pearl’s Goodtime Blues – Eric Andersen
  3. Wind and Sand – Eric Andersen
  4. Faithful – Eric Andersen
  5. Blue River – Eric Andersen
  6. Florentine – Eric Andersen
  7. Sheila – Eric Andersen
  8. More Often Than Not – David Wiffen
  9. Round the Bend – Eric Andersen

On December 1, 1972.


On December 1, 1972, “Vertigo” label released “Octopus”, the fourth Gentle Giant album. It was recorded July – August 1972, at “Advision Studios” in London, and was produced by Gary Green, Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman,Phil Shulman, Ray Shulman and John Weathers. In the Q & Mojo “Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock”, “Octopus” was ranked at number 16 in its list of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums”. “Prog Magazine” ranked the album at number 65 in its list of “The 100 Greatest Prog Albums of All Time”.


  • Gary Green- electric guitars, percussion
  • Kerry Minnear- piano, Hammond organ, Minimoog, electric piano, Mellotron, Clavinet, harpsichord, regal, vibraphone, cello, percussion, lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Derek Shulman- lead vocals, alto saxophone
  • Phil Shulman- trumpet, tenor saxophone, mellophone, lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Ray Shulman- bass, violin, viola , electric violin, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • John Weathers- drums, bongos, varispeed cymbal, xylophone
  • Martin Rushent – engineering
  • Cliff Morris – mastering
  • Geoff Young – tape operator
  • Murray Krugman – over-all American Supervision
  • John Berg – cover concept & design
  • Fluid Drive – art
  • Charles White III – illustration
  • Kenny Kneitel – design
  • Michael Doret – lettering

Track listing:

All music by Kerry Minnear and Ray Shulman; all lyrics by Derek Shulman and Phil Shulman

  1. The Advent of Panurge
  2. Raconteur Troubadour
  3. Knots
  4. A Cry for Everyone
  5. The Boys in the Band
  6. Dog’s Life
  7. Think of Me with Kindness
  8. River