- DWIGHT YOAKAM: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION:2006: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 5 of the 19 songs were recorded live. Some of his best songs aren’t on this ‘best of’ but it’s all pretty good stuff. The covers are of classics- even covering The Clash’s Train In Vain. Love that Bakersfield Sound that he is keeping alive. Going to see him in concert in a few months.
- DWIGHT YOAKAM: DWIGHT’S USED RECORDS: 2004: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dwight does a great job with covers- on this album he covers songs by Ralph Stanley, Johnny Cash, John Prine, ZZ Top, The Byrds, King and Goffin among others. Well done and a good listen but not essential stuff.
- STEVE EARLE: COPPERHEAD ROAD: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Going to see Steve on his 30th anniversary Copperhead Road tour next week- the first time I saw him was right after Copperhead Road was released-30 years ago. I’ve listened to this hundreds of times but thought I’d give it another listen before next week. Not my favorite Steve album- I will go with Transcendental Blues as my favorite but its up there close to the top of the list.
- DWIGHT YOAKAM: GUITARS, CADALLACS, ETC. ETC.: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Johnny Cash once called Dwight his favorite country singer. 1986 was a great year for debut albums for country artists- not only Dwight but Steve Earle, and Lyle Lovett – three artists who have remained favorites over the years- and also Randy Travis’s great first album came out. Honky Tonk Man co-written back in the 50’s by Johnny Horton- was Horton’s debut single -and it was also Dwight’s- it went to #3 on the country singles chart for Dwight. Guitars, Cadillacs went to #4- the album to #1 on the country album chart. It Won’t Hurt cracked the country Top 40. A couple great covers- Ring of Fire and Heartache By The Numbers. It all adds up to a great debut album.
- DWIGHT YOAKAM: BUENAS NOCHES FROM A LONELY ROOM: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dwight’s third album. Should be noted- Pete Anderson was a key to Dwight’s great success- he was the producer-guitarist-arranger on all of Dwight’s albums up until 2002. Dwight had 2 country #1’s on this album-his only two- the fabulous Streets of Bakersfield with Buck Owens and I Sang Dixie. I Got You went to #5. The album went to #1 like his first two albums. Dwight has a knack for picking great covers- Johnny Cash’s Home Of The Blues and Hank Locklin’s Send Me The Pillow are the ones on this album.
- MADONNA: THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have to separate Madonna the celebrity from the music- I don’t care much for her ‘act’- she is a great self- promoter- I give her that. She has an unexceptional voice- but her and her people made some great singles in the 1980’s into the 90’s. 17 hits here. I have her earlier albums and well she is a great singles artist and this is her first greatest hits- and its a great listen. One of the great pop singles artists of her era. Favorite Madonna song- Borderline.
also listened to Sunday’s version of Celtic Crush with Larry Kirwan on The Loft.