- PAUL SIMON: GRACELAND: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Certainly Simon’s most celebrated album and probably his best. I may have a couple ahead of it in my ‘favorites’ list but it is a landmark album. Simon was in a rut- he goes to South Africa for inspiration. One of the albums that opened the United States up to the world music scene. Won the Grammy for Album of the Year. You Can Call Me Al was the hit single on this- everyone I am sure remembers the video with Chevy Chase. Best song- the title track Graceland and Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and of course The Boy In The Bubble. … “Every generation throws a hero up the pop chart”
- THE ROLLING STONES: VOODOO LOUNGE:1994: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Stones went 5 years between albums which at the time seemed unheard of. They were going on a huge tour and wanted some product out there. I saw them twice on that tour and I don’t remember them playing anything from the album. If they did that was probably the moment people headed for the restrooms. Love Is Strong, Sparks Will Fly, Out of Tears, Brand New Car, I Go Wild and Blinded By Rainbows are the better tracks. A lot of the songs on the album sound like re-writes of earlier songs to me.
- STEVE EARLE: TOWNES: 2009: 3 1./2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Earle’s tribute to his mentor Townes Van Zandt. He picked out fifteen songs that the great songwriter Van Zandt wrote that meant the most to him. How much does Townes mean to Steve? His son is named Justin Townes Earle. Good collection- its not as good to me as a collection of Steve Earle songs but it’s a nice in between Steve albums release and also a nice gesture to bring attention to Townes- one of those great songwriters who never sold a lot of records on his own. Hopefully a few people discovered Van Zandt through this album.
- PAUL SIMON: RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: “The cross is in the ballpark.” The follow up to Graceland- this time Simon goes to South America for his inspiration. Favorite song on this the opener The Obvious Child, Cool Cool River is also a Simon classic. Great album love those drums.
- MICHAEL JACKSON: THRILLER: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: What can I say about this album that hasn’t already been said? When you think of the 1980’s this has to come to mind pretty quickly. Ranking the songs in order of greatness 1- Billie Jean 2- Beat It 3- Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 4- Thriller 5- PYT Pretty Young Thing 6- Human Nature 7- Baby Be Mine 8- The Girl Is Mine 9-The Lady In My Life.
- FLEETWOOD MAC: RUMOURS: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another iconic album. Ranking the songs in order of greatness 1-Go Your Own Way 2- Don’t Stop 3- Dreams 4-The Chain 5- You Make Loving Fun 6-Second Hand News 7-I Don’t Wanna Know 8- Never Going Back Again 9-Songbird 10- Oh Daddy 11- Gold Dust Woman.