• BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: WRECKING BALL: 2012: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: In looking over reviews of this album now- they are all over the place from 5/5 to 2/5. I go with the lower ratings. Like yesterday’s Graham Parker “The Up Escalator” this album is marred by production issues. This isn’t as bad as the Parker sound on that album but Wrecking Ball- has some good songs on it but the albums production is overcooked. It was like they kept messing with it and messing with it until they got it right- and to me they have made it an annoying listen. Too much much too much. Rolling Stone Magazine- not that they know anything anymore about music- named it their album of the year but I agree with Stephen Thomas Erlewine at allmusic- “Top heavy and cumbersome.” Again I think there are good songs here but too much going on. I’d like to hear some stripped down versions of the song. Bruce has always had a problem in not letting go of an album -and just releasing it. Always putting on some finer touches to make it better but in this case I think it is like the actor Burt Reynolds and untold other plastic surgery disasters- OK- I got my surgery and It isn’t perfect so let’s go back for more surgery- and eventually you don’t even look human anymore- see Burt Reynolds and Kenny “The Gambler” Rogers for example or Bruce Springsteen’s The Wrecking Ball.

  • THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:VINYL: Last summer I bought the Cd box set of the newly remixed 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper. Now I am on a mission to buy all new remastered Beatles on vinyl since I am listening a lot to my old vinyl these days. My latest buy is this- the vinyl edition of the remastering. Sounds great. Does it sound better? I don’t know but I do hear sounds throughout the album that I didn’t hear on the original. My next Beatles remaster buy I think will be Rubber Soul and Abbey Road.

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  • THE WHO: FACE DANCES : 1981: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: This album got mixed reviews but I always liked it- not a classic Who like most of their earlier ones but a likable enough album. Some of these songs may have been better served on a Pete Townshend solo album. Favorite songs on it- You Better You Bet, Don’t Let Go The Coat,  The Quiet One from John Entwistle, Daily Records and Another Tricky Day. I like this The Who’s ninth album a lot better than the one they released in 1982 “It’s Hard.”

In the evening I listened for a couple hours to the St. Patrick’s Day Irish music they were playing on Sirius/ XM’s Spectrum channel.