- THE ROLLING STONES: GOATS HEAD SOUP: 1973: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After four classic albums this is a bit of a come down but it’s not an awful album- just not of the quality we were getting used to. The album did go to #1 in the US and UK. This is the last album Jimmy Miller would produce for the band and Mick Taylor would soon be quitting the band. Favorite tracks: Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine sums it all up better than I can-“Sliding out of perhaps the greatest winning streak in rock history, the Stones slipped into decadence and rock star excess with Goats Head Soup… This is where the Stones image began to eclipse their accomplishments, as Mick ascended to jet-setting celebrity and Keith slowly sunk deeper into addiction, and it’s possible hearing them moving in both directions on Goats Head Soup, at times in the same song.
- THE ROLLING STONES: IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL: 1974: 3 STARS: The decay continues to settle in. The title song would be a hit and has been a staple during the years in concert. This isn’t a very interesting album. They are trying to make it sound like a Stones album but I think at this point both Mick and Keith were distracted. Their eyes were off the ball. I like quoting the old critics on these Stones albums- the immortal Lester Bangs said it best concerning this album, “The Stones have become oblique in their old age, which is just another word for perverse except that perverse is the corniest concept extant as they realized at inception… Soup was friendly and safe. I want the edge and this album doesn’t reassure me that I’ll get it, what a curious situation to be stuck in, but maybe that’s the beauty of the Stones, hah, hah, kid? This album is false. Numb. But it cuts like a dull blade. Are they doing the cutting, or are we?
- LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL: MEN WITHOUT WOMEN: 1982: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: When it came out I bought it because it was Little Steven from the E-Street Band. I don’t think I had great expectations but this was on the turntable a lot during the fall of 1982 and has been an album I have revisited many times over the years. The album wasn’t a big seller and the single “Forever” didn’t come close to the Top 40 but people just missed out if they didn’t get this one. Favorites- Lyin’ In A Bed Of Fire, Inside Of Me, Men Without Women, Save Me, Princess of Little Italy, Forever. Not a throwaway on the album.
- THE JIM CARROLL BAND: CATHOLIC BOY: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The debut album of poet, writer and musican Jim Carroll- famous for The Basketball Diaries. “People Who Died” is the song on this album everyone remembers- a song I still hear played often nearly forty years later. The rest of the album was surprisingly good too- favorite tracks Wicked Gravity, Day and Night, Nothing Is True, People Who Died, Crow, It’s Too Late. Carroll’s first album would prove to be his finest.
On the 70’s at 7 station I listened to American Top 40 this week it was May 12, 1973. Not a bad week- a lot of songs a lot of us would consider classics- in the 40 that week.