- NEIL YOUNG: RUST NEVER SLEEPS: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Other earlier 70’s Neil albums may be considered to be better but this album is my favorite. This felt like the soundtrack of my life in the fall/winter of 1979. The 70’s were Neil’s greatest decade and he closed it with this album. Recorded live this album to me has always been cinematic. I once even had a dream where Powderfinger was a movie.
- STEVE EARLE: THE HARD WAY: 1990: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have no answer to this- of all of Steve Earle’s albums this is my least played one. It is not Steve’s weakest album by any means-but if someone stopped me on the street and asked me to list Steve Earle’s albums on chronological order this might be the one I would forget about. It was his last album before his drug addiction took control of him in the early 90’s and it seemed like not only his career but his life was hanging in the balance. Maybe this is an album Steve forgets about also- in all the Steve concerts I’ve been to since his comeback in 1995- there is only one song from this album that I’ve heard him play in concert and that is Billy Austin. There are some outstanding songs on here- and I did give it 4 1/2 songs- I just wish I could put my finger on why this album to me-is the forgotten one?