• 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.

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  • 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 cover of Abbey Road has no printed words. It is a photo of the Beatles, in side view, crossing the street in single file.

  • 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.


  1. Agree on all accounts re. Abbey Road. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” has grown on me over the years and is now also one of my favorite tracks. I love it when that happens.

    • To be honest it took me a long time to like that song too- at first it was my least favorite song on the album.

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