- THE ROLLING STONES:EP: 1964: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:The four song debut EP by The Rolling Stones. If I had been around [i was around but only three} and had heard this when it came out- and was into rock and roll music this band would have struck me as one to keep an eye on.
- THE ROLLING STONES: THE ROLLING STONES: 1964: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Debut album from The Rolling Stones- 9 covers and 3 originals- shows their great love for R&B- I enjoy listening to the early Rolling Stones because these songs haven’t been played to death on the radio and sound fresh to my ears. They were a much different band when they began with Brian Jones and his influence still there. I have always wondered why The Stones when they go on tour always play the same twenty-five- thirty songs when they have such a great catalog. Do they have to do “Start Me Up” every time? If they were coming in concert tonight I could probably accurately predict most of the set list. Anyway-this is the English version of the album the American version is slightly different and came out titled” England’s Newest Hitmakers.”
- U2: SONGS OF INNOCENCE: 2014: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The controversial album that was dropped into everyone’s ITunes without their asking. That was fine with me since I am a U2 junkie. Their long awaited album at the time finally released. A friend of mine who is even more into the group than I am listened to it once, said he didn’t like it and according to him hasn’t listened again. I like it and it sounds better with each listen. Is it as great as The Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby, or War- no but come on you can’t have expectations that high. I think this album will be one that is better thought of as time goes on. Favorite tracks: The Miracle, Every Breaking Wave, California, Volcano, Cedarwood Road, Iris… do not like Raised By Wolves and the sniffing.
- STEELEYE SPAN: HARK! THE VILLAGE WAIT:1970: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Debut album. I was reading the latest MOJO and they had their monthly How To Buy feature on Steeleye Span- and this was ranked as their #1 album. I don’t own it so I listened to it on Youtube. I am familiar with the band from a few of their songs having been played on Celtic Crush. I really like this album- twelve songs- all traditional songs from one of the leading English folk groups of the time. They have a vast catalog I am going to have to dig a lot deeper.
Also listened to the new edition of Celtic Crush with host Larry Kirwan- on The Loft 9am-noon every Sunday.
Earlier in the week had listened to the first two hours of NEON BEAT- today listened to the third hour.