- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, N.J. 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After being turned on to Springsteen with Darkness On The Edge of Town- I bought the 3 albums at the time that were in the back catalog- of course Born To Run is great. I have always liked the first album-Greetings’- over the second album- This albums most famous song- Blinded By The Light was a #1 song by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. The songs on this album are a bit wordy. Favorites- Growin’ Up, Lost In The Flood, For You, Spirit In The Night, It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City. A flawed album at times- Mary Queen of Arkansas is kind of embarrassing but a strong debut.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: THE WILD, THE INNOCENT AND THE E-STREET SHUFFLE: 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Rosalita the best song on Bruce’s first two albums show the potential he had and later delivered. The rest of this album has never been a favorite- the songs are too long and meandering. There are Bruce fans who love this album and I have a friend- who isn’t a Bruce fan- who saw Bruce in concert during this period- and he loves this album-thinks it is ‘the real Bruce.” Again I recognize why others think this is a great album-but I don’t think Bruce hit his mark until album #3. Up until Born To Run- he was like a young baseball player who showed sparks of greatness but hadn’t quite put it all together yet.
- TALKING HEADS: FEAR OF MUSIC: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 3RD album from the Talking Heads- a transitional album- the catchy unconventional rhythms that fill this album would usher in the best period of their career- Fear of Music- and the follow up Remain In Light are my favorite Talking Heads albums. Cities, Life During Wartime, I Zimbra and Heaven are my favorite songs on this although every song has its merits.
- THE WHO: LIVE AT LEEDS: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A friend of mine buys live albums all the time- which I don’t understand. He gets them because they have a lot of hits from the artists career- but I have always been a studio recordings person-I am not a fan at all of live albums- but there are a few that are fantastic- and this is one of them. This was the original vinyl issue not the re-mastered double one- but even though it only has six songs on it- it is hard rocking and great sounding. I wish I had been at that concert.
- THE ROLLING STONES: BEGGARS BANQUET: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first of four great Stones albums in a row- one of the greatest four album runs in rock history and they greatest Stones period ever. Sympathy For The Devil, Street Fighting Man, No Expectations, Jigsaw Puzzle, Factory Girl are my favorites. After the disappointing bout with psychedelic music- Their Satanic Majesties Request- a return to form. Note- the last Rolling Stones album released in founder Brian Jones lifetime.
- DONOVAN: GREATEST HITS: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Donovan was an artist of his times- from 1965-69 when this came out- he had 11 Top 40 hits- he never had one afterwards. 11 songs on this- he had some album cuts that were worthy songs- I also have a double cd best of that collects all you’d need but for a casual fan this has what you need- the big hits-Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Wear Your Love Like Heaven, There Is A Mountain, Catch The Wind. The hippie image has stuck with him but I think his music is a tad underappreciated.
- GEORGE HARRISON: GEORGE HARRISON: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This has always been one of my favorite George Harrison albums- Blow Away was a hit single, Not Guilty was originally written in the White Album period, Faster, Here Comes The Moon , Love Comes To Everyone. One thing that hurt the album as far as sales go- its arrival time- punk and new wave were riding high at the time and this album as good as it was- was not of the times.
- THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: MINUTE BY MINUTE: 1978: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I never considered myself a Doobie Brothers fan, I have heard all their hits on the radio etc- the only album of theirs I ever bought was this one- because I loved What A Fool Believes which was a #1 hit- and the album also went to #1. The album has its moments especially the McDonald songs- and Dependin’ On You. When their next album One Step Closer came out- a friend bought it and I listened to his copy a couple times- it was awful. The end of my Doobie Brothers experience. Not a fan but they had some decent songs.