Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY-Listened to 7 albums- total for 59 days- 364 albums. On pace for 2252,
- ATLANTIC RHYTHM AND BLUES: 1947-1974: DISC 6: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Otis, Aretha, Sam and Dave, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, Percy Sledge–great disc in this box set.
- THE ROLLING STONES: EMOTIONAL RESCUE: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. “Some Girls” was my first ‘new’ Stones album and I played that one to death. When this came out I was full of anticipation. It was a severe disappointment. Not that I was expecting “Some Girls II” but I was expecting another great album. I certainly gave it dozens of listens at the time but it never got me. Mediocre. Of course it was a Stones album so on the charts it went to #1 and had a couple hit singles. It’s been thirty- seven years since its release. I know what I am listening too- it is an average album. Not their worst but even all these years later my first thought when I think of this one is the disappointment I felt in the summer of 1980.
- THE ROLLING STONES: TATTOO YOU: 1981: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. This is a curious album- most of the songs had been recorded back in the 70’s or for the “Emotional Rescue” album– yet it is a much better album than “Emotional Rescue.” Some claim it as a classic Stones album- I won’t go that far but it’s pretty solid all the way through and Mick isn’t using that annoying accent he used on “Emotional Rescue.”
- THE BYRDS: MR. TAMBOURINE MAN: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. A great debut that doesn’t get mentioned often in the ‘greatest debut’ discussions. They were a folk group until they saw A Hard Day’s Night- then they went out and outfitted themselves with The Beatles instruments. Four Dylan songs covered including “Mr. Tambourine Man” which they would take to #1. One of those situations where both artists- The Byrds and Dylan benefited by The Byrds doing the Bob tunes. Hmmmm they took Mr. Tambourine Man to #1 with that sound- maybe I’ll go that way too.
- THE BYRDS: TURN! TURN! TURN!: 1965: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. The title track would give The Byrds their second #1 single. Strong sophomore effort. They cover a couple more Dylan tunes.
- THE BYRDS: FIFTH DIMENSION: 1966: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An odd record which doesn’t seem to know which way its going- old folk, folk-rock, instrumental, rock- a little of everything. Most of it works- their greatest song in my opinion “Eight Miles High” is on this. Their chief songwriter Gene Clark had left the group. Also they covered no Bob Dylan songs on this one.
- THE BYRDS: YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. An album that was kind of overlooked/ not critically acclaimed at the time but has aged well and is now considered one of their best albums. “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n Roll Star” is the most known song on this set and it was only a moderate hit as a single in the US. The album is a mature work of a band that was changing. David Crosby and Chris Hillman emerged as primary songwriters on this one and they did a Dylan cover “My Back Pages.”
How do you decide which albums to listen to?
I have a little over 1,451 hours of music in my non-classical digital music collection, and I listen to everything in chronological order. This morning I am in April 1983 with Murmur by REM, Sirens by Savatage, Faster than the Speed of Light by Bonnie Tyler, Whammy by the B-52s, Head first by Uriah Heep, Peace of Mind by Iron Maiden, Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads, Zig-Zag Walk by Foghat, Holy Diver by Dio, and Canterbury by Diamond Head. That will probably get me to the afternoon.
Kind of depends what mood I am in. Also as far as this project goes I’ve been keeping track of what I listen to so I don’t repeat albums. I do listen to stuff over at times but keep that off my list. I have also been listening to the entire catalogs of some artists from first to last. Today I’ve listened to a couple so-so Stones albums from the 80’s. Sounds like you listen to a wide variety of stuff. first thing I listened to this morning was Speaking In Tongues!- 34th anniverary of it’s release.!!!!