Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums during a 12 month period.
TODAY- Listened to 6 different albums. 76 day today- 482 different albums- on pace for- 2315.
- JOHN LENNON: MIND GAMES: 1973: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The spell that The Beatles put me under- ends with The Beatles. Their solo careers I have always viewed as- they all had a great solo album or two but the other albums are hit and miss with some gems in each album. “Mind Games” John’s 4th solo album is a big improvement over “Sometime In New York City” but is hit and miss. The title track was a hit but I’ve been a big fan of John’s writing on this album or the sound of the album. As we know now this period of time was a crossroads time for Lennon.
- BOB DYLAN: PAT GARRETT&BILLY THE KID: 1973: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob’s soundtrack for the movie Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. My least listened to Dylan album- but not the worst. Most of the album is instrumental. Of course one of Dylan’s most memorable songs from the early 70’s- “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” is on this.
- BOB DYLAN: DYLAN: 1973: 1 STAR OUT OF 5 STARS: Dylan’s worst. In recent years “Self-Portrait” has been resurrected and that album which was a big critical failure at the time of original release now seems to be a lot better– I don’t think there is any way in the world they can rescue this turkey. Dylan had left Columbia and they released these cold left-overs.
- ARCTIC MONKEY’S: HUMBUG: 2009: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Arctic Monkeys went off in a different direction with their third album- Josh Homme produced. New instruments were introduced and different styles than the first two critically acclaimed album. The critics didn’t care as much for it. It may not have been as good as the first two but I like it- and why stick to formula?
- BADFINGER: THE VERY BEST OF BADFINGER: 2000: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first group signed to The Beatles Apple Records. They had four big hits “Come And Get It”, “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”- “Baby Blue” some of you will remember was used in the final scene of “Breaking Bad.” The band had a tragic history- two of the original four members- Pete Ham and Mike Evans both ended up hanging themselves. 19 songs on this best of- these guys deserved a better fate. Good stuff. Ham and Evans wrote “Without You” which Harry Nilsson took to #1.
- THE LUMINEERS: CLEOPATRA: 2016: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their second album went straight to #1 in both US and UK. Other than their song “Ho Hey” from their debut album I was not that familiar with them until seeing them open for U2 last week. I thought I’d give them a closer listen. There are songs on this I liked- the albums best songs were at the start- “Sleep On The Floor”, “Ophelia”and “Cleopatra” and I like different sounds but I need to listen to this more. The album is just under 34 minutes long, kind of short. This isn’t 1964.