- THE BAND: THE BAND: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of my ten favorite albums ever- close to #1 than #10 I think. Every song is a classic. No band ever got off to a better debut -sophomore album start than The Band.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: EGYPT STATION: 2018: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I listened to this again this morning before going to work- and a few of the songs were playing in my head the rest of afternoon. I upgraded it from 4 to 4 1/2 stars- only songs that aren’t striking me are People Want Peace, Back In Brazil , Fuh You and Despite Repeated Warnings.
- RICK JAMES: STREET SONGS: 1981: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Rick James peak album- his biggest hit Super Freak #16 and Give It To Me Baby #40. The album itself sold 4 million copies and went to #4. Other favorites on the album- Ghetto Life- and his duet with Teena Marie -Fire and Desire. James became the first African-American to ever be nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance for Super Freak- one of my favorite songs on 1981.
- DIRE STRAITS: COMMUNIQUE: 1979: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their debut was released in October 1978- eight months later the follow up. Maybe they should have taken a little more time between albums. Lady Writer was the single and it failed to make the Top 40, The sound is similar to the first one but the songs aren’t as good and there is certainly no Sultan’s Of Swing on this.