- THE BEATLES: HELP!: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- TONY BENNETT: I’VE GOTTA BE ME: 1969: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: At this point Bennett’s career was in a tailspin- he would eventually pull out of it and at 92 is still active today. A competent album- it is Tony singing but Sammy Jr outdoes him with the title track. Not even close.
- TINY TIM: FOR ALL MY LITTLE FRIENDS: 1969: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Tiny Tim’s second album- was a flop so he decided to do a children’s album- its Tim and his ukulele for the most part- and its not a bad listen but kind of runs its course by the middle of side 2. I always found Tiny Tim likeable.
- BOBBY GOLDSBORO: TODAY!: 1969: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Today I am trying to keep ahead of my self in my quest to listen to an album from 1969 a day- on average- I thought Bobby Goldsboro certainly had to have a release in 1969- and he did- so I thought I’d listen to it- it is only a little more than a half hour of pain. Actually while it isn’t any good it wasn’t awful. Lightweight for sure and the lead single which was a flop- Glad She’s A Woman which I detest is the worst song on the album.
- NEIL DIAMOND: BROTHER LOVE’S TRAVELING SALVATION SHOW: 1969: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album later added to a later pressing “Sweet Caroline” and changed the name of the album to Sweet Caroline. “Sweet Caroline” is my favorite Diamond song- “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” “Glory Road” and “Memphis Streets” I like the rest of the album is filler.
- RAY CHARLES:GENIUS & SOUL: DISC 3: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Still in the heart of Ray Charles great years here on disc 3.
- GUY CLARK: MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU: 2013: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The final Guy Clark album before his death in 2016. It won him a Grammy for Best Folk album and did well on the Billboard Top 200 album charts at #62 which was sadly the only Top 200 appearance he ever made. Guy Clark and his best friend Townes Van Zandt deserved to be heard by bigger audiences. Great songwriters!
- BRUCE HORNSBY AND THE RANGE: THE WAY IT IS: 1986: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I didn’t know or remember- that Huey Lewis produced this album. This was Bruce Hornsby’s most successful album- it ended up winning him the Grammy for Best New Artist. The title track was a#1 hit, “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss” were hits. Good stuff.
- CHAD AND JEREMY: GREATEST HITS: 1966: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This duo didn’t have much success in their native England -only 1 minor hit- but in the US they put 7 singles into the Top 40 during the British Invasion. They biggest and most remembered hit “A Summer Song.” These fellas weren’t a rock band though- more folk influenced. A good $1 album pick up recently.