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  • PAUL SIMON:  THE RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The follow up to Graceland- he turned to Latin American music/ musicians on this one- underrated album even though it did win him another Grammy for Album of the Year and Best Producer. It would be seven years before the next Paul Simon album- and the most ambitious project of his career.

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  • JONI MITCHELL: BOTH SIDES NOW: 2000: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Joni with orchestra backing on a couple of her great songs and some jazz standards. It won two Grammy’s but I think it was more like rewarding a great for a wonderful career than actually being a great album.

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  • RANDY NEWMAN: SAIL AWAY: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite Randy Newman album is Good Old Boys but Sail Away is his best album. Newman in the 1970’s underrated songwriter.

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  • STEVE EARLE: GUY: 2019: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After listening to Steve doing the Guy Clark songs I am about to do the Guy discography. I forget who said this but they said Guy Clark had life down- he liked to do three things- build guitars, write songs and smoke cigarettes. Steve said that Guy was writing songs until he died-whereas his other hero Townes Van Zandt didn’t write a song the last ten years of his life.

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  • BOB DYLAN: BOB DYLAN: 1962: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob turns 78 today- his debut came out in early 1962 – 57 years ago. Not a dazzling debut but it certainly wasn’t a bad album although it didn’t sell as well as they were hoping. 11 of the 13 songs were covers of folk standards- the two songs that stand out to me are the Bob originals- “Song For Woody” and “Talkin’ New York.”

8 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 461: FRIDAY MAY 25, 2019

  1. I don’t think Rhythm got any grammies? According to Wikipedia, Simon’s won Album of the Year three times (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland),

    • Hit send too soon! “Living on the road my friend was gonna keep you free and clean
      Now you wear your skin like iron and your breath’s as hard as kerosene
      You weren’t your mama’s only boy but her favorite one it seems
      She began to cry when you said goodbye and sank into your dreams”

  2. Hans, I didn’t know that about Townes not writing a song for the last 10 years of his life. He must have been pretty bad off. I know he was in the process of getting together with a more modern band (maybe Dave Grohl was involved?) to make some new music when he ended up going to the hospital with a broken leg. His woman at the time (don’t know her name) took him out of the hospital against medical advice and he ended up passing away a short time later. (This is info from the doc I have on his life.)

    • I didn’t know it either until Steve said it in concert- he said that Guy and Townes were best friends but were different in many ways- that Guy loved to write songs with other songwriters and Townes didn’t do that– and that Guy wrote until the end and Townes hadn’t written a song in the last ten years of his life.

    • Maybe that collaboration he was about to enter was covering his old songs or maybe songs of the other people? Will have to watch the video again to get info and will let you know what it says…

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