- ELVIS COSTELLO: GET HAPPY! 1980: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: EC’s 4th album back when he still count not do wrong. 20 songs mostly between two and three minutes long. A departure in sound from the first three albums- this one soul influenced. I loved it on first listen. I bet I listened to it 100 times in the first couple weeks after it came out. Still love it. Too many great songs to mention them individually.
- JAMES BROWN: LIVE AT THE APOLLO II: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: They didn’t call him ‘The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” for nothing- in 1968 he released four studio albums, a christmas album and this live album. I am not a fan of live albums for the most part but this is a good one- captures what a James Brown Show was like at the time- with all the grunts and groans included.This was the last live album by James Brown and The Famous Flames as a group.
- LED ZEPPELIN: HOUSES OF THE HOLY: 1973: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This- Led Zeppelin’s 5th album- still very strong but to me a step down from the first four albums- it was bound to happen. The only Led Zeppelin song that I’d call annoying D’yer Mak’er” is on this album.Not a big fan of “The Crunge” either so two duds out of eight- the rest of the material outstanding. It is the first Led Zeppelin album made up of original material.
also listened to hours one and two of this weeks Neon Beat on Radio George.