Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- 6 different albums. Total for 103 different days- 669 different albums. On pace for 2371.
- ED SHEERAN: + 2011: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have been aware of this fellow but really haven’t listened to him. Ordered his albums via the library loan system, I wasn’t going to buy them. Too wordy- needs an editor on some songs. Album has its moments though- I liked Drunk, The A Team, Grade 8, Lego House and Small Bump.
- LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: GREATEST HITS: 2000: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 26 songs on one disc. For a couple years they were a hit making machine. All the hits are here. 26 songs in 66 minutes.
- RON SEXSMITH: COBBLESTONE RUNWAY: 2002: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An interesting album because of the production and all the electronics on this album that were not on other albums which concentrated on the songwriting. The songs are still as strong as ever- favorites- Former Glory, Gold In Them Hills, These Days, Disappearing Act…
- BOB DYLAN: TIME OUT OF MIND: 1997: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob’s first album of new material in 7 years. This is an interesting time. Before this album Bob was viewed of course as a living legend but he hadn’t really hit a home run in a long time. This album was a turning point in how Dylan has been viewed in the last 20 years. Earlier in 1997 before the album he had a very serious health scare. This album then comes out a few months later and its fantastic. His best in years and year. Maybe the health scare made people realize what a special artist Dylan was. Since this album it seems like he can do no wrong. Recently even his covering of Sinatra tunes and old standards have been well received.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: GREETING FROM ASBURY PARK, N.J.: 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bruce’s debut album. Another New Dylan. Some good songs on here- Growin’ Up my favorite, Blinded By The Light, For You, Spirit In The Night.-the only real dude is Mary Queen of Arkansas which is a real turkey.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: THE WILD, THE INNOCENT AND THE E-STREET SHUFFLE: 1973: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bruce released his debut the first week of January 1973 and 9 months later this his second album. I have never cared much for this. I have a friend who says it is by far Bruce’s best album- and he saw Bruce when he was touring for the album and never cared for Bruce after this one. I’ve had the album for nearly 40 years and its not like I just gave it a couple listens and put it away- I keep giving it a try. Every year I usually play through the Bruce discography- I am sure I’ve listened to it 50-60 times but it never kicks in. I like Rosalita and 4th of July Asbury Park [Sandy} but the songs are too long- 4 are over 7 minutes. The album puts me to sleep. I saw Bruce on The River Tour last September and he played very little of The River -and mostly the first two albums. Not what I was wanting to hear- although most of the fans were delighted. Anyway.