- BLACK SABBATH- BLACK SABBATH: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am not a heavy metal fan- I have few heavy metal albums but I do have the Black Sabbath albums from the Ozzie years. This is the first of two albums they released in 1970. Pretty gloomy. Back when I was in college my roommate -and this was in the early 80s said that his young nephew who was 4 or 5 was terrified of going to a local department store because they had a poster of Ozzie hanging in there. They little boy called it The Monster Mall. Pretty solid seven songs here on their debut.
- BLACK SABBATH- PARANOID: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The most famous Sabbath album with some of their most noted songs- Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots. A pretty heavy album.
- HUSKER DU: CANDY APPLE GREY: 1986: 5TH album and first on a major record label. Bob Mould wrote 6 of the songs, Grant Hart wrote the other 4. My favorite Husker Du album but they all have something great to offer. Favorites here-Crystal, Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely, I Don’t Know For Sure, Too Far Down and Hardly Getting Over It.
- THE REPLACEMENTS: LET IT BE: 1984 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Listening to Husker Du made me want to listen to the other great Minneapolis group from the 80’s. It is almost a coin flip as far as who do I like more but I will go with the Mats. Best songs on this one-I Will Dare, Favorite Thing, Androgynous, Black Diamond, Answering Machine. In the 80’s Paul Westerberg was one of my favorite songwriters going.
- JOSE FELICIANO: FELICIANO!: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: It is easy to forget that for a year or so in the late 196os Jose Feliciano was a pretty big star. This album went to #2 and was nominated in 1969 for a Grammy for album of the year. He won for best male pop song of the year for Light My Fire. It would be his most successful album. On the album he covers 11 well known songs from the era including 3 Lennon-McCartney tunes. It is a nice, pleasant listen. His greatest moment of the year 1968 would be at the 1968 World Series singing the National Anthem in Detroit Rock City.
listened to yesterday’s 3 hours of Celtic Crush-with Larry Kirwan. He finished the months worth of programs counting down the Top 100 Celtic Crush songs as voted on by the listeners- 5 to 1 and then played some songs that fell short of the Top 100 in the voting.