- KAYNE WEST: MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY: 2010: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of West’s best- I’d place it second to 808s and Heartbreak although most critics say its his best. It might be. The album went to #1 and appeared on numerous best of’s for 2010. Power, Runaway, Monster, All of The Lights are favorites.
- BOB DYLAN: PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID: SOUNDTRACK: 1973: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Soundtrack to the movie which Dylan also acted in. The famous song from this album is Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. Most of the music is instrumentals- not a bad listen but not one of Dylan’s major works either.
- VAN MORRISON: INARTICULATE SPEECH OF THE HEART: 1983: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Van’s last album at Warner Brothers. Four instrumentals on the album. It has been one of the more ignored albums of Van’s career because of that. The album sold poorly- not even making the top 100 in the US albums chart. It’s not a bad album though. Favorites- Irish Heartbeat, Inarticulate Speech of The Heart No 1 and No. 2, Connswater, Rave On John Donne.
- THE BEATLES: WITH THE BEATLES: 1963: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released on November 22, 1963- at least one great thing happened on that day. Please Please Me the first album had been recorded in one day- this one- was recorded in seven sessions over a period of three months. None of the songs on this album were released as singles in the UK- the last album released before the invasion of America- things were getting crazy but world domination at this point was only a dream. 14 songs- 8 originals and 6 covers- a couple songs under 2 minutes and the longest the cover of Smokey Robinson’s “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” the longest at 3:01. Best cover- the last song “Money.”
- STEVE EARLE: EXIT 0: 1987: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Steve’s sophomore album- more great songwriting. He was still viewed as a country artist at this point- that would change with his next album. Favorites-Nowhere Road, Sweet Little ’66, Angry Young Man, The Rain Came Down, I Ain’t Ever Satisfied.