- BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS: THE CHIRPIN’ CRICKETS: 1957: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Oh Boy!, Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, That’ll Be The Day- all on one album- 12 songs 26 minutes. All great Buddy Holly.
- THE KINKS: MISFITS: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first Kinks album I owned- after hearing A Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy”- a minor hit but a hit #30- on the radio I had to have the album. Hay Fever, Misfits, Live Life, Trust Your Heart favorites- they were back to making Kinks albums.
- KACEY MUSGRAVES:SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK: 2013: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Musgraves is getting a lot of attention these days for her recent album. I had heard a lot about her but have only listened to this- her debut a few years ago- and liked it. On the suggestion of a friend who is a fan I thought I’d give her four albums a listen [well one is a Christmas album so three albums.} Her debut won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year. While I wouldn’t call it pure country music- it is a mixture out sounds- but good stuff. She co-wrote all the songs- a very good songwriter with a fine voice is my first impression. I notice her singles are barely cracking the country Top 40- which is a sign she must be pretty good. She’s too good for what passes for country music today.
- GLEN CAMPBELL: WICHITA LINEMAN: 1968: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Campbell was a long time session guitarist- toured with The Beach Boys- and then became in 1967 with Gentle On My Mind- an overnight success. With his covers of Jimmy Webb’s- By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Galveston he became a super star- had his own tv show for a few years. This is possibly his best album- I would never call Campbell country like say George Jones or Merle Haggard- he is pop-country- his material had great crossover appeal. The song Wichita Lineman- on the shortlist of my all time favorite songs.
- ELVIS COSTELLO: MY AIM IS TRUE: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Outside of Beatles albums- the most played albums ever in my collection are the first four Elvis Costello albums- I played them to death for years. Still love them. The first one is great but The Attractions wouldn’t join until This Years Model. What shines here is his outstanding songwriting and his fury. The album is on the 1001 Albums list.
- ELVIS COSTELLO: THIS YEARS MODEL: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: EC’s second album came right on the heals of My Aim Is True. The debut is a classic but This Years Model ups it- with the addition of his back up band The Attractions- Steve Nieve’s organ marvelous. Elvis the King of the New Wave. The album is one the 1001 Albums list.
- COUNT BASIE: THE ATOMIC MR. BASIE: 1958:5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: In the 1950’s Jazz was way ahead of rock and roll in making the album format important- a lot of great jazz albums issued in the 50’s and early 60’s before it became a key format for rock music with the arrival of The Beatles. I enjoy listening to jazz but certainly don’t feel knowledgeable about it- I’ve always liked listening to Count Basie. This is one of the 1001 albums to hear list.