Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- LISTENED TO 10 DIFFERENT ALBUMS. TOTAL FOR 40 DAYS- 258 DIFFERENT ALBUMS. ON PACE FOR 2354.
- TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: YOU’RE GONNA GET IT!: 1978: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Not as strong as the debut album to my ears the sophomore slump. He would quickly bounce back.
- VAN MORRISON: ENLIGHTENMENT: 1990: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Kind of a continuation of “Avalon Sunset”- the most interesting song on this album being “In The Days Before Rock ‘N Roll.”
- THE ROLLING STONES: NO STONE UNTURNED: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Non-album singles A and B-sides that didn’t make it on their 60’s albums. Essential, a lot of great stuff.
- JONI MITCHELL: CLOUDS: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Highlights- two songs Joni had written that had been already covered by others- “Both Sides, Now” and “Chelsea Morning.” This album sounds more confident than her debut album did.
- THE POGUES: THE VERY BEST OF THE POGUES: 2001: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: For a brief moment The Pogues were probably the greatest band in the world.
- NEIL YOUNG: RUST NEVER SLEEPS: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite Neil Young album. “Powderfinger” is my favorite Neil Young song ever. They should make a movie of that song- I once had a dream of that song that was like a movie. I wish I could have captured that dream.
- CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: MARDI GRAS: 1972: 1 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Democracy isn’t always a good thing- case in point- as CCR was falling apart they decided that they would share the songwriting equally. Now c’mon the songwriter in CCR that wrote the classic songs was John Fogerty- do we want to hear from Doug Clifford or Stu Cook? NO..[ John’s brother Tom had already left the group before this} then critic Jon Landau famously wrote about “Marti Gras” that it is the worst album I have ever heard from a major band.” That statement is hard to argue with. I will give this 1 star- for Fogerty’s “Someday Never Comes.”
- DURAN DURAN: GREATEST: 1998: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. I must admit I didn’t care much for this band in the early 80’s when they hit MTV- but 30 years later- I kind of like them. Not an essential group or anything but most of their hits were ok. Favorite song of theirs “New Moon On Monday” and “Reach Up For the Sunrise” which came along after this album was released.
- STEVE EARLE: THE REVOLUTION STARTS NOW: 2004: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Steve’s most political album during the heart of the Bush years. No he wasn’t a fan.
- GEORGE HARRISON: BRAINWASHED: 2002: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. For my money the two best George Harrison albums were his first “All Things Must Pass” and his final one, released a year after his passing. “If you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you there.”