- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My first Springsteen album and still one of my favorites. It was interesting earlier in the decade when the box set was released-he was overflowing with songs at the time and some of the better songs he had didn’t make the album simply because they didn’t fit with the ones he chose. This album brought in a new maturity into Bruce’s lyrics that would carry over to the next album- The River.
- TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELL’S: THE BEST OF TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELL’S: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their window closed quickly on them but in a short amount of time they had a number of big hits- Hanky Panky, I Think We’re Alone Now, Mirage, Mony Mony, Crimson And Clover, Sweet Cherry Wine and Crystal Blue Persuasion were all top 10 hits. They were always more of a single band than an album one. I’ve always had mixed emotions about them. A third rate band that struck it big.
- RINGO STARR: RINGO’S ROTOGRAVURE: 1976: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: He had good writers here- John, Paul and George all chipped in with a song and Eric Clapton did too- and John, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Klaus Voorman , Harry Nilsson also contributed but this would turn out to be the start of the slide of Ringo’s career commercially. A Dose Of Rock N Roll made the Top 40.
also listened to all three hours of this weeks NEON BEAT on Radio George.