- LED ZEPPELIN: LED ZEPPELIN IV: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The most famous Led Zeppelin album and I also think the best. Their famous “Stairway To Heaven” is on this but at this point I am sure everyone has heard this song more than enough- but the rest of the songs are all outstanding. Looking at a list of 1971 albums I would only rank one album ahead of this one- The Who “Who’s Next.”
- WARREN ZEVON: THE ENVOY: 1982: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of my favorite Zevon albums and the most neglected album in his catalog. He was dropped from Asylum when this record didn’t sell well but I have always loved it. It wouldn’t be until the 21st century until this was released on CD. After this album Zevon went into decline with alcohol and drugs and didn’t release another album for 5 years. Who else but Warren Zevon would write a song about Diplomat Philip Habib?- The Envoy. Other standout tracks one about Elvis- Jesus Mentioned, The Hula Hula Boys, Ain’t That Pretty At All and one of my favorite Zevon tracks “Charlie’s Medicine.”
- BILLIE JOE AND NORAH: FOREVERLY: 2013: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones tackle the Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught Us album from 1958. Worth a listen and it’s nice they did this and threw some attention on The Everly Brothers but I’ll go with the original.
- HAMILTON: THE MUSICAL SOUNDTRACK: 2015:5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Was in the mood to listen to it again- it’s a commitment being well over 2 hours for both CD’s. Still want to see this play sometime.
- VAN MORRISON: VEEDON FLEECE: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Earlier I listened to the underappreciated The Envoy from Warren Zevon- I think Veedon Fleece is the most overlooked Van album. The closest he ever came to the stream-of- consciousness writing of Astral Weeks. There was no singles or FM radio hits on this album. It only reached #53 on the Billboard album charts. I don’t think there is a bad song on the album- and he wrote all but two of these songs in a three week period.
also did a lot of radio listening- this weeks edition of Celtic Crush- and the replay of American Top 40 on the 70’s on 7- June 23, 1973…. and this morning I watched the great documentary on The Who “The Kid’s Are Alright.”