- R.E.M.- DOCUMENT: 1987: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of R.E.M’s best albums. What a change from the earlier R.E.M. albums you can actually understand every world Michael Stipe sings-not that I minded it when you couldn’t. The album was the first to be produced by Scott Litt and the band. The album feels a lot less cluttered that some previous albums. Favorite songs- It’s The End Of The World As We Know It [one of REM’s best songs} The One I Love, Finest Worksong, Welcome To The Occupation.
- THE STOOGES: THE STOOGES: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am off to a quick start in my quest to listen to as many 1969 albums this year as I can- in ten days I am at 17. This is the debut from The Stooges-a good debut but my least favorite of the three Stooges albums released back then. I Wanna Be Your Dog a classic. The album and The Stooges influential in the coming Punk music movement.
- BING CROSBY: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION: 2006: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Odd how someone who was not only so hugely popular but also a trailblazing artist- has been largely forgotten now. I am reading the 2 part bio on Der Bingle by Gary Giddins- thought I’d listen to some Bing while at it. 22 songs on this disc from his big years.
- DAVID BOWIE: ALADDIN SANE: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bowie would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on the 8th and on this date three years ago he passed from this earth. His sixth album. Oddly while I was listening to the album I got a random text from my friend Franz who just sent the picture of the album cover. He’s a big Bowie fan too- but I hadn’t told him I was listening to Bowie or this album.
- DAVID BOWIE: THE BEST OF BOWIE: DISC 1: 2002: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- DAVID BOWIE: THE BEST OF BOWIE: DISC 2: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A career spanning album as of 2002. The first disc is flawless-covering the classic 70’s period when he could do very little wrong. The second disc is more spotty but overall a fine career retrospective. Always kind of puzzling so many Bowie songs especially from the 70’s that I had thought were hits- actually weren’t hits.
- THE BEATLES: HELP! 1965: 5 YEARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Yesterday in listening to the first four Beatles albums I ranked the album openers continuing that of the 12 Beatles openers I rank Help! #1.
- DAVID BOWIE: BLACKSTAR: 2016: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released on his 69th birthday- he knew he was near the end- no one else did. It was already getting great reviews by the time he passed two days later. Every time I hear this album I like it more. Is there a better rock farewell? Bowie was working up to the end.