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

TODAY Listened to 9 different albums. Total for 75 days- 476 different albums. On pace for 2317.

  • THE KINKS: ARTHUR: OR THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An overlooked classic. A concept album inspired by the Davies sister and her husband moving to Australia in 1964. The fictional character on the album Arthur Morgan is based on Ray Davies brother in law–maybe this album isn’t as well remembered because there was no huge hit single? As far as concept albums go I think it’s better than The Who’s “Tommy” Maybe I’m crazy but I’d rather listen to this. I know The Kinks were highly successful but they deserved to be bigger than they were.
  • DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES: STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN: THE BEST OF HALL AND OATES: 1997: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Hall and Oates in the 1970’s were successful, they had hits -even a #1 in “Rich Girl” but generally their hit singles were not monster hits on the charts- then in the early 1980’s their albums seemed to me to change in sound- and they started having huge hits. To me the 1970’s material was a lot greater, better sounding. It was like in 1980 with “Voices” they came upon a hit formula that was bringing them greater success and then over the next few albums ran it into the ground. Their sound to me went from more R&B oriented to mostly pop. {Heart during the same period did the same thing- their 1970’s material- again they were very successful but in the 80’s hit a big selling formula and ran it into the ground until I couldn’t stand them.} It’s not like I didn’t like Hall and Oates 1980’s hits- it just became boring after a while. The only thing I don’t like about this double best of- no order to the songs- I like them in chronological order-  and it is missing one of my favorite songs of theirs “Wait For Me.
  • RORY GALLAGHER: RORY GALLAGHER: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Rory Gallagher died 22 years ago today- June 14, 1995. One of the greatest and most underrated guitar players in rock history.  You see these lists of ‘greatest guitarists in rock history” and you rarely see him near the top where he should be. This is his debut studio album. His live albums were better but this isn’t bad. My friend James introduced me to Rory’s music years ago.
  • RORY GALLAGHER: DEUCE: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. Rory’s second album. He made more of an effort on this one to capture his live sound. Great guitar playing. It wasn’t well received at the time of release but is more highly thought of today. A number of guitarists have praised it as being a big influence on them.
  • VAN MORRISON: WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? 2003: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Was nominated for Grammy or best contemporary blues album. A very jazz oriented album. Van’s voice still in great shape. A couple odd songs where Van refers to his own fame and celebrity. Overall though a strong effort.
  • JONI MITCHELL: FOR THE ROSES: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Joni Mitchell album sandwiched between her biggest selling ones- “Blue” and “Court and Spark.” The most known song here is “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio” which was her first Top 40 hit in America. She wrote it after the record company pressured her to ‘write a hit.” I was surprised to see that in her entire career she’s only had 4 Top 40 songs in the US.. seems like a number of her songs I assumed were hits- weren’t from the early-mid 70’s.
  • UNCLE TUPELO: NO DEPRESSION: 1990: 4 STARS: Talk about a band that didn’t get its due. Uncle Tupelo is credited as pioneers of alternative country- Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy the co-frontmen for Uncle Tupelo would release 4 albums before breaking up and forming new bands, all excellent albums that were highly influential but not big sellers. The movement would take No Depression as a synonym for this style of music, a magazine that covered the scene would also take the name. The songs here are short, loud and outstanding.
  • THE BEATLES: LOVE: 2006: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS. A Beatles mashup album for Cirque du Soleid. Produced by George Martin and his son Gilles. 26 Beatles songs are used with other songs used as transition from one song to another. Not an album I listen to a lot but I enjoy listening to the songs like this every once in a while.

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