The cover of Abbey Road has no printed words. It is a photo of the Beatles, in side view, crossing the street in single file.

  • THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Has anyone else ever attempted what The Beatles did with the medley of songs on side 2? I do not know of any such attempt. Maybe it’s like–we try doing that and it will be compared to Abbey Road and we will lose out on that comparison? Least favorite song and one of my least favorite Beatles songs- Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. I wonder is any album cover visited as often as the Abbey Road one?


The album cover features a black and white photograph of Bowie's face with his hands held up

  • DAVID BOWIE: HEROES: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The second album of Bowie’s Berlin trilogy. Heroes the song is one of my favorite Bowie tracks ever. The studio where the album was recorded was located only 500 yards from the Berlin Wall. My favorite of the three Berlin albums Bowie made.

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  • NEIL YOUNG: LIFE: 1987: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Neil Young released 9 albums in the 80’s and most of them were like this one-mediocre at best. It wasn’t until the end of the decade that he found his groove again with the album Freedom. Mideast Vacation, Long Walk Home, We Never Danced the best songs on the album. On the positive side Neil did stay active.


  • VAN MORRISON: MOONDANCE: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After Astral Weeks and the stream of consciousness songs there- and while Astral Weeks is one of my two favorite albums ever- it took a number of listens to get to that point- Moondance may be Van’s most assessable album- full of great songs. One of my Mount Rushmore of Van albums.

in the evening- sat out back and listened to all three hours of this weeks Neon Beat program on Radio George.



  1. Moondance – There is not a bad song on the album. And It Stoned Me, Caravan, Crazy Love, Brand New Day… My favorite is all of them.

    • Into The Mystic one of my favorite Van songs- maybe second all time behind Madame George. Agree not a bad song here- not even a mediocre song.

    • When I got into Van… Tupelo Honey and Moondance were in constant play. It’s funny but I never heard Brown Eyed Girl until I was 18…I loved it so much and I knew I had to find out who sang that. I then got those two albums to begin with…quite a difference but a great difference…I got Astral Weeks after those and was blown away again.

    • The first time I heard Moondance I loved it.. not the same with Astral Weeks or Veedon Fleece- those albums took repeated listens and sounded better with each and every listen. Still do. What a great period of music he was having late 60’s to mid 70’s…. You didn’t hear Brown Eyed Girl until you were 18? WOW.

    • I know I know… 18 years old… how I don’t know! I thought it was the clearest sounding song I’d ever heard. I learned the bass line right away and could not stop listening to it. I found it on some compilation album with songs like It’s So Nice To Be With You, Brandy etc…It was like finding gold! To this day I don’t know how I didn’t hear it before then.

    • Hard Nose Highway- yes I’d say in that period the one sub par- for Van album although it has its moments. Now I want to start listening to the Van catalog over again from the beginning…

    • Tupelo Honey to me was the most commercial thing he did in that period…of course, I would not call him commercial in the mainstream sense. That was a good album for me to start on. The title song is a great song. Commercial isn’t a good word really… It was more accessible…if that makes sense.

    • Agree on Tupelo Honey. I remember seeing Van on Saturday Night Live 1978- it when he had Wavelength out- the next trip to the record store I got Wavelength- then heard about Astral Weeks– then Moondance and I was off into Van.

    • I have that SNL episode at home. Wavelength is very accessible also. Kingdom Hall…is very catchy… I was 7 years later…

  2. Some great stuff in your listening journal!

    Abbey Road’s medley is one of the reasons why I consider that record a masterpiece.

    While I’m generally more drawn to Bowie’s early stuff, I’ve always liked the song “Heroes.”

    As for “Moondance,” I don’t think it can get much better!

    And regarding Neil Young, and I say this as a fan, he’s definitely had ups and downs in his output. But even if you deduct the not-so-great stuff, given he’s such a prolific artist, you still find yourself with lots of terrific music left. BTW, I think the “Freedom” album from 1989 isn’t bad – that’s the one with “Rockin’ In The Free World,” which is a true Neil anthem, in my opinion!

    • Freedom was a great album- by far his best in ten years since “Rust Never Sleeps”- even on his not so great albums there is always something interesting. My vote for most underrated Neil album– Trans- I loved that album from the first listen… I like how he is so active. He isn’t one of those artists who wait 5 years and fiddle around in the studio forever fine tuning something–he gets it done and starts working on the next project…are you reading this Bono Vox?

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