• RANDY NEWMAN: BORN AGAIN: 1979: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  I discovered Newman with his previous album “Little Criminals” and by this time had all of his previous albums so I knew what he was capable of- greatness. This was a disappointing album and it was likewise poorly received by critics and fans alike. The songs are just not up to Newman’s high standards. The first track It’s Money That I Love is the only real standout to me. The rest are just off the mark. I’d rank it at the bottom of his studio albums list.


Diamond Cuts: Play Ball ( Vol. I)

  • DIAMOND CUTS: A COMPILATION  OF BASEBALL SONGS AND POETRY: 1997: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  The Diamond Cut series is a solid collection of baseball songs. This one even has Glory Days by Springsteen and Dylan’s Catfish. I have the first two in the series- I see there are now eight compilations so I am going to have to order those.

Baseball A Film By Ken Burns - Original Soundtrack Recording - Various Artists

  • BASEBALL: A FILM BY KEN BURNS: SOUNDTRACK: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The soundtrack to the Ken Burns doc on Baseball from the 90’s. It is hard to believe it is 24 years since this was on. Good soundtrack of baseball songs and such.

The Baseball Ballads

  • CHUCK BRODSKY: THE BASEBALL BALLADS: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  Like The Baseball Project- an album of original songs. Obviously he is a big baseball fan. I see he has a more recent volume 2- which I am going to have to get. Songs here about Dock Ellis, Dick Allen, Moe Berg, Fred Merkle and others. He went to Cooperstown and did research on his subjects. I need to go back to Cooperstown soon!

Diamond Cuts: Turning Two (Vol. II)

  • DIAMOND CUTS: TURNING TWO: 1998: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The second of the eight volume series. I have ordered the other ones now. Paul Simon’s Night Game is on this one. A lot of interesting songs mostly about baseball history which is right up my alley.


  • THE ROLLING STONES: EMOTIONAL RESCUE: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of my most disappointing albums ever- upon release. Some Girls was my first new Stones album- and by this album I had the classic albums from the late 60’s and early 70’s- and Hot Rocks. I was expecting another great album- this one falls far short of that but it’s not a clunker by any means.  It just seemed so at the moment. Summer Romance, Let Me Go, She’s So Cold and All About You favorites.


Diamond Cuts: Triple Play / Various

  • DIAMOND CUTS: TRIPLE PLAY: 1999: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another cd in the series- I have three of the eight and have ordered the ones I don’t have. The big name to have a song on this one is Jonathan Richman who sings about Walter Johnson.

Passin' It On: America's Baseball Heritage in Song

  • TERRY CASHMAN: PASSIN’ IT DOWN: 1995: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Terry Cashman- baseball’s songwriter- at it again in the mid 90s with 21 more songs about the greatest sport known to man. I can’t imagine Cashman singing a song that wasn’t about baseball. He even does a decent version of John Fogerty’s Centerfield here.


  1. The Randy Newman album… it was almost like he subconsciously derailed the album after having to follow up to his success. I love the cover though.

    • One of his best covers. I was really disappointed with what was inside though. Yes you have to wonder with him. The next one was better- Trouble In Paradise.

  2. Hey fellas, I’m starting to put together my year-end list ranking my favorite albums of 1968, which I believe was Hans’s idea a few months back. Are you interested in joining me with your own lists? If so, what would you consider a reasonable number of albums to rank for the year? 20? More? I’m not planning to write about them in the ranking since I’ve been writing about them all year. I’d probably just list them with the album covers.

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