- BLONDIE: PARALLEL LINES: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Blondie’s third album and fueled by the hit single Heart of Glass a #1 in both the US and UK- the album also went to #1 in the UK and #6 in the US. In the midst of Disco Sucks- this new wave-disco hybrid seemed to be popular with everyone including those who hated disco. One Way or Another was also a hit #24. Other favorites- Sunday Girl, Hanging On The Telephone, Picture This and the cover of Buddy Holly’s I’m Gonna Love You Too. Their best album.
- MICHAEL JACKSON: OFF THE WALL:1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album before Thriller. This was just a great Michael Jackson album- unlike Thriller which became I believe the noose around Michael’s neck. Off The Wall was his break through album not commercially but artistically . Two #1’s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough and Rock With You and two other Top 10’s-Off The Wall and She’s Out of My Life. Another favorite- his cover of Paul McCartney’s Girlfriend. It is too bad his popularity couldn’t have stayed at this level. He didn’t deal well with what happened next.
- RICKIE LEE JONES: RICKIE LEE JONES: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The other day I mentioned Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street as being an out of left field hit- well in 1979 Rickie Lee Jones released her debut album and had a #4 hit with Chuck E’s In Love- now that was an out of left field hit. The album reached #3. I loved that song-bought and liked the album but after listening to the album a few times figured she would never have another big hit. Young Blood from this album hit #40 but she never came close to a hit again. She’s still out there releasing albums and of course is writing her memoirs like every other musician. Favorite songs on this album- Chuck E’s In Love, Coolsville, The Last Chance Texaco, Danny’s All-Star Joint, Easy Money.
- four days ago my goal was to listen to at least one of my old vinyl albums a day- and to eventually listen to every one that I have— 4 days and I’ve listened to 26 many of which I haven’t listened to in–decades.
also listened to this weeks Celtic Crush on The Loft.