- PAUL CARRICK: SUBURBAN VOODOO: 1982: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Carrack is probably best known for being the singer on “How Long” by Ace and “Tempted” with The Squeeze. “I Need You” which was co-written by Nick Lowe cracked the Top 40. It is fun pop album. I’ve always had a soft spot for this album.
- BUDDY HOLLY: THE COMPLETE BUDDY HOLLY: ALBUM 3: CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO: BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS: 1979: Albums 3 and 4 of the box set The Complete Buddy Holly are the best albums in the box. A lot of the Holly classics are on these two albums.
- THE YOUNG RASCALS: GROOVIN’: 1967: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Rascals at their peak. “Groovin’ would go to #1- A Girl Like You and How Can I Be Sure would both go Top 10- The Rascals are best remembered as a singles band but this is a pretty strong album. Bought it for .94!! I call that a bargain…..
- IRON CITY HOUSEROCKERS: HAVE A GOOD TIME BUT GET OUT ALIVE: 1980: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Led by Joe Grushecky who is a friend of The Boss. This is the band’s best album- they were together from 1976-84. Joe is still out there as a solo artist. Springsteen style rock. The Springsteen of the 70’s early 80’s. Its too bad these guys didn’t make it big.
- THE BEATLES: MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- ROBERT PALMER: DOUBLE FUN: 1978: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: “Every Kinda People” from the album would be Palmer’s first U.S. hit and my favorite song of his. The album has a number of styles- soul, disco-and also a heavy rock sound. Never a huge fan but Palmer had a very fine voice. Died much too young at 54 of a heart attack.