- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: HUMAN TOUCH: 1992: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The sound you heard on March 31, 1992 was the sounds of many of the newcomers from the Born In The USA Days- jumping off the Bruce bandwagon. Two albums released on the same day and the reaction was very mixed. Although i have remained a fan this is kind of a turning point. Up to this point a Bruce album is released and my expectations would have been excitement- no doubt it will be a great album–after this well- let’s hear what he has this time. Which is not to say he hasn’t had good albums since. The greatest Bruce albums were before this one after Tunnel Of Love things got spotty. If he had released one album of say 12 of the 24 songs that are on both albums in total- it would have been a pretty good album. For the most part Bruce seems to lack direction on this project. The songs seem ordinary by his standards. I haven’t studied the Bruce concert setlists over the years but I bet very few of these songs get played. In a 2012 poll Bruce fans ranked this as his worst album. Lucky Town is the best by far of the two releases.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: LUCKY TOWN: 1992: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- JONI MITCHELL: CHALK MARKS IN A RAIN STORM: 1988: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A number of special guests on the album- Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Billy Idol- yes Billy Idol on a Joni Mitchell album. Best song is Lakota a song dealing with Native American and environmental concerns.
- THE ROLLING STONES: STICKY FINGERS: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The third album during The Rolling Stones classic period- and one of their best- it opens with Brown Sugar one of their ‘signature songs’- other highlights- Dead Flowers, Bitch, Moonlight Mile, Wild Horses and they do their version of the song Marianne Faithfull co-wrote with them Sister Morphine. On the 1001 albums to hear list.
- FRANK SINATRA: SONGS FOR YOUNG LOVERS: 1954: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The beginning of the greatest Sinatra period- the Capitol Years and his 1950’s concept albums- this may have been the first concept album. It was also his first work with arranger Nelson Riddle. I Get A Kick Out Of You, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, My Funny Valentine, A Foggy Day among the favorites. Frank was back.
- RANDY NEWMAN: GOOD OLD BOYS: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Sail Away his previous album is probably his best album but Good Old Boys is my favorite Randy Newman album. A concept album on the Deep South- past and present. The album combines two of my loves- music and history. Newman even covers a song written by The Kingfish Huey Long “Every Man A King” and there is a Newman original about him also “Kingfish” Other favorites- Rednecks, Birmingham and my favorite song on the album the story about the great 1927 flood -Louisiana 1927. On the 10001 albums to hear list.