- LOU REED: THE BLUE MASK: 1982: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Blue Mask was my first Lou Reed album and it is one of his best. It was a period where Reed was settling down- he had gotten married, was about to turn forty. The guitarwork of Reed and Robert Quine stand out on this album. Favorites- Underneath The Bottle, My House, Waves of Fear, The Day John Kennedy Died.
- JOHN LENNON: SHAVED FISH: 1975: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A collection of all the John Lennon singles released in the US up until his 5 year retirement- save Stand By Me. A good collection. Some of Lennon’s best songs though were album cuts which of course are not represented among the 11 songs here.
- JAMES TAYLOR: GREATEST HITS: 1976: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Greatest hits up until 1976- there would be more and there are other Cd’s out there that cover his career- but most of his best songs are on this album. My Mount Rushmore of James Taylor- Fire and Rain/ Carolina In My Mind/ You’ve Got A Friend/ Something In The Way She Moves. Not a big JT fan.
- LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: GO INSANE: 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite Buckingham solo album. Recorded while Fleetwood Mac was on hiatus. When hasn’t Fleetwood Mac been on hiatus? Go Insane the single peaked at #23. I thought I Want You also had hit potential but it was never released as a single.
- JOE WALSH: BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Joe had been with The Eagles a couple years when he released this solo album. Life’s Been Good would be his biggest hit #12 and the album went to #8. I bought the album at the time due to Life’s Been Good- but quickly found out that while that was the best song on the album- the rest of it was pretty good too. Over and Over, Second Hand Store, Indian Summer my other favorites.