Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a period of 12 months.
TODAY- Listened to 9 different albums. Total for 72 days- 456 different albums. On pace for 2312.
- THE AVETT BROTHERS: MAGPIE AND THE DANDELION: 2013: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: They have had Rick Rubin as their producer since their breakout album in 2009- “I And Love and You.” Their records have been more successful since Rubin has been on board- this one reached #5 on the album chart- but the records also seem more formula and more polished. I liked their earlier sound better. All the songs on this album are listenable and decent but lack any excitement and I don’t hear anything great here. It’s just a little above being boring.
- MARSHALL CRENSHAW: THIS IS EASY: THE BEST OF MARSHALL CRENSHAW: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A great overview of Crenshaw’s career. Includes one of my favorite ‘obscure’ songs ever- “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” which had only appeared on the b-side of the “Someday, Someway” single back in 1982. 22 songs on this one, 75 minutes of- great power pop. One of those artists who should have been bigger than he was.
- THE KNACK: GET THE KNACK: 1979: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released on this day 1979- I have it on vinyl. I haven’t listened to this in years. Not great but pretty good, full of hooks. “My Sharona” one of the big hits of 1979. I can also see why there was a backlash against these guys.
- MERLE HAGGARD: DOWN EVERY ROAD: 1996: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: DISC 1. 4 Disc box set that totals up 100 songs and 5 hours, 1 minute and 27 seconds of music. The only criticism of it- is they could have included even more. Merle is my favorite country artist and high on my overall list. This box set covers his career from the beginning to the late 1980’s. Would be great if they would release a couple more discs updating his career until the time of his death last year. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon- 5 hours of Merle.
- MERLE HAGGARD: DOWN EVERY ROAD: DISC 2: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS.
- MERLE HAGGARD: DOWN EVERY ROAD: DISC 3: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS.
- MERLE HAGGARD: DOWN EVERY ROAD: DISC 4: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS.
- GRAHAM PARKER: SQUEEZING OUT SPARKS: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. I was big into Parker in the late 70’s-to mid 80’s. “Heat Treatment”, “Howling Wind” and this one being my favorites. “Sparks” has to be my ultimate Parker ‘go to’ album. “Local Girls”, “Passion Is No Ordinary Word” and ” Don’t Get Excited” and “Protection” stand out to me- but not a bad tune on this one. I know Graham is still around- just got away from buying his albums- about 20 years ago. Was never big in the US- this album peaked at #40 which was tops.
- JOHNNY CASH: AMERICAN IV: THE MAN COMES AROUND: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The last JC- American Recordings release while he was still living. He took Nine Inch Nails “Hurt” and made it his own. I am not one for music videos but the music video for that one may be the best music video I’ve ever seen. Health issues that led to his passing were taking effect- but Cash continued on recording. “Personal Jesus” another highlight. I was critical of Rick Ruben in his production of the Avett Brothers but he captured Cash perfectly. I love the American Recordings. I listen to them more than I listen to anything else Johnny ever did- and that isn’t a criticism of his earlier work.