- THE ROLLING STONES: BLACK AND BLUE: 1976: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Rolling Stones first studio album with Ronnie Wood replacing Mick Taylor. 40 plus years later he’s still ‘the new guy.” The album is heavily influenced by reggae [as was the previous album} Another mediocre album. It is hard to believe this is the group that through Exile On Main Street had been almost flawless. This stuff isn’t even that interesting. Of course the album went to #1 in the US. The singles didn’t do as well with Fool To Cry making it to #10 and Hot Stuff peaking at #49. My favorite track on the album “Memory Motel.”
- FRANK SINATRA: SONGS FOR YOUNG LOVERS: 1954: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album was Sinatra’s first at Capitol and his glory years had begun. I had realized earlier today that tomorrow [Monday} is the 20th anniversary of his death so I thought what better way to honor him than to have a Sinatra Marathon- and what better way to do that than to listen to Prime Time Frank- the Capitol Years! I am not going to review each album I listen to today other than to give it a grade. They are all fantastic- Sinatra created the concept album idea. All of these albums are outstanding- some I like better than others etc- but all well worth the listen!
- FRANK SINATRA: SWING EASY: 1954: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- FRANK SINATRA: IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS: 1955: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- FRANK SINATRA: SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS: 1956: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- FRANK SINATRA: CLOSE TO YOU: 1957: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- FRANK SINATRA: A SWINGIN’ AFFAIR: 1957: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- FRANK SINATRA: WHERE ARE YOU? 1957: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- FRANK SINATRA: COME FLY WITH ME: 1958: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- FRANK SINATRA: FRANK SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY: 1958: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Frank at his absolute peak.