• THE BYRDS: GREATEST HITS: 1967: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A dozen of the best known songs by The Byrds- released while The Byrds were still active in the 60’s- deducted a star because of course it can be bettered today. Maybe it was because they didn’t have a consistent line-up -but they seem rather underrated and neglected today-when you consider the impact they had in the 60’s.


  • PAUL MCCARTNEY: MCCARTNEY: 1970: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Uneven low-fi debut released as Paul was leaving The Beatles- and The Beatles final album Let It Be was coming out. Paul played all the instruments on the album. Highlights- Maybe I’m Amazed, That Would Be Something, Every Night, Teddy Boy and Lovely Linda.  Paul considers it to be rock’s first indie record.


  • BLUES BROTHERS: BRIEFCASE FULL OF BLUES: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Blues Brothers were a lot of fun and you can tell by listening to this album they were having a lot of fun. I like how they introduced each song- by who wrote it or originally performed it. “I suggest you buy as many blues albums as you can.”- This was the first ‘blues’ album I ever owned but I took their advice and have bought a lot of blues albums since.

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  • PAUL MCCARTNEY: TUG OF WAR: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul’s first album since his old mate John Lennon’s assassination. He bring George Martin in to produce. His best album since– Band On The Run?  Ebony and Ivory with Stevie Wonder was a big hit but the other song with Stevie “What’s That You’re Doing? is ten times better. Paul’s last #1 album. Good stuff.


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  • DONNA SUMMER: THE WANDERER: 1980: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Towards the end of the disco era Donna Summer wisely turned to a more rock edge- with Bad Girls and then The Wanderer. This has always been my favorite album of hers- with Cold Love being my all time Donna Summer song. Cold Love, The Wanderer, Who Do You Think You’re Foolin’, Runnin’ For Cover and I Believe In Jesus my favorite cuts.

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  • BOB SEGER: STRANGER IN TOWN: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: It took Seger nine albums until he hit paydirt with Night Moves in 1976- Stranger In Town is a strong follow up.  {After Stranger In Town- I thought it went downhill} Still The Same. Hollywood Nights and We’ve Got Tonite were all solid hits from this one.  I also liked Feel Like A Number and Till It Shine. Side 1 is strong than side 2.

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  • RICK NELSON: GARDEN PARTY: 1972: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The hits had dried up for Rick Nelson around the time The Beatles invaded the US- the title track was a big hit for him #6 and the album did well #32 but it would prove to be his last commercial success. Along with the title track- Are  You Really Real? So Long Mama and a cover of Chuck Berry’s I’m Talking About You are highlights. The album rocks pretty good in places.

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  • THE WHO: MEATY BEATY BIG AND BOUNCY: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I played this album to death in the late 70’s -early 80’s- The Who’s greatest hits in their early years- up to but not including Who’s Next. Fourteen songs on this and they are all fantastic. Of course over the years this one has been replaced by career spanning greatest hits packages but I have always loved this one.



  • NICK LOWE: LABOUR OF LUST: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This week I’ve listened to Nick’s first album- this was his second- and I listened to Nick The Knife his 3rd first- amazing how those first two were so very good and how flat that third album was. They key- songwriting.   This album had his only American hit- Cruel To Be Kind #12.  The album was also his most successful in America- #31. A lot of favorites on this album- Cruel To Be Kind, Cracking Up, American Squirm,  Skin Deep, Without Love, Born Fighter.


  1. I bought Tug of War when it came out…Take It Away is a very good pop song with a great bass line by Paul. Here Today was a good tribute to John. The whole album is good.

    • There were a number of tributes to John- which one do you think was the best? I think one of his better albums. Strong from start to finish- in my opinion the worst song on it- went to #1.

    • The one that comes to mind is Empty Garden by Elton John…George’s song was just strange listening to it… The words were fine but the music didn’t fit to me.
      I was soooo tired of hearing Ebony and Ivory….

    • I liked Elton’s song too. George had written the song before the assassination for Ringo- different words- Ringo felt it didn’t fit his vocal range and gave it back– then George changed the lyrics after….

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