Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY listened to 9 different albums. Total for 89 days- 576 different albums. on pace to listen to 2362 different albums.
- WILLIE NELSON: STARDUST: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The biggest album of Willie’s career- this album was on the Billboard Country Album charts every week for ten years. Willie covering great standards that he liked. After listening to this first thing in the morning- some of the songs stayed in my head all day. Willie’s voice sounds great on this. Booker T. Jones produced the album.
- WILLIE NELSON: SHOTGUN WILLIE: 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is the album where Willie left Nashville and went back to Texas-Willie left RCA and became the first country artist on Atlantic Records. This album wasn’t a big seller but marked a change in direction- very good album connected with the younger crowd.
- HAIM: DAYS ARE GONE: 2013: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I loved “The Wire” but hadn’t heard the album. With their sophomore album coming out I figured it was time I heard the first album. Very catchy- no doubt this will be in heavy rotation for the next few weeks.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: FLOWERS IN THE DIRT: ORIGINAL DEMOS: 2017: Paul got together with Elvis Costello in the late 80’s and they wrote some tunes together. This was the first time since working with John Lennon that Paul had partnered up with another great songwriter. In the end he chickened out. They should have done an album together but in the end Paul would use a few of those songs on the “Flowers In The Dirt” album- a fine album which could have been greater. This year the album was re-released with a disc of the demo’s that Paul and Elvis made. This is superior stuff to the original album.
- KENDRICK LAMAR: DAMN: 2017: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The biggest selling album of the year so far- i think- it went to #1 and is critically acclaimed. Upon first listen- much more accessible than his earlier “To Pimp A Butterfly.” I need to spend more time with both albums but I don’t see either being in heavy rotation.
- WILLIE NELSON: ME & PAUL: 1985: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Willie was hit and miss with his 1980’s albums- this is one of his better efforts- includes three songs from Billy Joe Shaver’s fabulous debut album “Old Five And Dimers Like Me.”
- BILLY JOEL: THE NYLON CURTAIN: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite Billy Joel album and I have read where it is the album that Joel himself is most proud of. The single “Allentown” peaked at #17 and stayed there for a record 6 weeks. “Allentown” to me meant much more. The song is about a decaying steel town. I grew up in a decaying steel town. My father worked at the mill. He was in his mid 40’s during this period of time and it was touch and go whether the mill he worked in was going to survive or not. Luckily the mill survived and he was able to work another twenty years before retiring. This was one of those towns where for generations the sons of those who worked in the mill- counted on a job in the mill when they got out of high school. A lot of my friends were and still are bitter that the jobs weren’t there when their time came. Me? I never wanted to work in the mill. The thought of working in the mill never crossed my mind. Although my dad’s job was a good paying job- he hated it. He got no satisfaction out of it. From an early age he impressed on me that this was not a life I wanted. I saw how he felt about his job- it was a job. He’d have a long weekend every month- off for four days. He’d come home on Thursday and I’d hear him say “I have to go back to that mill on Tuesday.” It wasn’t a positive statement. I’d say “Dad you have four days off don’t even think about it.” But he did. Overall this album doesn’t seem to fit into the Billy Joel discography, which is a good thing. Other standouts on this album “Pressure”, “Where’s The Orchestra” and “Laura”
- BUCK OWENS: BUCK OWENS SINGS TOMMY COLLINS: 1963: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I like Buck Owens singing Buck Owens a lot better but this is a fine effort covering an underappreciated and now largely forgotten country singer-songwriter. Buck had no hits off of this one but it did go to #1 on the country album chart. Buck and his Buckaroos sound great.
- BUCK OWENS: BUCK OWENS SINGS HARLAN HOWARD: 1961: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Buck would have some of his biggest hits in the 1960’s covering Harlan Howard songs -this was early on in Buck’s career- and there are a few hits on this one. I like this one more than the Tommy Collins album that I’d earlier listened to.