- FLEETWOOD MAC: RUMOURS: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: The big pop music album of the late 70’s- there were four Top 10 hits on it including the #1 “Dreams” and to be honest they should have released at least a couple more songs as singles. This was Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh album but the second after the key additions of Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to the line-up. This was an album that was a big hit and deserved to be. Not a sub-par song on it. I know they had hits on the first album with Buckingham and Nicks- and after Rumours but this was the career making album that made them more than just another pop group with hits.
- BLUES MASTERS: VOLUME 1: URBAN BLUES: 1992: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Cd: Back in 1992-93 Rhino issued a 15 part Blues Masters series- it was called the Essential Blues Collection- always watch that work essential or complete etc.. This is a fine series with a lot of great songs but there are holes in it. The first volume is Urban Blues- highlights- Kidney Stew Blues- Eddie Vinson, Ain’t Nobody’s Business- Jimmy Witherspoon, Black Nite- Charles Brown, Chain of Love- Joe Turner, The Things That I Used To Do- Guitar Slim, I Feel So Bad- Chuck Willis, Farther Up The Road- Bobby “Blue” Bland, I Can’t Quit You Baby”-Otis Rush and Laundromat Blues-Albert King.
- SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER SOUNDTRACK: 1977: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: A double album – it was #1 for 24 weeks in a row. Over forty years later it is still the best selling soundtrack of all time. I dock it a star because in my opinion this should have been a single album- a lot of unnecessary stuff on this. Give me the four Bee Gee’s songs and Yvonne Elliman’s song on side 1- A Fifth of Beethoven -Walter Murphy and the Tavares cover of “More Than A Woman” on side 2, on side 3 the two Bee Gee songs and an edited version of Disco Inferno on side 4- do we really need a 10 minute and 51 second version that closes the album?
- DOO WOP BOX: THE DOO WOP REVIVAL:1959-1987: DISC 4: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:CD The final disc of the first Doo Wop Box- kind of tails off from the other three discs not that many songs that really knock me out-Just To Be With You- The Passions, Stay-Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs, Blue Moon- The Marcels, Daddy’s Home- Shep and The Limelites, Barbara-Ann- The Regents, Rama Lama Ding Dong- The Edsels, Denise- Randy and the Rainbows and I Do- The Marvelows are ones that I like.
- THE MUSIC OF THE ANDES: THE ROUGH GUIDE: 1996: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: Part of The Rough Guide world music series. I am by no means knowledgeable about this music but I like hearing different things. This is an enjoyable listen. Seventeen songs and over an hour of music. Bolivian musicians contribute eleven songs, Peru three, Chile two