- THE METERS: THE METERS: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Meters debut album- the New Orleans funk band- formed by Art Neville of the famous Neville’s of New Orleans. A group I had heard of but hadn’t heard until now- an album of funk-R&B instrumentals. Pretty good stuff. Cissy Strut is considered a classic-it went to #4 on the R&B chart and #21 on the Hot 100.
- WAYLON JENNINGS: JUST TO SATISFY YOU: 1969: This album was before Waylon went outlaw. Doesn’t even look like him on the album cover. At this point he was near the end of his playing the Nashville game. Chet Atkins producing this one. The single I Got You a duet with Anita Carter went to #4 on the country charts. A good album but I prefer Waylon’s outlaw period more.
- JOAN BAEZ: DAVID’S ALBUM: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Baez’s husband at the time David was about to be imprisoned for draft resistance – he was a country fan so she went to Nashville and recorded this album for him. When I was in high school I had become a Dylan fan and one day I have a Dylan book and was looking at the pictures in the book and my history teacher saw one with Dylan and Baez. I thought it strange that he knew who Baez was but didn’t know who Dylan was. He didn’t have a favorable opinion of her.. come on it was 1978 and you have no clue of who Bob Dylan is? I am not a Baez fan- I still hold it against her for her version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down- but this is a pretty listenable album that holds up well 50 years later.
- ENGLISH BEAT: BEAT THIS! THE BEST OF THE ENGLISH BEAT:2000: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 15 songs from the new wave-ska band that was big at least in the UK for a short time in the early 80’s. Favorites- Mirror In The Bathroom, a cover of Smokey Robinson’s Tears Of A Clown, Doors Of Your Heart. Ranking Roger an original member died a week or so ago at age 56.
- THE BYRDS: DR. BYRDS AND MR. HYDE: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The only Byrds album in which Roger McGuinn sings lead vocals on every song. The album only went to #153 and had no hit singles. A couple Dylan covers- a solid album I don’t know why The Byrds weren’t more successful towards the end of their careers- maybe it was the constant line up changes and styles.
- CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: WILLY AND THE POOR BOYS: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This past weekend on a road trip listening to the radio the station played Down On The Corner and then said that Willy And The Poor Boys was CCR’s best album. It might be but I will go with Cosmos Factory. And album with Fortunate Son on it- has to be a contender.