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  • PAUL SIMON: GRACELAND: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: Paul Simon’s most celebrated album and he’s had some great ones. This was sort of a comeback album- Hearts and Bones didn’t do all that well {maybe my favorite Paul Simon album though} Simon went to Johannesburg, South Africa where he was influenced by and recorded his new songs with African musicians- this became Simon’s most adventurous and most musical album. A number of different styles of music made their way onto the record. The album would win the Grammy for Album of The Year, the song Graceland would win Record of The Year. I am impressed with the following quote on Graceland from Joe Strummer.

“I don’t like the idea that people who aren’t adolescents make records. Adolescents make the best records. Except for Paul Simon. Except for Graceland. He’s hit a new plateau there, but he’s writing to his own age group. Graceland is something new. That song to his son is just as good as ‘Blue Suede Shoes’: ‘Before you were born dude when life was great.’ That’s just as good as ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ and that is a new dimension.”- Joe Strummer


  • DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES: ANTHOLOGY: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL:This was part of the big Motown early 70’s Anthology release. This is one of the best of the bunch for one reason- it contains their entire career- Diana Ross had left the group for a few years before this came out. It doesn’t contain the post- Ross Supremes but that is fine – it has all their hits on it and it goes in chronological order- two things that I really like in an anthology/ greatest hits. Three records. I have taken a few shots in the past about The Supremes but I will say I can’t recall ever turning one of their songs off when it was playing on the radio. The last record starts to fade a little in quality- Holland-Dozier and Holland  had left them towards the end and it is noticeable without even knowing. Those Motown Anthologies were great. This is probably the one I have listened to the least over the years- along with the Jackson 5 one. I need to dig out the Four Tops soon.


  • THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND: THE HANGMAN’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: YOUTUBE.  A couple weeks ago a post from Introgroove turned me on to this album- I have been looking for it-looks like I will have to order it- anyway for now listened to it from youtube. I liked it on my first listen and even more this time. Sounds timeless. Love the sounds on this. I haven’t zeroed in on favorite cuts yet but I haven’t heard anything I don’t like.

Celtic Tides

  • PUTUMAYO PRESENTS: CELTIC TIDES A MUSICAL ODYSSEY: 1998: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A survey of Celtic music. I have a number of the World Music discs that Putumayo has put out over the years- this is a good one. Favorites- The Chieftans and The Rankin Family/ Dougie MacLean/ Solas/ Altan/ Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.

This afternoon listened to all three hours of THE NEON BEAT- on Radio George.


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