- MARSHALL CRENSHAW: MARSHALL CRENSHAW: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A sparkling debut- great songs and great sound. Perfection. If you ever get the album be sure to get the expanded version with bonus cuts- with the great great b-side included “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time”- my absolute favorite Crenshaw song ever. How was that a b-side? The album is perfect power-pop- Crenshaw who played John Lennon in Beatlemania and played Buddy Holly in La Bamba- obviously learned from his masters. Someday, Someway would be his only Top 40 hit- #36. There She Goes Again, Cynical Girl, The Usual Thing, Rockin’ Around In NYC, Girls.. are among the album full of great songs.
- MARSHALL CRENSHAW: FIELD DAY: 1983: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album is full of fine power pop songs- but I have always found the production wanting. I don’t know the inside story but the first album was spectacular- perfect. Why change a winning formula? Whenever You’re On My Mind- is a great song one of Crenshaw’s finest- a highlight on the album and the production doesn’t seem to ruin this song but other songs on the album seem muddled up. But what do I know- the Dean of Rock Journalism Robert Christgau gave it an A+.
- BOB DYLAN: DYLAN: 1973: 1 STAR OUT OF 5 STARS: A strong candidate for worst Dylan album ever- this wasn’t a true Bob album- it was 9 covers- outtakes from Self-Portrait and New Morning. Dylan had nothing to do with it- he was leaving the record label. The album did go gold. No real highlights to mention.
- VAN MORRISON: A SENSE OF WONDER: 1985: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of my least favorite Van albums. He doesn’t sound very inspired here. Tore Down A La Rimbaud the opener and the bonus track Crazy Jane On God are the best of the bunch. Terrible album cover also.
- THE BEATLES RED ALBUM 1962-66: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My vote for the two greatest best of- greatest hits albums are the Beatles Red 1962-66 and Blue 1967-70 double albums which were released in 1973. These albums were a huge influence on me. My first Beatles album was the Rock and Roll compilation. It wet my appetite but isn’t a great way to start off but when I went to the department store that night it was the only Beatles album they had. I then picked up in order the Red and Blue albums and I was in love. It was my gateway drugs to The Beatles. If I were going to introduce someone to The Beatles I would give them these two albums- full of great songs- but not all the Beatles great songs. For that you need to buy every Beatles album.