MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 79: MONDAY MAY 7, 2018

ALBUMS

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  • THE ROLLING STONES: 1965: THE ROLLING STONES NO.2: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not the most creative album title ever. Three new Jaggar- Richards songs and nine covers. Like their first album their love for R&B covers shine though. A great listen because it’s obscure Stones- as far as the radio goes.

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  • THE ROLLING STONES: OUT OF OUR HEADS: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Twelve songs- now up to four Jaggar-Richards originals-and the originals are good ones- I’m Free, Heart of Stone and The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man-shine- the covers are fine also. The band is starting to move forward with the originals.

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  • THE ROLLING STONES: AFTERMATH: 1966:  5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: All the sudden an album of Jaggar- Richards originals. This had to happen I think for the band to expand. How long can you just do covers of others songs if you are a band like The Rolling Stones? Their songwriting is starting to bloom. Favorites on this one-Mother’s Little Helper, Stupid Girl, Lady Jane, Under My Thumb, Goin’ Home and my favorite of all on this one Out Of Time. I saw Elvis Costello do this in concert around 2011 and it was the highlight of his outstanding show that night. Great song.

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  • ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER: 2018: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I need to go out and find the 3 disc soundtrack of this. The single disc 18 song version is wonderful.

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  • STEVE EARLE: THE REVOLUTION STARTS NOW: 2004: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Maybe Steve’s most political album- and that is saying something. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were going full swing. One of my least favorite Steve albums- not because so many of the songs are political but because this isn’t a strong set of songs from one of my favorite songwriters. He has written much better political songs than this batch. Even Ted Williams had some 0-4 games. Not that this is a terrible album- some  good ones- The Revolution Starts Now, Rich Man’s War, The Gringo’s Tale, and the second version of The Revolution Starts Now that finishes the album. Really The Revolution Starts Now songs- are the only songs that would make my Steve Top 40.   The album did win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. I have the Steve catalog- this is the least played album of his by far.
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2 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 79: MONDAY MAY 7, 2018

  1. While it’s perhaps a fair question to ask how many more Elvis compilations we need, this is certainly a nice collection, based on the track list. I haven’t watched the HBO documentary yet, but it’s on my list. I think I mentioned before that Elvis was my first idol as a young kid. I even put grease in my hair and tried to impersonate him. Then came John, Paul, George and Ringo…

    • There are some groups that seem to have more greatest hits- best of albums than they had actual studio albums. I am interested in hearing the 3 CD set.

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