- SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: GREATEST HITS: 1970: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another greatest hit album released in mid-career. This one has 5 hit singles and their b-sides, an additional single and an album cut. Everything is great on it- but there are better alternatives out there to get a career spanning retrospective. This was a must buy at the time though.
- JOHN STEWART: BOMBS AWAY DREAM BABIES: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: With a little help from friends Lindsey Buckingham who co-produced and played on the album and Stevie Nicks- Stewart had the biggest commercial success of his career- three hits from this album the biggest being Gold #5, Lost Her In The Sun and Midnight Wind. The album made the Top 10..Other highlights- Heart Of The Dream and Comin’ Out of Nowhere. Stewart is most famous for writing Daydream Believer which was a #1 hit for The Monkees.
- THE WHO: FACE DANCES: 1981: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first album The Who made after the death of Keith Moon in 1978 and the Cincinnati disaster in 1979. The album received mixed reviews. I always thought it would have worked better as another Pete Townshend solo album- a year earlier he had released Empty Glass. The songs he wrote here seem more personal- than a Who album. The album had a hit “You Better You Bet” #18. Other favorites -Don’t Let Go The Coat, The Quiet One, How Can You Do It Alone, Daily Records and Another Tricky Day. Is it one of the best records of The Who’s career? No but I’ve always liked it. Having said that they should have ended it when Keith passed.
- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: GREATEST HITS: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Fourteen of their biggest hits- a great introduction. Sound Of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water- they are all here. The greatest hits inspired me to dig deeper and get all of their albums.
- RACHEL SWEET: FOOL AROUND: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Debut album by the 16 year old Sweet -originally released in England. She had a big voice and this is a fine debut album. Highlights- Who Does Lisa Like? B-A-B-Y, I Got To Pieces, Elvis’s “Stranger In The House”- Her singing career surprisingly ended in the early 80s but I see she has made her career in television production.
- JOHN LENNON: IMAGINE: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: While I think Plastic Ono Band- John’s first solo album is better- and his best album- Imagine the second John album is more accessible. Lennon would later say he thought the album was too commercial. The title track is one of the most iconic songs he ever wrote. Favorite songs- Imagine, Crippled Inside, Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, How Do You Sleep? and Oh! Yoko.
- BUDDY HOLLY: THE COMPLETE BUDDY HOLLY: RECORD 1: LUBBOCK, TEXAS: WESTERN AND BOP: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The beginning of the Buddy Holly story- most of the songs here are covers and the songs could be filed under country and western. 23 songs total on this record. There are six records in the set. Along with Chuck Berry my favorite 50’s rock and roll performer. Buddy would have been eighty- two years old yesterday.
also listened to all 3 hours of The Neon Beat on Radio George and the replay of the September 3, 1977 American Top 40 on the 70’s on 7.
In the ten days that I have been digging into my vinyl record collection I have listened to 70 albums. A lot more to go.