- GERRY RAFFERTY: CITY TO CITY: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An out of nowhere hit in 1977- the album went to #1 and only shenanigans kept Baker Street” from #1. City To City one of my favorite albums from the year but I without looking I believe Baker Street was my favorite song that year. Rafferty had had some success earlier in the decade with Stealers Wheel but no one could have seen this coming. He was a reluctant star. Great album.
- THE BEATLES: BEATLES FOR SALE: 1964:
- RAY CHARLES: GENIUS & SOUL: DISC 2: 1999: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 5 disc box set- 102 songs covering Ray Charles career. Disc 2 is a strong one- it covers his career in chronological order- so as it usually goes the final disc 5 is the weakest.
- NEIL YOUNG: COMES A TIME: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My first ‘new’ Neil album-a folk/ country rock album. I’d rank it as one of his more under -rated albums. The rumor is Neil was unhappy with the sound of the original pressing and bought 200,000 copies of it before it was sent out. Neil has said he used the 200,000 vinyl albums he bought up to shingle his barn.
- AL STEWART: YEAR OF THE CAT: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Al’s 7th studio album was his breakthrough album- and the title track which went to #8 quickly became his signature song. A strong album of songs and a great sounding album- his best- although I do like Time Passages a lot also.
- DEAN MARTIN: I TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN WHAT I AM: 1969: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dino was never called the hardest working man in showbiz. In 1969 he spent 2 3 hour sessions making this album and that was it for music that year. At least this album isn’t full of well known covers. There are three songs here I am familiar with- the title track- a Merle Haggard song from that year, Cryin’ Time by this time a Hank standard- covered best by Ray Charles and of course it was 1969 so Dean finishes up with- gag- Little Green Apples. A country music flavored album that Dean cut between golf outings.