- SILVER APPLES: SILVER APPLES: 1968: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I had never heard of this group until taking on the 1968 album project- it was listed on acclaimedmusic.com’s 1968 best albums list. If someone handed me this album- and told me it was a new release upon listening to it I wouldn’t have questioned that. Electronic, psychedelic – it was way ahead of its time- and of course sold few albums and even received fewer attention at the time of release. Decades ahead of its time. This is my first listen- more to come for sure. Grade could likely change. Oscillations the first track an instant favorite. Program, Whirly-Bird and Dancing Gods also caught my immediate attention.
- LED ZEPPELIN: PRESENCE: 1976: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The poorest selling Zeppelin album and my least favorite- in some circles they consider it an underrated album since so many people/ critics didn’t care much for it. The album was made during turmoil in the band- and during the period Robert Plant was recovering from serious injuries from a car accident. It would probably been a good idea just to take a break for a year or so but back then rock bands released albums every year! Achilles Last Stand would be my favorite on this but nothing on this would crack say my Led Zeppelin Top 30.
- ELVIS COSTELLO: IMPERIAL BEDROOM: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The best concert I have ever seen was EC on his Imperial Bedroom Tour- 1982. I loved the album- and it was great to go to a concert when the artist was playing songs from a new album and people were eager to hear those songs because they were so darn good. Too many great songs to name just a few as favorites.
- JEFF BECK: TRUTH: 1968: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: great guitar album. Beck had decided to go towards harder rock and blues instead of pop. A wise choice. Tom Scholz of Boston has called it his favorite album ever. I wouldn’t go that far but it’s a good one- with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood and a special guest Keith Moon.
- AIMEE MANN: WHATEVER: 1993: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have been a fan of Aimee Mann’s since the debut album of Til Tuesday. This was her first solo album and she showed her songwriting skills were still improving. Saw her open for The Kinks touring for this album. Favorite songs- I Should Have Known, Fifty Years After The Fair, Could’ve Been Anyone, Stupid Thing, Jacob Marley’s Chain, Mr. Harris.
- JEFF BECK: TRUTH: 1968: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A second listen today. Continues to grow on me.
- BOB DYLAN: SHOT OF LOVE: 1981: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: How did that album cover ever get the OK? With the original release the best song on the album- wasn’t on it- The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Alter”- with it I add a star. Dylan was still in his religious period- I do like this album more than I do saved which was marred by bad production/ sound. Favorites on this- Shot Of Love, Heart Of Mine, In The Summertime, Every Grain of Sand and The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Alter.
listened to the final hour of this weeks Neon Beat on Radio George.