- THE ROLLING STONES: UNDERCOVER: 1983: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I was disappointed in this when it was released but must admit it sounds better today to me than it did 35 years ago- not that I think it’s some kind of hidden classic or anything it’s not. A hard rock sound throughout most of the album. Maybe it just sounds better when you think of some of the later releases which seemed to be formula recordings.
- THE KINKS: THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 1968 was a great year for music- many outstanding albums. If I were making a Top 10 list this one would be right up near the top- probably only behind Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and The Beatles White Album. Ray Davies wrote an album of nostalgic songs that surely didn’t fit the mood of crazy 1968 and the album at first didn’t sell well but it is now the best selling Kinks album outside of greatest hits or best of’s. Favorite tracks-15 songs on the album and they are are hits with me.
- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: WEDNESDAY MORNING 3 AM 1964: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The debut album of Simon and Garfunkel. It won’t be found on the lists of greatest debut albums but it did show promise. 12 songs, 5 Paul Simon penned songs, some covers and they cover a few traditional songs. I think the most successful songs here are the originals from Simon- The Sound of Silence of course a classic. At the time the album did nothing and Simon and Garfunkel both went back to college. Of course we’d hear from these fellas again. Favorite tracks- The Sound of Silence, Bleecker Street, He Was My Brother.
- PAUL SIMON: ONE TRICK PONY:1980: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released concurrently with the film of the same name which starred Simon, I haven’t seen the film in years it wasn’t bad. The song remembered from this album is Late In The Evening other standouts- Ace In The Hole, Oh, Marion, and in the re-released version- Stranded In A Limousine.
- COURTNEY BARNETT: SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK AND SOMETIMES I SIT: 2015: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A few years ago Mrs. Postcard heard some songs from this on the radio and got the album- she has good ears – one of my favorite albums in recent years. Barnett just released a new album- have to get it. Excellent songwriting, I think her faster songs work better here than the slower ones. Love the accent. Smart and catchy. Favorite songs-Elevator Operator, Pedestrian At Best, Depreston, Aqua Profunda!, Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party, Debbie Downer.
- U2: THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE: 1984: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: U2’S fourth album. It was clear that they were going places. I thought this album was somewhat uneven- some great stuff some mediocre stuff but I can remember having the feeling that the next album they put out was going to put it all together- and they did with The Joshua Tree. Favorites on this one- A Sort Of Homecoming, Pride, Wire, and Bad.
- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: SOUNDS OF SILENCE: 1966: Their second album and a big step up on their debut. Paul Simon wrote all the songs except for the instrumental Anji. Favorites on this one- The Sound of Silence, Kathy’s Song, Richard Cory, April Come She Will, A Most Peculiar Man and I am A Rock.