Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- Listened to 6 different albums. 66 day total- 415 different albums. On pace for 2295.
- VAN MORRISON, LONNIE DONEGAN/ CHRIS BARBER: THE SKIFFLE SESSIONS: LIVE IN BELFAST: 2000: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. The interest I have in this one is Lonnie Donegan was an early influence on my Beatles. They seemed to be having fun doing this and its a fun listen but not anything essential.
- THE BYRDS: SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Gram Parsons joins the group and this is considered to be the first country-rock album by an established group. A big departure from their last album. The album wasn’t a big seller and there were no hit singles but it [and Gram Parsons} would be a big influence on others in the country-rock genre in the future.
- AVETT BROTHERS: COUNTRY WAS: 2002: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Promising start for the Avett Brothers. Only 8 songs though.
- ELVIS PRESLEY: ELVIS AT STAX: 2013: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Elvis in 1973 went to historic Stax studio to record in 1973. He sounds pretty good here as his career and life are winding down. Its too bad that the celebrity of Elvis has taken over what he did the best- which is sing.
- DAVID BOWIE: LET’S DANCE: 1983: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bowie’s best selling album. A fella named Stevie Ray Vaughan on lead guitar, Nile Rodgers producing. Three hit singles the best of which was “Modern Love.” Far from his best work but maybe his most commercial.’
- JOHNNY CASH: AMERICAN II: UNCHAINED: 1996: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Johnny’s second album with Rick Ruben. Another strong effort. More covers on this one than originals but the choices are good ones. Johnny’s voice still strong. Johnny received a Grammy for best country album for this one.