- DR. JOHN: BABYLON: 1969: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Falling behind in my 1969 albums goal I thought I’d listen to a string of them today- I ended up listening to four albums that I had not previously listened to- bringing my total for the year to 138 on day 139 of the year. Dr. John’s second album recorded in late 1968 and influenced by that horrible year. Favorite song on it is The Patriotic Flag Waiver.
- THE DELFONICS: THE SOUND OF SEXY SOUL: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A good early Philly sound album- the biggest hit on the album was Ready Or Not Here I Come #35 which would later be sampled by The Fugees’. Half of the songs were covers half were written by Thom Bell one of the chief creators of the Philly Sound of the early to mid 70’s.
- TOM JONES: THIS IS TOM JONES: 1969: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Tom Jones was big in the late 60’s – remember his television show? This album covers a lot of famous songs- like Hey Jude, Dock Of The Bay, Wichita Lineman- and gag – Little Green Apples. He does a credible job even with these well known songs.
- MUDDY WATERS: AFTER THE RAIN: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is the best Muddy Waters album from the late 60’s period- most of the songs were written by Waters and where his previous album Electric Mud was marred by psychedelic sounds this one is more Muddy being Muddy.
- PAUL AND LINDA MCCARTNEY: RAM: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of my favorite post- Beatles albums by a Beatle- my Mount Rushmore would be -All Things Must Pass- George/ Plastic Ono Band- John/ Band On The Run- Paul and either Imagine -John or Ram- Paul depending on my mood. My favorite tracks on this album were not hits- Back Seat Of My Car-well it barely cracked the Top 40 at #39, Heart Of The Country and Monkberry Moon Delight. The album is credited to Paul and Linda McCartney- but at least Paul had enough sense not to turn half the album over to Linda- or actually any of the songs over to her- maybe John should have followed that trend.
- WINGS: WILD LIFE: 1971: 1 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul is dead. In late 1969 that was the big rumor with all the clues in Beatles songs and albums the best clue for you all may have bee this album – McCartney’s first album McCartney seemed a disappointment at the time to many but has aged well and has a charm to it- this album is the worst of McCarney’s career. It’s hard to believe after the excellent Ram this is what he produced- the same year- maybe he should have taken a break. Embarrassing.
- PAUL SIMON: PAUL SIMON: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have always been a bigger fan of Paul’s solo material than of Simon and Garfunkel. The first three Paul solo albums were perfect- and odd when you look at the rest of his career where there would be big gaps in time between albums- he released the three albums in a four year period. The hits on this album were Mother and Child Reunion, Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard and Duncan but every track is solid.
- PAUL SIMON: THERE GOES RHYMIN’ SIMON: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: While his third album Still Crazy After All These Years would be the most celebrated- of his early solo career this is my favorite album of the three- American Tune one of his best ever songs-as he did with The Sound Of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water- he nailed this period in America with Milhous Nixon and Watergate well with this song. Other favorites- Loves Me Like A Rock, Something So Right, Kodachrome, Tenderness–but everything is perfect on this album. One of his best.