- THE BEATLES: PAST MASTERS: I: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- BUDDY HOLLY: THE COMPLETE BUDDY HOLLY: ALBUM 2: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: CHANGING ALL THESE CHANGES: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:The material starts to get a lot better with album 2 of the box- his signature song “That’ll Be The Day” among the riches. Albums 3 and 4 will be Buddy Holly in his prime. Still kind of hard to believe how much Holly accomplished at the time of his tragic death at 22.
- BOBBIE GENTRY: THE GIRL FROM CHICKASAW COUNTY: DISC 6; FANCY: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Gentry’s penultimate album- released in 1971. This was her sixth album in less than three years. She only wrote one song on this- the title track and hit “Fancy.” I love her covers and all but after her first couple years I missed the songs she wrote herself which were the best. On her debut she wrong 9 of the 10 songs- I don’t know where she would have found time to write as hard as they were working her.
- NAZZ: NAZZ NAZZ: 1969: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Nazz recorded three studio albums before breaking up and Todd Rundgren setting out on his solo career. The first Hello It’s Me appears here- and doesn’t sound like the one we all know- the single which became his biggest hit. Nazz- psychedelic rock of the day- it gets a little tiring towards to the end- as a listen.
- PETER, PAUL AND MARY: PETER, PAUL AND MOMMY: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have a friend who is a big Peter Paul and Mary fan. I was startled years ago when I first was getting to know him- and I asked him who his favorites were and he mentioned Peter, Paul and Mary. Not that there is anything wrong with liking them but one of your favorites? This is a children’s album- “Day Is Done” was a hit #21 on the Hot 100 and of course they do the drug anthem ‘Puff The Magic Dragon” just kidding I know its not a drug song. Th album won the Grammy for Best Album for Children. Competent album but not something I will listen to again- just playing catch up on my 1969 albums goal.
- JERRY LEE LEWIS: SHE STILL COMES AROUND[TO LOVE WHAT’S LEFT OF ME}: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After rock and roll turned its back on The Killer he went country and was a pretty darn good country singer. Was thinking about The Killer this morning- he was recently released from three months of rehab following his stroke and is back home. I read where he is planning on going into the studio soon to record a gospel album I wouldn’t count him out. This is a pretty good country album.
- HALL AND OATES: VOICES: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is the last album of Hall ad Oates that I really liked. They hit upon a formula with this album for hit singles and stuck to it through the 80’s until every one was tired of them. But I liked this one. Hall and Oates had four Top 40 hits on this and one of the other songs- “Everytime You Go Away” would later become a #1 when covered by Paul Young.
- KENNY LOGGINS: NIGHTWATCH: 1978: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am not a fan of Kenny “Mr 80′ Movie Soundtrack” Loggins or of Stevie Nicks but I have always liked their duet on “Whenever I Call You Friend”- which is one this album. If I am not a fan why do I own this album you ask? .94 cent special. The price was right. Boring album.
- JULIAN LENNON: VALOTTE: 1984: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I’ve always felt bad for Julian. Being the son of a legend has to be hard enough but the lack of a relationship he had with his father- and then getting into the same business. In sports it is not that rare to see a star athlete have a son who also becomes a star or even greater than his father. Sports are physical. Music is something else. What son of a big star had great success on his own? The biggest I can think of is Hank Jr. Many have tried but few have succeeded. Julian’s debut gained a lot of attention- and he had a couple hits but its a 3 star album- and the fascination of the public with the son of the recently at that time assassinated Beatle faded quickly. His recording career has consisted of six albums in 36 years. I wonder if he ever had a chat with Frank Sinatra Jr?
- ROGER DALTREY: UNDER A RAGING MOON: 1985: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is a pretty good album- the best song being “After The Fire” written by Pete Townshend but overall the material and the performance by Daltrey who was only 41 at the time. Ringo’s boy Zak Starkey played drums on the album – and the final track -the title track- a tribute to Keith Moon is one of the better songs. Roger has only released three solo albums in the past 34 years.