- THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 1- Here Comes The Sun 2- Something 3-Come Together 4- Because 5-You Never Give Me Your Money 6-I Want You [She’s So Heavy} 7-She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 8-Sun King 9-Golden Slumbers 10-Carry That Weight 11- The End 12-Mean Mr. Mustard 13- Polythene Pam 14-Octopus’s Garden 15-Oh! Darling 16-Her Majesty 17-Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
- TALKING HEADS: TALKING HEADS ’77: 1977: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The debut album by Talking Heads. The NYC band certainly wasn’t a punk band- and the term New Wave wasn’t being used yet I don’t think-but Talking Heads had something going on here- all the songs were written by front man David Byrne- except for one written with other band members. Those early Talking Heads albums sounded different and innovative when compared to what was going on at the time. Favorite songs- Psycho Killer, Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town, The Book I Read, Pulled Up, New Feeling. The album was critically acclaimed but only went to #97 on the album charts and the best known song the brilliant Psycho Killer peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone ranked it #290 on their 500 All-Time Greatest Albums list. A great start and the group would start to get more airplay with album #2.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: HIGH HOPES: 2014: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released 4 years ago now- this album Bruce’s eighteenth studio album is also the last studio album he has released. It was a collection of songs from over a decade that hadn’t made their way onto albums. It does sound like a bunch of separate songs- no underlying theme here- but I like the album better than this two since “Magic.” A couple cover songs here too-and some outtakes. American Skin [41 Shots} got a lot of attention. This album at times doesn’t sound like a Bruce Springsteen album though. The album went to #1 on the album charts of course.
- ELTON JOHN: GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am more of an Elton singles fan than an Elton album fan but this album is one of this most acclaimed albums–and it sold over 30 million copies world wide- and was chalked full of hits- Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and stellar album cuts like the opening track Funeral For A Friend/ Love Lies Bleeding-one of my all time favorite Elton songs, Harmony and All The Girls Love Alice. This was Elton Hercules John at his peak. A double album he was just overflowing with material at this point in time.