- THE DECEMBERISTS: PICARASQUE: 2005: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One thing I like about this group is their songs aren’t the standard silly love songs you get from a lot of groups and I also like hearing the non-standard rock group instruments that they play. One of their best albums.
- THE DECEMBERISTS: PICARESQUETIES:EP 2005: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A companion disc to the above Picaresuque album. 5 songs. The Decemberists like to put out EPs.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: MCCARTNEY: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul’s solo debut- where he played everything on the album. It received mixed reviews then but years later it is looked at more favorable- some reviewers even saying this DIY album was a trend setter the beginning of lo-fi. It has aged better- the emotions at the time- of Paul leaving The Beatles etc- have been forgotten. The album has some charm. It is one of two post- Beatles albums of Paul’s that are on the 1001 albums to hear list.
- JIM CARROLL BAND: CATHOLIC BOY: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The poet-author turned rock star with his debut which featured the classic “People Who Died” which still gets a lot of airplay nearly 30 years later. After hearing that song on the radio I went out and bought the album- and was not disappointed. Day And Night, Nothing Is True, Wicked Gravity, It’s Too Late and Catholic Boy highlights- very solid and enjoyable album. The highlight of his career in music.
- LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: LAW AND ORDER: 1981: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I’ve always been more of a Buckingham fan than a Fleetwood Mac fan. His solo debut- released a year or so after Tusk- the group was still together at this point. Trouble was a hit #9 but the album overall is a strong one- 8 Buckingham originals and 3 cover songs including September Song. Buckingham played nearly everything on the album
- THE MASTERSONS: BIRDS FLY SOUTH: 2012: The Mastersons- a husband and wife team have been opening up and playing in Steve Earle’s band now for a decade. This is their debut album- they now have three out and will soon be recording another. I think this is their best album-
Have listened to that McCartney album many times. There is something precious and tender about it that I like.
It has a charm about it.
Well, we always thought that “Ram” was Paul’s first solo album. Thanks for putting the “record” right, Hans. Looks like we’ve got some research to do on the earlier album.