ALBUMS-LISTENED TO TODAY-
- THE BAND: MUSIC FROM BIG PINK: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: The debut album from The Band. By the time they put out their debut they were a seasoned band and they sound like a band in their prime. I can’t think of a band or an artist who can beat The Band’s first two albums “Music From Big Pink” and “The Band” in greatness. The version I listened to today while walking is the reissue in the early 2000’s with alternative tracks added on. Some over the years have stated that this album was the birth of Americana music. Has any group had three singers in their band the quality of Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm? I think not. As great as this album is-I’ve always found their second album their greatest – and on my list of ten favorite albums ever by any artist.
- VAN MORRISON: ASTRAL WEEKS: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I am constantly going back and forth between Astral Weeks and The Beatles “Revolver” was to what is my favorite album ever. In my returning to vinyl movement- I hadn’t listened to my vinyl albums in years and years- I reach in and pulled this out. It sounds go much better on vinyl. Every time I listen to this album and I’ve probably listened to it over a thousand times, I hear something new. Fact that when I listen to this album that still blows my mind- Van was only 23 years old when this album was recorded.
- LINDA RONSTADT: MAD LOVE: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I haven’t listened to this album in probably third years. Linda Ronstadt’s new wave album. In 1980 I remember liking it- more than I do now. Three Elvis Costello covers, a Neil Young cover and three songs from The Cretones debut album. The album’s production sounds dated. This was an attempt to keep Ronstadt relevant. It sold a million and was nominated for a Grammy. Best song on the album- How Do I Make You- which reached #10 as a single. Ronstadt is one of those artists who was immensely popular during her time but seems to have faded from memory once that moment has passed. I can’t remember the last time I heard a Ronstadt song on the radio She did have 21 Top 40 singles and won 11 Grammy Awards.
- DONNA SUMMER: THE WANDERER: 1980: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Back in the late 70’s when among my crowd disco was certainly frowned upon- Donna Summer was a guilty pleasure for me. Her singles seemed to get better and better as she went along- and she hit her peak- with the singles from 1979’s Bad Girls and 1980’s The Wanderer. I even broke down and bought both albums. The biggest hit on this album was the title track but the song that still blows me away is Cold Love which barely scratched the Top 40. Before his death John Lennon even commented on the songs greatness. This album, her first on Geffen Records- left disco behind and had a more rock sound. This album and the singles on it should have been bigger hits than they were. Still sounds great to me.
Tuesday- February 20, 2018
- VAN MORRISON: ASTRAL WEEKS: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Astral Weeks was still sitting by my stereo and I had to play it again.
- JUDAS PRIEST: THE BEST OF JUDAS PRIEST: 1978: 2 1/2 STARS: VINYL: I pulled this out of my vinyl collection and was dumbfounded. I did not remember ever buying it. Turns out I didn’t- – Mrs. Postcard had. This collection was put out after only three albums into Judas Priest’s career and not the compilation that I would recommend. Baffling why it was released so early in their careers. I was never a big fan but better stuff was to come.