Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in 12 months.
TODAY listened to 11 different albums. Total for 78 days- 500 different albums. 1/3rd of the way to the goal. On pace for 2340 different albums. Maybe I should think of changing my goals.
- JOHNNY CASH: AMERICAN V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS: 2006: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released on July 4, 2006 and went to #1 Johnny Cash’s first #1 since 1969. “Like The 309′ was the last song recorded by Cash before his death. Even though JC was nearing the end and he wasn’t anywhere close to his peak a memorable set of songs.
- ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC: VOLUME 1: BALLADS: DISC 1: 1952: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Folkways released this six disc set in 1952- 84 songs recorded from 1927-32. Folk, blues, country music- compiled by filmmaker Harry Smith. This set was highly influential in the 1950’s and 1960’s everyone from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan. Many of the artists on these records were obscure artists, the recordings themselves were obscure. Harry Smith did a great service to music in bringing this to the forefront. I hadn’t listened to this in a while and when I started this morning I just couldn’t stop. Not only a great historical document but great music. 5 stars isn’t enough. The two disc Ballads- my favorite but all the discs are essential.
- ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC:: VOLUME 1: BALLADS: DISC 2: 1952: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS.
- ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC: VOLUME 2: SOCIAL MUSIC: DISC 1 : 1952: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC: VOLUME 2: SOCIAL MUSIC: DISC 2: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC : VOLUME 3: SONGS: DISC 1 : 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC: VOLUME 3: SONGS: DISC 2: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- AMY WINEHOUSE: BACK TO BLACK: 2006: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 5 hit singles off this album in the UK. “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” stick out but its a good sounding album. Too bad it had to be her last.
- BOB DYLAN: DESIRE: 1976: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The opener “Hurricane” is one of my favorite Dylan songs. Most of the songs on the album were written with Jacques Levy and featured the musicians from his recent Rolling Thunder Revue- including backup vocals from the great Emmylou Harris. The side 2 opener “Joey” clocking in at 11 minutes could have used some editing.
- GUY CLARK: BOAT TO BUILD: 1982: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A songwriters- songwriter- Clark’s first album in 4 years. An all-star cast of musicians on this and some great Guy Clark songs. My favorites- Baton Rouge, Boats To Build, I Don’t Love You Much Do I, and “Picasso’s Mandolin.”
- JOHNNY CASH: AMERICAN VI: AIN’T NO GRAVE: 2010: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is the last of the American series to have been released. There are a few albums of material that haven’t seen the light of day yet. This was recorded close to his death. He kept recording after his wife’s death and his health at the time was rapidly failing. The whole American series is worth owning- the six released albums and the box set Unearthed which had three discs of of new material plus a ‘best of’ from the series- which was released in 2003.