- OS MUTANTES: OS MUTANTES: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A Brazilian group linked with the Tropicalia movement. I don’t understand a word they are singing of course but the music sounds fantastic. This album is their debut and has been acclaimed throughout the world- Mojo has it #12 on their 50 Most Far-Out Albums of all time. Rolling Stone #9 on their greatest Latin rock albums of all time and #39 on their top 40 stoner albums of all time. I have heard a few of these songs before but I have no idea where. Maybe during the last Summer Olympics or World Cup held in Brazil. Will have to track down a copy of this.
- SMALL FACES: OGDEN’S NUT GONE FLAKE: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I like side one’s songs over side 2’s- side 2 is a concept- a fairy tale following a boy named Stan in his quest to find the missing half of the moon after seeing a half-moon in the sky one night.
- THE BEATLES: PAST MASTERS I: 1987: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Beatles songs that didn’t make it on albums in the early to mid 1960s- most were singles- A and B sides. Imagine if they had been put on regular album releases!
- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: BOOKENDS: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album is bound to have a high ranking in my end of the year rankings of 1968 albums.
- BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY: CHEAP THRILLS: 1968: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not a fan. Had she lived I question whether she would be held in such high esteem. Maybe I am wrong. Just never got her. I think Quinn’s quote is- she sounds like two cats fighting in an alley.
- OTIS REDDING: THE DOCK OF THE BAY: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Otis my man! Listened to it three times the other day- back for another go round.
- CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: 1968: 3 1/2 STARS: Debut album- shows they had great potential but not quite there yet. Highlights are too covers- Put A Spell On You and Suzie Q- best Fogerty original- Porterville.
- THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: 1968: I had never heard this album- or of this group before seeing it on the acclaimedmusic list as one of the top albums of 1968. They only made one album and this was it. Before the first song was over Mrs. Postcard yelled in from the other room “What is that you are listening to.” Psychedelic rock that was the fad at the time and this is much better on first listen than a lot of more known albums from the era. For certain one of those albums I will have to give more attention to. Very avant-garde. I am hesitant on giving it a grade. I must say I do like it. Shockingly it even made the US Billboard album chart peaking at #181. No hit singles from this. They broke up shortly after the albums release.
this morning listened to all 3 hours of Celtic Crush with host Larry Kirwan on The Loft. The countdown of the Top 100 Celtic Crush songs as voted by the listeners continued #66 to-34.