Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a period of 12 months.
TODAY- listened to 10 different albums. 81 day total 520 different albums. On pace for 2343 different albums.
- WILLIE NILE: STREETS OF NEW YORK: 2006: Another “new Dylan” when he came along in the early 1980’s. Odd career- His debut came out in 1980 and in the first 25 years released 5 albums. Nile was in his 30’s when his debut arrived. Then with this in 2006 an amazing resurgence- he has released six albums counting this one- all excellent. This may be the best of the bunch. This album is about his city, one he loves- New York- post 9/11
- RODNEY CROWELL: TARPAPER SKY: 2014: Crowell is back to form and the key is the songwriting- a mixture of ballads and uptempo songs. Still going strong into his 60’s.
- RODNEY CROWELL: THE HOUSTON KID: 2001: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Rodney Crowell was a hitmaker in the late 80’s- early 90s- on one album he had 5 #1 country singles. By this point-2000 the county hit days were over. Crowell changed his style of writing -for the better- this is a wonderful album. One of the my most listened to albums of this century. This album in some ways is a documentary of Rodney Crowell’s life. His former father-in-law a fellow named Johnny Cash even turns up on one song. I couldn’t recommend this album enough. By far the best album of Crowell’s career.
- ROXY MUSIC: THE BEST OF ROXY MUSIC: 2001: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another band big in the UK but only had one Top 40 hit in the US- “Love Is The Drug” -the Bryan Ferry led band released 8 albums from 1972-82- all made the Top 10 in the UK. I was never crazy about them- I liked them but only have a couple of their albums. For a casual fan this best of should do. Good stuff. My favorite is “More Than This.”
- THE LUMINEERS: THE LUMINEERS: 2012: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album-their debut is much better than their second album- more catchy songs on this one. It went to #1.
- JONI MITCHELL: THE HISSING OF THE SUMMER LAWNS: 1975: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Reaction was mixed upon release- experimental and jazz influnced- of course the critics didn’t know what to think- Rolling Stone called it one of the worst albums of the year. I call Rolling Stone the worst magazine today in existence. Today the album is considered one of Mitchell’s finest. No hit singles on it, which is i guess what they were wanting in 1975.
- THE BEACH BOYS: GREATEST HITS: 50 BIG ONES: 2012: DISC 1: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Beach Boys have had more greatest hits albums than regular studio albums. This was released for their 50th anniversary- double album- contains what the casual fan would want to hear. To dig deeper there are a couple career spanning box sets out there. Today is Brian Wilson’s 75th birthday.
- THE BEACH BOYS: GREATEST HITS: 50 BIG ONES: 2012: DISC 2: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- RODNEY CROWELL: FATE’S RIGHT HAND: 2003: Crowell’s follow up to The Houston Kid- more of the same- a number of songs which seem like a documentary of Crowell’s life. “Earthbound” should have been a big hit on country radio but country radio wasn’t interested.
- JOHNNY CASH: UNEARTHED: ‘WHO’S GONNA CRY’ 2003: DISC 1: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Disc 1 of a 5 disc set of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings- 4 of the discs contain unreleased material. If you liked the six volumes of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings- you will love this too.