- WARREN ZEVON: THE WIND: 2003: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Warren was dying of cancer and he knew it- as he made this album. It was released two weeks prior to his passing. He won two Grammy’s – he wasn’t around to see it. A lot of big name stars joined in to help- Bruce, The Eagles, Jackson Browne. The album went to #12. A strong farewell. And that finishes up my going through Warren Zevon’s albums first to last.
- THE BEATLES: BEATLES FOR SALE: 1964: Ranking the songs-1- I’m A Loser 2-Eight Days A Week 3-No Reply 4-Baby’s In Black 5-I’ll Follow The Sun 6-Every Little Thing 7-I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party 8-What You’re Doing 9-Rock and Roll Music 10-Words Of Love 11-Kansas City-Hey Hey Hey! 12-Everbody’s Trying To Be My Baby 13- Honey Don’t 14-Mr Moonlight.
- THE BANGLES: DIFFERENT LIGHT: 1986: 4 STARS OUT 5 STARS: I like their first album more than this one- but this was their big hit album with 4 hit singles-and its a good album- Walk Like An Egyptian #1, Manic Monday #2, Walk Down Your Street #11 and If She Knew What She Wants #29. Also a great cover of Big Star’s September Gurls which is my favorite song on the album.
- VAN MORRISON: INTO THE MUSIC: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Van closed the decade off with this great album- his best in the second half of the decade and one of my favorite Van’s. The album has a spiritual feel without knocking you over the head with it- Bright Side Of The Road, Full Force Gale, Troubadours, And The Healing Has Begun and a great cover of It’s All In The Game are favorites. One of my Mount Rushmore of Van albums.
- NEIL YOUNG: SLEEPS WITH ANGELS: 1994: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Kurt Cobain mentioned Neil’s Rust Never Sleeps in his suicide note- and that inspired the title track and this dark album- Uncle Neil’s darkest since the mid 70’s and Tonight’s The Night. Dark it may be but its an outstanding album-the 90’s had started off very strong for him.
- CHUCK BERRY : THE GREAT TWENTY-EIGHT: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: If Rip Van Winkle had fell asleep in the 1940’s and just woke up- and asked me what is this rock and roll music thing? Can you play me some of it- this would be my choice- 28 of Chuck Berry’s best- and they are in chronological order. It doesn’t get any better than this. 28 songs in 68 minutes 55 seconds- not a second is wasted. Chuck has to be on the short list of the greatest rock guitarist and lyricists ever.
- STEPHEN FOSTER: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER: 2004: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An 18 song tribute to one of the greatest songwriters and one of the first songwriters in American history- his greatest songs are covered here by a variety of artists. A joy to listen to.