• 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.


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  • 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.

6 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 103: THURSDAY MAY 31, 2018

  1. You Ain’t Going Nowhere is great. I like the Byrds version the best….off the Band’s album Ophelia and It Makes No Difference

    • I am listening to The Last Waltz… my highlight there is Van singing Caravan… will try to work in the movie this weekend haven’t seen it in a while.

    • That one always stuck with me too- and what an all-star cast they had at that concert. Bob-Neil- Muddy- Van etc.

  2. That was the first time I saw Van moving…all I had seen was pictures and listening to his records. That blew me away…I finally got to see him in 2006. Live his voice is even stronger…I saw him at a perfect place…The Ryman.

    • Awesome.. You are very lucky. I don’t know when the last time he was around here- but he’s coming as part of some festival around Labor Day at the local shed. Not a good place to see anyone but at this point I can’t be too particular.

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