Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a period of 12 months.
TODAY- Listened to 7 different albums- 50 day total 310. on pace for 2263.
- LITTLE STEVEN: VOICE OF AMERICA: 1984: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Bruce’s buddy Miami Steve, a couple decades before he became even more famous as Silvio Dante in The Sopranos. His second album- a more garage sound than the first one [which I also like} and a political album. I hadn’t listened to this in some time, enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice this morning. Steven has a new album coming out soon- if it’s not already out. Voice Of America came out a few weeks before an album called “Born In The U.S.A.” by that Bruce fellow.
- THE RAMONES: ROAD TO RUIN: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. The last of the four classic albums that started The Ramones career. More fun from the boys- including their great “I Wanna Be Sedated.” I suggest you buy as many Ramones albums as you can.
- THE RAMONES :END OF THE CENTURY: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Phil Spector was brought in as producer and that brought along you guessed it- conflict. This album has more of a pop sound- to expand their fan base. Die hard fans didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first four- but it did reach #44 on the Top 200 Billboard Album Chart- which would be the highest they’d ever achieve. They got what they wanted but lost what they had. Not a bad album but not up to the high standards they set with the first four.
- BOB DYLAN: NASHVILLE SKYLINE: 1968: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. As the rock music world turns on- Bob goes to Nashville and does a song with Johnny Cash and more laid back country type songs. Pleasant but not essential.
- WAYLON JENNINGS: DREAMING MY DREAMS: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. 1975 was a big year for Outlaw Country- Willie released “Stardust” and Waylon this one.
“Are You Sure You Hank Done It This Way” was a #1 country hit and “Dreaming My Dreams With You” #10. The album was Waylon’s first #1 country album. Great stuff throughout.
- VAN MORRISON: DAYS LIKE THIS: 1995: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Van The Man’s best selling non-compilation album at the time. Again, Van sounds happy- sounds good, two songs duets with his daughter Shana.
- THE JAM: IN THE CITY: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Released forty years ago today. Can that really be? Released during the punk/ new wave period it fits neither. Paul Weller- who would become The Modfather was still eighteen years old when this was released- which is amazing. “In The City” is the best song on the album but I love this album- full of energy. Weller wrote ten of the dozen songs on this.