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  • THE CLASH: THE CLASH: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I had heard of this album- read about it long before I ever heard it. In the days before youtube and internet and everything being a click away you had to be patient- and well The Clash’s debut album was well worth the wait. I just read where it is considered on the the greatest punk albums ever- I would say one of the greatest albums ever period. Were The Clash punk anyway? 14 songs in a little over 35 minutes- only one long song and that is the only cover- Police and Thieves- which they make sound like their own.

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  • BOB DYLAN: KNOCKED OUT LOADED: 1986: 1 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Seven songs and only  two were written by Dylan alone. There are covers and collaborations with other writers. The one song that works is a song he wrote with Sam Shepard- Brownsville Girl. The rest…  and another terrible looking album cover. In the forty years that I’ve been a Dylan fan when he puts out an album within a week I have owned it. Even after this one- I kept the faith. I guess it’s like the lines in Brownsville Girl
    “Well, I’m standin’ in line in the rain to see a movie starring Gregory Peck
    Yeah, but you know it’s not the one that I had in mind
    He’s got a new one out now, I don’t even know what it’s about
    But I’ll see him in anything so I’ll stand in line”

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THE CLASH: GIVE ‘EM ENOUGH ROPE: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not quite the match of the debut album but in all fairness few albums are. A few weak songs and I have always had a little problem with the production- it sounds a little too slick to me. But that criticism aside a pretty good album. Their next one would be their greatest. Favorites on this- Safe European Home. English Civil War, Tommy Gun, Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad. Side 1 is a lot stronger than side 2- if you have it on vinyl.



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VAN MORRISON, GEORGIE FAME, MOSE ALLISON, BEN SIDRAN: TELL ME SOMETHING: THE SONGS OF MOSE ALLISON: 1996: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another Van collaboration album- covering the songs of Mose Allison- it was a #1 jazz album. Not an essential album by any means but if you are deep into Van- I’d recommend it.

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album [2 CD]

ELVIS COSTELLO: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC: 2015: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The soundtrack to Elvis’s ….book that came out a few years back. A great read- and this is a double cd of great Elvis music. Not really a greatest hits- the music is to connect with the themes and stories in the book. It succeeds. ELVISISKINGELVISISKINGELVISISKINGELVISISKING.


  1. A buddy and I would listen to the Clash album throughout the night in high school… he had the import version. I hate when record companies mess with albums.

    • The first version I owned of The Clash was the American version. I agree- why would they do that? I think in the past 30 years I have listened to the US versions of The Beatles early albums only a handful of times- for nostalgic reasons since I grew up on them–otherwise its always the original and very superior UK versions.

    • With the Clash I believe they wanted more “Radio Friendly”… That is like touching up an artist’s painting. You don’t do that.

      The only one they got right was Magical Mystery Tour…I think it was just released as an EP in the UK. I might be wrong.

    • The UK version- EP’s with the 6 songs new for the film- the others had been previously released on singles- you are correct!!

    • That would be the only time Capital got it right. I would look at the booklet that came with it for hours while listening to the album.

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