- WALTER EGAN: NOT SHY: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A one hit wonder “Magnet And Steel” is a song I have always loved- backing vocals by Buckingham and Nicks-it went to #8 on the Top 40. The song was inspired by Stevie Nicks after she dumped him. The album is in the Fleetwood Mac kind of pop- Lindsey Buckingham produced it. Enjoyable album.
- EVERLY BROTHERS: EB84: 1984: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: On The Wings Of A Nightingale got some attention as a single reaching #50- written by Paul McCartney- who also played on the album- paying back two of his heroes. Dave Edmunds produced the album. Frankie Miller, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan also covered. Not all the songs on here work but a pretty good effort after 11 years between albums.
- JACKSON BROWNE: THE PRETENDER: 1976: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released after the suicide of his first wife. Here Comes Those Tears Again was co-written with her mother. Other highlights- The Pretender, The Fuse and Your Bright Baby Blues. Many diverse styles of music on this one. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #391 in their Top 500 albums ever.
- ABC: THE LEXICON OF LOVE: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ABC’s debut album and it is a pop masterpiece where nearly every song sounds like a hit- actually in the UK 4 were Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love and All Of My Heart. I loved this album but was never very crazy about anything else they did. Two hits in the US- The Look Of Love and Poison Arrow. Sort of sounds like a concept album- the singer is looking for a meaningful relationship and it’s just not happening.
- LINDA RONSTADT: SIMPLE DREAMS: 1977: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: #1 album on both the pop and country charts in the US. She became the first female artist and the first artist since The Beatles to have 2 hits in the top 5 at the same time with Blue Bayou and It’s So Easy. Those were Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly songs- she also covered The Rolling Stones- Tumbling Dice and a couple Warren Zevon [Poor Poor Pitiful Me was the third hit from this album } songs. This was the album that knocked out Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours from the #1 slot after a record breaking 29 weeks.