PROJECT 1500 DIFFERENT ALBUMS- DAY 106- 7.15.17

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Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.

TODAY listened to 7 different albums. Total for 106 days- 686 different albums. On pace for 2362 different albums.

  • ERIC CLAPTON: CROSSROADS: 1988: DISC 1: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS; The first two and a half discs- really showcase Clapton the guitar god. The Yardbirds, John Mayall and Bluesbreakers,  Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes and his early solo career. His guitar skills come shinning through. Then somewhere along the line he decided he was a singer first- then the quality goes down a bit. This set ends nearly 30 years ago so the full decline of his career isn’t represented as it is on many box sets but the last disc to me- isn’t as strong. Overall though an excellent box set.
  • ERIC CLAPTON: CROSSROADS: 1988- DISC 2:
  • ERIC CLAPTON: CROSSROADS: 1988: DISC 3:
  • ERIC CLAPTON: CROSSROADS: 1988 DISC 4:
  • THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: THE HITS: 2008: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A great singles band in 1964-65 before the music changed and they couldn’t change with the times. Largely forgotten now. I can’t recall the last DC5 song I heard on the radio. Why did The Beatles- The Rolling Stones- The Who- The Kinks etc survive and groups like the DC5- Herman’s Hermits and Gerry and The Pacemakers fade into oblivion? Songwriting is my guess. 28 songs on this- not something I listen to often but the songs are short and are for the most part good pop singles.
  • BREAD: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION: 2006: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: DISC 1: America was in recovery from the nervous breakdown it had in the 1960’s.. that is the best reason I can come up for the popularity of Bread in the early 70’s. They had a dozen Top 40 hits half of those hit the top 10. A disc of just those 12 songs would be good enough but on this double album there is a total of 30 songs- more than even the most die-hard Bread fan would want. I can’t imagine there is a Bread song not on this set worth owning. The hits are well crafted soft rock. Most of the other songs- not very good. I don’t know how I got this album. The only reason I will ever listen to it again is if I have a case of insomnia that last a week. The song “Diary” has always fascinated me- like a train wreck.. the story of some wimp who finds his girls diary and thinks he is reading all these wonderful things she is saying about HIM but turns out to be about another guy—-and he is heartbroken but wishes her the best of everything. Give me a break. Maybe John Lennon was a little extreme in “I’d  rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man” but “Diary” has to be the national anthem of 70’s lame rock. On a couple tracks they try to rock a little but you can see why they didn’t too often- they weren’t good at that.
  • BREAD: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION: 2006: DISC 2:
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5 responses to “PROJECT 1500 DIFFERENT ALBUMS- DAY 106- 7.15.17

  1. Dave Clark 5! They did some great singles, but as you previously commented, they never adapted their style and got lost somewhere in the mid 60s. The Beatles and The Stones had broadened their sounds and creativity

  2. I actually quite like Bread – I have a double CD set, which is totally overkill, as it goes into Gates’ solo career, which gets sketchy as it gets into disco. But Gates had a pretty good gift for wistful pop songs – I like ‘Clouds’ from his first solo album a lot. But the songs from James Griffin are less convincing – he does some boring bluesy stuff, that kind of balances out Gates’ sappy songs, but just isn’t very good.

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