- THE KINKS: MISFITS: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first album by The Kinks that I owned. I had heard Rock And Roll Fantasy- a minor hit- and went out and bought the album. Misfits, Live Life, Get Up and Dave Davies Trust Your Heart- my favorites on it. The Kinks most rocking album in the 70’s.
- SQUEEZE: EAST SIDE STORY: 1981: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: When I heard Elvis was one of the producers of the album I bought it-having heard nothing from it yet. Well I may have heard Tempted. Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were being billed as the Lennon-McCartney of the early 80’s- they are gifted writers. A great pop album- Tempted which was sung by Paul Carrack was the hit on the album.
- ROD STEWART: EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Rod was never better- in my opinion at least his best album. Not only Maggie May but well the entire album-he only had a hand in writing three of the ten songs but all of the songs sound like his own. If Rod had only stayed on this course.
- AL STEWART : YEAR OF THE CAT: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: It seems like this week in albums I’ve been listening to- I’ve written a few times- their 7th album and break through album. Here is another- Stewart hadn’t charted a single in the US until Year Of The Cat- and this was his first large selling album also. I am not huge into Stewart- I have this album and Time Passages plus a two disc ‘best of”- I like that his subject matter at times is different from everyone else- especially his songs about historical events.
- THE HOLLIES: GREATEST HITS: 1973: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A dozen songs/ hits from The Hollies- infectious pop music. A double disc best of has come along since this. The Air That I Breathe came along after this greatest hits so it’s not included on here. 5 of these songs hit the top 10. Underappreciated group.