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  • B.B. KING: COMPLETELY WELL: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Features his biggest hit single “The Thrill Is Gone” his signature song. The album was a commercial break through for B.B. who co-wrote six of the eight songs on the album. B.B’s voice is at its peak on this Completely Well. I was lucky enough to see him in concert once.

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  • JACK BRUCE: SONGS FOR A TAILOR: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bruce’s solo debut album after the break-up of Cream the year before. Theme For An Imaginary Western, To Isengard. The Clearout and Weird Of Hermiston favorite songs on the album. The title was in tribute to Jeannine Franklyn a clothing designer- and girlfriend of Richard Thompson’s who was killed in a car accident a few months before the album was released.

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  • THE CLASH: COMBAT ROCK: 1982: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The 5th and final album by The Clash with their classic line-up intact. It was the highest charting album they had in the US- #7 and they had their biggest US hit with the single Rock The Casbah. The album is uneven. Side 1 much stronger than side 2. As with Sandinista an album of diverse styles. I saw them in concert the summer after this album was released. One night Elvis Costello- the next night The Clash- at the same venue. It will never get better than that.

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  • THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The final Beatles album that was recorded. In rating the closers while The End is the perfect ending to the last Beatles album- it would be the 8th out of 12 Beatles closers.

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  • WARREN ZEVON: SENTIMENTAL HYGIENE: 1987: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After a 5 year lay off between records I was starting to wonder would we ever hear from Zevon again- and then he was back with this fine record. The title track, Trouble Waiting To Happen [now there is a perfect title for a Zevon song/ his life} Reconsider Me, Detox Mansion, Bad Karma and his Even A Dog Can Shake Hands [written with 3 of the REM boys} are favorites. Buck, Berry and Mills from REM would also record an album not long afterwards as Hindu Love Gods [which has a knockout version of Prince’s Raspberry Beret}

  • THE BEATLES: PAST MASTERS: I: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: In going through The Beatles catalog again- the Past Masters are singles and b-sides which didn’t make the regular studio albums- some of the best of The Beatles are on the two CD’s.

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  • WARREN ZEVON: TRANSVERSE CITY: 1989: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album was inspired by William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels. Side 1 especially feels like a futuristic nightmare concept album. Transverse City, Run Straight Down, The Long Arm Of The Law and the brilliant Turbulence which follows a Soviet soldier in Afghanistan star the album off and are all highlights- On side 2 one of my favorite Zevon tunes-Splendid Isolation, Gridlock and the closer Nobody’s In Love This Year are all first rate.

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  • THE BEATLES: LET IT BE: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The final released Beatles album- I am excited about the project that Peter Jackson has been hired to do- making a new documentary out of the Let It Be footage. Get Back the closer- I’d rank as the 5th best Beatles closer. Next time I go through The Beatles catalog- probably in the very near future I will rank in order of greatness each song on each album. I kinda like these boys.

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  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: BORN TO RUN: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bruce’s 3rd and most famous album- his break though- he certainly showed great potential on the first two albums- a couple doubles off the wall but with Born To Run he hits a tape measure home run. The two side openers- Thunder Road and Born To Run remain two of his most famous songs. The songs that end both sides-are epics- Backstreets and Jungleland. On the 1001 albums to hear list.


  1. Well. That was one rather awesome day of listening! One little bone of contention, however: “The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle” is far more than a “double off the wall.” Just sayin’.

  2. “REM would also record an album not long afterwards as Hindu Love Gods” is that with or without Stype? Was Thompson’s gf before or after Linda? Didn’t know The Beatles had the equivalent of a PJ “Lost Dogs”. I bet it would be quite a listen. “Born to Run” has gotten a lot of play in this house. Thunder Road yes. Once you’ve cleared out some of your discographies, I’d love to see you cover Springsteen’s 🙂

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