- THE BYRDS: SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the most acclaimed albums of 1968 and one of the most influential over time. The Byrd’s were a rock band. With the addition of Gram Parsons to the group they make this country album. Is this the first Americana album? It didn’t sell well in 1968- but it has influenced artists ever since. 1968 was a revolutionary year- and could there have been anything more revolutionary in music in 1968 than an established rock band- going country? The beginning of the Gram Parsons legend. Favorite tracks- Hickory Wind, The Christian Life, One Hundred Years From Now, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere and I Am A Pilgrim.
- THE BAND: NORTHERN LIGHTS-SOUTHERN CROSS: 1975: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A comeback of sorts. Two of my favorite songs of theirs appears on this- It Makes No Difference and Acadian Driftwood. In their review Rolling Stone Magazine [this was back when they covered music and was worth reading} said The Band had kicked a field goal. That is about right- this isn’t a touchdown but an improvement on Cahoots.
- THE BAND: ISLANDS: 1977: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Band had broken up- this was an album of unreleased material to fulfill their contract. Deducted one half a star because they covered Georgia On My Mind- to aid Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. Nothing essential on here.
- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: BOOKENDS: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another listen to this classic as I am reviewing albums from 50 years ago.