- COURTNEY BARRETT: SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT: 2015: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A sparkling debut which made many of the best of lists for 2015. Favorite songs -Elevator Operator, Pedestrian At Best, Depreston, Aqua Profunda, Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party, Debbie Downer- to name a few. I am a fan!
- WENDY CARLOS: SWITCHED-ON-BACH: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Since I have this out of the library will give it a few listens before I return it. I am not at all knowledgeable on classical music- I have of course listened to it on the radio but couldn’t tell one composer from another unless they told me.
- BOB DYLAN: GREATEST HITS: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My first Dylan album was naturally his greatest hits- it was released in early 1967 when Dylan was laid up after his motorcycle and no new album was forthcoming. Dylan wouldn’t release any new material in 1967 until the end of the year- December 27, 1967 John Wesley Harding. Anyway this album with its ten songs was my gateway drug into Dylan- soon I was out buying his past catalog.
- VAN MORRISON: A PERIOD OF TRANSITION: 1977: Van’s first album since 1974’s Veedon Fleece. No great Van classics on this- a group of mediocre songs. Best are- The Eternal Kansas City, Flamingo’s Fly, Heavy Connection and Cold Wind In August. Dr. John was the co-producer and plays on the album. 7 songs 33:50.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY&WINGS: VENUS AND MARS: 1975: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the better Wings albums. Listen To What The Man Said was the big hit off of it but other top notch songs- Venus and Mars/Rock Show, Magneto and Titanium Man, Letting Go and Jimmy McCulloch’s Medicine Jar and Denny Laine singing Spirits Of Ancient Egypt. A much better album than the next studio album Wings At The Speed Of Sound.
- WILLIE NILE: AMERICAN RIDE: 2013: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: How many artists come into their own in their 60s in any profession? I can’t think of any music artist other than Willie Nile. Nile was a ‘new Dylan” when he hit the scene decades ago. From 1980 to 2006 he released only four albums- good albums but only four. Since 2006 he has released 7 and one more is on the way and they have been sensational. This is my favorite of his albums. American Ride the song- is a candidate for my favorite song so far this century. The first half of the album is the strongest but there isn’t a bad song in the set. This Is Our Time, Life On Bleecker Street, If I Ever See The Light, Sunrise In New York City, She’s Got My Heart are among the standouts. Highly recommended.
- BOB DYLAN: JOHN WESLEY HARDING: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob Dylan’s nearly 60 year career has been full of change ups. His first had to be when he abandoned the folk/ protest song movement and went electric. Then in 1966 he had his motorcycle accident and was silent for over a year and a half which was a lifetime back then. 1967 was The Summer Of Love, Psychedelic rock.. and of course Dylan who follows no trends- releases what today would be called an Americana record. In 1965-66 Dylan seemed on the verge of a breakdown. You can only put the peddle to the metal for so long.. he has the accident- how serious was it really? Either way he has some down time and he sounds like a different man here. The greatest and most well known song here is of course All Along The Watchtower- made famous by Jimi Hendrix- it gets my vote as the greatest cover ever of a Dylan tune. The album is full of strong songs. You got to give it to Dylan- he had to have great confidence in himself to take this route. I think it was a move of genius. He was/is an artist. To hell with following trends.
THE MOODY BLUES: IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD: 1968: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have never owned a Moody Blues album. I have heard a number of their songs on the radio over the years-not a fan obviously. This is a concept album-widely based on quest and discovery. No hit singles on it- although two songs were released as singles- Ride My See-Saw and Voices In The Sky. Prog rock is not my cup of tea- never has been/ never will be- but this isn’t a bad album.
also listened to the 2nd and 3rd hours of this weeks Neon Beat on Radio George.