MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 457: MONDAY MAY 20, 2019

ALBUMS-

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  • POCO: PICK UP THE PIECES: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the earliest country-rock bands and albums. A strong debut. Three of the members of the band were from the recently broken up Buffalo Springfield. The bands personnel would change over the years but the debut album is considered by some their strongest album. Favorites: Consequently So Long and Calico Lady.

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  • PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS: RED ROSE SPEEDWAY: 2 1/2 STARS AND 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I gave this album two grades- this is the re-issue with a bunch of bonus material. The original album while better than Wild Life- wasn’t anything to write home about- considering this is Paul McCartney were are talking about- but the bonus material of singles and b-sides and demos-raises the bar-the single Hi, Hi, Hi, C-Moon, and the excellent Live and Let Die from the James Bond movie- the best additions- Mary Had A Little Lamb not a career highlight though.

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  • THE CHI-LITES: GIVE IT AWAY: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The debut album by the Chicago based soul group. There are no pop hits yet but a couple of the singles made the R&B singles chart. The 7 original tracks are better than the covers which include three from Motown- at this point after Marvin and Gladys Knight and The Pips did we really need another I Heard It Though The Grapevine {although they do a creditable job with it}

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  • PAUL SIMON: STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Simon won two Grammy’s for this album- including Album of the Year. Its his third outstanding album in a row. Simon thanked Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album that year- Wonder had won Album of the Year the previous two years and would win the next year. Gone At Last, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Still Crazy After All These Years and his single with Garfunkel- My Little Town were hits.

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  • PAUL SIMON: ONE TRICK PONY: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After releasing 3 albums in a 4 year period it was five years between albums- this one being a movie soundtrack. I saw the movie on television maybe 35 years ago it was alright as I recall- would like to see it again. The album didn’t live up to the success of his first three solo albums and was seen as a disappointment- mixed reviews but it has some fine moments- Late In The Evening, Oh, Marion, Ace In The Whole and on the re-issue ‘Stranded In A Limousine.

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  • MOBY GRAPE: MOBY GRAPE’ 69: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their debut album in 1967 is considered their greatest album this is album #3 in a 3 year period for this San Francisco band. Their second album had been an overproduced mess- so this was a rebound but not a strong enough rebound. A country oriented album which is not what their fans were expecting- it didn’t sell well.  The first of two albums released in 1969.

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  • PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS: BAND ON THE RUN: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway which seemed to confirm Paul was dead- a great rebound-three Top 10 singles with Helen Wheels #10, Jet {Alan Partridge’s theme song” #7 and the third single Band On The Run #1. Let Me Roll It  was Paul’s response to John”s “How Do You Sleep” which was aimed at him. An album where I like every track. On My Mount Rushmore of Beatles solo albums.
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6 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 457: MONDAY MAY 20, 2019

  1. Poco’s “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” was a good album. Don’t mean to be picky but only Richie Furay and Jim Messina were officially members of Buffalo Springfield. Rusty Young did some session work for BS’s last album “Last Time Around” but wasn’t a member of the band.

  2. Music is the source of life keep up the great work congratulations just started following your blog and enjoying it lots to do and lots to read I don’t get much work done thank you

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