- BILLY JOEL: GLASS HOUSES: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I like my Joel more on the pop side. This in some ways is his rock album-I think some of the non-hits on here are better than the singles- although I can understand why the singles were hits. “You May Be Right” and “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me” sound like roller skating music. My favorite cuts on this are- Sleeping With The Television On, All For Leyna, Sometimes A Fantasy and Don’t Ask Me Why.
- BUDDY HOLLY: THE COMPLETE BUDDY HOLLY: DISC 1: WESTERN BOP: LUBBOCK, TEXAS: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Becoming a Beatles fan in the mid 1970’s opened me up to a lot of other good music. I would read whatever I could on The Beatles and would search for music by the artists they liked/ were influenced by. Looking over records one day at the National Record Mart I came across six album box [in the days before box sets were numerous or popular} The Complete Buddy Holly for $25. I didn’t have much more in my pocket but I knew right away I needed to have this. 40 years later I am still enjoying it. The albums go in order- the first is his first recordings- the 5 stars go for the entire box. The first album is good but feels more like an historical album- Buddy’s first- than it is great. But he would get great quickly.
- BREAD: THE BEST OF BREAD: 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Soft rock for certain-bordering at times on Wimp Rock-[ Diary, If} truth be told they were better at the soft rock than when they try to rock and roll a little bit- their faster stuff doesn’t sound very good. They must have been a group right for their times. The 60’s were over and a lot of people wanted mellower sounds to recover by.
- RAY CHARLES GENIUS AND SOUL: DISC 5: 1999: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The 5 stars are for the complete box of 5 discs 102 songs. Truth be told Disc 5- like a lot of box sets when you get to the end- not the artist in his prime. It’s still Ray and worth hearing but the quality isn’t what it once was as his career was winding down. The bar had been set pretty high.
- RICHIE HAVENS: RESUME: THE BEST OF RICHIE HAVENS: 1993: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: He will always be remembered for Woodstock- where I believe he along with Jim Hendrix stole the show- sorry Sha Na Na fans… how cool could Woodstock have really been when you consider they had Sha Na Na there? Anyway- all the Richie Havens you’d ever want is here. 17 songs- favorites- his version of “Here Comes The Sun”, “Freedom”, High Flyin’ Bird’, “Handsome Johnny.”