- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.