• THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: GREATEST HITS: 2000: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: How can you go wrong with this collection 26 songs clocking in at 68 minutes. All the songs from this great singles group are here- short, fun songs. They were not an album group- I can’t even name one album they did but I have always known their hit songs. 1966 was their year they had 7 top 10 hits that year- including the #1 Summer In The City. Strangely after that they only had 3 more  Top 40 hits- but even some of their non-hits on this album are good.


  • MARAH: IF YOU DIDN’T LAUGH, YOU’D CRY: 2005: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I discovered this South Philadelphia group opening for Steve Earle back in the late 90’s. Great live band. This is my favorite album of theirs- and it has my favorite Marah song on it- Walt Whitman Bridge. Other favorites- The Closer, The Hustle, City Of Dreams, The Sooner or Later Interlude. Great rock and roll- too bad they have been fairly inactive this decade.

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  • MIDNIGHT OIL:20000 WATT RSL: THE BEST OF MIDNIGHT OIL: 1997:  Released near the end of Midnight Oil’s run- contains their best material 18 songs in 76 minutes- my favorites- The Power and The Passion,  Dreamworld, Dead Heart,  Blue Sky Mine, Beds Are Burning, Forgotten Years. I saw them back in the 90’s- they were a great live band.


Blue Suede Shoes: The Very Best of Carl Perkins

  • CARL PERKINS: THE VERY BEST OF CARL PERKINS: BLUE SUEDE SHOES: 1998: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the unsung heroes of rock and roll. A big influence on The Beatles-especially George Harrison. Paul McCartney once said if there had been no Carl Perkins there would have been no Beatles.

5 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 142: MONDAY JULY 9, 2018

  1. Carl Perkins a pioneer… great guitar player and wonderful personality.

    Lovin’ Spoonful… Nashville Cats, Darling Be Home Soon and You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice…all their songs are well crafted.

    • Carl Perkins died at 65 20 years ago. He would be on television now and then and seemed so much older… I believe The Beatles covered more Carl Perkins songs than any one elses on their albums.

    • They did… I know George really liked him. I think Carl and Buddy Holly influenced them more than anyone…maybe excluding Elvis.

    • and he appeared on the Paul “Tug Of War” song- Get It in the early 1980’s… The Beatles did a lot to keep his music and name out there after his hits dried up.

    • I forgot about that song… First time I’ve thought of that song for years… I’m sure he made a lot of money off of the publishing rights from the Beatle albums. He pretty much said that and appreciated it.

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