- THE BEATLES: REVOLVER: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL I had a busy day today- usually I listen to a lot of much on Saturday’s but today I had a fantasy baseball draft which took up my late morning- early afternoon. Before the draft though I put on Revolver again. Heavy rotation.
- DAVID BOWIE: THE NEXT DAY: 2013: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: Bowie’s comeback album after a decade of silence as far as new material and about from being out of the public eye for about as long. Did anyone expect another album? With Bowie I wouldn’t have placed a bet either way but I am glad that near the end of his life he put out two excellent albums to leave on. This album received mostly good reviews but Spin [Spin still publishes?} gave it a 5/10 while Andy Gill in The Independent said it was the greatest comeback in rock and roll history, the New York Times said it was Bowie’s twilight masterpiece. The first time I heard it I thought it was a pretty good rock album and I still think that way. It wasn’t as experimental and different as his final album, it was a David Bowie album. I like every song but standouts include- Where Are We Now?, The Stars [Are Out Tonight} Valentine’s Day is an especially powerful song- about a high school shooting, The Next Day. The album reached #2 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart- the highest a Bowie album had ever reached- he wouldn’t get his first #1 in the US until Blackstar. Not that the charts measure greatness. I think in the past month this is the first album from this century that I have listened to- of course from a vintage artist.
- THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I was out and about this evening and was planning on adding to my Beatles reissue vinyl series- I picked up Abbey Road and well… then Rubber Soul and The White Album and ended up buying them all. One of my Mount Rushmore of Beatles albums- my two favorite songs on this have from the first listen decades ago been the two George Harrison songs ” Here Comes The Sun” and ‘Something.”- and the medley of song fragments that dominate side two.