Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY-listened to 10 different albums. 101 day total- 657 different albums On pace for 2374 different albums.
- BOB DYLAN: WORLD GONE WRONG: 1993: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Like his previous album Good As I’ve Been To You- an album of traditional folk covers. I like this album slightly better than the first one.
- THE BAND: STAGE FRIGHT: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A letdown after the first two albums from The Band. This one doesn’t have the vocal harmonies that helped make those first two so special. More of a rock record. Not to say this is a poor album it isn’t- it just doesn’t have the magic. Time To Kill, The Shape I’m In, Stage Fright.
- STEVE EARLE: TERRAPLANE: 2015: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: You never know what to expect from Steve- a rock oriented album, country? Here is his first blues release.
- BLUR: PARKLIFE: 1994: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the greatest if not the greatest Britpop album of the 90’s. I like Oasis a lot too but why did Oasis hit it big in the US and Blur not? Only 2 of their singles made the Hot 100 Billboard chart- and none made the Top 40. Parklife failed to crack to Top 200 albums in US. 4 hits singles in UK though. Great album.
- MADONNA: THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A great collection of hits from the top singles artist of the 80’s- one of my favorite greatest hits collections- she would release a second greatest hits in 2001, I doubt if there will be a third one- if there is its going to be pretty weak. I have always viewed Madonna as a singles artist- in the 1980’s i had her albums and never viewed them as being all that great. The singles stood out.
- MADONNA: GREATEST HITS VOLUME II: 2001: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: To be honest I have listened to the first volume of greatest hits probably 5 times more than I have this. She was still having hits in the 90’s but I think the quality was starting to suffer. I think the hits on the end of Volume I is where the singles started to decline. The songs started slowing down- and face it she doesn’t have a great voice.
- MATTHEW SWEET AND SUSANNA HOFFS: UNDER THE COVERS: VOLUME 1: 2006: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am a fan of both Sweet and Hoffs/ Bangles- they get together here and do 15 covers- from The Beatles to The Velvet Underground, The Who, The Beach Boys, Neil Young etc- from the 1960’s and 1970’s- the first of what has now been three albums. Enjoyable.
- CHRIS KNIGHT: THE TRAILER TAPES: 2007: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Chris Knight’s first album was released in 1998. Before that he had recorded some of his songs in his trailer -just him and his guitar. When his first album was released there were stories written which mentioned these tapes- it was nearly ten years before they were released. They are better than his first album. I don’t know where you put Knight at- he doesn’t fit into country music. I guess kind of like Steve Earle. Excellent songwriter. The Trailer Tapes a good place to start. Everything he’s done is worth having.
- CHRIS KNIGHT: THE TRAILER TAPES II: 2009: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- THE DECEMEBERISTS: FLORASONGS: 2015: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Leftovers from their latest album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Ok-typical Decemberist material.