- THE ROLLING STONES: SOME GIRLS: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My first new Stones album and the most played of the Stones albums- their last great album. This spoiled me- when Emotional Rescue came out two years later I had high expectations and on first listen I could tell it was good but no Some Girls. Not a dud on this album. I don’t know what my favorite is-maybe Keith’s Before They Make Me Run.
- ROCKPILE: SECONDS OF PLEASURE: 1980: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Rockpile was a fun band- only one album. Fronted by Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Heart sung by Billy Bremmer is the big highlight of the album to me- others- Teacher Teacher, Play That Fast Thing, When I Write The Book, If Sugar Was As Sweet As You.. a great bonus was en EP enclosed of Edmunds and Lowe covering four Everly Brothers songs- Take A Message To Mary, Crying In The Rain, Poor Jenny and When Will I Be Loved. After that I went out and bought the Everly Brothers greatest hits.
- FLEETWOOD MAC: FLEETWOOD MAC: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob “Ebony Eyes” Welch had left and Buckingham- Nick were in- and Fleetwood Mac became a gigantic pop band. This album is sometimes forgotten because the follow up Rumours was one of the biggest selling albums ever- but this album went to #1 and had 3 top 20 hits. Favorite songs- Monday Morning, Warm Ways, Rhiannon, Over My Head, Say You Love Me, World Turning. A great pop album.
- HALL AND OATES: BEAUTY ON A BACK STREET: 1977: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: No hits on this album- and while it is not a bad album- I don’t hear anything that sounds like a ‘hit.” This was before they became the formula hit making machine in the 1980’s. I liked their 70’s stuff better- the more blue-eyed soul material- in the 80’s they came very popular but their music suffered in my opinion.
- SUPERTRAMP: CRIME OF THE CENTURY: 1974: Supertramp’s commercial break trough with the hits Dreamer and Bloody Well Right. This is about as close as my record collection gets to Prog rock. I also have their Breakfast In America and Greatest Hits albums.
- MARSHALL CRENSHAW: MARSHALL CRENSHAW: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Marshall’s spectacular debut album-great songs and great production. He has had a fine career since but nothing has matched this- and his best song ever- a b-side called “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” isn’t even on it.