Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- listened to 7 different albums. Total for 77 days- 489 different albums. On pace for 2318.
- THE ANIMALS: RETROSPECTIVE: 2004: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Outstanding compilation of The Animals career- one disc 22 songs. They had 14 Top 40 hits in the US and all are on here.
- ELVIS COSTELLO: THE DELIVERY MAN: 2004: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After recording an easy listening album of love songs and an album with an orchestra- EC makes an EC style album. A welcome return.
- THE SMITHS: THE QUEEN IS DEAD: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Smiths best album and one of the best albums by anyone during the 1980’s. A band ahead of their time. They were only a moderate success in the US. They should have been giants. The fact that they aren’t in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame is a joke but then again the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke.
- TEN FE: HIT THE LIGHT: 2017: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A friend recently burned me this cd- debut album. Strong on melodies which stick in your head. They’ve been compared to The War On Drugs and The 1975.
- BOB DYLAN: PLANET WAVES: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 1973: Bob’s first real album in three and a half years. A mixed bag but generally an underrated Dylan album. The most famous song on this one is “Forever Young” which we’ve heard Rod Stewart cover and also the song has appeared in commercials. I can remember well the first time I heard it- When Muhammad Ali won his rematch with Leon Spinks and regained the Heavyweight Championship- at the end of the broadcast they had this playing as a tribute to the great Ali.
- BOB DYLAN: BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob’s first classic since “John Wesley Harding” in 1967 and one of the most acclaimed albums of his career. Bob is back on Columbia after two records with Asylum. The album famously deals with his strained relationship- with his soon to be ex-wife Sara. “Tangled Up In Blue” one of his most loved songs opens this album. Every song sounds like a Dylan classic to me. After some so-so albums he was due for a return to form.
- STEVE EARLE: SO YOU WANNA BE AN OUTLAW: 2017: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Out today. Listened to it four times in a row- it sounded better with each listen.. Will keep playing it Steve went to Austin, Texas to make this one. In the deluxe edition he covers songs by Waylon, Willie and Billy Joe Shaver as bonus cuts. Willie appears on the title track. Most of the songs could be called outlaw country but a couple tend to fit into his last solo album which was blues and there is a song co-wrote and sings with Miranda Lambert. The last song on the album “Goodbye Michelangelo” is a tribute to the late Guy Clark one of his mentors. The album is dedicated to the memory of Waylon Jennings.