- PAUL CARRACK: SUBURBAN VOODOO: 1982: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I Need You cracked the Top 40 but there should have been more hits from this- it is a fine pop album that I go back to at least a few times every year. One reviewer said it sounds like a Nick Lowe album with Paul Carrack singing- there is nothing wrong with that!
- JOHN HIATT: TWO BIT MONSTERS: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I read something on Hiatt back then that compared him to Elvis Costello. Other than both being outstanding songwriters I have never got the comparison. This was Hiatt’s 4th album and he had yet to hit his groove as a performer. There are two songs here that Rosanne Cash would cover- Pink Bedroom and It Hasn’t Happened Yet. I’d say at this point he was a young and upcoming writer/ artist who showed potential. He is still out there today. I am shocked at his lack of chart success- his highest charting album was #39. He has had a number of highly acclaimed albums especially late 80’s- early 90’s. I’ve seen him a few times in concert- well worth seeing.
- GLEN CAMPBELL: GALVESTON: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Glen Campbell was money in the late 60’s- Gentle On My Mind, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Galveston not only big hit singles and great songs but the albums of the same names also delivered the goods. He was a huge star at the time. Glen Campbell doing Jimmy Webb songs just can’t be beat.
- CAT STEVENS: CATCH BULL AT FOUR: 1972- 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Like Glen Campbell was in the late 60’s- Cat Stevens was on fire in the early to mid 70’s-this was hit 6th album- it went to #1 for three weeks and Sitting was a hit single #16- the only thing lacking on this fine album is the normal big hit singles other than Sitting.
- TOM T. HALL: COUNTRY IS: 1974: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The title track Country Is- was Tom T’s 5th #1 country hit. Another consistently fine 70’s album from T. The Storyteller. That Song Is Driving Me Crazy was a big country hit also #2. Hall’s strength was always his songwriting- one of the best of his era.
- JOHN LENNON: ROCK AND ROLL: 1975: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The last album John made before his break from music. A covers album of rock and roll standards I have always thought this was an overlooked gem- sure they are not John originals but The Beatles spent their early years playing some of these songs and Lennon is one of the greatest if not THE greatest rock singer. Co-produced by that mad man Phil Spector. Stand By Me was released as a single #20 a great version of the song. The album cover-a photo of John back in the Hamburg days-taken by Jurgen Vollmer is worth the cost of the album in itself.
- DONNA SUMMER: ON THE RADIO: GREATEST HITS VOLUME 1 AND 2: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Greatest hits up to and including the Bad Girls album and she didn’t get going until the mid 70’s. She got better and better.
- TOM T. HALL: I WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT: 1975: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another fine 1970’s album from Hall. Deal and I Like Beer were top 10 country hits- and the non-hits are just as good as the hits are. I am kind of surprised to see Hall only had one crossover pop Top 40 hit- I Love #12 1973.
- TOM T. HALL: FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE LAST HARD TOWN: 1973: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Hit biggest hit in on here I Love- but again- another good album. Previously I had only owned a few best of- greatest hits of Tom T.’s- no individual albums- I got these ones for $1 each last month- all in great shape and enjoying them. I Love has never been one of my favorites of his- but there are a few great tracks that make the album worth owning- Subdivision Blues, Never Having You and Pay No Attention To Alice.
- TOM T. HALL: FASTER HORSES: 1976: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Faster Horses would be Tom T’s 6th and final #1 country single. It’s Got To Be Kentucky For Me, Little Brow Suitcase and The Songwriter are standouts.
- TOM T. HALL:THE RHYMER AND OLD FIVE AND DIMERS: 1973: Ravishing Ruby #3 country hit but for my money Don’t Forget The Coffee Billy Joe is one of my favorite Tom T. songs ever-[along with That’s How I Got To Memphis.} In listening to these albums I am noticing that in most cases the best songs are the album cuts and not the hits from his albums.