- RANDY NEWMAN: SAIL AWAY: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Good Old Boys is my favorite Randy Newman album but Sail Away is probably his best album. This is the album Brian Wilson said kept him briefly from further into depression and mental illness. Favorite songs- the title track, Lonely At The Top [which Randy wrote with Frank Sinatra in mind} Old Man, Political Science, Burn On [“Cleveland city of light, city of magic”} , Dayton, Ohio 1903. Not an average song on the album. Great stuff.
- THE BEACH BOYS: LOVE YOU: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An underappreciated Beach Boys album- originally it was going to be a Brian Wilson solo album called Brian Loves You–it is a Brian dominated album as it is. Favorite songs- Johnny Carson, Good Time, I Bet He’s Nice, I Wanna Pick You Up, Solar System. I hadnt listened to this albujm in years forgot how great it really is. A brief comeback for Brian.
- JOHN LENNON: PLASTIC ONO BAND: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not the easiest of listens but John’s debut album is his best album. This was his ‘primal scream’ album. Honest and emotional it is painful at times to listen to. Highlights- God, Working Class Hero, Isolation, Mother, Love, I Found Out. A strong candidate for best ever solo album by a Beatle.
- BOB DYLAN: BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the most celebrated of Dylan albums- next month being re-issued as part of Bob’s Bootleg Series but of course I will get The Beatles White Album re-issue first then Bob.