- TALKING HEADS: SPEAKING IN TONGUES: 1983: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: At the end of Talking Heads- in the late 80’s if asked what was their best album I would have said- Speaking In Tongues- but after a few decades of listening to all their albums- I have changed my mind- I love this album but I would have to go with the earlier albums over this-with the best being Remain In Light. This was their most popular album up to that time and Burning Down The House became the biggest hit in their career #9. The album went to #15 which was their highest showing.
- JOE COCKER: JOE COCKER!: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Joe’s second album- and his second album of 1969. He must have been on some of these songs as soon as they came out-this collection includes covers of The Beatles- She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Let It Be, and Something which were recent releases at the time. Most of the songs are well known- Bird On A Wire-Leonard Cohen, Dear Landlord – Bob Dylan, Darling Be Home Soon- John Sebastian. Most of the covers work really well. Even as a Beatles fanatic- I have to admit I like Joe’s She Came In Through The Bathroom Window over the original.
- TALKING HEADS: LITTLE CREATURES:1985: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The biggest selling Talking Heads album with over 2 million copies sold. There were no hit singles-And She Was, Creatures Of Love, Stay Up Late, Road To Nowhere favorites from the album. More mature themes- it sounds like the band members lives- I am assuming at this point children were in their lives from listening to the lyrics. Another winner from The Talking Heads.
- TALKING HEADS: TRUE STORIES: 1986: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: David Byrne had a movie out around the same time with the same name- these songs were not from the movie but Talking Heads versions of the songs from the movie. Wild Wild Life was the song that got a lot of airplay from this album-and was all over MTV. I also like People Like Us- but the creativeness and innovation that defined Talking Heads seem lacking on this album. It was a disappointment the first time I heard the album and remains so today. Terrible album cover also.
- TALKING HEADS: NAKED: 1988: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The final album by Talking Heads. I have been in a Talking Heads mode the past couple days so I thought I might as well just finish off listening to their catalog while I was on a roll. This was a big improvement over the disappointing True Stories. It sounds like a return to what the Talking Heads did best- the world beat sounds- the quirky David Byrne singing. It was a good ending to the story. They released eight albums and certainly seven were outstanding. One turkey. That is a great batting average.
- THE BEATLES: ANTHOLOGY I: DISC 1: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Almost as much time has passed since The Beatles Anthology project- 24 years- than it was from The Beatles break-up until the Anthology project- 25 years. This is of course a 5 star rating for a Beatles fanatic like myself but for a casual fan- no. Our library has the three Anthologies- and 1- none of the original studio albums. Recently a young patron came in maybe 12-13 and checked out the Anthologies- I mentioned that she might want to order the regular albums from our inter-library system. The Anthologies I don’t think are the albums to hook a new fan. This is an historical document and the first disc especially sounds like just that- and that is fine and good to have some of that pre- Beatles arriving stuff out there but I am more interested in the outtakes. This Anthology covers the period up until the end of 1964.
- THE BEATLES : ANTHOLOGY I: DISC 2: