- 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.
- 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”
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.
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.
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.