- ARCTIC MONKEYS: WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT’S WHAT I’M NOT: 2006: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The fastest selling debut album in UK history. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and When The Sun Goes Down- both went to #1 in the UK.. the band has yet to have a Top 40 hit in the US which says more about the sad state of American radio/ taste than it does about the band. Fake Tales Of San Francisco, A Certain Romance, Dancing Shoes and The View From The Afternoon are among the standouts. Deserves to be in discussion for best debut album in the past few decades. To date the Arctic Monkeys have released 6 albums and all have reached #1 in the UK. I just got the latest one. All their albums are worth owning. Alex Turner an outstanding songwriter.
- VAN MORRISON: WAVELENGTH: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Back in the late 70’s Saturday Night Live was must see television for me- and one Saturday night in early December 1978 the musical guest was Van Morrison- he sang two songs from his new album Wavelength- the title track and Kingdom Hall. I wasn’t all that familiar with Morrison, I knew Brown Eyed Girl- I was taken with him and bought my first Van album “Wavelength” on my next visit to the record store. Then I started buying his back catalog. This is a comeback from his previous album 1977’s A Period of Transition– and a radio friendly fan. Wavelength was a minor hit and Kingdom Hall to me sounds like it should have been also. It was Van’s fastest selling album at the time of release. A good solid record but not in my opinion up among his bests- but it did gain him a fan in me.
- BOB DYLAN: NASHVILLE SKYLINE: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another Dylan change up- recording a country album in Nashville- one of the highlights is a duet with Johnny Cash on Bob’s old “Girl From The North Country.” The big negative is-10 songs clocking in at a measly 27 minutes and 14 seconds. Also Bob debuts a new singing voice. The hit on this album Lay Lady Lay goes to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- THE BEATLES: THE BEATLES FOR SALE: 1964: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Thought I’d give these Beatle people a try…
- THE POLICE: SYNCHRONICITY: 1983: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Police’s last- best and biggest selling album. Every Breath You Take was one of the top singles of the 1980’s and King Of Pain wasn’t far behind. Synchronicity II and Wrapped Around Your Finger were also hits. One of the best albums during an era of some big ones- Thriller- Born In The USA- Purple Rain- Murmur come to mind. The Police were the biggest band in the world for about five minutes.
- GLEN CAMPBELL: GHOST ON THE CANVAS: 2011: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A late life comeback Campbell- this is the best of a few solid efforts near the end. The title track was written by Paul Westerberg- 0ther songs were written by the likes of Jakob Dylan, Teddy Thompson and Julian Raymond who co-produced the album. Campbell’s best in years and years.
- THE STANLEY BROTHERS: ANGEL BAND:THE CLASSIC MERCURY RECORDINGS: 1995: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have a number of Stanley Brothers cd’s- but this is my favorite. Ralph Stanley died a couple years ago and after O Brother Where Art Thou- became a star. His brother Carter who died in the 1960’s at the age of 41 seems forgotten today but he was the leader of the band and a big bluegrass star. My father was a big fan of Bluegrass music- and while I am not that big into it- I am a big fan of Bill Monroe- The Stanley Brothers- The Osborne Brothers.
listened to the replay of American Top 40 on the 70’s on 7- this weeks replay was from 40 years ago- the week of July 29, 1978. It was a very good week.
in the evening finally caught up on last Sunday’s episode of Celtic Crush- listening to all three hours of the program.