- BOZ SCAGGS: BOZ SCAGGS: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After a couple albums with the Steve Miller Band Boz Scaggs went solo- and had an all-star band behind him here with Duane Allman, Eddie Hinton and the Muscle Shoals musicians behind him. What Rolling Stone Mag’s publisher Jann Wenner was doing producing this album ? Rolling Stone magazine in 2012 named this the #496 greatest album ever- I imagine Wenner had something to do with that ranking. I am surprised Wenner hasn’t gotten Scaggs into the Rock Hall of Fame. The album is pretty good. He was still seven years away from his massive success Silk Degrees.
- DAVID BOWIE: TONIGHT: 1984: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A huge disappointment of an album-coming after his commercial peak Let’s Dance. 35 years later it doesn’t sounds quite as bad. Blue Jean was a hit- Loving The Alien, I Keep Forgettin and Dancing With The Big Boys are good tracks. Tina Turner appears on the album- and she would cover Bowie’s 1984 on her mega comeback album- Private Dancer. Bowie’s cover of The Beach Boys classic “God Only Knows”- he should have scrapped.
- TINA TURNER: PRIVATE DANCER: 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the great comebacks-she had been kind of forgotten for a decade- she came roaring back with this commercial the album went to #3 and there were seven singles from the album- and a critical success. A departure from her R&B past -into pop and rock. What’s Love Got To Do With It- #1, Better Be Good To Me #5, Private Dancer #7 were the big hits on the album. She also does a re-working of The Beatles Help!
- THE BEATLES: BEATLES FOR SALE: 1964: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The closing number a cover of Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby- I’d rank as the 12th -and worst closer on any of the dozen Beatles studio albums.
- THE EAGLES: THE LONG RUN: 1979: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: When I listen to- or even think of this album I think of McDonald’s. I can’t think of any other album I associate with food. This album came out when I was a freshman in college and I had a habit a couple times a week of going to the nearby McDonald’s and getting food-coming back to the doom and listening to The Eagles “The Long Run.” A disappointing album-coming after Hotel California . The best two songs were Joe Walsh’s- In The City and Timothy B. Schmidt’s I Can’t Tell You Why- the Henley-Frey material rather mediocre. The King Of Hollywood downright awful. A lot of filler on this- especially side 2. They wouldn’t make another studio album until 2007.