- CAT STEVENS: IZITSO: 1977: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Stevens was nearing the end of his ‘first career’ it was his tenth album in a ten year period. He would walk away the next year. The song I Never Wanted To Be A Star tells us where he was at that time in his life. He would turn to Islam and retire for thirty years. There was only one minor hit- Remember The Days Of The Old Schoolyard #33 but still the album reached #7. Heavy use of synthesizers on this album. Something of a comeback from the disappointing Numbers album.
- MICHEAL FRANKS: THE ART OF TEA: 1976: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Franks break out album his first on Frank Sinatra’s Reprise album- the most remembered song on here would be Popsicle Toes #43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Franks is still around and his albums are still hitting the jazz album charts.
- THE BEATLES: THE BEATLES FOR SALE: 1964: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- THE ROLLING STONES: EP: 1964: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Since I am writing on these songs thought I”d give both this and the first album another listen.
- THE ROLLING STONES: THE ROLLING STONES: 1964: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- CAT STEVENS: BACK TO EARTH: 1978: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Cat Stevens last album ever as Cat Stevens- it would be 27 years before he would return to popular music as Yusuf Islam. Not a bad album- but the hits had all dried up at this point- nothing close to one on this album and he seemed on the breaking point singing “If you don’t want me maybe I don’t want you” He didn’t tour to support the album and it did poorly compared to his releases since he had been became a star #33 on the album chart. I think if he had taken a break at this point it wouldn’t have been a shock but who knew he’d be gone for as long as he was.