- CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG: DEJA JU: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am not a big fan of these guys but their first two albums were excellent before the falloff. I don’t know why Neil hung out with these guys though- slumming. Favorite songs- Helpless, Teach Your Children, Our House and Almost Cut My Hair.
- GLEN CAMPBELL: RHINESTONE COWBOY: 1975:4 1/2 STARS: One of the albums I picked up for .94 a couple weeks ago. Rhinestone Cowboy would become Campbell’s first #1 single on the pop charts and his signature song. Pretty solid album- another single “Country Boy [ You Got Your Feet In LA} went to #11. He also covers great songwriters like Smokey, Randy Newman and Mann and Weil.
- THE 5TH DIMENSION: GREATEST HITS: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A greatest hits album capitalizing on their big 1969 which brought them 2 #1 hits. A dozen songs- a good listen but I am not all that big on them.
- GEORGE HARRISON: GEORGE HARRISON: 1979: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Beatle George snapped out of his 2 album slump with 33 1/3- and continued with another pretty good album with the self-titled George Harrison. Blow Away was a minor hit and one of my favorite George Harrison songs- Faster – should have also been a hit. Other favorites- Here Comes The Moon, Not Guilty-which was a left over from The Beatles White Album era, and Your Love Is Forever. A very under rated album.
- STEVE EARLE: TRANSCENDENTAL BLUES: 2000: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite Steve Earle album. The Galway Girl is one of his signature songs and one of his best. If I were going to recommend a Steve album to someone who is unfamiliar with him this would be my selection- the albums covers a number of styles-rock, country, bluegrass, a little psychedelic with the title track and the Beatles influenced Everyone’s In Love With You. Every song is a keeper.
- VAN MORRISON: WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another solid Van album where he covers- some jazz, Celtic, R&B, blues- clocks in at over an hour. Once In A Blue Moon and Meaning of Loneliness are true gems. Van’s voice as amazing as ever.
- GEORGE HARRISON: SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND: 1981: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album features the hit single All Those Years Ago a tribute to John Lennon- with Ringo and Paul playing in the song. George was getting fed up with the record business and after the record company rejected what he first turned in- he recorded Blood of A Clone which went after the Warner Brother executives who rejected the album. Teardrops failed to crack the Hot 100 as a single and the album didn’t manage to go gold. He covers a couple songs from one of his idols- Hoagy Carmichael. A mixed results album.