XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19761) Peter Frampton-Frampton Comes AliveAfter 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.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19762) Stevie Wonder- Songs In The Key Of LifeThe 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.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19763) Boston-BostonSelf titled debut album has been certified 17X Platinum. Is the second best selling debut album in US history behind Appetite For Destruction.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19764) Wings-Wings Over AmericaA rare triple album was largely created in part of the success of a bootleg copy of a live performance.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19765) Steve Miller Band-Fly Like An EagleWas voted by Rolling Stone as the top album of 1976. Featured contributions from Joe Satriani and George Thorogood
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19766) Jackson Browne-The PretenderReleased 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.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19767) Kansas- LeftovertureThe 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.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19768) Led Zeppelin- The Song Remains the SameThe 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."
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 19769) Bob Dylan-DesireDylan 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.”
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 197610) Genesis- A Trick of The TailThis 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.