- THE WHO: WHO’S NEXT: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:CD The Who’s most famous album is the rock opera “Tommy.” Their best album is this one- the follow up album to “Tommy.” It ranks in my 15 favorite albums ever- there is not a song on here that isn’t outstanding – in my opinion. The Who at their peak. My favorite song on this is the opener “Baba O’Riley” The closers on side two-“Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”- are other songs that have found their home on the radio. “My Wife” John Entwistle’s contribution has always been a favorite “I may end up spending all my money but I’ll still be alive.” Both Rolling Stone magazine and the Acclaimed Music site have it in their Top 35 all time- again I have it ranked even higher.
- LEON BRIDGES: COMING HOME: 2015: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD I thought I’d listen to something fairly recent- and checked this out of the library. I had read about Bridges- the comparisons to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding had me interested. The opener “Coming Home”- I had heard that song somewhere. “Smooth Sailin'” was the other single. This album reached #6 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart- and I can hear the 1960’s soul throwback sound on this. A very promising debut. He has his second album coming out in a couple months I believe. I want to hear it.
- GEORGE JONES: THE ESSENTIAL GEORGE JONES: SPIRIT OF COUNTRY: 2 DISCS: CD: 1994: This 2 disc essential George Jones collects 44 songs in total. Jones whose career started in the 1950’s- still had a couple more decades on this earth but at this point the hits had pretty much dried up. The only downfall to this is the end of side 2 where the decline had set in. Could have dropped some of those songs and added others from earlier in his career. One of my 6-7 favorite country singers ever- that said he may be the greatest country singer ever- country music’s Sinatra- what a great singer he was. Too many great songs on this to mention. I am not award of a box set out there on George Jones but a 4 disc box would be nice. A few years back I was on a bus to Washington D.C. on a school trip when I get a text from Quinn – “George Jones has stopped drinking”.. it was early in the morning- the sun was just coming up and my first thought was – “it’s about time” then it hit me- The Possum was dead. Speaking of which what were the odds that George would live to be eighty- one years old? Back in the early 1980’s it seemed like he had one foot in the grave already. Must have had great genes.
- JOHN LENNON: IMAGINE” 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album would be on my ex- Beatles Mount Rushmore of Best Albums- joining John’s Plastic Ono Band, Paul’s “Band On The Run” and George’s “All Things Must Pass.” This was John’s follow up to the brilliant but painful “Plastic Ono Band” -it is a more assessable album- the title track is John’s most famous solo song- maybe his most famous song period. Crippled Inside, Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, Oh My Love are other favorites. Not a song on here that I don’t like- even the vicious shot at Paul- “How Do You Sleep?” is an excellent song- just wish he hadn’t done it.
- JOE SOUTH: INTROSPECT: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: YOUTUBE: Joe South was a session musician for about everyone in the mid-60’s- he played on Bob Dylan’s Blonde of Blonde even– before going out on his own with this debut in 1968. What a great songwriter. He had a very brief career but wrote songs that have stood the test of time- songs that are as relevant to today as they were the day they were written. Games People Play was hit big hit and most famous song. It won a Grammy. It is on this. I don’t have the album- have never seen a copy but it is on youtube. I do have on vinyl a greatest hits and on cd- “The Best of Joe South.” Highlights on this album include- All My Hard Times, Rose Garden – which became a country smash with Lynn Anderson a couple years later, Mirror of Your Mind, Redneck, These Are Not My People and Birds of A Feather. In reading about Joe -who passed a few years ago- he said that winning the Grammy was the worst thing because he felt it put pressure on him to deliver. He would deliver for a few more years before the suicide of his brother, who was the drummer in his band- set him into a downward spiral. John Lennon reportedly once said that Joe South was the greatest songwriter in the world. If he wasn’t he wasn’t very far off.
- WINGS: LONDON TOWN: 1978: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I played this to death when it came out- it was the first Paul album that was released after I had become a Beatles fanatic. With A Little Luck was a #1 smash. Girlfriend would later be covered by Michael Jackson. This is a very uneven album. Not all that many songs are memorable. Best songs- With A Little Luck, London Town, Cafe On The Left Bank,