Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- Listened to 6 different albums. Total for 60 days- 370 different albums. On pace for 2251.
- ATLANTIC RHYTHM AND BLUES: 1947-74: DISC 7: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. The anthology is still going strong- mid to late 60’s- Aretha, Otis, Wilson Pickett.
- ATLANTIC RHYTHM AND BLUES: 1947-74: DISC 8- 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Like most box sets- the last disc tails off whether it’s an artist or a record company. Some good stuff on here but overall if they had left this as a 7 disc anthology you wouldn’t miss all that much but the decline.
- ELVIS COSTELLO: KOJAK VARIETY: 1994: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. EC doing an album of covers- most of them of obscure songs, the most famous being “Days” by The Kinks. Not an essential purchase unless your an EC completest. I do prefer his putting this out to say a live album. Yes I know there have been great live albums but most are rather useless, or to a greatest hits/best of type thing. The demise of the Live album a good thing if you ask me.
- BILLY JOE SHAVER: OLD FIVE AND DIMERS LIKE ME: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Billy Joe Shaver is the country version of The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Big Star, The Replacements– acts that were great and for some reason just didn’t become as big as their talent. For the life of me I can’t understand how Shaver’s friends- Waylon and Willie hit it big and Shaver didn’t. Waylon’s “Honky Tonk Heroes” album was an album of songs written by Shaver [except for one song} from everything I’ve read seeing Shaver in concert is an experience. It wasn’t until his last album that a Shaver album even hit the country music album charts, he’s never had a hit on his own. Just a head shaker. And this album- his debut is fantastic.
- BILLY JOE SHAVER: WHEN I GET MY WINGS: 1976 : 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- BILLY JOE SHAVER: GYPSY BOY: 1977: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
I listen to an average of 10 hours of music each day, so how long the albums are will determine how many albums I listen to each day. Can listen to a lot more 25′ albums from the ’60s than the 50′ albums from the ’00s.
I don’t know much about Billy Joe Shaver, but your description has me intrigued. If you ever want to write up a series of my album reviews about him for my blog, just let me know – I’d be happy if you wanted to, as our tastes are often pretty similar.
Sounds good, I will work on a review for his first album “Old Five And Dimers.”
Oh cool! Normally I write an intro for the artist and then maybe 200-250 words for an album (and a youtube clip for a song that you want to highlight) – but you can choose to do an artist page with multiple reviews (eg just his first few albums, or whatever you’d like) or a one-off review on the 1970’s review page.