- STEVIE WONDER: MY CHERIE AMOUR: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A typical 1960’s Motown album- a couple singles and a bunch of filler to round out an album. The hit singles on here are the title track and Yester-Me, Yesterday You, Yesterday” along the filler- a cover of Light My Fire. Was that really needed?
- SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES: FOUR IN BLUE: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: See the comments on Stevie Wonder’s album concerning how Motown did things in the 60’s- it was all about the singles. I can’t think of one 1960’s Motown album that is ever listed as one of the greatest albums ever. When you get into the 70’s the artists seemed to break away and get more independence and then you get the great Wonder and Marvin albums.
- ARLO GUTHRIE: RUNNING DOWN THE ROAD: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Arlo’s second album- the follow up to Alice’s Restaurant. I see Arlo is touring for a 50th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant- which was done in 1967–has anyone told him it’s 2019? This album features one of his better known songs “Coming Into Los Angeles.”
- U2: THE JOSHUA TREE: 1987 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I hadn’t listened to this- one of my favorite albums in a couple months- while I was walking today I thought it would makes as a great soundtrack. I see they announced today they are going to do more tour dates picking up from the tour of two years ago featuring The Joshua Tree album- not coming to the US this time- the rest of the world.
- RODNEY CROWELL: FATE’S RIGHT HAND: 2003: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: With his previous album “The Houston Kid” Crowell had changed his style of songwriting to a more personal style- and this album continues where The Houston Kid left off- favorites- Still Learning How To Fly, Fate’s Right Hand, Earthbound, The Man In Me, This Too Shall Pass.
- GUY CLARK: COLD DOG SOUP: 1999: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another strong album by Guy- who as time went on collaborated more and more on songs rather than just writing them all himself. He covered Steve Earle’s elegy to Guy’s best friend Townes Van Zandt “Ft. Worth Blues” -which -Guy covering his song-Steve has said is the highlight of his career.
- GUY CLARK: THE DARK: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first Guy Clark album I ever bought. It was also the first Guy Clark album that he didn’t have a single solo composition. . He enjoyed writing songs with others. There is only one cover- one of Townes Van Zandt’s tunes. “Mud”, “Queenie’s Song”, “Homeless”, “Soldier’s Joy” and Magnolia Wind among my favorites here.