Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- Listened to 8 different albums. Total for 65 days- 409. On pace for 2297.
- RANDY NEWMAN: SAIL AWAY: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Newman is known today as an award winning film producer but he has also released ten studio albums. The 1970’s were his time- he released six of the ten in that decade. They were highly acclaimed by the critics but until “Little Criminals” and the hit “Short People” he didn’t sell a lot of albums. Newman’s songs could be about anything. “Burn On” is about the river catching on fire in Cleveland, he wrote “Lonely At The Top” with Frank Sinatra in mind. Beach Boy Brian Wilson said this album helped keep from sliding into further depression and mental illness. Newman is a master songwriter and a master of satirical songs. He had three albums that I especially loved- this one- “12 Songs” and my favorite “Good Old Boys.”
- RANDY NEWMAN: 12 SONGS: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. This is Newman’s second album, the self-titled debut was good but had orchestrations behind him. He cut that out on this one and let it rip. I miss the Randy Newman solo albums- since 1988 he has only released two.
- VAN MORRISON: BACK ON TOP: 1999: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A very strong album. A return to the kind of music Van does best. This one went gold in the US and UK. “When The Leaves Come Falling Down” is a great song. A couple years ago when NFL Hall of Fame QB Ken Stabler died it was revealed that he was listening to that song and “Sweet Home Alabama” as he passed. “Precious Time”, “Back On Top”, “Philosopher’s Stone” are among the highlights here. The album got mixed reviews at the time of its release.
- BOB DYLAN: GREATEST HITS: 1967:5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This was put out during the time Bob was recovering from his ‘motorcycle’ accident. I was going to skip over listening to this but because I am listening to the Dylan catalog I am going to listen to everything. “Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine..”
- CHRISTY MOORE: CHRISTY MOORE: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I was introduced to Christy Moore from listening to Larry Kirwan’s “Celtic Crush” radio program on SiriusXM [ Sunday mornings on The Loft 9am to noon EST} This is a compilation of Moore’s work up to 1988.
- VAN MORRISON: THE ESSENTIAL VAN MORRISON: DISC 1: 2015, 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS.
- VAN MORRISON: THE ESSENTIAL VAN MORRISON: DISC 2: 2015: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. The two disc “Essential” was released in the fall of 2015, around that time they were celebrating his 70th birthday and re-releasing his catalog. 37 songs on this two disc set- all great songs- but my only complaint is his greatest song- and one of my favorite songs ever “Madame George isn’t included”- maybe because it is so long but still… if you have just a casual interest in Van the Man this is the set for you- and also pick up his greatest album “Astral Weeks” where every songs is essential and it includes “Madame George.” There is 2 hours 36 minutes and 54 seconds of music here.
- THE ROLLING STONES: VOODOO LOUNGE: 1994: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An album release and a tour- saw them twice on this tour. Good sounding album, sounds like Stones albums of old. When I think back- seeing them in concert- and they were good concerts- I thought these guys are so old.. 23 years later they are still touring and I am past the age these guys were at the time.