Somewhere along the line maybe due to lack of sleep I mixed yesterday’s post and today’s up- I think it was the Bob Seger albums- anyway- here is my output from the past two days- Wednesday and Thursday.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: LIVE 1975-85: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I can’t think of a higher anticipated live album- Bruce’s first live album was a 3 CD, 5 LP affair- covering a decade of concert recordings. It debuted at #1 on the album charts which didn’t happen often back then. It wasn’t a perfect release there were some curious choices and omissions. It is the second best selling live album in US history behind Barf Brooks Live album [ which he probably bought half of them himself} The 3 CD’s clock in at 3 hours 36 minutes and 13 seconds.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME: THE SEEGER SESSIONS: 2006: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Boss’s only album release of cover songs- in this case they are covers of material made popular by Pete Seeger. Bruce seemed to be having fun on this album. I always thought Seeger was an odd choice for Bruce to make. It’s an OK album but hardly essential.
- BOB SEGER: NIGHT MOVES: 1976: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After a decade in the minor leagues Seger gets called up to the Big Leagues. You have to give him credit this was his 9th album- and up to this point he was the equivalent of a AAA baseball player who just couldn’t seem to crack the major leagues. Night Moves the single went to #4 and became his big break though and signature song. Mainstreet #24 and Rock and Roll Never Forgets just missed the Top 40. I think Seger is a big overrated but he had a short period where he was an All-Star.
- THE BEATLES: THE BEATLES: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Now this is a job- ranking the 30 songs from this album as far as favorites- of course this could change on a daily basis–1-While My Guitar Gently Weeps 2- Dear Prudence 3- Revolution I 4-Julia 5-Helter Skelter 6- Sexy Sadie 7-Blackbird 8- Happiness Is A Warm Gun 9-Back In The USSR 10-Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey 11-I’m So Tired 12-I Will 13- Mother Nature’s Son 14- Cry Baby Cry 15- Martha My Dear 16- Yer Blues 17-Birthday 18- Glass Onion 19-Rocky Racoon 20-Savoy Truffle 21-The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill 22-Long, Long, Long 23- Piggies 24- Revolution #9 25- Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 26-Honey Pie 27-Good Night 28- Don’t Pass Me By 29- Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? 30- Wild Honey Pie.
- THE BEATLES: YELLOW SUBMARINE: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Four new songs from The Beatles on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack- 1- Hey Bulldog 2-All Together Now 3- It’s All Too Much 4-Only A Northern Song.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: MAGIC: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 2007: A strong album from The Boss- Girls In Their Summer Clothes, Long Walk Home, Livin’ In The Future are favorites- Radio Nowhere is the song that got the most radio play from the album is it just me or does that song kind of sound like 867-5309 -Jenny by Tommy Tutone?
- VAN MORRISON: INARTICULATE SPEECH OF THE HEART: 1984: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Four of the eleven tracks are instrumentals. One of the albums in Van’s career that seems forgotten now- but it deserves a listen. Higher Than The World, Connswater, Rave On John Donne, Celtic Swing among my favorites- a mellow, Celtic Jazz album.
- ERIC DOLPHY:IRON MAN: Recorded in the early 60’s-released in 1968 a few years after Dolphy’s death at the age of 36. Recorded with trumpeter Woody Shaw. The Dolphy album that I am most familiar with is his 1964 Out To Lunch album which is considered a 1960’s jazz classic.
- BOB SEGER: STRANGER IN TOWN: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The follow up to Night Moves and it’s just as strong- Bob doubled up on the hits- there were four Top 40 hits-Still The Same #4, Hollywood Nights #12, We’ve Got Tonight #13 and Old Time Rock And Roll #28, My favorite is one that only made a b-side- Feel Like A Number. Seger at his peak. To me he went slowly downhill after this.
- TEN YEARS AFTER: SSSH: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The British blues-rock bands 3rd album in 3 years- their appearance at Woodstock helped make this release a top 20 hit- the album had already been out when Woodstock happened. The highlight is Alvin Lee’s guitar playing- which is what the band is remembered for. I am falling a little behind in my 1969 album listening- got to get back with the program.