- VAN MORRISON: ASTRAL WEEKS: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I have been listening to my two favorite albums a lot the past couple weeks. “Astral Weeks” and “Revolver.” There is a new book about that centers around Van’s creation of this great album. Going to have to get it- I’ve seen great reviews.
- THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: The most famous album ever. I do not agree that its the ‘greatest album’ ever. The most significant album yes and I do love it- but it sounds dated-except for its greatest song “A Day In The Life” which doesn’t sound 1967 to me at all. Greatest album cover ever.
- THE CLASH: COMBAT ROCK: 1982: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: The last real album from The Clash- the last with Strummer and Jones. I was lucky enough to see them that summer of 1982 before it all ended. I have written about it before but I will never be able to top- August 17, 1982 seeing one of my Mount Rushmore performers for the first time- Elvis Costello- and having a seat front row-center and August 18, 1982 seeing The Clash- who are still one of my favorites- I’d say Top 10. This album was their fifth album and their best selling album. Not their best album but as time goes by I like it more and more. “Rock The Casbah” their most famous and most played song is on this. I can’t say I love every song here but I wouldn’t skip over any either. I think at the time of release I was just disappointed that it wasn’t another London Calling- but what is?
- THE CARS: THE CARS: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Cars debut and their greatest album as it all turned out. “Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Good Times Roll” where minor hits- with the first two making the Top 40 and “Good Times Roll” just missing at #41. I like every song on this. I hadn’t listened to it in years and was surprised how strong this album was. The best band ever out of Boston?
- LOVE: FOREVER CHANGES: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Love’s third and best album. It was the final album with the original band. I’d put this album along with among others- The Velvet Underground’s debut- heck every Velvet Underground album as an albums that were commercial flops but were great and had big impacts on those who did hear them. When I put this on today, Mrs. Postcard was in another room and maybe thirty seconds in to “Alone Again Or” she yelled “Who is this?” Then came in and listened to it all. I think it is one of the albums from 1967- The Summer of Love- that has held up the best.
- AL STEWART: TIME PASSAGES: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Al Stewart was at his peak commercially in the mid to late 1970’s. His previous album “Year Of The Cat” went to #5 on the album charts in America and the single of the same name #8. Time Passages was the follow up and it also went platinum and the album #10 on the charts and the single Time Passages became his biggest chart hit at #7. Another single ” Song On The Radio” #29. Overall a strong album. A little Al Stewart trivia- he knew Yoko Ono before John Lennon did and he shared a flat in London with a young Paul Simon. Some trivia to tell your friends.