Goal is to listen to 1500 different albums in a 12 month period.
TODAY listened to 6 different albums. Total for 131 days-794 different albums. On pace for 2212.
- THE WHITE STRIPES: DE STIJL: 2000: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: White Stripes second album- a blues/ punk fusion record. A lot of different styles on this record. They had yet to make their big breakthrough yet -that would come with their next album. Best cuts on this one- What Can’t You Be Nicer To Me? Little Bird, You’re Pretty Good Looking. The album is dedicated to Dutch furniture designer Gerrit Rietvald and the bluesman Blind Willie McTell.
- THE WHITE STRIPES: WHITE BLOOD CELLS: 2001: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their breakthrough album. 16 songs in 40 minutes: On most of the ‘best of 2000’s albums lists. Highlights- Fell In Love With A Girl, We’re Going To Be Friends, Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground, The Union Ground. Album is dedicated to Loretta Lynn.
- TALK TALK: NATURAL HISTORY: THE VERY BEST OF TALK TALK: 199o: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: They only made 5 albums in their career. started out as a synth band in the early 80’s. Talk Talk and It’s My Life my favorite songs from that period but they really became great with their final two albums- the experimental jazz of Spirit of Eden which is one of my favorite albums from the 90’s and Laughing Stock.
- SINEAD O’CONNOR: I DO NOT WANT WHAT I HAVEN’T GOT: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album and the single “Nothing Compares 2 U” both went to #1. Whatever can be said about Sinead’s personal trials and suicidal career moves -the bottom line is the girl can really sing. Great album.
- SKIP JAMES: TODAY! 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the mid-60’s blues re-discoveries- James may have had the most still to give. Great vocals and guitar work. There had been a 30 year period where James had recorded nothing–before three blues enthusiasts rediscovered him. He’d make several stunning recordings before his passing in 1969.
- SAM AND DAVE: THE BEST OF SAM AND DAVE: 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I first heard Sam and Dave- from watching The Blues Brothers movie. Jake and Elwood as I recall where in their Blues Mobile and Soothe Me was playing on the radio. I had to go out and buy Sam and Dave’s best of the next day. They only had a handful of Billboard Top 40 hits but should have had more. Soul Man is their most famous song. Hold On I’m Comin’, You Don’t Know Like I Know, I Thank You, You Don’t Know What You Mean To Me- are among the standout tracks here.