- TRAFFIC: TRAFFIC: 1968:4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I’ve never been a big fan of Traffic but then again I’ve never really dug too deep into their catalog. I have a 2 disc Traffic: Gold and while I liked what I heard on that for the most part it didn’t turn me into a fanatic. Traffic has some songs you hear on classic radio but they never had a hit at the time. Feelin’ Alright- is the most known song on this album but it didn’t even make the Hot 100. Dave Mason’s song on this album [he would soon leave the band} are the strong points of the album- Feelin’ Alright, You Can All Join In, Vagabond Virgin are my favorite songs on the album.
- THE KINKS: LOLA VERSUS POWERMAN AND THE MONEYGOROUND: 1970: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A satirical concept album on the music industry as a whole. One of the most famous Kinks song Lola is on this-both Lola and Apeman hit the top 5 in the UK. Lola #9 in US- Apeman just missed the Top 40. The album deserved to do better than #35 in the US. A very strong set of songs from Mr. Ray Davies. Other favorites along with Lola and Apeman, Denmark Street, Strangers, This Time Tomorrow, Get Back In Line, An underrated overlooked album- strong from start to finish.
- LAURA NYRO: ELI AND THE THIRTEENTH CONFESSION: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: How did this album elude me all these years? I knew the name and a few of her songs but I hadn’t really listened to her music. What a soulful voice and great songwriting. Reading up on her- she was a big influence on a lot of artists. Had more success with others covering her material than her on her own as far as singles. One of the pluses in listening to these 1968 albums is coming across a gem like this that I hadn’t heard before. Favorite songs- Stoned Soul Picnic, Luckie, Lu, Eli’s Comin’ and Sweet Blindness. The album only reached #181 on the album chart, criminal.
In the evening I sat out back and listened to the weekly three hours of- Celtic Crush with Larry Kirwan- this episode was the great Bloomsday episode.