- R.E.M.- GREEN: 1988: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: R.E.M’s major label debut with Warner Bros. Stand was a Top 10 hit. Orange Crush, Pop Song 89, Get Up were also released as singles. Kurt Cobain listed it among his Top 50 albums of all time. It has a different feel about it than previous R.E.M. albums- Michael Stipe had told the band members before hand not to write any R.E.M. type songs. Whatever that meant.
- PAUL MCCCARTNEY: EGYPT STATION: 2018: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have liked Paul’s 2000’s albums for the most part but he seemed to put even more effort into the making and promoting of this album- and he got his #1 album at the age of 76. Oddly it went to #1 and was quickly out of the Top 200 charts just weeks later. Maybe if he had toured behind it- it is an album that deserves to be heard. Of course no hits- at this point the Hot 100 charts will not have such quality.
- JOE COCKER: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Cocker’s debut album. The title track one of the best Beatles covers and one of Cocker’s most recognizable songs. I always think of “The Wonder Years” when I hear it. Other highlights- Feelin’ Alright, Change In Louise, Bye Bye Blackbird. A strong debut.
- THE BEATLES: RUBBER SOUL: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Of the 12 Beatles album openers I rank Drive My Car at #6.
- THE BEATLES: REVOLVER: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Of the 12 Beatles album openers I rank Taxman at #4. Next time through The Beatles albums I will rank the album closers.