MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL-DAYS 48 AND 49- FRIDAY AND SATURDAY APRIL 6-7, 2018

ALBUMS-

Friday was a very rare day- I didn’t listen to any music at all. Nothing. I worked eight hours, came home not feeling well and that was that. Today I made a comeback-

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  • WARREN ZEVON: WARREN ZEVON: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Zevon had an album released back in 1969 that was basically ignored. I always think of this as his debut album although it really isn’t. This is his best album for one reason- it has the best songs, many of them would be covered by others over the years-mainly by Linda Ronstadt. This album was produced by Jackson Browne. Always loved Zevon’s songwriting which is very different from anyone else. His entire catalog has few love songs, he has topics that are way out of the norm. It’s hard to select just a few songs on this as standouts since the entire album is strong without any filler. This album only made it to 189 on the Billboard album chart and there were no hit singles. That would come in a couple years.

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  • WARREN ZEVON: EXCITABLE BOY:1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: The best selling Zevon album #8 on the album charts due to Zevon’s only hit single “Werewolves Of London” #21 in the Hot 100. This was a fluke hit kind of like Randy Newman having a hit with “Short People”- both artist were album artists with the one hit that drew a lot of attention to them. This is a very good album- less songs on it than the previous album and overall the songs weren’t as strong. Highlights- Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner,  Excitable Boy, Accidentally Like A Martyr and Lawyers, Guns and Money.”

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  • WARREN ZEVON: BAD LUCK STREAK IN DANCING SCHOOL: 1980: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Not a bad album at all but after the self titled album and Excitable Boy I remember being a little disappointed with this. A cover of an old Ernie K Doe song “A Certain Girl” got some radio play but only reached #57 on the Hot 100 [his only appearance on the singles chart other than Werewolves} Favorites- Empty Handed Heart, Play It All Night Long[ about Lynyrd Skynard} Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School, Wild Age and Bill Lee.

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  • KENDRICK LAMAR: TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY: 2015: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: I got this out of the library last year and gave it a couple listens. I  thought I needed to go back and listen some more- this is the most highly acclaimed album of 2015- and there is so much on this nearly 80 minute album it deserves more attention. I must say I liked it better today than I did last year. Mrs. Postcard claimed it was worse than Trout Mask Replica [which she is not a fan of} The 4 star rating could change. I am planning on listening to this a lot in the next couple weeks at least. Too early to name any favorites. The album did seem to get better towards the middle.
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