- 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.
- 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.
- 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.