- THE STEEL WHEELS: VOLUME 1: LIVE AT THE STATION INN: 2018: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I finish up my Steel Wheels discography listening with their last two albums which were live recordings from last year- I think they are a great live band and while I am not a fan of live albums- their live albums work. On the second volume here- the finish up with a cover of The Band’s- The Shape I’m In- they should do more covers like that!
- THE STEEL WHEELS: VOLUME 2: LIVE AT JEFFERSON THEATER: 2018: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- JONI MITCHELL: BLUE: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Joni’s 4th album and my favorite one. I think the three albums from Blue- For The Roses and Court and Spark are her best. It was also the most successful commercially in her career. All I Want, Little Green, Carey, California, A Case Of You, and The Last Time I Saw Richard are my favorites but the entire album works. On the list of 1001 albums to hear.
- JONI MITCHELL: FOR THE ROSES: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Sandwiched in between her most famous albums- Blue and Court and Spark- this one isn’t as well known but is just as good. Not as accessible as the other two albums and the only ‘famous’ song on it is one she reluctantly wrote to give the record company a radio friendly song ” You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio”- it is an album that grows on you. Full of outstanding songs.
- NEIL YOUNG: AMERICAN STARS ‘N BARS: 1977: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Two of the songs on this turn up on Decade- one of his most famous songs Like A Hurricane and The Star of Bethlehem. This album was songs recorded over a 29 month period- stylistically all over the place. Some songs work better than others. A solid album but kind of a forgotten album alongside all the gems Neil released in the 70’s.
- NEIL YOUNG: COMES A TIME: 1978: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After discovering Neil- and buying Decade- this was the first ‘new’ Neil album I bought. A country rock album- not a major work but a good solid album that is an enjoyable listen. Lotta Love would later be a hit for Nicolette Larson. It was reported that Neil wasn’t happy with the sound of the original album when it came out and purchased 200,000 copies of it and remixed the album- what did he do with the 200,000 albums he bought? He said he used the albums as shingles for his barn roof.
- VAN MORRISON: BLOWIN’ YOUR MIND: 1968: Brown Eyed Girl is Van’s signature song to most people and it is his most recognized song. I love Van but I’ve heard it enough- as good a song as it is. T.B. Sheets is a great song but a painful listen- nearly 10 minutes on a young girl dying of T.B.
- THE BEATLES: WITH THE BEATLES: 1963: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Four notable things happened on November 22, 1963- three of them bad- JFK being assassinated, and the deaths of authors Aldous Huxley at 69 and C.S. Lewis at 63. The good thing- the release of With The Beatles. Walt Disney also on this date decided on Orlando, Florida to be the site of his second amusement park. I guess that is a second good thing. On The Beatles closer ranking- Money- a very strong closer- but not in the same league as Twist And Shout- comes in at #6 out of the 12 Beatles album finishers. Very very good but Twist and Shout is remarkable.
- JONI MITCHELL: COURT AND SPARK: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album was nominated for a Grammy for Album of The Year, Help Me was nominated for Record of The Year and for Best Female Performance Vocal. Reportedly Mitchell played a copy of the just finished Court and Spark for Bob Dylan and he fell asleep. Included on the 1001 albums to hear list. Favorites include Help Me, Free Man In Paris, Down To You, Raised On Robbery. Her most successful album #2 in the US and her most successful single- Help Me #7. She only had 4 Top 40 hits. She is an albums artist- like her fellow Canadian friend Neil Young.
- THE MOODY BLUES: ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM: 1969: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My wife asked me midway through this album if I could put something else on- I did- I didn’t like it that much more than she did. I went back to it later and finished it up. I am not a Moody Blues fan. The album peaked at #20 and the only single from it- Never Comes The Day only went to #91.
One year ago- 365 days ago exactly- I hadn’t posted on the blog in over 6 months and I can’t really remember what motivated me that Sunday afternoon to post again. I had listened to 5 albums and posted brief reviews on them. I made it a year without abandoning the blog again.