- STEVE EARLE: EARLY TRACKS: 1987: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released after the success of his debut album Guitar Town. These tracks were cut between 1982-85 four of the songs had been released on an EP in 1982 “Pink &Black”- 5 of the 14 songs are covers. If you are a big Steve Earle fan of course you’d want to own this otherwise- probably not. Most interesting is an early version of one of his great songs “The Devil’s Right Hand.”
- BOB DYLAN: DOWN IN THE GROOVE: 1988: 1 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Two bad albums in a row from Dylan- this one following Knocked Out Loaded. Favorite song is the song Dylan wrote with The Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter “Silvio” Dylan in a dry period in his writing- two originals and two written with Hunter- the rest are covers. It was around this time that Dylan began his “Never Ending Tour.”
- VAN MORRISON: THE HEALING GAME: 1997: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After a couple albums of collaborating with others- Van is back to making a Van album. Standouts- Rough God Goes Riding, Sometimes We Cry, The Healing Game and Burning Ground- and if you have the re-issue-At The End Of The Day.
- 10CC: THE BEST OF 10CC: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 10CC were much more successful in their native UK than in the US- they only had 3 Top 40 hits in the US and two of them went Top 5- the magnificent “I’m Not In Love” #2 and “The Things We Do For Love” #5. The other peaked at #40 People In Love. There are probably better compilation albums out there on the group- but this one when I bought it was cheap and had what I wanted on it- ” I’m Not In Love”- I like them but not enough were I am going to dig any deeper.