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  • STEELY DAN: THE ROYAL SCAM: 1976 3 1/2  STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  A good album but sounds much like what they have been doing in previous albums. Kid Charlemagne is the best known- and the best song on the album. Overall the weakest collection of songs on a Steely Dan album.

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  • MITSKI: BE THE COWBOY: 2018:  5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I can’t image there being a better album from 2018 than this one and it seems to get better every time I listen to it. Mitski 2020!


  • BOBBY GENTRY: THE GIRL FROM CHICKASAW COUNTY: DISC 2: THE DELTA SWEETE: 2018: I am only as far now as disc 2- but I can tell this box set is one that I will continue to listen to for some time. This disc centers on The Delta Sweete album from 1968 and outtakes, demos and live performances. Outstanding.

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  • VAN MORRISON: HYMNS TO THE SILENCE: 1991: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  Van The Man’s first double studio album. With 21 songs total he uses a number of musical styles here. There is the Van -spiritual tone to the album. Favorites- Carrying The Torch, Why Must I Always Explain, a cover of the country classic “”I Can’t Stop Loving You” are among my favorites here.

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  • TOM PETTY: FULL MOON FEVER: 1989: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Tom Petty’s debut album- although the Heartbreakers do contribute to the album. Jeff Lynne producing. At this point Petty had been in a little slump- but his post-Wlbury’s albums seem to pick things back up. Three hit singles here-I Won’t Back Down #12, Runnin’ Down A Dream #23, Free Fallin’ #7 are about as good as anything you were going to hear on the radio in 1989. A stellar cover of The Byrds “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better, Yer So Bad and Zombie Zoo among my favorites.


  • GUY CLARK: BETTER DAYS: 1983: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another album full of finely crafted songs from an outstanding songwriter. The Randall Knife is probably Clark’s best know- and best song he ever wrote. He covers a song by his friend Townes and the album is produced by Clark disciple Rodney Crowell.


  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: THE SILVER TONGUED DEVIL AND I: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  In the early to mid 1970’s Kris Kristofferson was the songwriters- songwriter. He brought a much needed change to Nashville and the great songs were just coming out of him. This is his second album. Janis Joplin had immortalized his Me& Bobby McGee the previous year. He wrote a song about her-Epitaph, Loving Her Was Easier was a hit on both the country and pop charts and one of my Mount Rushmore of  Kris songs- “The Pilgrim, Chapter 33” is on this.


  1. Good collection there. If i had lottery type money, I’d get the whole Steely Dan catalog…love their singles but Aja is only non-greatest-hits album of theirs I’ve had.

  2. Royal Scam is one of my favourite Steely Dan records. I love Bernard Purdue and Larry Carlton’s playing.

    I find Hymns to the Silence too adult contemporary, very weak Van Morrison album for me.

    I’m noting these disagreements because I usually agree with you (except about prog rock).

    • I like Steely Dan- don’t get me wrong but I am not crazy about them.. I trust your judgment on that… As far as Van goes- not his greatest a lot of material there- some good some not so good- 21 songs.

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