- ALICIA KEYS: SONGS IN A MINOR: 2001: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A fine debut that went to #1- every one of her albums has gone to #1 on the album chart except one which peaked at #2. A lot of fine songs and performances on this but the album tends to run too long at 63 minutes and 16 songs especially when after a while the songs seem to sound similar as far as tempo goes. The debut single “Fallin'” went to #1 and A Woman’s Worth #7. I also like Girlfriend, How Come You Don’t Call Me and The Life.
- THE BEE GEES:THEIR GREATEST HITS: THE RECORD: DISC 1: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 42 hits on the two disc. By 1980 and the death of disco everyone was tired of the Bee Gees- they were over exposed in the late 70’s- you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing them or a Barry Gibb written song done by some minor artist on the radio. They because along with disco- sort of a joke. Once they fell it was a mighty big fall- but they were outstanding hitmakers before disco and their disco era songs were the best of the genre along with Donna Summer. I was never a big fan but I own a couple of their albums- and this greatest hits package which has about anything from them that you’d want. I bring this out once or twice a year for a listen. The second half of disc 2- the decline sets in. I deducted astar due to that material not being up to par.
- THE BEE GEES: THEIR GREATEST HITS: THE RECORD: DISC 2:
- DON HENLEY: THE END OF THE INNOCENCE: 1989: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I don’t care for The Eagles- but I do like Don Henley’s handful of solo releases. Favorite songs on this one- the title track, The Last Worthless Evening, The Heart Of The Matter, If Dirt Were Dollars. It would be his last solo album until 2000-he’s only released two solo albums in the last 30 years.
- PETER BROTZMANN: MACHINE GUN: 1968: European free jazz. This is interesting stuff and the title machine gun is a good title for it. Brotzmann is a saxophonist and this was his second album. I kind of like it- it’s pretty noisy and at times seems pretty out there. Only three tracks on the album.
- PINK FLOYD: A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS: 1968: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Never much of a Pink Floyd fan. I have “Darkside Of The Moon” and “The Wall” and a double cd best of- and I’ve listened to most of their albums before. When I was in college my roommate was a fan and I heard Animals over and over and over to the point where I actually started to like it. This is their second album and the only one to have all the five members on it. Syd Barrett had been let go by the time of the albums release but he appears on three songs and David Gilmour the replacement appears on five. A change in direction for the group- Barrett had dominated the debut album- here he only wrote one song “Jugband Blues.” Favorite tunes- Corporal Clegg, Remember A Day and Jugband Blues.
in the evening listened to 2 of the 3 hours of this weeks Neon Beat- on Radio George.