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  • NEIL YOUNG: SILVER & GOLD: 2000: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I didn’t care for his previous album Broken Arrow but Silver & old is a throwback album- sounds like it could have come out of Neil in the early 70’s- except the songs aren’t as good as he was writing back then. The title track had been something Neil had been working on for twenty years! There was a four year gap between studio albums which for Neil Young is forever- he is famous for recording quickly and often. Maybe the break was a good idea. Not a masterpiece by any means but a batch of decent songs.

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  • FAIRPORT CONVENTION: WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first of three albums Fairport Convention would release in the year 1969. It was their second album- their first with Sandy Denny which was a key addition. Fotheringay , Meet On The Ledge, She Moves Through The Fair, a cover of a Joni Mitchell song Eastern Rain and Dylan’s I’ll Keep It With Mine are highlights.

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  • THE HOLLIES: THE HOLLIES SING DYLAN: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Graham Nash had left the group to join Crosby and Stills- before they recorded this album of Dylan covers. A competent recording but The Hollies are not the best interpreter of Mr. Dylan. They seem want to make every song cheery.

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  • MADONNA: THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am not a Madonna albums fan- but I do love her singles and this first collection collects 17 singles from the 80s which was far and away her greatest decade. A fun listen a few times each year.  One of the best if not the best singles artist in the 80’s.

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  • MADONNA: GHV2: 2001: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The second greatest hits collection from Madonna- over a decade after the first one. A mixed bag- I love half the songs on here and the other have I can do without. She had clearly slipped. And 18 years later there is really no need for a third greatest hits compilation. I read recently where on her next album she will have some contemporary artists involved in an effort to remain relevant. I don’t see it being a big success but then again she has gone far on average skills and excellent self promotion skills for over thirty years.

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  • JOHN COLTRANE: A LOVE SUPREME: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the most famous jazz albums ever and one of the greatest albums ever period- and Coltrane’s most famous. Recorded in one session.

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  • THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: ALL OF THIS AND NOTHING: 1988: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I saw the Furs a few years ago- and I see they are coming back around soon. This greatest hits album with 14 songs is probably all the average fan would need. They haven’t made a new album in 28 years. Some great songs here-President Gas, All That Money Wants, Love My Way, Pretty In Pink, The Ghost In You, Heaven, Heartbreak Beat.


  • THE POLICE: SYNCHRONICITY: 1983: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite 80’s music comes from the first half of the decade and when I think of the landmark albums that were released at the time- for some reason the last one I think of is The Police’s final album Synchronicity. It was their most popular and my favorite album of theirs. The album went to #1 and sold 8 million copies and for a brief period of time The Police were billed as the greatest band in the world- a title that U2 would take. Every Breath You Take-went to #1 and has to be on the short list of the greatest singles from the 80s. King Of Pain went to #3, Synchronicity II went to #16 and Wrapped Around Your Finger #8. Great album from start to finish. I was a big fan of The Police- Sting as a solo artist- hit and miss. Synchronicity has to be on the list for greatest final albums- although I don’t think it was meant to be at the time of release.


  1. Lots of great choices today! Laughing about what you said on Hollies making every Dylan song sound happy. That Police I actually probably still have — in cassette form — and love the music of. I followed Sting for a few albums and have continued to enjoy it.

    • I’ve found Sting hit and miss as a solo artist. I am now trying to think of a better last album than Synchronicity..

  2. The Synchronicity Tour…my first concert!

    Madonna has some good hits. It’s a shame she’s turned into a nutjob-hasbeen.

    Pretty in Pink…cute movie! “I am always & forever…a Duck Man.”

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