Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY- listened to 9 different albums. 110 day total- 609. On pace for 2353 different albums.
- JON SAVAGE’S 1966: 2016: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: DISC 1: One of the best books I’ve read in the past year is Jon Savage’s book on 1966- The Year The Decade Exploded- that focuses not only on the music of the year but the events that shaped the year. What makes this special is- it’s not 2 discs of 48 total songs- of the most known songs of the year but a mixture of songs you have heard a thousand times and lesser known songs that are excellent- but songs you may not have ever heard because they are so obscure. These songs/ artists are ones he wrote about in the book. I just learned there is also a double Cd on 1967- no book though. I most highly recommend both the book and the CD – loved them both.
- JON SAVAGE’S 1966: 2016: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: DISC 2: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- VAN MORRISON: PHILOSOPHER’S STONE: 1998: 4 STARS OUT OF 4 STARS: DISC 1: A compilation of unreleased outtakes from 1969-88. The songs go in chronological order. A must for any Van Morrison fan. Van’s song “Philosopher’s Stone” didn’t appear on this album but on his next album 1999’s- “Back On Top”
- VAN MORRISON: PHILOSOPHER’S STONE: 1998: DISC 2:
- ELVIS COSTELLO WITH BURT BACHARACH: PAINTED FROM MEMORY: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: EC teams with Bacharach-one of the great songwriters of pop in the 60’s- it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Not a rock’n roll album- but good songwriting.
- THE HOLLIES: GREATEST HITS: DISC 1: 2003: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is a weirdly constructed anthology. No rhyme or reason for the order of songs here. Disc 1 seems loaded with the hits and well known songs. Disc 2 is a struggle to get through. 48 songs here- some great pop music and harmonies. One disc would have done that job.
- THE HOLLIES: GREATEST HITS: DISC 2: 2003: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- JOHN PRINE: LOST DOGS AND MIXED BLESSINGS: 1995: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Lake Marie is a classic on this album. Also like New Train, Ain’t Hurtin’ Nobody are other highlights. Produced by Howie Epstein.
- LED ZEPPELIN: IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR: 1979: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: There last album of new material- drummer John Bonham died shortly after its release and the band wisely called it a day. Not their strongest material and too much use of synthesizer.