10) A Trick of the Tail – Genesis Genesis This is the first Genesis album to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel. After Peter Gabriel left, the remaining members auditioned over 400 potential new lead singers. Initially, Phil Collins did not wish to take over for Gabriel, opting instead to teach the potential lead singers the songs. When the auditions failed to produce a suitable vocalist, Collins reluctantly went in the studio to sing "Squonk" and the band decided that Collins should be the new vocalist.
9) Desire – Bob Dylan Dylan discovered the violinist Scarlet Rivera just before his recording session for this album, “… while being driven in his limousine around the Village, Dylan spotted Scarlet Rivera walking with her violin in the case. Dylan stopped to converse with Rivera and invited her to his rehearsal studio where she spent the afternoon playing along with several of the new songs. According to Rivera, "One More Cup of Coffee," "Isis," and "Mozambique" were all rehearsed with Dylan on guitar and Rivera accompanying on violin.”
8) The Song Remains the Same – Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same is the soundtrack album to a concert film of the same name which took place during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1973. The members of Led Zeppelin stated that the film and album were "the band's special way of giving their millions of friends what they had been clamouring for—a personal and private tour of Led Zeppelin. For the first time the world has a front row seat to Led Zeppelin."
7) Leftoverture – Kansas The album was recorded in rural Louisiana where Kerry Livgren described the studio as being in the middle of a swamp. The album was remastered and re-released in 2001.
6) The Pretender – Jackson Browne Released after the suicide of Browne’s wife Phylis Major. The single “Here Comes The Tears” was co-written by Nancy Farnsworth, Phylis Major’s mother.
5) Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Fly Like An Eagle was voted by Rolling Stone as the top album of 1976. Featured contributions from Joe Satriani and George Thorogood
4) Wings Over America – Wings A rare triple album was largely created in part of the success of a bootleg copy of a live performance.
3) Boston – Boston Self titled debut album has been certified 17X Platinum. Is the second best selling debut album in US history behind Appetite For Destruction.
2) Songs In The Key Of Life – Stevie Wonder The title of the album is supposed to represent a complex “key of life” formula and offer proposals for indefinite success. Was the first album to debut at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart by an American Artist.
1) Frampton Comes Alive – Peter Frampton After 4 unsuccessful solo albums, Peter Frampton’s double disc live album was a smash hit. The album was recorded at Winterland in San Francisco and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York.