- DEREK AND THE DOMINOES: LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Yesterday I listened to Chuck Berry’s The Great Twenty- Eight- I love my songs between 2 and 3 minutes and Chuck Berry and The Beatles two of my favorites were always great at that. This album on the other hand- a double album, has fourteen songs and only one song clocks in under 3 minutes- the last song on side 4. That is alright because this is a fantastic album. One of my favorite guitar driven albums- Derek is of course Eric Clapton and a fellow named Duane Allman also played all over this album. I am going to get around to doing my 1001 Greatest Singles/Songs list- and Layla will be very high on that list- Top 30 no doubt. It smashed my three minute rule -it is 7:05 but there isn’t an unnecessary moment in the song- or on the album… Has anyone inspired more great music by the way than Patti Boyd- Harrison- Clapton?
- PAUL SIMON: STRANGER TO STRANGER: 2016: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul Simon’s latest album. I know he has a farewell tour coming up- will this be his final album? I love playing in the car the song “Wristband” from this album because Mrs. Postcard hates it [I rather like it} Not Paul’s best album but if this is his final one- not a bad way to go out.
- ANGEL OLSON: MY WOMAN: 2016: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: I need to listen more to Angel Olson. This is her third album and I’ve only listened to it a few times. It is very good. Not a bad song on it. The song that got a lot of airplay “Shut Up Kiss Me” is more hectic than most of the album but again not a loser on it. I need to explore her back catalog.
- BUDDY HOLLY: THE COMPLETE BUDDY HOLLY: Record 5: NEW YORK, NY- PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: VINYL: The last recordings that Holly made before his untimely and tragic death at age 22. Some classics on here- ‘Peggy Sue Got Married”, “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”, “Learning The Game”, “Love Is Strange”- a little more mellow Holly overall. Who knows what the future held- probably even more changes. This isn’t the best record on the set- Records 3 and 4 are the best.
- VAN MORRISON: INTO THE MUSIC: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: My second favorite Van album. This came out around the time Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming” came out and Dylan’s album got most of the attention and it is a great album but Van’s spiritual album sounds a lot less judgmental that Zimmy’s. “Bright Side Of The Road”, “Full Force Gale”, “Troubadours” and “The Healing Has Begun” are my favorites on this but really not a bad track on it. An album I listen to a lot.
This evening I also listened to all three hours of The Neon Beat.