- LED ZEPPELIN: PHYSICAL GRAFFITI: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the great double albums of all times. Contains my favorite Zeppelin song- Kashmir. A number of different music styles on this album- the source of its greatness. I’d rank it just behind Led Zeppelin IV in the rankings of their albums. This was their peak- it was somewhat downhill after this album.
- U2: THE JOSHUA TREE: 1987: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The landmark U2 album. They were slowly building up for an explosion and this album made them at the time ‘ the greatest rock band in the world.” I saw them on that tour- and last year saw them on the 30th anniversary tour twice. One of my handful of favorite 1980’s albums- maybe my favorite if London Calling is considered 1970’s.
- VAN MORRISON: INTO THE MUSIC: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My second favorite Van album behind Astral Weeks. It came out in late 1979 along with Bob Dylan’s Slow Train Coming which got ten times more publicity than this album- as brilliant as Slow Train Coming is- I like this album better- whereas Bob hits you over the head with his religious conversion- Van’s album is a lot less judgmental.
- AFROCUBISM: 2010: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Grammy nominated album made of musicians from Mali and Cuba- I was wanting to listen to something a little off the map today and this fit very well.