• THE ROLLING STONES: DIRTY WORK: 1986: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another late Rolling Stones album that sounds a little better from a distance to me than it did upon release. Maybe that is just due to expectations- when it was released I was expecting something better. The single Harlem Shuffle went to #5- it was the first single since the early days not to be a Jagger-Richards composition. One Hit peaked at #28. The album itself peaked at #4 and sold 4 million copies. Other favorites -Winning Ugly and Had It With You. Mick and Keith were feuding more than usual around this time. The album is hard rocking.



  • THE ROLLING STONES: STEEL WHEELS: 1988: The first time I saw the Stones-on the tour supporting this album. I think the cost was $25 a ticket- can’t believe that today. Some guy in front of us was getting plastered during the opening act Living Colour- and threw up all over the place. He then slept through the Rolling Stones with his head on his girlfriends shoulder. Anyhow what does that have to do with this album?  The songs here are an improvement on the last couple Stones albums-


Cover shows a close up of Cash's face, looking at the camera.

  • JOHNNY CASH: AT FOLSOM PRISON: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released 50 years ago this month. I saw Introgroove’s blog about this today and thought it would be a great time to listen to it again. I am not a fan of live albums but this one is terrific. I got the Legacy Edition a  few years ago-that had both shows he did at Folsom. Back when I was a my dad had At Folsom Prison and I probably listened to it as often as he did. Cash sounds great and the audience response is priceless. More than just a couple concerts, more than just one of the iconic moments in Johnny Cash’s life and career- one of the touchstone moments in the year 1968 which was full of them.

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  • PAUL SIMON: HEARTS AND BONES: 1983:  5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of Paul Simon’s least successful albums commercially but I think that was because it was out of step with what was going on in the early 1980’s and not the quality of the record. It’s one of my favorite Simon albums. Originally it was going to be a Simon and Garfunkel reunion album but the songs were too personal and Simon wisely scrapped that idea. No hit singles on this album- he didn’t have any flashy videos to put on MTV… Favorite Songs- Hearts And Bones, When Numbers Get Serious, Think Too Much, Train In The Distance,  Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War and The Late Great Johnny Ace.



  • ARETHA FRANKLIN: LADY SOUL: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am wanting to listen to as many of the great albums from 1968 as I can.  One of my favorite sites is   they have Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul as the #6 best album of 1968. This album finds Aretha in her prime at Atlantic with Jerry Wexler producing. Favorites the hit singles- Chain Of Fools,  {You Make Me Feel Like} A Natural Woman, {Sweet Sweet Baby}Since You’ve Been Gone and Good To Me As I’ve Been To You and Ain’t No Way.

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