- PRINCE: PIANO & A MICROPHONE: 2018: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first of what will be many Prince posthumous releases. 1983 Prince in the studio with his piano and the tape is rolling. 35 minutes of ideas- that would turn up in the future.
- THE KINKS: MUSWELL HILLBILLIES: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Muswell Hill area in North London is where the Davies boys grew up and formed their band. A big bounce back after the failure of Percy. Davies at a songwriting peak- the album focuses on the tensions and frustrations of modern life.
- LED ZEPPELIN: LED ZEPPELIN II- 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Led Zeppelin were quick out of the gate- their second album came the same year as their first. The blueprint album for heavy metal albums. Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Moby Dick, The Lemon Song, Bring It On Home and more.
- AVETT BROTHERS: TRUE SADNESS: 2016: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The cover of this album sure reminds me of The Clash’s Give’em Enough Rope cover. It feels like these fellas have been in a holding pattern since their peak I And Love And You in 2009. Since then they have released 3 albums which are all good but not close to I and Love And You- but all kind of sound the same. Maybe a new producer with new ideas next time around? Probably not. Not a bad album though- maybe my expectations were too high.
- U2: WAR: 1983: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My first U2 album- after hearing New Years Day and Sunday Bloody Sunday I was moved to buy the album and the back catalog of two previous albums. A rebound from the disappointing sophomore album October- remains on my Mount Rushmore of U2 albums. Sunday Bloody Sunday, Seconds, New Years Day, Two Hearts Beat As One and 40 favorites.
- HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS: SPORTS: 1983: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Huey was/is the King – of Pedestrian rock. This was the album that made his career-and he still tours on it I reckon. I Want A New Drug is best song- also on here The Heart Of Rock And Roll, If This Is It, Heart and Soul and Walking On A Thin Line- all hits- pretty bland though. What was he thinking when he decided to cover Hank’s Honky Tonk Blues?
- DAVID BOWIE: CHANGESONEBOWIE: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This was the first Bowie album I owned- of course it is outdated now- coming out in 1976 but in the late 70’s it wasn’t. Today would have been Bowie’s 72nd birthday- had to listen to him today. Three years now since he’s been gone. A big loss.
- ELVIS PRESLEY: 30 #1’S: 2002: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The King would have been 84 today. He’s been gone longer than he was here- but has he ever really left? This is a decent best of- the best Elvis remains The Sun Sessions though. As with Bowie I felt compelled to honor The King on his birthday.