• JOE JACKSON: LOOK SHARP: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I bought this after seeing a review that compared him to The King- Elvis- {Costello} I wasn’t disappointed but I don’t think the Elvis comparison really goes as far as the music. First off Jackson proved at least with the first album to be more radio friendly in the US- he had something EC hadn’t had up to this point- radio play and a hit with Is She Really Going Out With Him? #21 in the US. One More Time would be covered by Anthrax, Look Sharp, Sunday Papers and Got The Time are standouts.

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  • ARETHA FRANKLIN: ARETHA NOW: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Aretha arrived at Atlantic Records and released two albums in 1968 and both were great ones- the first being Lady Soul and then Aretha Now later in the year. It went to #3 in the album chart and Think,  I Say A Little Prayer, See-Saw and I Can’t See Myself Leaving You were hits.


  • THE ROLLING STONES: THE ROLLING STONES: EP 1964: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A four song EP Bye Bye Johnny, Money,  You Better Move On and Poison Ivy.  The Rolling Stones cover R&B from some of their favorite artists.



  • THE ROLLING STONES: THE ROLLING STONES: 1964: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first album by The Rolling Stones- 9 covers and 3 originals- I love the early period of the Stones- not stuff you are ever going to hear on the radio.

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  • THE ROLLING STONES: FIVE BY FIVE: 1964: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A 5 songs EP recorded at Chess Studio in Chicago. 3 covers and 2 originals- Mick and Keith had yet to hit their stride as songwriters but that would come in time.


  1. Wow all these albums bring back memories, but Joe Jackson Look Sharp was one of my favorites, he never seemed to get as popular as some of the others, but those whose listened to him always seemed to love his music

    • I really like the 65-67 period. A concert without Jumpin’ Jack Flash or Satisfaction? Never will happen… You know it looks like they would do what they wanted to do at this age…they could play covers and people would still come.

      I would like to see only them on stage and no backup singers or extra musicians. I believe Keith said he would like that but Mick would not do that.

    • I agree with all your points. Yes Mick likes the safe zone.. what did he once say he didn’t want to be playing Satisfaction when he was 40… looks like he will be at 80.

  2. Jackson, Costello and Graham Parker all hated being compared to each other. Joe Jackson is a trained classical composer and occasionally releases a truly classical work.
    I store my CDs separating popular (by group) and classical (by composer) and have to consider a) where to put such releases (same for McCartney) and b) where my life is going that I have to worry about such things.

    • Funny I just read an article about how people sort their albums- I go by alphabetical order.. one time years ago my niece who was 7 at the time was staying with us for a week. I was out came home and she had re ordered them by color of the CD’s– I told her thanks–etc.. and when she went home put them back in order!

  3. Really really love Look Sharp! Heard Is She Really Going somewhere (maybe radio?) and went out and got album. Love the whole thing

    • Not a bad song on the album. I can’t recall if I heard Is She Really Going Out With Him and got it- or first read the comparison to Elvis Costello and bought it unheard. Either way- a winner.

  4. Wow, you had a real Stones fest there. I’m completely with you, their early stuff still sounds great!

    And that Aretha album? That woman’s vocals just give me goosebumps – mind blowing!

    As for Joe Jackson, my introduction to him was his sophomore album “I’m The Man.” I actually got it as a birthday present. I still dig this record to this day. To the extent I know it, I also like “Look Sharp!”

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