- BLUR: PARKLIFE: 1994: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Beatles vs Stones debate of the 90’s in England was who was greater Oasis or Blur. In the US Blur didn’t make much of an impact. Parklife didn’t even make the Top 200 album chart in the US which is a shame because this is an outstanding album- one of the great Britpop albums- there were four top 20 hits in the UK off this album- Girls and Boys, To The End, Parklife, and End of A Century. This Is A Low and Tracy Jacks should have also been hits.
- BOB DYLAN: STREET LEGAL: 1978: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My first new Dylan album- I bought it soon after it came out-along with my first new Rolling Stones album “Some Girls.” My album of the summer of 1978 was Some Girls. Street Legal was kind of a let down. I have heard a few people claim Street Legal is their favorite Dylan album. What? Over forty years of listening to it the album has grown better to my ears but still a minor Dylan album. Favorite songs- Changing Of The Guard, No Time To Think. Senor, Is Your Love In Vain? True Love Tends To Forget. I don’t think there is a single classic Dylan song on here though.
- VAN MORRISON: AVALON SUNSET: 1989: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of The Man’s most popular albums and one which met with great critical success also. Songs about God and love. Whenever God Shines His Light with Cliff Richard was a hit single in the UK- other winners- Have I Told You Lately, Orangefield, These Are The Days. Van’s best album of the 80’s?
- STEVE EARLE: COPPERHEAD ROAD: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The 3rd album in Steve’s career and a critical turning point- the first two albums were great- Steve as a country singer-songwriter- this album took me by surprise because it is more rock than country. This would set the template for his career- you just don’t know what he will do one album to the next- rock? country? bluegrass? blues? a mixture of things? He keeps you guessing but the one consistent is the outstanding writing. Copperhead Road is his signature song. The Devil’s Right Hand is one of his best songs, others on here that stand out- Snake Oil, Johnny Come Lately,Even When I’m Blue. Great album cover too.
Running a couple weeks behind on my Celtic Crush on The Loft on Sirius XM- today I listened to last weeks-July 29ths show.