- THE BEATLES: MEET THE BEATLES: 1964: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I always listen to the superior British Beatles albums- thought I’d get out the old American releases and listen to them for something a little different. In stereo and in mono. I like the mono version better.
- WINGS: LONDON TOWN: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My first ‘new’ solo album by any of The Beatles. I was reading something on social media the other day that Wings should be in the Rock Hall of Fame. First of all the Rock Hall of Fame isn’t worth wasting your breathe over but Paul is in as a Beatle and a solo artist. Paul McCartney was Wings. I don’t think it’s necessary. Of course Wings should be in before KC and The Sunshine Band or Justin Bieber-whoever it is they are putting in this year.
- JACKSON BROWNE: HOLD OUT: 1980: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After a career album in Running On Empty- the follow up three years later was highly anticipated and it was successful as far as being a commercial success it went to #1- his only #1 album and had two hit singles Boulevard #19 and That Girl Could Sing #22 this album to me was a big disappointment not his finest songwriting overly sentimental borderline wimpy. It was his 6th album to date and by far his worst to that point. The career peaked at Running On Empty.
- BILLY JOEL: TURNSTILES: 1976: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album before Joel’s career busted open with The Stranger album. The Stranger is when I was introduced to Joel- I wonder if anyone saw The Stranger coming? This is a pretty good album- it is all over the place but in a good way. I’ve always loved Angry Young Man as my favorite non-hit Joel song ever.
- DIAMOND CUTS: TOP OF THE SIXTH: 2003: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: THERE’S A RIOT GOIN’ ON: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I don’t think Sly and The Family Stone get the credit they deserve. They were trailblazers- racial integrated, male and female members- their music covered the spectrum-pop-rock-soul-psychedelic-funk.. country…well maybe not country. Sly was fried during the making of this album and it sounds like he was- but it is a great sounding album regardless of his condition. The first side ends with the controversial title track which clocks in at 0:00. Family Affair was the big hit on this one.