- STEELY DAN: PRETZEL LOGIC: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Fueled by what would be their biggest ever hit single- Rikki Don’t Lose That Number #4- the album was their biggest seller to date going to #8 on the charts- and is considered by many to be their best and most innovative album. On the list of 1001 albums to hear.
- THE BYRDS: YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album was overlooked at the time of release by the record buying public- it peaked at #24 on the album chart- but is one of their finest albums. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N Roll Star was a moderately successful single- #29 as was the Dylan cover- My Back Pages #30. On this album Chris Hillman emerged as a force- previously he had only had one song writing credit- on this album he has four. This was the first Byrds album recorded totally without the participation of Gene Clark. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #127 on their 500 Greatest Albums Ever list.
- JOHNNY CASH: THE HOLY LAND: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: J.R. Cash’s only 1969 album release. A concept album- he visited The Holy Land and mixes on site recordings that he made from a tape recorder while visiting- with gospel songs. An interesting listen. It contains the last recordings with guitarist Luther Perkins before his death.
- SUGAR: FILE UNDER EASY LISTENING: 1994: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob Mould’s short lived band- after Husker Du and several solo albums. Nine of the ten songs were written by Mould – highlights- Your Favorite Thing, Gee Angel, Panama City Motel, Granny Cool, Can’t Help You Anymore– excellent 90’s- alternative rock- but the songs are for the most part finely written pop songs.
- THE CHI-LITES: GREATEST HITS: 1998: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 18 of The Chi-Lites best songs – some were big hits like Oh Girl! and Have You Seen Her?- others like The Coldest Days Of My Life and We Are Neighbors- weren’t – they only had the two big hits but all the tracks on here are excellent- early 70’s soul at its best. In looking at how the singles did on the Hot 100 I am surprised that most of these didn’t crack the Top 40. The group was out of Chicago- and Eugene Record was the lead vocalist.