As is occasionally the case when there's no better ideas, a look at the album chart from this week in 1977:
1 Frank Sinatra - Portrait Of Sinatra
Subtitled Forty Songs From The Life Of A Man, even though he wasn't dead yet. 40 tracks long, possibly UK only.
2 ABBA - Arrival
Released in November 1976, it had one week at the top in January, dipped out of the top ten and then had a sudden resurgence off the back of Knowing Me Knowing You and had another nine weeks atop, not falling out of the top 40 until May 1978. Is the cover meant to represent a jetset lifestyle or an unusual method of hostage taking?
3 The Shadows - 20 Golden Greats
No sooner had they split up then EMI put out a hits collection so successful it forced their hand into reformation. You'll see the Shadows quite a bit when we get to the early 80s.
4 The Hollies - Hollies Live Hits
Not just the hits, the hits played live! Recorded in Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand too. Sounds more like a hopeful budget release than a top five album.
5 Various Artists - Heartbreakers
Another one off the K-Tel production line, 20 already superannuated weepies.
6 Leo Sayer - Endless Flight
7 Pink Floyd - Animals
Battersea Power Station iconising, Richard Wright annoying, Johnny Rotten hated.
8 Cliff Richard - Every Face Tells A Story
As you'll know from his last T-shirt.
9 John Denver - Best Of John Denver Vol.2
10 ABBA - Greatest Hits
You can get this on CD, surely rather pointlessly given the Gold franchise.
11 Status Quo - Live
12 The Manhattan Transfer - Coming Out
"The group downplayed the "nostalgic" tenor of their previous breakthrough album in favor of more contemporary songs". What must they have been like before, then? Ringo Starr and Dr John feature on one song.
13 Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
As we meet this leviathan for the first time it's, well, not doing so well, out of the top ten after six weeks. It'll take until September to break into the top three and January 1978 to go top. Just the 471 weeks in the top 100 to go.
14 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
His solo debut. Clearly.
15 David Soul - David Soul
16 Bryan Ferry - In Your Mind
His first solo album of original material, featuring what looks like someone else's hurredly reprinted album cover.
17 Studio Cast - Evita
18 David Bowie - Low
Entered at 2, basically fell like a stone.
19 Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
20 Glenn Miller - The Unforgettable Glenn Miller
21 Showaddywaddy - Greatest Hits
After only three albums, one of which peaked at 41.
22 Emerson Lake & Palmer - Works
23 Bad Company - Burnin' Sky
24 Eagles - Hotel California
The forthcoming release of the title track would take it back up to number two.
25 Lena Martell - The Best Of Lena Martell
26 T.Rex - Dandy In The Underworld
Their last album, out of the top 75 within three weeks. Steve Harley and The Dream Academy's Nick Laird-Clowes feature on backing vocals.
27 Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
28 Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-75
Sells in famously ridiculous numbers in America, but even here it didn't leave the top 50 between March '76 and November '77.
29 Original Soundtrack - A Star Is Born
The Streisand/Kristofferson version, which would eventually spend two weeks on top.
30 Iggy Pop - The Idiot
A new entry that immediately fell out of the published chart, of course, but Bowie's reputation still had some leeway.