41 Original Hits from The Soundtrack of American Graffiti [2 LP]

  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI SOUNDTRACK: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: 41 hits from the early days of rock’n’ roll. The movie was set in 1962 so the music is 50’s and early 60’s and most of it well known.  Some great music here. I have no memory of this era. I found the movie itself overrated- well at least it didn’t hit home with me, if I had lived through it maybe it would have. Odd that there was so much nostalgia for an era only ten years or so after it had passed.


My Ride's Here

  • WARREN ZEVON: MY RIDE’S HERE: 2002: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD:  Zevon one of the most literary of rock musicians. This album which Zevon called a ‘meditation on death’ was released just months before it was discovered that Zevon had terminal mesothelioma.  My favorite songs on this- My Ride’s Here [the final song on the album- and within a year his ride would be here} MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, and Genius. What other writer would have songs on an album mentioning Marion Morrison, Charlton Heston, Jesus, Lord Byron, Shelly, Keats, and Milton? I miss Warren. Side note- I saw him twice in concert in the mid 1990’s- one of the concerts was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to- the other was one of the worst.

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  • WARREN ZEVON: LIFE’LL KILL YA: 2000: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: This album was the one before “My Ride’s Here” and it in many ways was also a meditation on death. Did he somehow feel the end coming? My favorite song on this is the song about Elvis- Porcelain Monkey. He also does a slowed down version of the Stevie Winwood hit from the 80’s- “Back In The High Life Again.”

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  • STEVIE WONDER: FULLFILLINGNESS FIRST FINALE: 1974:  5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Few artists were as great as Wonder in the 1970’s. I’d give my vote to David Bowie as the greatest album artist of the decade but Wonder would have to be on the Mount Rushmore- Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fullfillingness First Finale and Songs In The Key Of Live all outstanding. {the streak ended with the clunker “Secret Life of Plants.” Wonder made a killing at the Grammy’s with this album and some of the performances on it. Highlights- Boogie On Reggae Woman, You Haven’t Done Nothin’ [his song to Tricky Dick Nixon} They Won’t Go When I Go, Creepin’… the entire album is a highlight.

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  • DIRE STRAITS: DIRE STRAITS: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Upon hearing “The Sultans of Swing” on the radio during the winter of 1979 I immediately headed to the record store and bought this album. “The Sultan’s Of Swing” would reach #4 on the Hot 100 singles charts and the album would reach #2.  Outstanding debut album featuring Mark Knopfler’s outstanding guitar work. A low key rather quite album. Hard to believe they only released 6 album during their career as a band.

  • OSBORNE BROTHERS: MIDNIGHT FLYER: 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I was looking through my vinyl collection and came across this one. It once belonged to my father. His birthday would have been coming up so I was moved to play this album. Growing up I remember hearing a lot of Bill Monroe and The Osborne Brothers on his stereo. Years later- in the early 2000’s I went with him to see the Osborne Brothers. He got to see Bill Monroe. One of my regrets is that I didn’t go see Monroe with him. This is a fine album. Great bluegrass band.