- THE CRICKETS: THE ‘CHIRPING’ CRICKETS: 1957: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: John Lennon once said that this album was one of the few he could play from start to finish without skipping a track. Oh Boy!, Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, That’ll Be The Day, I’m Looking For Someone To Love all classics. Buddy Holly Lives!
- CHUCK BERRY: CHUCK: 2017. 3 1/2 STARS: Chuck’s final statement- and first studio album since 1979’s Rock It. In the fall of 2016 the album was announced for 2017 release- Chuck passed before its release. Big Boys got some radio play. The album is a mixture of famous Chuck Berry type rock and roll songs that he was most famous for- and slower blues numbers- which during his prime were great songs but overlooked because they were just that- blues songs. As John Lennon once said “If they wanted to call Rock and Roll by another name they could just call it Chuck Berry Music.
- CAT STEVENS: TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Cat’s 4th- best and most acclaimed album-Wild World peaked at #11, other strong songs-Where Do The Children Play?, Hard Headed Woman, Father And Son, Tea For The Tillerman. Rolling Stone ranked it #206 on their Top 500 albums list. My favorite singer- songwriter from the period- along with Joni Mitchell.
- KIM CARNES: MISTAKEN IDENTITY: 1981: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bette Davis Eyes- one of the massive hits of the 1980’s spent 9 weeks at #1 and propelled the album to #1 also. Miss Davis certainly approved saying the song made her relevant to the rock generation. This was the high point in Carnes career also-she won Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It is a great song. There were a couple other singles on the album- Draw Of The Cards #28 and Mistaken Identity #60. A pretty good album. The cover of Frankie Miller’s When I”m Away From You- sounds to me like it could have been a hit also.
listened to sunday’s edition of Celtic Crush with Larry Kirwan on The Loft.