423 Chic – C’est Chic

In August of 1978 Chic released their 2nd studio album.

The album was their most successful in a commercial sense, due in large part to the hit single, Le Freak, which dominated the charts globally, selling over six million copies in the US alone.

Nile Rogers is on full display, here. Bask his disco guitar “chunking” glory.

Lets talk Chic, C’est Chic!

422 Willie Nelson – Stardust

In April of 1978, beloved pot enthusiast and Highwayman, Willie Nelson, released his 22nd studio album.

Following the breakout success of 1975’s The Redheaded Stranger, 1976’s platinum selling Wanted! The Outlaws, and 1978’s #3 Billboard Country Top Country Album, From Lefty To Willie, Nelson decided he’d like to record some songs from his childhood.

With the help of his neighbor/producer Booker T. Jones and much to the chagrin of Columbia record executives, he did just that.

Let’s talk Willie Nelson, Stardust!

 

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421 Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear

In December of 1978, Marvin Gaye released is 15th studio album.

Herein lies the tale of a man, his divorce, the four months of studio time and double LP he made chronicling it.

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420 The Saints – Eternally Yours

Known Australian band not named INXS or AC/DC, The Saints, released their sophomore album in May of 1978.

Recorded in 1977 and originally title International Robots, the album is considered by the band to be their first proper release, as the previous record, (I’m) Stranded, was made of various demos.

It is considered to be one of the very best LPs of the first wave of punk.

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419 Dire Straits – Dire Straits

In June of 1978, known band featuring Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, released thier debut album.

With Steve Winwood’s brother working the faders, the record took just under a month to produce.

Critical reception varied from “an accomplished debut” to “It’s almost as if they were aware that their forte has nothing to do with what’s currently happening in the industry, but couldn’t care less.”

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418 Devo – Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo!

In the year 1978, known Akronites and pioneers who got scalped, DEVO, released their debut studio album.

Recorded at Conny Plank’s home studio in Cologne Germany and w/ Brian Eno at the helm, the album is a true turning point in what punk was devolving towards.

“The fittest shall survive, yet the unfit may live.”

Let’s talk DEVO, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

417 The Cars – The Cars

In June of 1978, The Cars released their debut album.

Recorded at AIR studios in London and produced by Roy Thomas Baker, the resulting nine songs play as a best of album.

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416 Willie Colón & Rubén Blades – Siembra

In the year 1978, Rubén Blades and Willie Colón released their second of four collaborative works.

This was the best selling Salsa album of all time, with most all of the tracks on the record being a #1 single in countries across Latin America.

With infectious grooves and sick hooks such as these, the collective butts of the world can do nothing but shimmy and shake to their dulcet tones.

Let’s talk Rubén Blades and Willie Colón, Siembra!

415 Van Halen – Van Halen

In February of 1978 Van Halen released their debut album.

Taking there live set directly into the studio and over the course of two week, the band recorded everything thing they knew how to play. The results? Well, they speak for themselves.

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414 Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen

In March of 1978 The Buzzcocks release their first studio album.

It features neither the single Orgasm Addict nor What Do I Get on account of the misguided British punk ethos “if a person buys the single and the record and the single is on there, they will feel like they’ve been ripped off”.
That’s great for 1978, not so much for crate digging in the 21st century.

Those physical media quibbles aside, it is a master class in popcraft.

Let’s talk The Buzzcocks, Another Music in a Different Kitchen!

413 Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food

In July of 1978, Talking Heads released their second studio album.

With this outing (and subsequent two other recordings) being helmed by Brian Eno, the band’s sound truly begins to come into it’s own.

Lets talk Talking Heads, More Songs About Building and Food!

412 Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous

In the Summer of 1978, known Dino’s denizens and boys returning home, Thin Lizzy, released their Live double album.

Compiled from various live recordings the world over and with the occasional studio overdub done by Tony Visconti, the resulting seventy six minutes and twenty six seconds of rock music has been rightfully hailed as one of the greatest live albums of all time.

