Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- Listened to 10 different albums. Total for 64 days is 401. On pace for 2287.
- VAN MORRISON: TELL ME SOMETHING- THE SONGS OF MOSE ALLISON: 1996: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. To me the most unessential Van Morrison release ever. It is nice that he pays tribute and shines a light on one of his heroes. The results aren’t all that great. The album was recorded in one day and the songs on the first or second take. Van shares the album with Mose, Ben Sidran and Georgie Fame- it did reach #1 on the jazz chart in the US. Van only sings on a few songs and well his vocals are to me the highlight.
- BOB DYLAN: NEW MORNING: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Just four months after releasing his controversial double album “Self-Portrait” Bob drops “New Morning” a Bob Dylan album of Bob Dylan songs. It got generally good reviews at the time. I think it has been one of Bob’s more underappreciated albums over the years. The most well known song on this set is probably “If Not For You” which would be covered the same year by Bob’s friend Beatle George.
- JOHN SPILLANE: THE BEST OF JOHN SPILLANE- SO FAR SO GOOD, LIKE: 2009: I discovered Spillane through Larry Kirwan’s fantastic “Celtic Crush” SiriusXM radio show- what a great voice. I could listen to him sing all day. This is a fantastic introduction. Favorite songs “Passage West”, “Magic Nights In The Lobby Bar”, “The Beat of My Heart” and “The Dunnes Store Girl” but the entire album is very enjoyable. From Cork, Ireland.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: BORN IN THE U.S.A.: 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Tomorrow- June 4th will be the anniversary of this albums release- in 1984-33 years. This was one of the huge albums of the time period- “Thriller”- “Purple Rain” also ruled that year. Here is something that is amazing -the entire 52 weeks of 1984- there were only 5 albums to hold the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was #1 until mid-April, the worthless “Footloose” album then took over for 10 weeks in a row, then pedestrian rock had it’s day with Huey Lewis and The News grabbing #1 for one week at the end of June, The Boss and this album ruled July’s four weeks and then Prince and his “Purple Rain” was #1 the rest of the year. This was a monster album- with 7 Top 10 singles. This made Bruce a lot of new fans- and I wonder how many of the ‘new’ ones have stayed on board since? I know my preacher friend Dale who loved Bruce jumped off the bandwagon after this album. It was overplayed to death. It did get to the point where you were tired of hearing these songs- but all these years later I have to say it was a great album. Not my favorite Bruce by any stretch but I can certainly see why it was such a big hit. It certainly was an album that changed Bruce’s life forever. I wonder if he has any regrets? From what I’ve read this album was for the most part recorded and in the can and they felt- this is going to be huge-what do we do with it? They set it aside and Bruce records the low-fi “Nebraska” and releases it and then a year or so later let’s this one drop.
- STEVE EARLE: EARLY TRACKS: 1987: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. A compilation of songs Steve wrote in the 1982-85 period before his debut album “Guitar Town.” An early version of one of Steve’s best songs “Devil’s Right Hand” is on this.
- VAN MORRISON: THE HEALING GAME: 1997: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A pretty solid album, a few clunkers but overall good, includes one of my favorite later-day Van songs “Rough God Goes Riding.”
- ARCTIC MONKEYS: WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT’S WHAT I’M NOT: 2006: A stunning debut album. Fastest selling debut album in British history- and the greatness of the album matched the sales. One of the best rock albums of this century. Alex Turner is an excellent songwriter with a very British sounding voice. A thought occurred to me- Arctic Monkey’s may be the best rock group out there right now? Who are the challengers?
- BOB MOULD: BODY OF SONG: 2006: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: It’s been thirty years now since the mighty Husker Du broke up. I loved Husker Du and the early solo records. This one is over ten years old- I need to catch up on my Bob Mould from what I have read I will like some of his recent ones. This is a good album- a mixture of rock and ballads. The recent albums I understand are more hard driving.
- THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND: 2017 REMIX: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. I need to listen to this remix of Pepper a lot more before I can comment on it too much- but on first listen I am liking it a lot.
- THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND: OUTTAKES 1: 2017: I can’t give these outtakes from Sgt. Pepper a grade but I could listen to this kind of stuff all day long.