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  • BOB DYLAN: WORLD GONE WRONG: 1993: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Like the previous years Good As I’ve Been To You- an album of traditional covers-no Dylan originals. He owed the record company one more album on his current contract. He also seemed to be in a dry spell. It would be 4 more years before another album. This album sounds better than As Good As I’ve Been To You-maybe because the songs are darker. It’s Bob- his guitar and harmonica.

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  • STEVE EARLE: TRAIN A COMIN’: 1995: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Earle was fighting drug addiction and was silent since 1990’s The Hard Way. There was an article on him somewhere along there in I believe Spin Magazine- and after reading it I figured there would never be another Steve Earle album and even worse I was expecting at any time to hear he had died. Then one day in early 1995 I was in a record store and see this album. It was a shock to see the album and the album was a shocker too- a departure from his past recordings with his backing group The Dukes- this was recorded with a group of outstanding bluegrass musicians, had an old music sound to it. Most of the songs here were written when Earle was younger and there are three covers -The Beatles “I’m Looking Through You” Townes Van Zandt’s “Tecumseh Valley” and The Melodians “Rivers Of Babylon.”  Favorite Steve originals here- Mystery Train Part II, Hometown Blues, Tom Ames Prayer, Ben McCulloch,  and Goodbye- which Steve said was the first song he wrote sober. I saw Steve on this tour- one of my favorite Steve shows. This was the kick start- and 23 years later he is still going at it strong.

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  • VAN MORRISON: WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? 2003: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The thing about Van albums -{and I like this album a lot} is even a not so prime time Van album still sounds decent because of his voice. Not that this would fall into that category. This is an interesting album- a lot of songs dealing with fame. It is clear that Van is not into the fame game. He is an artist- he needs an outlet for his music and he needs at times to get on stage and play…but after that leave him alone. His private life isn’t for the public. He doesn’t want to be a celebrity. He doesn’t understand why anyone would care about his life outside of the music.

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  • THE BEATLES: RUBBER SOUL: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: At the end of 1965 the greatest album in rock history was Rubber Soul.


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  • KENDRICK LAMAR: TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY: 2015: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This isn’t in my wheelhouse- but I like it- like it better than Damn his current album. Like the jazz elements to the music.


    • There are those who believe Dylan doing those two covers albums- helped to get him get going again- he was certainly struggling with his writing from the mid 80’s until Time Out Of Mind… which is brilliant.

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