• THE BEATLES: 1962-1966 [ RED ALBUM] 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: For Day 500- I was thinking of doing something crazy like an 18 hour marathon of albums or something but it turns out I was scheduled to work- and work always cuts into all the fun. So my second thought to listen to the two most important album that I ever bought and it was the two complications from The Beatles 1962-1966 and 1967-70. They were not the first album by The Beatles that I bought. A few weeks earlier in the fall of 1976 I bought the new at the time complication called Rock N Roll- which is not the album I’d give anyone to introduce them to the band. It has great songs on it without question but it doesn’t give the full view of the band- it is a complication geared toward their rock songs. I did like what I was hearing though so on my next two trips to the long since defunct Big Wheel department store I bought first the 1962-1966 and a couple weeks later  the second part- the blue album 1967-70. Where Rock N Roll got me interested – these two albums got me hooked. For a couple months it was all I played over and over. I remember the excitement in hearing most of these songs for the first time {The same goes with hearing the individual albums for the first time.} Not long after getting these albums I bought my first Beatles related book- a book – [below} The Beatles: An Illustrated Record by Roy Carr and Tony Tyler. In the book I was reading about songs that the authors were raving about- but weren’t on the Red or Blue albums. The next thing I did was I saw the “Paperback Writer”/ “Rain” single at the local National Record Mart for $1 and bought it. I had read how great “Rain” was- if it was great I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t on the Red or Blue albums. It was great! So then I started buying up the American versions of Beatles albums one at a time until I owned them all. The rest is history- 43 years later I am still  as obsessed as ever with The Beatles.

The Beatles : An Illustrated Record by Roy Carr (1975)


  • THE BEATLES: 1967- 1970: [BLUE ALBUM] 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:

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  • NEIL DIAMOND: I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE WITH ME TONIGHT: 1977: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: From Neil’s easy listening years. His version of You Don’t Bring Me Flowers is on here- the hit on here was Desiree. The album was a hit and would encourage more easy listening from Uncle Neil.


  • MARSHALL CRENSHAW: MARSHALL CRENSHAW: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Every time I listen to this album which is fairly often- I feel like I am 21 – the age I was when this came out- again. The album just sparkles. It was such a great album that one of Marshall’s all time greatest songs- “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” was regulated to a b-side. If I were to make just one change I would have dropped his cover of “Soldier Of Love” and slipped “You’re My Favorite Waste Of Time” in its place. This album after 36 years still seems fresh and new to me. It is also a great young adult album- at the time it seemed to be speaking to me and some of my experiences- not to borrow from the upcoming Blinded By The Light movie.

The cover has Jackson reclining in a white suit

  • MICHAEL JACKSON: THRILLER: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The day this came out my younger brother bought it and upon first listen was raving about it. Turns out he was onto something. You may have heard of this album it sold a few copies and had some well known hits. Billie Jean is the greatest Michael Jackson song ever and one of the handful of greatest hits of not only the 80’s but of all times.


  • NEIL DIAMOND: THE BANG YEARS:1966-68: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Neil at the beginning. 23 songs on here- and its uneven- the strongest songs- are for the most part on the first half of the album- but the strong ones are Neil classics- we are talking “Solitary Man”, “Cherry Cherry” “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon”, “Kentucky Woman”, “Thank The Lord For The Nighttime”, “You Got To Me”, “I’m A Believer”, “Red Red Wine” those are the first eight songs- then it’s hit and miss until the last song “Shiloh.” The first Neil I ever bought were hit double Greatest Hits that came out in the 90’s with live versions of these songs- due to the songs being on Bang and not Columbia. So this is good because it has the studio versions of the songs I’ve mentioned. Neil is a frustrating artist- he didn’t do his image well by doing the lame easy listening You Don’t Bring Me Flowers-ish music in the late 70’s early 80’s.


  • JUDY COLLINS: BREAD & ROSES: 1976: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A couple weekends ago I bought a slew of Judy Collins albums from the bargain bin for .94 cents. It’s not that I am a big Judy Collins fan or anything but .94 cents why not? This album has elements of her political views which is fine. Interestingly a back up singer on the album is an unknown at the time named Luther Van Dross.


  1. We had a constant Red or Blue conversations my house when I was growing up. Mum and my Brother were Red, Dad and I chose Blue. How could the pop bounce of She Loves You Hols a candle to the fury of Back In The USSR? How can you prefer Help to Revolution?

    In hindsight now I find the ‘delic whimsy on Blue a little wearing and prefer the joyous rollick of Red’s first three sides over any other Beatles output.

    The true best bits now are lesser exposed ones. Good job there are still studio albums and compilations full of Rain and I’m Down and I Have Seen A Face to keep things interesting

    • I was listening to Please Please Me this morning and was struck again by a little hidden gem- Ask Me Why. I think I was more of a Red person at the time I got the albums–my favorite period would be the middle period of their careers- Rubber Soul- Revolver.

  2. Diamond’s Bang years were the best. He got squishy when he aged (and I understand he is a pedophile).

    I remember Marshall Crenshaw’s name but, his music…not so much.

    Oh, that Thriller album…

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