- LED ZEPPELIN: LED ZEPPELIN IV: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: In order of preference- 1. When The Levee Breaks 2- Rock and Roll 3- Black Dog 4- Stairway To Heaven 5-Going To California 6-Misty Mountain Top 7-The Battle of Evermore 8- Four Sticks.
- STEVE EARLE: GUY: 2019: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Steve earlier in the decade did a tribute album to one of his mentors- Townes Van Zandt- now he has done one for his other song writing mentor- Guy Clark. Just out today- on first- and later second listen I think I am liking this one more than the Townes tribute album. 16 songs in an hour. Today is Steve Earle day for me- the album comes out and also I got tickets for two upcoming concerts in May of his- two weeks apart. I can’t believe he’s coming back so soon- just saw him in December.
- THE ROLLING STONES: EXILE ON MAIN STREET: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite album from The Rolling Stones and one of the greatest double albums ever issued. Most of the album was recorded at a French villa that Keith Richards was renting at the time-the stories surrounding the recording are as interesting as the end product. There were two hit singles on the album- Tumbling Dice #7 and Happy #22. Love the murky production and Mick’s vocals-which at times seem buried in the mix. A masterpiece. On the 1001 albums to hear list of course.
- NEIL YOUNG: LIVE RUST: 1979: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released just 5 months after “Rust Never Sleeps” it was recorded on the 1978 Rust Never Sleeps tour. A great live album- and I rarely say that about live albums.
- VAN MORRISON: NO GURU, NO METHOD, NO TEACHER: 1986: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another in a run of fine mid to late 80’s albums from Van The Man- In The Garden, Got To Go Back, Foreign Window, Ivory Tower are favorites. I think I recall reading once where Sinead O’Connor said this was one of her favorite albums ever. I don’t think I’d go that far but its a good one-but Van rarely makes one that isn’t.
- STEVE EARLE: GUY: 2019: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another listen today to the new Steve Earle album.
- LED ZEPPELIN: HOUSES OF THE HOLY: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Songs in order of preference- 1-Dancing Days 2- The Song Remains The Same 3- The Rain Song 4-Over The Hills And Far Away 5-The Ocean 6- No Quarter 7- D’Yer Mak’er. 8- The Crunge.
- JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE: HARLEM RIVER BLUES: 2010: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Steve’s son- a fine artist in his own right- and with the middle name of Townes [for Townes Van Zandt} and that last name a lot can be expected- and he delivers. I remember when he was in his late teens working for his father on tour- now he’s 37. Anyway- this is my favorite Justin Townes Earle album- Harlem River Blues, One More Night In Brooklyn, Workin’ For The MTA, and Rogers Park are favorites.