- FLEETWOOD MAC: TUSK: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: At the time of release I remember a lot of people not liking Tusk- it wasn’t Rumours II. A double album with 20 songs- it has been called their White Album. I prefer this to Rumours myself I am probably in a minority. The production costs were over a million dollars the most expensive album ever made up to that point.
- GUY CLARK: WORKBENCH SONGS: 2006: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Guy Clark’s albums are pretty consistent. Guy liked to write songs with others- and on this one 9 of the 11 songs are collaborations with 2 covers. The album was nominated for a Grammy Best Folk/Americana Album. Favorites- his Townes Van Zandt cover- “No Lonesome Tune, Tornado Time In Texas, Walking Man, Worry B Gone.
- PAUL MCCARTNEY: CHOBA B CCCP: 1988: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: At this point in his career- with what as now a string of disappointing albums maybe it was time to do a cover album of old 1950’s favorites- it works- his best album since Tug Of War.
- TOWNES VAN ZANDT: HIGH, LOW AND IN BETWEEN: 1971: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Eleven Townes originals- Favorite songs- No Deal, Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold, High, Low and In Between, Two Hands, Highway Kind, Blue Ridge Mountains and the best of the bunch “To Live Is To Fly.”
- JAMES BROWN: SAY IT LOUD- I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD : 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: They didn’t call James Brown “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business” for nothing- this was his first of four albums released in 1969. The title track was a Top 10 Pop hit and there were 3 R&B hits here- a combination of R&B and funk.
- BOBBIE GENTRY: THE GIRL FROM CHICKASAW COUNTY: ODE TO BILLIE JOE: DISC 1: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bobbie Gentry released seven studio albums from 1967-71 and that was it. All 7 albums are collected here with 75 previously unreleased tracks- each album gets a disc with the extras from that time plus a live disc so in all an eight disc box set. Great stuff -she is and will always be remembered for “Ode To Billie Joe”- [June 3rd was Bobbie Gentry Day} This disc is her debut- the one below The Delta Sweete her second album. Both excellent.
- BOBBIE GENTRY: THE GIRL FROM CHICKASAW COUNTY: THE DELTA SWEETE: DISC 2:
- ROSANNE CASH: RHYTHM AND ROMANCE: 1985: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have always been a big Rosanne Cash fan. In the 1980s she had 10 #1 country hits-there were two on this album “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” -which won her a Grammy and “Never Be You.” Her husband at the time Rodney Crowell would have 5 #1’s from just one album -Diamonds and Dirt. “Never Be You” by the way was written by Benmont Tench and Tom Petty. Other favorites- a cover of John Hiatt’s “Pink Bedroom”, “My Old Man” and “Hold On.”
- DANIEL JOHNSTON: 1990: 1990: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A mixture of studio, home recordings and live performances- it is a haunting album- it could be listened to in some ways as a religious album-with Dan preaching. Standouts- Devil Town, Spirit World Rising, Some Things Last A Long Time, Tears Stupid Tears, Don’t Play Cards With Satan, True Love Will Find You In The End. Not a ‘fun’ listen it is disturbing stuff but is is worth hearing.
- THE BEATLES: PLEASE PLEASE ME: 1963: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: