Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY listened to 8 different albums. Total for 87 days- 561 different albums. On pace for
- ELVIS COSTELLO: SECRET, PROFANE AND SUGARCANE: 2009: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album reminds me a little of EC’s “King Of America”- Americana type songs-rootsy, country sounding at times. Not my favorite EC album by any means but a good listen. One drawback though- a little too long and the songs seem to be a little too much of the same thing.
- FRANK SINATRA: A MAN ALONE: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Frank does an album of Rod McKuen songs. Much better than his covering songs like “Little Green Apples” on Cycles. This is an album of sad songs a perfect fit for Frank. Album arranged by Don Costa. In a Sinatra mood this morning. I just wrote about Elvis and his last concert being on this day 40 years ago. As a teenager I had viewed Elvis as a relic from the 50’s- before my time, he was a square. Meanwhile at the same age I thought Sinatra was cool even though he was two decades older than Elvis. Today I do like a lot of the music Elvis made. I certainly understand what he meant to a generation the was older than I was. I understand his significance to the history of Rock and Roll Music. Sinatra -who I liked before I ever was really into music that much would rank high on my list of favorite recording artists ever.
- FRANK SINATRA WATERTOWN: 1970: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The bomb of Sinatra’s career as far as sales go- upon release it sold 30,000 copies. All the songs written by Jake Holmes and Bob Gaudio- the Four Seasons writers. Sounds like a concept album about a family breaking up. It’s actually not a horrible album-it has its moments.
- FRANK SINATRA: STRANGER IN THE NIGHT: 1966: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Sinatra hated “Strangers In The Night”- as he did “My Way” two of his signature songs. He liked “New York New York.” Sinatra as far as this album goes seems kind of disinterested.
- FRANK SINATRA: SEPTEMBER OF MY YEARS: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I bought this album on vinyl when I was 20. I had read where it was one of Sinatra’s great albums etc and at 20 I certainly could understand where it was. Now nearly four decades later i hear other things in this album from what I heard as a 20 year old. These songs sound different now. An album by Sinatra who was turning 50 that year- and arranger Gordon Jenkins about aging.
- FRANK SINATRA: RING-A-DING DING!: 1961: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Sinatra’s first album after leaving Capital and forming his own label- Reprise. The move obviously made the man happy- you can tell that from listening to this album. Sinatra turned to Johnny Mandel to arrange the album and he went with songs by great writers- Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin’s etc. No ballads on this one- all uptempo tunes.
- FRANK SINATRA: SINATRA AND STRINGS: 1962: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Sinatra on Reprise are up and down- but this is one of the best albums he’d release on his own label. An album of ballads, Don Costa the arranger: highlights include : Come Rain Or Come Shine, Night and Day, Prisoner of Love, Yesterdays, Stardust..
- JOHNNY CASH: UNEARTHED III: REDEMPTION SONGS: 2003: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: More from the box set of unreleased American Recordings- his duet with Joe Strummer on “Redemption Song” is one of the memorable songs on this one.