- XTC: FOSSIL FUEL: THE XTC SINGLES: 1977-92: 1996: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A UK release. I was looking and in the US XTC never had a Top 40 album and only one of their singles even hit the Hot 100- The Mayor of Simpleton #72. They weren’t even all the successful in their native UK with only 6 Top 40 hits. They were ahead of their time and always in a state of change. I have their more well known albums I am going to get into this band in the upcoming year. This is a great starting point for those interested. Also I would recommend the documentary- XTC- This Is Pop.
- DWIGHT YOAKAM: DWIGHT SINGS BUCK: 2007: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album was released on Dwight’s 51st birthday. 15 covers of Buck Owens songs. Without question Buck and The Bakersfield Sound has been a heavy influence on Yoakam’s career. He does a good job here covering his heroes music.
- RODNEY CROWELL: SMALL WORLDS: THE CROWELL COLLECTION: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A greatest hits collection up to the mid 90’s. He had 5 #1’s off of his Diamonds & Dirt album in 1988. These are very good, fine written songs but to me Rodney Crowell started to hit paydirt in 2001 with The Houston Kid album when his songwriting turned more introspective.
- THE KINKS: SOMETHING ELSE: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My second favorite Kinks album. Contains their best ever song- and one of the best songs ever period- Waterloo Sunset. Dave Davies contributes Death Of A Clown. David Watts, Love Me Til The Sunshines, Lazy Old Sun, Afternoon Tea are other standouts. The album sold poorly. Life isn’t fair.