- VAN MORRISON: INTO THE MUSIC: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is one of those albums that when it came out-I gave it a few listens and put it aside- it was ok. I like to compare it to Dylan’s Slow Train Coming which came out the same month in 1979. I probably listened to the Dylan album a couple times a day for months- but as time has gone on- though I still think highly of Slow Train Coming- Into The Music now is the album of choice. Where Bob kind of beats you over the head- Van is more subtle and sounds a lot happier. His best album since Feedon Fleece and one of the highlights of a magnificent career.
- VAN MORRISON: INTO THE MUSIC: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I had to flip it over and play Into The Music again.
- BOB DYLAN: SELF-PORTRAIT: 1970: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: At the time of release this double album received terrible reviews- a double album of cover songs and originals in 1970 people wanted to hear what the voice of the generation Bob Dylan had to say not covers and throwaway sounding originals. Over time, especially since the Bootleg series was released of this period there has been a reevaluation of the album. One of the most famous album reviews ever- by Greil Marcus started as “What is this shit?”.. I must admit the first time I heard it I felt the same way but 50 years later it sounds better. Dylan later stated it was released as a joke- to get people off his back as this ‘voice of his generation” business.
- NANCY SINATRA AND LEE HAZLEWOOD: NANCY AND LEE: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Nancy and Lee sound great together. You’ll never think of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ the same after hearing their version. A weird and fun listen. They would do another album together in the early 70s.