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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.




  1. I was an avid Bruce man in my youth and Human Touch marked the point from when I ironically lost touch. So I jumped off the bandwagon as well. My favourite song on it is ‘With Every Wish’ which I would include in my top 10 favorite Springsteen songs. On Lucky Town I like ‘If I should Fall Behind’ and ‘Beautiful Reward’. As you said, if he had just made one album instead of two it might have been solid. The post Human touch albums I like are ‘The Rising’ and ‘Magic’. But I admit, I haven’t been paying close attention to Bruce’s output since Human Touch.

    • Lol– what i think is- he had a good strong run – i thought on Human Touch he had nothing to say- i think he started to over think things after critics/ fans were critical of those two albums-

    • Yes, a good strong run is an understatement. Very few music artists can sustain that passion, desperation, and creative drive of youth in their later years. I think as a live performer he has maintained that inner fire, but on the creative front he has waned. But he is only human and he’s still wowing audiences. It’s hard to be critical. And yes he may have over thought things after he got hammered for those two albums.

    • I saw him a couple years ago- and no one matches him in concert- he’s approaching 70 and still putting on marathon concerts -amazing.. I can’t think of anyone who can go on – riding on the wave of creativity forever–even the greats like Dylan had his dry period in the 80’s. It happens. It isn’t like his albums in the last 25 years have been awful just not up to the earlier ones-which were remarkable.

    • I envy you for having seen him! Probably one of my biggest regrets is I didn’t see Bruce when I had the chance during one of his solo tours in Melbourne. I broke up with my girlfriend who had bought 2 tickets 2 weeks before the concert. That’s the definition of idiocy right there.
      Hey! Don’t go knockin’ Dylan’s 80’s era. He did plenty of great stuff. Haha

    • All his 80’s albums weren’t bad- a few were!.. My first concert was Bruce in 1980 too- I haven’t met anyone whose first concert tops that! Bruce doesn’t go through the motions. I hope you get an opportunity to see him…

    • I like all his 80’s albums. The production on Empire Burlesque stinks, but my gosh it is a treasure chest full of great songs (live). Any album with Dark Eyes on it gets my seal of approval lol. I even dug Down in the Groove, Under the red Sky and Knocked Out Loaded. His Christian albums as well has got lots of good stuff. Then you have the bootleg Christian outtakes including the incredible Caribbean Wind. Infidels great album even though he left out Blind Willie McTell!!!!! His shows with Tom petty and capping the decade off with Oh Mercy where he discarded Series of Dreams! Pretty good decade by my estimation. Maybe not so much by his standards.
      Ok, you’re making me salivate at the mouth that you saw Bruce in 1980. Did you keep the ticket stub? I agree it wouldn’t be possible for someone’s first concert to top that! Did you get a bootleg of it. Or is there a good one available?

    • I don’t know if there is a bootleg available of that concert I’ve never looked! I don’t have the ticket stub- I was young and dumb- should have saved it- but that memory of that night is still strong–a week later John Lennon was assassinated….Bruce by the way came out that night and his first song was Born To Run- now how many artists throw out their GO TO song right off the bat! Usually it is saved for later.

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