- GEORGE HARRISON: WONDERWALL MUSIC: 1968: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first solo album by one of The Beatles.Also the first album released on The Beatles Apple label. The soundtrack to the movie Wonderwall. Instrumental Indian music. I had heard of this album of course for years before I ever listened to it and was pleasantly surprised- good for what it is. The title also helped give a title for one of the best songs of the 90’s Oasis- Wonderwall.
- THE BEATLES: LET IT BE: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Ranking the songs in order of greatness on Let It Be- Let It Be/ Across The Universe/ Two Of Us/ Get Back/ The Long And Winding Road/ I Me Mine/ I’ve Got A Feeling/ Dig A Pony/For You Blue/ One After 909/Dig It/ Maggie Mae.
- BOB DYLAN: BOB DYLAN: 1962: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dylan’s debut. The best songs were the two Dylan compositions- Talkin’ New York and his first great song- Song For Woody. The other songs are covers of folk classics. The album won’t be on anyone’s list of greatest debut albums but it showed promise. It was just Dylan playing on the album. It didn’t chart and for a brief moment Dylan was called by some “Hammond’s Folly”- for legendary talent scout John Hammond who signed him. Turns out Hammond was right again- and Dylan would become the greatest of his great discoveries.
- JOE JACKSON: JUMPIN’ JIVE: 1981: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A fun album- what Elvis Costello did around that time with country music- Almost Blue- Jackson does with old jazz songs. This album always puts me in a good mood.
- VAN MORRISON: THE AUTHORIZED BANG COLLECTION: 2017: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Van’s debut Blowin’ Your Mind came out in 1967. The material here on this three disc set includes that- the first disc is the Original Masters, Disc 2- Bang Sessions and Rarities and Disc 3 is Contractual Obligation Session. Its an interesting document- but like Dylan’s debut- it won’t be listened in the conversation for greatest debut album ever. This came out in 2017. The booklet that comes along with it- has a long essay from Van The Man himself. By the way T.B. Sheets has to be the most depressing song ever.