Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Starters for Ten #210) 10.10.21

Starters for Ten 2019 – #210: Top Ten Sunday morning tracks: 190729

Bill Withers – Lovely Day (1977)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Concluding the 21st – my top ten Sunday morning tracks – here’s Lovely Day released by Bill Withers in 1977.

The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
[1] Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
[2] Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
[3] Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
[4] Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
[5] Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
[6] Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
[7] Mar 2-11: Top Ten Live Tracks
[8] Mar 12-21: Top Ten Classical pieces
[9] Mar 22-31: Top Ten Soul tracks
[10] April 1-10: Top Ten Classic Rock tracks
[11] April 11-20: Top Ten ‘Ten Years After’ numbers
[12] April 12-30: Top Ten ‘Talking Heads’ tracks
[13] May 1-10: Top Ten Punk Anthems
[14] May 11-20: Top Ten Rock numbers
[15] May 21-30: Top Ten Boogie tracks
[16] May 31-June 9: Top Ten Lurve songs
[17] June 10-19: Top Ten Driving Tracks
[18] June 20-29: Top Ten Britpop/invasion tracks
[19] June 30-July 9: Top Ten Jimi Hendrix numbers
[20] July 10-19: Top Ten 2018 tunes
[21] July 20-29: Top Ten Sunday Morning tracks
[22] July 30-August 8: Top Ten Fleetwood Mac tracks

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Cockney Rebel – Come up and see me (make me smile) (Starters for Ten #161) 1/10 (17)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #161: Top Ten Driving tracks: 190610

Cockney Rebel – Come up and see me (make me smile) (1975)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Kickstarting the 17th – featuring my top ten driving tracks, and running between 10 and 19 June – here’s Cockney Rebel’s Come up and see me (make me smile) released in 1975.

Slade – Coz I luv you (Starters for Ten #157) 7/10 (16)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #157: Top Ten Lurve songs: 190606

Slade – Coz I luv you (1971)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 16th – featuring my top ten ‘lurve’ songs, and running between 31 May and 9 June – here’s Slade’s Coz I luv you released in 1971.

Led Zeppelin – Presence (The ’59) #113

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Led Zeppelin – Presence (1976)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 18 – 1976.

Presence was the seventh studio album from Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on 31 March 1976. The album was a commercial success, reaching the top of both the British and American album charts, and achieving a triple-platinum certification in the United States, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and being the slowest-selling studio album by the band (other than the 1982 compilation album Coda).

It was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band’s history, as singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained the previous year in a car accident. Nevertheless, guitarist Jimmy Page describes Presence as the band’s “most important” album, proving they would continue and succeed despite the problems.

David Bowie – Hunky Dory (The ’59) #081

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David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 13 – 1971

Hunky Dory was David Bowie’s fourth studio, released on 17 December 1971 by RCA Records.It was his first release through RCA, one he kept for the next ten years. AllMusic describes Hunky Dory as having “a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie’s sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class”.

The album has received critical acclaim since its release, and is regarded as one of Bowie’s best works. Time chose it as part of their “100 best albums of all time” list in January 2010, with journalist Josh Tyrangiel praising Bowie’s “earthbound ambition to be a boho poet with prodigal style”.

The album cover, designed by George Underwood, was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich photo book that Bowie took with him to the photo shoot.

10cc – The Original Soundtrack (Epic #315)

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10cc – The Original Soundtrack (1975)

The Original Soundtrack was 10cc’s  third studio album. It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. The Original Soundtrack includes the singles “Life Is a Minestrone”, and “I’m Not in Love”, the band’s most popular song.

The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. It has since been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks and has been remastered. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.

“I’m not in love’ also featured on ‘The awesome Mix – Vol. 1’ – the soundtrack to the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy – one of my favourite films of the 21st century so far.

10cc – How Dare You (Epic #314)

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10cc – How dare you (1976)

How Dare You! is the fourth album by 10cc. Released in 1976, it included UK hit singles “I’m Mandy Fly Me” and “Art for Art’s Sake”. It was also the last 10cc album by the original line-up of Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme, with the latter two departing to work on their own musical projects, and eventually becoming music video pioneers. The album was the band’s third with cover artwork by the Hipgnosis creative team.