- LEE MICHAELS: LEE MICHAELS: 1969: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first three albums today are first time listens. Lee Michaels is best remembered for his 1971 #6 hit “Do You Know What I Mean” from his album 5th. This album was his third album in two years-and his first to make the Top 200 album chart. The album was recorded life in the studio with only Michaels and drummer Frosty Smith. R&B- rock. Has the sound of the early Led Zeppelin but not as good.
- ALICE COOPER: PRETTIES FOR YOU: 1969: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first album by the Alice Cooper Band- underwhelming. It is not the Alice Cooper sound everyone is familiar with. Frank Zappa was a producer. The song “Reflected” may sound familiar if you listen to it- it would later be rewritten as “Elected” one of Alice’s best ever singles.
- JONI MITCHELL: SHINE: 2007: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first Joni Mitchel album of new material since 1998’s Taming The Tiger and it appears to be the last studio album of her career. An album inspired by the war in Iraq. With this I finally after 3 months finish off the Joni Mitchell studio albums.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS: BACK TO THE EGG: 1979: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I don’t know why I remember such tings but in mid-June 1979 I picked up my first pay check ever- from a summer job and went to the record store at the local mall and bought three brand new albums- this one, The Cars -Candy-0 and Dire Straits Communique. I listened Back To The Egg first- it would be the last album with Wings- it has its moments but overall average. Side 1 better than side 2.
- GUY CLARK: OLD NO.1: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Guy Clark’s debut and it has some of his great songs- Rita Ballou, L.A. Freeway, She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, That Old Time Feeling, Desperadoes Waiting On A Train Texas 1947 my favorites here. A great album one of the best of 1975.
- TOWNES VAN ZANDT: TOWNES VAN ZANDT: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Although Townes was three years younger he had a six year head start on his best friend Guy Clark in getting singed and getting an album out. A great debut. Waiting Around To Die, Tecumseh Valley, For The Sake Of The Song, I’ll Be There In The Morning among my favorites. The album is just Townes and his guitar- produced by the legendary Sun studio producer Jack Clement.
- GUY CLARK: TEXAS COOKIN’: 1976: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Guy recorded for 5 different labels in his career- the first two were at RCA. Like his debut album full of great songs and he had a lot of help from his friends- Waylon, Rodney Crowell, Miss Emmylou Harris, Jerry Jeff Walker etc. Favorite songs from this one-Texas Cookin’, Anyhow I Love You, Broken Hearted People, The Last Gunfighter Ballad.