Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a period of 12 months.

TODAY- Listened to 6 different albums. Total for 74 days- 467 different albums. On pace for 2303.

  • VAN MORRISON: DOWN THE ROAD: 2002: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of Van’s best later day albums. 15 songs and 67 minutes worth of music. You get a little of everything from Van on this one- some country, folk, R&B and blues and his voice sounds as strong as ever. An overlooked classic.
  • WILCO: STAR WARS: 2015: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After a couple of good but rather dull sounding records this one goes back to a rawer sound like on their classic “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”
  • PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS: WINGSPAN: DISC 1: 2001: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: DISC 1 collects singles and disc 2 some of his best album tracks. Some impressive work but then there is some disposable stuff too such is Paul’s post-Beatle career. I hadn’t listened to this in some time- pleasant listening. Big problem I have is the songs are just in random order- I like them in chronological order.
  • LEONARD COHEN: SONGS FROM A ROOM: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have never cared for the production on most of Leonard’s earlier albums but what a great great songwriter he was. Also he is also a rarity in I like the “Old Leonard’s” voice and singing much better than that of the young Leonard. I don’t think he ever sounded better than he did when he released his double live “Live In London” and he was well into his 70’s at the time.
  • JONI MITCHELL: COURT AND SPARK: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My two favorite Joni albums are “Blue” and this one.  Those were also her two biggest commercial successes. I realize after listening to this that in going through her catalog I forgot to listen to “For The Roses” which comes in between those two. Tomorrow.  Joni Mitchell is a true artist like a Morrison or Cohen who I also listened to today– doing what she wanted and not following trends or playing to the crowd. This is a great, confident sounding album, she had come a long way from her debut.

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