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Album of the Year Grammy Winners 1958 - 1982
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The Music from Peter Gunn (1958-1961 TV Series)
"The 1958 Album of the Year is filled with surging rhythms and established Henry Mancini as a master of driving, urban instrumental scores."
Come Dance With Me!
"The 1959 Album of the Year is one of Frank Sinatra's best efforts. He is in great voice and the Billy May arrangements swing hard"
Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart
"The 1960 Album of the Year is a non-musical comedy album by Bob Newhart. This was hugely popular and established Bob's signature style. The humor is still pretty timeless."
Judy At Carnegie Hall: Fortieth Anniversary Edition
"The 1961 Album of the Year is Judy Garland's tour de force. What an epic and wrenching performance. One of the greatest live recordings ever."
Bob Booker and Earl Doud Present the First Family (2 Volumes)
"The 1962 Album of Year is the last comedy winner at this date. Meader's work is hilarious and politically astute but is blunted by the tragic events that occurred later in the Kennedys' lives."
Barbra Streisand Album
"The 1963 Album of the Year was Barbra Streisand's debut and it features almost none of the songs she has come to be known for but is notable for her clear and light touch with classic standards."
Getz / Gilberto
"The 1964 Album of the Year features the amazing saxophone of Stan Getz and helped create a national obsession with the samba in popular music"
September of My Years
"The 1965 Album of the Year featured Sinatra on his own label singing songs of regret and longing over beautifully arranged strings. Sinatra's voice has never been more beautiful"
Sinatra: A Man And His Music
"The 1966 Album of the Year is an odball choice. The only anthology to ever win. It features re-recordings of Sinatra's earlier works and a narration by the Chairman of the Board himself."
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
"With the 1967 Album of the Year the Grammy finally recognized the British Invasion. One of the most influential rock albums of all time beautifully produced by George Martin."
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
"Campbell's slick country pop is really a blueprint for today's country artists. This album does have Campbell's soaring vocals at their most achingly lonely."
Blood Sweat & Tears
"The 1969 Album of the Year was the second album by this blues, and jazz influenced band with an amazing horn section. Hugely popular and influential but the group did not last."
Bridge over Troubled Water
"The 1970 Album of the Year was Simon and Garfunkel's last studio album and one of the most popular albums of the time. Every song is polished to perfection and they still shine brightly today."
"The 1971 Album of the Year is the first album by a woman singer/songwriter to win. This album is loaded with classics and King's soulful vocals are as moving and vital as ever."
Concert for Bangladesh
"The 1972 Album of the Year was created to help people in Bangladesh but shows the tremendous musicianship of Clapton, Starr, and Harrison at a peak."
"The 1973 Album of the Year is the beginning of Stevie Wonder's incredible Grammy run. It is incredibly beautiful but provides plenty of funk on the side. Breathtaking."
Fulfillingness' First Finale
"The 1974 Album of the Year was more funk driven than his previous effort containing political commentary that doesn't sacrifice its timelessness."
Still Crazy After All These Years
"The 1975 Album of the Year is one of Paul Simon's most musically accomplished solo albums while still being incredibly personal. He also briefly reunites with Garfunkel for a tune."
Songs In The Key Of Life [2 CD Remastered]
"The 1976 Album of the Year is Stevie Wonder's masterpiece. A huge sprawling work that covers a huge emotional and musical territory. An amazing achievment"
"The 1977 Album of the Year landed on the top of the charts and never let go establishing Fleetwood Mac as a force to be reckoned with for a long, long time."
Saturday Night Fever
"The 1978 Album of the Year is the album that represented the whole Disco movement. It is a virtual bible of all the music that dominated during that time."
"The 1979 Album of the Year features Billy Joel at the top of his game musically. Slick and enjoyable but not Joel's greatest work."
"The 1980 Album of the Year winner featured the easy going musically adept debut of Christopher Cross. The rookie shocked everyone by winning all the major awards and then faded from sight."
"The 1981 Album of the Year winner is a powerful melding of John Lennon's passionate love songs and Yoko Ono's emotional experiments that form a moving dialogue of devotion."
"The 1982 Album of the Year is a slick and listenable group of songs. Loaded with high powered anthems and sweet love songs it was Toto's most successful project."
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