MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 470: SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2019

ALBUMS

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  • PAUL MCCARTNEY: PRESS TO PLAY : 1986: 3  1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul was slumping in the mid 80’s- I haven’t listened to this album in a long long time and while it is no gem it is better than I remembered it. The single “Press” went to #21- he would only have one more solo Top 40 hit “My Brave Face” in 1989. Hard to believe it’s been 30 years since he’s been on the charts. Favorite songs- Press, Pretty Little Head, Stranglehold. An overlooked album.

  • THE BIG CHILL SOUNDTRACK: 1983: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the recent $ 1 albums I picked up- of course about every song on here has been played to death since the 1960’s. Ten songs on the record.

  • THE BIG CHILL SOUNDTRACK: MORE SONGS FROM THE BIG CHILL: 1984: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not as strong as the first soundtrack but since that sold well they put out another. I have set a new goal – to listen to all my vinyl albums- starting today. No idea how many I own.  It will take a while. I listened to seven of them today.

Two men sitting and looking at the viewer. The one in the middle has yellow hair and a blue shirt and jeans, while the man to the left of him has black hair blending in with the background and a white shirt. Only the right side of the second man's face is visible. Flowers are in the images foreground. The right of the first man it is written in script "Simon and Garfunkel" and below that "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme". There are symbols in the top left and center top of the picture.

  • SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY AND THYME: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  The third Simon and Garfunkel album- they only had five. Best song is Homeward Bound but other favorites- Scarborough Fair-Canticle, The 59th Street Bride Song, The Dangling Conversation, For Emily Wherever I May Find Her, 7 O’clock News-Silent Night.

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  • JUDY COLLINS: COLORS OF THE DAY: THE BEST OF JUDY COLLINS: 1972: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  Collins has always been more of an album artist than a singles artist so “Best Of” is a better title than “Greatest Hits”- this covers up to 1972- a dozen songs- I have never been a big fan but she does have a beautiful voice. She was the inspiration for Stephen Stills- “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.”

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  • TRAFFIC: JOHN BARLEYCORN MUST DIE: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dave Mason left the group before this album. Six songs on the album three to a side- my favorite is the title track. The album jazz and blues influenced. First time I have heard this album- a recent buy.

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  • CULTURE CLUB: COLOUR BY NUMBERS: 1983: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first two Culture Club albums were strong- with a number of hit singles. Church of The Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon”, “Miss Me Blind” and “It’s A Miracle” were the hits- and the best songs on the album.

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  • PAUL SIMON: GREATEST HITS, ETC: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first Paul Simon album I ever bought. 14 songs on it going up to the “Slip Slidin’ Away/ “Stranded In A Limousine” singles. Of course there are more updated compilations now but this is still a strong greatest hits album. I can still remember the day I bought this I can’t recall last Tuesday but I can tell you about the day in December 1977 when I bought my first Paul Simon album.

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