- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The fifth and final album from Simon and Garfunkel released in January of the new decade. Favorite songs- Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, Cecilia, The Only Living Boy In New York and El Condor Pasa. The album and Bridge Over Troubled Water both went to #1 and overall 4 hit singles on this. A great way to go out.
- SINEAD O’CONNOR: I DO NOT WANT WHAT I HAVEN’T GOT: 1990: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A lot of people don’t care for Sinead O’Connor- she has had a very controversial career and life- but one thing no one can deny is the girl sure has a great voice and is a wonderful singer. It’s too bad the other stuff has gotten in the way. This is her second album. Her signature song is on this- the Prince written “Nothing Compares 2 U” which had to be the best song of 1990.
- VAN MORRISON AND THE CHIEFTAINS: IRISH HEARTBEAT: 1988: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A natural- Van and The Chieftains together for an album. For the most part it works well. Its too bad they haven’t gotten together again- reportedly the tour that followed the album didn’t go as well. Mr. Morrison can be a difficult fella to get along with. What a great artist though. Favorites- Star Of The County Down, Raglan Road, I’ll Tell Me Ma, Carrickfergus, Marie’s Wedding.
- SON VOLT: TRACE:1995: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: When Uncle Tupelo broke up my money would have been on Jay Farrar to be the bigger success over Jeff Tweedy and it seemed to be that way out of the gate- this is a fantastic album, one of my favorites from the 1990’s- favorite songs- Windfall [it would be on my shortlist of best songs of the 90’s} Drown-which was the song that got all the airplay, Live Free, Out of The Picture, Route, Catching On. This remains Son Volt’s best album.
- I AM SAM: SOUNDTRACK: 2002: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The soundtrack -all Beatles covers. My favorites Two of Us- Aimie Mann and Michael Penn, Blackbird- Rufus Wainwright, Strawberry Fields Forever-Ben Harper, Let It Be-Nick Cave, Nowhere Man-Paul Westerberg and I’m Only Sleeping- The Vines.