151. Zoom

Zoom is about the future apparently (the 1973 album in question being called 1990), though men had already been walking the moon for four years by then, smacking golf balls around even.  Either way, this is the Temptations (arguably the greatest all male vocal group ever) together with their producer Norman Whitfield boldly and beautifully going as far (and as long) as they ever would, indeed as far as man ever has, a thirteen trip, which if taken at the speed of light would actually get you to Mars. Not bad for a bunch of guys †from the wrong side of the tracks, Detroit.

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927. mission (a world record)

Deep cut from the album that finally, irrefutably kicked the Electric Light Orchestra into the big leagues, 1976’s New World Record. A story song about an alien that comes down to earth, gets taken for a street person, files a negative report back to the home planet. It was a common theme in those days as the afterglow of the big deal moon landings faded and the various grim realities of life on earth got harder and harder to ignore. Same as it ever was.

elo-1976