Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY Listened to 10 different albums. Total for 85 days- 547 different albums. On pace for 2349 different albums.
- QUEEN: A DAY AT THE RACES: 1976: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Queen was big in their day- but it seems to me they have become even bigger since Freddy Mercury’s passing–at least the appreciation for Mercury’s vocals has increased. This was the follow up to “A Night At The Opera” it got spotty reviews at the time of release but is viewed more generously these days.
- BILL WITHERS: BEST OF BILL WITHERS: LEAN ON ME: 2000: 5 ST ARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I’ve always thought Bill Withers didn’t get his due as far as the hits go-although he did have a handful of big hits- “Lean On Me” went to #1, “Use Me” #2 and “Ain’t No Sunshine” hit #3, He did win 3 Grammy’s and was nominated for four more. He was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2015. Great voice. A song on here that should have been a big hit “Grandma’s Hands”
- KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: THE AUSTIN SESSIONS: 1999: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Kris doing some of his best known songs stripped down. Good stuff. What a great country music songwriter. They are few and far between these days.
- CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS: GENUINE NEGRO JIG: 2010: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An African-American string band- traditional songs, race music and recent songs- the group will probably more famous as the group beautiful and extremely talented Rhiannon Giddens was with before she went solo- but this is an outstanding record- went #1 on bluegrass album chart. Won Grammy for traditional folk album.
- WILLIE NELSON: TO LEFTY FROM WILLIE: 1977: Willie’s tribute album to one of his heroes- Lefty Frizzell. Willie was in his prime back then and sounds great. Lefty was one of the greats seems like he has been forgotten today. Died too young at 47 in 1975.
- JOHN PRINE AND MAC WISEMAN: STANDARD SONGS FOR AVERAGE PEOPLE: 2007: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Prine and Wiseman [who is now 92 } singing old classics- sounds like they were just sitting around relaxed and having a good time.
- THE CLASH: SANDINISTA: 1980: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: DISC 1: The greatest triple album ever? 36 songs coming in at a little over 2 hours and 22 minutes. This is the first time in ages that I’ve listened to this from start to finish in one sitting. In the age of the CD they put the 3 albums onto two discs. Some great stuff and some experiments that miss but all is interesting to me..The greatest band in the world late 70’s-early 80’s. Songs on the album that stand out- “The Magnificent Seven”, Police On My Back, Somebody Got Murdered, The Call Up, Washington Bullets- all stand well with the best work The Clash ever did.
- THE CLASH: SANDINISTA: DISC 2:
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: FLAMING PIE: 1997: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul’s best album of the 90’s- “The Song We Were Singing” is about John and Paul writing songs together back in the days before The Beatles. Other standout tracks “The World Tonight”, “Young Boy” “Beautiful Night”- the album reached #2 in both the US and UK and was nominated for a Grammy.
- BOB DYLAN: INFIDELS: 1983: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I’ve always liked this album- the critics had mixed reviews of it when it came out. The opening track Jokerman is my favorite on it- and the video for Jokerman one of my favorite videos. 8 songs on the album. After this album Dylan would start the biggest slump of his career.