- BOB DYLAN: FALLEN ANGELS: 2016: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Much like the previous years Shadows In The Night- covers of songs from the great American songbook- that were once done by Frank Sinatra.
- STEVE EARLE: TOWNES: 2009: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I like to see artists pay homage to the artists who inspired them- and Earle has always been one to talk about his musical heroes- be it Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, The Beatles etc. On this album he shines some light on the great song writer Townes Van Zandt by covering 15 of this songs. Townes is best known for writing “Pancho and Lefty”- but he was a songwriters songwriter- who never got the public acclaim that he deserved.
- WAYLON JENNINGS: HONKY TONK HEROES: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the big albums in the birth of the Outlaw movement in country music in the early 70’s. All the songs on this album but one were written or co-written by the great Billy Joe Shaver who was at the time an unknown talent. Rolling the dice on Shaver was a gamble at the time. RCA and Chet Atkins tried to keep it from getting released and at first the reviews were mixed but now it is universally regarded as a landmark album. Honky Tonk Heroes, Old Five and Dimers, Willy The Wandering Gypsy and Me [yes the song was about that Willie- Nelson} Low Down Freedom, You Asked Me To are among the highlights.
- LEFTY FRIZZELL: THAT’S THE WAY LOVE GOES: THE FINAL RECORDINGS OF LEFTY FRIZZELL: 1996: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A massively popular and influential country artist in the 1950’s- an influence upon the likes of George Jones, Merle Haggard [who used his singing as the template for his singing style} Willie Nelson, John Fogerty and many others- his career was hampered by alcoholism and an early death over 40 years ago. He seems largely forgotten today which is a shame. After being dropped after two decades with Columbia- he signed in the 70’s with ABC and recorded 23 songs with ABC- here are 16 of them. He sounds great again- and the music is pure country.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: NEW: 2013: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Macca’s last album- until his new one which comes out in early September. A very upbeat album. He used four different producers on this including Giles Martin. New, Queenie Eye, On My Way To Work, Early Days and Appreciate among my favorites. Looking forward to hearing the new album.
listened to the American Top 40 replay from August 22, 1970 on the 70’s on 7 and also to hours 2 and 3 of this weeks Neon Beat.