An abstract, psychedelic illustration of the band members surrounded by clouds and bushes.

  • THE BEACH BOYS: FRIENDS: 1968:  An odd album to come from The Beach Boys at this time- it clocks in at 25:32. There are no familiar songs to anyone other than a real hard cord Beach Boy fan. The songs are very short 5 of the 12 songs are less than two minutes in length. This is also known as their Transcendental Meditation album- they had been to see the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi- not his most famous disciples though….  The album commercially was a total bomb- peaking at #126 on the album chart- there was no hit singles from this or anything that was radio play. It’s not a bad sounding album though. Brian Wilson has stated that this is his favorite Beach Boys album. Interesting.


  • THE BAND: MUSIC FROM BIG PINK: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Thought I would give this landmark album another listen since it is it’s 50th birthday today. I have listened so far to forty-one 1968- most of them in the last month and its a pretty fair bet when I am done with the project Music From Big Pink will rank high up on the best albums of 1968 list.

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  • BOB DYLAN: FALLEN ANGELS: 2016: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob’s 37th studio album- a cover of classic American songs- all but one was covered by Francis Albert Sinatra. At first glance Dylan doing Sinatra sounds doesn’t sound like a good mix to most folks but it is a well produced record and well Bob’s voice isn’t what it once was but I am used to it- and enjoy listening to this album. A major work? No but I am glad that his two albums of Sinatra songs exist. I wonder at this point will he ever do an album of new Dylan songs? 2012 was his last. With Dylan you never know- his career has never been predictable. {Dylan would revisit the classic American songbook in 2017 with Triplicate.}


The cover is a polaroid of Swift with shoulder-length blonde hair wearing red lipstick and a long-sleeved sweater with a picture of birds in the sky. Her face is cut off by the frame above the nose and "T. S." and "1989" are written on the white polaroid frame with black marker.

  • TAYLOR SWIFT: 1989: 2014:  4 1/2  STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am not a Swift-head- but compared to most popular music as played on the radio and on the charts these days I kind of like her body of work so far [ although I don’t have her latest album yet} I worry though what will happen to her career if she ever finds a solid- happy relationship. Favorite songs here- Welcome To New York, Blank Space, Out Of Style, Shake It Off, Bad Blood.


  • TOM WAITS: THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT: 1974:  4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Waits second album- sounds nothing like the Tom Waits of recent decades- his voice actually sounds pretty good. I have a good friend who when I asked him the “Who is your favorite artist?” surprised me with his reply- Tom Waits. I like Waits and all but haven’t really dug into his catalog like I should. This album was during the heavy drinking, hard living on the road all the time years of his career. Pretty good album.


  • DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: AMERICAN BAND: 2016: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The band’s latest album- most political album to date and their shortest album at 47 minutes. I don’t get the southern rock tag other than they are from the south. Favorites on here- Ramon Casiano, Darkened Flags At The Cusp Of Dawn, What It Takes and Surrender Under Protest.

11 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 134: SUNDAY JULY 1, 2018

  1. The Dylan album is really good. My son got me into it and he really likes it. We saw him live that year and he did a few live.

    • Dylan seems to draw from all ages- that album is a good one- I wonder what will be next? If he comes back around I need to see him again.

    • Dylan does Polka… No…I hope he writes all of the next one. He made his voice work on the Sinatra stuff I have to say but still I want to hear him on his songs… it’s time.

    • Yes a couple cover albums of classics fine but he has a couple more classic albums of his own material left in him I am sure.

    • I would think also there is a ton of songs he has never recorded that he has written… he might not be the kind of person though that goes back.

    • Yes it will…according to everyone around him he has always has been very prolific. Robbie Robertson pretty much said he would have a new song at each session. I don’t know if he writes like that now but I bet he has a large back load…

    • Neil’s archives will probably be released off into the decades to come– and it sounds like Prince had a large number of unreleased material- but for the life of me I can’t see how much of this is any good- or he would have released it during his last 20 some years.

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