- NICK LOWE: PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I like the UK title of the album- Jesus Of Cool- change in the US to Pure Pop For Now People. Lowe’s debut- smart, fun and full of energy- favorite cuts- So It Goes, I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass, Marie Provost, Heart Of The City, Rollers Show, They Call It Rock, Little Hitler.
- WINGS: BACK TO THE EGG: 1979: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The 7th and final album by Paul McCartney’s group Wings. Looking back I don’t see why Paul ever had Wings-what was the point? Anyway. After leaving The Beatles- Paul in the 70’s ruled the charts for the most part but this album only yielded to mid range hits- Getting Closer #20 and Arrow Through Me #29. The album is kind of bland. The music scene was changing in the late 70’s and McCartney was trying to keep up with the changes but overall this album seems out of tune.
- BOZ SCAGGS: SILK DEGREES: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: It took Boz Scaggs seven albums to become an overnight success. 3 Top 40 hits off this -with one just missing- all of them Rock FM staples over the years. Plus Georgia- and We’re All Alone became a hit for Rita Coolidge. The hits- It’s Over #38, Lowdown #3, What Can I Say #42 and Lido Shuffle #11. The album was 5x multi-platinum.
- ROD STEWART: A NIGHT ON THE TOWN: 1976: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Rod had yet to ride the shark [that happens with Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”} Tonight’s The NIght went to #1 even though some stations banned it , my favorite Rod Stewart song -next to Maggie May- The Killing Of Georgie Parts I&2 peaked at #30 and The First Cut Is The Deepest #21. The album went to #2 in the US. Other favorites on this- Pretty Flamingo and Trade Winds.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: RAM: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the albums on my Mount Rushmore of Paul McCartney albums. The only downside of the album is John Lennon took some of these songs to be aimed at him and Yoko. Of course John would answer back even more viciously. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey went to #1 in the US. Other favorites-Heart Of The Country, Back Seat Of My Car, Dear Boy, Too Many People, Smile Away, Monkberry Moon Delight, Eat At Home. This is an example of an album that was critically panned upon release but is now looked at much more favorably.
- THE KINKS: LOW BUDGET: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album is the highest charting album in the US by The Kinks- it peaked at #11. They never had a top 10 album in the US- and get this – after 1967’s Something Else – they never had an album even make the charts in the UK. Incredible. This isn’t the best Kinks album but its a pretty good one, a rock based album- those drums sure are out front in the mix. Favorites- Superman, Low Budget, Attitude, Catch Me Now I’m Falling.
- BLONDIE: EAT TO THE BEAT: 1979: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The lead off track” Dreaming” is my all time favorite Blondie song-it peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. A number of different styles of music on here- you could never pin Blondie down to one genre. They were considered a new wave band- but you have a little bit of everything here. Other favorites- The Hardest Part, Union City Blues, Eat To The Beat, Die Young Stay Pretty, Atomic.
- ROBERT JOHNSON: KING OF THE DELTA BLUES SINGERS: 1961: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I had read about Eric Clapton- talking about how great an influence Robert Johnson was on him– when I saw this album I snatched it up. This was years before the box set with all of Johnson’s recordings came out. Here there are eight songs on each side- recorded in 1936 and 1937. The Robert Johnson life story and his rise to fame after his death is almost as fascinating as his music but the bottom line is the music. One of the most influential albums ever. A Volume 2 was released in 1970- and then of course the box set in the 90’s.