• NILSSON: GREATEST HITS: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Deducted half a star because there are better alternatives out there now- this issued in the era of vinyl albums had 12 songs – certainly you will need more Nilsson than this. Nilsson was not only a great singer- and what a voice before he destroyed it- but an outstanding songwriter- his two most famous hits of course were written by others- Everybody’s Talkin’ and Without You.

A photo of the Beatles – George, John, Ringo, and Paul

  • THE BEATLES: RUBBER SOUL: 1965: If I were going to introduce someone to the magic of The Beatles -someone who had never heard of The Beatles-this would be the album I would select to get them hooked.

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  • JOAN ARMATRADING: THE KEY: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Drop The Pilot was a Top 10 hit in the UK one of her biggest hits, Foolish Pride and I Love It When You Call Me Names are standouts. Guitar wiz Adrian Belew is featured on this album. Joan is still out there making albums and doing concerts but I haven’t heard her name in years.


  • LOU REED: GROWING UP IN PUBLIC: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Lou Reed once made the statement that his album are like a chapter in a book. In looking back on his career this is a transitional album – a song of personal songs that would set the tone for his next two albums-which were much better- the exceptional Blue Mask- and Legendary Hearts.

Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

  • RAY CHARLES: GENIUS & SOUL: DISC 4: 1999: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Disc 4 of the 5 disc retrospective on Ray Charles, one of the greatest recording artists of the 20th century.


  • LYNYRD SKYNYRD: STREET SURVIVORS: 1977: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The album was released three days before the tragic accident that took the life of frontman Ronnie Van Zant and band members Steve and Cassie Gaines. To me this ended Lynyrd Skynyrd.  What’s Your Name was a hit- and That Smell- makes me think of carnivals every time I hear it. Other notable songs-You Got That Right and I Know A Little.

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  • RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON: SHOOT OUT OUT THE LIGHTS: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their 6th and  final Richard and Linda Thompson album before they broke up- is an exceptional one. There are critics who say it is Richard’s finest work- he has had a long and artistically successful career – I would rank it up there with the first album they did together “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight” At the time none of the Richard and Linda albums even appeared on the charts. The albums songs deal with their failing relationship.

22 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 478: MONDAY JUNE 10, 2019

  1. A few months ago I listened to Shoot Out the Lights for the first time… I don’t know how I missed it all of these years. It was great.

    • A week ago on the Celtic Crush radio show I listen to- the host Larry Kirwan played a Richard and Linda song and talked about how he saw them towards the end- on their last tour as their marriage was ending- it wasn’t a pretty thing. They did make great music.

    • Yea I always thought a husband and wife being together that long with no breaks cannot be good. It’s bad with regular bands much less husband and wife. It has to put a strain on the relationship.

    • I can’t remember -have you read Rob Sheffield’s entertaining book on The Beatles- Dreaming The Beatles? He points out something that I hadn’t really thought of- with John recording with Yoko- and Paul bringing Linda into Wings– can you imagine say Mick Jagger doing the same thing? Those guys were kind of ahead of their times.. whereas Linda Thompson had musical talent and was in Fairport Convention before the marriage– Yoko and Linda’s musical credentials can be debated… BTW- I am slowly working on my first Beatles Book Report post.

    • Yes that book helped me start my blog in the first place. My first post was based off of it…it got me thinking about being a fan of them and how relevant they still are now. It’s like a book you or I would write from our perspective.
      When he brought up the wives…I thought…wow I never thought of that as another “first”. As big of egos as they had to have…I mean…they were Beatles. I think Linda and Yoko grounded them a bit. Mick? He would not even give bandmates credit much less his wife.
      I want to read his Mixed Tape book.

      I’m looking forward to your review. I lost hope of finding a really good book again after reading Mark’s book… until you recommended the 1966 book and also the George Martin books were very good. They weren’t repackaged facts we already knew.

    • The Mixed Tape book is a fun read– the book I am reviewing is the book that the professor who does that Beatles Music course recommended– Beatlesongs by William Dowlding.

    • I never finished that class Hans. Along came the kidney stone and I haven’t even glanced again…Looking forward to the review.

      BTW off topic I found out it is 9mm…there will be no passing it…more like blasting it into pieces but the hurt has stopped for now. Getting a date arranged

    • There must be some time limit on that class I hadn’t been on it for a while either and when it went back it appeared I would have to start all over again… I enjoyed listening to it- but I can’t say I was learning anything that I didn’t already know…..sorry to hear that- but I am glad it has stopped hurting..certainly one of those things no one wants to experience.

  2. That’s high praise coming from you . Ok, I’ll check out ‘Rubber Soul’ then. I’d be surprised if I wasn’t familiar with most of the songs, but I could be mistaken.
    I’ve heard a little bit from Richard (Mock Tudor) and his son Teddy Thompson (Leonard Cohen’s ‘Tonight will be fine’). ‘Shoot Out the Lights’ is another one I should check out.
    Thanks Hans.

    • Thank you. Years ago I saw Richard Thompson in concert- at the time I wasn’t that familiar with him which sometimes isn’t a good thing going into a concert- my brother talked me into going- and I was blown away- even not familiar with most of what he played. A fan since.

    • That’s a cool story Hans. I had a work colleague many years ago who insisted I listened to Mock Tudor. I was enraptured with ‘Cooksferry Queen’ but not much else I’m afraid. I downloaded ‘Shoot Out the Lights’ so I’ll see how I go with that (as well as Rubber Soul). I noticed that Richard Thompson seems particularly popular in Bob Dylan fan circles. This was back in the days when I lingered on the ER web site.

    • I think you will love Rubber Soul- as far as Richard Thompson maybe he is acquired taste. Seeing him live kind of sealed the deal with me.

  3. I put a request in for the L to purchase the Ray Charles (made a note they may have to go ebay to find it) and also to buy the 2 Mitzki’s prior to Be The Cowboy. We’ll see what happens. That Linda and Richard Thompson is a kickazz CD as is the other one you mentioned. I came across Richard by chance when a friend made me a mix tape with 1952 Vincent (or whatever it’s called) and I’ve been a fan ever since ❤ The man knows how to write a song, and boy does he know how to play a guitar.

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