- MARVIN GAYE: WHAT’S GOING ON: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:CD This was the first of Gaye’s albums where he was the producer and the great session musicians of Motown- the Funk Brothers received credit. What’s Going On is a concept album told from the eyes of Vietnam veteran who has returned home and what he is seeing. Motown in the 1960’s were known for their hit singles “Hitsville USA”- their albums for the most part were hit singles surrounded by filler. Gaye would change that with this great album. What’s Going On- the single would reach #2 on the pop charts and two other sounds would go Top 10- Mercy Mercy Me, and Inner City Blues- all three of those would go to #1 on the US R&B chart.
- JUDEE SILL: JUDEE SILL: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD
- JUDEE SILL: HEART FOOD: 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: I can’t recall where but recently I read a comment from a musician concerning the greatness of Judee Sill- how they loved her music and the influence it had on them. I hadn’t listened to her two albums in a while. What a tragic and sad life- both before and after her music career. Terrible drug habit, prostituting herself to get her drugs etc. She was a part of the singer-songwriter movement in the early 1970’s and her albums and songwriting showed great promise. Then she dropped her music career and went into obscurity before dying in 1979 of a drug overdose at age 35. She had been forgotten so much at the time of her passing that she didn’t get an obituary published and some of her friends weren’t even aware of her passing for years afterwards. Her most famous song “Jesus Was A Cross-Maker” was later covered by Warren Zevon and others. In recent years there has been an album of artists covering her songs and some light has been shown on her brief career. Her two biggest influences- Bach and Brother Ray Charles.
- THE BEATLES: RUBBER SOUL: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I had recently bought the latest vinyl of Rubber Soul. This is a key Beatles album- a turning point- where they became artists. One of those albums that made albums important. My second favorite Beatles album behind Revolver.