- XTC: SKYLARKING: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: XTC’s best album in my opinion- the making of the album was a battle between producer Todd Rundgren and XTC frontman Andy Partridge. Partridge may not have been happy but the end results were great. The controversial “Dear God” was left off the initial pressings. It would have been a hit if not for its point of view on the subject matter. Favorite songs- Grass, The Meeting Place, Earn Enough For Us, Big Day and Summer Cauldron.
- THEM: THE COMPLETE THEM: 1964-1967: 2015: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 3 cd set is the most complete album of Them- Van The Man’s group before his solo career. I would think anyone hearing Van’s voice for the first time with Them would have had to have thought that this guy is going to be a major force. Them’s two albums The Angry Young Them and Them Again are here- plus all the singles, demos, sessions and rarities. Their greatest songs- Gloria, Here Comes The Night, Mystic Eyes, Baby Please Don’t Go and a cover of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. 69 songs in all on the three discs. Them would continue after Morrison left in 1967 for a solo career- that isn’t represented here- and well once Van left….
listened to the 70’s on 7 replay of American Top 40 from the week of June 29, 1974- pretty bland week of music in my opinion.