- CAROLE KING: TAPESTRY: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The most famous and best album of the 1970’s singer-songwriters rage? King was a very successful songwriter with her then husband Gerry Goffin- in fact she was the most successful female songwriter in the second half of the 20th century. She released her first solo album in 1970 and it only did moderate business- then Tapestry came out and was a blockbuster selling 25 million copies, going to #1 and staying on the charts forever- 313 weeks it was the record until Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon came along 724 weeks. It also won a handful of Grammy Awards.
- BOZ SCAGGS: SILK DEGREES: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Tapestry was Carole King’s signature album and Silk Degrees is the album everyone remembers Boz Scaggs by- the album went to #2 and spent 115 weeks on the charts- It’s Over, Ledo Shuffle and Lowdown were top 40 hits- What Can I Say just missed the Top 40 and We’re All Alone was a Top 10 hit for Rita Coolidge in 1977.
- RANDY NEWMAN: GOOD OLD BOYS: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A concept album -the south seen through of various characters in the South. My favorite Newman album- along with Sail Away his previous album- highlights-Rednecks, Birmingham, Mr. President, Louisiana 1927, Naked Man, Back On My Feet Again.. Newman does one cover- of The Kingfish Huey Long’s- Every Man A King.