- THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the all time classic albums for sure- and the medley on side 2 is the most talked about part of the album and it was perfect but the second thing that strikes me about the album is the two best songs are not Lennon-McCartney songs but were written by the Dark Horse- George Harrison. Here Comes The Sun has always been firmly attached on my Mount Rushmore of Beatles Songs- and Something could be the finest love song The Beatles produced. Confession- least favorite song here- Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
- HARRY NILSSON: AERIAL BALLET: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I listened to this a few weeks ago- since it is a 1968 album thought i’d spin it again- who but Nilsson would write a song- and it is a great tune- about his desk?
- FLEETWOOD MAC: TUSK: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Fleetwood Mac’s White Album. I have always liked this better than Rumours- maybe I am alone in that sentiment. I recall a lot of people being disappointed in this at the time of release- it wasn’t Rumours II- as many wanted and I remember the reaction of some of my friends in college when Tusk came out as the single, most hated it. The album peaked at #4 and sold 2,000,000 copies which at the time wasn’t what the record company was hoping for. My favorite songs on this tend to be from Buckingham who dominates the album- What Makes You Think You’re The One and Not That Funny should have been massive hits- at least they were in my book. The Ledge and Save Me A Place rank high too. Three hit singles from it- Tusk #8, Sara #7 and Think About Me #20.
- THE GRATEFUL DEAD: AMERICAN BEAUTY: 1970: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Dead had a reputation as one of the great live bands who were unable for the most part to recapture the magic in the studio. In 1970 they released two albums- first Workingman’s Dead and then American Beauty- both albums hit the mark. I have always liked American Beauty a shade more than Workingman’s Dead- even though my favorite song of theirs is on Workingman’s Dead- Uncle John’s Band. A number of Dead classics on this one- Box Of Rain, Friend Of The Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Ripple and Truckin. I did see The Dead three times in concert- the first time they were brilliant, the second time pretty darn good, the last time near the end I thought it was a sluggish performance but Jerry at that point was in pretty dire health.