- THE CLANCY BROTHERS & TOMMY MAKEM: IN PERSON AT CARNEGIE HALL: 1963: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Their most successful album was this live album. I was aware of The Clancy Brothers but was turned on to them a decade ago when I began listening to the Celtic Crush radio program hosted by Larry Kirwan. The Clancy’s-especially Liam – great stuff..
- BARBRA STREISAND: SONGBIRD: 1978: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The title track was a minor hit- #25- and it is on this album that she did a solo version of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”- which later as a duet with Neil Diamond would go to #1- which wasn’t necessarily a good thing.
- NEIL DIAMOND: RAINBOW: 1973: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An album of covers that Neil recorded in the late 60’s -early 70’s- some hits and misses all of them had appeared on earlier albums.
- JOSE FELICIANO: FELICIANO! 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album was nominated for a Grammy -Album of the Year–I really like this album but I am not sure that it is that good- but then again when you look at the history of the Grammy Awards.. the big hit on here was his cover of The Door’s Light My Fire.
- BUCK OWENS: TALL DARK STRANGER: 1969: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I saw Buck a few times in concert around this period- the title track is one of the few Buck hits that I didn’t – and still don’t like.
- BOB DYLAN: BLONDE ON BLONDE: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the greatest double albums of all-time -if not the greatest.
- BOB DYLAN: GREATEST HITS: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After Bob’s motorcycle accident sidelined him for a year and a half they needed to get some product out there- so a greatest hits- a few years later the second volume of Greatest Hits was released and it was a double album and much more interesting- digging a little deeper into the catalog.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bruce’s 4th album is a more mature work than his earlier albums- and would set the stage for his next album the double album The River. Darkness On The Edge of Town was the first Bruce album I ever bought -and it remains my favorite.