Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a period of 12 months.
TODAY- Listened to 10 different albums- total for 63 days- 391 different albums. On pace for 2265.
- THE BEATLES: LIVE AT THE BBC: DISC 1: 1994: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. The Beatles from 1963-65 appeared on radio shows on the BBC. Finally in 1994 some of those recordings were officially released. Mostly covers, along with some original Beatles material and studio chatter appear here. A great historical document. A second volume would appear in 2013. What I like in this set is the material that didn’t appear on an official Beatles album
- THE BEATLES: LIVE AT THE BBC: DISC 2: 1994: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. More songs from the BBC sessions.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Today is the 39th anniversary- Bruce dropped this one on June 2, 1978. My first Bruce album and maybe that is a reason it is probably my favorite.
- BIG COUNTRY: THE BEST OF BIG COUNTRY: 1994: Scottish rock band whose debut album ‘The Crossing” hit #20 in America and their signature song “In A Big Country” peaked at #17 in the Billboard Top 100. I enjoyed the debut which came out in 1983 and thought they were going to be fairly big but it turns out although they kept going their popularity peaked with the debut. The guitarist-singer-songwriter who fronted the band sadly committed suicide in 2001. This is a very good survey of the group. I haven’t heard every Big Country album but this more than likely includes the songs you’d want to hear.
- CROWDED HOUSE: TOGETHER ALONE: 1993: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. To my ears every Crowded House album sounds like a ‘greatest hits” or “best of.” This album was made in their native New Zealand. Contains “In My Command”, “Pineapple Head”, “Locked Out”, “Private Universe” and my all time favorite Crowded House song and one of my Top 15 songs ever “Distant Sun”.. among other gems. In Neil Finn I Trust- what a songwriter.
- BOB DYLAN: SELF-PORTRAIT: 1970: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A book could probably be written about this album and the reaction to it. The critics hated it with a passion at the time. You have to go back to 1970 to understand that. In 1970 the rock music world was looking for a ‘statement’ from visionary Dylan-what does he give them? Not what they want. He releases a double album mostly of covers- 16 of the 24 songs were covers, of the eight Dylan originals none of them were answering any key questions of life. Greil Marcus the famous rock critic [who is still plugging away} famously started his review with this sentence “What is this s_ _ _?” The last three Dylan albums have been covers of Sinatra songs and old classic tunes and they are getting rave reviews. Dylan is now 76 and his fans and critics are just glad he is still around and active. No answers? That’s now ok. In 2013 one of the releases of the Dylan Bootleg Series was one on “Self Portrait” and it got rave reviews. The views of this album have changed slowly over the years. I will get to that “Bootleg” later as I roll though the enormous Dylan catalog.
- THE ROLLING STONES: STEEL WHEELS: 1988: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. I am between 3 and 4 stars on this one. Something of a comeback. The Stones sound like the Stones and there are some pretty good songs on it. I saw the Stones for the first time on the Steel Wheels Tour- not that they were playing a lot of songs from this one. A good Stones album not “Sticky Fingers” by any means but respectable.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: THE PROMISE: DISC 1: 2010: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Promise 2 CD’s came with the “Darkness” box set. The songs were written back in the late 70’s for what became the “Darkness On The Edge of Town” album- but didn’t make the cut. Bruce’s songwriting was overflowing at this time. Some of these songs rank among his finest but for some reason didn’t fit the original album.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: THE PROMISE: DISC 2: 2010: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- ELVIS COSTELLO: WHEN I WAS CRUEL: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: EC had for him anyway been quiet for a while his first solo album since 1996, he did do the album with Burt Bacharach in 1998. This was advertised as his first LOUD album in a while and it has some of the old Elvis bite to it.