- THE DISCO BOX: VARIOUS ARTISTS: 1999: FOUR DISCS: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD;Eighty disco hits on four discs. One thing I really like about this box set is it goes in chronological order- start to finish. Like most box sets on individual artists the last disc is rather weak. It also is missing some essential tracks but I am sure securing the rights from different record companies was a problem. A large number of these songs were big pop hits on the Billboard Top 40- and some where just dance hits that I had never heard before buying this set years ago. No Bee Gee’s on here but of course its not like the Bee Gee’s music is hard to find out there. This isn’t a box set I listen to very often.
- VAN MORRISON: MOONDANCE: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Van’s third solo album and the follow up to what I consider his greatest album- Astral Weeks. This has probably been his most successful album as far as sales go and it is an outstanding album also. The songs are much more structured – compared to the stream of consciousness songs of Astral weeks. Reading the reviews written at the time many critics considered it superior to Astral Weeks- which was a commercial failure. Moondance would sell over 3 million copies. Ten songs on the albums and they are all outstanding songs. Into The Mystic may be my all time favorite Van song,
- AL GREEN: GREATEST HITS: 1995: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: A 1995 cd re-release with 15 hits. Rolling Stone magazine ranked this album #52 on it’s 500 Greatest Albums Ever list in 2003. The hits are here- Green was much more successful on the R&B charts than on the Pop charts- but he did have seven top 10 hits in the early 70’s including a #1 “Let’s Stay Together.” Not a bad song on this album which is indeed a greatest hits. Elvis Costello was once asked if he had ever had a religious experience- his replay was ” No, but I have heard Al Green.”
- THE KINKS: LOW BUDGET: 1979: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: My first Kinks album was 1978’s “Misfits” which I love, this one was and remains kind of a let down, there are good songs on it but overall an uneven album. It would be one of their best selling albums though in the U.S.
- THE BEATLES: REVOLVER: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I just had to play my recent purchase again. My two favorite albums ever- Revolver and Astral Weeks.
- SAM AND DAVE: THE BEST OF SAM AND DAVE: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: After hearing “Soothe Me” playing in The Blues Brothers movie I went out and bought this album. I wasn’t disappointed. Soul Man. Hold On I’m Comin’, You Don’t Know Like I Know, I Thank You, Wrap It Up–among my favorites from this. Fourteen songs on this and only one clocks in at over 3 minutes.
This afternoon on Sirius/XM radio- I listened on the 70’s on 7 station- American Top 40 this weeks repeat was from March 6, 1977. Very good stuff.