- WARREN ZEVON: EXCITABLE BOY: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I ‘discovered’ Zevon when “Werewolves Of London” began getting airplay and immediately went out and got the album- it is his only ‘hit’ on the pop charts but not even close to being his best song. It isn’t even the wackiest song on the album- I’d say the title track and Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner would compete for that title. Other standouts- Lawyers, Guns and Money and Johnny Strikes Up The Band. Side 1 is stronger than side 2. After this album I was a Warren Zevon fan for life.
- BOB DYLAN: HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the greatest albums ever- I can never decide which Dylan album is my favorite- it’s either this or the follow up- Blonde On Blonde. Like A Rolling Stone kicks the album off- one of the songs that has to be on any short list of the greatest rock songs ever. There is no let up on this album nine outstanding tunes. Dylan at his peak.
- JOHN PRINE: STORM WINDOWS: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Prine’s 7th album- a return to the typical John Prine album after Pink Cadillac where he went to Memphis and had Sam Phillips boys produce and early rock and roll type record. Storm Windows would be his final record on a major label. Standouts- the title track, Shop Talk, Sleepy Eyed Boy, Living In The Future, I Had A Dream.
- QUEEN: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This was the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release. Queen’s best album. Bohemian Rhapsody and You’re My Best Friend were hits. This their 4th album was their big breakout record in the US- a wide variety of musical styles on this album make it their most rewarding album to listen to.