Let’s talk Thin Lizzy, Live and Dangerous!

411 Throbbing Gristle – D.o.A: Third and Final Report

In December of 1978, Throbbing Gristle released their second studio album on their Industrial record label.

Is it an easy listen? Absolutely not.

Is it important? Absolutely yes.

Lets talk Throbbing Gristle, D.O.A Third and Final Report!

410 Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove

In September of 1978 Funkadelic released their 10th studio album.

It was their most successful release, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Magazine’s R&B charts and number 16 on the Billboard 200.

Lauded by critics, considered by many one of the best albums of all time, but it is as fun as Mothership Connection?

Let’s talk Funkadelic, One Nation Under a Grove!

409 Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town

Hero to the working man and godfather of heartland rock, Bruce Springsteen, released his 4th studio album in the Summer of 1978.

Gone are the good times of Born To Run, replaced instead by ruminations of crushed dreams and dashed hopes.

Truly, this is the tale of New Jersey.

Let’s talk Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town!

408 Magazine – Real Life

In the Summer of 1978, Magazine released their debut album.

Shrugging of the constricts and posturing of punk, the band opted to push that raw energy into a more melodic form.

The results? A fantastic recording with pop sensibilities and true lyrical depth.

Let’s talk Magazine, Real Life!

407 Public Image Limited – Public Image Limited

In December of 1978, Public Image Limited released their 1st studio recording.

The record is a mess.

Brimming with the lyrical stylings of a young man desperate to show he’s got serious things to say, but delivered with the obnoxious air of one who just couldn’t be bothered.
It is a juvenile master class in self-importance, masquerading as a grand statement.

These are not songs. This is not an album.
But goodness gracious, that guitar tone and bass work is setting a pretty table for the future of rock music.

Let’s talk PiL, First Issue!

 

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406 The Residents – Duck Stab/Buster and Glen

In November of 1978, The Resident’s released their 5th studio album on Ralph Records

It was their most commercial sound recording to date and that is really saying something.

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405 Big Star – Third – Sister Lovers

In the year 1974, after two commercial failures with Radio City and #1 Record, Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens went back into Ardent studio to record some tracks.

What came of those sessions was so depressive, ramshackle, and unmarketable that the recordings languished in rock n roll purgatory until PVC Recordings acquired and released them under Big Star’s name four years later.

Truly, this is the dulcet sound of everything falling apart.

Lets talk Big Star, Third – Sister Lovers!

 

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404 The Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea With the Adverts

In February of 1978, The Adverts released their debut album.

It has been heralded as not only one of the best punk albums of all time but also one of the best albums of the 1970s.

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403 Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade

“There hasn’t been anything like this since Gram Parsons was around to make Grievous Angel, or do I mean Gilded Palace of Sin?”

– Robert Christgau

In The year 1978, Joe Ely opened for The Clash in London and released his second studio album. It has been hailed as a must listen country record of the 1970s and who are we to argue?

Let’s talk Joe Ely, Honky Tonk Masquerade!

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402 The Jam – All Mod Cons

In November of 1978 known Mods (and maybe cons?), The Jam, released their 3rd studio album.

Coming off a less than well received US tour supporting BÖC and the record label demanding a hit, The Jam went into the studio and through sheer force of will cobbled together what NME considers to be the 219th best album of all time.

Let’s talk The Jam, All Mod Cons!

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401 Elvis Costello -This Year’s Model

In the late Winter of 1978, Elvis Costello released his second album.

Nary a sophmore slump to found here.
With the addition of his backing band, The Attractions, Costello was able to create what many consider to be one of the finest albums of the 70s.

Let’s talk Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model!

 

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400 The Only Ones – The Only Ones

In the early Spring of 1978, The Only Ones released their debut album.

Throwing punk, power pop, and psych into a musical blender, the band delivers an aural concoction that is a feast for the ears.

Lets talk The Only Ones, The Only Ones!

 

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