This morning I listened to an hour of “Breakfast With The Beatles” on the Sirius/XM Beatles channel.
- RORY GALLAGHER: RORY GALLAGHER: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Whenever I see people make their list of greatest guitarists anymore it seems more often than not that name that isn’t list that should be- and should be high on any list is that of Rory Gallagher the great Irish blues guitarist. I don’t know why this is- is it because he has been gone now for over 22 years? Is it because he wasn’t a member of any famous band? Surely if he had been in a band that was famous like Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones, I think his name would be a household name. This was his first solo album. As my friend Jamie who years ago introduced me to Rory said- his best albums are his live albums. I tend to agree. This is a studio album and it’s a very good debut. My favorite songs on this album- Laundromat, I Fall Apart, Sinner Boy and Hands Up.
- THE DOORS: THE DOORS: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I like The Doors but apart from their debut album and their final album “LA Woman” I find them to be overrated. Their debut though is their best album- Break On Through To The Other Side- is a great album opener, Light My Fire would go on to be their most famous song, The End would years later become famous for it’s inclusion at the end of Apocalypse Now. I have always found the Jim Morrison cult a little hard to take. He wasn’t a great poet, he wasn’t a great singer. This is a great album though. Not a bad song on it. Four so so albums would follow before LA Woman.
- NICK LOWE: AT MY AGE: 2007: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Lowe is best remembered for his power pop- new wave career in the 70’s and 80’s and producing the first few Elvis Costello albums. Nick had a hit in 1978 with “Cruel To Be Kind” This is a very different Nick Lowe. When released in 2007 he was closing in on sixty and this album is one of quiet ballads and Lowe coming to terms with his age and with his life. I saw Nick in concert during this time opening for Steve Earle and he was fantastic and so are these songs- favorites include- A Better Man, Long Limbed Girl, The Club, Hope For Us All and Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day.