- JOE JACKSON: LOOK SHARP! 1979: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Joe Jackson’s debut album. The cover [above] of white shoes. I always wondered if Joe Jackson knew of the baseball player from the early part of the 20th century- Shoeless Joe Jackson? When this album came out I went out and bought it due to the comparison of Jackson to Elvis Costello. I didn’t see where they sounded all that much alike. “Is She Really Going Out With Him” was a hit in America reaching #21 and the album as a whole was very strong. Other highlights “Sunday Papers”, “One More Time”, “Got The Time”[later covered by Anthrax}
- THE RUTLES: THE RUTLES: 1978: 4 1//2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: The prefab four- Ron, Dirk, Nasty and Stig. This is the soundtrack to “All You Need Is Cash” a ‘documentary” on The Rutles- which is a parody of The Beatles. Both the film and album are great fun. George Harrison appears in the film. The songs are quite strong. There was a second film. They should have just ‘let it be.”
- THE BEATLES” WITH THE BEATLES” 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: The Beatles second album. The sound was a lot like the first album which isn’t surprising. A mixture of mostly originals with some great covers- but no cover as great as “Twist and Shout” from Please Please Me.
- THE BEATLES: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: This album gets my vote as the most underrated Beatles album. The soundtrack to their first and best movie. All the songs were Beatles originals and Lennon-McCartney were growing quickly as great songwriters. The song “When I Get Home” does contain one of the worst lines written by The Beatles “I’m gonna love her till the cows come home”- so yes I can be a little critical of The Beatles!
- HALL AND OATES: X-STATIC: 1979: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: “Wait For Me” is one of my favorites from Hall and Oates, the rest of the albums is kind of so-so. On listening to it for the first time in decades it seems to me they were unsure of what direction they were heading. They were now making slicker sounding albums since changing producers the album before and on their next album they would hit the right formula and then beat it to death. Even some disco sounding stuff on this. Not their forte.
- HALL AND OATES: ALONG THE RED LEDGE: 1978: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: “It’s A Laugh” was a Top 40 hit and “I Don’t Wanna Lose You” just failed to hit the Top 40 peaking at #42. They changed producers with this album. Not a big fan of this album or X-Static- but there are a few songs I like on them and George Harrison appears on a song on this album.
- BUDDY HOLLY: BOX SET- RECORD 1- LUBBOCK, TEXAS, WESTERN AND BOP: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Back in the day when I was getting into the Beatles after I bought up the Beatle albums and their solo stuff I started to get into the acts that influenced them. I can still remember walking into the record store and seeing a box set of The Complete Buddy Holly. Six records in the box for $25. I had to have it. The first album in the set is the weakest. It was the beginning, only a couple Holly originals but still pretty good stuff. I see its going for $175 on ebay.
- THE MONKEES GREATEST HITS: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: When I was a little kid I’d watch the Monkees television show. I thought they were funny and the songs were good. I thought [i was like 6-7} that The Beatles and The Monkees were probably on par with each other- The Monkees being the American Beatles. Well, maybe not but The Monkees had some good tunes even though they didn’t play on most of them and had other people writing for them.