Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- listened to 6 different albums. Total for 83 days- 533 different albums. On pace for 2344.
- MIKE WATT: BALL-HOG OR TUGBOAT?: 1995: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Former Minuteman bassist Watt’s first solo album and he got a lots of help- Hank Rollins, J. Marcus, Eddie Vedder, Evan Dando etc… fun album to listen to. I saw Watt when he was touring for this. Highlights- Piss Bottle Man, Against The 70’s, Big Train.
- R.E.M.: RECKONING: 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I loved R.E.M. the first half of their career. They couldn’t miss. This is their second album- favorites include- “Don’t Go Back To Rockville”, Seven Chinese Brothers” “South Central Rain”, “Pretty Persuasion” Not a bad cut on the album.
- MIRANDA LAMBERT: REVOLUTION: 2009: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Lambert’s 3rd album-[ all six of her albums have hit #1 on the country album chart} 5 country hit singles on this album-including 2 which went to #1. “The House That Built Me” may be her finest song.
- RANDY NEWMAN: GOOD OLD BOYS: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am a big Newman fan and this is my favorite album of his. A concept album viewing the deep south- taking on racism and slavery. Songs about the great flood of 1927, Huey Long.. the album received universal praise from the critics upon release. The songs are short and the album comes in a little over 33 minutes.
- R.E.M.- FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION: 1985: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A concept album of southern Gothic themes and characters. A strange but wonderful record. Favorites on it ‘Driver 8″, “Can’t Get There From Here”, “Wendell Gee”, “Life And How To Live It”, “Feeling Gravity’s Full” “Green Grow The Rushes”.. pretty much everything- I saw them on this tour. Much better concert than when I saw them years later on the Monster Tour.
- BOB DYLAN: SAVED: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The second of Bob’s three “christian albums” The songs aren’t as good as “Slow Train Coming” The sound always struck me as harsh. I saw Bob for the first time on the tour for this album. Everyone should have known what they were getting into- yet some came and booed when he sang his religious songs. I’ve seen Bob a number of times over the years- this was one of the best concerts I’ve seen of his. “In The Garden” my favorite song from this one.