- BOB DYLAN: SAVED: 1980: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first time I saw Bob Dylan in concert was in the summer of 1980 on the Saved Tour- it was a great concert. Of course some people were upset that he wasn’t playing “Like A Rolling Stone” etc.. I don’t know if they were living under a rock because it was well known what he would be playing. This is the second of the three Dylan religious – gospel music period albums. I think the songs were better on Slow Train Coming and the production was better. In The Garden is a real standout.
- THE BEATLES: HELP! 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Beatles 5th album in a little less than 2 years. Soundtrack to their second movie. Seven of the songs appeared in the movie which original title was “Eight Arms To Hold You” Best known songs- Yesterday, Help!, Ticket To Ride, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away- the last Beatles album to have covers- and they were good ones- Act Naturally- a great song for Ringo to sing and John singing Dizzy Miss Lizzy.
- VAN MORRISON: HYMNS TO THE SILENCE: 1991:4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Van’s first double album. It would turn out to be one of his better 90’s albums- it being a double album it covers a variety of music styles and some of the songs are clearly autobiographical. Best songs on the album- Carry A Torch, On Hyndford Street, Why Must I Always Explain, I’m Not Feeling It Anymore,. The album went to #5 in the UK but barely cracked the Top 100 in the US.