- BOB DYLAN: GREATEST HITS : 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Today marks the seventy-seventh birthday of a friend of us all- Mr. Bob Dylan. This is the first of many greatest hits, best of packages that have been released over the years and the first Dylan album I ever bought. The first artists I ever got into were The Beatles, Bob came after that. Ten Dylan classics from the early years of his career. This is his best selling album in the US- certified 5X platinum.
- PAUL SIMON: SURPRISE: 2006: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul joins forces with Brian Eno. An overlooked album that has a number of interesting songs. A comeback for Simon who was still smarting from the Capeman failure. Best songs- Outrageous, Father and Daughter, How Can You Live In The Northeast, That’s Me, Beautiful. An overlooked near masterpiece. Well worth examining.
- BOB DYLAN: JOHN WESLEY HARDING: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 18 months had passed since Blonde On Blonde. Dylan had his motorcycle accident and had been silent. Back then 18 months between albums was forever. What was Dylan up to? In 1967 when the rock world was going psychedelic Bob Dylan was silent until the last days of the year when he released this album which is about as far from 1967 sound as you could be. Again- Bob being the artist and doing his own thing and not the expected or following the trends. This album holds up better than most of the other albums from the time. Sgt. Pepper was a great album no doubt but to me it sounds like a time piece with 1967 Summer of Love marked on it. This album could have come out yesterday and sounded in the right time. Best known song on this set is of course “All Along The Watchtower” due to the great Jimi Hendrix version.
- BOB DYLAN: NEW MORNING: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dylan seemed to be in a slump- Self Portrait released in June of 1970 received terrible reviews including the famous Greil Marcus Rolling Stone review that began with “What is this shit?” This was much better. I don’t know if there are any classics on here but I especially like If Not For You, Day Of The Locusts, New Morning, The Man In Me.
also listened in the evening to 2 of the 3 hours of this weeks NEON BEAT on Radio George.