- THE WHO: A QUICK ONE: 1966: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Who had failed to make it big in the US at this point. This was their second second album. Oddly enough my two favorite songs on this album are by John Entwistle- “Boris The Spider” and “Whiskey Man.” “So Sad About Us” and “A Quick One” also favorites. Very good album- as The Who were about to make giant steps towards greatness.
- THE WHO: THE WHO SELL OUT: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This was The Who’s first concept album- of course in the near future they would make their two most famous concept albums- “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia. Back when I got my first Who albums this and “A Quick One”- were packaged together two for the price of one and “My Generation” and “Magic Bus- The Who On Tour” were also packaged together. I”d call that a bargain, the best I ever had. The Who’s first big hit -the great “I Can See For Miles” closes off this set.
- THE ROCHES: THE ROCHES: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I saw The Roches perform on Saturday Night Live and on my next trip to the record store had to buy their album. Some of these songs would play in my head for days. “Hammond Song” “We” and “The Married Men” are highlights but the entire album is a joy. I wish it hadn’t been so long since I’d listened to it.
- ROD STEWART: EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Back when Rod Stewart mattered. His third solo album and his best. “Maggie May” was one of those #1 hits that deserved its position. The whole album though is full of gems- the title track which opens the album, Mandolin Wind, I”m Losing You, Reason To Believe etc. If Rod had only kept his eye on the ball… he did have some more great moments before jumping the shark with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.”