- JOHN FOGERTY: CENTERFIELD: 1985: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: John Fogerty’s first album in nine years at the time. His best post- Creedence album? Certainly his most successful. Centerfield the title track is one of the best baseball songs ever. “The Old Man Down The Road” got him sued for plagiarizing himself- the lawsuit was of course unsuccessful.
- FRANK SINATRA: FRANK SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY: 1958: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of Frank’s Capitol records concept albums. I listened to this a couple weeks ago-but recently bought it on vinyl and had to give it another listen.
- THE BEATLES: A HARD DAYS NIGHT: 1964: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite soundtrack ever.
- GERRY RAFFERTY: NIGHT OWL:1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: While this album wasn’t as successful as the previous City To City- as far as sales- it was just as good. Two of my favorite albums from the late 70’s. “Days Gone Down” and “Get It Right Next Time” were hits in the US, the title track was a Top 5 hit in the U.S.
- LYLE LOVETT: PONTIAC: 1987: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Lyle’s second album was much like the debut- a country album-that would soon change. There were three Top 40 country hits on this but Lyle was too good to be a big country hit-as country music was in its decline- the anti- Hank was about to arise. This would be Lyle’s last appearance in the country singles Top 40. Full of great songs- my favorite Lyle song is on this album “L.A. County.”
- LYLE LOVETT: LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND: 1989: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: While the album made the Top 10 country albums chart you could feel Lyle starting to move away from being a pure country artist. “Here I Am”, “Cryin’ Shame”, “Good Intentions” a cover of “Stand By Your Man” and ‘Nobody Knows Me” among my favorites on this one.
- LYLE LOVETT: JOSHUA JUDGE RUTH: 1992: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: While it may not be a concept album a recurring themes of religion and death dominate this album. Thee is a gospel feel to some of the songs. The humor that was on the earlier albums is gone on this. Some of the songs are longer than on his previous albums. I like the darker mood.
- LYLE LOVETT: I LOVE EVERYBODY: 1994: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is an album of 18 songs- that Lyle had written before he put out his first record had been released in 1986. So where these songs that just didn’t make the cut until now? Yes and No- there are hits and misses on this album but overall a pretty good record. I will say it is my least favorite of his first six albums- this was album #5. So ends my Lyle marathon today.