- DWIGHT YOAKAM: GUITARS CADILLACS ETC. ETC. 1986:5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: 1986 was a great year for those who love and care about real country music. It was still a few years before the rise of the Anti- Hank- and 1986 saw the debut albums of Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam. Hard to say which album of those is the best I love them all. Yoakam sounds under the influence- or the school of Buck Owens, which is a very good thing. Favorite songs on this album- the title track which is one of my all time favorite country songs, It’s Won’t Hurt, South Of Cincinnati, Honky Tonk Man, I’ll Be Gone, He does a cover of a song made famous by Buck and Ray Price- Heartaches By The Number. Outstanding debut.
- DWIGHT YOAKAM: HILLBILLY DELUXE: 1987:4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:Yoakam didn’t wait long for his sophomore album- a little over a year after his debut. More of the same style of country music here with 4 top 10 country hits- favorites include- Little Way, Little Sister- a cover of the Elvis hit, Please, Please Baby, Smoke Along The Tracks and my favorite- Readin’ Rightin’ Rt.23″
- DWIGHT YOAKAM: BUENAS NOCHES FROM A LONELY ROOM: 1988: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: Dwight’s third album in three years- featuring his duet with one of his heroes- Buck Owens on Buck’s old tune which was written by Homer Joy- the fabulous “Streets of Bakersfield” I Got You, the title track, I Sang Dixie and Floyd County are other favorites.
- THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND: THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND: 1966: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: I recently got a 5 cd package of the best Incredible String Band albums- This album was their debut and this is my first listen to it. A promising debut. The album seems more simplistic musically than The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter their third album which I am loving. This is the only album with the original trio of Mike Heron, Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer- Palmer would leave later in 1966. Again I need to listen to this a lot more before really having much of an opinion on it but it didn’t strike me as hard as The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter on first listen.
- ELVIS PRESLEY: CRYING IN THE CHAPEL: HYMNS AND GOSPEL FAVORITES: 2017: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: On the HBO doc Elvis Presley: The Searcher: several folks mentioned how Elvis loved to sing gospel songs, in fact it was his favorite type of songs to sing. There are a number of packages out there with Elvis singing gospel favorites the problem with this one is -the single disc only has 12 songs covering 35 minutes. Why such a slim package? Some of the performances are fine- it is Elvis singing after all but it reeks of a money grab to me.